June 19, 2008

2008 Schedule Planner - Week 5

While a good number of teams settle into conference play around the country, we still have a few marquee non-conference games that will grab everyone's attention. As for the game of the week? Pick your poison. Right now, nothing really jumps out at you. There are some very good, and very important games, but there isn't one that rises above the rest. Maybe that changes if the season's first four weeks play out differently than we expect.

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April 14, 2008

Lions Lose A Lot

The news that Sean Lee will be lost for the season after he tore his right ACL late last week in practice is pretty bad for Penn State.

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April 01, 2008

Take A Cue From Tennessee

While some schools avoid those early season non-conference showcase matchups like the plague - think 80 percent of the Big Ten - give Tennessee credit. The Vols have a built in excuse to play a soft non-conference schedule before their SEC slate kicks in, but they'd rather not take it easy.

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March 25, 2008

Hurting Harvin

Two of the biggest stories to emerge this week out of spring practice have nothing to do with quarterback battles, new coaches or schematic changes. Rather, it's injury news to two big name offensive stars that are grabbing the most headlines heading into April.

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March 18, 2008

Pryor Finality

Finally, we'll have our answer this week. Terrelle Pryor, the most hyped and heralded quarterback in the history of high school football, will make his decision on where he'll be attending school this fall. Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Oregon were Pryor's four finalists when he told the college football world on National Signing Day that he wasn't prepared to decide. But he's been down to two for some time. But which two?

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March 11, 2008

Some Sooners Time To Shine

Oklahoma is in the middle of spring practice right now, but the 2008 season will be put on the backburner for Tuesday as the Sooners host their pro day for all prospective NFL Draft selections to make on final impression on scouts.

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March 04, 2008

It's Early, But Kodi's Out Ahead

Auburn needs a new quarterback and Kodi Burns was the logical choice to replace Brandon Cox as the Tigers starter with spring practice starting last week. But heading in, new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin wasn't about to give anyone an edge. Yet after a few practices, and one scrimmage over the weekend, it sounds like he's singing a different tune.

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February 12, 2008

Champs Get Good News

Don't overlook the NCAA's ruling that LSU DE Kirston Pittman can return for a sixth year of eligibility. For all the publicity and double teams that Glenn Dorsey received last season - which he rightfully deserved - because he was able to stay healthy Pittman created the most havoc for opposing offensive lines over the course of the Tigers 14 games last year and now he will anchor the LSU defense next season.

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January 17, 2008

Arkansas Should Be Hog Wild

The speculation came to end Thursday when word arrived that Ryan Mallett had found his way to Arkansas from Michigan after one season in Ann Arbor. And with the good news, Razorback fans can dream about what will be when Mallett's eligible to play in 2009. And those should be some sweet dreams considering who Mallett will learn under.

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January 11, 2008

Yeah, They're Pretty Good

Everyone knows the SEC is the best conference in football. And in the middle of its 75th anniversary, the league celebrated another BCS Championship with LSU's victory Monday, putting the finishing touches on what could go down as the SEC's most successful year ever - just look at the stats the conference rolled out at the end of the week.

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January 09, 2008

Richt Just Fine With Playoff

Georgia president Michael Adams, and chairman of the NCAA executive committee, has been outspoken this week about the need for a playoff in college football. In Adams' eyes, the NCAA should create an eight team playoff, seed the teams into four bowl games and eventually crown its first football champion in the organization's history. And as he goes about trumping for big change, he's picked up one prominent supporter in Athens.

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January 06, 2008

All Comes Down To This

Few, if any, would have picked Ohio State to be playing for the BCS Championship after losing so much talent from last year's national runner-up squad. But lo and behold the Buckeyes, thanks to some good fortune, find themselves playing in their third BCS Championship Game in six years. And with the memory of their drubbing at the hands of Florida still fresh on so many minds, Ohio State faces an SEC team with speed, power and strength - just like the Gators. So with that in mind how does Ohio State matchup with LSU and will the Buckeyes prove their many doubters wrong this time out?

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January 04, 2008

It's Atlanta For Alabama, Clemson

As officials joked Friday, the Chick-fil-A Bowl missed Clemson so badly four days after their bowl game that they invited the Tigers back to Atlanta.

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January 01, 2008

Juice, Illini Have Seen This Before

Illinois has been in this situation before. Big underdog, in an environment that's going to be anything but friendly, against one the best defenses in the nation. And the last time Illinois found itself in a game like Tuesday's Rose Bowl they did the unthinkable.

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December 30, 2007

Not What Some Had In Mind

One team's happy to be bowling after a 2-10 2006 campaign. The other team, well, let's just say a trip to Shreveport isn't going to cut it year in and year out at Alabama.

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December 29, 2007

Tradition Rich They Are Not

There aren't very many secrets to the success of both Wake Forest and UConn who find themselves in the Meineke Car Care Bowl this afternoon.

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December 21, 2007

First For FAU

There's a first time for everything. And for FAU, tonight is their first bowl game as the Owls, led by Howard Schnellenberger, take on Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl, the second of our 32 postseason games. But just how magical will the Owls first taste of the postseason be?

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December 19, 2007

Calculated Gambles

Les Miles is a gambling man and he proved that this year by having his Tigers go for it on fourth down 15 times, almost always with the game hanging in the balance. So where did he get the impetus to go for it so often? Maybe it was high school.

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December 14, 2007

Bulldogs No Longer Blue

It's been just about two weeks since the pairings for the BCS bowls were announced and the sting that Georgia felt, having been left out of the BCS Championship game, is long gone.

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December 13, 2007

Bobby's Not Going Anywhere Cheap

As the nuts in Arkansas felt so inclined they got a hold of Bobby Petrino's contract the he just barely finished signing a couple of days ago. And the contract has a few interesting provisions.

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December 11, 2007

More Of Les

Just when you think the "Les Miles to Michigan" talk is a thing of the past the LSU coach issues a statement Tuesday declaring that the rumors about supposed conversations with his alma mater are nothing to get all hot and bothered about.

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December 06, 2007

Don't Bet On It

Back in the summer I tried predicting - as accurately as possible, not just a bunch of stabs in the dark - the matchups in each of the 32 bowl games. So now that we know who's playing who, I figured I'd look back and see if I got any even half right. The results, I have to say, are pretty. Pretty pathetic.

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December 02, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 14

Few things in life are easy. And predicting, analyzing and understanding college football is not one of those things because Saturday night we saw more of the unexpected and more of the chaos that has come to exemplify the 2007 season.

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November 30, 2007

Might Want To Think Twice

The coaching carousel seems to have slowed down as the week comes to a close with no one getting the ax the past few days. But there's been plenty of other activity around the country with coaches contemplating moves to other jobs and there's one in particular that should really take a hard look at what the future may hold.

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November 25, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 13

Tim Tebow is likely your 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, but after what we saw from Chase Daniel Saturday night, I'm sure some people are going to give the Missouri quarterback more than a second thought after what they saw out of the junior.

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November 23, 2007

Les For Miles

So I guess this makes Les Miles' decision to potentially become the next head coach at Michigan a little easier considering he doesn't have to worry about missing out on his team playing for the national championship.

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November 18, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 12

Lose your quarterback and you're going to lose. It was as simple as that for two teams this extended three day football weekend after watching No. 2 Oregon fall on the road Thursday night and then watching No. 3 Oklahoma follow suit Saturday.

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November 16, 2007

Carr Rides Off?

Is this going to be Lloyd Carr's final game on the sidelines of the Big House? That's the big question on everyone's mind entering Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State meeting with the Big Ten title up for grabs in college football's premier rivalry.

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November 15, 2007

Sparing 20

Think you never have enough time in the week to get what you need to done? Welcome to the world of a college football head coach. Mandated by the NCAA, coaches have exactly 20 hours each week with their team to prepare for Saturday's opponent - including the game - and for all it's a rule they've adjusted to, but a rule many wouldn't mind seeing tweaked.

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November 14, 2007

Terrific Tebow

Tim Tebow's seven touchdown performance last week brought him back into the spotlight that is the ever changing 2007 Heisman Trophy race. Throwing for two scores, and rushing for five more in the Gators dismantling of South Carolina, Tebow continues to carry the Florida offense. And continue his chase for history.

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November 11, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 11

So where do we find ourselves after another highly ranked team - in Saturday's case No. 1 Ohio State - lost to an unranked team for what seems like the 50th time this season? We find ourselves with a drastically altered BCS standings, one that will be void of the Buckeyes as national title contenders after Illinois ran roughshod over the Ohio State defense when they are released later Sunday.

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November 09, 2007

Cowboy Up

Kansas is 9-0 for the first time since 1908 and has their sights set on not only a BCS bowl, but the national championship game if they win their remaining four games and things break right. But the first step toward the improbable starts Saturday in Stillwater where the Jayhawks take on a dangerous Oklahoma State team. Is this where it comes crashing down for Kansas? Possibly, but most especially if they play defense like they did last week against Nebraska.

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November 08, 2007

Time Warp

Rules changes have become the norm in college football, most especially those involving tweaks to the clock the past few years. So after the NCAA's attempts to speed up the game last season were met with dismay and disgust from many of the nation's coaches, the NCAA changed the rules again this past off-season in an effort to drive down the times of these marathon-like games. But after 10 weeks it looks like it's time for the to go back to the drawing board.

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November 06, 2007

Triple Coverage

So who's the best defensive back in the country? According to the people at the Jim Thorpe Association, there are 12 of them right now. But that number's about to change.

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November 04, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 10

Apparently there's something bad about being No. 2 this year and we saw the second ranked team in the nation go down yet again Saturday, severely shaking up the national title picture.

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November 02, 2007

Rivalry With A New Wrinkle

Down South this weekend, specifically in Alabama and Louisiana, you'd have no idea there are any other football games on the schedule.

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October 28, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 9

We got a week off from the wild and shocking upsets, but if we came away with anything from this weekend it's that we have ourselves a legit No. 1 team in the nation.

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October 26, 2007

Underdog USC

Anyone remember the last time USC was an underdog in a Pac-10 game? Try seven years ago in their regular season finale of Pete Caroll's inaugural season in L.A. Well that 45-game streak comes to end Saturday when the Trojans - three point underdogs - head north to Eugene where high-powered Oregon awaits in a BCS make or break game for both squads.

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October 21, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 8

Another week, another set of upsets. And we had more than a few in the Top 10 again. We saw No. 6 South Carolina lose, along with No. 10 Cal and No. 8 Kentucky Saturday. But in all actuality, we only had two upsets because Kentucky's loss was not an upset.

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October 19, 2007

Spreading All Over

If you're not running the spread these days, you're as old school as "Blue." But just because it's become the in vogue scheme doesn't mean it's necessarily here to stay, if you ask one of the coaches whose success has been so closely tied to the offense.

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October 17, 2007

Halfway Home With A Few Gripes

CBSSports.com came out with its College Football Halfway All-America Team this afternoon, and while the CBSSports.com staff did a pretty good job putting it together, here's a case for a few who maybe should have made the team over a few who did.

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October 16, 2007

McFadden's Trick and Treat

Darren McFadden's been known to clown around. This year, fans can help him get in the act.

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October 14, 2007

Buckeyes Back On Top

The Buckeyes and the Bulls are sitting pretty after the BCS standings were released Sunday and if you had those two teams pegged as your first week leaders in the controversial ranking system then there's only one place you belong: Vegas.

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The Wrapup - Week 7

It's officially The Year of the Upset. We've had a few wacky weekends and just when you think things are about to return to normal, we have the top two teams in the nation lose on the same day for the first time since Sept. 21, 1996 and scramble up the polls yet again. Just in time, of course, for Sunday's season premiere of the BCS rankings.

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October 12, 2007

Ryan Reminds Weis Of Some Greats

When it comes to quarterbacks, Charlie Weis knows a good one when he sees him. And he sees a really good one in Matt Ryan.

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October 07, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 6

For a while there it was looking like Florida was right back in the thick of things. Leading the No. 1 Tigers on the road, Florida was only a matter of minutes from leaving Baton Rouge with a gigantic win and jumping right back into the national championship picture. But LSU would have none of it.

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October 05, 2007

Meyer Hopes To Avoid Repeat Performance

Urban Meyer remembers his first loss as Florida head coach quite well. It happened two years ago to the same team his Gators face Saturday - LSU - and it was game that left Meyer humbled unlike any before.

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October 04, 2007

Lot On The Line In Unlikely SEC East Showdown

It may not be the marquee matchup in the SEC this weekend, but Thursday night's game between No. 8 Kentucky and No. 11 South Carolina is just as important as the one that kicks off Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

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October 03, 2007

Time For A Review?

You can thank the NFL and Urban Meyer for the latest rule to come under scrutiny.

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September 30, 2007

LSU No Longer No. 2

Just two measly points separate LSU and USC in the newest AP Poll, but the difference between the Tigers and Trojans five weeks into the season is much greater.

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The Wrapup - Week 5

If you saw this weekend coming, a weekend in which half of the Top 10 lost, then you made yourself quite a bit of money because the odds against it happening anytime soon are slim to none.

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September 28, 2007

One Dream Come True For Bowden

To say the Seminoles, with their No. 19 preseason ranking, were overrated as the 2007 season kicked off would be an understatement.

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September 23, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 4

Four ranked teams went on the road in the SEC Saturday and, much to my surprise, three out of the four emerged victorious.

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September 21, 2007

Hart-Less Paterno

He was the No. 1 player in New York coming out of high school in the Syracuse area back in 2003, but little did Joe Paterno know the kind of player Mike Hart would turn out to be at Michigan.

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September 16, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 3

So does anyone have any doubts about USC, most especially the Trojans running game, after their performance in Lincoln Saturday night? Tough to find a whole lot that's wrong with Pete Carroll's squad after the Trojans let everyone know they don't plan on handing over their No. 1 ranking anytime soon.

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September 14, 2007

Whatever You Call It, Huskies Have It Back

Swagger is something that's been missing from the Washington sidelines for some years now as the once mighty Huskies have fallen on hard times. But the tide seems to be turning in Ty Willingham's third season in Seattle with the Huskies off to a 2-0 start.

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September 09, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 2

Big time surprises along the lines of last week were not to be found Saturday, but Week 2 of the college football season certainly was revealing.

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September 07, 2007

Just Like Old Times

Oklahoma and Miami haven't played each other in 20 years, but that all changes Saturday when two of the top programs in college football, who just happen to be in very different positions this season, meet in Norman.

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September 02, 2007

The Wrapup - Week 1

Week 1 of the college football season is usually forgettable thanks to all the blowouts and otherwise boring games that flood the schedule. This year, however, it was anything but thanks to one team from Boone, N.C. that pulled off an upset for the ages.

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August 31, 2007

Eagles, Vols Jump Right In

Jeff Jagodzinski certainly isn't easing into his head coaching career at Boston College and Philip Fulmer has a doozy of game to kick off year No. 16 at Tennessee.

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August 30, 2007

Meyer's Got Schedule Issues

Despite it's undisputed status as the premiere conference in the country, the SEC hasn't been immune to criticism, especially when talk has turned to the league's non-conference schedule.

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August 18, 2007

Poll Position, Part II

A few weeks after coaches around the country submitted their ballots for their own Preseason Top 25, it was the writers' turn as the Associated Press released its Preseason Top 25 poll Saturday and there's practically no difference between them.

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August 03, 2007

Poll Questions

A quick look at the first poll of the season, the Coaches' version that was released Friday, wasn't without its surprises.

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July 06, 2007

Candid Les

Let Les Miles speak his mind and apparently he's going to be pretty candid, especially when the topic of conversation turns to the best team in the nation, USC, and its Pac-10 counterparts.

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May 22, 2007

But Will He Play?

The highly touted, highly recruited, much ballyhooed lightening rod for controversy, and, most importantly, former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain is now officially a USC Trojan. So now that his highly publicized divorce with the Razorbacks and the Houston Nutt regime is over and done with, it's time to get to the important question at hand? Will he actually play in L.A.?

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May 21, 2007

And You Thought Duke Was Smart

The Atlanta Sports Council has broached the idea of having Duke play its game against Alabama in 2010 in the Georgia Dome. The experience of playing in an NFL stadium is one thing, but why would the Blue Devils even think about losing a home game against the Crimson Tide when they need all the support they can get?

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May 15, 2007

News & Notes

Perhaps the biggest race in college football these days doesn't involve a fight for a division title, a battle for some recruit or sprint to raise more funds. The biggest race may very well be the race between cities bidding to host future ACC Championship Games and it seems like a new entrant is emerging every week.

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May 01, 2007

News & Notes

There's been some discussion between Ole Miss and Texas about the possibly entering into a home-and-home series. Officials from both schools reportedly have been in negotiations for the two game set that would take place in 2012 and 13. The two haven't played since 1966 and Texas owns the all-time series lead with a 5-1 record.

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April 20, 2007

Kentucky Notebook

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's defense wasn't its strong suit during last year's 8-5 season. In the SEC, they were last in total defense, last in rushing defense and last in passing defense. And coach Rich Brooks knows the Wildcats have to be better if they want to improve on their 2006 mark this fall.

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April 12, 2007

Playoff Still Appeals To Meyer, To A Degree

Florida president Bernie Machen has been outspoken recently about the need for some kind of postseason playoff in college football and you can count his football coach among his backers.

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January 19, 2007

Smart, Savvy Samardzija

To see Jeff Samardzija go the route of professional baseball - over professional football - shouldn’t have come as a total shock. For the sake of health and money, he made a smart, smart decision to go with a career in baseballl. The Cubs signed the former Notre Dame wide receiver for $10 millions over 5 seasons Friday, putting an end to his football career that was destine for the NFL.

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January 08, 2007

Pregame Jitters

The Red Zone is coming live from the CSTV Green Room at Chelsea Piers where we're taking in the game with Crystal Ball's Brian Curtis, Brian Jones and Trev Alberts. Already the comments are flying left and right and talk has veered from football to politics with pot shots at John McCain.

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January 04, 2007

Sugar Bowl News and Notes

NEW ORLEANS - It was a decidedly pro-LSU crowd in the Superdome. Even before kickoff, the Tigers fans were deafening with their chants and boos, especially when the Irish came onto the field to warmup. Entire sections of the stadium were filled with purple and yellow with some spare Notre Dame. The Superdome was packed to capacity with an announced crowd of 77, 781, the fourth largest crowd for the Sugar Bowl since 1984.

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January 03, 2007

Anywhere But Alabama

NEW ORLEANS - The news of Nick Saban's hiring at Alabama isn't sitting very well with the LSU fans here in the city for tonight's Sugar Bowl. From disappointed to surprised to shocked, the emotions were different but not the universal feeling of "anywhere but Alabama."

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January 02, 2007

Sweet As Can Be

NEW ORLEANS - You can't go more than 10 seconds in this town without seeing someone clad in either bright purple and yellow or green and navy.

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January 01, 2007

Wisconsin Overcomes No Running Game

Surprising how Wisconsin got it done today. If you have said that Wisconsin was going to have so much trouble rushing the ball in the first half, yet still have a 10 point lead at the beginning of the third quarter, you would have never believed it. P.J. Hill and the rest of the running game did absolutely nothing all day and John Stocco had a little trouble taking care of the ball. But he threw a couple of TDs and the team persevered. The defense played very well, as usual, to hold on at the end.

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Coker Could Be Catalyst

All tied at the half between Tennessee and Penn State in the Outback Bowl. Anthony Morelli is throwing the ball a lot and that’s always fun to see. And how about that stiff arm from Tennessee’s LaMarcus Coker on that touchdown run?

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December 27, 2006

Got An Extra $6,000?

What’s the hottest sports ticket of all-time? Apparently it’s the BCS Championship Game.

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December 09, 2006

Heisman Will Be Smith's, Deservedly So

As far as suspense goes, this year’s Heisman Trophy race has been about as dull as a butter knife. The quarterback of the No. 1 team in the nation, who performed his best in the biggest games, is on the verge of collecting one of the most prestigious individual honors in all of sports. We've basically seen this coming since September.

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December 08, 2006

Marshall Movie More Than Worth The Price

Sometimes you leave a movie theater feeling high. Sometimes you leave a move theater feeling low. And sometimes you leave it emotionally drained, but smiling as you make your way to the exit. That was the case for me Thursday evening after I had the chance to catch a special screening of Warner Bros. new release, “We Are Marshall,” in Midtown Manhattan.

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December 06, 2006

Bowden Just Fine With BCS

Count Bobby Bowden among one of the few who have no problems with the BCS.

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December 04, 2006

Carr Moody, But For Good Reason

To say Lloyd Carr was perturbed Sunday night would be putting it lightly. Relegated to the Rose Bowl after Florida jumped his Michigan team in the final BCS standings, Carr was as ornery as ever with the media. Peppered with questions about the fallout of Sunday’s BCS rankings, Carr was brief with his answers and refused to say how he really felt.

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December 03, 2006

The Wrapup

Just when we think the BCS is all in order, USC has to go and lose and throw one big curveball.

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December 01, 2006

No Way ND Should Be BCS Bound

Charlie Weis isn’t concerned so much about Notre Dame’s bowl destination. Nor should he be. His team is going to wind up in the Sugar Bowl despite not deserving the honor of playing in a BCS bowl.

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November 26, 2006

The Wrapup

There was a reason why USC came in as an 8.5 point favorite Saturday. And they showed it, in a big way, against the Irish. Simply put: USC showed that it's in a different class than Notre Dame, one that's right next to a team from Columbus, Ohio.

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November 25, 2006

No Big Deal That Gators Won

Chris Leak finally played well in a big spot this season. Going 7-for-8 on that game deciding drive was impressive. Leak did a great job with Dallas Baker on the drive, calling an audible at the line that resulted in a 25-yard completion to Baker and then hooked up with him for a touchdown in the back corner of the endzone that Baker made a nice adjustment to catch.

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November 20, 2006

Enough Is Enough

I agree wholeheartedly with Urban Meyer. There shouldn’t be a rematch between Ohio State and Michigan. We should see some other team in there, whether it winds up being USC, Notre Dame or Meyer’s own Gators.

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November 19, 2006

The Wrapup

So the question now is are we going to get a rematch? There’s no doubt that Ohio State and Michigan played an amazing game Saturday, one that’s going to go down as a classic in the series and will be talked about for the rest of the year. But if you ask me, the prospects of seeing a rematch are looking ever more probable. The answer, however, we should get to rematch question is no.

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November 17, 2006

Now I Know About Bo

Is it ironic or weird or eerie that Bo Schembechler passed away the day before the biggest game in Michigan-Ohio State history?

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November 12, 2006

The Wrapup

How do we properly put into perspective what went down Saturday? I think chaos sums it up nicely.

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November 11, 2006

Rolling Razorbacks

Arkansas is really showing something against Tennessee tonight. They’re just absolutely handing it to the Vols right now at the half, 28-7.

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November 10, 2006

Rutgers and BCS Title Game: We Think Not

If there’s one thing you’re going to come away from yesterday’s Rutgers-Louisville game is that the Scarlet Knights have one heck of a defense. Their speed and tenacity at pressuring Brian Brohm was the reason Rutgers earned the biggest win in school history.

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November 05, 2006

The Wrapup

So Michigan and Ohio State got their scares today against two unlikely opponents. I guess what we saw was a case of Michigan and Ohio State simply overlooking their opponents. Troy Smith didn’t have a huge day and the Wolverines basically won thanks to their defense making the late stop that it did.

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November 04, 2006

To My Surprise, Russell Gets It Done

Just when you thought it would be JaMarcus Russell who would cost the Tigers their game against Tennessee (and he nearly did), the enigmatic QB was the catalyst for LSU’s 4th quarter comeback and its big road win over the Vols.

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Badgers Keep Winning Under The Radar

Wisconsin has basically assured itself of a third place finish in the Big Ten with its win over Penn State today as the Badgers quietly continue to have a very successful season that no one is paying attention to. They got it done, thanks to P.J. Hill who ran for 148 yards and toughing it out after not playing much last weekend against Illinois.

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November 03, 2006

Duh, It's The Defenses

For those who subscribe to the idea that SEC offenses are struggling this year, there’s a perfectly good explanation. It’s those stacked defenses and a glut of new, relatively inexperienced QBs manning the posts at several schools, that’s bringing the conference’s offensive numbers down.

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October 29, 2006

The Wrapup

It was a great game to watch and dramatic as can be, but we shouldn’t be overly surprised that USC finally lost a game. Let’s face it. They’ve been playing with fire these last few weeks, just waiting to get burned. Saturday, they got burned.

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October 27, 2006

Mr. Williams Has Landed (In The Competitive Western State Conference)

Willie Williams has apparently surfaced in California, playing for West Los Angeles Community College. In the enigmatic linebackers first game of the season (he sat out the team’s first five games of the year because he wasn’t eligible academically) he had a blocked punt,13 tackles and two sacks as his team lost 28-0.

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October 22, 2006

The Wrapup

It was a pretty wild Saturday that saw some history, another incredible comeback and a plethora of performances that helped sort out the national picture a little more. Here’s what I think we’ve learned and what I come away from Saturday with. . .

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October 18, 2006

Bye Comes At Good Time For Gators

After their tough loss to Auburn last week, the bye week is coming at a pretty good time for Florida and coach Urban Meyer. The Gators, owners of arguably the nation’s toughest schedule, just got down with a gauntlet of a run through SEC play that featured five straight games against Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, LSU and the Tigers.

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October 15, 2006

The Wrapup

I don’t think I could have been more wrong about two of the biggest games Saturday. I thought we’d see USC’s A game against ASU and I expected Florida to beat on Auburn. It didn't exactly pan out that way.

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October 14, 2006

RIP Auburn's Defense

Can we officially say that Auburn has been exposed? Florida is doing a number on the Tigers defense, running through Auburn because the Tigers have missed tackle after tackle. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville says his defense is confused. I guess it thinks its good or something.

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Playing Like Dogs, Again

Another weekend full of upsets? It could be shaping up that way. Several early afternoon games have given us some scares and close calls. And we’ve gotten a few nice upsets as well.

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October 13, 2006

Close Calls Aren't A Big Deal To Carroll

A lot has been made over the past several weeks about USC and its seeming lack of domination and calls from many that the Trojans should be dropped in the polls.

Despite some closer than expected victories over the likes of Washington State and Washington, USC has hung steady at No. 3 in the AP poll since Week 4.

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October 08, 2006

The Wrapup

A big day of college football and there’s a lot to take it. But there are certainly a number of things that I think we learned today and a lot of it comes out of the SEC.

Georgia is not anywhere close to a Top 10 team. Despite scoring as many points as they did against Tennessee in their loss, they still have questions on offense and apparently their defense doesn’t stand up much against some actual competition.

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October 07, 2006

Too Many Mistakes

JaMarcus Russell has to be the focal point for LSU to pull off this win at The Swamp. But Russell has a fumbled a snap right at the goal line and an interception, accounting for two of the Tigers three early turnovers. These mistakes are hurting LSU in a game they easily could have been leading at halftime. Just too many penalties and too many mistakes.

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One Of Those Days?

So Wake Forest and Auburn are no longer undefeated after suffering losses earlier this afternoon. Is it shaping up to be one of those days? I think so.

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October 06, 2006

Can Russell Get It Done?

JaMarcus Russell is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country right now after his performance against Mississippi State last week. And heading into LSU’s critical matchup against Florida, Russell figures to be the key to the Tigers ultimate success. But the question on many people’s minds is whether the junior can get the job done?

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October 01, 2006

The Wrapup

Should we now look forward to a winner take all, Armageddon-esque game between Michigan and Ohio State Nov. 18? I think so. With Ohio State’s easy schedule from here on out. Michigan’s slate is more than manageable until the season finale meeting. So the only teams that are going to defeat Ohio State and Michigan is Ohio State and Michigan. It only seems inevitable - considering the way these two teams are playing - that the winner is going to play for the national championship. Consider:

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September 30, 2006

If Only Calvin Johnson Had A Better Ball

Think of how dynamic Calvin Johnson would be if he had a real, legitimate quarterback throwing him the ball rather than Reggie Ball.

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September 24, 2006

The Wrapup

There was no official moniker for this Saturday, but Survival Saturday was more than fitting. I think it’s safe to say that we saw that there really isn’t an overly dominant team out there right now.

The top unbeaten teams - Ohio State, USC, Michigan, Florida and Auburn - didn’t have particularly inspiring performances today. And some other top tier teams hung on in their respective games after facing some stiff competition from their opponents early on like Virginia Tech, and most notably, Georgia. But they all survived, and national championship and BCS berth hopes are still intact for nearly all who entered the weekend with big time postseason hopes.

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September 23, 2006

Big Play Buckeye

Well, was that 37-yard TD from Troy Smith to Brian Robiskie a Heisman-caliber moment, or what? That was some play Smith made – with his feet – during an otherwise less than stellar performance out of the Buckeyes offense. It was a weird game.

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Dog Day For Georgia

Talk about dodging a bullet. Georgia barely beats Colorado. Colorado, the worst team in the Big 12. Colorado, the team that dropped its opener to Montana State. This from one of the country's best defensive teams, but it certainly wasn't their fault.

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Live and Learn

Today’s goal for just about every Top 25 team out there is to avoid the letdown. And so far, some teams heeded that creed better than others.

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September 22, 2006

Defense Name of the Game In SEC

It’s no surprise that the best conference in the country is also home to the best defenses in the country. The SEC has four teams in the AP Top 10 and the same four teams among of the top 21 defenses in the nation.

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September 17, 2006

The Wrapup

Where to start on a Saturday like this, I’m not sure. There was measuring stick game after measuring stick game all over the country and several teams rose to the occasion in the seven games that featured ranked teams against each other.

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September 16, 2006

Hard To Swallow Russell Decisions

If you loved defense and if you loved a thrilling finish, then Auburn-LSU was the game for you Saturday.

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September 10, 2006

The Wrapup

It should be pretty clear now who the No. 1 team in the nation is. Ohio State, behind quarterback Troy Smith, showed the country they are the best team with a 24-7 win over the Longhorns on the road and I think it's safe to say we learned some things from this game.

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September 08, 2006

Urban, SEC Are Anti-Rules Changes

Urban Meyer was just one of many outspoken coaches earlier this week that aren’t happy about the new rules changes to the clock.

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September 04, 2006

New Rules, No Problems

The rules changes went over without any major gripping or complaining from the majority of Big East coaches Monday. No one felt the rules were a hindrance or a pain, but some noticed more of a difference than others.

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September 03, 2006

The Wrapup

Well, a win’s a win and that’s what the Irish got Saturday. It wasn’t pretty and the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but Charlie Weis’ squad got the job done. They won and survived, lived to face Penn State next without a loss hanging over them and still one of the favorites to make it to the national championship game. For that, they should be satisfied. For other reasons, there should be concern.

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September 01, 2006

The Obligatory Predictions

Since the season is officially here, I figured it was time to do what everyone else around the country has done: make the obligatory predictions. This way, I’m on the record and I’ll be able to look back in amazement about how poorly - or precisely - I predicted things would pan out.

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July 28, 2006

SEC: Media Days Conclude

And so the 2006 SEC Media Days here in Birmingham, Alabama have come to and end and SEC fans, players, and coaches can look forward to the start of practices next week.

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SEC: Our Media Day Awards

As we wrap up the 2006 SEC Media Days, Jean Neuberger and I have comprised a list of our own awards for some of the performances over this three-day event. Enjoy!

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SEC: Croom vs. Meyer

Mississippi State head coach Slyvester Croom and Florida coach Urban Meyer shared much different opinions on the issue of bringing back athletic dorms with the media.

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SEC: Media All-SEC Team Released

The 2006 Media Days All-SEC Team was announced this morning. Here's the first team....

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SEC: From One Gator to Another

Florida head coach Urban Meyer discussed the relationship between senior quarterback Chris Leak and Tim Tebow during part of his address to the media. "There's a very good relationship between Chris and Tim. Tim has a great advantage because he's learning from Chris Leak," Meyer said, adding that when Leak didn't have that luxury when he came into the program.

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SEC: Youthful Energy

Mississippi State quarterback Michael Henig steps into the starting role this season. Only a sophomore, Henig has a very young look about him, but when speaking to reporters, Henig had a very mature and confident tone about him. When asked about his small size - Henig is just 6-0 and 185 pounds - the sophomore quarterback brushed away any doubts about his size.

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SEC: What Could Have Been

When Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was asked to reflect on his thoughts about two years ago when the Tigers were shut out of the national title game despite a perfect season, Tuberville said he felt his Tigers deserved a spot in that game.

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SEC: Putting It To Rest

LSU head coach Les Miles is up at the podium right now and in his opening remarks, the second-year head coach mentioned how the question most posed to him has been who he's starting at quarterback this season. Well, Miles wasted no time answering that question.

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SEC: The Media's 2006 SEC Predictions

The SEC has released the media's predictions for the SEC standings this season, as well as the media's pick to win the SEC championship. Here is the predicted order of finish and the media's pick to win the SEC:

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SEC: Greeting from Birmingham Day Three

The third and final day of the SEC media days is underway, as Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is up at the podium right now - the first of four coaches to speak today. Besides the Tigers, LSU, Mississippi State, and Florida are here today to talk to the media at the Wynfrey hotel in Birmingham.

July 27, 2006

SEC: Stability is Good

While my colleague Jean Neuberger was in the television room here, he came across Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron discussing retention among SEC coaches over the past year.

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SEC: All Business

Don't tell Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk anything about taking easy college classes such as Matt Leinart's ballroom dancing course. While Leinart may have overwhelmed Monk and the Hogs on the football field last season, Monk has outclassed Leinart in the world of academia.

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SEC: Things that Need to Improve


South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier spoke to the media on Thursday. Spurrier said his biggest concern going into this season is stopping the run, as his Gamecocks were near the bottom last year in run defense. Spurrier also said how he feels the commitement level throughout the team is not good enough, adding that five to seven guys on the team don't understand what it takes to be a winner. Spurrier is heading into his second season at the helm for the Gamecocks.

SEC: Hoping to Return to Form

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SEC: Man of the Hour

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was the last of the coaches to speak at today's media day and he got the crowd in the room to break out into laughter several times. In what at times seemed like a mix between a press conference and a stand-up comedy routine, here is a sampling of some of Spurrier's humor when he spoke with the media:

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SEC: Buy Your Ticket

Arkansas linebacker Sam Olajubutu told the group of reporters assembled around him to "buy their tickets" for the Razorbacks' first game of the season against USC in a rematch from last year's blowout loss.

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SEC: Arkansas' Offensive Goru

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt spoke about new offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn, saying he was going to "turn him loose," as far as running the Razorback offense goes.

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SEC: It Won't Be Easy

Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is not taking anything for granted and knows that just because they are Tennessee doesn't mean that it'll be a piece a cake to turn it around and return to their old form after a 5-6 record last season.

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SEC: Not Much To Say

When asked about last year's loss to Vanderbilt, Tennessee head coach Philip Fulmer sure didn't have much to say.

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SEC: Fuel to the Fire

Tennessee offensive tackle Arron Sears talked about the dissapointment of last season, saying "it was a sick feeling to not be in a bowl game last year. That doesn't happen very often at Tennessee."

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SEC: Change of Pace

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is talking to the media right now and just got finished talking about how different it felt not qualifying for a bowl game last season - the first time in 18 years since the Vols did not make a bowl game.

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SEC: QB Shakeup at Ole Miss

Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron has finished speaking to the media. One thing on his list of topics was the quarterback position.

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SEC: Rule Changes

In his address to the media, SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Rogers Redding went over some of the rule changes taking effect this upcoming season.

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SEC: Good Morning from Birmingham

Hello and good morning from Day Two of the SEC Media Days from here in the Wynfrey Hotel in Brimingham, AL where my tag team partner Jean Neuberger and I will have all the news and action covered from start to finish.

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July 26, 2006

SEC: More Time to Go Out and Play

While the coaches today did express concerns over player injuries or having to cut down practice time or not work the players quite as hard because of the new 12 game schedule, don't tell that to Kentucky's Keenan Burton. The junior wideout is thrilled to just have the opportunity to play another game.

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SEC: Looking to College Baseball?

Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks - the final of the SEC coaches to speak today - began his address with a bit of humor, saying he was glad to be back this year, and that he hopes to be back again here next year. Meanwhile, Brooks talked about college baseball as a means to draw inspiration and comparison for his team as the Wildcats look to climb the ladder in the stacked SEC Conference.

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SEC: A Different Point of View

Georgia head coach Mark Richt took to the podium after Vanderbil, and shared quite a different outlook than Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson on the NCAA rule allowing players who have graduated but have eligibiility remaining to transfer to another school and be able to play immediately.

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SEC: Reaping the Benefits

In what has been a widely debated rule in college football recently, Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson has no problem with the rule that allows athletes to transfer to another school and be able to play immediately as long as they are doing graduate work. And why wouldn't he be? One of his own quarterbacks has done exactly just that.

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SEC: A Hard Act to Follow

Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson is up at the podium now and was just talking about former starting QB Jay Cutler and how much he'll be missed. And with the career that Cutler put together at Vandy, who can blame him?

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SEC: Sweet Home Alabama

Day One of SEC Media Day is well under way from the Wynfrey Hotel here in Birmingham, Alabama. Tons of media are here right now, and they just saw Alabama head coach Mike Shula wrap up his address to the media a few short moments ago. Shula should feel right at home here, as not only are we in the state of Alabama, but there is a "Shula's Restaurant" right downstairs in this very hotel.

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