The Oregon Ducks have won three consecutive Pac 10/12 titles and look to go for a fourth this year. Chip Kelly has taken this team to the next level and has consistently improved on their record each year going 10-3 in 2009, 12-1 in 2010, and going 12-2 in 2011. He has taken Oregon to two Rose Bowls and one BCS Title game. He has potential to be the greatest coach in Oregon history if he can finally win the BCS title there. The Ducks did lose their leading rusher in LaMichael James and starting quarterback Darron Thomas inexplicably left early for the NFL Draft. Thomas was not drafted and now the Ducks are going to start an inexperienced quarterback. Expectations are still high in Eugene though as Chip Kelly has made the Ducks a perennial contender not only in the Pac 12 but on the national scene too.
The Oregon Ducks return 5 starters on an offense that ranked 4th in total offense, 5th in rushing offense, and 68th in passing offense. Right now, the quarterback battle is between junior Bryan Bennett and sophomore Marcus Mariota. Mariota looks to have the edge heading into fall camp even though he did not get any playing time last year. Bennett played some last year and threw for 369 yards and 6 touchdowns on 25 of 46 passing. Bennett also ran for 200 yards on 23 attempts. But during the Spring Game, Mariota's Mighty Oregon squad thrashed the Bennett Fighting Oregon squad 41-14. Luckily the Ducks have running backs Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas returning. Barner ran for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns last year while also adding 17 receptions for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. Thomas ran for 595 yards and 7 touchdowns while also being the second leading receiver with 46 receptions for 605 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Ducks return only one starting wide receiver, Josh Huff. Huff had 31 receptions for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receivers Devon Blackmon and Rahsaan Vaughn will be in the other two slots. Blackomn is a redshirt freshman and Vaughn only had 14 receptions for 184 yards and 1 touchdown. The tight end position will probably be Colt Lyeria. Colt had 7 receptions for 147 yards last year and no touchdowns. The offensive line returns center Hroniss Grasu, left guard Carson York, and left tackle Nick Cody. The right side of the line will be new and have Ryan Clanton at right guard and Jake Fisher at right tackle. This offense should be able to keep up the pace that Kelly enjoys and shouldn't sturgle too much in their first three games as they gel.
The Ducks return 6 starters on a defense that ranks 67th in total defense, 54th in rushing defense, and 88th in passing defense. Part of the reason their numbers are so bad is because they are out on the field more than other defenses. Oregon was dead last in the FBS in time of possession. The Oregon front four return 3 starters with defensive tackles Ricky Heimuli and Taylor Hart, and defensive end Dion Jordan. Heimuli had 22 tackles and 0.5 a tackle for loss while Hart had 44 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Jordan had 42 tackles, a team leading 13 tackles for loss, and a team leading 7.5 sacks. True freshman Arik Armstead looks to be the other defensive end heading into fall camp. The linebacking corps returns only one starter in the Will linebacker Michael Clay. Clay was the second leading tackler for Oregon with 102 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions with 1 returned for a touchdown. Kiko Alonso will be at the Mike and Boseko Lokombo will be at the Sam. Alonso had 46 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks last year while Lokombo had 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns. The secondary returns 2 starters with Terrnace Mitchell at one corner and free safety John Boyett. Mitchell had 45 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions while Boyett had led the team with 108 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 a sack, and 1 interception. The other corner back will be Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and the rover Avery Patterson. Ekpre-Olomu had 34 tackles, 0.5 a tackle for a loss, and 8 passes broken up while Patterson had 55 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 5 passes broken up. This defense will need too shore up against the pass to improve from last year.
The Oregon schedule boils down to one key stretch from mid-October to mid-November. The Ducks start off the year with three straight non-conference games at home with Arkansas State, Fresno State, and Tennessee Tech. The Ducks then host Arizona before heading to a neutral site game with Washington State. The Ducks then host Washington the following week before taking a bye. A Thursday night game at Arizona State precedes the Ducks home game against Colorado. The big showdown at USC comes after Colorado and it should determine who hosts the Pac 12 Championship Game November 30th. After a tough USC game, the Ducks head to Cal before coming home for Stanford. The last game of the season is the Civil War at Oregon State. I think the Ducks will play the next Friday in the Pac 12 Championship Game. I'm not sure when but I know the Ducks will split with USC. I think they'll end up 12-1 but I don't know if they'll be Pac 12 Champs and having a shot at the BCS or if they'll be headed to the Rose Bowl as an alternate. All in all, I think the Ducks will have another great season and be in the mix for the BCS title.
Right now the players of Penn State have a very difficult choice to make. Should I stay at Penn State and not play for anything but pride and the school? Or should I transfer to another university where I can escape the microscope I'm going to be under for the entire season and have a shot at postseason glory?
I know a lot of fans, me included, would like to believe these players are loyal to the school first and nothing can break that loyalty. But they're not. Most of these young men are there because they were given a scholarship to a Big Ten school that could possibly play for conference championships and national titles. They were there because of a supposedly great man that would help them get to the next level of football. There may be some players that grew up Penn State fans, but I guarantee you most of them are there because the scholarship was right and they felt that they could play there quicker than any other university.
Today's players are a complex creature. Most of them want to make it to the NFL where they can be paid millions of dollars and take care of their families for the rest of their lives. They are looking for a university that will provide them with a quick path to playing time and a lot of television exposure. To most of these men, the education is secondary to their sport. The days of playing for good old State U are but a distant memory.
That's why the Penn State players that choose to leave should not be judged. They were sold a false goods. They never knew that a horrendous scandal was hiding in plain sight while they worked their butts off to make it to the next level. Part of making it to the next level is playing in a big game such as a conference championship game, marquee bowl game, or even the national title game. The current players there will not see any sort of postseason for the rest of their careers at Penn State. If you had no loyalty to the school would you stay?
If you go on twitter and type in @MomentofSilas25 you will see fans supporting Redd, begging him to come to their university, and even insulting him. This is part of the problem that President Emmert was talking about when implied that people are making football a too important part of the college experience. A lot of people take Silas Redd leaving way to seriously and will go after him anonymously on the internet because it makes them feel like a big person. It's sad.
Silas Redd in all likelihood is going to be at USC by the end of the month. I have no problem with this. He is a great tailback that should excel under Lane Kiffin's offense. He'll be on national television every week while USC plays and could even mount a Heisman campaign if he and Matt Barkley put up big numbers. There is also the argument that a winter at USC beats the hell out of a winter State College, Pennsylvania. But that is secondary to him. He is likely playing his last college season and will need to make as big an impact as possible on his draft status to get a bigger contract. He knows the shelf life of an NFL running back is short and that he needs to make hay while the sun is still shining. It's sad that he won't do this at Penn State but they let him down.
For the players that stay at Penn State, they will face a tough row to hoe. They will face questions for several years about the impact of four men and their inaction. Some of the future Penn State players will go to the school and play at a university that will be scraping by for money as the lawsuits mount. It is not going to be a pleasant experience. But they will be building character and great resolve. They will start their own legacy at Penn State under Bill O'Brien. It will be a time in Penn State football history where they have to suffer. I doubt Penn State will win more than 8 games a season while they are there. But they will have a united fan base and a great number of people supporting them because of the sacrifice they made to stay at Penn State instead of going elsewhere. And that is something special.
The players face two roads right now and both are the right path. It is ridiculously difficult for any of us to imagine what it is like to go through such turmoil. The only things I can compare it too are when Mark Price was fired in May of 2003 and the firing of Bobby Petrino by Arkansas this past April. For the players that leave, know that they may not have wanted to deal with the repercussions of the men that were supposed to lead them and teach them. For the players that stay, applaud them for their loyalty and dedication to the idea of Penn State. Both are right for the right reasons.
The ACC has not had a BCS Champion since Florida State back in 1999 and they haven't had a BCS Championship Game appearance since Florida State in 2000. The bright side for the though was two ACC appeared in BCS bowls (Virginia Tech in the Sugar, Clemson in the Orange) for the first time in conference history last year. The downside was that both teams lost (Virginia Tech lost to Michigan 23-20 in OT and Clemson lost to West Virginia 70-33). The ACC is 2-13 in BCS Bowls since the beginning of the BCS. This conference is in need of a serious image overhaul and it looks like this year can do it for the ACC with several strong title contenders in Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. So here for you are some things to look out for this year in the ACC.
Rising Star of the ACC: The rising star of the ACC is Sammy Watkins. He was voted by the media as the preseason player of the year and has a great upside this year after he serves whatever disciplinary measures head coach Dabo Swinney gives Sammy for his marijuana arrest.
Fading Star of the ACC: The fading star of the ACC is E.J. Manuel. Manuel came in with a lot of fanfare and helped salvage the last season for Bobby Bowden. He always seems to get an injury at the most inopportune time. He has yet to reach the full potential that many people saw in him and unless he leads FSU to an ACC title, he'll only have one more year to prove his worth.
Best Conference Game of the ACC: There is a tie for the best conference game of the year in the ACC. The first game of the year is when Clemson goes to Florida State on September 22nd. This game should determine the Atlantic Division. The other game of the year would also include Florida State when they go to Virginia Tech on Thursday, November 8th. This will probably be a preview of the ACC Championship Game December 1st.
Best Non-Conference Game of the ACC: The best non-conference game of the year for the ACC is when Clemson opens up the season with Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. These teams played a great game last year and there may be some bad blood between the two after Dabo Swinney did his best professional wrestler impersonation. This game will go a long way in determining both schools fate for the season.
Surprise Team of the ACC: The surprise team of the ACC is N.C. State. This team has 7 returning starters on offense and 6 returning starters on defense. Their schedule sets up favorably with a non-conference schedule that features two BCS schools with losing records (Tennessee and UCONN), a first year FBS school (South Alabama), and an FCS school (The Citadel). Their ACC schedule has only two true tough road games with trips to North Carolina and Clemson. Their home games feature FSU, Virginia, Wake Forest, and Boston College. They should be able to be a contender for the Atlantic Division and be the surprise team this year.
Dark Horse Conference Champion: My pick for the dark horse conference champion is Virgina. Mike London has steadily progressed at Virginia with his first year record being 4-8 and his second year record of 8-5. This team has the potential to pull some upsets and only have three tough conference games this year (at Georgia Tech September 15th, at N.C. State on November 3rd, and at Virginia Tech on November 24th). If they can build on their success from last year, they'll be in Charlotte.
Predicted Conference Championship Game: I think that in the end it will be FSU playing Virginia Tech in Charlotte for the title. I like FSU to win the game and go on to the Orange Bowl.
The Georgia Bulldogs have very high expectations going into this season. Though running back Isaiah Crowell has been kicked off the team, there are a lot of returning starters. Some fans are expecting another SEC East title as well as a BCS Title game appearance while other fans are weary of the high expectations. Mark Richt has led his Georgia Bulldogs to three Sugar Bowl appearances in 2002, 2005, and 2007 but has no other appearance in a BCS tied in bowl. Richt's teams tend to do better when the expectations are lowered for the Bulldogs but this season has a lot of promise for the Bulldogs.
The Georgia offense returns 6 offensive starters on a unit that was ranked 39th in total offense, 49th in rushing offense, and 48th in passing offense. Aaron Murray is one of the two best quarterbacks in the conference and has a 16-11 career record at Georgia. Last year, Murray threw for 3,149 yards on 238 of 403 throws, 35 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Murray also rushed for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Isaiah Crowell dismissed from the team, Ken Malcome is in line to be the starting running back for Georgia this year. Malcome ran for 174 yards on 42 attepmts in 6 games last year for an average of 4.1 yards a carry. He did not score a touchdown last year but will see his workload increase significantly until true freshman Keith Marshall gets his college legs. The other running back who will be in the mix is Brandon Harton who rushed for 247 yards on 53 carries in 5 games last year for an average of 4.7 yards a carry and 1 touchdown. The receiving corps has three returning starters in Michael Bennet, Tavarres King, and Marlon Brown. King was the leading receiver for Georgia with 47 receptions for 705 yards and 8 touchdowns while Bennet had 32 receptions for 320 yards and 5 touchdowns. Brown had 15 receptions for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. The offensive line returns 2 starters though Kenarious Gates is moving from guard to left tackle. Right guard Chris Burnette is the other returning starter on the offensive line. Sophomore David Andrews looks to be the starting center with junior Dallas Lee at left guard, and Kolton Houston at right tackle. This offense last year averaged 32 points a game last year and should be able to do the same if their running game stays somewhat consistent. This offense has potential to be on of the best in the SEC and the nation.
The Georgia defense returns 9 starters on a unit that ranked 5th in total defense, 11th in rushing defense, and 10th in passing defense. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham did a great job of turnign this defense around. The defensive line returns all three starters in defensive ends Abry Jones and Cornelius Washington and nose guard John Jenkins. Abry Jones had 48 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks while Washington had 17 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. Jenkins had 28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 interception. This unit did a great job of applying pressure to the quarterback and winning the battle for the line of scrimmage. The linebacking corps returns three of the four starters with inside linebackers Michael Gilliard and Alec Ogletree and outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. Jarvis Jones was the second leading tackler on the team with 70 as well as registering a team leading 19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. Gilliard was the teams third leading tackler with 65 and registered 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 1 interception. Ogletree only played in 8 games last year due to a broken foot he suffered against Boise State but registered 52 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.The other outside linebacker will be Chase Vasser who registered 16 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in 12 games last year. The secondary returns three of four starters as well with corner back Sanders Commings, strong safety Shawn Williams, and free safety Bacarri Rambo. Commings recorded 55 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 interception last year while Williams was the leading tackler for Georgia last year with 72 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 4 interceptions. Rambo led the team in interceptions last year with 8 including 1 for a touchdown as well as recording 55 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. During the offseason, it was reported that Ogletree and Rambo failed a drug test and will miss two to four games to start the season. This defense should be a very strong unit again and should be one of the top five in the nation.
The schedule this year for the Georgia Bulldogs is very favorable. They open up the season hosting Buffalo before heading to Columbia, Missouri to play the Tigers. That game can go a long way in determining the SEC East. After playing Missouri, the Bulldogs return home to face Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee before heading to the other Columbia to play South Carolina. A bye week follows that monumental game before playing two away games in Kentucky and the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Ole Miss comes to Athens the next week before the Bulldogs head to Auburn. They then finish up the year playing back to back triple option teams in Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech at home. While the Bulldogs do have a rough start without Ogletree and Rambo, I think they finish the season 11-1 with their lone loss coming to South Carolina. They should win the East and if they can win the SEC Championship Game, they'll be in contention for the BCS Championship Game.
Good morning folks! It was a busy day yesterday as Penn State got hammered by the NCAA. Here is my column on that. There are lot of links today as i give you multiple opinions on the ruling plus some other football news.
The NCAA absolutely did the right thing in punishing Penn State the way they did. Penn State was hit with a loss of 10 scholarships per year and a max of 65 scholarships for the next four years as well as a four year postseason ban and a $60 million dollar fine. The biggest blow to the Penn State was the vacation of all football wins from 1998 through 2011. This knocks Joe Paterno from Division I's all time winningest coach to 8th all time in Division I-A. It erases the one thing that Joe Paterno strived for in a lasting legacy as the winningest major college football coach.
The punishment was more than just and fair. The entire university structure was compromised for the advancement of the football program. The well being of at least 13 young boys was compromised by men who should have been there to protect them. These men are all out of power now and have lost their influence at Penn State. This was a textbook example of lack of institutional control. Something had to be done to show that this type of corruption would not be tolerated by the NCAA. That something was to cripple the program as much as possible without giving it the death penalty.
This was an unprecedented situation in the history of the NCAA. The only thing that is somewhat relatable is how high up the corruption went up at SMU but that was for improper benefits. This was to protect a football program and a man whose soul goal was to break the all-time record for wins in Division I football. He used this coverup for an improper benefit for him and the Penn State football program. The coverup allowed the entire football program to benefit for 14 years by getting more wins for Paterno and more prestige for the program. Meanwhile a man continued to molest young boys on school property and was caught at least one other time by Penn State staff. Joe Paterno had such great power that even the janitors feared turning in Jerry Sandusky because they thought Joe Paterno would fire them.
This punishment will affect many people who had absolutely nothing to do with the coverup. Major coverups always tend to have massive amounts of collateral damage. Enron, Healthsouth, and other corporate scandals all impacted the employees whose bosses put profits before people. Joe Paterno, Presidetn Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, and school vice president Gary Schultz all put Jerry Sandusky and the image of Penn State before the welfare of young boys. Their unfortunate actions hurt the entire Penn State faculty and student body.
The fans of Penn State are going to endure the roughest years seen by any football program since SMU. But the fans are responsible for this environment of deification of Joe Paterno. They made him an all-powerful person whose judgement and decisions were never questioned. They will have to suffer these hard times much like the citizens of Germany had to suffer the aftermath of their duly elected officials after 1945. It will be very difficult for Penn State to recover from this and they may never truly recover from this blow. The fans of Penn State will be unable to wear any Penn State paraphernalia without others thinking about the Sandusky scandal.
The current and future Penn State players are going to be miserable because of the actions of those four men. They will never know the joy of playing in a bowl game and never get a chance to be a Big Ten champion. They will probably play before a half full stadium and a student body that does not care for a losing football team. Does this seem unfair? No because they can choose to stay at Penn State or leave. Those 13 victims had no choice about being molested.
I think the thing that most people seem to forget are the victims. As horrible as these punishments are for Penn State, they will never bring back the innocence lost by the 13 victims. Four men put the well being of these young men at risk because they cared more about winning football games. These four men thought more of themselves and protecting a child molester than doing the right thing by turning him in. They violated not only university policies but federal ones as well. And they did so all in the name of football.
Will the NCAA ever hand down a punishment this swiftly and quickly without launching a full investigation again? Probably not. I don't think this is a dangerous precedent being set. This was a very unique circumstance and quick, harsh action needed to be done. The NCAA did the right thing in going after the university that fostered this type of environment. Many people will be affected for the next 20 years at least. The NCAA has shown that their true purpose is to be a place where academics are superior to athletics. The NCAA took an action that shows they are no longer going to allow coaches to act as benevolent despots in their respective universities. The NCAA did the right thing.
Good afternoon! I will be have the latest on the Penn State ruling from the NCAA tomorrow and a column up tomorrow afternoon. Follow my twitter account for all the latest that comes down. Here are links to the columns and appearances I wrote for this week:
The Old Ball Coach has his Gamecocks coming off the schools first ever 11 win season. South Carolina has high expectations this year and look to get South Carolina that elusive SEC Championship. A new defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward takes over for the departing Ellis Johnson. His defense put on a clinic against Nebraska and will look to make an impact in the SEC. Connor Shaw will be at the helm for the entire season and not have to look over his shoulder. The Gamecocks have a lot going for them and if the chips fall the right way, they could end up in Miami.
The Gamecocks offense returns 7 starters on an offense that finished the season ranked 74th in total offense, 25th in rushing offense, and 95th in passing offense. Connor Shaw will be back as the starting quarterback after throwing for 1,448 yards on 123 of 188 passes. Shaw had 6 interceptions and 14 touchdowns as well as running for 525 yards and 8 touchdowns. He will throw for over 2,000 yards this year since he will receive all the snaps at quarterback. Marcus Lattimore will be coming off of ACL surgery and look to show that he is back to his pre-ACL tear self. In 6 and a half games, Lattimore ran for 818 yards on 163 attempts and 10 touchdowns. If he is unable to return to his pre-tear status, Brandon Wilds will step in. Wilds ended up rushing for 486 yards on 107 carries and touchdowns. All-SEC wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey is gone and returning starter Ace Sanders looks to be the big play threat for the Gamecocks. Sanders had 29 catches for 383 yards and 2 touchdowns. D.L. Moore and DeAngleo Smith look to fill in at the other two wide receiver positions. Moore had 8 receptions for 52 yards and 1 touchdown while Smith had 3 receptions for 22 yards. Tight end Justice Cunningham returns at starter after having an decent year with 18 catches for 142 yards and 1 touchdown. The offensive line returns three starters in center T.J. Johnson, left guard A.J. Cann, and and right tackle Mike Matulis. Redshirt freshman Brandon Shell looks to be the starting left tackle and Ronald Patrick looks to be the right guard. The Gamecocks will want to pound the ball with Lattimore and Wilds to set up their passing game. If Shaw can throw for over 2,500 yards and Lattimore rushes for over 1,000, it will have been a very successful offensive year for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina returns 6 starters on a defense that finished the season ranked 3rd in total defense, 45th in rushing defense, and 2nd in passing defense. Lorenzo Ward's defense held the Nebraska rushing attack to 137 yards rushing on 46 attempts. He will need to continue to develop his rushing defense if South Carolina is going to have success in the SEC this year. The defensive line returns two starters with Devin Taylor at once defensive end and Kelcy Quarles at defensive tackle. Taylor had 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 1 interception returned 48 yards for a touchdown. Quarles had 28 tackles and 2 tackles for loss last year. Byron Jerideau will be at the other defensive tackle and much hyped Jadeveon Clowney looks to be the starter at the other defensive end position. Jerideau had 7 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks while Clowney had 36 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. Clowney looks to put up monster numbers this year and is on many watch lists for best lineman and best defensive player. The linebacking corps for South Carolina returns 1 starter with Mike linebacker Shaq Wilson. Wilson was a force to be reckoned with for the Gamecocks with 52 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Damario Jeffrey will be at the Will linebacker and had 14 tackles and .5 a tackle for loss last year. The secondary has 5 positions in it with two corner backs, two safeties, and a hybrid position called the Spur. Only 2 players are returning starters in the secondary with Spur DeVonte Holloman and free safety D.J. Swearinger. Holloman had 51 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 interception while Swearinger had had 80 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 3 interceptions. South Carolina will be breaking in two new starting corner backs with Akeem Auguste and Victor Hampton, Auguste played in one game last year and had 4 tackles while Hampton played in 10 games last year and had 14 tackles and 1 interception. The strong safety for the Gamecocks will be Brison Williams who had 11 tackles last year in 8 games played. This unit will need to improve against the run dramatically in the ground and pound SEC. If they can continue to play great pass defense and improve that running defense, this team will go very far.
South Carolina's schedule this year has several difficult games along the way. The opener against Vanderbilt will be tough road test for the Gamecocks. After that, they play three straight home games against ECU, UAB, and Missouri. A trip to Kentucky precedes the game that should decide the SEC East when Georgia comes to visit. After the Georgia game, South Carolina goes to LSU and to Florida. They finish this rough stretch by hosting Tennessee at home before their bye week. Arkansas comes to South Carolina after the bye before a cupcake game against Wofford. The big rivalry game at Clemson finishes up the season for South Carolina. I really like this South Carolina team and if they didn't catch LSU in the rotation this year, I would say they could win the East. I think that South Carolina finishes the season with a 10-2 record with losses to LSU and Arkansas. If they didn't have to play LSU, they would win the SEC East easily. All in all, South Carolina should repeat and have another 11 win season after the bowl game.
Good Morning! SEC Media Days has wrapped up and now we're getting other conferences doing their media days as well. Football season is 41 days away! Here are links to SEC Media Days coverage as well as my column from yesterday previewing Vanderbilt.
1) Chris Low and Ivan Maisel wrap up Day 3 of SEC Media Days here.
2) Here is ESPN's wrap up of the SEC Media Days with links to a lot of stories.