All due respect to teams in the East, but the conference’s best bets to run its Bowl Championship Series title streak to six years are in the West. Alabama and LSU, national champions in 2007 and ’09 respectively, are consensus top-10 teams. The Crimson Tide returns seven starters on a defense that should rank among the best in the country. LSU, with a good mix of players back on both sides of the ball and one last chance for quarterback Jordan Jefferson, are right there too. Both teams have question marks (quarterback for Alabama and, well, quarterback for LSU), but their strengths more than make up for them. The West had the four best teams in the league last year and is home to the last two national champions (Alabama and Auburn). If a team can navigate that minefield again, it will be in the mix for the BCS title.
SEC Media Days sure have had their moments. Who can forget Phillip Fulmer getting served or Nick Saban going all "pimps" on agents?
How about the silly conspiracy over which coach dissed Tim Tebow on the All-SEC team — and Steve Spurrier’s admission that he let a lieutenant vote for him?
There’s always some offseason issue that causes drama at the SEC’s annual three-day hypefest, but this week’s renewal at Hoover’s Wynfrey Hotel follows a particularly chippy offseason.
One surprise first round entrant is Alabama defensive tackle Kerry Murphy. The defensive tackle's future at Alabama is somewhat in question due to a knee injury. According to the SB Nation Alabama site Roll Bama Roll, Murphy may even get a medical redshirt this season.
Taylor Dugas wants to make it clear -- he is returning to the University of Alabama. After weeks of negotiation and speculation on whether he would sign with the Chicago Cubs, the center fielder from Louisiana looked at the offer on the table and stepped away, informing the Cubs earlier this week that he would return to Alabama for his senior season.
For the first year in our program rankings a team other than Ohio State or Southern California finished No. 1 as Alabama not only moved into the top slot but dominated
After months of threats, Yahoo Sports finally ‘did it’ and dropped tons of exploding ordinance on Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Most experts thought Yahoo was going to do a huge expose about the scandalous practice of people giving other people money and good car deals, but nope, they dropped actual weapons from the sky and blew up a ton of $#!^.
But move beyond that. Pay the players who fill those six-figure stadiums. Pay the athletes who promote the brand of the alma mater. Pay the female athletes, too, because who needs a lawsuit? Work out your budget. Feel magnanimous about putting more money in the pockets of student-athletes. Now, go hire an attorney. "If they are paid more than the cost of attendance," Matt Mitten, the director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette Law School, said of student-athletes, "they would likely be characterized as employees. And that has a number of implications." If they are employees, some or all of the athletic scholarships they receive might be taxed as income.
Foley High School preservation of football film includes a highlight of Kenny Stabler juking defenders and slipping through would-be BCHS tacklers during a game in 1963.