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Thursday Night Quick Hits

  • It appears as if Vanderbilt will be the first SEC football team to benefit from a new NCAA rule that allows for transfers to have immediate eligibility if they've completed their undergraduate degree and have eligibility left as a graduate student. The NCAA figures that student-athletes shouldn't be punished for earning their degrees early and that this rule will allow them to transfer to schools where they can better pursue their educational goals. You certainly can't argue with the choice of Vanderbilt for academics.

    Richard Kovalcheck is looking to step into Jay Cutler's shoes

    Richard Kovalcheck, who played QB at Arizona, earned his undergraduate degree in three years, but still has two years of eligibility left because he was redshirted. The SEC currently only accepts transfers with two years of eligibility left, but will be voting on Friday whether or not to drop the requirement to one year.

    This is making me have to rewrite part of my preview of the Vanderbilt game.

  • The 12 head coaches on SEC sidelines in 2006 will be the same as they were last year. This marks the first time since 1988 that the SEC has gone two years in a row with the same head coaches.
  • Tens of thousands of dollars were wagered on the Scripps National Spelling Bee. I don't know whether to be amused or distressed by that.
  • Alabama softball lost their first round Women's College World Series game to Northwestern 6-5 in 10 innings. They will face the loser of the UCLA v. Tennessee game on Saturday.