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Report: ESPN Owns All of the SEC Network - Team Speed Kills

It's a somewhat surprising move and somewhat not for the SEC not to own this thing. It's surprising because the SECN could become a very valuable entity, and the conference not owning any equity in it would be a big loss. However, the conference has been very conservative about the network process all along, and having ESPN own and run everything is a very conservative way to get into the game.

Someone who is a lot smarter than me will have to explain why this is a good idea. It's too early in the morning for me to try and make sense of it.

Nick Saban: Nine-game conference schedule would be better for teams and fans (video & photos) |

"I personally feel like strength of schedule is going to be a real important thing in the future," he said. "I know there are people out there who say we have fixed opponents that are very, very good teams. Well, let's make a deal and let's all play 10 good games. We'll still play Virginia Tech or Wisconsin or West Virginia or Michigan or one of these teams in the first game of the year and go play nine conference games too.

Personally, I have been in favor of a 9 game SEC schedule for a while. I understand the SEC is already a tough road to haul but we don't need to play three sisters of the blind + Auburn every year. 9 game regular season, plus one marquee OOC game still leaves room for two patsies (oh, and Auburn).

When it comes to NFL-ready SEC QBs, nod goes to Aaron Murray, not McCarron or Manziel, says former NFL QB |

Murray, the only QB in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards in three straight seasons, has 10,091 career passing yards and 95 touchdowns vs. 32 interceptions. The knock on Murray, according to the report, is his numbers in big games. Against Alabama, Florida and South Carolina, Murray's touchdown to interception ratio is 2 to 5. Murray is third on the list behind Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Clemson's Taj Boyd.

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Now, I was watching the the SEC CG last night and Murray did impress me...a little. He only had a couple bad throws the entire game and played at a relatively high level. The pick late in the 1st half was just as much about the 'Bama D disguising their coverage as it was a bad throw. That said, he still has the same problems as Tyler Bray. His arm gets in the way of his head sometimes (TWSS).

The last play to end the game is a perfect example. No time outs, only 5 secs on the clock and you throw the ball into the flat? Tipped or not that was a bonehead play. He's gonna have to start playing with his head (again, TWSS) or he will never make it in the NFL.

Nick Saban on AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley, the draft, the biggest reason for Tide's turnaround and Vince Gill (video) |

Alabama football coach Nick Saban points to a number of factors when it comes to the "turnaround" in the Crimson Tide's program since his time started in Tuscaloosa. But perhaps there is no bigger reason than the recruiting he and his staff has done in Mobile. "The amazing thing about it is when I came to Alabama we had only one scholarship player, Wallace Gilberry, from the greater Mobile area on our team,"

Y'all remember a while back when I threw out the question asking should Alabama still focus on in-state recruiting because it's important to the program long term? Oh, and remember how y'all lambasted me over it? I think even a few of you called me hurtful names. Yeah, about that, screw you guys, CAUSE SABAN.

SEC Network Fast Facts - Team Speed Kills

Notre Dame Fighting Irish looking at adding on to football stadium - ESPN

Baseball Travels to Starkville for Three against No. 15 Mississippi State

Softball Wraps Up Regular Season Against Kentucky