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NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, everyone. Today is the kickoff of the annual snoozefest known as SEC Media Days, and USA Today has the hot storylines compiled for you.

Name, image and likeness

An NCAA committee is studying whether athletes should be allowed to profit from their name, image and likeness. Currently, the NCAA doesn’t allow this.

It’s a far-reaching issue, but, mostly, fans want to know whether EA Sports’ NCAA Football will make a return. The video game’s last release was in 2013. Its discontinuation is tied to the name, image and likeness issue.

Allowing college athletes to receive payment for use of their name, image and likeness would allow EA Sports to relaunch its video game without threat of lawsuit by reaching agreements with athletes.

This seems like such a simple solution. You wouldn’t be hearing any whining about pay for play if not for the NCAA’s draconian rules that prevent players from selling their own stuff like game-worn jerseys, let alone sign endorsement deals. Expect this topic to get plenty of airplay this week, along with...

Is basketball corruption going to overshadow everything at the SEC’s marquee football event?

Let’s be clear. Pearl had nothing to do with Person’s crooked schemes. He was innocent in the eyes of the federal government.

But here’s what administrators, school presidents and armchair attorneys need to understand. The NCAA isn’t a court of law. They don’t need any more evidence than what the FBI and Department of Justice already have uncovered to bust shady coaches for shady behavior.

OK, maybe it won’t be boring to see Auburn get raked over the coals about the known crook they hired to coach basketball during football media days, especially in the wake of the fired school president getting nearly $3M in hush money on his way out the door.

LSU will undoubtedly get some questions too after NC State was accused of Level 1 violations. When they reinstated Will Wade, they put some pretty strong language in his new contract.

Geez, Wade. That doesn’t sound like a very good deal.

Oh, and somebody has to ask Coach O about this.

The NOAA has not issued a tsunami warning at this time.

Booger McFarland went on Finebaum to say that people are making too many excuses for Alabama.

“Sometimes there’s not a reason or excuse, except the other team is better. And to me, that’s the disappointing part. When I listen to some of the callers that call in, ‘The coaching staff and no continuity, and you know, the players are worried about the NFL.’ What about that the other team is just better? (Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney) has done one hell of a job. And I was at the game, Paul. Clemson lined up and they beat Alabama. It wasn’t a fluke OK. (Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa) wasn’t sick. He didn’t have the flu. They just lined up and beat Alabama. They hit ‘em square in the mouth and they beat ‘em. And I think that that’s the thing that if you ask Nick Saban, he’ll tell you. And I think as you move forward, Alabama has to figure out how to get better.”

It can’t hurt for people to keep harping on that game. This squad should be well focused in camp, though they may be down one tight end.

James appeared in five games in the 2018 season but did not play after sustaining a high ankle sprain in the Arkansas game. He appeared in five games as a freshman in 2017.

James was suspended before the 2018 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma last season as well as the 2019 College Football Playoff title game against Clemson.

As of now, James still appears on the football roster. Stay tuned.

AJ McCarron revealed what actually happened in his infamous spat with Barrett Jones late in the national title game win over Notre Dame.

“We had known for weeks that Notre Dame likes to stem or move their defensive line at the last second to make you have to call a timeout or be confused,” McCarron told the campers and their parents. “So we decided in practice that once I called out the mike (middle linebacker) we were not going to change it no matter if they shifted or not. In the first quarter, I called out the mike and Barrett changed it at the last second. I told him not to do that. The same thing happened in the third quarter and I told him again. Then, in the fourth quarter and we were winning big he did it again and I had to call a timeout with one second left. But the ref still called me for a delay of game penalty which made me even more mad. I said some things that I wouldn’t say here today. That’s when Barrett pushed me and screamed “stop cursing me!”

Good stuff.

Last, the SEC announced bowl agreements through 2025.

The SEC has extended its current agreements through 2025 with the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, the Outback Bowl in Tampa, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis and the Birmingham Bowl.

In addition, the SEC will continue its relationship with the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, participating in that bowl game in 2021, 2023 and 2025. For the remaining three years of the six-year cycle, SEC teams will participate in the Las Vegas Bowl against a Pac-12 opponent in 2020, 2022 and 2024. The SEC has also added a new bowl partnership with the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa through 2025.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl has east Tennessee critters written all over it.

That’s about it for today. Have a great week.

Roll Tide.