- Current strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith is apparently still on the UT staff, although word is that it won't be for long. Sounds to me like a power struggle to see who's going to pay what. Stay tuned.
- QB prospect Munchie Legaux wants to know more about Tennessee, which is good, because I want to know more about Munchie. Like, why Munchie? Why no "e" in Legaux? Did the Kiffin Chimera really tell him that we'll be in contenttion for a national championship? Because I really like the sound of that. Credit Frank Wilson for the in on Munchie, by the way.
- Inside Tennessee continues its signee profiles with Marlon "Big Brother" Walls ($), who's texting fellow signees David Oku, Nu'Keese Richardson, Eric Gordon, Darren Myles, Jerod Askew, and others daily, and JerQuari Schofield, a 6'6", 315-pound left or right tackle.
- CBS's first broadcast of the upcoming season? Tennessee at Florida. Again, credit Kiffin for the continued national interest in this game.
- I agree, it is odd that Mike Slive is telling coaches to stop verbal jabbing about a physically violent sport.
- I thought this was basically old news, but John Adams's list of the recent commonalities between Auburn and Tennessee is extensive and eerie.
- Apart from having to play Florida, Alabama, and Ole Miss on the road, Tennessee's schedule sets up rather nicely this season ($). 8-4 is a distinct possibility with Georgia a sort of swing game.
- Tennessee's made an offer to Kyle Prater ($), the #1 wider reciver in the nation.
- Aaron Craft, a point guard from Ohio, has de-committed from Tennessee, saying he wants to play closer to home. Pearl should sick Orgeron on him.
- Thanks to the huge contracts with CBS ($800M) and ESPN ($2.25B), every football game involving an SEC team will be televised. That's big.
- Oversigning in the SEC may be a thing of the past, as the league is considering a new rule that would cap the number of players a school could sign at 28 and minimize the Whittling Season to a limit of three. That's different than the current rule that says only that a school can't bring in more than 25 in the fall and doesn't limit the number they can sign. Ole Miss signed a whopping 37 players and needs to whittle them down by 12. Hot giggity, rootin' for Fulmer Cup points, is Ole Miss.
- SEC basketball should be much better this season with several players returning (Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado, Kentucky's Patrick Patterson, Arkansas' Michael Washington, and Ole Miss point guard Terrico White. Tyler Smith and Jodie Meeks have yet to announce, but I'm thinking Smith returns and Meeks leaves.
- Here's a good idea, remove the rule that requires disclosure of the final regular-season coaches poll. Wrong way, guys. Disclose the whole thing. Or better yet, toss the whole thing and use the CBSSports.com BlogPoll.
- Over the Pylon uses numbers to publicly shame teams for playing a weak schedule.
- Conquest Chronicles takes Yahoo! reporters Jason Cole and Charles Robinson to task for their reporting on the alleged corruption in USC's basketball program and for refusing to answer his respectful questions. This is a bit long, but it's well worth the read. Well done, Paragon SC.
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