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HAIL MARYS FOR JULY 31ST, 2008

Here are a few quick-hitters from around the conference today:

John Clay of The Lexington Herald-Leader writes that the lack of buzz surrounding this year’s Kentucky-Louisville football game is due to uncertainty.

Both teams have lost a lot from last year, and no one’s really sure what to expect from either squad.

Bizarro story coming out of LA.  Louisiana, not Los Angeles, though you would assume the latter when I mention that West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg is involved.

This guy has been seen buddying up to dang near every athlete, coach and team in the country at one time or another and now he’s chosen LSU.

Dropping in on a Les Miles speech, Snoop (wearing a #8 Tiger jersey) dropped this line: “I just wanted to give my love and support to coach Miles.”

The Man In The Little Hat reciprocated.  “Ben Miles (Les’ son) is all over Snoop’s stuff.  I found every guy around him is a former coach or player and he runs a league of youth football and provides opportunities for young people.

“I defend his music, and am much more a fan of the person.”

As we learned earlier this year, John Pelphrey is also a fan of the Dogg.

Here’s a little taste of Snoop Dogg for those of you who aren’t familiar with him.

After the Snoop talk, Miles got down to the business of talking LSU.

“This team is veteran enough.  I know people have got to pick.  If I had to pick, I’d pick my team.”

Wally Hall of The Northwest Arkansas Times shares his ballot from SEC Media Days with his readers today, revealing that he sees an Auburn-Georgia match-up in the SEC Championship Game.

SEC East:  Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

SEC West:  Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss (well), Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State (well, well).

Get the whys by reading his column right here.

Seth Emerson of The State previews the 2008 Mississippi State season right here.  And there’s a whole lot of pressure on quarterback Wesley Carroll.

The folks at The Montgomery Advertiser are running a Gannett piece on how the SEC has become the graveyard of failed NFL coaches.

The Huntsville Times takes a closer look at the obscene amount of money made by SEC football coaches.

Miles:  “I recognize that I’m highly paid.  I’m embarrassed by it.  If I had my father alive, he’d say, ‘You’re not worth it.’  I’d say he’s right.

“But how wonderful in this country that those things happen.”

This is a good read with a takes from Miles (obviously), Rich Brooks and Bobby Petrino.  Do yourself a favor and scan it.

 


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