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A Couple More Random Notes

Just a few more quick-hitters as we work our way through the conference this morning:

Jeff Schultz of The AJC says Urban Meyer can deny it all he likes, but no one should be surprised if he leaves Florida.  In fact, he says, “Personally, I think Meyer’s gone.”

This writer offers up five storylines to watch during SEC Media Days later this week.  (Lane Kiffin, anyone?)

And in case you missed it yesterday, Gentry Estes of The Mobile Press-Register put together a list of just how much money each SEC school (except private school Vandy) has spent on recruiting for football, basketball and even baseball over the last three years.  Good stuff.

In terms of football, here are the average recruiting expenditures from 2005 through 2008:

1.  Tennessee  $1,154,802
2.  Auburn  $705,125
3.  LSU  $662,772 
4.  Florida  $599,818 
5.  Georgia  $521,174
6.  Arkansas  $499,578
7.  Ole Miss  $410,608
8.  Kentucky  $307,571
9.  Miss. State  $286,649
10.  Alabama  $285,649
11.  South Carolina  $273,909

Notes –

* All SEC schools will have more to spend on recruiting in the years ahead thanks to the league’s new monster tv deals

* Tennessee and Auburn have the hardest road among the big boys in recruiting — Tennessee due to a lack of quality prospects in state and Auburn because they’re up against Alabama in their own state’s borders.

* It’s surprising to see Florida ranked to high on the list considering the number of prospects in their own state.

All that money being spent on recruiting can lead to cheating (old news) and to rival fans sending the NCAA “evidence” from their own private recruiting investigations (now that’s a new development).

How are schools with smaller recruiting budgets (Mississippi State) expected to compete with schools with bigger recruiting budgets (Florida)?

Finally, Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News writes that the SEC and ESPN are going to make strange bedfellows.  (They’ll also make a lot of money together.)


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