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SEC Players Start Making Their Moves To The NFL

For the last few months there has been much speculation about the impact of NFL labor strife on the “will I or won’t I go pro” decisions of star undergraduates.  Alabama’s Nick Saban, for example, has said that he has asked his junior players to take a little more time making up their minds this year.

Well, when the debate is Big Money versus Potential Injury, expect Big Money to win… even if a lockout could delay payment for a brief time.

As expected, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett announced his decision to turn pro yesterday, proving that his “we’ll be back” post-Sugar Bowl comment was simply the remark of an emotional young man who hadn’t yet come to grips with the fact that he was no longer part of the “we” he was talking about.  Mallett is expected to be a first-round pick.

In Tuscaloosa, word leaked out yesterday that both tailback Mark Ingram and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus would be leaving for the NFL early.  By yesterday evening, Bama had announced a press conference for today at which “Nick Saban and several members of the Crimson Tide football team” would be available to the press.  That “several” could include: Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower and/or Julio Jones.

Expect more SEC announcements to come shortly.  Those hoping the threat of an NFL lockout might persuade their favorite stars to return to school are likely going to be disappointed.  While coaches and pundits are talking about labor issues, agents are telling kids that any potential lockout will be extremely short.  And that they’ll still get their cash lickety-split.



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