1. Bill Byrne is on the way out as athletic director at Texas A&M. School president R. Bowen Loftin: “We’ll honor the terms of that contract, but what his role will be vis-à-vis another AD coming in … what can I say?”
2. Jon Solomon: “It’s no coincidence Auburn now sells NFL concepts. The factory down the road in Tuscaloosa, run by ex-NFL coach Nick Saban, continues to churn out elite NFL prospects at a rate never seen before in SEC history.”
4. Eli Manning will be on hand today as Ole Miss fans get a glimpse of the Hugh Freeze offense.
5. $25 dollars get Mississippi State fans a ticket to the spring game and a Sugarland concert.
6. What’s the difference for Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray heading into this year’s Orange and White game? “Just wasn’t mature last year, didn’t take it for what it’s worth.”
8. Today’s Red-White game at Arkansas is an audition for players – and coaches.
10. Six questions for the Razorbacks to answer.
11. Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel and his wife have separated.
12. Joker Phillips thinks his Kentucky team practices better in front of a crowd.
13. Vanderbilt’s spring practice answered a few questions for the Commodores heading into the fall.
14. Could be the worst NFL draft for Florida players in nearly twenty years. No players expected to be taken in first three rounds.
15. Even in April, college football produces entertainment value.
16. NCAA president Mark Emmert: ”If 14 months ago … we had said this next cycle we will watch the firing of the head coaches of Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina, Tennessee basketball, Arkansas — all fabulously successful coaches on the floor and on the field — to see those five men fired for misdeeds, not for failures on the court or on the field, none of us would have believed it.”
17. (Urban) “Meyer is a great coach in many respects, but he’s awfully fickle and a classic frontrunner.”
18. If this mock draft compilation is correct, more than a third of the first round of the NFL draft will come from the SEC.
19. When it comes to running back in the draft, Alabama’s Trent Richardson is at the top of the class.
20. They have a $60 million stadium and a new head coach in Terry Bowden. So what, exactly, is Akron up to?