1. NCAA president Mark Emmert does a Q&A with The New York Times. (He again denies having had any conversations about returning to LSU.)
2. Don’t expect any quick playoff solutions to come out of Chicago.
3. AthlonSports.com has posted their SEC football predictions.
4. Care for some basketball recruiting rankings?
5. If you’re not a fan of bizarro uniforms then you probably won’t like what Maryland is rumored to be considering for its new football field.
6. The alleged shooter in the murder of two former Auburn football players and another man turned himself in to authorities last night.
7. Proving that there are always two sides to a story, Desmonte Leonard has his share of supporters. Amazing.
8. Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been set for those killed in Saturday night’s shooting.
9. Sadly, Auburn isn’t the only SEC school that’s had to deal with the death of athletes in recent years.
10. Gene Chizik said yesterday his emotions over “an incredibly difficult 72 hours” have included “disbelief, outrage, and devastation.”
11. The fans figure to play an important role at Mississippi State during Dan Mullen’s fourth year on the job.
12. Meet Ole Miss linebacker Ralph Williams… the 55th most important Rebel in 2012. (Yes, this countdown basically includes everyone.)
13. Former Texas A&M and MSU coach Jackie Sherrill believes the SEC will go to 16 teams and a nine-game schedule sooner rather than later. (Does anyone know why Sherrill has become the go-to ex-coach for SEC speculation?)
14. Florida is working hard to sell season tickets for football.
It’s a big news day in Athens apparently…
15. Georgia and Georgia Tech are going at it Twitter style…
16. Former cornerback Chris Sanders is hoping to return to UGA…
17. And the discipline for current corner Branden Smith still hasn’t been disclosed.
18. Derek Dooley says his staff has “done a lot of things (to improve) leadership and team chemistry” at Tennessee.
19. UT and Xavier have officially lined up a home-and-home basketball series.
20. Missouri officials are confident that a fan charged with drug offenses — a fan who on occasion traveled with the basketball team — did not have any improper influence on players and did not give players gifts.