1. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron on his counterpart at LSU – Zach Mettenberger. ”Zach’s a crazy head,” McCarron said. “He’s as wild as they come.”
2. Will McCarron take on a more prominent role in the Alabama offense this year?
3. Patrick Brown on Derek Dooley and Tennessee: “Are the Vols ready to contend for the SEC title?”
4. One of Tennessee’s heralded recruits will miss preseason football practice after undergoing surgery on his foot.
5. Reuben Foster’s commitment to Auburn is now in ink – on skin.
6. Where does the drug policy at Mizzou stack up against their new SEC rivals? “It’s certainly not as severe as Kentucky, Georgia or Mississippi State — schools that punish on the first offense and include multiple-game suspensions for the second. It’s not as liberal as Ole Miss and Florida.”
7. It will be mid-August before Ole Miss has a good read on the health of defensive tackle D.T. Shackelford, still recovering from knee surgery.
8. Mississippi State could get “special uniforms” from Nike but probably not in 2012.
9. How does Georgia running back Richard Samuel feel about the switch from fullback to tailback? “I’m not sure,” Samuel said. “I was really excited and interested in playing fullback. I got my mind ready. I got prepared. I was just excited about it.”
10. Ranking the SEC backfields from No. 1 (LSU) to No. 14 (Ole Miss).
11. What defensive tackle Issac Gross means for Ole Miss this fall.
12. This preview says Texas A&M is the 35th best team in the country.
13. This countdown has the Missouri Tigers at No. 31.
14. The Aggies and Tigers will experience SEC Media Days for the first time this week.
15. Five questions around the SEC as the throng descends on Hoover, Alabama.
16. Media Days schedule.
17. Jon Solomon: “Here’s a big question no one is asking: What might the end of this Big Ten/Pac-12 scheduling alliance mean for future expansion?”
18. Keep your eye on LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery this year.
19. Alabama-Michigan is the first week of the season but one of the more interesting matchups of the entire year.
20. Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has been busy seeing recruits on the East Coast.
21. Martin watched Tennessee’s Derek Reese score 21 for Puerto Rico in the Nike Global Challenge.
22. “This year, for the first time since 1987-88, Tennessee won’t host an in-state opponent not named Memphis.”
23. Mizzou guards Phil Pressey and Mike Dixon are learning some summer camp lessons.
24. North Carolina coach Roy Williams can’t get used to John Calipari’s one-and-done model: ”You know, John’s comfortable with that,” Williams said of Kentucky Coach John Calipari. “I’m not comfortable with that.
25. How do social networks affect the way we consume college sports?
26. Halo removed from Joe Paterno mural.