1. Georgia coach Mark Richt does an about-face over the recruitment of Penn State players. Georgia had previously given Penn State notification on 19 players they planned to contact – on the same day punishment against the Nittany Lions program was handed down.
2. Current Georgia roster – “fewer than 70 players recruited on scholarship, well below the NCAA limit of 85.”
3. 14-year old runs a 4.46 40-yard dash. Gets scholarship offer from LSU.
4. Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs on the season opener against Alabama: “It’s a huge game for this conference.”
5. As recently as 2009, Nick Saban’s staff had zero “analysts.” Now Alabama has nine of them.
6. Alabama’s preseason camp opens in six days.
7. No SEC team will start practice sooner than Auburn – drills start on Wednesday.
8. With nine starters returning, Auburn will have an experienced defense.
10. What Denzel Nkemdiche means to the Rebels.
11. A plea from a choked-up Joker Phillips: ”These players don’t need everybody to believe in them. But they damn sure need somebody to.”
12. The reason for a sharp dropoff in season ticket sales at Kentucky?” UK officials can talk about the economy and the vast number of games on television, but the main factor is performance on the field.”
13. Friday Night Lights at The Swamp.
14. Derek Dooley on Tennessee’s new $45 million practice facility: “This is going to be the gold standard for the next 15-20 years.”
15. New lights, new artificial turf , HD video screen and increased capacity at Vanderbilt will all be done by August 11th.
16. Kiero Small’s leadership abilities have Arkansas excited about a transition to the linebacker position.
17. Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, Jr. is stepping out of the shadow of his father.
18. Arkansas – Missouri a neutral site game? Arkansas AD Jeff Long: ”Just off the top of my head, I don’t see how that would be beneficial to Arkansas.”
19. Want to get tickets to the Arkansas – Alabama game? They won’t come cheap.
20. “The kickoff will be much different in 2012.”
21. Mississippi State will meet North Carolina in the Maui Invitational in November.
22. Jon Solomon: “North Carolina’s academic scandal is a big deal. And it could be bigger if it becomes attached to Roy Williams’ basketball program.”
23. Knoxville businessman Jimmy Haslam wants to buy the Cleveland Browns?
24. Texas coach Mack Brown on his colleague at Kansas State: “Bill Snyder is the best coach in the country.”
25. Best remembered for an incident caught on camera – choked by his coach Bob Knight back in 1997. Neil Reed is dead at the age of 36.
26. The Penn State scandal and big money donors – could have repercussions for decades.