1. Arkansas, Auburn or Tennessee - best job opening in the SEC?
2. John Adams: “Everything will change once Tennessee introduces its new coach at a media conference.”
3. Former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost made just under $355,000 - 8th among 13 SEC offensive coordinators whose salaries are listed publicly (Vanderbilt is private). Here’s the breakdown of coordinator salaries.
4. Florida State defensive end coach D.J. Eliot is reportedly joining Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky.
5. Deadline to apply to Stoops staff is Wednesday - expect announcements at Kentucky later in the week.
6. Steve Spurrier’s contract extension didn’t change his base pay or his incentive-based bonuses.
7. Houston Nutt talking to South Florida?
8. Need a coach? What about Stanford’s David Shaw?
9. D-Day for Cincinnati coach Butch Jones?
10. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin voted three SEC teams ahead of Notre Dame. He stands by his vote.
11. Strength against strength - LSU defense vs. Clemson offense
12. Kevin Scarbinsky defends Northern Illinois’ right to fight for a bowl-game party. “Beyond the BCS Championship Game, these are all glorified exhibitions.”
13. Ron Morris: “The BCS is designed and exists for one express purpose, and that purpose is to match the two best teams in the country in the BCS National Championship Game.”
15. Don’t expect the new playoff system to end these end-of-season bowl arguments.
16. The 10 most important games this season that got us to Alabama vs. Notre Dame.
17. Ranking all 35 bowl games.
18. Reporter to Will Muschamp: “Do you feel your team is the best in the country?” Muschamp: “Yes.”
19. Obsessive micromanagement helps make Nick Saban the best coach in the country. ”It is also why his teams are often purposefully uninteresting to watch.”
20. Bryan Burwell on the high cost of living SEC Style: “I have to wonder if only now (Gary) Pinkel’s truly beginning to to understand what he’s gotten himself into.”
21. Current Carolina Panther and former Georgia Bulldog Thomas Davis on the end of the Alabama-Georgia game: “I think if we spike the ball after we get that last first down, then we have at least two shots at the end zone.”
22. Arkansas looking to expand Razorback Stadium.
23. The NCAA’s secret documents – the next tobacco?
24. Associated Press SEC awards. Johnny Manziel SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Jarvis Jones SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Kevin Sumlin Coach of the Year. Complete list.
25. 11 SEC teams had at least one player make AP first-team All-SEC. Two teams – Ole Miss and Kentucky – had a player make second-team all-conference. Auburn didn’t have a player on first team, second team or honorable mention.
26. Along with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Manziel will be in New York Saturday night as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. A&M’s first – and only – previous Heisman winner, John David Crow, will be there as well.
27. Te’o won the Butkus (best linebacker) and Nagurski (best defensive player) awards. For the Bronco Nagurski Award, he beat out three SEC players – Jarvis Jones of Georgia, Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina and Dee Milliner of Alabama.
28. SEC coaches will vote their top peer on Wednesday.
29. Athlon’s All-American team.
30. Crisis at Kentucky is a two-game losing streak. Several UK players have turned off their Twitter accounts. John Calipari: “I got one call from a friend, ‘You know, your teams always have a sense of urgency. This team doesn’t.’
31. Kentucky plays Samford tonight. Former UK player Scott Padgett is a Samford assistant coach.
32. Georgia plays Georgia Tech tonight. Bulldogs need to find some help for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
33. Mississippi State hosts Texas-San Antonio. Wendell Lewis had the game of his career after being benched.
34. Florida forward Erik Murphy has a hip pointer – hasn’t practiced since the Marquette game.
35. The return of Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon is not imminent. Vols miss his leadership and playing ability.
36. Patience, South Carolina fans. Patience.
37. Missouri and Syracuse working on a home-and-home series.
38. Mike Anderson, Jr., son of Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, and the team’s video coordinator, suspended indefinitely from his job after DWI arrest (not his first).