1. What’s the tab at Tennessee for firing Derek Dooley and staff? About $7.5 million.
2. The timing was strange and the money is reportedly not much better. So why did Tim Brewster leave Mississippi State for Florida State?
3. New Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is getting a $150,000 raise and a contract extension. Durkin, who coached linebackers at special teams for the Gators, replaced Dan Quinn who left for the Seattle Seahawks.
4. Joker Phillips will make $265,000 annually over the next two years as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida while Brad Lawing’s deal with the Gators is worth $1.3 million over the next three years.
5. Alabama made it official on Friday. Billy Napier will replace Mike Groh as Alabama’s receivers coach.
6. Former Auburn assistant Jay Boulware has landed at Oklahoma. He was the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator under Gene Chizik.
7. Backup defensive tackle Devaunte Siglar is no longer an Auburn Tiger. Coach Gus Malzahn dismissed Siglar from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
8. New Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has the Tigers focused on better tackling: ”When they overrun or they take a lazy angle or something, that’s when they get in trouble.”
9. As Texas A&M begins spring drills today, coach Kevin Sumlin says Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has room to improve his game. “He can help his footwork, his mechanics, his thought process and overall knowledge of the offense.”
10. Aggies switching linebacker Nate Askew to receiver for his senior season. Sumlin: “It’s an experiment, and we’re looking to get our best athletes on the field.”
11. Spring practice starting at Georgia. For the first spring since 1997, Rodney Garner won’t be coaching defensive linemen.
12. Florida will open two spring practices to the public later this month. Gators begin spring practice on March 13.
13. X-factors today in the Alabama-Florida showdown? Will Yeguete and Andrew Steele.
14. Florida has more Final Four berths (four) than outright SEC titles (three).
15. Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin returns home to Arkansas today. Coach John Calipari: “It’s going to be a hard deal for him, but I think he’ll be fine.”
16. Arkansas is currently 7-0 in SEC play at home. Razorbacks haven’t had a perfect SEC slate since 1997-1998.
17. South Carolina coach Frank Martin: “Good teams talk. They never shut up.”
18. Is Missouri guard Keion Bell an All-SEC candidate?
19. Tennessee guard Trae Golden is avering 18.7 points per game during the team’s six-game winning streak.
20. Coming off a career-high 26 points, LSU guard Charles Carmouche is playing some of the best basketball of his career. Johnny Jones: “When he’s at his best or doing the things that he can do best, we have a much better chance of succeeding as well.”
21. The New York Times profiles former Tennessee assistant coach Steve Forbes – 57-4 in two seasons at Northwest Florida State. Bruce Pearl: “ Steve put us in a position to land some of the country’s best players.”
22. The president of Football Bowl Subdivision faculty athletics representatives supports the idea of college players profiting from their name and likeness: “I think it’s worth looking at seriously instead of worrying the house will fall down.”