SEC Football

1. Linebacker Trey DePriest will play an important role in Alabama's defense with several new starters breaking in around him.

2. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart admitted coaches often meet too often. So why do it? "Makes us feel good. Makes me feel good going into the game."

3. Defensive lineman Elisha Shaw is hoping to play football at Alabama despite a "career-ending injury" he suffered in high school.

4. Tre Mason is no longer at Auburn. That means there's a new opportunity for running back Cameron Artis-Payne.

5. Here's a summer scouting report on Kentucky from LSU's perspective. The two teams will play on Oct. 18.

6. Guard Justin Bell is the No. 25 most important player for Ole Miss.

7. Punter Devon Bell takes the same spot for Mississippi State.

8. Johnny Manziel was great at quarterback for Texas A&M. Coach Kevin Sumlin needs to find a Sumlin on defense, writes Barrett Sallee.

9. Alabama safety Landon Collins comes in at No. 14 in Pat Dooley's SEC player countdown.

10. No. 4 on Georgia's most important player list: wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who's returning from injury.

11. South Carolina's schedule appears to be more difficult than the one Georgia will face. South Carolina's advantage is at home.

SEC Basketball

12. There's more to Alabama transfer Christophe Varidel than his surfer-dude look.

13. Bruce Pearl said he believes it's important Auburn wins early before the "shine wears off the apple."

14. Pearl said Monday there was little chance he would return to Tennessee before he took the Auburn job.

15. Forward Brian Bridgewater has received clearance from the NCAA to play at LSU.

16. SEC coaches offered different opinions on Monday regarding the NBA age limit.

17. Georgia coach Mark Fox has been pleased with two incoming post players so far this summer.

18. Georgia didn't host Florida, Kentucky or Tennessee last season. That needs to change for the fans, says Fox.

19. Kentucky coach John Calipari says the Wildcats are taking the games in the Bahamas seriously. "They'll be hard games for us to win," Calipari said.

20. Missouri coach Kim Anderson has been impressed with the Tigers' freshmen since they arrived on campus.


21. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has purchased a $10 million disability and loss of value insurance policy, according to ESPN.

22. The NCAA will be back on North Carolina's campus to investigate academic impropriety involving former student-athletes at the school.

23. It's move-in day as several schools officially join new conferences. Louisville, Maryland and Rutgers are on that list.

24. College athletes could get up to $20,000 in NCAA-themed video game settlements.