SEC Football

1. Does Gus Malzahn have a Les Miles problem?

2. Looking more and more like freshman Roc Thomas will get some carries in the Auburn backfield this season.

3. College football career of Georgia fullback Merritt Hall is over.  Projected starter has had multiple concussions.

4. Ole Miss cornerback Tee Shephard has an issue with a tendon in his big toe that may require surgery: “The final decision has not been made. We’re waiting on one more opinion.”

5. LSU defensive tackle Quentin Thomas will not need surgery on a biceps tear – could return to full practice work out in a few days.

6. Les Miles on the quarterback battle at LSU: “Wouldn’t want to say there’s an edge.”

7. Decision on naming a starting quarterback at Tennessee could come in the next few days.

8. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on naming a starting quarterback:  “I just don't want to make a decision when I'm not ready, when we're not ready."

9. Expect a lot more deep passes out of the Florida offense this year.

10. The Texas A&M defense will face a formidable contingent of SEC running backs this season. Are the Aggies up to the challenge?

11. Why Aggie fans will be gathering at the South Carolina State House in a few weeks.

12. How Nick Saban is mixing up the quarterback competition during Alabama’s practices.

13., Both Mississippi State cornerbacks were taken in the second round of the NFL draft.  Can the new group fill their shoes?

14. UNLV transfer Cameron Jefferson is competing for a starting job on the Arkansas offensive line.

15. South Carolina special teams coach Joe Robinson on kicker Elliott Fry: “He is a very cool character.”

16. Missouri offensive line coach A.J. Ricker on the progress of the program under Gary Pinkel: “These guys are eating, breathing and sleeping this thing. You can just sit back and watch the program run itself."

17. Big factor in Mizzou’s favor this year – the schedule.  It’s very manageable.

18. Dennis Dodd on former Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s attempt to play immediately at Oklahoma: One man's student-athlete welfare is another man's total bastardization of the rules.

19. Mark Schlabach: The best thing to happen to the SEC during conference realignment might have been the dissolution of the Big East.


20. SEC Network debuts today. You can find your channel number here. Depending on your provider, you may also be able to watch SEC Network + on your computer or smartphone.

21. Tennessee is spending $10 million to construct a studio in its athletic center.

22. Auburn has overhauled its telecommunications infrastructure to prepare for the network and meet ESPN’s standards.

23. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit makes a prediction: "Nick Saban will be on the set with us before he's a coach in the NFL.”

SEC Basketball

24. Auburn releases its nonconference schedule. First four games – and possibly a fifth – against teams that reached 2014 NCAA Tournament.

25. Can JUCO point guard Josh Gray help lead LSU to its first NCAA tourney bid since 2009?

26. ESPN’s “Super Tuesday” SEC basketball coverage – Kentucky and Florida will appear twice as much as any other school in the conference.

27. Salaries set for Missouri’s staff – nice jump in pay for assistant Tim Fuller.