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SEC Headlines 8/2/2013

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1. Junior cornerback Nick Brasell is not academically eligible at Ole Miss.  Coach Hugh Freeze: “We are very disappointed that Nick is no longer a part of our program.”

2. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn turns down the chance to vote in the coaches poll.  ”You can’t blame him. You really should applaud him.”

3. What to think of LSU at No. 13 in the Coaches Poll? “A healthy amount of respect for LSU.” Texas A&M a ranked team apt to flop? “I’m not sure Johnny Football cares about football.”

4. LSU the most likely target of an Arkansas upset?

5. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has a “chip” on his shoulder.  No, really he does. Defensive end Walker May:  ”We’re still disrespected in the SEC.”

6. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel says he’s on an accelerated recovery from appendectomy surgery.  “I want to be back as soon as possible.”

7. Expect Gator cornerback Lucheiz Purifoy “to have a full package of plays in the offense.”

8. It’s Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall at running back for Georgia. Forget “Gurshall”… “I don’t like it at all. I just don’t.” Marshall practiced with his left knee wrapped.

9. Georgia freshman wideout  Tramel Terry is coming off a torn ACL  but looked healthy and active in practice. Health is a big question in the Bulldogs receiving corps.

10. The hydrotherapy room is the centerpiece of Alabama’s expanded football facilities.

11. At preseason camp at Alabama, here are five position battles worth watching.

12. In the position battles at Auburn, it’s more than just the quarterback position.

13. Will it be Mike Davis or Brandon Wilds to replace Marcus Lattimore in the South Carolina backfield?

14. Dan Mullen’s message at Mississippi State’s first practice? “Raise the process of getting ready.”

15. A big focus at Missouri - a healthy offensive line. Their secret weapon?  A 12-man offense.

16. Want to be optimistic about Tennessee’s chances this fall?  Here are some reasons why you should.

17. Even if the SEC expands the conference schedule to nine games, don’t expect the Kentucky-Louisville series to end anytime soon.

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18. The U.S. Congress trying to guarantee some four-year scholarships?

19. Collegiate Licensing Company wants to remove four of five current college athletes from the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit.

20. Here are five teams that could break in to the Top 25 by November.

21. Debating the impact of position switches in college football - it can help a player or set him back.

22. Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer is headed to Louisville.

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Tonight’s Winning School Stands To Make Millions

The players at Alabama and LSU want to get their hands on the BCS’ crystal football trophy.  The fans of both schools want the bragging rights that come with following the best.  The schools themselves?  Well, they’re lusting after millions of dollars in added revenue.

According to The SportsBusiness Journal, tonight’s winning school can expect to see bounces in licensing, sponsorship, and advertising income.  (Not to mention the likelihood of increased donations from happy boosters and fans.)  In the area of licensing, for example, title-winning schools typically sell more university-branded merchandise and that increase in cash is felt right away.

“The Crimson Tide’s marks already are among the most valuable in college sports,” Michael Smith writes on SportsBusinessDaily.com.  “They ranked second on (Collegiate Licensing Company’s) list of schools that sold the most merchandise in 2011, behind only Texas.  LSU ranked ninth”

“Auburn, by comparison, leaped from 15th to fourth in CLC’s rankings in 2011 after its national title last season.”

“For school like those that already generate $5 million to $6 million a year or more in royalties, a national title typically equates to $1 million to $2 million in additional revenue, said Brian Hommel in LSU’s trademark licensing department.”

And remember, that’s just licensing.  There are also the added dollars from increased advertising and sponsorship opportunities.  And those donation boosts we mentioned above.

Tonight’s game is big fun for fans and a big opportunity for the teams.  It’s big business for the schools.

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SEC Headlines – 1/5/12 Part One

1.  Bowl attendance is down across the country.

2.  A number of ex-players — including former Alabama footballer Tyrone Prothro — are trying to get their hands on SEC contracts as part of their lawsuit against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company and EA Sports.

3.  Tony Barbee said Auburn’s schedule was about to get “really real.”  How’s this for real: AU lost to Florida State 82-56 last night after trailing 50-16 — yes, 50-16 — at the half. 

4.  Special teams will play an important role in Arkansas’ Cotton Bowl date with Kansas State.

5.  The two quarterbacks in tomorrow’s game have earned respect with their toughness.

6.  It’s been smooth sailing for Mississippi State basketball so far (aside from that early Akron hiccup).

7.  Andy Kennedy has challenged Ole Miss’ upperclassmen to be more productive.

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