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Who’ll Try To Keep Up With These Joneses?

Florida has the cash.  What about Alabama?  Maybe LSU?

Eventually some SEC school will try to keep up with the Joneses — or Knights in this case — when it comes to Oregon’s plans for a new, six-level, 130,000-square foot football operations center.

Yeah.  Six floors, 130,000-square feet.

The Ducks’ proposed facility will no doubt be funded in large part by OU booster and Nike founder Phil Knight.  It is expected to include “offices, team video theaters, offensive and defensive strategy rooms, a coaching conference suite, a video editing center, a dining hall and a weight room,” according to The Oregonian.

So again we ask, which SEC program has the money and desire to build a facility that rivals Oregon’s planned football center?

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SEC Headlines 1/9/2011

1. Pittsburgh 27 – Kentucky 10. Mark Story: “For the Cats, this was an all-systems failure.”

2. Georgia 77 – Kentucky 70.  Bulldogs upset number 10 Wildcats.

3. Mark Bradley: “We might have seen the eventual SEC champion here Saturday, and that team mightn’t be the one you’d think.”

4. Kentucky AD calls NCAA rules “moving target.”

5. A lost weekend for Kentucky sports.

6. Jon Solomon: “Some people travel the country to see every baseball park. The Bowl Guys span the U.S. to see obscure bowl games with .500 teams.”

7. Arkansas 68 – Tennessee 65.  Razorbacks now 10-0 at home this season.

8. South Carolina 83 – Vanderbilt 75.  Gamecocks rally from 14-point second-half deficit.

9. Alabama 75 – Mississippi State 57.  Worst home SEC-opening loss for the Bulldogs since 1996.

10. Florida 77 – Ole Miss 71.  Gators overcome 20 second-half points from Chris Warren.

11. LSU 62 – Auburn 55.  32-6 halftime lead for the Tigers.

12. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Auburn has seemed loose and relaxed this week, especially in contrast to Oregon.”

13. What has Phil Knight meant to the Oregon program?  “What is the sun to life on Earth?”

14.  Another Kingmaker profile – The New York Times on Bobby Lowder.

15. Buck Harvey: “Don’t be surprised if Chizik joins the club — and maybe even the conference — of Larry Coker and Dennis Franchione.”

16.  Who will Alabama fans be rooting for on Monday night?

17. Latest on the Les Miles – Michigan dance. Also here.

18. Scott Rabalais: “I don’t know if Les Miles is going to Michigan.  I do know LSU fans should hope he stays.”

19. LSU football players are already talking about the 2011 season.

20. End-of-year report card for Tennessee football.

21. Eight of nine coaching slots filled by Will Muschamp and no player departures that he knows of.

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Auburn Will Be Facing A “Blur” In The BCS Title Game

It pays to have the founder of Nike as your school’s biggest booster, I suppose.  Thanks to the Phil Knight connection, Oregon will actually sport brand new uniforms for the BCS Championship Game.

Then again, considering Oregon’s “normal” uniforms, maybe that’s not such a good thing.

The new uni will feature highlighter-yellow socks and shoes matched with white jerseys and pants.  The helmet will be silver, er black, er… I don’t know what color that thing is.

A Nike executive said Oregon “will look like a blur on the field.”


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