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LSU And Wisconsin Hammering Out Details For Neutral Site Games

mrsec-breaking-newsLSU and Wisconsin have been working on setting up a pair of neutral-site games for themselves for the past couple of months (at least).  According to Tiger AD Joe Alleva today, those games are close to being nailed down.

As of this moment, the plan calls for one game to be played between the schools at Reliant Stadium in Houston in 2014.  Then, a second game will be played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in either 2016, 2017 or 2018.

As’s Jeremy Fowler points out today: “Neutral-site games are trendy in part because of the payouts.  The average per-team revenue from such games among power-conference teams is roughly $3 million-$4 million, according to several administrators familiar with the process.”

Hmmm.  I seem to recall someone at this site predicting an explosion in neutral-site games way back in July of 2009.

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SEC Headlines – 4/5/11 Part Three

1.  John Calipari racked up an additional $375,000 in bonuses this season.  (AD Mitch Barnhart pocketed some extra coin, too.)

2.  Great analysis here of how UK and the other three members of the Final Four were apparently impacted by the shooting backdrop at Reliant Stadium.

3.  Flu-like symptoms will keep Josh Harrellson from competing at the NBA’s top pre-draft camp.  (Shame.  Harrellson was probably the feel-good story in the SEC this year.)

4.  Steve Spurrier still wants Stephen Garcia to become the kind of quarterback teammates rally around.

5.  Tennessee’s new hoops coaches are hitting the floor — literally — during team workouts.

6.  Cuonzo Martin is expected to hire Nebraska’s Tracy Webster for his final assistant post… rather than UT interim coach and Bruce Pearl holdover Houston Fancher.

7.  Derek Dooley’s take on a weekend scrimmage didn’t seem to match up with the stats provided to the media, but this writer says fans should believe their coach over the numbers.

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Calipari Wants Fans To Give His Team Space

Preparing for the Final Four in Houston this weekend, John Calipari has posted a request for Kentucky fans on his website,

“If we take care of our business, there will be plenty of time to get autographs and personal photos beginning next Tuesday,” Coach Cal said.  “We have the greatest fans in America and we want to reward them with our players’ undivided attention, focus and peak physical condition.”

You can scream at them, cheer for them in the open practice and take pictures from afar — but in order to make sure they — and our staff — don’t get worn down by thousands and thousands of requests at the hotel an in public, I’m just asking that you’ll give us all our space while we’re in Houston,” Coach Cal said.  “I mean no disrespect at all and I know you all understand that we take pride in being The Commonwealth’s Team.  But this is a business trip for these young men and our program.  Let’s take care of business first and then we can have some fun later.”

Expect Kentucky fans to take over Reliant Stadium on Saturday.

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