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Florida Game At Daytona International Speedway?

Daytona TrackDoes a NASCAR Track+ College Football = The Perfect SEC Weekend?  Fans may have the opportunity to find out for themselves if Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood has his way.

The Daytona track is in the midst of a $400 million renovation that’s scheduled to be completed by January of 2016.  When it’s done, Chitwood says, he wants the track to consider hosting other sporting events including football, soccer or rugby games.  According to the Associated Press, Florida, Florida State and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars or Tampa Bay Buccaneers would all be potential candidates.

One drawback for fans.  The games would be played on the infield area so viewing from the stands may not be the best (but then again, neither is viewing NASCAR action along the backstretch).

(H/T College Football Talk)

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Raymond Leaves Nebraska For LSU’s Staff

After initially turning down the chance to interview at his alma mater, former LSU player Corey Raymond is indeed going to leave Nebraska to join Les Miles’ staff as the school’s secondary coach.

“It was the chance to go home,” Raymond told The Lincoln Journal Star.  Still, it took Miles two runs at the ex-Tiger to land him.  The now ex-Cornhusker coach said telling Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was “one of the toughest things” he’s had to do.  “Because he was so instrumental in my career.  He played a big role in getting me to where I’m at now.”

Raymond played at LSU from 1988 through 1991. 

Interestingly, The Journal Star reports that Raymond was “heavily involved in the recruitment of Tre’vell Dixon, and is a longtime friend of the coach of the four-star athlete from Baldwin, Louisiana.”

Ron Cooper left LSU for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers less than a week ago. 

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Ex-Bama Back Ingram Sees Stock Drop Due To Knee

Former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram might be set for a tumble on draft day due to a past injury.  According to ProFootballTalk.com, the NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi said during Wednesday night television show that he has “had two teams tell me the knee is very bad.”

In fact, Lombardi said the ex-Tide back “won’t be on their draft boards,” stating also that “these are teams that need running backs.”  Mike Mayock, also of the NFL Network, says Ingram might drop out of the first round of the draft even if he were fully healthy.

The tailback was believed to be visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday.

Ingram had arthroscopic knee surgery last August and sat out Alabama’s first two games of the 2010 season.  His average per carry dropped from 6.12 in 2009 to 5.54 last year.  That’s hardly a major decline.

But when it comes to investing millions of dollars in players/commodities, teams pay awfully close attention to X-rays and CT scans.  In Ingram’s case, it appears those X-rays are speaking more loudly than his past accomplishments in the nation’s toughest conference.

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