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Bama Plans To Tweak Saban’s Contract

nick-saban-money-bagsUniversity of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will have his contract “amended” and “restated” according to  The Tide’s CEO had his contract amended/restated this time a year ago, too.  That rejiggering locked Saban into the Bama gig through 2019 and set his pay at an average of $5.6 million per year.

Saban visited the White House yesterday with his third Alabama national championship squad in four years.

The compensation committee of UA’s board of trustees will also likely dole out pay raises to Saban’s assistant coaches.

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SEC Headlines 4/13/2013

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1. Kentucky has a chance to double its spring-game attendance record tonight. 49,000 tickets distributed plus another 11,000 given to elementary and middle school students.

2. At Texas A&M’s spring game today, all eyes on quarterback Johnny Manziel.

3. Don’t expect starters to get much playing time at today’s South Carolina spring game . Coaches want to get young players some experience.

4. First team vs. second team at Vanderbilt’s spring game.  Coach James Franklin: “The gap between our ones and our twos is not like what it used to be.”

5. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu on his failed drug tests: “I don’t remember saying a specific number. I said I’ve failed several drug tests.”

6. Expect a more “game-like” scrimmage today at Alabama. Crimson Tide off Sunday and then head to the White House on Monday.

7. More than 1,600 coaches watched Alabama practice Friday.

8. Auburn running back Tre Mason battling an ankle injury, not participating in full-contact drills.

9. Second scrimmage of the spring today at Auburn.  Coaches seeking major improvement.  Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: “We’re looking for a big jump.”

10. Verdict on second Mississippi State scrimmage? Defense dominated.

11. Tennessee coach Butch Jones and Peyton Manning – a mutual admiration society.

12. Evan Boehm started every game for Missouri at left guard as a true freshman.  His sophomore season will see him under center.

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13. The NCAA director of enforcement is leaving his job and returning to Auburn. Dave Didion will join Auburn’s compliance department, a post he left in 1999 to go to the NCAA.

14. Auburn’s board of trustees approve plan to redevelop Toomer’s Corner - will plant new trees.

15. A posthumous appointment for Mal Moore at Alabama.  Board of trustees name him Athletic Director Emeritus.

16. How are Tennessee athletics faring under A.D. Dave Hart?

17. Seton Hall guard Aaron Crosby transferring to Illinois - was also considering Missouri.


18. Louisville coach Rick Pitino will get a tattoo on his shoulder next month.

19. Some PR advice for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops: “Just don’t trout out the Hungry Sunday line. At least not for public consumption.”

20. Tim Tebow – Great Floridian.

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Bama’s Trip To The White House Postponed Due To Weather

raincheckThe Alabama football team won’t be in Washington, DC tomorrow after all.  The traditional White House meeting between the President and the reigning BCS champs has been postponed indefinitely due to inclement weather in the nation’s capital.

Nick Saban and his 2011 championship team met President Obama last April.  With spring practice starting in Tuscaloosa on March 16th it could be April before last season’s champs meet the Prez, too.

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Gameday Links: UMass at Vanderbilt, Mississippi State at Alabama

UMass at Vanderbilt

1. With 2,670 career rushing yards and five games left, Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy has a realistic shot at 3,000 yards.

2. Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rogers: “We feel like our toughest games are behind us.”

Mississippi State at Alabama

3. In balance.  Alabama rushing yards 1,536 – Alabama passing yards 1,541.  

4. Other than LSU, no team has played Alabama tougher than Mississippi State the last three years.

5. Can Nick Saban build a legacy that will eclipse Bear Bryant?

6. #WeBelieve hashtag sweeping Bulldogs country. Even reaches the White House.

7. What would happen in the BCS Standings if Mississippi State wins?

8. Mississippi State chaplain: “I am not there to get Dan Mullen to stop cussing.” 

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Kentucky’s 8th Title Banner Is Up In Practice Facility

Cat fans, another banner is up.

Tomorrow the University of Kentucky basketball team will travel to the White House for the traditional handshake-and-howdy with the President as the reigning NCAA basketball champions.  But back in Lexington, photographs of UK’s eighth national championship banner are starting to make the rounds.

Last month, after capturing yet another title, Kentucky fans roared during a Rupp Arena celebration in which Banner #8 was officially raised.  But another eighth banner is now up in UK’s practice facility, the Joe Craft Center.  (Photo at left, click the story headline for a closer look.)

Alongside the banners from 1948, 1948, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, and 1998… the latest banner from 2012 now dangles.

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Obama Doesn’t Go All Out For Taylor’s Chest Bump

If I were meeting the President of the United States, I don’t know that I’d feel comfortable asking him for a chest bump.  But I’m not ever-pumped Auburn assistant football coach Trooper Taylor.

After shaking President Obama’s hand at the White House yesterday, Taylor can be seen requesting a presidential chest bump.  Obama obliged with what looks to be a rather half-hearted effort.  Perhaps he knew that a full-on bump would result in the loss of every single Alabama fan’s vote in 2012.

Still, when it comes to personality, Taylor takes a backseat to no one.  At least he didn’t make The Prez wave a towel.

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SEC Headlines – 6/9/11 Part One

1.  Auburn’s football team was honored at the White House yesterday.

2.  The Tigers enjoyed their trip to DC and meeting with a “real cool” president.

3.  Russell Wilson — the former NC State quarterback who is considering Auburn — had what one source called a “grand slam” visit to Wisconsin.

4.  This writer says Mike Hamilton’s resignation “feels like desperation” and “the next strange act in the Tennessee circus.”  (We’re reminded of how Pete Rose was told to admit he bet on baseball, he did, and then everyone said, “Well, you didn’t seem contrite enough.”)

5.  Here’s a list of all the SEC players who have departed via injury, transfer or other unexpected reason since last fall.

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SEC Headlines – 6/8/11 Part Two

1.  Tickets for South Carolina’s season opener against East Carolina went on sale today.

2.  Alabama redshirt freshman running back Corey Grant is planning to transfer.

3.  You can watch Auburn’s 3pm ET visit to the White House live by clicking right here.

4.  This writer says it’s time to move on from Auburn’s 2004 season.

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Auburn To Visit White House Next Week

The Auburn football team was set to visit the White House as BCS Champions back on April 29th… but that trip was cancelled when devastating tornadoes ripped through their home state just two days prior.

Now the Tigers have rescheduled their meeting with President Obama for next Wednesday.  Gene Chizik and the rest of the Tiger team will be honored in the Rose Garden.

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Auburn To Visit White House Next Friday

In keeping with our early-mornin’ Iron Bowl theme…

The BCS champion Auburn Tigers will be making the traditional winner’s trip to Washington, DC a week from today.

“On Friday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m. ET, President Obama will welcome Auburn University’s football team to the White House to honor the team’s 2010 BCS National Championship,” an Obama staffer said yesterday via email.

The first round of the NFL draft will be held next Thursday and it’s likely Cam Newton and Nick Fairley will be snapped up nice and early… meaning that they’ll likely be available to head to the White House on Friday if they choose to attend the ceremony.

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