“It’s easy to make a snap decision, which is why we vetted everything we could,” says Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin of his decision to allow five-star recruit Jeffery Simmons to join the football team with a tiny one-game suspension. That’s a bold way to lead off a press conference about a…
A CBS sports press release confirms what’s been rumored for weeks: longtime ESPN announcer Brad Nessler is coming to CBS, and after the 2016 season will replace the legendary Verne Lundquist as play-by-play man on “SEC on CBS” games.
Golfer Phil Mickelson was named today in an insider complaint by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, two years after an investigation was first reported. The SEC alleges that Mickelson profited $931,000 from non-public information after buying and selling stock in the Dean Foods company.
Jim Harbaugh is conducting part of Michigan’s spring practice over spring break, and he’s doing it at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has asked the NCAA to ban exactly that, and it’s hard to believe his motives are particularly altruistic.
Mark Richt has been fired by Georgia this morning, according to a report from Mark Schlabach. The Bulldogs wrapped up a 9-3 regular season yesterday with a win over Georgia Tech and are bowl-bound. He has been at the school since 2001, and has led the team to two SEC championships and nine bowl wins. Richt will coach…
Cam Newton is normally as cool as a cucumber (remember when he gleefully smiled his way through a training camp scuffle?), but he got a bit rattled here when an Alabama fan brought up the alleged pay for play scandal that engulfed Newton during his college career.
Welcome to our college football conference previews, in which we will tell you what you need to know about various conferences, with an emphasis on watchability. First up was the Pac-12. Now, the SEC.
OK, maybe Seminoles alum and ESPN analyst Danny Kanell has been stanning for FSU long enough and hard enough that everything he has to say should be discounted—he's certainly catching enough crap for it. But what is college football for if not reveling in the misery of others to make yourself feel better?
There are two ways to go about being mediocre in college football. Strictly definitionally, a team can settle in somewhere directly between schools like Stanford and those like Eastern Michigan—finishing around .500 every season. But the more sneaky and much more frustrating sort of mediocre is the one that Nebraska…
One of the most crucial and dramatic plays in college football this year also featured a season-ending injury that remains painful to look at. How do you weigh the import of the moment with sensitivity to the injured player? If you're one Alabama newspaper, you put it on the front page of the sports section—and you…
This past week, four of the top five teams in the Associated Press College Football Poll hailed from the SEC West Division. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, among others, wondered aloud whether ESPN's ownership of the brand-new SEC network, which launched this year, might be responsible for such a coincidence.
Mississippi beat Alabama on Saturday, and fans tore down both goalposts. It was awesome. But it wasn't cheap. But not to worry—fans have chipped in to more than cover the costs of a destroyed field and a big SEC fine.
If you're tired of insufferable SEC fans trying to convince you that their perennial bottom-dwellers could run through any other conference, you can say whatever you want about the SEC East this year. The West division, however, is an insane collection of talent.
SEC referee Ken Williamson started his day in charge of the Texas A & M-Mississippi State game with disorientation followed by somewhat frightening rage. Simmer down, Kenny!
Harvey Updyke, best known for poisoning Auburn's famous oak trees at Toomer's Corner in 2010, will be giving Tigers fans a chance at revenge.
This is from yesterday, but what kind of operation would we be running if we did not share with you the most urgent news coming out of SEC football? This is Cory Johnson, a recent junior-college transfer, speaking with LEX 18's Alan Cutler about his fluctuating weight. Johnson says he could weigh 290 pounds one day…
Who wouldn't be excited for a big SEC tournament matchup between Ole Miss and Georgia? These guys, apparently, who scored access to the media section but appear to be catatonic. The SEC: always and forever the home of the bro.
I wasn't yet in Gainesville for the first press conference, held immediately after the season opener. Will Muschamp's Florida Gators had just demolished Toledo in a tune-up, an easy victory foreseen by just about everybody. The Gators had gone 11-1 the previous regular season, and only BCS politics kept them out of…
Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted.
We'll soon learn which lone university will bail on EA Sports' college football video game, ending an 18-year run in which the series featured all of the more than 100 major-division teams every season—a bedrock expectation of any "it's in the game" claim.