SEC lunchtime links
January, 13, 2014
By David Ching | ESPN.com
Football season is nearly over, but the news never stops in SEC country – especially with all of the NFL draft announcements, coaching changes and recruiting news churning this week.
- Jeremy Hill's Monday announcement that he will enter the NFL draft adds to a growing list of LSU players turning pro early. The Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger writes that the Tigers' 17 early entries over the previous five seasons are more than any other SEC program.
- Following the announcements that defensive assistants Todd Grantham and Scott Lakatos are leaving the Georgia staff came a report that defensive line coach Chris Wilson interviewed at Alabama. The Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer provides an update on Monday's episode of “As the Georgia Defensive Staff Turns.”
- Recruiting analysts say new Penn State coach James Franklin is trying to pillage the class of commitments he put together in his old job at Vanderbilt.
- Alabama defensive back Vinnie Sunseri joined a host of teammates in the NFL draft pool according to reports on Sunday.
- Auburn's coaching staff feels confident about finishing strong in recruiting this year.
- The State lists five recruiting storylines to watch at South Carolina.
- The Columbia Daily Tribune's David Morrison explores how good Missouri can be next season after a resurgent 2013 where it played for the conference championship.
- Ole Miss announced over the weekend that defensive end/linebacker D.T. Shackelford will seek a sixth season of eligibility.
- Former Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton offers rave reviews for his former coach and new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
- With the College Football Playoff era now upon us, teams will circle the Jan. 12 championship game in Arlington, Texas, during this offseason. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jimmy Burch discusses the names and subjects to follow over the next year before the big game at AT&T Stadium.
Players Provide Playoff Picks
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State