SEC lunchtime links
January, 28, 2014
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com
Sounds like it's cold in some parts of SEC country as winter storms make their way through the south. Everyone stay warm and do some reading about SEC football below with today's lunch links:
- In addition to extensive renovations to Commonwealth Stadium, Kentucky now plans to add a new $45 million training facility including practice fields for the Wildcats should it be approved by the school's Board of Trustees on Friday.
- After a memorable season that included a berth in the BCS title game, the Auburn Tigers and coach Gus Malzahn turn the page. Athletic director Jay Jacobs said Malzahn's "got the throttle pressed all the way to the floor, trying to push it through the floor. He can't get back there quick enough."
- Alabama's new quarterback, Jacob Coker said "I felt like I was coming home," when discussing his transfer to the Crimson Tide.
- When Arkansas lost assistant coach Charlie Partridge to the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic, the Razorbacks didn't necessarily lose their presence in South Florida area recruiting, as Bret Bielema's two recent commitments seem to indicate.
- Missouri strength and conditioning coach Pat Ivey, who was named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com, recently completed his Ph.D in sports psychology.
- Since the season ended, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has stayed pretty busy.
- James Franklin's face still resides on a mural that is painted on a building near the Vanderbilt campus and for obvious reasons, Commodores fans want it down quickly.
- Who takes the place of Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M? What about C.J. Mosley at Alabama? Some names of potential successors.
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