Alabama Crimson Tide: Charlie Partridge
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.
We're just a day away until the first game of the college football season and a few days until the season begins en masse. Here's a look at some of the stories from around the SEC to keep you informed:
- Ole Miss will likely have several true freshmen taking the field, including consensus No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche and receiver Laquon Treadwell, when the Rebels open the season against Vanderbilt on Thursday.
- Much has been made about LSU's offense and its ability to throw the ball under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, but when the Tigers face TCU and its 4-2-5 defense, the running game will be key to their success.
- Gus Malzahn is a believer in the up-tempo, no-huddle offense, but the Auburn coach admitted that he's willing to take his foot off the gas if it will help his defense on Saturday against Washington State.
- They sometimes "sound like a couple of school girls," according to Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, but Razorbacks defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge have known each other for roughly 20 years and they will be key parts to Arkansas' defensive success.
- South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward doesn't see Jadeveon Clowney breaking any sack records because of the way spread offenses combat elite defensive ends with quick passes.
- Say hello to "crazy" and "jelly," a.k.a. Alabama safeties Vinnie Sunseri and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
- Every writer on this seven-man panel picks Alabama to get back to the BCS championship game, four pick the Tide to win it.
- Mississippi State's first opponent, Oklahoma State, will play two quarterbacks when the teams meet in Houston.
- After an offseason that included arrests and dismissals, Vanderbilt can finally focus on football.
- Getting ready for Western Kentucky is a bit of a guessing game for Kentucky.
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