Alabama Crimson Tide: Jeff Long
Happy Monday to you all. Hope everyone had a great weekend. Let's take a look at some of the interesting stories from around the league in today's edition of the lunch links:
- Jacob Coker's decision to transfer from Florida State to Alabama to potentially be the Crimson Tide's next starting quarterback created a lot of buzz over the weekend. His private quarterback coach, David Morris, said he and Coker have a "good plan in place" to get Coker ready for his time in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Auburn defensive end Dee Ford had a strong week at the Senior Bowl, probably making himself some money by improving his draft stock in the process.
- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's name has been rumored for the same job with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, but an LSU spokesman said Cameron is shooting down any such talk.
- The College Football Playoff selection committee met in Dallas last week, including chairman Jeff Long, who is Arkansas' athletic director. Video technology, analytics and a recusal policy were among the topics discussed.
- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel made the No. 2 very popular in College Station, Texas, and beyond, but it appears one of the Aggies' top recruits, ESPN 300 athlete Speedy Noil, could be wearing Manziel's number next season if his locker is any indication.
- Missouri's move to the SEC means the Tigers have also shifted their recruiting focus to states in SEC country, which has paid dividends in this year's class.
- Kentucky gave tight ends coach Vince Marrow a raise and an additional title.
- Vanderbilt's new offensive coordinator, Karl Dorrell, is eager to get back to the teaching aspect of his job after spending his previous stint with the NFL's Houston Texans.
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- He was asked time and time again this week whether his undefeated, top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide would overlook unranked Arkansas at home. Well Nick Saban answered definitively in the negative last night.
- Auburn cornerback Chris Davis sees Saturday's game against the Aggies as a challenge. He already thinks of himself as one of the best defenders in the SEC and he knows Texas A&M wideout Mike Evans is one of the best at his position in the conference, too.
- Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long steps into a prestigious position leading the College Football Playoff as its committee chairman.
- Tennessee has had its ups and downs this season, but its starting tailback Rajion Neal has continued to improve.
- Why star rapper Wale was on Ole Miss' campus is still something of a mystery. But he was there and Hugh Freeze got to talk about it.
- Normally stout against the run, Florida got gashed up the middle by LSU and Jeremy Hill.
- How healthy is LSU at this point? Considering it's been seven weeks, Les Miles says the Tigers are in a good place.
- What's the sound? That's opportunity knocking for Missouri's Maty Mauk.
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