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SEC's lunch links

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The words "revolutionary" and "game-changing" are prominent in the aftermath of Wednesday's ruling by a federal agency that college athletes at Northwestern University are school employees and can form a union. The SEC had this to say:
"Notwithstanding today's decision, the SEC does not believe that full time students participating in intercollegiate athletics are employees of the universities they attend," commissioner Mike Slive said in a written statement.

Former South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles came out against the idea of college football players unions.

Elsewhere in the South, spring practice and NFL scouting continued as if the earth had not spun off its axis.

SEC's lunch links

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Five SEC programs will have opened spring practice by the weekend -- including Ole Miss on Wednesday, Tennessee on Friday and LSU on Saturday. Not surprisingly, the news is picking up a bit around the league.

Here's a quick taste:

• Georgia players are buzzing about how an entirely new set of defensive coaches will give the Bulldogs a fresh start this spring.

• With Auburn's spring practice approaching on March 18, AL.com's Joel Erickson takes a look at the Tigers' quarterback depth chart.

• Quarterback was a subject of discussion at Alabama on Wednesday, too, as Nick Saban said that his staff will be in no hurry to name a starter.

• Florida on Wednesday released the contracts for the three new coaches on Will Muschamp's staff – including a three-year deal for new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.

• LSU's quarterback competition is front and center, as the Tigers prepare for their first spring practice on Saturday.

• DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan are among the candidates to become Ole Miss' backup quarterback behind Bo Wallace.

• Kentucky announced its ticket distribution plan for the April 26 Blue-White spring game.

• Missouri revealed on Wednesday that five players with eligibility remaining have “decided to graduate and not play football going forward” according to a team spokesman.

• Multiple reports on Wednesday night declared that Texas A&M has dismissed safety Kameron Miles.

• Vanderbilt assistant Vavae Tata will not coach with the Commodores in 2014 after pleading guilty on Wednesday to a February DUI charge. His long-term status with the program remains unclear.

• South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Clemson's Dabo Swinney are united on at least one point -- their relief that college football's rules committee withdrew a controversial 10-second rule designed to slow down college offenses.

• The Chattanooga Times Free Press' Patrick Brown looks at five questions facing the Tennessee football team as it prepared to open spring practice.

• Bret Bielema covered a variety of subjects in speaking with the media at Arkansas' pro day.

QB Ryan Buchanan chooses Ole Miss 

June, 4, 2012
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Jackson (Miss.) Prep quarterback Ryan Buchanan verbally committed to Mississippi on Monday afternoon. Buchanan announced his decision at a press conference at his school.

The 6-foot-3, 203-pound signal-caller chose Ole Miss over offers from Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas. Buchanan visited Florida two weekends ago, but a trip to Oxford this past weekend sealed the deal for the Rebels.

Video: QB Ryan Buchanan talks UF visit

May, 28, 2012
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videoQuarterback Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Ms./Jackson Prep) talks with GatorNation’s Derek Tyson about the latest in his recruitment.

QB Buchanan enjoys Florida visit 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jackson (Miss.) Prep quarterback Ryan Buchanan visited Florida with his family on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound signal-caller said he enjoyed his trip to Gainesville.

"I loved it," Buchanan said on Saturday. "I got to know Coach [Will] Muschamp and Coach [Brent] Pease better. I just got a good feel for the whole university."

With schools like Auburn and Alabama recently picking up quarterback commitments, Buchanan could feel pressure to make an early decision, but he says that's not the case.

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Top prospects countdown - No. 3 

May, 24, 2012
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There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation is ranking the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida this week, two-a-day. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 3

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Courtesy Hubert WorleyRyan Buchanan has suddenly become the top quarterback on Florida's board.
Derek Tyson's pick: QB Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep)

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Top prospects countdown - No. 9 

May, 21, 2012
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There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation is ranking the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida this week, two-a-day. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 9

ESPN.comMarcell Harris and Leon McQuay are two of the top safety prospects in the nation, but Florida might only have room for one.
Derek Tyson's pick: S Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) or S Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)

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Gators' QB recruiting taking shape 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With pieces of the quarterback puzzle falling into (or out of) place, the Gators are starting to get a clear picture of which signal-caller they would like to sign in their 2013 recruiting class.

Within a matter of days, Florida's top quarterback targets -- Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood), Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) and Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) -- committed to Alabama, Oklahoma and Miami, respectively.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comTroy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) is one of Florida's top remaining quarterback targets.
So where do the Gators turn now? Florida has offered several quarterbacks recently, including Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep) and Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier).

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Top prospects countdown - No. 12 

May, 18, 2012
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There are six or seven spots left in Florida's 2013 class and a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are considering the Gators, and it would be difficult to turn them away. So GatorNation will rank the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Florida over the next six weekdays, two-a-day style. We’ll also add comments by some of our Insider subscribers from The Chompions Club premium message board.

No. 12

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Tom Hauck/ESPNHSTight end Josh McNeil at the Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte , N.C.
Derek Tyson's pick: TE Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Hillside)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease had a chance to watch Jackson (Miss.) Prep quarterback Ryan Buchanan throw to some of his high school teammates Tuesday afternoon. Pease came away impressed with the 6-foot-3, 203-pound signal-caller -- enough so that he extended an offer to the talented quarterback prospect.

"The offer means a lot," Buchanan said. "To get offered by the Florida Gators I feel like is something very special, no doubt. Coach Pease is a cool guy and had a good track record from Boise State. I think he is a really good quarterback coach."

With offers now from Florida, Auburn, Arkansas and Oklahoma State, Buchanan has seen his stock start to soar. Buchanan, however, said he has no favorites at this time.

Buchanan said he will likely make his college decision sometime before his senior season begins.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jackson (Miss.) Jackson Prep quarterback Ryan Buchanan has seen his stock continue to climb. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound prospect has started to hear from the Florida Gators recently.

Buchanan says three Florida coaches have been in contact.

"I've talked to coach [Derek] Lewis," Buchanan said. "He is the recruiting coordinator for my area, and I got some good feedback from him. Coach Aubrey Hill is coming by my school (today) and then coach [Brent] Pease is coming by my school next week sometime to watch me throw. I talked to Coach Pease for a while. He wants me to come down and see Florida when I can, so I'll probably get down there as soon as possible."

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