For the first time since August, we've reached a Friday with no SEC football on tap tomorrow. That's the bad news. The good news is that bowl play starts a week from tomorrow, with the first SEC bowl game set to kick off in barely more than two weeks.
We've still got plenty to discuss in SEC country, however. Here's a sampling of what's going on around the league:
Texas A&M's Board of Regents on Thursday approved a new contract for coach Kevin Sumlin that will pay him $5 million a year.
Auburn's “Kick Six” was named the college football play of the year on Thursday at ESPN's College Football Awards show.
Quarterback AJ McCarron on Thursday became the first Alabama player to win the Maxwell Award.
Speaking of McCarron, he recently discussed how just before signing day 2009, he nearly flipped his commitment from Alabama to Oklahoma – the team he will face in his final college game.
A scholarship crunch is affecting South Carolina's recruiting efforts for 2014.
NOLA.com's Ron Higgins writes that Nick Saban has been there and done that when it comes to flirtations with other jobs. LSU's Skip Bertman can attest to that.
The backup quarterbacks at Georgia and Nebraska are getting a grip on the starting jobs as their TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl matchup approaches.
The Clarion Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger lists three storylines to watch as Ole Miss opens bowl practice today for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl against Georgia Tech.
Rice coach David Bailiff knows his team will have to prepare for the noisy distraction that cowbells can create before the Owls face Mississippi State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Since we last convened here at lunchtime Thursday, Florida landed commitments from a pair of ESPN 300 prospects.
Athlon traces Auburn's bizarre path to Pasadena.
In Orlando, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier aimed some jabs at schools in the state where he once coached Thursday at a news conference to promote the Capital One Bowl.
Many members of Kentucky's recruiting “class to change the program” will gather this weekend in Lexington.