SEC lunchtime links
June, 6, 2014
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN.com
Here we thought Nick Saban was the one getting a huge payday. Then comes along John Calipari and his record contract. That brings me to my question: Can we finally stop assuming now that there's more money for coaches in the pros than in college? (Just don't tell the players that.)
- Texas A&M is getting a hang of this SEC thing. The Aggies have finalized their 2015 nonconference schedule, and fans of the SEC should see some familiar foes such as Ball State and Western Carolina.
- Tray Matthews and Uriah Lemay were dismissed by Georgia coach Mark Richt before their case ever went to trial. The two other players involved in the alleged theft, however, will remain with the program and face "significant additional internal discipline."
- At a golf tournament yesterday, Alabama coach Nick Saban updated the status of three injured players and spoke briefly about the status of the remaining players of the 2014 class.
- As Auburn's athletic department revenues soar, so do the salaries of its coaches. According to a report, the school spent a record $34.7 million on coaches' salaries.
- Mississippi State is getting on board with the new league requirement for at least one major nonconference opponent each season starting in 2016. Unfortunately for the viewing public, that tantalizing matchup with Arizona won't come until 2022. But if you follow the Bulldogs' athletic director on Twitter, he says there will be more scheduling news coming this summer for "games that will be played before today's junior high kids graduate college."
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2014 SEC STANDINGS
6:00 PM ET 21 Texas A&M 9 South Carolina 8:00 PM ET Boise State 18 Ole Miss 9:15 PM ET Temple Vanderbilt
12:00 PM ET Tennessee-Martin Kentucky 3:30 PM ET South Dakota State 24 Missouri 3:30 PM ET West Virginia 2 Alabama 4:00 PM ET Arkansas 6 Auburn 5:30 PM ET 16 Clemson 12 Georgia 7:00 PM ET Idaho Florida 7:30 PM ET Southern Miss Mississippi State 9:00 PM ET 14 Wisconsin 13 LSU