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Monday, March 10, 2014
SEC's lunchtime links
By Jeff Barlis
Was HBO's "True Detective" one of the best shows ever? Did Les Miles turn out to be the Yellow King? Hopefully you were able to watch the finale and find out.
As LSU opened spring camp over the weekend, the biggest spotlight was on finding Zach Mettenberger's successor at quarterback. Miles admitted that last year's backup, Anthony Jennings, has the early edge but said
the competition is wide open
. There are
plenty of position changes
already. Miles announced that
kicker James Hairston plans to transfer
after he graduates in May. Oh, and Miles came out
against the recently tabled slow-down rule
Tennessee had its first spring practice on Friday, and coach Butch Jones was
pleased with what he saw
. Incumbent QB
Justin Worley plans to keep the starting job
. And the Vols' defense is getting a lift in more ways than one with
the return of big-play linebacker Curt Maggitt
This spring, South Carolina is
focused on developing cornerbacks
, a position that is expected to be thin and young. The Gamecocks opened practice last week but are off for spring break this week and will return to the field on March 18.
Vanderbilt opens practice on Tuesday, and new coach Derek Mason said
this spring is all about finding playmakers
Ole Miss has
a lot to look forward to in the running game
with junior tailbacks I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton battling this spring.
Could new Texas coach Charlie Strong break through the Texas-Texas A&M standoff? Strong says he's
optimistic the longtime rivals will sort out their differences
and get back to playing for state bragging rights.
Alabama's quarterback competition
will take top billing this spring. But the Tide also have a couple of
starting jobs open on the offensive line
After a disappointing 2013 season, coach Mark Richt says he's
excited about all the changes at Georgia
One of Auburn's biggest spring goals
will be improving a defense that ranked No. 79 in the FBS in total defense last season.
Dan Mullen is
in preliminary talks for a one-year contract extension
at Mississippi State, sources told The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. It would be for 2017-18.
Florida's move to an uptempo offense
is part of an SEC trend.
Arkansas' Bret Bielema is hoping two new defensive coaches -- coordinator Robb Smith and cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings -- will bring
much-needed improvement in the secondary