SEC’s Spring Meetings Kick Off Today In Destin

Posted by | May 31, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

What Could Be Discussed At This Week’s SEC Meetings

By John Pennington, Mr. SEC
We thought we’d give you a quick primer on what might pop up during those discussions. And remember, while the league’s coaches will be on hand, it’s the administrators and lead muckety-mucks from all 12 schools who will be casting final votes on the league’s top issues (which is exactly how it should be, by the way). Some of the topics that should/might get some attention (in no particular order): 1. Cheating When Mike Slive took over as the SEC’s commissioner he made it clear that he wanted to clean up the league’s reputation and get every conference program off NCAA probation within five years. He came darn near close to doing just that, too. In the past few months the national spotlight has fallen on the SEC for negative reasons. Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin, Auburn’s Cam Newton and Cecil Newton, Columbia’s The Whitney Hotel. 6. Oversigning This is the A-1, top-drawer, biggie of the week. Coaches say that the SEC’s level of play would be hurt if its oversigning rules were changed. [More]

When Will Nick Saban Leave Alabama?

By Dr. SEC, Bleacher Report
Can you hear it coming? Before long, November will be here and, in typical fashion, the rumors of Nick Saban leaving Alabama will once again surface. Coach Saban had only been at Alabama one season before the rumors of his departure started. The reality is that coach Saban has shown no interest in the NFL, and as far as I can tell, the NFL has shown no interest in coach Saban. There is coming a time that Nick Saban will leave the University of Alabama. However, it is unlikely to be for another college or the NFL. He is more likely to retire from the Tide, even if only temporally, than to leave the Tide for another job. With that said, could this be the season that Coach Saban walks away from Tuscaloosa for the prospect of more fishing and family time? [More]

Three Tide Players Named First-Team All-Americans

By Chris Low, ESPN
A trio of Alabama players — running back Trent Richardson, offensive guard Barrett Jones and safety Mark Barron — have been named first-team All-Americans by Phil Steele in his annual preseason college football preview magazine, which hits newsstands on June 7. South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor and Georgia punter Drew Butler were the other three SEC players to receive first-team honors. Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Robert Lester were named to the second team. While Alabama center William Vlachos and linebacker Courtney Upshaw were named to the third team. Alabama led all SEC teams with 13 different players receiving first- or second-team honors. Richardson was the first-team running back and second-team kickoff returner. Arkansas was second with 10 different players making the first two teams. Adams was a first-team receiver and first-team punt returner. [More]

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