SEC Football

1. Is this a transition or rebuilding year for LSU?  That’s the read from several preseason magazines.

2. Did you know? Vanderbilt has won 15 of its last 20 games - second best in the SEC only behind Alabama.

3. Freshman tight end Hunter Atkinson has decided not to play football for Georgia. But will remain at Georgia as a student.

4. Good news for the Bulldogs -  Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley – all back at full speed as they recover from leg injuries.

5. Ranking the lineback corps of the SEC from No. 1 Alabama to No. 14 Texas A&M. Does Ole Miss have the best secondary in the conference?

6. Of the top 10 most expensive college football tickets this fall, five of the games feature SEC teams.

7. Will the Georgia – South Carolina game determine the SEC East?

8. A challenge for LSU coach Les Miles – pronouncing the name of signee Trey Lealaimatafao. “I better call him Trey L. this minute. It will take me several years to get to that.”

SEC/NCAA

9. University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides testifies in Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against NCAA.

10. Did a former CBS TV executive call Alabama a pro team? O’Bannon case just the beginning.  Jenkins case could unhinge NCAA.  

11. Matt Hayes: Expect a “reorganized” NCAA.

12. The Collegiate Commissioners Association will study early signing period for college football. 

SEC Basketball

13. Work on Rupp Arena renovation is suspended.

14. The Kentucky-Louisville game will be on ESPN2 because of the ACC’s television relationship with ESPN.

15. South Carolina coach Frank Martin, South Carolina players Tyrone Johnson and Sindarius Thornwell and Arkansas transfer Dusty Hannahs will participate in the Four Nations Cup in August.

16. Auburn guard Dion Wade has knee surgery this week – expected to make full recovery.

Extra

17. Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter last night.  Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford was once his catcher.

18. What will the NFL look like on TV ten years from now?

19. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks?  Not at Northwestern football games - going “peanut-free” for three games this year.