SEC Football Daily: February 24th


Just when you thought all the coaching change and turnover was over, LSU loses their defensive backs coach, Ron Cooper. Cooper accepted a position with the Tampa Bay Bucs with Greg Schiano. Cooper has never coached in the NFL, and he’s been in college football for 29 seasons, including the last three with LSU under Les Miles. Obviously this year, Cooper’s defensive backs’ squad, with Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu, featured first team All-Americans. LSU will miss Coach Cooper. [The Advocate]

Auburn was the only school in the state of Alabama to vote for multi-year scholarships. This is a big issue right now, and both Florida and Auburn were the only two SEC teams to offer multi-year scholarships to the 2011 recruiting cycle. All of Alabama, UAB, Samford, Troy, Jacksonville State, Alabama A&M and South Alabama voted to oppose multi-year scholarships. Strictly within the SEC, only Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M opposed multi-year scholarships. Let’s all keep an eye on this moving forward. []

Florida running back commit Kelvin Taylor and Georgia running back commit Derrick Henry will officially face off this coming football season in high school before they get to their respective colleges. Henry’s team, Yulee Hornets, will host Taylor’s team, Glades Day, on September 28th. Henry is considered to some to eventually outgrow the running back position because he’s already 6’3″, 240lbs. Taylor, on the other hand, will stay at running back in college just like his father, the great Fred Taylor. [Florida Times Union]

Mark Richt has agreed in principal to a new deal, which is expected to add at least three years on his current contract. That would take Richt through the 2016 season in Athens. Athletic Director Greg McGarity would not say whether Richt will be getting a raise with his extension. Richt currently earns $3 million annually at Georgia. [AJC]

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is excited his team is opening on the road this season. Of course, that very next week, the Aggies host Florida for its first ever SEC football game in College Station. But first, A&M goes on the road to Louisiana Tech. And Sumlin is the first coach in Aggie history to open up with his first game on the road. [San Antonio]

Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams said he will look into and make sure no one on the Vanderbilt staff had any tampering with the transfers from Maryland. Maryland head coach Randy Edsall finally released the players to transfer to Vanderbilt. Initially Edsall blocked the three transfers, but he said he has ‘reconsidered and wishes the transfers the best of luck’. Yeah right. The investigation will be the direct reflection of a formal complaint filed to the ACC by one of its member institutions (Maryland). [The Tennessean]



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