SEC Football Daily: February 29th

Tommy Tuberville

Nick Saban will offer four-year scholarships beginning with the 2013 class. In an interview with Tuscaloosa News, Saban said he will take advantage of the rule, which passes on February 18th, allowing schools to offer multiple-year scholarships. Alabama did, in fact, vote against the rule, along with LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M. How does this change things? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. [AL.com]

The SEC will discuss going to a nine-game schedule next year. The 2012 schedule was put together in a rush, and the permanent fix is still out there as to how this will play out in 2013 and beyond. Several different scenarios and proposals will be discussed moving forward. I personally believe a nine-game SEC schedule is legit, with each SEC team dropping a cupcake non-conference game. However, there are some rivalries that just should not be touched for every school (i.e. Alabama-Tennessee). [AL.com]

Former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is the subject of a $1.7 million fraud lawsuit. Tuberville is indicated in a complaint filed to US District Court in Montgomery. It claims that Tuberville, among others,”employed devices, schemes, and artifices” to commit fraud. The 32-page suit says Tuberville mixed their clients’ assets with their own, falsified client statements, failed to file tax returns, and “generally disregarded and violated customary practices and procedures followed in the hedge fund and security investments industry”. Well, isn’t this just a mess? [AL.com]

Former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel was named on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. This will be his first time on the ballot itself. The class will be announced May 15 and inducted on December 4th at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner. There are five other Gators in the Hall of Fame. [Orlando Sentinel]

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was named Collegiate Player of the Year for the Atlanta Sports Awards ceremony. Jones won one of the nine awards given out that night, and Georgia football coach Mark Richt was among the presenters. The awards keep on rolling in after a monster year in the SEC for Jones. I can’t wait to watch this kid play next year. [AJC]

LSU has reportedly filled their defensive backs coaching vacancy by Nebraska coach at the same position, Corey Raymond. Although Raymond was reportedly not coming or interviewing, he is now coming. It was a chance for him to return “home”. He turned Les Miles down at first, but later he rethought the situation and chose to coach at LSU. Raymond, of course, played at LSU from 1988-1991. Welcome home, Coach Raymond. [The Advocate]

Missouri and Texas A&M have both agreed to forgo $12.4 million each to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. This was obviously expected, and both schools have said good luck to their former conference in the coming years. “Good luck guys, but we’re going to go join a real conference.” It probably wasn’t word for word, but they get the gist. [Missourian]

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