Published July 11, 2012 - 4:05am
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Tennessee seeks tremendous improvement this year. Derek Dooley has to have improvement in order to keep his job. Looking at the direction of the program right now, one can see it’s headed into the right direction. This is Dooley’s best team, and he returns the most starters in the SEC. The three-headed monster of Tyler Bray, Da’Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter are as good as any three skill position players in the country. But Dooley’s time to win is now. [AL]
SEC officials will be wireless this season. The SEC will experiment with the concept that has been used by international soccer referees for several years now. The NCAA rules committee approved a waiver for the SEC to test the system only for conference games. “We see great promise in this,” said Steve Shaw, SEC coordinator of officials. “One of the questions is could this be a distraction to the crew? We’re going to learn if it is. If it’s a distraction, we’re not going to use it. My goal is to have a better product of officiating on the field, and I think this is a tool that will help us get there.” [AL]
Florida signee Dante Fowler, Jr. is happy to be in classes in Gainesville. Fowler finally received word that he had the proper credits to enroll in summer school. “It all happened so fast that it never really sunk in,” Fowler said Tuesday, following his first week of classes in UF’s Summer B session. “I couldn’t even suck it all in and enjoy it. I ws cleared and then I had to be there.” Fowler is expected to be a big piece of the defense now that Ronald Powell will miss some time with his knee injury. [Orlando Sentinel]
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham recently received his new job title of Associate Head Coach. Grantham received an annual salary increase of $75,000 to make a total of $825,000. There was no public announcement about the new title, but it was listed in Georgia’s new media guide. “It’s just a designation that the head coach gives to assistant coaches,” athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday. “That’s really the head coach’s call.” [Dog Bytes]
South Carolina signee QB Connor Mitch is tabbed to be the future of Gamecock football. Mitch is set to become the Cocks’ biggest get at QB since Steve Spurrier has been the head coach. Head Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell agreed: “Hands down, Connor Mitch is the best quarterback Spurrier has ever recruited to South Carolina,” Farrell said. “I think he’s the best pure passer that Spurrier has gotten to South Carolina and he’s the most polished quarterback. South Carolina fans are going to love this kid.” [Post and Courier]