Published June 26, 2012 - 4:38am
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The SEC dominance keeps redefining what exactly a dynasty is. Jon Solomon wrote a great article about the SEC as a dynasty in all sports. Solomon wrote in his article, “When this SEC dynasty started in 2005-06, only two SEC schools ranked in the top 10 nationally in athletic revenue: No. 5 Florida ($82.4 million) and No. 6 Georgia ($79.2 million). By 2010-11, the SEC made up half of the top 10: No. 3 Alabama ($124.5 million), No. 4 Florida ($123.5 million), No. 7 LSU ($107.3 million), No. 8 Tennessee ($104.4 million) and No. 10 Auburn (104 million). Nine SEC schools generated more money in ’10-11 than the ACC’s No. 1 revenue-producer, Florida State.” [AL]
Georgia seems to always have better seasons when less is expected of them. This author took the times when Georgia was ranked as No. 5 or better when much was anticipated for the upcoming season. The conclusion was made that if Georgia wants to outperform their high expectations, don’t lose early. Even with the easy schedule, Georgia has to be ready to play Missouri September 8th. [AJC]
Alabama and Auburn commits shined at recent Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge. Alabama commit OL OJ Howard and Auburn commit DE Carl Lawson were two of the most talked about players at the camp. Rivals.com evaluator Chris Nee said of Howard, “He does a great job of getting his hands on the ball and snatching it away from defenders. A scary combination of size and speed that will help open up any college offense.” Lawson was also said to be virtually “unblockable”. Nee also said there was not a single lineman in that setting who could even block him. [AL]
Auburn freshman QB Zeke Pike was arrested on Saturday for public intoxication. He was later released on $300 bond. Pike is an early enrollee who went through spring practice to try and get a leg up on the competition. This, obviously, could set him back. Pike was also suspended his final game in high school for an undisclosed reason, too. Pike will likely be stuck third on the depth chart behind Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley. [AL]
Georgia is still waiting on two players from the 2012 recruiting class to enroll. DT John Atkins and LB Leonard Floyd are the remaining two, and both are still being reviewed by the NCAA Clearinghouse for approval. This is not unusual, as Georgia sometimes has a couple laggers come in later than the first arrivers in June: “Historically with our [signees], most of them come in early June, and then there’s one or two that come around the second session, which is around July 4,” Richt said. “And then there are some guys that don’t make it until camp starts. That happens every once in a while, too. We’ll just see.” [AJC]
Mississippi State picked up a commitment from Biloxi WR. Scott Austin is a consensus three-star WR according to multiple recruiting services, and he is the fourth WR commitment for the Dawgs in this class. The 6-4, 180lber caught 38 passes for 698 yards and nine touchdowns. He is considered by most to be the top WR in the state of Mississippi for this recruiting cycle. It’s a great pickup by Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs. [Clarion Ledger]