Published June 27, 2012 - 4:47am
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Nick Saban, Gene Chizik and Les Miles are all scheduled to be at SEC BeachFest on August 23-26. More than 10,000 football fans are expected to be in attendance for this event, which kicks off the season with talks from each of the three national champion head coaches. The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism is a sponsor, which will be broadcast live on ESPN for about an hour on August 25th. We’ll see you there, as SDS will be making the trip. [AL]
Michigan will be riding the “Hoke-A-Mania” into Arlington to take on Alabama. A nice preview write up by Andrew Gribble of the Alabama-Michigan matchup. The early line on this game has Alabama -14, and that’s quite a large margin. Brady Hoke has the Michigan fan base buzzing about a possible upset against the Tide in the South, and most Michigan fans think that a win against Bama will thrust QB Denard Robinson into the Heisman forefront. [AL]
Georgia will be trying to fix their special teams woes from a year ago. UGA will be breaking in two new kickers. Georgia is one of the few teams that does not have a special teams coach or coordinator. PK Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber will hopefully come right in as true freshmen and give Georgia what they need in the special teams game. The coaching staff in general has thrown special teams to the back, but it’s now time for someone to take leadership of this unit. [AJC]
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham hopes to become a head coach one day. He recently agreed to a new deal with the Bulldogs that gives him the money of one of the highest paid assistants in the country. “First of all, I like the job I have,” said Grantham, the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator since 2010. “I enjoy being the defensive coordinator at Georgia. I enjoy coordinating and I enjoy football in general. But I think any time you’re in a profession, you’re always looking to take on the next challenge. What’s the next challenge? Being a head coach. … It’s something I would like to do in time, but I’m not looking to do it right now.” [AJC]
Kentucky football players say the facility upgrades are an energy boost. When three seniors returned from a service trip to Africa recently, they were very encouraged and impressed with the facility upgrades at the Nutter Training Facility. The gray walls were gone and replaced with many cosmetic renovations that actually added some color to the building. The upgrades took a year to plan and about two weeks to install. The biggest renovation is the display of the NFL helmets of all former UK players. [Kentucky]