SEC Football Daily: March 12th

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Texas A&M made the correct move in joining the SEC in 2012. This is coming from Coach Stallings, who previously coached Alabama and the Aggies in his career. And Stallings obviously played for Bear Bryant at A&M as well. Stallings was previously on the Board of Regents at TAMU when it was first discussed, and he loved the idea. [AL.com]

Officials at LSU and Tulane are talking to each other right now about the Green Wave and the Tigers hooking up for a game in 2013. However, this will be in a holding pattern more or less because of the possible nine-game schedule from the SEC with the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. The two are longtime rivals, but they haven’t played each other since 2009. [NOLA]

Missouri linebacker Will Ebner is back to practicing full time after suffering a knee injury a year ago. Ebner just completed a full week of practice during opening drills. He was knifing through traffic, and it was very encouraging for both the players and coaches at Missouri to get him back on the field playing. Ebner was the team’s third-leading tackler in 2009, and he played through a torn labrum, a torn meniscus, a strained neck muscle and a broken foot his first three years in the program. Wow. [Columbia Tribune]

Tennessee added Josh Conklin to the staff to coach the safeties. Conklin has served as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at The Citadel for the last two seasons. Conklin replaces Terry Joseph, who left Tennessee for Nebraska in a lateral move. [Go Vols Extra]

Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is the new highest-paid assistant coach for the Tigers. VanGorder will receive $850,000 in 2012 and 2013. Obviously previous offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was paid $1.3 million before he left. VanGorder will take over the Tigers’ defense starting immediately with spring practice. [AL.com]

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