SEC Football Daily: March 28th

Hines Ward

Nick Saban says he will end his coaching career at Alabama. This gives Alabama fans another reason to celebrate once again after an already successful start to 2012. If he stays through the end of this contract, which has been extended two more years through the 2019 season, he is expected to make close to $45 million. And given his success and dominance, I think he is worth every bit of it, and I’m glad to hear he will be in the SEC for a long time to come. Six other Alabama coaches received raises as well. [AL.com]

Gators face defensive line depth issues this spring. With starters Dominique Easley and Lerentee McCray out this spring with injuries, as well as back-up Kedric Johnson and Earl Okine, the defensive line players are having to take a lot more snaps than normal in scrimmages. However, this could be beneficial for some who could use the extra reps. One player who both the team and Gator fans alike would really like to see elevate his play this spring is Ronald Powell, as he has the opportunity to shine in 2012. [Gainesville Sun]

Hines Ward visits UGA practice to test the coaching waters. The former Bulldog and recently retired Pittsburgh Steeler visited practice on Tuesday to spend the day with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to get a feel for collegiate coaching and to see if its something he may want to pursue. I think he would be a great asset to any team, given his years of experience in the NFL – what player wouldn’t want to play for someone with that experience and insight? [AJC]

South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington returns to football two weeks after declaring he was giving up the sport to concentrate on basketball. The decision came the day the Gamecocks announced former Kansas State head coach Frank Martin as their new basketball coach. Ellington finished last season with 707 all-purpose yards and made the SEC all-freshman team. Welcome back to the gridiron, Bruce! [Charlotte Observer]

Vols WR Justin Hunter ‘excited’ about returning to practice. After his devastating knee injury in 2011, flash forward six months to Monday’s practice, and he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and making cuts and running routes sooner than expected. As happy as Hunter was to be back at practice, I know his QB Tyler Bray was even happier to have his go-to receiver back on the field. [Times Free Press]

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