SEC Football Daily: March 5th


Alabama recently finalized all of its spring schedule. The Tide are starting practice Friday, March 9th, and it will end with the A-Day game on April 14th at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Surprise, surprise: all the practices are closed to the public. The A-Day game will be on CSS at 2:00 PM on April 14th. []

South Carolina AD says the yearly meeting with the Razorbacks could be ending with the new schedule coming in a year. Both Carolina and Arkansas entered the league together back in 1992, and at that time, it only made sense for those two teams to play each other yearly as cross-divisional opponents. It just made everything easier. 13 other schools in the SEC, however, said it makes more sense for Arkansas and Missouri to become permanent cross-divisional rivals in the future. Arkansas has won the series 13-7 so far against the Gamecocks. But pairing up Missouri and Arkansas would cut some cost and travel time down for both schools in the future. [Arkansas Sports 360]

New Auburn defensive back coach Willie Martinez says new Auburn DC Brian VanGorder is an excellent teacher and great motivator. Martinez and VanGorder have previously worked together at Georgia, UCF and Central Michigan. Martinez will coach the defensive secondary on the staff, and he has not ruled out the possibility of moving players around on defense to his liking. []

Auburn tweaks its spring plans, and the start of practice will be March 23rd. Initially, practice was supposed to start March 21st; however, they are pushing it back two days to let the two new coordinators, Scot Loeffler and Brian VanGorder, get more comfortable in the program and have a little bit more time to prepare for spring practice. After starting on March 23rd, it will end on April 16th. The A-Day game, however, will be Saturday, April 14th. []

Florida linebacker Neiron Ball is cleared to play in spring and in 2012. There were many questions about whether Ball would ever play football again because he missed last season after a blood vessel burst in his brain. Obviously, Will Muschamp has not released any new information regarding Ball as of yet, but he’s usually a week behind getting all the injury information out to the media. Ball was in intensive care at Shands Healthcare during this life threatening situation. [Palm Beach Post]

Some Georgia players are saying that Isaiah Crowell is finally getting it in Athens. Crowell was heavily scrutinized last season – sometimes warranted, sometimes not. He played scared most of the time, and he was booed in the SEC Championship game. However, the Georgia players are saying that Crowell is growing up. Crowell is said to be misinterpreted because of his laid back attitude, similar to former receiver AJ Green. Crowell will have competition in the backfield this coming season with freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. He better be ready for 2012. [Macon]

Missouri recently completed its 2012 football schedule with the addition of Syracuse. The Orangemen and the Tigers agreed to a November 17th game in Columbia, and that completes the 2012 schedule. Syracuse is an interesting program on the rise right now, and that will be a formidable game. Of course, Missouri opens its 2012 SEC play on the second week of the season against Georgia. [Missourian]

Tennessee lost another football coaching staff member when Terry Joseph left for Nebraska after receiving an offer for the same position. This is now the seventh assistant coach who has left Tennessee in what could be a very determining year for Derek Dooley and his staff. Not only was Joseph the secondaries coach, but he was the recruiting coordinator for the Vols. [Go Vols Extra]



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