SEC Football Daily: May 14th


SEC officials want to use a wireless communication system to officiate some games this season. SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw wants the wireless communication because the goal is to improve communication and speed up games. NCAA rules committee allowed the Big Ten and the SEC to test the wireless communication during the spring. It would involve officials wearing a small ear piece and microphone, and the seven officials would not have to huddle to discuss penalties and could have conversations during pre-snaps to catch infractions. []

Alabama incoming freshman QB Alec Morris is “fired up” to compete for the backup job. Since Phillip Sims transferred to UVA, Alabama’s backup is redshirt freshman Phillip Ely. “That’s an opportunity for me,” Morris said. “I see that as a great opportunity to be able to walk in as a true freshman. You never know what’s going to happen. It’s just fired me up, made me want to work harder.” []

Gene Chizik came in at No. 36 on the Sporting News coaching ranks for college football. Chizik was one of eight coaches on the list who have won national championships: No. 1 Nick Saban, No. 3 Urban Meyer, No. 4 Les Miles, No. 5 Bob Stoops, No. 8 Steve Spurrier, No. 16 Mack Brown, No. 36 Gene Chizik and No. 78 Larry Coker. I, for one, think Chizik was ranked too low on this list, and as Kevin Scarbinsky writes, ratings are always subject to change. We’ll revisit this back in November. []

Texas A&M ended up winning the College GameDay contest. It was announced last Friday that ESPN will film their next commercial in College Station. TAMU received 225,803 votes to edge out Nebraska’s 222,972 for the right to get ESPN’s college football crew on campus. Washington State finished a distant third with 56,860 votes. Texas finished 15th at 11,177 with no other school in Texas cracking the Top 25. [Aggie Sports]

James Franklin is now on board with divisional records deciding SEC fate. Franklin is on the side of Steve Spurrier and Les Miles in this thought. “There could be years where you have a really strong conference schedule and years where you have a weak conference schedule depending on who (Eastern Division teams play from the Western Division). I think there’s validity to that argument. I would support that. I don’t have a real strong opinion, but I would support that.” [Tennessean]



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  • Not counting cross division SEC games is just like NOT playiong them!! Why not schedule three cupcake teams and everyone can have a winning season!!

    If Bama/Auburn was a cross division game this wouldn’t even be brought up. No one brought this up when the East ruled the West. Spurrier never cried about cross division games when he was beating everyone at UF.

    Vandy becomes maybe the 3rd or 4th worst team in the East (depending on Tenn or Ky) with out counting losses to West teams, that’s why Franklin is onboard with this.

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