There is smoke around Philip Fulmer and the open head coaching position at Arkansas. Although Fulmer denies any contact with the Razorbacks, a former Vols assistant coach claims the two parties have indeed been in conversation. Fulmer did leave the door open by saying he would consider coaching again at a school where he could compete for a championship, and calling Arkansas “a great place.” With the current talent on the Razorbacks’ roster, anyone can argue Arkansas can certainly compete for a championship. [CBS Sports]

Per Mel Kiper Jr, Alabama’s players are so much more prepared for the NFL than others due to the leadership of Nick Saban. He said they are basically receiving pro coaching already under Saban, and as a result, they benefit greatly in preparing for the next level and become even more attractive prospects. Kiper broke down the players who have the most to gain from the “Saban Effect” in nose tackle Josh Chapman, wide receiver Marquis Maze and cornerback DeQuan Menzie, as they should still be on the board to start the Draft’s final day. []

Steve Spurrier suggests a new way to decide SEC division champions. The Ol’ Ball Coach thinks the SEC should choose its division champions on division record instead of overall conference record. If this was implemented last year, South Carolina would have won the East by their 5-0 division record instead of Georgia, who went 4-1 in the East. “They had Ole Miss, and we had Arkansas. That was the only difference in the SEC schedule between us two,” Spurrier said. He certainly could find support from the programs who have to play powerhouse schools as cross-division rivals (i.e. Florida/LSU and Tennessee/Alabama), but I don’t look for things to change anytime soon. []

Mark Richt defends UGA’s disciplinary policies on his first stop of the “UGA Days” tour across the southeast. He spoke candidly and was adamant about his policies: “I’m not gonna change the way I discipline. Some people may think it’s soft. A lot of people think you might be losing control of your program because you have a lot of suspensions for the season. But the reality is that’s how you keep control of your team, by disciplining your team.” Richt and his Bulldogs have been front and center this off-season, with the arrests and pending suspensions of several key players, so he better be prepared to answer this question again and again on this tour. [AJC]

Auburn commit Dee Liner reaffirms commitment to Tigers after Tuscaloosa visit. Although Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide coaching staff have continued to recruit the 4-star defensive end, Liner says he is firmly committed to Auburn. “I want you to tell all the Auburn fans that I love them and there wasn’t nothing serious about the trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend and I’m 100 percent with Auburn, no matter what,” Liner said. Auburn fans can rest easy on this one – for now, at least. []

Tim Tebow selected as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Tebow’s popularity is not news to Florida fans, SEC fans, or anyone who hasn’t lived under a rock the past few years. However, this puts him with the likes of Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Kim Jong Un, and Mitt Romney, to name a few. Quite the prestigious list. His NFL-caliber abilities may be debated, but no one can debate the influence he has both on and off the field. Tebow is one of six athletes on the list. [The Orlando Sentinel]

LSU has released its official plans for the south end zone expansion of Tiger Stadium. The athletic department will be presenting their plans to the LSU Board of Supervisors at their April 27 meeting, and if approved, construction would begin this fall with a target completion date in time for the 2014 season. This new expansion would increase the stadium capacity from 92,560 to around 100,000 and would add two new video replay screens. [The Advocate]