Extra, extra, read all about it. Just because the games stop doesn’t mean the screaming headlines go away. There’s still plenty of hot topics to talk about as we move forward into January, with next Monday’s national championship game between Alabama and Clemson the last thing to watch on the field.

Here are five headlines that everyone’s going to be talking about today:

Nick Saban to the NFL rumors get hot and heavy again

Nick Saban has earned the right to be called the best coach in college football. His four national championships are proof enough that he’s the best. That being said, it seems like every NFL team or major college program that ever has an opening has to go through the Saban hiring rumors and wishes. It’s going to happen again in 2016, and often.

Saban will most certainly not even want to talk about it, especially since he’s got a huge game to prepare for in a week, but it could make for some great press conference exchanges nonetheless. But if he wins another title, does he start to listen more to NFL offers? Saban is 64 years old. If he’s going to take one more shot at the NFL, now is the time.

Quarterback questions dominate the conference

It’s amazing that a league with a reputation for such high-quality football could have so many programs without a quarterback they can trust. Tennessee is set with Joshua Dobbs and Ole Miss should be fine if Chad Kelly makes the right decision and decides to come back for his senior year. Jacob Eason, we presume, will be ready to go from Day 1 at Georgia. But beyond that, is anyone really comfortable?

LSU and Florida struggled through the Harris eras (Brandon, Treon) and aren’t quite sure where to go next. Mississippi State has to replace Dak Prescott, the school’s GOAT, and Arkansas has to do the same with Brandon Allen. Missouri and Vanderbilt got sneak peaks at freshmen (Drew Lock, Kyle Shurmer) but weren’t really impressed with immediate results. Texas A&M just watched two five-star QBs walk out the door. Auburn doesn’t know what it has, and neither do South Carolina and Kentucky.  Heck, even Alabama, the best team in the land, has to move on from Jake Coker. There will be no topic more discussed through the league between now and September than what happens at QB at all these schools.

Tennessee can’t hold back the hype machine

Say hello to the Tennessee Volunteers, your 2016 SEC champions. Yep, that’s the plan for now. The Vols finished 9-4 this year and won their last six games. They lost to two playoff teams (Alabama and Oklahoma) and had legitimate shots at beating them both. They blew a big lead to Florida, but who’s looked better – make that way better – the last two months?

When you start to do your 2016 SEC power rankings, it’s going to be very hard to not pencil in Tennessee at the top. Returning QB, lots of skill position players, plenty of people back on both lines. All we need to learn for sure from Butch Jones and Tennessee is if they’ve learned how to win close games. If they have, they could be chasing titles, both locally and nationally, next year. Are they preseason top five in the first AP poll? Probably so.

Impact of new coaches at Georgia, South Carolina and Missouri

Coaching legends Mark Richt, Steve Spurrier and Gary Pinkel are gone, taking their 564 career wins with them, and they’re being replaced by Kirby Smart (Georgia), Will Muschamp (South Carolina) and Barry Odom (Missouri). How quickly can these new guys turn their programs into winners with those big shoes to fill?

Muschamp and Odom are going to have some talents issues at Carolina and Mizzou. The cupboards are a bit bare at both schools and it might take a couple of big recruiting classes to contend for division titles again. It’s different at Georgia for Smart, of course. The Bulldogs are loaded with talent and are coming off a 10-3 season that Bulldog Nation deemed unacceptable. With a top QB on the way and lots of talent still there on both sides of the ball, anything less than an SEC East crown is going to be looked at as a failure in Athens. There’s not going to be a honeymoon period there for Smart. He needs to win right away, and probably will.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin working on an exit plan?

Kevin Sumlin seemed to be a star in the making when he had Texas A&M making a huge splash in the SEC upon arrival in 2012. Johnny Manziel was running around doing great things, beating Alabama, winning a Heisman and making it look like a Texas school in the SEC was going to be a scary thing.

But the bloom is off the Sumlin rose now and the heat is getting turned up pretty high in College Station. Over the past three years, they have a losing record in the SEC (11-13) and Sumlin just watched two five-star quarterbacks (Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray) leave the program in a huff. Administrators and boosters are getting angry, and Sumlin might be trying to find a way to get to the NFL right now and leave all these troubles behind. NFL teams have made inquiries the past few years but Sumlin has always said no. Is that really the case now?