Welcome to the working week, people.
- Matt Hayes talks to all the SEC coaches (except for Nick Saban, who rates his own interview) about the league. No real surprises – you’ve got your typical mixture of coach-ese (Meyer: “This is the only league in America where… every fan base, is put together with the intent to go win the conference.” Every fan base? WTF?), repetition (how many times is Spurrier going to tell that Doug Johnson-didn’t-prepare-in-1997 story this summer?) and, of course, Richt on the hot seat. I did like Miles’ response to the hot seat question, though: “The whole (hot seat) notion is crazy. But that’s today, that’s America. We want it now.” U-S-A! U-S-A!
- Mike Hugenin takes a look at nine programs trying to compete for a conference title while breaking in a new quarterback. The one name on his list with zero prior college experience? Aaron Murray.
- ESPN’s Pac-10 beat writer takes a look at three reasons why you shouldn’t write off Tennessee’s chances in its opener against Oregon. Reason number two seems the most compelling. Tennessee may not be deep on the defensive side of the ball, but the Vols are certainly not without talent. And the new defensive coordinator did a fine job controlling Oregon’s offense at Boise State last season.
- The problem for Tennessee in that game is how the offense is going to produce points with a newbie QB at the helm. The quarterbacks coach isn’t going to spend time changing anybody’s mechanics, though.
- Blitzology looks at some 3-4 blitzes and various ways to attack an offensive line’s blocking schemes. It will get you excited.
- Jerry Hinnen makes the case for the SEC to add a ninth conference game to the schedule. I’m all for it, but you know the coaches would hate it for all the obvious reasons (too hard! unbalanced home/away isn’t fair!) and the ADs probably wouldn’t be too thrilled at the prospect of losing a home game in certain years without some meticulous planning.