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“That will change the entire mood of SEC football games.”

This deal with LSU banning opponents’ marching bands from performing at half time just gets weirder and weirder.  On the one hand, there’s an attempt to make it sound as if something sinister happened.

There have been incidents involving opposing band members, Nunez noted, but he declined to reveal specifics.

“Risk (management officials) looked at this because of a couple of situations that have happened in the past — very close situations, things considered something we needed to keep our eye on,” he said. “They asked us to look at this. If you remember, a year and a half ago, we went and added a fence behind our home team bench. It was part of this whole situation, trying to create a buffer.”

The incidents have not involved LSU band members, Nunez said.

“There are some situations, not between band to band,” he said.

“Usually the band communities are very cordial. They work well with each other. That’s never been a problem. Again, it goes back to some safety issue we’ve had in that small space.”

I said sinister.  Nobody said anything about coherent.

But even with that ominous cloud hanging over LSU’s brave move, there’s still a chance this aggression might not stand.

Eddie Nunez, LSU’s deputy director of athletics, said athletics officials plan to meet with members of the school’s risk management team soon to devise a safer plan for the cramped sidelines, allowing the school to lift the policy — potentially ahead of the upcoming season.

“We’re still looking at this. This is still being assessed,” Nunez said this weekend. “This is not a dead decision. This is something we’re actively looking at, going to be meeting with risk management again. We’re going to try to do what we can to make this work. If we can, we will try to make it work. We would love to continue the pageantry.”

Really, guys, if piped in music is that important to you, just go ahead and say so.  Besides, think of all that extra revenue you can take in when you sell those seats you used to give to other schools’ bands!

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If it’s mid-June…

… then we’re due for some stimulating SEC re-alignment/rescheduling talk.

Bill Connelly and Jason Kirk come up a non-divisional format.

Seth Emerson suggests sending Alabama and Auburn to the SEC East.

Both are fun reads, but I can’t help but wondering one thing after going through them:  wouldn’t it just be easier for the SEC to go to a nine-game conference schedule?

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COA, one year later

Remember when everyone was wailing about COA stipend madness?  The conference took action.

In May 2015, the SEC enacted legislation proposed by Kentucky and Georgia, which each had the lowest cost of attendance figures in the conference, that required each school to submit a report to the conference office illustrating “the value of the institution’s ‘other expenses related to cost of attendance’ for the upcoming academic year and describing the methodology for determining such value.”

And now?  Even Auburn’s yawning about it.

“I don’t think (cost of attendance had) much of an impact (on recruiting),” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, whose school has a $5,586 cost of attendance ranking among the highest in the country. “I know it was a big topic last year. You really don’t hear a whole lot about it this year.”

If this is true…

No SEC coach could cite a circumstance where a recruit was swayed by a difference in cost of attendance stipends between schools, which started paying out the stipends, in accordance with the Ed O’Bannon case, last August.

Even during the barrage of recruiting announcements on National Signing Day, not one time did cost of attendance get mentioned.

… Gus is understating things, because you’re not hearing anything about it.  Players getting paid and yet the Republic survives?  Color me shocked, shocked.

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More SEC projections

The SEC’s sports information directors – otherwise known as the folks who cast 80% of the ballots in the Coaches Poll in its heyday – do an annual preseason vote for the Birmingham News of the conference teams.  Call it an early look at the conventional wisdom.  You can find their projections for the two divisions here and here.

If you’re too lazy to run through the slideshows, here’s how the final tally looks (SIDs don’t cast votes for their own schools):

SEC WEST

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Ole Miss
  4. Auburn (T-4)
  5. Arkansas (T-4)
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Mississippi State

SEC EAST

  1. Tennessee
  2. Georgia
  3. Florida
  4. Missouri
  5. South Carolina
  6. Kentucky
  7. Vanderbilt

I can’t say there are any enormous shockers there.  The lower half of the East looks to be pretty bad, regardless of how the order of the bottom three eventually winds up.  I will say my gut tells me one of the schools out West will wind up being a surprise (not that I expect Alabama to fail to make it to Atlanta) and perform above expectations; I’m simply not sure which one it will turn out to be.

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UPDATE:  You can see the SEC ranked 1-14 here.

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“I think Tennessee and Alabama could meet maybe not only once, but twice.”

Way to go out on a limb there, Herbstreit.

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Early SEC TV schedule

The first three weeks’ broadcast schedule was announced yesterday.

Week 1

Sept. 1

7:30 p.m.: Appalachian St. at Tennessee (SEC Network)
8 p.m.: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (ESPN)

Sept. 3

Noon: South Alabama at Mississippi St. (SEC Network)
3:30 p.m.: LSU vs. Wisconsin (ABC)
3:30 p.m.: UCLA vs. Texas A&M (CBS)
4 p.m.: Louisiana Tech at Arkansas (SEC Network)
5:30 p.m.: North Carolina vs. Georgia (ESPN)
7:30 p.m.: Southern Mississippi at Kentucky (ESPNU)
7:30 p.m.: UMass at Florida (SEC Network)
8 p.m.: USC vs. Alabama (ABC)
9 p.m.: Clemson at Auburn (ESPN)

Sept. 5

9 p.m.: Ole Miss vs. Florida State (ESPN)

Week 2

Sept. 10

Noon: Nicholls St. at Georgia (SEC Network)
Noon: Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M (SEC Network Alternate)
3:30 p.m.: Western Kentucky at Alabama (ESPN2)
3:30 p.m.: Kentucky at Florida (CBS)
4 p.m.: Wofford at Ole Miss (SEC Network)
4 p.m.: Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt (SEC Network Alternate)
7 p.m.: South Carolina at Mississippi State (ESPN/ESPN2)
7:30 p.m.: Jacksonville St. at LSU (ESPNU)
7:30 p.m.: Arkansas St. at Auburn (SEC Network)
7:30 p.m.: Eastern Michigan at Missouri (SEC Network Alternate)
8 p.m.: Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech (ABC)

Week 3

Sept. 17

Noon: Ohio at Tennessee (SEC Network)
12:30 p.m.: Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech (ACC TV)
3:30 p.m.: Alabama at Ole Miss (CBS)
4 p.m.: East Carolina at South Carolina (SEC Network)
4 p.m.: New Mexico St. at Kentucky (SEC Network Alternate)
7 p.m.: Mississippi St. at LSU (ESPN/ESPN2)
7 p.m.: Texas A&M at Auburn (ESPN/ESPN2)
7:30 p.m.: North Texas at Florida (ESPNU)
7:30 p.m.: Georgia at Missouri (SEC Network)
7:30 p.m.: Texas St. at Arkansas (SEC Network Alternate)

Man, Week 2 is pretty much a wasteland, isn’t it?  Which isn’t to say I won’t be going somewhere after Georgia’s nooner to watch some more football.

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Today, in if it’s so damned easy

From the AJ-C:

Seven of the SEC’s 14 coaches have either never collected a 10-win season or have yet to collect multiple 10-win campaigns, splitting the conference into halves: Those who have established themselves as known commodities, and those who are trying to prove they belong in arguably the nation’s toughest league.

If Mark Richt were still coaching at Georgia today, he would rank second on the list of fourteen, behind only Nick Saban.

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