Atlanta eyes Champions Bowl, national semifinal and/or national championship
Slive says SEC & Big 12 won’t start negotiating the game’s value until BCS is settled
The Big 12 and the Southeastern conferences have announced a deal that will pit their football regular-season champions against each other in a New Years Day bowl game for five years beginning in 2014.
The Big 12 and SEC are now bowl partners like the Pac-12 and B1G, as the two conferences announced Friday morning in a release that they’ve reached a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason game following the 2014 reg…
Mike Slive and the Southeastern Conference continue to put the squeeze on college football, and this time the SEC has an ally in the Big 12. In some respects it is more show than substance, because the new deal is dependent on the champions of both lea…
The University of Alabama men’s basketball team returns to the road to face in-state Southeastern Conference rival Auburn in the first of two meetings between the programs this season. Tipoff at Auburn Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU and the radio affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tickets to the 2012 SEC Gymnastics Championship, to be held March 24 in Duluth, Ga., will go on sale today, the SEC Ticket Office has announced. The championship will be held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
A football game is four quarters, and Alabama has done very well in its 32 quarters of play this year in going 8-0 and being ranked second in the nation. And consider how well the Crimson Tide defense has been in the second half in games against Southeastern Conference opponents.
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TUSCALOOSA – The romp in The Swamp wasn’t just a slugfest figuratively. Two heavyweights swung away, the loser more literally than the winner. The blows that symbolized Alabama’s 38-10 knockout Saturday at Florida were a one-two combination. One play after Florida Dominique Easley drew a roughing the passing penalty, Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker and Florida middle linebacker Jon Bostic scuffled. After the whistle, Fluker appeared to shove Bostic, who then balled his right fist and took a mighty swing.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Missouri demonstrated it’s ready to publicly dance with the SEC. But will enough SEC presidents agree to the overture? Two sources familiar with the SEC’s discussions about Missouri told The Birmingham News Wednesday that as of now it appears that a majority of SEC presidents and chancellors would support Missouri’s application. But the sources said that majority falls just short of the nine votes required to add a new member. One source said there’s a group of presidents that wants to sit tight, believing the SEC can do better than Missouri and that No. 14 should come from the East. According to both sources, Alabama wants to look East and not risk losing its annual game against Tennessee, while Auburn favors adding Missouri and moving to the Eastern Division.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – SEC athletics directors met today in Birmingham to discuss implementing Texas A&M into a 13-team league in 2012, a conference spokesman said. Two athletics directors said there was no discussion about scheduling for 14 teams. Missouri curators voted unanimously Tuesday night to give Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to look elsewhere rather than immediately commit to the Big 12. Several media outlets have reported Missouri wants to join the SEC, although the Associated Press quoted an anonymous Missouri official saying the school preferred the Big Ten the most. “We can’t talk about it,” Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said after the ADs met for about four hours at the SEC office. “We’re talking about A&M.”
The University of Missouri is not a member of the Southeastern Conference – yet. Maybe Mizzou never makes that move. But as of Tuesday night, it appears that the bags are packed, the front door is open and the car motor is running, at least in terms of Missouri leaving the Big 12. After a lengthy meeting of its Board of Curators, Missouri officials met the press. Those officials never mentioned “leaving,” applying a thick layer of the euphemistic “exploring options” instead. But if Missouri were intent on staying in the Big 12, the easiest comment in the world would have been “we’re staying.” And no one said that.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The memories of Alabama’s visit to Florida are still fresh. And though the Crimson Tide has moved on to begin preparations for Vanderbilt, it’s hard not to savor some of the great games between Alabama and Florida over the years. ESPN was kind enough to offer al.com newspapers a preview trailer for “The Play That Changed College Football,” a documentary on the inaugural SEC championship game in 1992.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It’s time we all suck it up and admit it. The truth will set us free, everyone. They can act like the next month matters in places like Madison and Palo Alto and Boise and Norman. The every week matters mantra can be chanted from Seattle to Miami and San Diego to Syracuse, but we all know the college football season begins on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa. LSU vs. Alabama can’t get here fast enough. And can’t mean more. “I think LSU has a fantastic team,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban.