SEC's lunch links
May, 30, 2014
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN.com
It’s the time you’ve all been waiting for: Lane Kiffin speaks! The good folks at Al.com were on hand for a speaking engagement for the former USC-head-coach-turned-Alabama-offensive-coordinator.
- Nick Saban and Pete Carroll couldn't have more different personalities. But Kiffin, who works under Saban now at Alabama and got his start under Carroll at USC, sees at least one similarity between the two successful head coaches.
- Say what you will about Kiffin's past, but his future at Alabama seems bright considering the talent he inherits on offense. Kiffin promises a "half and half" offense led by a group of tailbacks who could see their roles expand some this season. Kiffin even took the time to thank Jimbo Fisher for sending Alabama its former backup quarterback Jacob Coker.
- Auburn wants to add to its total number of national championships. And former coach Tommy Tuberville is on board with claiming the 2004 title.
- Remember Ryan Perrilloux? The former LSU quarterback will start under center for the New Orleans Voodoo for the second time this season.
- The more eyes the better? The SEC is looking into it as it plans to experiment with an eight-man officiating crew this season, rotating to where it sees all 14 teams.
- Alabama continues to have trouble filling its 2015 schedule. Bill Battle, the Crimson Tide’s athletic director, says “we’d take anybody.”
- There have been too many football and basketball players leave school early as underclassmen only to go undrafted. SEC commissioner Mike Slive says the league is ready to begin research into how to provide more reliable information for its athletes.
- Arkansas cornerback Chris Murphy may or may not return to Fayetteville. The true freshman enrolled early and participated in spring practices, but coach Bret Bielema is uncertain whether he’ll come back to school amid reports that he’ll transfer.
- Black Friday football isn’t going anywhere. Missouri-Arkansas has been moved up a day to Nov. 28, CBS announced. Kickoff will come at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State