1. FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expressed his pleasure at seeing the Confederate flag taken down recently at the statehouse in Columbia. Attention now shifts to Mississippi, where the Confederate cross is part of its state flag. “I hope as a university we’re on the forefront trying to make things better,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said, skirting the issue. Expect similar questions Thursday for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.
2. IS EIGHT ENOUGH?
As he did at the SEC Spring Meeting, SEC coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw was on hand Tuesday to discuss a number of rules and officiating changes coming this fall. That includes extending instant replay to determine if a receiving player on an onside kick is illegally blocked and going from seven to eight officials on all football crews. Cynics will say that’s just one more striped shirt to miss a call, but the SEC’s heart is in the right place.
3. FRY’S ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS
Football is marred by stories of players doing unsavory things, but there are still inspiring tales, like that of South Carolina PK Elliott Fry. A Type I diabetic, Fry has embraced the idea of inspiring young athletes to take a chance on following their dreams to play sports. “I got a message from a mom who said she’d never let her kids play sports before” she heard his story, Fry said. “I recognized at that moment I could do that (inspire people).”
4. GAME OF JONES
Tennessee is again a hot brand, trumpeting its switch from addidas to Nike with a trendy “Game of Jones” ad featuring coach Butch Jones. The Volunteers are viewed as rising SEC stars, largely because of respect for QB Joshua Dobbs. Meanwhile, LSU draws questions for its QB play. “If Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris can make a jump,” the SEC Network’s Booger McFarland said, “the sky’s the limit in Baton Rouge.” Big if, Booger.