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    SEC: For the seventh time in eight years, the Southeastern Conference led all conferences
    with the most selections in the NFL Draft first round. The ten players selected easily out-
    paced the ACC, which finished with six. The Big 10 and Pac-12 each had four picks followed
    by the Mountain West with three. Like last year, the Big 12 had just one first-rounder. The
    AAC and C-USA also had one each.

    Alabama 4, Georgia 3, Florida 1, South Carolina 1 and Arkansas 1 make up first round picks
    from the SEC.
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    Washington: The Huskies are coming off a 10-3 season and need to reload at receiver
    following the departure of Dante Pettis, but Washington should have one of the Pac-12's
    top offenses. Quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin and offensive line-
    man Trey Adams and Kaleb McGary are set to return in 2018. While the defense is largely
    in good shape, the departures of lineman Vita Vea and linebacker Keishawn Bierria are
    significant. The Huskies have led the Pac-12 in scoring defense for three consecutive years,
    and should run that streak to four in a row this season. Washington will open the season
    against Auburn in Atlanta's Chick-Fil-A game.

    Boise State: The Broncos are the preseason favorite to earn the Group of 5 bid to a New
    Year's Six bowl. Quarterback Brett Rypien returns to anchor the offense after earning 2nd
    team All-Mountain West Conference honors last year. Boise State's defense was loaded with
    underclassmen last fall and held opponents to 22.9 points per game. This unit should be
    even better in 2018. Beware of the Broncos.

    Michigan: Good news for the Wolverines as Ole Miss transfer quarterback Shay Patterson
    has been cleared to play. Huge addition to Michigan's offense...game changer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Washington: The Huskies are coming off a 10-3 season and need to reload at receiver
    following the departure of Dante Pettis, but Washington should have one of the Pac-12's
    top offenses. Quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin and offensive line-
    man Trey Adams and Kaleb McGary are set to return in 2018. While the defense is largely
    in good shape, the departures of lineman Vita Vea and linebacker Keishawn Bierria are
    significant. The Huskies have led the Pac-12 in scoring defense for three consecutive years,
    and should run that streak to four in a row this season. Washington will open the season
    against Auburn in Atlanta's Chick-Fil-A game.

    Boise State: The Broncos are the preseason favorite to earn the Group of 5 bid to a New
    Year's Six bowl. Quarterback Brett Rypien returns to anchor the offense after earning 2nd
    team All-Mountain West Conference honors last year. Boise State's defense was loaded with
    underclassmen last fall and held opponents to 22.9 points per game. This unit should be
    even better in 2018. Beware of the Broncos.

    Michigan: Good news for the Wolverines as Ole Miss transfer quarterback Shay Patterson
    has been cleared to play. Huge addition to Michigan's offense...game changer!
    Wow, Michigan (the Big 10) having to "tap" the SEC (Ol Miss) for offensive talent......Never would've happened years ago. The deep "blue blood" culture of old at Ann Arbor is fast becoming "sky-blue" in color....
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    Texas: With spring practice completed, the Longhorns are still looking for a quarterback.
    Sophomore Sam Ehlinger and junior Shane Buechele came out of spring drills knowing
    the starting job will be determined in the fall. Neither quarterback seem to separate in
    the spring game. Ehlinger completed 13 of 22 passes for 151 yards. Buechele completed
    12 of 21 for 130 yards. Neither QB is going to make anyone forget Colt McCoy or Vince
    Young. One of the signal callers needs to step up and take charge of the offense knowing
    that Southern Cal comes to town week three.

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    Rice: During the 2017 season (1-11), the Owls were rarely competitive with a mix of
    injuries and lack of talent at key positions. Head coach David Bailiff was fired and
    Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren was hired to lead the program. The new
    coach is stepping into one of the toughest jobs in college football. Rice is a private
    school with tough academic standards and one of the smallest student populations
    in the country. It takes a special coach to identify talent that can succeed in the class-
    room and on the field. Bloomgren has a difficult task for sure. Rice ranked No. 124
    nationally in scoring offense and No. 112 in scoring defense. The defense was especially
    bad in the red zone ranking 126th nationally. The Owls lack size, strength, depth and
    talent need to be competitive this season. Another long year for the Rice Owls.
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    former 4-star offensive line recruit, Dallas Warmack, is transferring from Bama to Oregon to reunite with cristobal. He redshirted last year and did not see much of the field in his first two years. He's set to graduate this month so can transfer without penalty with 2 years left on his eligibility. Claim to fame is being the brother of Chance Warmack...
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    Arkansas: First year head coach Chad Morris has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to turnaround
    the most underperforming program in the SEC West from 2017. Morris had a very successful
    offensive tenure with the SMU Mustangs, before heading to Fayetteville, Arkansas, back in December
    2017. He plans to spread out the Arkansas offense and update it more to the modern era compared
    to what was done under former coach Bret Bielema, who focused more on just the ground and pound
    aspect behind a huge offensive line. The offense is going to look a lot different in 2018, and that may/
    may not be a good thing. Morris must replace six of his top seven receivers from a year ago and find
    a new starting quarterback. The air-heavy attack which Morris hopes to employ will have to start with
    a ton of new faces. A 6-6 season would be a big win for Morris and staff during their first season. I
    wouldn't bet on it though.
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    Miami: According to the Miami Herald, the Hurricanes are working on a contract extension
    for head coach Mark Richt that would keep him at Miami for years to come. Richt returned
    to The U after being fired by Georgia and signed a six year deal worth just north of $4.0
    million annually. After a 9-4 first season at his alma mater, Richt led the Canes to a 10-3
    record in 2017. It was the program's first season with double-digit wins since way back in
    2003. Last year Miami played in the conference championship game which was their first
    since joining the ACC. Richt has been on a mission since being dumped by the Dawgs!
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    Georgia: After leading the Bulldogs to the national championship game, 42 year old
    football coach Kirby Smart has been rewarded with a new seven-year contract worth
    $49 million. The contract extension and new compensation package was announced
    today by Georgia's athletic association. Smart initially signed a six-year deal that paid
    him $3.75 million per season when he took over the program in 2016. After going 8-5
    his first year, the Dawgs won their first SEC title since 2005 and finished with a 13-2
    record during 2017. They lost to Alabama 26-23 in overtime in the national title game.
    Good to be a successful head football coach in the SEC!
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    Kirby and Gus gets the same money.....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albatross View Post
    Kirby and Gus gets the same money.....lol
    Jimmy Sexton is one good agent.

    Most SEC football coaches have him as their representative...including Saban.
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    Hawaii: Nick Rolovich led the Rainbows to a bowl win during his first season in 2016, but
    he followed it up with a disappointing 3-9 record during the 2017 campaign. Hawaii seemed
    to have the pieces needed to post back-to-back winning seasons, but injuries and lack of
    depth shut down any chance of making another post season run. The offense has been hit
    hard, with twelve players who made multiple starts last season departing the program. Now,
    Rolovich will have to find five new offensive linemen plus a new starting quarterback. There
    are question marks throughout the offense which will likely make it difficult to have a winning
    season.

    Sidenote: Betting AGAINST Hawaii in conference play has been money the past five years.
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    incredible stat, if true .... heard on siruisxm college football show that 48% of Nick Saban's 5-star recruits have ended up drafted in the 1st round. the rest of 5-stars is 17% over the same period
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Jimmy Sexton is one good agent.

    Most SEC football coaches have him as their representative...including Saban.
    he represents 11 of the 14 SEC head coaches and his guys were placed in 5 of the 6 SEC coaching openings last year. dude is goofy rich ... his client contracts are nearly $1B
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    Texas: The Longhorns went 13-1 in 2009 and lost the BCS championship game. Since
    then, Texas hasn't won more than nine games in any season, and it only accomplished
    that once (9-4 in 2012). The Horns have finished with losing records four times in that
    same span. Texas finished with a 7-6 mark in 2017. The program over the last decade
    has consistently underachieved. On a positive note...the 2018 recruiting class finished
    3rd in the country so things could be moving in the right direction.

    Auburn: After considering a jump to the NFL, quarterback Jarrett Stidham's return is
    significant for a Tiger team that gets receivers Ryan Davis, Darius Slayton and Nate
    Myers back. Add fellow receivers Eli Stove and Will Hastings who both suffered knee
    injuries in spring practice and the passing attack could be problematic for this season's
    opponents. Stidham was solid in his first year as the starting QB passing for 3,158 yards,
    18 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and a 66.5 percent completion average while taking the
    Tigers to the SEC championship game. Keeping Stidham healthy this season will be a top
    priority for the Tigers.

    LSU: The athletic department is paying its ten football analysts a combined $595,000 in salary
    this year according to The Advocate. The individual salaries center around the $50,000 range
    but vary from $76,500 on the high end to $30,000 on the low end. Butch Jones (former Tenn
    head coach) is being paid $35,000 for his analyst position with Alabama. The analyst jobs have
    become a way for fired coaches and others wanting to learn a better coaching job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Texas: The Longhorns went 13-1 in 2009 and lost the BCS championship game. Since
    then, Texas hasn't won more than nine games in any season, and it only accomplished
    that once (9-4 in 2012). The Horns have finished with losing records four times in that
    same span. Texas finished with a 7-6 mark in 2017. The program over the last decade
    has consistently underachieved. On a positive note...the 2018 recruiting class finished
    3rd in the country so things could be moving in the right direction.

    Auburn: After considering a jump to the NFL, quarterback Jarrett Stidham's return is
    significant for a Tiger team that gets receivers Ryan Davis, Darius Slayton and Nate
    Myers back. Add fellow receivers Eli Stove and Will Hastings who both suffered knee
    injuries in spring practice and the passing attack could be problematic for this season's
    opponents. Stidham was solid in his first year as the starting QB passing for 3,158 yards,
    18 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and a 66.5 percent completion average while taking the
    Tigers to the SEC championship game. Keeping Stidham healthy this season will be a top
    priority for the Tigers.

    LSU: The athletic department is paying its ten football analysts a combined $595,000 in salary
    this year according to The Advocate. The individual salaries center around the $50,000 range
    but vary from $76,500 on the high end to $30,000 on the low end. Butch Jones (former Tenn
    head coach) is being paid $35,000 for his analyst position with Alabama. The analyst jobs have
    become a way for fired coaches and others wanting to learn a better coaching job.
    Butch Jones is still on the UT payroll. He prolly just wants to learn how Saban operates.
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    Wisconsin: The Badgers are coming off an undefeated regular season that came up short
    of a playoff berth because of a loss to Ohio State in the Big 10 championship game. They
    have all the key factors to again be the favorite in the Big Ten West. They return all of a
    standout offensive line, which should help workhorse running back Jonathan Taylor become
    a Heisman candidate. Moreover, quarterback Alex Hornibrook came on strong last year and
    ended the season with four touchdown passes in the Orange Bowl. Wisconsin also has a top-
    five scoring defense the past two seasons. The schedule provides challenges at Penn State
    and Michigan but expect the Badgers to have another big season under second year coach
    Gary Anderson. I expect Wisconsin to get another shot in the conference title game again this
    year.
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    Mississippi State: Former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead inherited a
    good situation when he was brought in to replace Dan Mullen (Florida) as head coach.
    Moorhead takes over a team with 19 returning starters, including a stud quarterback
    in Nick Fitzgerald. The schedule that includes home games against Auburn, Florida,
    Texas A&M and Arkansas is manageable. Moorhead might have challenges as a recruiter
    going forward, but the team he'll put on the field in 2018 should be a good one considering
    combined experience and talent. The Bulldogs return:

    100 percent of passing yards
    100 percent of RB rushing yards
    71 percent of receiving corps yards
    80 percent of offensive line starts
    82 percent of overall tackles
    92 percent of tackles for loss

    Beware of the Bulldogs this season.....................
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    Michigan State: When a team's biggest priorities during the spring are identifying a backup
    quarterback, No. 2 tailback and replacements for only three departed starters, it's a good
    sign that this team is going to be a championship contender. The Spartans bounced back from
    a 3-9 disaster in 2016 to finish 10-3 last season, and it might not be too much of a stretch
    to think they might even end up being the best team in the Big Ten this coming season. After
    all, they get Michigan and Ohio State at home in 2018. The offense has plenty of reasons for
    optimism with quarterback Brian Lewerke (2500 passing yards, 500 rushing); tailback L. J.
    Scott who has rushed for over 2,500 yards during his career and receiver Felton Davis who
    caught 55 passes with 9 touchdowns during 2017. Only two starters leave the defense that
    ranked in the top 10 nationally in run defense and total defense. Expectations are running high
    for Michigan State this season.

    Alabama/Georgia Recruiting: The battle for recruits is heating up. After Georgia knocked Bama
    off the perch of being No. 1 in recruiting, Saban and staff or on a mission to regain the top status.
    Alabama has 12 commitments composed of eleven 4-stars and one 5-star. Georgia has three 5-stars
    and five 4-stars. The Dawgs also have commitments from the top two ranked wide receivers. This
    recruiting war is going to be fun to watch this year.
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    Ohio State QB, Joe Burrows, graduated on Sunday and announced yesterday he will transfer to either Nebraska, Florida, or LSU with 2 years of eligibility remaining. He was a 3-star QB in 2015 class, #24 QB in the country and has appeared in 10 games in mop-up duty for the Buckeyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Alabama/Georgia Recruiting: The battle for recruits is heating up. After Georgia knocked Bama
    off the perch of being No. 1 in recruiting, Saban and staff or on a mission to regain the top status.
    Alabama has 12 commitments composed of eleven 4-stars and one 5-star. Georgia has three 5-stars
    and five 4-stars. The Dawgs also have commitments from the top two ranked wide receivers. This
    recruiting war is going to be fun to watch this year.
    love the new focus by Saban to prioritize recruiters for his '18 staff. Dunbar and Daboll were probably the two worst recruiters in the history of Saban's Bama staff and it really showed by missing out on so many defensive lineman, wide receivers, one 3-star RB (missed out on about 6-7 others), and not signing a single QB. Saban and Bama off to their best recruiting start in history (scary thought) and are absolutely crushing it this spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    love the new focus by Saban to prioritize recruiters for his '18 staff. Dunbar and Daboll were probably the two worst recruiters in the history of Saban's Bama staff and it really showed by missing out on so many defensive lineman, wide receivers, one 3-star RB (missed out on about 6-7 others), and not signing a single QB. Saban and Bama off to their best recruiting start in history (scary thought) and are absolutely crushing it this spring.
    +1

    the staff also got younger. Georgia, Tennessee and Texas A&M all learned the importance of recruiting
    under Saban. Smart, Pruitt and Fisher can recruit with the best of them.
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    Florida: The Gators will pay its 10 assistant coaches a collective $4.725 million in 2018.
    Defensive coordinator Todd Graham will be the highest paid assistant at $1.39 million.
    He is followed by three assistants tied at $565,000 in co-offensive coordinators Billy
    Gonzales and John Hevesey and defensive line coach Sal Sunseri. Special teams coach
    Greg Knox will earn $440,000 and quarterback coach Brian Johnson $415,000. Secondary
    coaches Ron English and Charlton Warren will make $325,000 and $190,000 respectively.
    Rounding out the assistants are tight ends coach Larry Scott at $190,000 and linebackers
    coach Christian Roberson at $80,000. I don't know why but Roberson took a huge cut in
    pay from 2017. Head coach Dan Mullen will make $6.1 million for 2018.
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    Oregon State: The program has been on a steady decline since 2012 when the Beavers
    won nine games. In five ensuing seasons, OSU has a Pac-12 worst 19 wins. After a 1-5
    start during 2017, head coach Gary Andersen quit the team. The school moved quickly
    during the offseason and hired Jonathan Smith who was the offensive coordinator under
    Chris Petersen at Washington. Smith's arrival has injected some much needed optimism
    into the fan base. It will take some time for that to translate into wins as the staff works
    to build depth at key positions. The defense has finished near the bottom of the Pac-12
    conference the past three seasons in total defense allowing 43 points per game during 2017.
    The Beavers were next to last in the league in creating turnovers and the secondary had a
    conference worst seven interceptions. For 2018, Oregon State has a major rebuilding project
    to look forward too.

    Sidenote: Oregon State is 16-3 against the spread after playing Washington State.
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    Sidenotes:

    Former Arkansas head football coach BRET BIELEMA continues to work with the New England
    Patriots staff after the draft and look for him to be involved with coaching duties as the team
    begins its rookie minicamp.

    Former Alabama 5-star quarterback recruit BLAKE BARNETT who transferred from Alabama to
    Arizona State is on the move again. The redshirt graduate transfer will join South Florida and
    compete for the starting job. He started the season opener for Bama in 2016 against Southern
    Cal but was later replaced by Jalen Hurts. Barnett will have to contend with redshirt junior
    Brett Kean and redshirt sophomore Chris Oladokun for the starting job.

    As for as I know, Ohio State blue chip quarterback recruit JOE BURROW still has not announced
    which school he will transfer too. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound signal caller was ranked as the No. 8
    overall dual-threat quarterback and the No. 11 recruit in the state of Ohio for 2015. After red-
    shirting his freshman season, he was the team's primary backup in 2016 before falling down the
    depth chart this past season. Nebraska, Florida, LSU, Texas, Cincinnati, Boston College and Pitt
    have all been mentioned as landing spots. My guess is he chooses Nebraska where his father and
    two brothers played.

    Listed below are the latest revenue figures for all 14 football programs in the Southeastern
    Conference.

    Tennessee ($110.7 million), Alabama ($108.1), Georgia ($93.3), Auburn ($91.7) LSU ($86.2)
    Florida ($82.8), Arkansas ($70.4), Texas A&M ($70.4), Ole Miss ($62.7), South Carolina ($60.3)
    Kentucky ($36.4), Miss State ($35.7), Missouri ($29.2), Vanderbilt ($29.0)

    One thing consistently stays clear year after year, football programs in the SEC continue to make
    money...especially the most historic teams.
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