Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Mike Stoops, Robert Lester, Mark Richt, and more.

Christmas in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
 (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)

Meaningless bowl item of the day.
Marshall defeats Florida International in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl 20-10. (

Carolina in My Mind?
Former Arizona State Mike Stoops could possibly end up replacing the recently departed Ellis Johnson as the defensive coordinator at South Carolina. Ellis left the Gamecocks to become head football coach at Southern Miss. (College Football Talk)

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Alabama safety Robert Lester is debating on whether to return for his seniorn year, or to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. (

The High Cost of Winning.
USA singles out Alabama, Auburn, and LSU as being among the college football programs with the highest paid coaching staffs. (USA Today)

On the other side of the coin...
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's generosity towards underpaid staff members is declared a secondary violations by the NCAA. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
Florida promotes graduate assistant Jeff Blasko to be its new quarterbacks coach. Former QB coach Charlie Weis left to become head football coach at Kansas. (The Gainesville Sun)

Lowered Expectations.
Florida's 2010 recruiting class loses more and more of its bite as more players from that class transfer out of the program. (The Orlando Sentinel)

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