LSU Tigers: Rodney Garner
Strange seeing legions of soccer fans cheering about losses and ties, but that's World Cup group play for you. Next up in the knockout rounds, they'll settle any ties with a penalty-kick shootout. Seems only slightly more fair. At least college football has the Kansas tiebreaker and not some kind of punt, pass and catch exhibition.
- Auburn assistant Rodney Garner admits he had a lot to do with safety Tray Matthews transferring from Georgia earlier this month, but says he has "no concerns" about Matthews, who was arrested in the spring and then later dismissed.
- After the transfers of two quarterbacks this offseason -- Stephen Rivers (Vanderbilt) and Hayden Rettig (Rutgers) -- Les Miles is looking for some depth. Now that pocket passer Zach Mettenberger is in the NFL, it's clear the Tigers' future at the position lies with dual-threat athletes.
- Georgia's Todd Gurley leads Athlon's rankings of the SEC's top 25 running backs.
- NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah lists Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi as his No. 1 senior offensive tackle for the 2015 draft. LSU's La'El Collins ranks No. 3.
- Alabama' Kirby Smart is the No. 1 coordinator in college football, topping a list that also includes LSU's John Chavis, Texas A&M's Jake Spavital, Georgia's Jeremy Pruitt, and Florida's Kurt Roper.
- Missouri AD Mike Alden talks about taking action this spring when off-the-field incidents piled up to an intolerable level.
- The Knoxville Police Department recently welcomed the Tennessee football team to its training facility in an effort to build a positive relationship. Senior linebacker Curt Maggitt called it a "team-building event."
- Florida’s final 2014 signees have reported.
- Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday that he gave scholarships to incoming freshmen defensive end Jake Hall and fullback Tyler Colquitt.
- Mississippi State DE Chris Jones, who has been hauling in plenty of preseason accolades, gives the Bulldogs' line hope in generating more pass rush this fall.
- South Carolina participated in a charity fundraiser while a handful of players, including freshman WR Shaq Davidson, sat out with injuries.
Recuperated from yesterday's U.S.-Ghana match at the World Cup yet? Check out this snippet of video that one of my media cohorts in Baton Rouge, Ross Dellenger, shot at the Varsity Theatre shortly after the Americans scored the winning goal. LSU folks know how to celebrate ... that's for sure.
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- South Carolina officials are working out the details for a George Rogers statue and “Heisman Plaza” outside Williams-Brice Stadium.
- Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said Monday that Ole Miss transfer Austin Golson will likely redshirt this season before becoming eligible to play in 2015.
- Carl Lawson's uncertain status for 2014 is “an opportunity for somebody else to step up" on Auburn's defensive line, according to position coach Rodney Garner.
- Missouri confirmed Monday that cornerback Ernest Payton and defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne had voluntarily left the football program.
- The legacies keep coming in recruiting for Tennessee – there are five sons of ex-Vols football players in this year's signing class – and that trend will apparently continue beyond this season.
- LSU associate athletic director Brian Broussard told The Advocate in Baton Rouge that the school expects to distribute a record 73,000-plus season tickets this season at newly expanded Tiger Stadium.
- The Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge ran an interesting profile of Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams over the weekend.
- Larry Dupree, one of the toughest running backs in Florida history, passed away on Sunday at age 71.
- Athlon teamed up with some bloggers and other media members from around the SEC to rank the stadiums from 1-14.
- Remember Jeremiah Masoli, Marshay Green and Brandon McRae? They're among 13 players from Mississippi schools who are playing in the CFL, which opens the season on June 26.
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