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Thursday, December 9, 2010
3-point stance: Reading between SEC lines

By Ivan Maisel

1. I don’t know how many lines there were in the announcement by the Southeastern Conference that the league’s coaches voted Steve Spurrier of South Carolina the SEC Coach of the Year. But if you read between them, you can see how the coaches feel about Auburn and the Cam Newton affair. The Tigers and the Gamecocks each were picked to finish third in their respective SEC divisions. Chizik went 13-0 and will play for the BCS national championship, Spurrier went 9-4.

2. At the Intercollegiate Athletic Forum in New York on Wednesday, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said that the league made a misstep when it formed in 1996 and didn’t find a way to continue the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry on an annual basis. He added that Colorado, despite its historical ties to the Big Eight, has greater economic ties to the Pac-12 than it ever did to the Big 12’s footprint.

3. It’s logical to assume that Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley would look to replace Urban Meyer with his former offensive coordinator, Dan Mullen, who led Mississippi State to an 8-4 record and a Gator Bowl bid in his second season in Starkville. Miami also has been interested in Mullen. From what I hear, however, Mullen and his family like Starkville and aren’t in a hurry to leave. Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin has his wallet open. The guess is Mullen gets a raise and stays.