Making the rounds in the SEC as we count down the days to Christmas:
- Auburn's newcomers join the veterans in the Tigers' run to the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
- Alabama's bowl trip is more about business than it is pleasure.
- South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia and the Gamecocks are eager for bowl redemption.
- Tennessee reports a secondary violation in connection with the Bar Knoxville brawl this past summer. As many as 36 athletes were not required to pay cover charges at the bar.
- LSU lands its 19th commitment for the 2011 class, cornerback Micah Eugene of Acadiana, La. He's rated by ESPN as the No. 23 cornerback prospect in the country.
- After being ruled academically ineligible for the season, Kentucky defensive tackle Mister Cobble will make his collegiate debut in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
- Arkansas gets a commitment from cornerback Tevin Mitchel, who had previously been committed to Nebraska. Mitchel is rated by ESPN as the No. 16 cornerback prospect in the country.
- Four-star tight end Drew Owens of Charlotte, N.C., commits to South Carolina, giving the Gamecocks 26 commitments for the 2011 class.