SEC lunchtime links
Former Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, now at Middle Tennessee State, had some harsh things to say about his old employer in a lengthy interview with Josh Moon of the Montgomery Advertiser.
"It was the most unusual place I've ever been," Franklin said of the Auburn program. "No one liked anybody else. There was this deep distrust of everybody. The coaches didn't trust the administration, the administration didn't trust each other or the coaches. It was very strange and very unnerving. You would walk down the halls and there would be tension you could just feel
• Tennessee's 22-man recruiting class cost more than $1 million to assemble, Dave Hooker reports in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
• Greg Johnson of the News-Sentinel wonders if Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin can really be this clueless when it comes to following NCAA recruiting rules.
• The Sporting News' Matt Hayes has a Q&A with the South Carolina's Steve Spurrier.
• Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who was suspended by the NCAA for using a banned supplement, will try the NFL's July supplemental draft, Chip Cosby writes in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
• The SEC's new rule against oversigning won't help academic standards, Randy Kennedy writes in the Mobile Press-Register.
• Mississippi State is looking for a new PA announcer, Kyle Veazy notes in the Clarion-Ledger.