Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
How about some tasty SEC lunchtime links today?
- Ian Rapoport of the Birmingham News reports that the NCAA will place Alabama on probation for three years and force the school to vacate all wins from 2005 through 2007 in connection with violations of textbook disbursement policy.
- Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun writes that Florida president Bernie Machen advocates a raise for Florida coach Urban Meyer.
- College Football News' Pete Fiutak breaks down South Carolina in his preseason look across the Southeastern Conference.
- Auburn coach Gene Chizik visited the Atlanta area Wednesday to meet members of what he called the "extended state of Alabama," the Gainesville Times' Katie B. Davis reports.
- Former Tennessee wide receiver Ahmad Prince is excited about starting his career at Louisiana Tech, the Shreveport Times' Jimmy Watson reports.
- Season ticket sales at South Carolina are down 11 percent from last season, Travis Haney of the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier reports.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tim Tucker writes about Georgia's healthy roster heading into preseason camp.
- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri credited Les Miles' "hands-off" approach for allowing Jared Mitchell to be drafted in the first round by the Chicago White Sox earlier this week, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
- Peyton Manning is withholding judgment about Tennessee's new staff, John Moorehouse of the Kingsport Times-News reports. Manning plans to workout with Vol players in a couple of weeks because it "makes him feel young."
- Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton discusses Lane Kiffin's early work in a wide-ranging interview with John Brice of the Maryville (Tenn.) Daily Times.
- Incoming Kentucky freshman quarterback Ryan Mossakowski is expected to be cleared for full contact once fall camp begins in August, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- A refreshed Phillip Fulmer tells Trey Williams of the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press he's keeping his options open to continue coaching again.