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This much we know after Vanderbilt’s spring football game on Saturday: Patton Robinette leads Johnny McCrary and others in the race to become the Commodores’ starting quarterback. But Vandy still has miles to go at the position if it is to become more competitive this fall. Vandy’s quarterbacks combined for five interceptions and were sacked seven times in the scrimmage, which the defense won 38-24 through a modified scoring system. That’s not a particularly good sign for the Commodores after a season where their quarterback carousel seemed to spin on a weekly basis. New offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig’s bunch clearly has a long way to go, and it has to start with getting more consistent play at quarterback. Robinette and McCrary are apparently the top two contenders, but this competition might continue for a while.
It seems everyone, including the President, has an opinion these days on whether college athletes should be compensated. President Obama weighed in on the subject in an interview with the Huffington Post, saying that compensating athletes would lead to bidding wars and “ruin the sense of college sports.” However, Obama suggested that universities have a responsibility to take better care of their athletes than they currently do in many cases. He agrees with the concept of guaranteed athletic scholarships as long as the athlete remains in good academic standing and also raised the issue of fairness when athletes’ eligibility can be called into question for receiving something like a free tattoo while their coaches and administrators often make millions of dollars per year. This debate won’t end anytime soon, although we could gain a measure of clarity later this year when a federal labor board rules on the attempt to unionize made by a group of Northwestern football players.
Around the SEC
With Tennessee preparing to open spring practice on Tuesday, GoVols247’s Wes Rucker takes a look at the Volunteers’ linebacking corps.
Although spring break is under way at Auburn, the Tigers are hoping their physical spring practices will help them regain their edge once they resume.
Junior college transfer Marquavius Lewis is hoping to bolster South Carolina’s previously underwhelming pass rush this fall.
New Florida coach Jim McElwain said over the weekend that the Gators’ defense was well ahead of his offense, but added that he feels "really good about how [the offensive players] are picking it up" as they install a new scheme.
Tweet of the day
Tom Izzo in March = Les Miles on fourth down in the fourth quarter.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 22, 2015