FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Musberger & Palmer to be lead announcers for SEC Network:
Death of SEC soon to follow...
So the SEC is following the ACC to allow more piped in music during the game between plays.
The rap/rock pipes will continue to spread in my opinion until all stadiums are blaring all the time.
You kids stay off my lawn, too.
Seriously though I am not a fan.
According to my twitter feed, Bruce Feldman says that James Franklin is leaving Vanderbilt for Penn State.
Franklin has been the top choice for a day or so http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2014/01/penn_state_and_james_franklin.html, and according to CBS Sports' Feldman it's a done deal:
I for one think that while the B1G East just got a lot tougher, if the B1G wants to be a real power football conference, this is the way to do it. I'll trade Bielema to the SEC for Meyer, Nussmeier and Franklin any day. I have to think these recent hires will really help the Big Ten's image and even make our football teams better.
Presenting without comment. Have a few blockquotes below with choice info. Click thru for the full scoop. Evidence against Fluker and Bray seems to be the most comprehensive and damning...
I will edit this post as I find additional information, etc.
Five Southeastern Conference football stars violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers, a Yahoo Sports investigation has found. The benefits – which in some cases came from multiple individuals – were conveyed to University of Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State Universitydefensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.
[Former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther] Davis declined to comment for this story. However, Yahoo Sports was able to authenticate text message records,Western Union fund transfers, banking statements, flight receipts and other financial material linking both Davis and the five college football players. Yahoo Sports also found that three NFL agents and three financial advisers engaged Davis in transactions totaling $45,550. The three agents were Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips. The financial advisers were Jason Jernigan, Mike Rowan andHodge Brahmbhatt.
Break down of the text messages:
Slideshow of documents: http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/sec-investigation-slideshow/
It is also amazing that other than Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver and west Texas there are essentially no FBS football recruits between the Pacific coast and I-35. It will be interesting to see what happens with this as geographical boundaries continue to overlap with the ongoing conference expansion.
In the comments I pointed out that this maps on to overall demography. The Mathlete's map of recuits
is not significantly different from the US Census' map of population density by county:
But demography can't explain everything. Some states produce more football talent per capita than others.
Football Study Hall published a blog post today about Where FBS recruits come from, in which they tracked FBS recruits from 2008 to 2013 in raw numbers and per capita (click to their article to see the raw data). Mapped using Google Fusion, the result is the following (click to embiggen):
Map showing FBS recruits per capita by state
This map illustrates the recruiting advantage of the SEC and the South generally: Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are all well above average in terms of the number of FBS recruits they produce per capita. Texas and Oklahoma are also above average -- and, unfortunately for UT, so is Utah.
The recruiting advantage of Michigan and Ohio
State is also thrown into relief. Although Michigan is below average in the number of football recruits it produces (0.61 recruits per 100k, vs. the national average of 0.75), the state of Ohio is well above average (1.31 recruits per 100k, 9th in the nation), and is of course a consistent and significant source of recruits for UM and OSU.