Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Morning Six Pack: April 24, 2013

From this point forward, the Morning Six Pack will focus on SEC football, with the occasional story of interest from a national perspective. So, without further ado… Six college football stories from around the best league in the country.

Nick Saban tops The Sporting News' rankings of 125 FBS coaches

Alabama's Nick Saban sits at No. 1 of this year's rankings, while first-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn ranks No. 55 and 12th out of 14 SEC coaches.

Gators in the NFL Draft: Sharrif Floyd

Former UFdefensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is projected be a first-round pick in this week's NFL Draft.

QB race remains wide open

Through 14 practices, including Saturday's A-Day game, Auburn quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace have rotated and split reps with the first and second teams every day.

Alabama, UGA could total 20 NFL draft picks

Last December, Alabama and Georgia produced the greatest drama in the history of the Southeastern Conference football championship game.

Jones names Welton director of player personnel

The University of Tennessee has hired Bob Welton as director of player personnel after he spent the past nine years as a scout with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

Quotable:

Yes, it’s the real name. College football’s power brokers voted on it Tuesday afternoon at the BCS meetings.

Meanwhile, Augusta National officials announced that the Masters will now be called “Pro Golf Tournament.’’ The World Series will be “Baseball Championship’’ and the Super Bowl: “Football Game.’’

This could be the most boring marketing campaign ever. And that was probably the point, really. The idea was to find something that was ridicule-proof, so bland you can’t make fun of it.

That said, with the money-grab that defines the sport, it won’t take long before this is called College Football Payoff. CFP usually stands for Certified Financial Planner, which is exactly what the sport is doing all week, planning its enormous windfall and finalizing details of the tournament.

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