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As spring practice gets set to begin for most SEC teams, here's a few thoughts on the nations' best football conference.
UT – Wild Boys
The hits just keep on coming in Knoxville. Lane Kiffin, who has had an off-season choc-full of incidents, made more news over the weekend. According to published reports, Kiffin's staff welcomed recruits to Knoxville in an interesting way during Tennessee's junior day – by taking their clothes off.
More than 100 high school juniors were led into a film room where Kiffin thanked the recruits for coming, and emphasized the importance of special teams. Initially, the recruits were not too enthused about playing on special teams. The UT coaches then hyped up the recruits the best way they knew how – stripping.
Three or four Vols coaches ripped their shirts off, doors were pounding, and players were chanting. According to one recruit, at least 10 Vols players entered the room, including QB Jonathan Crompton and S Eric Berry. The players then joined the coaches and chanted, "UT – Wild Boys" over and over again. Kiffin was never seen with his shirt off, but he did sit to the side and watch the action.
Sadly, none of the previous three paragraphs were made up.
SEC Well Represented on HOF Ballot
The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced its 2009 Hall of Fame ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Of the 82 players and coaches on the ballot, 13 have ties to the SEC.
SEC players on the ballot are: Billy Ray Adams, FB, Ole Miss; Charles Alexander, RB, LSU; Ronnie Caveness, C, Arkansas; Ed Dyas, FB, Auburn; Willie Gault, WR, Tennessee; Bobby Humphrey, RB, Alabama; Woodrow Lowe, LB, Alabama; Bobby Majors, DB, Tennessee; Ken Rice, DT, Auburn; Jake Scott, DB, Georgia; Larry Seivers, WR, Tennessee; Sterling Sharpe, WR, South Carolina; and Marvin Terrell, OG/DT, Ole Miss.
The Hall of Fame class will be announced at a press conference on April 30 at a press conference in New York City, which will be carried live by ESPNEWS. The players and coaches will be officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in December at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Georgia Is Retaining Its Staff
For the third time this off-season, a member of the Georgia coaching staff has turned down a promotion from another school to stay with Mark Richt at Georgia. John Jancek was announced as co-defensive coordinator on Tuesday for the Bulldogs.
Jancek previously served as the Bulldogs' linebacker coach. He turned down the opportunity to become the defensive coordinator for the South Florida Bulls on Monday, in favor of staying in Athens.
Jancek is the third member of the Georgia coaching staff to turn down seemingly better offers with other schools to stay with the Bulldogs. UGA assistant head coach/defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Gardner turned down an offer to return to the Tennessee Volunteers to coordinate the running game earlier in the off-season and UGA offensive line coach Stacy Searles spurned Auburn, his alma mater, to stay with the Bulldogs.
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