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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.
Tide Could Be In Trouble Again
As The Tuscaloosa News first reported on Tuesday, the Alabama Crimson Tide could be in some serious trouble. Alabama has reported to the NCAA that several athletes received free textbooks from the 2005-2006 school year through the fall of 2007 and that the university did not properly monitor the distribution. The NCAA categorizes the infractions as "potentially major."
In the fall of 2007, five Crimson Tide football players were suspended for four games as a result of the scandal – OL Antoine Caldwell, OL Marlon Davis, RB Glen Coffee, DB Marquis Johnson and DB Chris Rogers. The NCAA states that student athletes were "permitted to use athletics book aid to obtain books and supplies for courses in which they were not enrolled," which is prohibited by the NCAA.
In Alabama's response, they claim that no student athletes have been found to have re-sold the textbooks for personal profit.
The admission by Alabama, which was previously put on probation in February of 2002 due to recruiting violations, could open the door for the NCAA to punish the Crimson Tide as a repeat offender.
Tebow Allowed To Raise Money For Orphanage
Tim Tebow is returning to the South Pacific, and it will not affect his NCAA eligibility. Tebow will be making a return visit to the Philippines next week to help out with Uncle Dick's Home, an orphanage in the Philippines that Tebow's father helps out with as well.
There had been some confusion on the matter earlier in the week when Urban Meyer said that Tebow was granted a waiver by the NCAA to raise money for the charity. The NCAA clarified that there was no waiver needed because the funds raised by Tebow go directly to Uncle Dick's Home and not the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. No member of the Tebow family is directly associated with the staff or leadership of Uncle Dick's Home.
It will be the second straight spring break that Tebow spends in the Philippines. Tebow made the same mission trip last March, where it was widely reported that "Dr. Tebow" assisted on several medical procedures on Filipino children, including circumcisions.
Whether you love you're a Gator fan or a Gator-hater, it's hard not to be a fan of Tebow. On the field or off, the guy as a leader, plain and simple.
New Deal For The Commish
SEC commissioner Mike Slive agreed to a three-year extension on Thursday, extending his current deal through the 2011-12 school year. Slive, who came to the conference from Conference USA, succeeded former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer in 2002.
During his time as commissioner, Slive has seen the SEC emerge as the nations' top football conference. He has seen SEC schools win four BCS National Titles in football (LSU, 2003 and 2007 and Florida, 2006 and 2008) and another (Auburn, 2004) robbed of a fifth.
In addition to success on the football field, Slive has seen SEC schools win 44 national championships during his seven years at the helm.
Just this past summer, Slive announced two major television deals, with CBS and ESPN, giving the SEC more exposure than any other conference in the nation.
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