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A brief snapshot on what's going on this off-season in the nations' best football conference.
Rebs Move Opener To Accommodate ESPN
The Ole Miss Rebels, who are coming off of a strong 2008 campaign under first-year coach Houston Nutt, have moved their season opener vs. Memphis to Sunday, September 6 to accommodate ESPN. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT at the Liberty Bowl, in Memphis, Tenn.
"We are excited to have the Ole Miss-Memphis game return to our Labor Day weekend lineup." said Dave Brown, VP of Programming and Acquisitions for ESPN. "We greatly appreciate the cooperation of both schools in moving the game to the Sunday afternoon time slot that is a great showcase for college football."
For the Rebels, it's a great chance to make a statement to the rest of the league and the rest of the country during an uncompetitive time slot. The Rebels are likely to find themselves in the pre-season top 15, and will garner lots of attention during SEC Media Days, where SEC media members place their votes for pre-season favorites.
UK Finalizes 2009 Schedule
Speaking of scheduling, the Kentucky Wildcats have finalized their schedule for the upcoming season. The Wildcats will play a neutral-site game vs. Miami University (Ohio) on September 5 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game time has not yet been announced.
The game will be convenient for both fan bases. Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, is only 82 miles from the Wildcats campus in Lexington, Ky., and only 39 miles from Miami's campus in Oxford, Ohio. Tickets will be roughly split down the middle, although Miami will serve as the home team.
"It's a great away game, to be able to play close enough to our campus that our fans can easily attend." said Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks. "Our team is excited to play in a terrific venue like Paul Brown Stadium."
It will be the 12th meeting between the two schools. Kentucky currently holds a 6-4-1 all-time record vs. Miami, with the last meeting coming in 1991, when the Wildcats topped the RedHawks 23-20 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
Chizik Brings Familiar Face To Tigers
New Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has hired long-time assistant coach Wayne Bolt as Director of Football Relations at Auburn. It will be the third time Bolt has been involved with the Tiger football team after previously coaching with legendary coach Pat Dye from 1981-85, and again in 1990.
Most recently, Bolt was on Chizik's staff at Iowa State for the last two years as assistant coach and defensive coordinator. During his 31 year coaching career, Bolt has had coaching stints at East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn, Clemson, Troy, and UAB.
Bolt was an All-American offensive lineman at East Carolina under Dye. He joined Dye's staff at ECU in 1978, and then followed Dye to Wyoming and then to Auburn. 21 of Bolt's 31 years in the coaching business have been at schools in the state of Alabama.
Barrett Sallee blogs about the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at email@example.com
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