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A brief snapshot on what's going on this off-season in the nations' best football conference.
More injuries for the Gators
Last season, Georgia was bitten by the injury bug, losing 19 scholarship players to season-ending injuries.
That bug has migrated south.
The Florida Gators, already riddled with injuries this spring, have lost four more players. OL Maurkice Pouncey, DL Lawrence Marsh, DL Carlos Dunlap and CB Janoris Jenkins will all sit out the Gators spring game this Saturday with various injuries.
Pouncey underwent successful shoulder surgery to repair a shoulder issue, and will be out for three months. Jenkins had surgery on the top part of one of his fingers, and will miss the remainder of the spring. Dunlap and Marsh both are suffering from lingering abdominal issues. Surgery is a possibility for both of them as well.
As a result of the rash of injuries, Florida head coach Urban Meyer is considering changing the format of the spring game this Saturday. One thing is for sure, Meyer is getting a good look at a lot of his younger guys this spring.
Bulldogs unveil new jerseys
The Mississippi State Bulldogs, under first-year coach Dan Mullen, are looking for a fresh start in 2009; after a disastrous 2008 that saw the Bulldogs go 4-8 and former head coach Sylvester Croom "resign" after five years in Starkville. Part of that fresh start under Mullen are new jerseys, which were unveiled Wednesday.
The new jerseys are a part of the Bulldogs' new partnership with Adidas. The maroon home and road white jerseys feature the words "Mississippi State" across the chest, and feature an enhanced ventilation system designed to allow greater air flow.
"With our new partnership with Adidas, and working with Coach Mullen, we were able to not only update the look of our football team, but also proudly display the full name of our university and include our new logos and marks," director of athletics Greg Byrne said in a statement.
In addition to the new jerseys, the Bulldogs will also return to wearing maroon helmets for the first time since 2003. All of the new gear worn by the Bulldogs players in 2009 will incorporate Mississippi State's redesigned logos.
Tigers decline game against UCLA
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Auburn Tigers declined an effort by ABC to broker a deal to have the Tigers square off with the UCLA Bruins at the Georgia Dome to open the 2010 season.
UCLA was subsequently offered a game with Georgia Tech instead, but the Bruins declined. ABC was attempting to find a replacement for Kansas State on the Bruins' schedule.
After finishing up a home-and-home with West Virginia this year, the Tigers will play a home-and-home with Clemson starting in 2010. The always grueling in-conference SEC schedule, coupled with out-of-conference tilts vs. Clemson and UCLA, would have been a lot to ask out of new Tigers head coach Gene Chizik. Contrary to what fans of other conferences believe, in-conference matchups do, in fact, constitute the majority of a teams' schedule. When you play in a league as tough as the SEC, a game vs. Clemson on top of that is more than enough to prove your worth.
The inaugural Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff was held at the Georgia Dome to start the 2008 season, with Alabama squaring off against Clemson. The Georgia Dome will host the second annual event this season, when Alabama and Virginia Tech tee it up to open 2009. With Auburn's veto of the UCLA game, the 2010 participants are yet to be determined.
Editors Note: Barrett Sallee will be blogging live from the press box at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 18 at during Auburn's annual A-Day game presented by the U.S. Navy.
Barrett Sallee blogs about the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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