The SEC facilities arms race is never ending. Texas A&M's most recent project is evidence of that fact. The Aggies just completed a massive renovation of the first floor of the Bright Football Complex, where the football team is headquartered, and the project includes some sparkling new locker rooms that resemble a nightclub as much as it does a football facility. The 36,000-square foot renovation, which includes a barbershop and flatscreen televisions in the mirrors, is part of a $32 million improvement of the Bright Complex.
It may be the first time in seven years that the SEC does not boast the defending champion of college football, but the league still maintains the most teams in the Amway Coaches Poll with seven of the Top 25. The next closest conference was the Pac-12 with six. Alabama, coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2008, was ranked No. 2 behind defending champ Florida State. Auburn, fresh off an SEC championship, came in at No. 5. Neither the Crimson Tide nor the Tigers received a first-place vote from the coaches surveyed, which included Bret Bielema, Les Miles, Mark Richt, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, and Kevin Sumlin of the SEC.
Maybe it's already playoff posturing, but this time of year it's refreshing to see coaches acting more like fans and taking shots at each other. Click here for the rest of Chris Low's story about coaches trading barbs in the offseason.
You hear that? No, it's not the sound of former LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson making it rain with his new $70 million contract extension. That sound you hear is another kind of excitement. Football is here. Sort of. Fall camp in the SEC gets going this afternoon at Mississippi State and will kick off at Auburn and Alabama tomorrow. So, to celebrate, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban took his players out on the lake. Enjoy. . Now back to your regularly scheduled programming and a look around the rest of the conference.