"This is what you have to understand: it's an opinion," Franklin said. "But it's an educated opinion. I've coached in the ACC. I've coached in the Big 12. I've coached in the Pac-10. I've coached in the SEC. I've coached in the NFL. So I think I have a pretty good understanding of what these conferences are like and what our conference is like.
University of Alabama assistant coach Kirby Smart is no longer a candidate for the Auburn job.
On Monday, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was named The Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year. A worthy candidate indeed when you look at his flashy resume. He finished the regular season third on Georgia's team with 77 tackles, first nationally in tackles for loss (22.5) and second in the SEC (fourth nationally) in sacks (12.5). He also led he country with seven forced fumbles. Not too bad for a player who battled injuries all year and played in just 11 of Georgia's 13 games. But this had to be a very, very tough vote. While Jones was fantastic in his second year in the SEC, he had some very stiff competition from the likes of South Carolina defensive endJadeveon Clowney, LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore. All of them proved to be game-changers and all were worthy competition for Jones.
Let's take a look at their resumes:
In a shocking development when it comes to SEC coaching searches, Arkansas is expected to hire Wisconsin's Bret Bielema to be its new head coach, a source told ESPN.
What they're saying about Notre Dame as it prepares for Alabama and the BCS Championship Game (Tuesday links)-al.comWho will win on Jan. 7? See who's leading a Chicago Tribune poll, and then see much more about the Fighting Irish.
Former Alabama great Bart Starr ruled OK after collapsing during speech-Al.comThe NFL Hall of Famer did not require a trip to the hospital.
AJ McCarron's game-winning TD pass to Amari Cooper is Alabama's Play of the Week (video)-al.comAJ McCarron's fourth quarter touchdown pass to Amari Cooper gave the Crimson Tide the lead over the Georgia Bulldogs and earns our pick for Alabama Play of the Week
Yahoo! Sports has published the National Football Post's mock draft for 2013, and the list includes five from Alabama in the first round. Under this prediction, Tide guard Chance Warmack would go fourth to Philadelphia, while Detroit would use the 10th pick on cornerback Dee Milliner. After that, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker to Chicago at No. 25, center Barrett Jones to Green Bay at No. 26 and noseguard Jesse Williams to San Francisco at No. 27.
I sure hope so!
Alabama lands conference-best 6 players on coaches' all-SEC first team-al.comEddie Lacy and D.J. Fluker join Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, Dee Milliner and C.J. Mosley on the first team
SEC Championship Game was college football's most-watched game this season so far-al.comCBS Sports chairman says the network is having "very positive discussions" with the SEC about renegotiating their contract since Texas A&M and Missouri were added.
Notre Dame is handling the long break between the regular season and the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game about like Alabama is.Then again, Irish coach Brian Kelly talked to other coaches about how to deal with the layoff, and more than one team has examined the way Nick Saban and his staff prepare for the BCS game. After all, he is 3-0 in national title contests.Last week and this week, Irish players have been focusing on conditioning, weightlifting and school work. It's a chance for players who may have lost a few pounds to get back up to weight and gain strength, he said. Notre Dame will hold its first practices on Friday and Saturday, then hold six more practices before players head home Dec. 21. They'll return to campus for practices Dec. 28-31, and then leave for Miami on Jan. 2. They will practice three times in Florida before the game.The early practices will have a preseason camp feel stressing fundamentals and giving younger players more work, then begin to fine tune the practices for Alabama as the game draws nearer, Kelly said.