Nick Saban is all about business, focus, and the process. And rumors that Saban might consider a jump to the Cleveland Browns are not part of Alabama’s business, focus or its process heading into next month’s BCS Championship Game.Yesterday, The Boston Globe stirred up a fresh round of chatter connecting Saban to the Cleveland Browns and potential new GM Michael Lombardi (currently of NFL Newtwork). The Browns are owned by Jimmy Haslam, a member of the University of Tennessee’s biggest mega-donor family. If Haslam and the Browns hire Lombardi, Lombardi might try to lure his old buddy Saban back to the NFL. At least that’s the theory as the two worked together in Cleveland during the 1990s under Bill Belichick. That would be good for the Browns and bad for Bama… which would in turn be even better for Haslam on two fronts (helping his NFL franchise could also aid the college program he supports).
All that remains of the 2012 college football season are the bowls, which means it’s time to select our All-SEC team. In this league, that’s never an easy task. There are more deserving players than there are spots. In selecting the team, we placed a heavy emphasis on performance in big games and how a player impacted his team both on and off the field. When it was close, we looked at SEC-only statistics as the tiebreaker. Without further adieu, we introduce you to the 2012 ESPN.com All-SEC Team:
New Tennessee coach Butch Jones hasn't wasted any time in putting his staff together, and he's trying to close the deal on one of the biggest pieces to that staff. Former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin, who helped lead the Vols to the 1998 national championship, was in Knoxville on Monday to meet with Jones. Martin spent the 2012 season on Lane Kiffin's staff at USC as the Trojans' receivers coach. He was at Kentucky prior to that for two seasons as receivers coach and was the Wildcats' passing game coordinator in 2011.
Jones staff at Tennessee taking shape-SEC BLOG ESPN
Fourteen schools have hired head coaches since late November, and yet the embattled coach with a 75-26 career record still waits.The window is closing on Bobby Petrino, at least for the big-boy jobs. And by the way athletic directors and presidents seem to be taking a philosophical stand on a coach who violated the sacred trust with administration while at Arkansas, Petrino will have to remain patient -- possibly until next December.Other than a reported phone conversation with Auburn, which the Birmingham Newssaid focused on his publicized affair with Jessica Dorrell more than his coaching ability, Petrino hasn't been a serious contender for jobs.