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ACC football has recently outperformed SEC in biggest games

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As conference play steps up in college football, the interest in the post-season playoffs will pick up as well. The selection process that will determine the four teams who will be selected to go for the title will face intensified scrutiny. The protocol for that process includes polling numbers. The selection committee understands the shortcomings involved with polls. “Ranking football teams is an art, not a science,” are the very first words of the College Football Playoff home page. The…

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Ex-Gator QB Tim Tebow slides back into SEC TV role

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In the SEC, they still love him. Down South, he is still an icon. Tim Tebow, recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles in his most recent attempt to play in the National Football League, is returning the SEC Network. He begins Saturday in a game between Georgia and Vanderbilt. Tebow remains one of the most popular players ever to play in the SEC, a winner of a Heisman and a pair of national championships at Florida. As a pro, Tebow…

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SEC has 10 teams ranked in AP Top 25; Gators are close

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The Florida Gators received eight votes in the AP Top 25 this week, which made the Gators the team with the 32nd most votes. That wouldn’t be bad, except for this: It leaves them 11th in their own conference. The SEC had a record 10 teams ranked in the AP Top 25, meaning 40 percent of the ranked teams in America play in the conference. The SEC has Alabama (2), Auburn (6), Georgia (10), LSU (14), Texas A&M (16), Ole…

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‘Strong Inside’ a compelling look at race and college sports in the South

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Many Americans are familiar with the famed pioneers of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, or Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African-American athletes also became firsts in their sport, and faced a lonely and sometimes terrifying road. One of them was Perry Wallace. Wallace, who began playing basketball for Vanderbilt in 1967, was the first black player in the Southeast Conference. Even before he accepted…

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SEC to ‘substantially’ increase fines for rushing fields

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The Southeastern Conference has been fining its schools for rushing fields and storming courts since 2004. Now, a decade later, those penalties are going up. Way up. The league plans to “substantially” increase fines for teams that violate its on-field policy. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive indicated that the new starting point would be around $50,000 – 10 times more than the previous fine for first-time offenders. “You’re in the range,” Slive said Wednesday. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s real…

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Spending on sports vs. spending on teaching

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Here’s a great chart Chad Alderman pulled from a Knight Commission report taking a look at spending priorities in the SEC: It’s important to note here that the vast majority of schools lose money off athletics. In 2008, less than a quarter of sports powerhouses made money off their athletics programs, and collectively these same institutions lost nearly $1 billion on sports. These funds must be made up by state taxpayers or student tuition bills. Find out how much your school spent with this…

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