1. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said Jelan Kendrick will be expected to replace Dundrecous Nelson, even though there is a nearly 9-points-per-game average difference (11.6 to 2.7). Nelson was dismissed from the team Thursday after he was arrested and also failed multiple drug tests, according to a source. Kendrick has only played in three games since he became eligible from Memphis. Kennedy is hopeful that Murphy Holloway will be ready to go for Saturday's SEC opener against LSU after being injured the last two games. The Rebels couldn’t afford a disruption after losing three of the last four games heading into the SEC.
2. If the committee on infractions is going to start handing out more suspensions for coaches then there needs to be more uniformity on how the records are treated with wins and losses. Jim Calhoun won’t get credit for the wins because it was a COI suspension. But wins and losses during a suspension by a conference or school does go on the head coach’s record. They should be the same so there is no confusion.
3. The Pac-12 could have the most competitive race for the title of any other conference in the top dozen leagues. That’s great for close games. But it means that there are no givens on the road, as evidenced by Colorado and Utah winning at home. The selection committee will have an extremely tough time separating the teams in this league. Each team is judged individually and few if any will stand out.