SEC lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Paul Finebaum of the Mobile Press-Register wonders if Alabama coach Nick Saban is biting the hand that feeds him with some of his recent criticism of the Crimson Tide's fan base.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tony Barnhart that he remains cautiously optimistic that Stephen Garcia is developing into an SEC-caliber quarterback.

Seven Arkansas assistants plan to visit up to six high schools apiece in an intense recruiting plan, Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's reports.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News reports the SEC led all conferences with 37 players selected in the NFL draft. It marked the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that the SEC led all other conferences in draft selections.

Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Sam Venable wonders about the hypocrisy of Kentucky coach Rich Brooks' commemorative whiskey decanters.

New Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen tells the Memphis Commercial-Appeal's Ron Higgins during a swing through the Bluff City that he hopes to add some offensive punch to the moribund Bulldog offensive attack.

Lane Kiffin gave his spin on the transfer of quarterback B.J. Coleman and confirmed that his father, Monte, had back surgery a few days ago, the Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge reports.

Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal reports that Alabama will visit one of Nick Saban's old stomping grounds when the Crimson Tide will visit East Lansing in 2017.

New Auburn coach Gene Chizik and several members of his staff visited with several Mobile-area high schools in a stretch limousine to emphasize the importance of the city to his new school, Randy Kennedy and Josh Bean of the Mobile Register report.

New Georgia recruit Marc Deas
of Kissimmee, Fla., is so committed to his new school that he trashed his once favorite pair of Florida underwear, Nick Parker of the Georgia Red and Black student newspaper reported.