1. "Is this what we want football to be?" That's what Nick Saban so famously asked of hurry-up, no-huddle offenses back in 2012. And after two years of debate and one tabled proposal, it appears as if the answer is yes, with the NCAA Football Rules committee declining any slow-play regulations last week. That leads to something of a split-decision, writes Kevin Scarbinsky. Yes, Gus Malzahn won the right to operate at breakneck speeds, but Nick Saban also won the game on the field, beating Auburn in a shootout this past November. But the bigger question, as Scarbinsky points out, is whether winning by offense alone is enough. It doesn't seem to be. Just look at Saban and Alabama, which won the Iron Bowl thanks to a high-flying offense but ultimately lost the College Football Playoff when 35 points wasn't enough.
2. Even while watching Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans light up the NFL as rookies, I didn't quite put two and two together. But I should have seen the conference connection. Because, as Ethan Levine of Saturday Down South correctly points out, the SEC has indeed been turning into a wide receiver factory. From Beckham to Julio Jones to Jeremy Maclin, you're looking at three SEC alumnus ranked among the top 10 in receiving yards. Throw in Evans, A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery and Randall Cobb, and that's 35 percent of the top 20. And would anyone be surprised if Amari Cooper joins those ranks next year? This sportswriter wouldn't.
Around the SEC
"Selecting an agent is kind of like the recruiting process," said former South Carolina offensive lineman A.J. Cann. Follow his journey to the NFL through this draft diary.
"I'm just hungry to play in the SEC," said Chuks Amaechi, Georgia's newest linebacker. The junior college transfer enrolled early and could fill a void left by Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson.
"I'm passionate about the game, the profession, the wide receiver position," said new LSU receivers coach Tony Ball. In this Q&A, the former Georgia assistant talks about the talent at the position in Baton Rouge.
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