Lunchtime links: No relief for Tide?

A closer look at what's making headlines around the SEC:

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't expect any relief next season in terms of the schedule being tweaked to reduce the number of teams the Crimson Tide have to face coming off bye weeks. Six of the eight SEC teams Alabama plays in 2010 will be coming off bye weeks.

  • Receiver Patrick Patterson is close to rejoining the Ole Miss football team following his spring suspension, but the chances of defensive back Tig Barksdale returning aren't as promising, reports David Brandt of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.