The notebook: Poll puts Dogs No. 2 in East … SEC happy in ATL … Etc.
Cleaning out the notebook after an interesting week at the SEC meetings:
- In the Birminghan News’ 64th annual Spring SEC Football Preview, Alabama and Florida again are picked to win their divisions, with Georgia predicted to finish second in the East. The News surveyed the SEC schools’ football information directors, asking them to predict the order of finish in their division (without including their own team). Florida and Alabama got the maximum available five first-place votes in the East and West, respectively. Georgia got the other first-place vote in the East (Florida’s), three second-place votes and one third-place. This is how the poll turned out:
West: 1. Alabama. 2 (tie). LSU and Arkansas. 4. Auburn. 5. Ole Miss. 6. Mississippi State.
East: 1. Florida. 2. Georgia. 3. South Carolina. 4. Tennessee. 5. Kentucky. 6. Vanderbilt.
Separately, the SEC football info directors were asked to rank the league’s teams without regard to division (and again without voting for your own team). Alabama got the maximum 11 first-place votes in this exercise, and three of the top four teams were from the West. This is how the overall poll turned out: 1. Alabama. 2. Florida. 3. LSU. 4. Arkansas. 5. Georgia. 6. Auburn. 7. South Carolina. 8 (tie). Tennessee and Ole Miss. 10. Mississippi State. 11. Kentucky. 12. Vanderbilt.
- While the Atlanta Falcons want a new open-air stadium, the SEC remains very happy with the Georgia Dome, where the league plays its football championship game each year. Asked if the SEC has any thoughts of having to move the game out of Atlanta given the uncertain future of the Dome, commissioner Mike Slive said: “Hypothetically there’s always a chance of something, but the game has been extraordinarily successful for us in Atlanta. At this point we have absolutely no intention of moving it out of Atlanta.”
- The SEC will decide late this year whether to keep its baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala., after 2011, the final year remaining on the current contract. The league also will consider pitches from Gwinnett County’s Coolray Field and Memphis’ AutoZone Park. But it sounds as if prying the event out of Hoover will be difficult. Slive noted that Hoover has become part of lexicon of SEC baseball. “The kids talk about . . . ‘we have to get to Hoover,’” Slive said. “In football, our [teams'] goal is to get to Atlanta. In some sports, [a particular postseason destination] becomes part of the fabric of the sport.”
- Georgia’s $17.4 million share of the SEC revenue pie represents about 20 percent of the UGA Athletic Association’s $84.75 million budget.
- Vince Dooley has said he won’t be in Sanford Stadium for the Georgia-Tennessee game on Oct. 9, opting instead to watch on television at home and privately root for his son Derek, the new Vols coach, who by the way agrees with his dad’s decision. “I think his point really is, it’s not about him and it’s not about me,” Derek Dooley said. “He doesn’t want it to become a spectacle. How many times have you had to look at the quarterback’s dad on TV before you go, ‘Please…’ You see it all the time. So every time I go out there and make a dumb call, it’d be, ‘Let’s see what Dad thinks.’ Great theater, you know.”
- Georgia associate athletics director Carla Williams was elected to the seven-person SEC Executive Committee for 2010-11.
- Former Georgia gymnastics star Courtney Kupets was nominated by the SEC for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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