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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lunchtime links: Tuesday edition (9/8)

Got a late start today, but here are some links (also, follow the blog on Twitter):
  • Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee was limited in practice with shoulder spasms Monday, but head coach Dan Mullen expects him to rotate in at quarterback this Saturday, writes Kyle Veazey of the Clarion-Ledger.
  • Here's a partial press conference transcript of Mullen's on the Mississippi State athletics site. He said MSU kept things simple in its first game with regards to the offensive playbook:

"I don't know if it has anything to do with the play book specifically. We did not want to get very complicated in game one, just so our guys could get their feet wet and adjust to the speed of the game. Of course you will add little things every game to adjust to the team that you are facing. I know Auburn is going to give us a different challenge than last Saturday so we will adjust slightly in a different direction. Also, having that one game experience will help us adjust."

  • ESPN.com's Chris Low chimes in with his SEC power rankings. Looks like Auburn didn't budge much after its win last week.

  • Low also lists the SEC's top recruiting closers. No Auburn coaches on the list, although I imagine with time, Trooper Taylor will be. The top five? 1. Nick Saban, 2. Rodney Garner, 3. Urban Meyer, 4. Ed Orgeron and 5. Larry Porter.

  • Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead is one of a dozen Rebels with flu-like symptoms, writes David Brandt of the Clarion-Ledger. Good thing Ole Miss has a bye this week.

  • According to Michael Casagrande of the Decatur Daily, Saban doesn't want to hear about overlooking Florida International, who, at least according to one former Miami Hurricanes announcer, is from across the ocean. Hey, you can say it all you want. Doesn't mean it's not going to happen.

  • Georgia's trying not to panic after a season opening loss to Oklahoma State, writes David Hale of the Macon Telegraph.

  • Three South Florida players tweeted on the way to the game and even in the locker room Saturday, and head coach Jim Leavitt is going to put an end to it, writes Brett McMurphy. There are a handful of Auburn players who tweet, although not close to the game like that. One who does not: Josh Bynes.. I forgot to put this quote up last night, but here's his thoughts on Twitter: "I don't even know what it is. I've been hearing about it, but I don't know what it is. What is a Twitter?" After being told it's a way to communicate to his peeps, Bynes said, " I don't speak to the peeps. I just do my own stuff."

  • OK, had to cut it short today. I'll be back with Gene Chizik press conference updates in less than an hour.

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