SEC notes and links for Thursday:
– On Paul Finebaum’s show Wednesday, Danny Sheridan did not deliver on what he promised. The oddsmaker had claimed he would reveal the name of the person he says the NCAA believes is the bagman in the Cameron Newton case. Instead, Sheridan said that he knew the name, but could not reveal it on advice from his attorney. Mr. SEC called the whole thing ridiculous.
– If there was an internal rift on last year’s Florida Gators, this year’s edition claims that won’t be a problem. Jeff Barlis of the Gainesville Sun reports that, “Senior defensive end William Green admits there was an entitlement problem last season. It wasn’t just new players expecting bigger roles based on their recruiting ratings, but also an issue with the team thinking it could simply show up and collect victories. Now Green sees a big difference in the three prized defensive line recruits, specifically in their commitment.”
– Georgia has lost senior safety Jakar Hamilton for the season with a stress fracture near his ankle. Hamilton started the first five games last season and returned an interception for a touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Dogs do think they have enough depth in the secondary to survive the blow.
– South Carolina’s backup quarterback, Conner Shaw, had his right thumb pop out of place in Wednesday’s scrimmage. Steve Spurrier says Shaw should be fine. Shaw tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass. Starter Stephen Garcia went eight-of-13 in that same scrimmage.
– Approximately two weeks before the opener, Auburn hasn’t picked a quarterback yet. Of course, the Tigers are replacing Cam Newton. Chris Low of espn.com thinks freshman Kiehl Frazier has a shot. He writes, “But talent also counts for something, and the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Frazier is just the kind of dual-threat quarterback Malzahn is looking for in his offense. Frazier also ran a very similar offense in high school. He’s the kind of quarterback who specializes in extending the play, which may come in handy this season with a rebuilt offensive line.”