Tennessee’s financial crunch and other SEC notes

Some SEC morning notes:

- David Climer of the Tennessean has calculated that fired Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley will receive monthly checks of $104,166.66 through 2016. Meanwhile, the school has announced that the athletic department will not make its annual donation to the school’s general fund, which was scheduled to be $18 million over the next three years.

- The legendary Vince Dooley is happy about Georgia’s rise to the SEC title game, but sad about his son’s firing at Tennessee. Dooley said he has no problem with Dave Hart, the UT AD whom Dooley says he knows personally. Instead, Dooley lamented the fact that coaches are not given the time they were once given to build programs. He used Frank Beamer’s long tenure at Virginia Tech as an example of the way things used to be.

On his son not coaching Saturday against UK, ““Derek said he requested that because he felt he would be distraction. He said all of the speculation about his job was a distraction before the Vanderbilt game and he felt that hurt the team (a 41-18 loss), so he didn’t want that to happen again. Once he said that, I admired his decision. I felt it was important to get that out because it’s not like they didn’t want him around.”

- Florida coach Billy Donovan is offering to complete that Florida-Georgetown basketball game that began on an aircraft carrier but was halted because of unsafe playing conditions. Donovan wants to play the Hoyas in Jacksonville.

- The record may not completely show it, but first-year Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has done a good job in Oxford. The Rebels are 5-6 heading into Saturday’s Egg Bowl game with rival Mississippi State. That includes a three-point loss to Texas A&M, a one-point loss to Vanderbilt and a six-point loss last Saturday at LSU. An upset win this Saturday puts the Rebels in a bowl game.

- Could this be farewell weekend for Auburn’s Gene Chizik as well? Consider this, since Gus Malzahn departed to be head coach at Arkansas State, Auburn is 112th out of 120 FBS teams in total offense.

- In basketball news, Florida knocked off Savannah State 58-40 last night, but guard Kenny Boynton left the game with a sprained ankle.

- Georgia plays UCLA tough in Brooklyn, but loses to the Bruins 60-56. Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 for the winners.

- Elston Turner hit the game-winner as Texas A&M beat Washington State 55-54 in the consolation game of the CBE Classic in Kansas City.

- Mississippi State gets its doors blown off again, this time by Marquette 89-62 in Maui. The Bulldogs lost by 46 to North Carolina on Monday.

- This weekend’s SEC football schedule:

  • LSU at Arkansas 2:30 PM CBS (Friday)
  • Georgia Tech at Georgia 12:00 PM ESPN
  • Kentucky at Tennessee 12:21 PM SEC Network
  • Auburn at Alabama 3:30 PM CBS
  • Florida at Florida St. 3:30 PM ABC
  • Vanderbilt at Wake Forest 3:30 PM ESPNU
  • Missouri at Texas A&M 7:00 PM
  • Mississippi St. at Ole Miss 7:00 PM ESPNU
  • South Carolina at Clemson 7:00 PM ESPN
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