SEC: Butch Jones angers coach; Gus Malzahn holds firm

SEC links for Thursday:

– Tennessee’s Butch Jones has angered a high school coach, reports Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. The coach is upset with the way Tennessee handled running back Jabo Lee, a signee who ended up parting ways with the Vols. Lee’s coach says UT left “him out to dry.”

– Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is sticking to what he knows, reports Brandon Marcello of That means that Malzahn isn’t listening to critics of his up-tempo offense. “I think everybody has got their opinion,” Malzahn said Tuesday. “I feel very strong about what we do and I fully believe in it. I’ve been running this type of offense since 1997 and I’m really looking forward to the future of it.”

– Chris Dufrense of the Los Angeles Times writes that we’re living in the SEC’s world. Seven straight BCS titles. What’s to argue?

Ole Miss will be dealing with heightened expectations, reports Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger. “A year ago Ole Miss went through the preseason hearing all the reasons why it could not win. This year it’s been, at least so far, all the reasons why it will,” writes Kellenberger.

– John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel writes that Tennessee’s quarterback competition isn’t a big deal if the winner is not a big-time player. “So Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman will begin preseason football practice Friday bracketed as Tennessee’s No. 1 quarterback. Excuse fans if they aren’t atwitter over the competition. They’re probably more intrigued by the incoming quarterbacks than the returning ones.”

Georgia’s explosive Bulldogs open camp today, reports David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “The main thing I’m looking for is attention to detail on our side of the ball,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said last week. “We do have experience and we do have returning players who have made big plays in games, but we’re going to take nothing for granted. Every detail will be of utmost importance.”

– Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald gives a primer on Florida’s fall camp. “Will this be the year a productive wideout finally emerges? Probably not. Maybe. We’ll see. Muschamp worked tirelessly to infuse Florida’s black hole position with new talent (five freshmen) and an improved coach (former UK head coach Joker Phillips). Demarcus Robinson is the anticipated savior, but so was Andre Debose four years ago.”

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