Thursday, July 31, 2008

Around the SEC (7/31)

From Stepen Garcia's return to South Carolina to Snoop Dogg's support of Les Miles, we've got a bunch of Southeastern Conference links to pass along this morning. Let's start with the Commodores first.

The start of Vanderbilt's preseason camp was pushed back until tomorrow after the SEC informed school officials that they were starting too early.

"The league simply said we were mistaken in interpreting when we could start our preseason schedule," said coach Bobby Johnson. "After numerous discussions with the SEC, we decided that delaying practice by a day was the right action."

Brett Hait of The Nashville City Paper takes a look at 10 questions surrounding the Commodores. A couple of the big ones: Is Bryant Hahnfeldt in danger of losing his job? Who has the most to prove during training camp?

Les Miles' weekly Rotary Club meeting was interrupted when his new friend Snoop Dogg stopped by to show him some love. You can watch their hilarious interaction (Miles surprisingly gives Snoop a pretty good hip-hop hug) right here.

“I defend his music, and am much more a fan of the person," Miles said.

Stephen Garcia's return from exile will come two weeks earlier than expected, writes The State's Joseph Person. Still, the highly-touted redshirt freshman will start camp no higher than third on the depth chart behind redshirt junior Tommy Beecher and Chris Smelley.

Jerrell Powe spoke to's Bruce Feldman about the SEC's decision to let him play for Ole Miss this fall.

"I just couldn't give up," he said. "I just couldn't. It's really because of the love I have to play in the SEC, and I just want to represent my home state. I mean, once you fall in love with something and set your mind on it, you just don't wanna give it up. And I could see it happening. I wanna come out of that tunnel and see that field. I wanna rub [the bust of] Chucky Mullins' head and I wanna put us back on the map."

Former LSU Ryan Perrilloux is trying to repair his career and his reputation at Jacksonville State. Looks like he's off to a good start.'s Stewart Mandel lists Alabama as a potential sleeper.

Ole Miss says it plans to have a 6 p.m. kickoff for the Sept. 20 game against Vanderbilt, pending the SEC TV schedule. You know what that means? More time to enjoy The Grove...

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