Time Warner Cable reached an agreement Wednesday with ESPN to carry SEC Network, leaving DirecTV as the only major cable or satellite provider in the Kansas City area without rights to air the channel.
While few fans mourn the passing of the Bowl Championship Series, the computer-heavy formula used to determine the participants for college football’s national title the last 16 seasons, the Southeastern Conference could be forgiven for a moment’s grief. The SEC went 9-2 in title games and was the only conference to have two teams meet in the title game.
The Southeastern Conference replaces several stars at quarterback this season. No more Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray or A.J. McCarron. In all, eight of the SEC’s 14 football teams are starting over at the position.
The SEC Network, which launches in one month, has viewers (26 million homes and rising), content (45 football games, more than 100 men’s and 60 women’s basketball games) and will cash in on the league’s passionate fan base. Also, three of the KC area’s biggest cable and satellite providers without contracts for the network, Time Warner, Comcast and DirecTV, are likely to reach terms before the Aug. 14 launch date.
If talk of the five major conferences forming their own structure outside of the NCAA had died down, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive fired a reminder Monday: If the five major conferences don’t receive support from the rest of the NCAA, they can exist separately, he said.
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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says quarterback Nick Marshall will "suffer the consequences" but isn't elaborating on what punishment he'll face after being cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana following a traffic stop in Georgia.
It’s a storyline that’s bound to be scrutinized — even over-scrutinized — during Rams training camp, as the roster cuts are made and, if Michael Sam sticks on the 53-man roster, week by week during the NFL season. Former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy told the Tampa Tribune, “I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”
Former Missouri standout Bri Kulas has signed with Club Baloncesto Islas Canaraias, a professional women’s basketball team in Spain’s Canary Islands. Kulas, a Shawnee Mission North graduate, reports for training camp Sept. 15.
The Missouri football team, which played in last season’s Southeastern Conference championship game, was picked to finish fourth in the SEC Eastern Division and didn’t have one selection for the first-team All-SEC team.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk’s preparation for the 2014 season isn’t a laughing matter, like it was when he went into a game at Georgia with an underinflated helmet that nearly popped off as he ran for a first down. Mauk’s offseason growth cemented his status as the new face of the Tigers and highlights his evolution from unprepared backup to one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the SEC Eastern Division.
Missouri freshman cornerback Logan Cheadle graduated from Lee’s Summit West early and participated in the Tigers’ spring football practices. He was pleasantly surprised by his play and the reception he received.