Demand will drive SEC Network

Want the SEC Network? Ask for it. That’s the message Justin Connolly brought to the Tiger Club of Kansas City on Tuesday. Connolly is an ESPN vice president for college networks who will oversee Southeastern Conference sports coverage.

Alabama a clear cut favorite in college football poll

Bidding to become the first to win three straight national college football championships, Alabama collected 58 of 60 first-place votes in the preseason Associated Press poll revealed Saturday. Second-place Ohio State received one, and Georgia, which fell to Alabama in last year’s SEC Championship game, got the other.

SEC announces new bowl agreements

In a move that coincides with the creation of the new College Football Playoff, the Southeastern Conference on Monday announced nine bowl agreements and a new process for assigning schools that will start in 2014.

West Virginia coach tells Saban to get used to no-huddle offenses

Alabama coach Nick Saban has been an outspoken critic of fast-paced, no-huddle offense. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who uses a breakneck offense with the Mountaineers, fired back on Tuesday: “I’d tell him to get over it because it’s not going to change.”

For Alabama QB McCarron, fame is best left for others

Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, better known as Katherine Webb’s boyfriend, is favored this season to win a fourth national championship in his college career and third as a starter. Nobody in the role of major college quarterback has accomplished more, and yet recognition hasn’t come as easily.

SEC wants to bounce back from down season in basketball

The Southeastern Conference has won more NCAA men’s basketball championships over the past eight years than any other league. But the SEC was stung by last season’s collective performance that produced a mere three NCAA Tournament teams and created a position, associate commissioner for men’s basketball, filling it with veteran staff member Mark Whitworth.

Georgia coach isn’t running scared from Jadeveon Clowney

Not surprisingly, Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked Thursday about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s recent comment that three quarterbacks — Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Clemson’s Tahj Boyd and yes, Georgia’s Aaron Murray — seemed to be scared of him last year.

SEC Network releases Aug. 21, 2014 launch date

The SEC Network officially has a launch date — Aug. 21, 2014. The announcement, which was made at the Southeastern Conference’s football media days Thursday, highlighted an address by ESPN’s Justin Connolly, the head of the SEC Network, in which he reinforced the desire to get the channel in as many homes as possible.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops defends brother Bob’s comments on SEC

The very first question new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops was asked Wednesday by print reporters at SEC Media Days was about the comment Bob, the head coach at Oklahoma, made to the Tulsa World in May, when he essentially challenged the strength of the SEC by noting that while the league has produced the last eight national champions, “half of ’em (the teams in the league) haven’t done much at all.”

Manziel at SEC Media Days: He’s not Johnny Hangover

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel kicked off his Heisman Trophy encore season answering why he left the Manning passing camp early (no hangover, he just missed his alarm). The attention was Tebow-like in scale. Even by SEC Media Day circus standards, the attention bordered on insane. “The spotlight is 10 times brighter than I thought it was,” he said.

Johnny Manziel explains absence from Manning passing camp

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M said a dead cellphone, not a hangover, was the reason he overslept and missed the final day of the Manning Passing Academy. And he also had some other things to say to scores of reporters at SEC Media Days.

Jadeveon Clowney’s Outback Bowl hit lives on

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t made contact with Michigan running back Vincent Smith … after the contact that has lived on highlight reels since the Outback Bowl.

Florida coach Will Muschamp snipes at former Gators boss Urban Meyer

Current Florida football coach Will Muschamp huffed at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who turned Florida in for an alleged secondary violation. “We appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules,” Muschamp said. “They certainly know a little about that subject.”