Friday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning …

As his Commodores prepare to play at Ole Miss Saturday night with bowl-eligibility on the line for both teams, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin acknowledges other programs are interested in hiring him as coach but says that’s something he and his staff have dealt with since they got to Vanderbilt. Franklin says the bowl implications of this week’s game make it no bigger than any other game …

From Columbia, South Carolina hopes to avoid an upset against struggling Arkansas. The Razorbacks’ hopes for an upset may rest with how well they protect quarterback Tyler Wilson from Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks’ pass rush. …

From Baton Rouge, LSU coach Les Miles preaches the “24-hour rule” regarding focus on individual games, but putting it into play this week — as Mississippi State visits — might be a little harder after the Tigers lost the lead in the final seasons and saw their upset chances clip away against No. 1 Alabama. …

From Gainesville, Florida decided on its starting quarterback some time ago, and that leaves the runner-up with an uncertain future with the Gators. …

From Athens, Georgia coach Mark Richt – barring a major upset by Auburn Saturday – will have his team back in the SEC championship game, but that won’t be enough to satisfy his harshest critics. …

From Lexington, ousted Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has interest in the Kentucky job even if Kentucky officials say they don’t have interest in him. …

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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