Thursday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Thursday morning …

If you think college football recruiting needs an overhaul, contact former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Kentucky coach Rich Brooks. They’re in charge. …

While some people roll their eyes at recruiting, you have to have great players to win. Losing so many to attrition is one reason ESPN’s Ivan Maisel thinks the SEC’s championship dominance may not extend into the playoff era. …

Which state has the best high school football? A couple of Ole Miss out-of-staters plug their home states in an interesting discussion:

Cecil Collins was once a promising young LSU running back with NFL potential and the world in front of him — until he took the wrong fork in the road. He’s out prison now and very happy for his second chance — not at football but at life. A good read here from Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel. …

Speaking of LSU, columnist Kevin Scarbinsky says Auburn needs to do something to turn around its series against the Louisiana Tigers. …

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will face Texas A&M on Aug. 28. It’s an opener for the Aggies that may meet Spurrier’s approval. He told a Columbia, S.C., group that some A&M opponents over the last few years have been against teams that are “barely Division I.” …

Yahoo’s Pat Forde says the offensive turnover in the SEC may drive the league back to its defensive roots. …

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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    SEC Network debuts today at 5pm.
    There are two weeks before the first kickoff in the 2014 season, but ESPN and the SEC are hoping to capitalize on the South’s insatiable appetite for college football with Thursday’s kickoff of the SEC Network on most television cable and satellite systems.

    The SEC Network will be available in more than 80 million homes, which is considered an overwhelming success when compared to the lackluster launches of the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Longhorn (University of Texas) networks.

    Who gets the network? SEC has partnerships with DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner, Cox, Charter and AT&T U-Verse. It also reached an agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), which includes C Spire, Metrocast and Cable One in the state of Mississippi.

    First football game: Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, Aug. 28, the first of at least 45 games. Every SEC team will be on the channel in the first month.

    Mississippi State’s first appearance: The season opener, on Saturday, Aug. 30, against Southern Mississippi will be the first appearance for the Bulldogs.

    Ole Miss’ first appearance: The Rebels will be showcased in its home opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 13.

    Channels: DirecTV, 611; Dish, 408; AT&T U-Verse, 607 (SD) and 1607 (HD); Comcast, 740 (SD) and 1738 (HD); Charter, 30/318 (SD) and 811 (HD)

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