There was chatter on ESPN last night during Kentucky’s win over Mississippi State about scrapping the division format in the SEC.
The problem, they say, is the unfairness that Tennessee, Kentucky or Georgia may finish third in the SEC East and not receive a first-round tournament bye, but that Ole Miss, MSU or Arkansas will finish second and receive a bye.
It has the ring of the SEC East getting preferential seeding for its second-place finisher in the baseball tournament some years back. The East caught up, and I figure the West will rise again … at some point.
For now, Alabama leads the West and is determined not to become complacent.
Ole Miss, in the hunt for the bye ESPN wishes would go away, takes on Auburn tonight at Tad Smith. The Tigers are improving but enter the game just 2-8 in the league. They are not in the hunt for the bye but with tonight and one more game remaining against Ole Miss will have a lot to say about whether the Rebels receive it. …
In baseball, SEC coaches say the five other teams will chase LSU in the West. That news would have made Mike Bianco happy some years ago, not now. The Ole Miss coach, however, believes he has a pitching staff superior to last year’s, even without his ace, Drew Pomeranz, and that the Rebels’ arms could be poised for big things. Ultimately, what the Rebels get done may depend on how healthy they can keep Mike Snyder.
In football, the Birmingham news reports that the NCAA’s investigation into former Auburn QB Cam Newton continues but with no “bomb” ready to drop, so to speak. …