• PENN STATE: What’s the impact of the Joe Paterno Jerry Sandusky story on other campuses? Has it caused other schools to evaluate what they’re doing, put new security measures in place?
• ERIC HYMAN: Texas A&M made headlines with the hiring of a sitting SEC athletics director, luring Hyman away from South Carolina to guide the Aggies into a new frontier.
• BOBBY PETRINO: Can Arkansas survive its wild off-season with a one-year contract for interim coach John L. Smith and become a serious
challenger in the SEC West?
• TYRANN MATHIEU: Is LSU’s Honey Badger the best defensive player in college football as he says?
• KRISTEN SABAN: Will Nick Saban be asked about a lawsuit filed against his daughter as a result of a fight with a sorority sister? In some fashion it will. Maybe an Alabama spokesman will say beforehand that Saban will not entertain questions about his daughter. That’s his right. But even in doing so the topic has been addressed. Should it be asked? No, coaches and players are due some privacy, but Tim Tebow asked a few years ago if he was a virgin, so anything is likely to be asked.
• AFTER MALZAHN: Auburn lost offensive coordinator extraordinaire Gus Malzahn, who took the head coaching job at Arkansas State. The Tigers hired Scot Loeffler to replace him.
• FLORIDA’S OFFENSE: The Gators, once a high-powered team, have fallen off the pace. Second-year coach Will Muschamp is trying to revive an offense that was 10th in the SEC in total yards per game last year (328.7).
• PLAYOFF FORMAT: A four-team playoff won’t take effect until the 2014 season, but with the SEC having won six consecutive BCS titles, expect coaches to be asked what they think about the new setup that’s coming.
• DOOLEY’S SEAT: Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is entering his third year in Knoxville, and his seat is rather warm. This could be a make-or-break year for him.
• SHOWDOWN: It’s never too early to talk about the Alabama-LSU game, is it? Last season’s BCS title game participants meet Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge.