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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, the SEC logo is displayed on the field ahead of the Southeastern Conference championship football game between Alabama and Missouri in Atlanta. The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions, a decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

SEC contenders must navigate 10 games versus league foes

Aug. 1, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has long touted itself as the nation’s toughest football league from top to bottom. That begs the question: How hard will it be to win the SEC this season? The league announced Thursday its 14 teams will each play a 10-game schedule against fellow...

La-Lafayette coach, ex-Miss. St. player Looney dead at 31

Aug. 1, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette assistant football coach and former Mississippi State player D.J. Looney died from a heart attack following a team workout Saturday morning at Cajun Field, university officials said. Looney, who was 31, was entering his third season on the Ragin’ Cajuns...

FILE - In this June 10, 2013 file photo, University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke departs the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., after pleading guilty earlier to poisoning landmark oak trees at Auburn University. Updyke has died. He was 71. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File).

Harvey Updyke, 'Bama fan who poisoned trees at Auburn, dies

Jul. 31, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Harvey Updyke, the overzealous University of Alabama football fan who poisoned landmark oak trees at archrival Auburn University and went to jail after bragging about it on a radio show, has died. Updyke's son, Bear Updyke, named for 'Bama coaching legend Paul “Bear”...

Charges dismissed against Tennessee lineman Darel Middleton

Jul. 31, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton no longer faces charges of domestic assault and public intoxication for an incident with his girlfriend in February. Middleton faced a date in Knox County General Sessions Court in August, but the misdemeanor charges have been dismissed....

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Kentucky wide receiver Josh Ali (82) catches a touchdown pass during the team's NCAA college football game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The Southeastern Conference's conference-only scheduling decision during the coronavirus pandemic wiped out any hopes of saving four in-state rivalries against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, all traditionally played on the final Saturday of the regular season. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Column: SEC moves raise question: Is season even worth it?

Jul. 31, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

If college football somehow makes it to the field, all we’ll get is a shell of a season. Fewer games. Conference bubbles. A limited number of fans in the stadiums — or maybe none at all. Is it really worth risking the health of players, coaches and boosters for this? The mighty Southeastern...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, the SEC logo is displayed on the field ahead of the Southeastern Conference championship football game between Alabama and Missouri in Atlanta. The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions, a decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

Jul. 30, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

The powerhouse Southeastern Conference reconfigured its schedule Thursday to include only league games in 2020, a pandemic-forced decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths. The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game...

The Latest: Texas has zero active coronavirus infections

Jul. 28, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday. The football team...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl president and CEO, right, talks with Washington's Chico McClatcher during media day for the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Stokan is considering multiple contingency plans for three kickoff games planned in Atlanta, but there is one bottom line: If it's not safe for fans, the three games, Florida State-West Virginia, Georgia-Virginia and North Carolina-Auburn, won't be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Fans are key factor to save 3 kickoff games in Atlanta

Jul. 23, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — There is no room for negotiation on one key point as Atlanta organizers consider multiple contingency plans for three season-opening games during the coronavirus pandemic: Without fans, the games can't be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan, whose...

Vanderbilt replaces Houston with visit from UConn in 2021

Jul. 22, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt will host UConn on Oct. 2, 2021, as a replacement for a previously announced game with Houston. The game announced Wednesday will be the first between the Southeastern Conference program and UConn since 2011 when the Commodores needed a fourth-quarter comeback to beat...

Mississippi State coach not worried about recruiting ranking

Jul. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — During a time in which a Mississippi State sports team has not competed in a live game in over three months, much attention has turned to recruiting and roster management. In the summer months, football recruiting is always a hot topic anyway. Coach Mike Leach and his staff have...