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THE DAILY FEED 7.19.11 // SEC Media Days Beginning; LSU Placed on Probation; Texas A&M-to-the-SEC Rumors

Real football talk returns as media days bring relief - NCAA Football -

Dennis Dodd's take on the upcoming SEC Media Days, which Dodd describes as a "Star Wars cantina." Are you ready, Feathered Warrior?

The Complete Idiots Guide to 2011 SEC Football Media Days (Day One) " TRC

TRC's amusing look at Media Days.

LSU Placed on Probation for Recruiting Violations

LSU has been placed on probation after an investigation of recruiting violations. The penalties, while not insignificant, are not crippling. Why, Georgia Tech fans might ask, considering that the violations were called  significant by the NCAA?

The committee noted in its report, "The compliance office was proactive, fully investigated and cooperated with the enforcement staff to uncover the full range of the violations."

That's why.

LSU dodges the NCAA’s wrath, this time, but the bigger target remains - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Matt Hinton on the LSU situation.

Headlinin’: Eyes of Texas A&M are still on the Longhorn Network - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

A couple of important pieces of news here: First of all, there are renewed rumors that Texas A&M may be considering joining the SEC out of protest against the in-development, ESPN-backed Longhorn Network, which may cover Texas recruiting, thus giving the Longhorns a leg up on in-state prospects.

Second of all, as you may have already heard, Georgia backup tailback Carlton Thomas has been suspended for at least the first game, which, of course, is against Boise St. That's another hit against Georgia's beleaguered backfield.

A Word on the New Texas A&M-to-SEC Rumors - Team Speed Kills

Year 2 looks at the latest rumors that Texas A&M is seeking SEC membership, deciding the rumors are likely false.

Third and short: Fordham, Garcia, Gibson - College Football -

David Cloninger looks at the impact of three Carolina players. This is the first of a series of articles.

Rashard Mendenhall of Pittsburgh Steelers sues Champion for $1M - ESPN

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has filed a lawsuit against Champion, seeking more than $1 million after the company ended its endorsement contract with him in May after his controversial tweets following the death of Osama bin Laden. Interesting story and a bit thought provoking.