College Football News: SEC Network Coming, & Helmet-to-Helmet Ejections


Dec 3, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of the SEC logo at mid-field after the 2011 SEC championship game between the LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report: ‘Expected launch’ for SEC Network in August 2014:

"According to a report in the Sports Business Journal, ESPN and the SEC are in “the final stages” of negotiations that would deliver an “expected launch” of the SEC’s own channel in August 2014.The SBJ writes that the largest remaining stumbling block remains the league’s local television rights, which belong to the individual schools and have been sold to multiple different companies under the current SEC TV contract.Per the report, “the SEC must negotiate with [the rights-holders] to acquire those rights before launching a channel,” but that those “issues are close to being resolved.”"

NCAA’s new helmet-to-helmet rule will force college football players to relearn how to tackle

"Many programs already have been in the process, trying to break the habit of defensive backs and pass rushers of going high on unprotected receivers and quarterbacks. But now there is new urgency to avoid helmet-to-helmet contact.The NCAA forced the issue this week by recommending a rule that will eject anyone who is flagged for targeting a defenseless player."

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