7 at 7: SEC links to start off the morning

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Much like Tuesday's "7 at 7," there's no reason to waste time on a long intro with all these good SEC links to read.

Let's get started.

1. It might not technically be about the SEC, but the biggest story in college football right now is Sports Illustrated's series on Oklahoma State, which began Tuesday. (Check out the first article here if you haven't already.) Obviously, it involves current LSU coach Les Miles, who led the Cowboys 2001-04. But as Terrence Harris of The Times-Picayune writes, former LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said there were no red flags with Miles when the school hired him away from OSU in 2004.

2. ESPN.com's Alex Scarborough writes how Alabama is looking to avoid falling to Texas A&M for the second straight season. Not surprisingly, it is the Crimson Tide's defense that will be expected to lead the way.

3. Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express News looks at the barrier-breaking Kevin Sumlin, who became Texas A&M's first African-American football coach when he was hired by the Aggies last season. (Note: This may or may not be behind a pay wall. Mine wasn't, but it had a disclaimer reading that I was seeing the "full text because it was shared by a San Antonio Express-News subscriber.")

4. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin wasn't pleased with a Buzzfeed article that said he advised a player to delete a video relating to the ongoing investigation of a possible rape that occurred on campus. Franklin called the allegation "baseless."

5. Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph catches up with Georgia cornerback Brendan Langley to see how the freshman is holding up after last Saturday's game. Langley was targeted often by South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who completed eight passes against Langley for 110 yards and two touchdowns..

6. Football coaches are paid to worry, and even though Texas is coming off one of the worst defensive performances in its history — which lead to the firing of coordinator Manny Diaz — Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is having nightmares. What kind of schemes could new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson cook up for the Longhorns in less than a week?

7. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash said his unit is "still a work in progress," according to Robbie Neiswanger of the Arkansas News Bureau. Though the Razorbacks are already showing great improvement over last season's numbers that's not good enough for Ash.

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