7 at 7: Tigers replenishing support staff with spring just around the corner (w/links)

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 26, 2014 

BCS Championship Football

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall warms up before the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Florida State Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

CHRIS CARLSON — AP

AUBURN, Ala. -- History was made last night, as Wichita State became the first men's team in college basketball history to run its record to 30-0 during a regular season. Yes, 10 other Division teams have made it to 30-0 before, but all had to do so in the regular season.

How much longer can the Shockers keep this up? It says here they'll make a nice run in the NCAA tournament before a more athletic team from one of the bigger conferences knock them off.

Anyway, let's move on to this morning's links, shall we?

1. The news came down late Tuesday night, so if many missed it, you're excused: Former Auburn linebacker and graduate assistant Travis Williams is returning to the Plains to become a member of the Tigers' support staff as a defensive analyst. It marked the second consecutive day Auburn's support staff added a new member. On Monday, the Tigers hired Byrnes (S.C.) High School coach Bobby Bentley, who will serve as an offensive analyst and work with the team's quarterbacks.

2. With spring practice right around the corner, it's never too early to start previewing things. Or rankings. There's never a bad time for rankings. In that vein, Bleacher Report's lead SEC writer, Barrett Sallee, ranked every (presumptive) starting quarterback in the league from 1-14. For good measure, he even went on to list who he considers the top five running backs in the conference heading into the 2014 campaign.

3. Just how bad has college basketball been in the state of Alabama this year? According to AL.com's Kevin Scarbinsky, it may be the worst college basketball season here in the last 30 years."

4. Why in the world would Carmelo Anthony think about resigning with New York this offseason? Because of misplaced faith, and of greater import, lots and lots of money.

5. One never grows too important for homework. That even goes for those playing in the MLB. After finding out one of his players didn't know who Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to assign a book report.

6. Journalists are taught only to report about a story. Not become part of it. It seems that one freelancer for the Chicago Sun-Times didn't get that memo. The same reporter who covered a high school basketball game last week went into the winning team's locker room afterward and gave what was described as a "stern two-minute lecture." (Note that this story contains one instance of mature language.) Romenesko has all the details on this strange episode.

7. We'll end on an off-the-wall story. Daytona International Speedway and the Weather Channel are beefin'. What's behind the rift? Consider this a tease, so if you're interested, you can click this link.

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