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Four Vanderbilt players dismissed amid sex crimes investigation

Four unnamed Vanderbilt players have been dismissed from the team.

The university released a statement Friday, saying four players were suspended from the team for a ‘violation of team rules’.

Vanderbilt University today announced that four members of its football team were suspended earlier this week for violation of team rules. As additional facts become known, Vanderbilt will take further action, if and as warranted.

Manziel, Alabama headline the SEC’s ESPY nominees

How many ESPYS will SEC football take home in July? The awards show airs July 19th at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Five nominees from the SEC will be featured after a spectacular 2012 season.

Joe Adams’ nasty punt return was nominated last season.

Here are the 2013 nominees:

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Johnny Manziel

Other nominees: Colin Kaepernick (49ers), Yasiel Puig (Dodgers), Mike Trout (Angels) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

SEC, ACC battleground games headline opening week

That whole conference pride thing the SEC delights itself in will be on display and in jeopardy for the opening week. In fact, it’s an SEC, ACC extravaganza with some really sexy matchups.

The SEC will be favored in all three games, with Clemson and Georgia having the closest opening line. Did you see the top 250 games already have point spreads?

Here are the three:

Six SEC teams fit national championship criteria for 2013

For the older generation, Phil Steele is a trusted source and, really, an icon in the college football world. To a younger, digital-media-entrenched generation, Steele may not be as prominently known.

Nonetheless, Steele is a fair and balanced voice in the college football world, and every school has a press release for his preseason teams. He spends countless hours accruing data and information, putting it all in his print magazine that’s currently out on newsstands.

Best and Worst Times to be an Alabama Football Fan

From the highs of the Bear to the lows Fran and Shula
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When Alabama is on the top of its game, it tends to loom over the rest of the sport.

When the SEC is on top — as it’s been for several seasons — Alabama has been at the top of the mountain. When Alabama, USC and Oklahoma all finished No. 1, 2 and 3 in 1978 and ’79, guess which team claimed the top spot.