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SEC to coaches: Let's quit hurting ourselves

HOOVER, Ala. — SEC commissioner Mike Slive says the league won't be able to sustain recent success without avoiding "self-inflicted wounds," such as NCAA sanctions and coaches taking aim at each other with barbs.

At the SEC media days Wednesday, Slive said he told coaches to recommit to following the rules.

Five years ago, the league adopted a policy requiring coaches to report concerns about other SEC schools to their athletic directors, who would forward to the SEC.

"We have many new coaches and this spring it was time for a wake-up call, a time to renew vows by reasserting our commitment to compliance," Slive said.

FACING TEBOW: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is looking forward to facing Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Mullen was Tebow's offensive coordinator and position coach the past three seasons at UF. "I'm a pretty competitive person," Mullen said. "If you've never met Tim, he's a pretty competitive person. … I think it will be a neat day for us to compete against each other." They meet Oct. 24 in Starkville.

QUOTABLE: "Tim Tebow. I don't know if y'all can find that culprit who didn't vote (for him). You can tell him it wasn't me." — Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt coach, when asked about his preseason first-team All-SEC quarterback vote. Tebow was the pick by all but one coach. Coaches couldn't vote for their own players. Tennessee's Lane Kiffin said he voted for Tebow.

UF game times: Florida's opener, Sept. 5 at home vs. Charleston Southern, will start at 7 p.m. The next game, Sept. 12 against visiting Troy, will be at 12:30.

Big East tourney likely staying in Clearwater

The Big East is expected to announce next week that the conference baseball tournament will remain at Clearwater's Bright House Field for the next two years. The eight-team tourney has been in Clearwater for three of the past four seasons. Next year's tournament will be May 26-30, with USF again as the host school.

Basketball: Florida was selected — along with Michigan State, Rutgers and Massachusetts — as a region host for the Legends Classic men's tournament beginning Nov. 18. Host schools automatically advance to the championship rounds in Atlantic City.

Times staff writers Antonya English and Greg Auman contributed to this report.

SEC to coaches: Let's quit hurting ourselves 07/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 23, 2009 12:38am]

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