Fresh on the heels of adding DirecTV this week, and eight days ahead of its launch, the SEC Network and ESPN announced Wednesday a deal with Charter Communications. The agreement pushes the fledgling network's reach to in excess of 91 million homes.
For perspective, ESPNU is available in roughly 75 million.
The SEC Network and ESPN have an agreement with eight of the top 10 distributors, a reach that covers 90 percent of the country. The biggest distributor — broadband, cable or satellite — not signed is Verizon FiOS.
Auburn: Philip Lutzenkirchen, 23, and the 22-year-old driver involved in a double fatal crash were legally intoxicated, according to the Georgia State Patrol's toxicology report. It shows the tight end, who played from 2009-12, had a blood alcohol level of 0.377 — Georgia presumes impairment at 0.08 — at the time of the one-vehicle crash June 30.
kansas state: Bill Snyder ripped the big-time nature of college athletics, lamenting the way universities have "sold out" for money. The coach, 74, argued TV has assumed too much control of college sports; education has become a second thought; and that the entire endeavor "distorts" the values of young people.
N.C. State: Coach Dave Doeren reinstated Shadrach Thornton, the junior running back suspended in December after he was cited for misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
basketball: Final Four teams Florida and Wisconsin could meet in the semifinals of the fourth annual Battle 4 Atlantis. The Gators and Georgetown meet in the opening round Nov. 26, with the winner facing Wisconsin or UAB. The championship is Nov. 28 at the 3,900-seat Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas, a ballroom converted to a basketball venue. … Arizona faces Missouri in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. The 31st annual tournament will be held Nov. 24-26.
College of Charleston: Players issued a statement saying they agreed with Tuesday's dismissal of men's coach Doug Wojcik after allegations of verbal abuse and they "forgive" him.