published Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Vols-Gators to kick off the SEC on CBS

 UT wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (21) has a pass intended for him intercepted by Florida's Jonathan Bostic (52) as his teammate Ahmad Black (35) watches during the second quarter of play last September. The Volunteers lost 31-17 to the Gators at Neyland Stadium 
Staff File Photo by Dan Henry / Chattanooga Times Free Press
UT wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (21) has a pass intended for him intercepted by Florida's Jonathan Bostic (52) as his teammate Ahmad Black (35) watches during the second quarter of play last September. The Volunteers lost 31-17 to the Gators at Neyland Stadium Staff File Photo by Dan Henry / Chattanooga Times Free Press

TENNESSEE

Sept. 3 Montana at home TBA

Sept. 10 Cincinnati at home 3:30 on ESPN2

Sept. 17 Florida in Gainesville 3:30 on CBS


GEORGIA

Sept. 3 Boise State in Atlanta 8 on ESPN

Sept. 10 South Carolina at home 4:30 on ESPN

Sept. 17 Coastal Carolina at home TBA

CBS will open its 16th season of televising Southeastern Conference football games by broadcasting the Florida-Tennessee matchup for a 16th consecutive time.

The network officially announced the Sept. 17 contest in Gainesville as its opening selection on Thursday, while ESPN released its broadcasts for the first three weeks of the season. The announcements were made at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., with those meetings scheduled to end today with decisions on roster management in college football and realignment in men’s basketball.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive also is expected to announce the league’s payout for the 2010-11 academic year.

The Florida-Tennessee rivalry, which the Gators have owned the past six seasons, is the only league game CBS has televised every year since becoming the SEC’s primary network in 1996. The network did not release much more, other than its two doubleheader dates are Oct. 1 (3:30 and 8 p.m.) and Nov. 12 (noon and 3:30 p.m.) and that the SEC title game Dec. 3 will have a 4 p.m. kickoff.

CBS televised Alabama’s rout of Florida in Tuscaloosa in prime time last season, and network executive vice president Mike Aresco said earlier this year that the rematch could be in prime time as well.

Tennessee and Georgia each had starting times announced for Sept. 10, with Tennessee’s home game against Cincinnati at 3:30 on ESPN2 and Georgia’s home game against South Carolina at 4:30 on ESPN. Georgia’s season opener against Boise State in the Georgia Dome previously was announced as an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN, which will be directly opposite the LSU-Oregon showdown in Dallas on ABC.

Georgia’s first three games last season were lunchtime kickoffs, and Auburn has that scenario this year. The reigning BCS champion will host Utah State on Sept. 3 at noon on ESPN or ESPN2, host Mississippi State on Sept. 10 at 12:20 on the SEC Network, and will travel to Clemson on Sept. 17 for a noon start on ABC.

Mississippi State hosts LSU on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 15, and MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin expressed his appreciation to Auburn, the league and ESPN for accommodating his request for an early start against the Tigers.

Alabama also has an early start to open the season, hosting Kent State on Sept. 3 at 12:20 on the SEC Network.

Next idea, please

South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier added some flavor to the meetings Wednesday when he proposed paying 70 players $300 a game, adding that the stipends for the Gamecocks could come from his pocket. Slive called it a “generous gesture” but one that wasn’t feasible, and Georgia coach Mark Richt explained his problems with Spurrier’s concept Thursday.

“If we’re going to do something like this, we have to do it for all 125 guys, not just 70,” Richt said. “That would create all sorts of morale and chemistry problems. Can you imagine trying to decide a dress list knowing that you’d be cutting out 55 guys who are working just as hard every day? Also, if we do this for football, I believe you have to do it for every sport across the board at every level of the NCAA. This is much bigger than SEC football.

“I’d prefer spending time talking about ideas that have a legitimate chance of becoming reality.”

Ealey to JSU

Former Georgia running back Washaun Ealey, who led the Bulldogs in rushing during the 2009-10 seasons, has enrolled at Jacksonville State and is immediately eligible at the FCS program. The Gamecocks are scheduled to visit the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sept. 10.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.