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SEC fans should mark their calendars

By Tony Barnhart | Friday, December 14, 2007, 09:02 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hey, SEC fans, it s never to early to start marking these dates on you 2008 football calendar:

May 27: That s when the SEC football coaches will hold their annual meetings in Destin. I d love to be a fly on the wall. I m getting word that new Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino might get a pretty chily reception from his fellow coaches. Petrino didn t endear himself to other coaches in 2003 when he sat on an airport runway near Louisville and talked with Auburn about replacing Tommy Tuberville.

Oct. 11: Petrino takes his Arkansas team to Auburn where Tuberville will be waiting. If Auburn has gotten its new offense figured out by then, this game could get ugly. The pre-game and the post-game handshakes by Petrino and Tuberville will be measured in nano-seconds.

Oct. 25: New Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt makes this first trip back to Arkansas. He turned down a raise and the opportunity to stay as the head hog in order to become an Ole Miss Rebel. A sizable part of the Razorbacks fan base was glad to see him go but Nutt also had his supporters. It should be an interesting reception at Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium.

Nov. 1: Georgia and Florida meet in Jacksonville. What will happen if Georgia scores first? What will happen if Florida scores first? Georgia s decision to rush the field last season put some real spice back into the rivalry. This game has the potential to get a little chippy. Georgia and Florida will probably be the best two teams in the SEC next season. The winner could still be in the race for the national championship.

Nov. 8: Over 30,000 LSU fans made the trek to Tuscaloosa last season just to see their former coach, Nick Saban, and his Alabama team lose to their Tigers. Now Saban must make his first trip back to Baton Rouge since leaving after the 2004 season. It will not be a warm reception.

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