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Missouri's O-Line Gets Its Wiggle On

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It's just as rubberneckingly good as it sounds.

Would you let Les Miles hold your child?

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Just sayin'.

NCAA Lost O'Bannon Trial

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The NCAA lost the Ed O'Bannon trial. The ruling says that the NCAA's rules prohibiting athletes from earning any money off of their names, images, and likenesses is a violation of antitrust law. It's still early and the appeals process will surely be long, but it's a big deal.

ACC, Maryland Reach Exit Fee Agreement

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The ACC and Maryland have reached an agreement in their battle over the conference's exit fee, one of the things meant to hold the league together after the Era of Conference Realignment. Essentially, the conference gets to keep almost $31.4 million that it's already withheld from Maryland, but the Terps don't have to shell out an additional $20 million to escape to the Big Ten. The benefit for both sides is that they avoid going to court, where they could lose -- something that could destabilize the ACC if the conference lost and had to lower its exit fee (or were forced to vote on the exit fee all over again). The chances that the ACC would break apart without the exit fee was relatively small, but now those chances are practically zero. Again, the Great Conference Realignment is over.

Charter Reaches Agreement to Carry SEC Network

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Charter Communications has signed a deal with the SEC Network now, leaving Verizon FiOS as essentially the only even somewhat major carrier without the conference channel. We're now at 91 million homes and counting for the SEC Network, with all of the deals calling for the channel to be live at launch. (Even if there are other questions about some of the services included.)

Kentucky's Matt Elam is Huge

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This is a large individual I would not like to cross paths with.

SEC Coaches Anonymously Talk

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Athlon always puts out a list of anonymous quotes from SEC coaches about the conference's schools. It's fun to see what coaches think when they're being honest, like the guy who thinks Alabama is an 8-win team on paper.

SEC, DirecTV Reach Agreement; Provider Will Have Network on Launch Date

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So there you have it. Every major provider will have the SEC Network when it launches this month. That's something that both the Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Networks failed to do when they got off the ground. Despite those who thought it wouldn't go well, Mike Slive and Co. have shown once again that at least when it comes to business acumen, the SEC is still the tops in the country. More to come very shortly.

A Site That Covers One of Your Team's Opponents

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Underdog Dynasty is the new SB Nation blog for all things mid-major football, basically, meaning that there's likely be some coverage of your team's more ... low-profile ... opponents. One of their first pieces is really a public service: It outlines who exactly is in Conference USA right now.

DirecTV and SEC Very Very Very Close to a Deal

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Obviously, nothing is done until the contract is signed and the two sides have nailed down all the details. But the rates were always going to be the biggest part of the battle, and if those are done, then the likeliest outcome is that DirecTV will carry the SEC Network starting Aug. 14. From the looks of things, even the biggest providers will bring the network to more than 80 million consumers, which is a great number for a launch. We'll probably get a fuller picture, with the smaller regional providers thrown in, when the SEC and DirecTV announce a final deal.

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