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Sprints Doesn't Have to Choose Between a Signing Bonus and College // 06.10.09

Play Ball! Tuesday marked the first day of the MLB Draft. The SEC draftees:

7. Atlanta Braves: Michael Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
23. Chicago White Sox: Jared Mitchell, CF, LSU
37. Toronto Blue Jays: James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky
39. Milwaukee Brewers: Kentrail Davis, CF, Tennessee
51. Seattle Mariners: Richard Poythress, 1B, Georgia
70. Minnesota Twins: William Bullock, RHP, Florida
79. Chicago Cubs: D.J. LeMahieu, IF, LSU
81. Washington Nationals: Trevor Holder, RHP, Georgia
102. Chicago White Sox: Bryan Morgado, LHP, Tennessee

Some teams also lost prospects, either in baseball or football. Would-be LSU outfielder Slade Heathcott went 29th to the New York Yankees. South Carolina commitment Chris Owings, a shortstop, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks at 41st. Mississippi State football signee Billy Hamilton went to the Cincinnati Reds at 57th.

Floyd Reverberations. How happy do you think Georgia is that they didn't hire Tim Floyd a few years ago?

For his part, Westerdawg is skeptical that Floyd would still be in Athens. But ...

Had he stuck around at UGA long enough to pull the stunts he allegedly pulled at Southern Cal to land Mayo, the NCAA would've thrown our basketball program under the jail.

Roll Bama Roll's outsidethesidelines senses vindication of his belief that the Trojans are going down in two sports.

it's becoming crystal clear that major sanctions in both football and men's basketball are imminent, and the Floyd resignation only furthers that conclusion.

WIN FOREVER! Or at least until the sanctions hit.

Everybody's still in one piece? Really? Mark Richt is just happy his team's healthy right now.

"We feel like when camp starts, 95 to 98 percent of the team will be able to go with no limitations," coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.

That will be a welcomed change from last season, when 25 players suffered injuries that required surgery, and spring practice, when almost all of those players remained sidelined and several others went down with new injuries.

Knock on wood, of course.

Bianco War cools down. The Dead Guy leaps to the defense of presumably embattled Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco.

It means that firing Bianco would set the program back, not move it forward. He has built a once moribund program into a consistent winner that has been on the precipice of greatness for several seasons now.

Meanwhile, the Red Cup Rebellion guys make nice.