Commissioner takes a stand on violations

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HOOVER, Ala. --- Although he opened his comments at Wednesday's Southeastern Conference Media Days by noting this time period might one day be known as the league's "Golden Age," commissioner Mike Slive took a stand against a seemingly developing trend.

Slive said the conference will not tolerate the flippant attitude toward secondary NCAA violations that some SEC coaching staffs have been accused of having. Most of these minor infractions are mistakes, and of little concern to the league office, but Slive said intentional rule-breaking related to recruiting is another matter.

Two such instances occurred this off-season at Tennessee. First-year coach Lane Kiffin broke a rule when he mentioned star running back recruit Bryce Brown -- who later signed with the Volunteers -- by name in a radio interview before Brown picked a school and signed his letter of intent.

In a similar incident, Kiffin's Twitter page announced when LaGrange, Ga., defensive lineman J.C. Copeland committed to Tennessee. Again, Kiffin is not allowed to comment on high school recruits until their letters of intent are signed.

Slive said the SEC will review such infractions and determine whether they are isolated incidents, or whether a pattern is developing, before meting out punishment.

ARKANSAS: Bobby Petrino might have a hard time duplicating the recent success of second-year coaches in the SEC.

He still has a pretty good feeling about his team leading up to the season.

"We'll be a better football team," Petrino said at SEC Media Days. "We'll play better football. We'll execute better in all three phases. How many wins that comes out to is yet to be seen."

Reasons to expect improvement include the seasoning for a team that played 16 freshmen last season, the addition of former Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett and the added comfort level the second go around.

At Florida, Urban Meyer won a national championship in his second year three seasons ago. Alabama's Nick Saban won 12 games in Year 2 last season.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Named Clint Haggard their head athletic trainer. He will start his duties on Monday. Most recently, Haggard was a former assistant athletic director and head trainer at Rice.

ARMY: The Black Knights will play Rutgers, Air Force and Boston College at Yankee Stadium in addition to the Army's matchup there against Notre Dame. Army announced the three games Wednesday, two days after it said it would face the Fighting Irish at the new ballpark on Nov. 20, 2010.

The Black Knights will take on Rutgers on Nov. 12, 2011; Air Force on Nov. 3, 2012; and Boston College on Nov. 8, 2014.

DUKE: Backup running back Tony Jackson has been dismissed from the program.


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