ATLANTA – The ripple effect of the legalization of sports betting has Greg Sankey keeping an eye on the betting lines.
That big change was one of the topics most addressed as the commissioner kicked off SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
There was talk at the SEC spring meeting in Destin about the possibility of player injury reports released by the league. That won’t happen this season but could be around the corner.
In releasing any such information the conference will have to comply with federal privacy laws. Disciplinary news and eligibility issues at individual schools will also come into play, but Sankey says he could eventually see a sort of player “availability list” released ahead of games.
“I expect the change in sports gambling could be and will be likely the impetus for the creation of such reports in our future,” Sankey said.
In addition, the SEC could enlist outside help to monitor its games in relation to favorites, underdogs and final scores.
“Should we be in the habit of subscribing to a service that analyzes our games? Are there strange things that might happen around the line? We’ve not done that, but it’s certainly a topic of conversation,” Sankey said.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron has brought in a number of transfers he hopes will have an immediate impact.
All eyes are on quarterback Joe Burrow of Ohio State, a Buckeyes backup who will have two years of eligibility in Baton Rouge.
An interesting pick-up from a year ago is tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of all-pro wide receiver Randy Moss. Thaddeus Moss sat out last season after transferring from North Carolina State. He’ll be eligible this season.
He will leave LSU practice in August and go to Canton to be the presenter for his father in Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Moss (6-3, 247) started three games as an NC State freshman and had one touchdown catch. He was ranked the No. 123 overall recruit in the 2016 signing class by .
Randy Moss played 14 seasons in the NFL and finished second in regular-season touchdown catches with 156.
Kentucky may have one of college football’s best kept secrets in running back Benny Snell Jr.
Snell has rushed for 2,424 yards and a school record 32 touchdowns over the past two seasons and is within striking distance of breaking UK’s all-time rushing record in this, his junior year.
Snell is 1,411 yards shy of Sonny Collins’ benchmark set from 1972-75.
“Benny is certainly worthy of the hype that he gets because of his consistency,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. “He’s done it in this league at Kentucky his first two years, and he ran for over a thousand yards each of those years, and we look forward to him doing that again this year.”
Snell was held to 18 yards against Mississippi State last season but rushed for 176 and three touchdowns against Ole Miss.
Texas A&M will be switching from Kevin Sumlin’s spread offense into Jimbo Fisher’s pro-style system.
The Aggies ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in total offense averaging 389.6 yards per game but were rated 13th in the league in that category against conference opponents.
Running back Trayveon Williams saw his production decrease significantly as a sophomore, rushing for 324 fewer yards than he did as a freshman. He likes the implementation of a blocking back leading the way in the new offense.
“The thought of having a fullback in front of me is nice,” Williams said. “That’s a guy that can go in the hole before me to open things up. We have a great offensive line in front of us, and a great fullback that can set things up. I love the pro-style. I’m excited about it, coming from a spread as opposed to a pro-style.”