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New TV Deal to Impact Recruiting in the SEC?

Nobody knows college football like Tony Barnhart, soon to be retiring from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though he'll still work for CBS. I find it interesting that he thinks the SEC's $2+ billion TV contract with ESPN will be huge in recruiting for the league as it brands games "the SEC on ESPN."

Players already are drawn to college football's best league because of the teams and their success. All the top games already are on TV. Of the eight games involving league teams this weekend, all are on TV and easily found, save for Vanderbilt-Miami, Ohio (ESPNU) and Hawaii-Florida (somehow just on Raycom's regional package). The SEC is plenty visible and already gets many top players. But somehow is Tony is right, could the SEC become even more powerful in football?

By Josh Barr  | August 28, 2008; 12:51 PM ET
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Maryland will finish with a 4-8 record – good for last place in the ACC (even behind Duke).

I was extremely happy to hear that, Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Posted by: gary | August 28, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I think the Florida-hawaii game is part of espn's game package this weekend

Posted by: jg | August 29, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

that should say game plan package

Posted by: jg | August 29, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Obviously Gary a) didn't watch N.C. State last night b) didn't read the post since it had nothing to do with Maryland and c) learned his punctuation skills at Penn State.

Posted by: virtueandvice | August 29, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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