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Around the SEC: December 9 Edition

No surprise, Jonathan Allen and Alabama are heading to the College Football Playoff. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Football’s postseason picture is set, and the basketball season has been underway for a month.

Here’s what you need to know in and around the Southeastern Conference in that regard.

BIGGEST STORIES

The bowl picture is set

First came the unveiling of the four teams in the College Football Playoff, and then the bowl bids followed Here’s where teams the SEC settled:

Dec. 26, St. Petersburg Bowl: Mississippi St. vs. Miami (Ohio)

Dec. 26, Camping World Independece Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina St.

Dec. 28, Advocate V100 Texas Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Kansas St.

Dec. 29, Birmingham Bowl: South Carolina vs. South Florida

Dec. 29, Belk Bowl: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech

Dec. 30, AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU

Dec. 30, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Nebraska

Dec. 31, Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Washington (College Football Playoff semifinal)

Dec. 31, Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville

Dec. 31, TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Jan. 2, Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma

Jan. 2, Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Iowa

Derek Mason and Vandy will be bowling in Shreveport against NC State. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Derek Mason and Vandy will be bowling in Shreveport against NC State. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Where does Lane Kiffin go?

Lane Kiffin is, at the moment of this writing, the offensive coordinator at Alabama, which, in and of itself, is a pretty fantastic gig.

Unless, of course, you want to be a head coach, which Lane Kiffin does.

Earlier in the week, USA Today’s Dan Wolken indicated that Houston was going to hire Kiffin for that very job… except that it didn’t happen. On Friday, the Cougars instead tabbed their own offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite.

Kiffin was also reportedly under consideration at Oregon, which instead went with South Florida’s Willie Taggart.

Taggart vacated the head coaching position at South Florida, another job where Kiffin is said to be under consideration. But, that job may be going to former Texas coach Charlie Strong

Another report has Kiffin in the mix for the head coaching vacancy at Florida Atlantic.

Before that, Kiffin was rumored to go to LSU to be the offensive coordinator for his good buddy, Ed Orgeron, though that’s unlikely to happen (if it does) until Kiffin is passed over for a head coaching job. 

Check back in a week to see where the carousel stops.

BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS 

Expect to see the Florida Gators near the top of the SEC hoops standings this year. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Expect to see the Florida Gators near the top of the SEC hoops standings this year. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Record and RPI, according to WarrenNolan.com on Dec. 9, in parenthesis

1.   Kentucky (8-1, 23)

2.   Florida (7-2, 4)

3.   South Carolina (8-0, 14)

4.   Texas A&M (6-2, 59)

5.   Arkansas (7-1, 19)

6.   Georgia (5-3, 67)

7.   Auburn (6-1, 18)

8.   Vanderbilt (5-5, 92)

9.   Alabama (4-3, 202)

10.   Tennessee (4-3, 87)

11.   LSU (5-2, 115)

12.  Ole Miss (6-2, 27)

13.   Mississippi St. (6-2, 179)

14.  Missouri (5-3, 231)  

BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  1. Malik Monk, SF, Kentucky
  2. Yante Maten, F/C, Georgia
  3. De’Aron Fox, PG, Kentucky
  4. Sindarius Thornwell, G, South Carolina
  5. Isaiah Briscoe, G, Kentucky
  6. Sebastian Saiz, PF, Ole Miss
  7. Tyler Davis, C, Texas A&M
  8. Quindarry Weatherspoon, SG, Mississippi St.
  9. Devin Robinson, F, Florida
  10. J.J. Frazier, PG, Georgia