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Chris Lee’s Around the SEC for January 28

Vanderbilt's Derek Mason is getting a new contract. PHOTO COURTESY VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Here’s what’s notable in and around the Southeastern Conference as it pertains to football and basketball.

Signing Day is around the corner

By the time you read my next blog, National College Football Signing Day will have come and gone, as America’s top high school football players will ink with their chosen teams on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

It should be a good day for the SEC—again—as Rivals.com lists five SEC teams—Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M and Tennessee—in its top 10, with a number of other league teams not far behind. 

As is always the case under coach Nick Saban, Alabama leads the pack, and could be on track for a seventh-straight, top-ranked recruiting class.

Reese’s Senior Bowl spotlight

Twenty-five Southeastern Conference players will participate in the Senior Bowl, and several are shining in practice this week, including Alabama tight end O.J. Howard and LSU linebacker Duke Riley.

You may see the game on Saturday at 1:30 Central on the NFL Network. 

Alabama tight end O.J. Howard is shining at Senior Bowl practices. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Mason getting a new contract at Vandy

Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason guided his team to a 6-7 record and a trip to the Independence Bowl, and is being rewarded for that.

Vanderbilt announced on Thursday that it would be working on a new contract for Mason. Specifics were scarce, but this is more evidence that the university wants him around as its head coach.

POWER RANKINGS

  1. Kentucky (17-3, 7-1)
  2. South Carolina (16-4, 6-1)
  3. Florida (15-5, 6-2)
  4. Arkansas (16-4, 5-3)
  5. Tennessee (11-9, 4-4)
  6. Alabama (12-7, 5-2)
  7. Georgia (12-8, 4-4)
  8. Vanderbilt (9-11, 3-5)
  9. Texas A&M (11-8, 3-5)
  10. Auburn (13-7, 3-5)
  11. Mississippi St. (13-6, 4-3)
  12. Ole Miss (12-8, 3-5)
  13. LSU (9-10, 1-7)
  14. Missouri (5-14, 0-7)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  1. De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky 
  2. Malik Monk, G, Kentucky
  3. Yante Maten, F, Georgia
  4. Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky
  5. Sebastian Saiz, F, Ole Miss
  6. Sindarius Thornwell, G, South Carolina
  7. Isaiah Briscoe, G, Kentucky
  8. P.J. Dozier, F, South Carolina
  9. Moses Kingsley, C, Arkansas
  10. J.J. Frazier, PG, Georgia
  11. Daryl Macon, G, Arkansas
  12. Ke’Vaughn Allen, G, Florida
  13. Tyler Davis, C, Texas A&M
  14. Quinndary Weatherspoon, G, Mississippi St.
  15. Luke Kornet, C, Vanderbilt