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Scott Stricklin takes over at Florida and more Big Blue Links

Former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, former associate athletics director at Kentucky, was officially named AD at Florida on Tuesday.
Former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, former associate athletics director at Kentucky, was officially named AD at Florida on Tuesday. Miami Herald

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

▪ As Florida’s new athletics director, Scott Stricklin ready to keep pushing program forward, reports Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. Stricklin is a former associate athletics director at UK under Mitch Barnhart.

▪ Stricklin is the right fit for the Gators, writes Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun.

▪ Five reasons why Nick Saban is college football’s best coach, is my column.

▪ Kentucky running back Mikel Horton is transferring, reports Jennifer Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

▪ Naquez Pringle has a message for kids, reports Smith.

▪ Can Kentucky leave Alabama with its pride intact? asks Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.

▪ A pair of true freshmen are solidifying Alabama’s backfield, reports Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.

▪ John Calipari could add two high-profile point guards to his 2017 recruiting class, Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader reports.

▪ Jimbo Fisher’s silence indicates LSU in play for Florida State coach, says David Whitley of the Orlando Sentinel.

▪ LSU rolling dice on a big-name coach, says Dan Wolken of USA Today.

▪ Bobby Petrino’s pledge to say at Louisville seems sincere, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is enjoying the autumn of his life, writes Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star.

▪ Georgia’s season not over after just one loss, writes Guerry Clegg of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. After a 45-14 loss to Ole Miss last weekend, Georgia plays Tennessee this Saturday.

▪ Georgia’s recruiting has been better than its performance, writes John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

▪ Tennessee is no stranger to Kirby Smart, reports David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

▪ Nick Chubb is looking questionable for Tennessee game, reports Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

▪ Georgia is anxious to jump-start its running game, reports Jordan Hill of the Macon Telegraph.

▪ Vanderbilt’s offense is in rare, good company for a change, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean.

▪ Florida’s defense remains confident despite loss at Tennessee, reports Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.

▪ Missouri ready for a heavy does of Leonard Fournette, reports Blake Toppmeyer of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

▪ Texas A&M better prepared for strong finish, reports Robert Cessna of Bryan/College Station Eagle.

▪ Bye week allows Mississippi State to recover, evaluate, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.

▪ Memphis is still humming under Mike Norvell, reports Antonio Morales of the Clarion-Ledger.

▪ Arkansas high school football star dies in car crash, reports Brandon Howard of Arkansas Online.

▪ South Carolina’s Under Armour deal one of most lucrative in the nation, reports David Cloninger of The State.

SEC football games this Saturday

12:00 - Alcorn at Arkansas (SEC Network alternate)

12:00 - Florida at Vanderbilt (SEC)

3:30 - Tennessee at Georgia (CBS)

3:30 - UL-Monroe at Auburn (SEC Network alternate)

4:00 - Texas A&M at South Carolina (SEC)

7:00 - Kentucky at Alabama (ESPN)

7:00 - Memphis at Ole Miss (ESPN2)

7:30 - Missouri at LSU (SEC)

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