Urban Meyer on track for his next 'official' return

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Since the final whistle sounded on Florida’s spring practice, Urban Meyer has — as expected — taken on the lead role in an updated version of The Invisible Man.

In his place has been offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, who has taken to the booster circuit normally traveled by Meyer at this time of the year, and even stood in for the Gator head coach during an SEC teleconference last week.

Come July, however, Meyer looks to be on track to take the reins back over from Addazio.

According to a press release issued by the conference, Meyer is scheduled to take part in the SEC Football Media Days, held this year at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., from July 21-23.

Meyer, along with unnamed UF “Student-Athletes”, is scheduled to appear before the media between 3-5 ET on the first day of the gala.  New Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips and some of his players are also slated to appear during the same block of time.

For those interested, here’s how the complete schedule for the three-day event looks.  Please, mark you calendars accordingly.

Wednesday, July 21 11:30 a.m. — Luncheon 

1 – 3 p.m. – Alabama Coach Nick Saban and Student-Athletes; Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen and Student-Athletes 

3 – 5 p.m. – Florida Coach Urban Meyer and Student-Athletes; Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips and Student-Athletes 

5:30 p.m. – Reception sponsored by UnderArmour Senior Bowl and Wynfrey Hotel 

Thursday, July 22 

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino and Student-Athletes; Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt and Student-Athletes

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson and Student-Athletes; South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier and Student-Athletes 

1:30 p.m. — Golf Outing (Bent Brook Golf Course) 

Friday, July 23 

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Auburn Coach Gene Chizik and Student-Athletes; Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley and Student-Athletes

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — LSU Coach Les Miles and Student-Athletes;             Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt and Student-Athletes

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.