Two Minute Drill: Diploma mills, watch lists, SEC Previews, and . . . dominoes

Well, PowWeb ran into a “quality control” issue when attempting to migrate the site to a new platform, so it’s still in progress, but I’m going to try to sneak some stuff in quickly.

VolQuest.com helps us get to know the mysterious defensive end Chase Nelson, who is skipping the summer all-star games to prepare for the fall. Gerald Williams is back in limbo, due to the extra scrutiny the “diploma mills” are now receiving. He apparently only took one class there, and while at one point they told him he was eligible, they’re now telling him he’s not. On the radio yesterday, Williams said it was all going to work out and that he’d be on campus in July.

Justin Harrell is on the Maxwell Award watch list. And so is Erik Ainge. Really. That’s more a vote of confidence in David Cutcliffe than anything.

Inside Tennessee has some of its early previews of SEC East rivals up, including Georgia and Florida. They say that Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Richt may not call a pass play until midseason (and may not need to). On Florida, they say that last year’s offense wasn’t as good as people seem to think and that a brewing quarterback controversy might mean that it’s not much better this year. Inside Tennessee also has a nice piece on UT’s history of luring fast players onto its football field and track team, and reminds fans of Stanely Morgan, who was “the type of fast you speak of in whispers, if you speak of it at all.” <whisper>4.15</whisper>

And finally, Big Orange Michael has some advice for ESPN2: dominoes tournament? No. Pre-pre-pre-season college football coverage? Yes.

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