Alabama fifth-year senior tight end Preston Dial arrived at the football building at 11:30 a.m. Monday, an hour earlier than he had usually arrived since the season began. The earlier time is the new normal. The SEC season has begun.
"You're expected to prepare the same for everybody," Dial said, "but I know what's about to happen."
Tennessee linebacker coach Lance Thompson left his football office at 10 p.m. Monday.
"There's a reason," Thompson said, "the TV contract is as big as it is. There's a reason that there is 98 percent occupancy in very big stadiums."