Dan Wolken covers college football and occasionally other things for @USATODAY. Send news tips, story ideas and requests to dwolken@usatoday.com

It’s all about the Benjamins in SEC

baxterbulletin.com — Coaching contracts promise financial security, but not job security HOOVER, Ala. - If the 14 coaches who shuffled through SEC Media Days last week were ranked by whose job is the most secure heading into 2015, it's possible the top-three would not include the coach who has celebrated four national titles, the coach trying to track down Bear Bryant for all-time wins, the coach entering his 15th season at the same school or the coach who played for the championship just two years ago.

SEC’s air of inevitability has changed

hattiesburgamerican.com — This used to be the week America's most self-congratulatory college football conference would gather for a fresh round of pomposity. It was served up in large, Southern-sized portions, and washed down over four days with an intoxicating champagne of success.
Jul 13, 2015

This story is getting a lot of attention today! SEC’s air of inevitability has changed hatne.ws/1IUhBBf via @hburgamerican #football

NCAA Ends Ban on SC Over Confederate Flag

wltx.com — South Carolina could be hosting NCAA basketball tournament games and other championships in the near future after its legislature voted to take down the Confederate flag from the state capitol. Moments after South Carolina governor Nikki Haley signed the bill Thursday, the NCAA released a statement indicated that the state would now be eligible to bid for NCAA-sponsored events.

Good to great: How Wisconsin's upset of Kentucky happened

greenbaypressgazette.com — INDIANAPOLIS - Breaking down Wisconsin's 71-64 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA tournament semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night. Wisconsin advanced to play Duke in Monday's national title game. WHAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT: Sam Dekker. Who else?

The 5 greatest things Ron Hunter said the day after his miracle NCAA tournament win

ftw.usatoday.com — Georgia State coach Ron Hunter has become the darling of the NCAA tournament, and rightly so. The father-son story? The torn Achilles? The chair? The fall? It's all too precious. Plus, Hunter is really a likeable, funny guy who is soaking up every moment of this experience.
Mar 20, 2015

RT @DanWolken: ICYMI: The five greatest things Georgia St coach Ron Hunter said at his delightful press conference today usat.ly/1DGlxDV

Mar 20, 2015

The 5 greatest things Ron Hunter said today, via @DanWolken: usat.ly/1DGlxDV ... I love this man.

Mar 20, 2015

The 5 greatest things Ron Hunter said the day after his miracle NCAA tournament win usat.ly/1DGlxDV via @forthewin

Mar 20, 2015

RT @DanWolken: The 5 greatest things Ron Hunter said the day after his miracle NCAA tournament win usat.ly/1DGlxDV via @forthewin

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Ron, R.J. Hunter get to share shining moment in NCAA tournament

indystar.com — R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Mar 20, 2015

RT @IndyStarSports: Ex-Pike star R.J. Hunter's dream of Reggie Miller buzzer-beaters comes true -- in a big way: indy.st/18OieNf pic.twitter.com/kBNZXTChUw

Mar 20, 2015

As a kid RJ Hunter would pretend he was Reggie Miller in the driveway. Thursday he was Reggie Miller (via @DanWolken indy.st/1CCbSg1)

Mar 20, 2015

Feel-good story of the tourney! Ron, R.J. Hunter get to share shining moment in NCAA tournament indy.st/1bivRWC via @indystar

Georgia State Panthers coach Ron Hunter falls off stool as son RJ Hunter nails match-winning three-pointer

smh.com.au — Proud father: Ron Hunter. Photo: Getty Images Follow Hoops Heaven on Twitter Georgia State coach Ron Hunter fell out of his chair. The rest of America probably did, too. The No. 14 seed Georgia State Panthers knocked out No. 3 seed Baylor Bears 57-56 in a NCAA Tournament First Round boilover when the coach's son, junior guard R.J.

High expectations, high salaries in SEC West: Each coach makes at least $4M

sports.usatoday.com — The news was a formality, several months in the making. Still, it was a bit jarring Thursday night when Mississippi State released the details of football coach Dan Mullen's new contract and the realization set in that a new bar had been set in the already insane world of coaching salaries.
Feb 27, 2015

I spoke to a couple SEC West ADs about what it means that every coach in the division now makes $4 million shar.es/1WyCrj

Feb 27, 2015

RT @DanWolken: I spoke to a couple SEC West ADs about what it means that every coach in division now makes $4 million shar.es/1WyCrj

Feb 27, 2015

RT @DanWolken: I spoke to a couple SEC West ADs about what it means that every coach in the division now makes $4 million shar.es/1WyCrj

Feb 27, 2015

Every SEC West coach now makes $4 million, but there's a catch. Somebody has to lose. shar.es/1WyY76 via @usatodaysports

Feb 27, 2015

RT @DanWolken: Every SEC West coach now makes $4 million, but the catch. Somebody has to lose. shar.es/1WyY76 via @usatodaysports

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Obama to meet with college athletics officials next week

usatoday.com — A meeting including Obama administration officials, NCAA executives and college athletics directors is scheduled to occur at the White House this week, according to three people with direct knowledge of the meeting. The people spoke on the condition of the anonymity because the meeting had not previously been publicized.
Jan 11, 2015

Obama to meet with college athletics officials next week usat.ly/1ICKWvP via @usatoday

Jan 11, 2015

Breaking: College athletics officials to meet with White House, announce coalition to "save" college sports usat.ly/1ICKWvP

Jan 11, 2015

This is big. @DanWolken and @ByBerkowitz reporting Obama will meet with college athletic leaders usatoday.com/story/sports/c…

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FSU program built for winning

hattiesburgamerican.com — Jimbo Fisher doesn't know what the final number is going to be. Maybe it's as few as nine, but perhaps as many as 14 players off the current Florida State roster will be off to the NFL Draft as soon as the Seminoles' season ends.
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Jul 31, 2015

RT @OlegZeltser: @DanWolken A positive story you could post about a college football team Vols finish fifth Habitat for Humanity home goo.gl/5LxeNk

Jul 31, 2015

Mike Leach: “We’ve got five of America’s greatest rivers” right around Washington State.

Jul 31, 2015

Helfrich: “Someday, when I’m sitting on the beach with @TedMillerRK…” Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want to sit on the beach with Ted?

Jul 31, 2015

Helfrich: “In this day and age, as soon as someone else is named the QB, everyone expects them to transfer and that’s unfortunate.”

Jul 31, 2015

So Vernon Adams isn’t “involved” in Oregon’s program. It’s July 31 and he’s supposed to be the guy? I’m skeptical to say the least.

Jul 31, 2015

Mark Helfrich on the QB situation: “We’re only going to talk about people here, involved in the program.” That’s a weird thing to say.

Jul 31, 2015

Sark on USC’s recruiting approach: “We fall back on our rich tradition...We’re not going to take the field in 13 different uniforms.”

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