1 » The SEC Network on Wednesday announced a distribution agreement with Charter Communications that now puts the channel on eight of the 10 largest television providers nationwide and in more than 91 million households. ESPN also released individual animations for each school that will be seen on the network whenever the program is covered. The one made for the Florida Gators can be seen below (after the break because, for some reason, it is set to auto-start, which is annoying):
2 » Former Gators linebacker Lerentee McCray was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft but was nevertheless inked to a lucrative undrafted free agent deal by the Denver Broncos last April. Unfortunately for McCray, an ankle injury he suffered during training camp ahead of the season forced him to miss the entire campaign. Now completely healed and drawing positive reviews once again in camp, McCray is excited to see his first NFL season. “It’s just a great feeling because all last year, all 19 games we talked like, ‘I wish I was out there,’ and we just had to sit back and watch,” he told the Associated Press, referring both to himself and a couple other players that found themselves on injured reserve. “And now the opportunity is finally here to go back and do what we love and what we all talked about doing last year.”
3 » Jon Bostic continues to battle for the starting middle linebacker job in Chicago Bears training camp, a role he held for most of his rookie season in 2013 after veteran D.J. Williams tore a pectoral muscle and missed the campaign’s final nine weeks. The initial plan for Bostic was to move to outside linebacker, but he was listed as a co-starter on the team’s first depth chart of the summer. “Being a second-year guy is big. I’m playing a lot faster than I did last year,” he told ChicagoNow.com. “I don’t really have to think as much this year, so now I can start focusing on my tendencies — splits to the receivers, splits to the O-line, where the backs’ eyes are looking and things like that.”
4 » Not only will former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow hold down an analyst role on the SEC Network and the channel’s College GameDay spin-off SEC Nation, he will also be featured on College GameDay itself next season. According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, Tebow will show up on the program occasionally as ESPN will try to cross-promote the show whenever possible. Tebow will also be used during ESPN’s bowl game coverage like he was when he joined the network at the tail end of the 2013 season. College GameDay will have an on-site disc jockey this season, for some reason.