|Ticket demand shows that Alabama isn't too tired of success yet. (US Presswire)|
A look at what's making headlines around the SEC on Monday:
- Vanderbilt won't get to travel far this bowl season. It is set to face North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31, a bowl played just a few miles from Vanderbilt's campus in Nashville. Coach James Franklin still plans to take his players on a tour of sights they perhaps haven't seen in Nashville. "We're just going to have to get creative," Franklin told the Tennesssean of what he plans to do to entertain the team.
- Alabama fans must not be tired of success. Despite playing in its third national championship game since 2009, the school has received 42,000 ticket requests for the Tide's game against Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in Miami. That's 25,000 more than the 17,000 tickets the school is allotted, according to figures obtained by AL.com.
- Auburn added a key part to new coach Gus Malzahn's staff in co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison. Harbison will join defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson as the two men in charge of fixing Auburn's defense. "Charlie is an outstanding coach and recruiter and we're excited to have him join our staff," Malzahn said (via AL.com). "He's very familiar with Coach Ellis Johnson, having coached together on two different staffs, which will be a tremendous asset to our defense."
- New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has a lot of work to do to rebuild the Vols, but he also got a six-year contract worth at least $18 million. Jones can also receive a wide range of incentives, according to Nooga.com. The most lucrative would be a $500,000 bonus for winning a national title at Tennessee. Jones also will be paid for bowl appearances and improved academic performance from the team. UT will also owe former coach Derek Dooley approximately $1.3 million a year in buyout money.
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