After the SEC put a muzzle on South Carolina's rooster crow a couple years ago, USC athletics director Eric Hyman was surprised to hear Alabama pumping up its crowd last weekend with what the SEC refers to as artificial noise.
After Alabama played the opening bars of AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" before a few first-half plays in the Crimson Tide's 20-6 victory against USC at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the SEC is sending a memo to all conference schools this week reminding them when pumped-in noise is permissible.
SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said schools are allowed to use artificial noise such as USC's rooster crow or Vanderbilt's foghorn before and after games, at halftime, following scores and during timeouts.
"You can't do it while the teams are on the field ... in the huddle, breaking the huddle," Bloom said Tuesday.
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Hyman said Alabama nixed the AC/DC in the second half. But he wants to make sure the noise policy is followed everywhere.
"There've been two or three incidents where the spirit of the rule has not been embraced," Hyman said. "I've had some discussions (with the SEC) about it. We need to revisit it as a league, and we either (enforce) it or we don't."
BBL sheds the LBs. Defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye was descriptive when discussing his improved physique.
His teammates used to call him BBL, short for "Bad Body Ladi," a name bestowed on him by center Garrett Anderson. But Ajiboye has dropped about 30 pounds to get down to 280.
"My body, it's masculine now," he said. "They used to call me BBL last year because I was so big and had man-(breasts) and stuff."
No visor-throwing. Spurrier has been trying not to throw his visor, which he was famous for doing on occasion at Florida. But he was reminded that he did that after the Kentucky game.
"I did throw my headset and visor off one time," Spurrier said. "I try not to do that. I don't like to act upset on the sideline. I tried to remain calm the last game. The way some of our players play, it's gonna happen. We live with it, and try to bounce back and go from there."
Still lugging books. When offensive linemen Justin Sorensen and Jamon Meredith graduated early last year, one of the classes they took while playing football was golf.
But when center Lemuel Jeanpierre graduated last December, he said he has pursued a graduate degree. This semester that included classes in sports psychology and social work.
"No golf, or basketball or jogging or anything like that," Jeanpierre said, smiling.