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Nothing in sport reflects the changing demographics of the country more than college football — most especially the decline of the Big Ten Conference and the ascendance of the Southeastern Conference.

Big Ten territory represents steel mills and coal mines, blue collars and black smoke, where America's pigskin heroes used to be weaned on frozen fields. But the SEC, in the growing Sun Belt, has completely taken over. Mississippi State is the No. 1 team in the country. Excuse me: Mississippi State? This is like Antiques Roadshow soaring to the top of television ratings.

Jim Engster is out and Jim Nickel is in as his guest host. Starting us out today as the first guest is Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report. He and Jim discuss who is running for Congress throughout the country come November, who is officially signing off to run, what will happen in the U.S. Senate and House come January 2015, and much, much more.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler joins us in the studio to discuss election season leading up to November 4th. He discusses when you can vote, where you can vote, how to vote early, how to vote absentee, how much it costs the state to conduct a statewide election, etc...

Associate Commissioner of Communications for the SEC Herb Vincent joins us over the phone to close out today's show. He discusses the new SEC channel, explains who owns it (which is a collaboration between SEC and ESPN), and much more.


Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

Major college sports programs could take a significant step today toward sharing their wealth with the student-athletes whose performances help line their coffers.

The NCAA Board of Directors is expected to vote this afternoon on a plan to restructure Division I athletics, which would give the five biggest athletic conferences autonomy in making certain rules and provide so-called enhanced benefits to student-athletes.

Famed Louisiana political consultant Gus Weill joins today's show to talk with Jim about what he knows best: Louisiana Politics. They discuss the upcoming TV debates between La. Senate hopefuls, the Fairness Ordinance, Edwin Edwards running for Congress, and much, much more. 

Also, SEC sports analyst Paul Finebaum closes out today's show to discuss his new book My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football. He and Jim talk about the teams to beat in SEC football this upcoming season, Coach Les Miles, and more.