The envelope please: It's award season in the SEC

ATLANTA (AP) - Let the speculation begin - and, no, we're not talking about whether Cam Newton ever parked in a handicapped space or tried to sneak 11 grocery items through the 10-or-less express line.

It's awards season in the Southeastern Conference. Actually, the pre-awards season, which is even more fun since everyone gets to show off their best Nostradamus impression.

Newton looks like the easy choice for player of the year, assuming the Auburn quarterback is still eligible after the barrage of scandalous reports that keep emerging. Gene Chizik should bring another award to the Plains as coach of the year, but let's not forget LSU's Les Miles.

The Mat Hatter runs a weekly game of Texas Hold 'Em and always seems to draw the winning card.

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