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Around The SEC East – 3/11/09

Here are this morning’s one-liners links from across the East Division:

USC:  In a league of youth and inexperience, it should be no surprise that LSU, Auburn and South Carolina all wound up with byes in the SEC Tournament.  Each school lost two or fewer starters from last year.

USC:  Seth Emerson of The State ranks the contenders for the remaining at-large bids (with both Carolina and Florida narrowly getting in).

USC:  In this column you’ll find five reasons why Carolina should receive an at-large bid… and four reasons why they shouldn’t.

UK:  Mitch Barnhart says of Billy Gillispie: “We’re not all perfect born into this.  We have to be willing to make adjustments.  We ask out players to make adjustments, and we need to be willing to do the same thing. … After two years, we need to sit down and talk about what we need to do to get this program back to where we want it to be.”

UGA:  Mark Richt says he’s going to treat this season as if it’s his first in Athens… setting the tempo and the expectations for his program all over again.

UGA:  Trey Thompkins says “it feels good” to be named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team.

UGA:  Roger Clarkson of The Athens Banner-Herald believes Terrance Woodbury and Corey Butler deserved some sort of recognition from the SEC’s coaches.  (Maybe if they’d won at least a handful of conference games.)

UGA:  Dennis Felton isn’t talking to the media but he has been chatting with Dawgs’ interim coach Pete Herrmann.

Tons of Tennessee coverage from Knoxville today…

UT:  As first practices go, Lane Kiffin was pleased with the Vols spring kickoff yesterday.

UT:  The new staff is shuffling Tennessee’s offensive line.

UT:  Demetrice Morley wasn’t allowed to participate in practice yesterday after arriving late for a meeting.  (Hey, whaddya know… discipline.)

UT:  Injured quarterback Nick Stephens says Kiffin’s offense is a lot easier to grasp than last year’s offense under Dave Clawson.

UT:  John Adams of The Knoxville News Sentinel writes that Vol fans will see a Southern Cal-style offense this fall… but they won’t see Southern Cal-style players.

UT:  Rico McCoy is moving from weakside linebacker to strongside linebacker in order to give him more pass rushing opportunities.

UT:  Finally, Kiffin says “there is no depth chart.  The competition’s open. … We are in no rush to figure it out.”

UT:  In basketball news, Tyler Smith has found the going tougher on a night-in, night-out basis without Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith gunning threes from outside.

Vandy:  Bobby Johnson believes his green receiving corps is “talented, but they’ve got to show it out here on the practice field and when the season starts, they’ve got to show it in the games.”

Vandy:  Johnson doesn’t want his team basking in the glory of their first bowl win in decades: “We’re trying to put that behind us and add to it, make sure we work extremely hard — as hard as we can to make sure we give ourselves the best chance to do it again.”

Vandy:  On the hardwood, AJ Ogilvy and Jeffery Taylor have been honored by the SEC’s coaches.

UF:  Gator fans looking to fire themselves up for this year’s SEC Tournament might enjoy this list of the “best” tourney moments of the Billy Donovan era.

UF:  Bracket analysts are on the bubble over Florida’s bubble status, but one thing is clear: the Gators need a good tourney performance to secure an NCAA bid.

UF:  In football news, offensive lineman Carl Johnson, cleared of criminal charges this week, might not be healthy enough to take part in spring practice.


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