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Around The SEC East – 3/6/09

Here are your one-liners from the SEC East:

UF:  According to Billy Donovan, benching Nick Calathes at the end of Florida’s Wednesday night loss to Mississippi State was more about teaching than punishing.

UF:  Defensive tackle John Brown, a major recruit back in 2007, is transferring from Florida after never playing a down for the Gators due to academics and an injury.

UF:  Receivers coach Billy Gonzales turned down Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin and the Cleveland Browns’ Eric Mangini to stay in Gainesville.

UF:  If any other player said this, I wouldn’t believe it… but when Tim Tebow says he decided to stay at the college level to “impact today’s youth,” well, the kid is believable.  Good for him.

UF:  Urban Meyer has said that the Carl Johnson situation is out of his hands.  Johnson faces a hearing for violating a sexual violence restraining order.  No, not really.  If Meyer wanted to dismiss Johnson he certainly could.

UGA:  Georgia’s players were surprised that Kentucky fans booed their team on Wednesday: “When you’re a Georgia fan, you don’t boo your team.  You may get home and dog out the coach or whatnot.  But you don’t boo your team at the game where everybody in the world can know you’re displeased with the team and the effort.”  I’m guessing Georgia fans have done some booing this year.

UGA:  Corey Butler said the Kentucky win was great, but it takes a backseat to the win over Florida.

UGA:  Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo pays more attention to the Bulldogs’ three losses last year than he does to his offense’s high production.  So he’s like a fan, then?

UGA:  Pete Herrmann, who’s led the Bulldogs to three wins in their last six games, will receive an additional $69,839 for taking over the interim head coaching duties in late January.

UGA:  Bobo would like to redshirt both of the freshman quarterbacks who enrolled early with the Dawgs.

UGA:  Bobo seems to be on the fast track for a future head coaching job.

UGA:  Linebacker Rennie Curran is on the 2009 Lombardi Award watch list.

UGA:  Is Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez a Georgia fan?  (Go all the way to the bottom.)

UK:  Mark Story of The Lexington Herald-Leader writes today that firing Billy Gillispie after two years would be “counterproductive,” even though everything from Gillispie’s PR skills to his bachelorhood seem to be drawing fire at the moment.

UK:  Why would Mr. Story feel the need to write something like this?  Take a look at the emails he’s getting from ticked off UK fans.

UK:  Gillispie is being questioned for his decision to have full-speed practices on gamedays… possibly leading Jodie Meeks to look tired against Georgia.  Of course, no one seem to care about the gameday practices when Meeks went for 54 and 45 points.

UK:  Patrick Patterson understood the boo birds after UK’s loss to Georgia: “I’d be booing, too, if I was a person in the stands because this really isn’t Kentucky basketball, the way we’ve been playing in the SEC, the games that we haven’t won or pulled out in crunch time.”

UK:  Eric Crawford of The Louisville Courier-Journal pooh-pooh’s guys like me who say Gillispie needs to time to build up the program.

USC:  Bobby Knight, in town for the Gamecocks’ basketball game last night, spoke to Steve Spurrier’s team to open spring practice yesterday.

USC:  Joe Person of The State brings you all the notes from Day One of spring practice, including the latest on the health situation of left tackle Jarriel King.

USC:  According to bracket guru Jerry Palm, only one team in 15 years has made the NCAA Tournament without at least one win over another team making the bracket.  Carolina doesn’t have any such wins… even against automatic qualifying small fries.

UT:  The star of last night’s 86-70 win over Carolina, Tyler Smith, now says that it’s 50-50 that he might return to Knoxville for his senior season next year.

UT:  Last year, Tennessee played the second-toughest schedule in the country.  This year, their schedule is ranked third-toughest.  Next year, expect more of the same.

UT:  Another odd story from the SEC today: Phillip Fulmer will be the grand marshal of Mule Day in Columbia, Tennessee this April.  Bama fans, take your best shots.

(Sidenote — for those Vol fans looking for more coverage you should know that the major newspapers in Tennessee have now combined to share many of their sports stories.  So for those few folks who’ve wanted “anti-Vol” papers to go out of business, you’ve sort of got your wish.  And now you can enjoy less daily coverage of your favorite team.)

Vandy:  Kevin Stallings’ film sessions have helped AJ Ogilivy re-find the groove he was in last season: “…changing it up a bit, playing with my back to the basket, moving around, trying to make defenders defend me in different ways.”


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