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One-Liners For 7/14/09

These are your Tuesday headlines from across the country.  Just a reminder that next week — with the start-up of SEC Media Days and more news (finally) — we’ll return to our school-by-school, story-by-story posts.

This weekend, Urban Meyer responded to the furor kicked off by Paul Finebaum last week: “I’m not going to Notre Dame.  Ever.  I’m going to be the coach at Florida for a long time, as long as they want me.”

Someone “close to Meyer” says that the coach’s words are true… mainly because Florida is an easier job than Notre Dame.’s Chris Low believes if Meyer leaves Florida it will be for the NFL, not another college gig.

“Little” schools can’t beat big, bad SEC teams can they?  Auburn, Carolina, Tennessee, MSU and Arkansas had better hope not.

Just who, exactly, is going to catch passes for Auburn?  (Nevermind who’s going to throw passes for Auburn.)

Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy is ranked #7 in The Gainesville Sun’s countdown of the 25 best players in the SEC.

The Sun also provides a preview of the LSU Tigers.

If Florida wins another national title this year, this writer believes the Gators would vault past Southern Cal as the team of the decade.

While others are making their football predictions, Kevin Brockway of The Sun has laid out his basketball picks for the SEC East: Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Vanderbilt and Georgia.

The man behind a Heisman-based website believes Colt McCoy has a better shot at the trophy than Tim Tebow.

This UF news and notes blog reveals that Jeff Demps is finally 100% after offseason groin surgery and a recent hamstring pull.

A Georgia professor wants to help football teams and players stay safe in the summer heat.

Georgia’s 18th place finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup race was the school’s poorest showing since 1997.

SEC basketball coaches want the NBA’s one-and-done rule changed.  (In case you missed this story the first 1000 times it’s been written.)

Here’s a list of the 10 best Georgia football players of the post-Vietnam era.

More than a few Bulldog fans are struggling to support their team in the current economy.

According to Matt Hayes of The Sporting News, the two best coaches in America are Urban Meyer and Nick Saban.  No arguments from me.

Mark Bradley of The AJC wonders why Mark Richt is no longer considered one of the best coaches in the country.

Kentucky’s Darius Miller led Team USA’s Under-19 team in steals and in blocked shots.  (There are numerous other UK-related tidbits in this column.)

UPDATE — Tennessee’s leading returning receiver, Austin Rogers, has reportedly suffered an ACL injury and could miss the season.

Bruce Pearl is once again lining up big name schools for his team’s upcoming basketball schedule.

Jay Greeson of The Chattanooga Time Free Press runs through the many questions facing Tennessee and the SEC this fall.

Athletic departments across the country are pinching pennies.

Mississippi’s Greg Hardy (see above ranking as the SEC’s 7th best player) will be in a walking boot for seven to 10 days following a car wreck yesterday that also involved Dexter McCluster. 

Hardy was driving an Escalade, by the way.  It was destroyed by fire in the accident… and police say both players were lucky to escape without serious injury.

Receiver Lionel Breaux ranks #13 on The Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s list of the most important Rebels this fall.

The Mississippi State basketball program usually has to recruit lesser sought-after players and then develop them.  (Which might explain why they took a shot on Renardo Sidney and John Riek when they had the chance to grab the questionable big-namers.)

Arkansas tight end DJ Williams says his coaches told him that he won’t catch every ball, so “work on your blocking.”

Incoming Razorback freshman offensive lineman Alvin Bailey (6-4, 320 pounds) didn’t allow a single sack during his senior year of high school.

Top cornerback signee Darius Winston has been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play this fall.

Friday’s contract extension for John Pelphrey had more to do with future recruiting than past performance.

Alabama’s football complex is getting “elaborate and extensive” upgrades… to the recruiting areas and to Nick Saban’s office.

Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend and Tiger Prowl drew lots of attention.  But Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News wonders if they’re ever going to draw a big-name commitment.

Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News chimes in on The Orlando Sentinel’s recent list of the SEC’s most powerful people… and wonders how Paul Finebaum can be as high as #8 on the list.

Speaking of Mr. Finebaum, which fanbase has he decided to tick off today?  “Bet against the Ole Miss Rebels.  It’s been the surest thing in college football for the past 45 years.”  Over the top as usual… and he’ll get a million pageviews and calls from Rebel fans because of it.  Just as he desires.

You can read his explanations and team-by-team previews right here, but here’s The AJC’s Tony Barnhart’s picks for the SEC West:  Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State.



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