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SEC East Headlines – 1/5/10

1. Joker Phillips — despite a decline in his offense’s production the last two years — “brings plenty of assets to the table” as UK’s new football coach.

2.  Phillips has certainly paid his dues in Lexington.

3.  Phillips isn’t ashamed to be called Joker.

4.  Assistant head coach, special teams coach and tight ends coach Steve Ortmayer says he has no plans to follow Rich Brooks into retirement.

5.  CBS announcers still believe DeMarcus Cousins should have been booted from Saturday’s game with Louisville for elbowing the head of Reginald Delk.

6.  Had he been kicked out, it’s a good bet Cousins wouldn’t have been named the SEC’s Player of the Week.

7.  This writer says Kentucky’s fast start under John Calipari has been good for the SEC.

8.  This Chattanooga writer gushes about the Cats.

9.  Here are five big questions facing the South Carolina football team in 2010.

10.  In basketball news, Darrin Horn is having to make some adjustments due to the injury to Dominique Archie and the dismissal of Mike Holmes.

11.  Bruce Pearl says he doesn’t understand “the gun culture.”  In 31 years of coaching, Pearl says this is “the first gun incident” on his watch.

12.  Meanwhile, Pearl’s depleted team will use six scholarship players and three walk-ons against Charlotte tomorrow.

13.   Vanderbilt blocked 10 shots for a third consecutive game as they topped MTSU 73-53 last night.

14.  SEC Freshman of the Week John Jenkins poured in 13 points off the bench for Vandy.

15.  Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to head to the NFL.

16.  Indications are growing that running backs coach Kenny Carter will head to Louisville.

17.  Quarterback John Brantley is ready to head up the Gator offense next year.

18.  This writer says Chandler Parsons’ 75-foot buzzer-beater against NC State wasn’t the best shot in Florida history.

19.  Maybe not, but Parsons will never forget it.

20.  Georgia safety Reshad Jones says “the time is right” for him to leave Athens for the NFL.

21.  Linebacker Rennie Curran is expected to make a similar announcement, perhaps today.

22.  In basketball news, Georgia has a rivalry game with Georgia Tech before opening SEC play against Kentucky.

23.  With the state of Georgia becoming a basketball hotbed, tonight’s game could be a recruiting boost for the winner.


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