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SEC Headlines – 5/18/10

1.  Alabama backup quarterback Star Jackson is exploring his options for a transfer and considering Georgia State.  Jackson’s star (pun intended) has declined in Tuscaloosa since the midpoint of last season.

2.  Justin Knox lost his appeal yesterday and received a one-word email notifying him of the decision: “Denied.”  Weak, no?  The Knox family is now considering whether or not to take legal action in an attempt to overturn the university’s decision to ban Knox from transferring to UAB. 

3.  This writer says Anthony Grant seems “a bit out of the loop when it comes to what’s really happening behind the scenes both within his own program and throughout the state.”  Is that all?

4.  If Clemson’s quarterback is a high pick in this summer’s MLB draft, it could be good news for Auburn.

5.  Former Arkansas cornerback David Gordon — who was arrested earlier this month for possession of a controlled substance — is transferring to Oklahoma State.

6.  LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson has added longtime head coach Lynn Nance to his staff.

7.  Nance is excited to be working with one of his former proteges.  He’s also “excited about coaching again in the Southeastern Conference.”

8.  Receiver Patrick Patterson is close to being reinstated to the Ole Miss football team.  Tig Barksdale?  He still has a “long way to go.”

9.  The Rebels will wear the initials of Bennie Abram on their helmets this fall.

10.  Houston Nutt says UM’s front seven on defense “is going to be as good as anybody’s, if we can stay healthy.”

11.  Former Kentucky Wildcat John Wall is expected by the vast, vast majority to be the NBA’s top draft pick this summer.

12.  The Nets have the best shot at landing the Cats’ former point guard.

13.  How much offensive improvement should Mississippi State fans expect this fall?

14.  MSU officials won’t say how much money it spent on attorney fees during the Renardo Sidney affair.

15.  Incoming freshman Patric Young could add a new dimension to Florida’s frontcourt next season.

16.  This writer believes Billy Donovan’s current recruiting class “positions UF (as) a favorite to win the Southeastern Conference next season and beyond and potentially make a substantial run in the NCAA Tournament this winter.”

17.  Another outlet is saying that Mark Richt is on the proverbial hot seat.

18.  This Georgia writer believes it’s “instructive” that most Richt hot seat stories emanate from Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.  Of course, I did a Macon radio show two weeks ago where I had to defend Richt’s record to the show’s UGA grad host, but hey, it’s just outsiders who think Bulldog fans are tired of losing.  (There’s a theme song that should accompany the idea that everyone in the Peach State is happy with Richt.)

19.  Don’t expect Georgia to play in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff game until 2013 or later.

20.  Still, the Chick-fil-A folks are targeting the Dawgs for a future game.

21.  Darnell Dodson is back in John Calipari’s good graces and will return to Kentucky for his junior season.

22.  Would Georgia Tech be wise to accept an SEC invitation… if offered?

23.  This Gainesville writer says “Sleazy doesn’t begin to describe the situation at Kentucky.”  (All because rumors — that the coach has denied — have connected John Calipari to the NBA?  Sleazy?)

24.  If HBO’s “Real Sports” program is correct, Lane Kiffin had about four million reasons to leave Tennessee.  (This further proves just how desperate USC was after being turned down by numerous coaches.)

25.  Tennessee walk-on Josh Bone put “Team Before Self” last year and now he’s been awarded with a basketball scholarship.

26.  Former Vol Emmanuel Negedu — whose heart ailment ended his UT career — has signed to play at New Mexico. 

27.  James Siakam has signed a Letter of Intent with Kevin Stallings and Vanderbilt.

28.  Siakam is a native of Cameroon, but played high school ball in Illinois.

UPDATE — In case you missed our report on the ACC’s new TV contract with ESPN last night, here’s a link to it.  SEC fans should take note of big bucks the ACC will land.  That league’s commissioner says the final deal isn’t inked quite yet.


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