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SEC Headlines – 5/20/10

1.  Former Auburn basketball coach Jeff Lebo is adjusting to life at East Carolina.

2.  A former Arkansas assistant under Stan Heath is at the center of a NCAA investigation into his recruiting tactics at Oklahoma last year…

3.  Oronde Taliaferro — who was at Arkansas from 2003 to 2007 — allegedly wired $3,000 to a player’s bank account. 

4.  Current coach John Pelphrey didn’t ink a big man as he’d hoped this spring.

5.  If the Hogs are serious about competing for the SEC title this year, they’d better show so big improvement on defense.

6.  Quarterback Ryan Mallett isn’t taking any chances with his health this offseason.

7.  Season tickets for the lower level at Mississippi State’s Humphrey Coliseum will now come with a new surcharge.

8.  New MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin is expected to make $300,000 a year… just as his predecessor did.

9.  Stricklin has jumped right into his new job on a number of fronts.

10.  Rick Stansbury should have his extension with State approved today.  MSU’s head coach turned down an offer from Clemson to remain in Starkville.

11.  This writer says Florida is not overpaying its football coaches.

12.  Those coaches — and a lot of new players — will have a lot to prove this fall.

13.  The loss in last year’s SEC Championship Game will be a focus of Florida’s offseason workouts.

14.  Urban Meyer is getting health tips from the Gators’ strength and conditioning coach.

15.  New UF basketball player Scottie Wilbekin was told by recruiting gurus that his national ranking would have risen had he played his senior year of high school ball.  Instead, he’s going to Florida early.

16.  Mark Richt doesn’t want UGA fans to read too much into what appears to be an “easier” schedule this year.

17.  This writer believes that Mark Fox’s ability to land the state’s Mr. Basketball is a coup for Georgia.

18.  Fox agrees, tweeting yesterday that the final day of the signing period was a “Great day for the Dawgs!”

19.  This writer says big-time recruits are smart to sign financial aid agreements rather than Letters of Intent.

20.  UK’s Josh Harrellson is putting up impressive numbers on a basketball tour through China.

21.  This Wildcat fan/writer says it would be akin to a Greek tragedy if John Calipari were to leave Lexington.

22.  New Gamecock basketball player Murphy Holloway says, “I was happy at Ole Miss but after thinking a long time, I thought this might be the best decision.  I thought I’d also be happy at home.”

23.  Lane Kiffin’s brief but loud impact on the SEC can still be felt.

24.  Derek Dooley said of his recent caravan stop in Columbia, “We’re trying to bleed a little orange into Georgia.  We’re trying to bleed a little orange into South Carolina, hopefully have a little presence.”


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