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SEC links: Mickie DeMoss may be returning to Tennessee

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SEC links for Wednesday:

Dan Fleser of the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that Mickie DeMoss may be returning to Tennessee: “Tennessee’s search for a new women’s basketball assistant coach is featuring a very popular and successful former Lady Vols coach. Mickie DeMoss appears to have emerged as a leading candidate for the opening created by Stephanie Glance becoming the coach at Illinois State last month. A decision could be finalized as early as later this week.”

Kyle Veazey reports that ex-UK staffer Scott Stricklin is still in the hunt for Mississippi State AD post: “Here are the names I continue to hear from sources close to the search and have not scratched off my list: Scott Stricklin, State’s senior associate AD for external affairs; Joe Dean Jr., the AD at Birmingham-Southern; and Whit Hughes, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority. All are State grads. Lee Fowler, the N.C. State athletic director, has been mentioned by some in conjunction with the search, too, but there’s no confirmation of his involvement.”

Tim Tucker of the AJC on ex-Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger looking at Louisville: “Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger hopes to play football at another college. And Louisville is one place he’ll look, according to a website that covers the Cardinals. After pleading guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery charges in Valdosta on Monday, Mettenberger said in a written statement that he hopes for a “second chance” at college football.”

Josh Hoke of the Myrtle Beach Sun News reports that South Carolina is high on Carlton Geathers: “Most recruiting analysts believe Carlton Geathers is a project. Perhaps it is that challenge that has endeared him to his future coach. The 6-foot-11 Carvers Bay center signed with South Carolina last month. Gamecocks basketball coach Darrin Horn raved about Geathers’ potential before speaking to members of the school’s booster club on Tuesday.”

Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News reports that Justin Knox’s family is upset over Alabama’s transfer restrictions: “Particularly, he said, because Justin Knox plans to leave Alabama this summer after earning his undergraduate degree in just three years. He plans to play next season at another school as a graduate student. Darien Knox said the family understands the restrictions against transferring to schools on the schedule, though the schedule isn’t complete, and to schools in the league, since Ala­bama has to play them once or twice in the regular season, depending on division.”

Ross Dellenger of the Clarion-Ledger reports on Mississippi State baseball’s loss to Jackson State: “Jackson State beat Mississippi State 3-1 Tuesday night at Trustmark Park, knocking off the tradition-rich program for the first time in 18 years. The Tigers (29-14), in position to win their first SWAC title in a decade, won their 10th straight game and won for just the eighth time in 58 meetings with Mississippi Sate (20-24).”

Randy Rosetta of The Advocate on LSU breaking its baseball losing streak: “With a seven-game losing streak hanging over Alex Box Stadium like a wet blanket Tuesday night, the LSU baseball team didn’t need a reminder. Seven losses in a row, the Tigers’ longest losing streak since 1982. And a season on the precipice of unraveling.”

Tony Barnhart writes in the AJC that Alabama can win it all again: “Here is a word to the wise. If you’re around Alabama coach Nick Saban, don’t say anything about the Crimson Tide ‘defending’ their national championship in 2010. ‘You can’t defend a championship because it is not the same team that won a year ago,’ he said. But you can REPEAT as national champions, Saban conceded, and that is what the Crimson Tide, which has gone 12-0 in consecutive regular seasons, will attempt to do in 2010.

Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida is working on updating football coaches’ contracts: “Contractual details have not been released for defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, linebackers coach D.J. Durkin and running backs coach Stan Drayton, who were all hired between December and February. The only three Gators assistants still on staff from the 2008 national title team earned a collective $255,000 in raises in 2009, according to public records.”

Joe Person of The State on raises for South Carolina’s football staff:USC will pay its assistants 17.5 percent more than it did in 2009, according to salary figures releases Tuesday by the athletics department. Johnson, the Gamecocks’ assistant head coach for defense, received a two-year contract extension that doubled his compensation package to $700,000 annually, after new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley offered Johnson the Vols’ defensive coordinator position.”



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