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SEC Headlines 9/18/2012

SEC West

1. Les Miles on the bomb scare that forced evacuations on the LSU campus: “I hope they find the guy who did this and certainly make him pay a price.”

2. Arkansas coach John L. Smith isn’t worried about his critics: “I don’t listen to that crap.” Facebook page “Fire John L. Smith” has gained thousands of fans.

3. What does Tyler Wilson think about his chances of playing against Rutgers? “I’m extremely optimistic” on being cleared in time to play Saturday.

4. How similar are current Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville? “Their overall resumes are remarkably similar.”

5. How the SEC West could end up hurting the loser of the Alabama – LSU game.

6. Heading into the Florida Atlantic game, how does Nick Saban motivate the No. 1 Tide? “Being average is contagious…”

7. Mississippi State’s offense is great on fourth down – not so hot on third down.

8. Not a surprise – after giving up 66 points to Texas, some changes on the defense at Ole Miss. Safety Trae Elston – suspended against Texas – will get his first college  start.

9. Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief is added to the Biletnikoff watch list.

SEC East

10. What did James Franklin think about about Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel’s revelations about the quarterback’s health? “I know the coaches don’t criticize my decisions off the field and I don’t criticize theirs.”Our opinion on the kerfuffle. We’ll have more to say about the situation later today – stay tuned.

11. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley defends quarterback Tyler Bray: “It’s not fair to say that he shuts it down. He doesn’t.”

12. Likely back-to-back starts for Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels – No. 1 on the depth chart.

13. South Carolina’s defense has allowed just three field goals in the red zone this year.” Safety D.J. Swearinger’s suspension a puzzling move? MrSEC’s take.

14. What to make of the Gamecocks thus far? “This is a team without a true identity.”

15. Comparisons to Tim Tebow are nothing new for Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel. “I’ve definitely heard those comparisons,” Driskel said. “Even back in high school.”

16. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease and the war of words with former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorezen. “True Top Ten” has Florida No. 1.

17. Mark Story on Joker Phillips: “From the time he was named Kentucky’s head coach in waiting after the 2007 season, bad luck and bad timing have been his constant companions.”

18. Phillips: “We’ve got 72 freshmen and sophomores in this program. We just played a team that has 50 juniors and seniors in their program.”

19. Former Vanderbilt commit and current Georgia linebacker Josh Dawson and what’s sure to be an awkward moment this weekend.

20. Georgia’s Cornelius Washington on the Vanderbilt game: “You go into the game trying to knock somebody’s block off.”

SEC News

21. “The recent spasm of SEC greatness, though, is largely the work of three guys.”

SEC Basketball

22. Tucker Max on the Kentucky fantasy basketball camp.  “Vitale LOVES Calipari. I mean, he praised Cal to the point of it almost being embarrassing.”


23. Will Leitch: “The prevalence of gambling on the NFL…is something that has long been underreported.


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