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SEC Headlines 12/18/2012

Coaching News

1. If Jeremy Pruitt leaves Alabama to become defensive coordinator at Florida State, he’ll become the 11th assistant to leave under Nick Saban.  Kevin Scarbinsky: “Continuity on a coaching staff can be highly overrated.”

2. Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph heading to Alabama?

3. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo won’t say if he’s interviewed for other jobs.

4. Several schools have contacted Florida about their assistants.  Will Muschamp: “We’ve got a good staff and a lot of people want them to coach at their place.”

5. New Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge will make $350,000 a year. New coach Bret Bielema is making a point of paying his assistants: “I got a huge jump in my assistant coaches salary pool, which was big.”

6. Former Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes will reportedly be named head coach at Kent State.

7. Missouri makes it official – Josh Henson new offensive coordinator.  With a background in a pro-style offense, will Henson move the Tigers away from the spread?

8. Les Miles wants an early signing date for football: “I say give them a signing date in November.”

9. Praise and expectations for Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M: “If you asked me which is most likely to win his national title in the next five years, Kevin Sumlin would be my first guess.”

10. Reason to be optimistic at Auburn: “No hire the Tigers could have made would have a better chance of keeping the core of this recruiting class intact than Gus Malzahn.”

11. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik gives a 15-year old girl with brain cancer a new car. ”I just cried and cried. I could not believe it.”

12. Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri spotted Monday at Florida State’s practice wearing shirt with FSU logo.

13. Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz back on campus Monday to speak to graduates.

14. Mark Stoops text to A.D. Mitch Barnhart when he accepted the Kentucky job. Jimmy Brumbaugh officially named defensive line coach.

15. Butch Jones on new Tennessee wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni: “I think he’ s the best in the country.”

SEC Football

16. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter is bound for the NFL draft.  ESPN’s Mel Kiper sees him as potential second-round pick: ”This year he was good. He wasn’t spectacular.” Todd McShay has Hunter 22nd overall of draft-eligible players.

17. With Cordarelle Patterson also expected to leave Tennessee means the Vols face a depleted receiving corps in 2013.

18. Will Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews leave early for the NFL?

19. The injured shoulder of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has not healed- may require surgery.

20. Ole Miss tight end Ferbia Allen missed the end of the regular season with a knee injury – but he’ll be back for the bowl game.

21. Missouri freshman safety Ka’ra Stewart arrested for pot possession.

22. One of Jadeveon Clowney’s goals for 2013?  Win the Heisman.

23. Back to practice at Alabama.  Nick Saban: “We haven’t practiced for two weeks since that game, so I haven’t had the chance to yell at anybody.”

24. Crimson Tide and Notre Dame take different approaches when it comes to early bowl game practices.

25. Florida returns to the practice field today – getting ready for Sugar Bowl opponent Louisville. Will Muschamp: “You look at bowl games with this much of a layover, it’s a one-game season.”

26. Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins and offensive lineman Ian Silberman will both miss the bowl games – recovering from surgeries. Freshman cornerback Willie Bailey has decided to transfer.

27. Can LSU get its running game back on track? 4.9 yards per rush first eight games, 3.0 yards per rush last four games. Chik-fil-A Bowl sold out.

28. When Georgia and Nebraska meet in the Capital One Bowl – it will be only the second time these two schools have met.

29. What will Georgia’s offensive line look like in 2013?

30. Mississippi State freshman linebacker Richie Brown kept his redshirt this year – and is part of a class expected to contribute in a big way in 2013.

31. Greatest defenses of the BCS era?  This list has six of the top 10 coming from the SEC.

32. SEC second-best conference in 2012?

33. Consensus All-American list tells a different story – 10 out of 26 players from SEC.

SEC Basketball

34. Missouri 102 – South Carolina State 51.  Jabari Brown makes his debut for the Tigers – scores 12 points.

35. Vanderbilt 66- Cornell 55. Commodores struggle after Kedron Johnson goes to bench with four fouls. Video Highlights

36. Mercer vs. Georgia is going on as we publish.

37. Tennessee vs. Presbyterian.Walk-on Brandon Lopez getting minutes at point guard. Trae Golden SEC Player of the Week.

38. Auburn’s Jordan Price SEC Freshman of the Week.

39. Auburn vs. Tennessee Tech.  Tigers 2-0 since Chris Denson’s return to the lineup.

40. LSU vs. UC Irvine.  Tigers spent the weekend in southern California after getting beat at Boise State.

41. Not Ike and Tina. Texas A&M’s success depends on the Turners – Elston and Ray.

42. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is top-10 nationally in both blocks and steals – why he may be a better overall defender than Anthony Davis.

43. Athlon ranks SEC Hoops

44. Former Kentucky star Sam Bowie likes the ESPNU documentary about him that debuts Thursday night: ”I think they did a wonderful job almost defending me.” ( Bowie is now 51 years old – hard to believe)



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