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SEC Headlines 2/27/2013

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1. Texas A&M official on the lawsuit involving Johnny Manziel and alleged infringement of the “Johnny Football” trademark.  ”Manziel has a right to keep any winnings from a civil proceeding as a private entity…”

2. But what about an intentional copyright violation for the purposes of funneling money to an athlete?  That crosses the line.

3. Rick Reilly: “So what target should Johnny Football sue next?”

4. Manziel will face his former backup this fall - Jameill Showers transferring to UTEP.  Miners and Aggies meet in November and Showers will be eligible immediately.

5. Zander Ogletree’s career at Georgia is over - unspecified medical reasons. The Bulldogs fullback is the twin brother of linebacker Alec Ogletree, who left Georgia early to enter NFL draft.

6. Ole Miss linebacker/defensive end Ralph Williams is apparently leaving the team.

7. The search for a running backs coach at Tennessee.  ”This is the SEC, and staff diversity is an imperative, not an option.”

8. Tennessee coach Butch Jones goes NASCAR.  He’ll be the grand marshal of the Food City 500 at Bristol next month.

9. Players from the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 will wear electronic tracking devices next season.  Safety cited as one of the reasons.

10. Auburn assistant coach Scott Fountain on fullback Jay Prosch: “I just think he can give us another dimension in the running game that we didn’t have two years ago, or even the year we won the national championship.”

11. South Carolina’s opener against North Carolina will be on a Thursday night and televised by ESPN.

12. Reserved seating for this year’s Kentucky spring game.

NFL Scouting Combine

13. Former Texas A&M running back Christine Michael oversleeps – misses two interviews.

14. With the fastest 40-yard dash time among defensive backs, former Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay’s draft stock is on the rise. Johnthan Banks time was fourth-slowest among DBs.

15. Alabama’s Dee Milliner “up-and-down day” and some other notes on SEC defensive backs.

16. Scouting report on former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson: “His speed is rare and his ability to chase plays down in pursuit is uncommon.”

17. ESPN’s Mark May: If Manti Te’o is a first-round pick “then all 5 Bama linemen are top 10 picks.”

SEC Basketball

18. Will a no-call at the end of the Alabama-Tennessee game back on January 26th cost the Crimson Tide?

19. Mike Strange: “It’s no longer premature to speculate whether the Vols can muster a late charge into the NCAA tournament conversation.”

20. “Right now…Florida is limping to the finish line.” Gators out of the conversation now for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney?

21. Kevin Scarbinsky wonders about Tony Barbee’s future at Auburn. ”Quite possibly the worst Auburn basketball team in the last quarter-century.”

22. Here’s one guy who doesn’t want to see Auburn and Alabama play again in the SEC Tournament.  ”Oh, hell, no. Haven’t we suffered enough?”

23. Arkansas at LSU tonight.  Arkansas coach Mike Anderson on LSU sophomore Johnny O’Bryant: “A double-double waiting to happen.” Guard Charles Carmouche logged 54 minutes of playing time in the triple OT win over Alabama.

24. New nickname for Arkansas freshman Anthlon Bell – “Shoot Soon.”

25. Texas A&M travels to Ole Miss.  Rebels will try to contain Aggies guard Elston Turner who torched them for 37 points two weeks ago. Aggies haven’t won more than one in a row in the last five weeks.

26. Will Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson come off the bench again for the Rebels?

27. Mississippi State at Kentucky.  Rupp Arena a tough place for the Bulldogs try to break a 12-game losing streak. Coach Rick Ray: “There’s nobody in the country that has went through what we’ve went through.”

28. Kentucky’s Julius Mays logged 83 minutes of playing time last week - 39 against Vanderbilt and 44 against Missouri in the overtime win.

29. Georgia travels to Vanderbilt.  Bulldogs can help their SEC Tournament seeding with a road win tonight. Teams seeded 11 through 14 have to win 5 game to win the tourney, top four seeds get double-byes.

30. Attendance at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym down 22 percent this year – biggest drop in the SEC. Georgia coach Mark Fox: “I think it’s maybe a generational problem.”

31. Missouri coach Frank Haith worries about his team not being focused on defense: “Our guys put so much of a premium on seeing the ball go in the basket.”

32. Ken Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency rankings are good news for Florida.

33. Andy Glockner’s Bubble Watch has five SEC teams with “work left to do” -  Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

34. Former Tennessee men’s basketball strength coach Troy Willis used a saw to break into Thompson-Boling Arena - arrested on burglary and vandalism charges.


35. The cult of the coach.  ”Caring about Alabama football or Kentucky basketball does not require a diploma so much as it does a willingness to align with whatever virtues or values we might wish onto those uniforms.”

36. Former Maryland star Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose – proposal to honor him with a statue is withdrawn.

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Vandy’s Norman Ends Career Due To Thinning Cartilage In His Knees

Warren-NormanVanderbilt senior running back Warren Norman is hanging up his cleats.  Not because he wants to, but because he has to.  Thinning cartilage in his knees will end the playing career of the SEC’s 2009 Freshman of the Year.


“I’m 100% sure I’m not coming back.  It’s my right knee that had surgery, but my left knee is pretty much the same thing.  The cartilage is wearing down pretty fast and it’s bothering me right now.  The doctor told me, basically, I wouldn’t be able to play on it.”


As a freshman, Norman tied an SEC record with three kickoff returns for touchdowns.  He also recorded 1,941 all-purpose yards, 1,050 kickoff return yards, and 783 yards rushing in that sterling ’09 campaign.

He suffered a knee injury in 2010 and redshirted in 2011 in order to rehab the leg.  Last season, he failed to recapture his old form.

He will hold a press conference this afternoon to make the decision official.

Disappointing news.  We wish him the best.


Warren Norman 51-yard run vs. Arkansas, Oct. 30, 2010



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Ticket Prices On The Rise At A&M

ticketsHey, SEC fans, we told ya Texas A&M would fit right in.

Like so many other league schools in recent years, A&M is raising the prices of its season tickets for home football games.  Coming off an 11-2 season and with a Heisman-winning quarterback to show off, why not?

According to the school, the $25 jump per season-ticket will result in a net profit of about $2 million which will then be funneled to Kevin Sumlin and his staff in the form of raises.  If you’re going to bump prices, $25 isn’t too bad and tying the money directly to the pay of a popular coach is a shrewd move.

During a speaking engagement Monday, Aggie AD Eric Hyman said the school’s move to the SEC had helped build brand awareness for A&M.  “The branding (moving forward) is going to be phenomenal — and we’re at the tip of the iceberg.”

The move to the SEC is also expected to result in more cash down the road and theoretically that could help to prevent future ticket price hikes.  (Yeah.  Right.)

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MSU And FSU Battling Over Brewster

Reports of Tim Brewster’s move from Mississippi State to Florida State seem to have been a bit premature.  Today there’s still some back-and-forth going on as FSU tries to hire the tight ends coach and MSU tries to keep him.

At this point we can be sure of just one thing — the ex-Minnesota head coach will be making a lot more money next season… either in Tallahassee or Starkville.  But while money will likely play a pretty big role in Brewster’s ultimate decision, Bulldog fans are taking to Twitter to try and convince him to stay in the Magnolia State.


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There’s just one catch, of course.  Do you really think Brewster is hanging out on Twitter as two programs compete for his services?

Brewster has been at State for six months, coaching the schools receivers last year before being assigned tight ends two weeks ago.

Update: The Florida State Rivals Site ($) says the deal with Brewster was finalized today. He will coach tight ends for Jimbo Fisher.

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Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach

gfx - honest opinionFor a guy in another conference, DeLoss Dodds spends a lot of time talking about schools in the Southeastern Conference.  The Texas AD referenced a current SEC coach and a former SEC coach in an attempt to fend off critics of Longhorn football coach Mack Brown:


“I love stability.  I love continuity.  If you have stability, you have continuity and you’ve got good people.  It’s a formula that works.  I think we’ve got that.  If somebody tells me we need to change, I say, “Ok, but who should we hire?  (Nick) Saban?  Well, Saban isn’t going to come here.’ …

Mack does t so much better than everyone I’ve ever seen.  Instant gratification.  We want it right now.  And if it’s not working, we want to blow it up and get instant gratification.  In this kind of world, that’s not necessarily the answer.”


According to the reporter from The Daily Texan — the university’s student newspaper — Dodds also used the turmoil at Tennessee to defend his coach:


“Dodds pointed out that after Tennessee let go of Phillip Fulmer following several mediocre seasons, the Volunteers didn’t recover.  They went 23-37 in the last four years under Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley, who was fired last November.  Dodds doesn’t want that to happen to Texas.”


With regards to Saban, Brown is right… he won’t leave Tuscaloosa for Austin.  It’s not easy for even the biggest schools to snag proven, big-name coaches from big-time programs.  Florida’s last three head coaching hires have been two assistants and a guy from Utah.  Oklahoma’s last hire was an assistant.  Ohio State hired a man out of retirement to follow a man it hired from the FCS level.

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SEC Hoops: Alabama Gets Revenge On Auburn, Streaking Tennessee Upsets Florida

basketballsAlabama 61 – Auburn 43. Video Highlights

1. After losing at Auburn by twelve points, Alabama gets revenge at home.  Trevor Releford leads the Crimson Tide with 21 points.

2. Auburn loses for the 12th time in 13 games.  Coach Tony Barbee: ”We probably missed 20 layups tonight. I don’t think you can win a game where you miss 20 layups.”

Tennessee 64 – Florida 58. Video Highlights

3. Tennessee gets its sixth straight win behind a game-high 27 points from Jordan McRae.  At 17-10, are the Vols headed to the Big Dance?  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “When you look at this team and you say is this one of the 68 teams? Without a doubt, but you have to do your job.”

4. Banged-up, short-handed Gators drop second straight on the road.  Casey Prather left the game with blood running down his forehead – “may” have concussion.

5. Florida’s loss and Alabama’s win set up first place showdown in Gainesville Saturday. 

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Thought Of The Day – 2/27/13

Normally our thought/lyric of the day is a product of the first song off the official MrSEC iPod each morning.  Today, we’re gonna bend the rules a bit.

Yesterday we mentioned Mackinaw City, Michigan in our Thought of the Day post and it’s impossible to mention Mackinaw City without a certain Bob Seger song coming to mind.  So today’s lyric indeed comes off the MrSEC iPod, we just had to specifically dial up the song we wanted.

We’re not above cheating from time to time.


“Stood alone on a mountain top starin’ out at the great divide.  I could go east.  I could go west.  It was all up to me to decide.”


Bob Seger Roll Me Away Live

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Infographic: Deer Antler Spray Explained

Interesting infographic that asks why are athletes using deer antler spray – a banned substance in pro sports that’s even made news in SEC circles.

Via: Nutronics Labs

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Tennessee 64 – Florida 58



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