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SEC Headlines 2/21/2013

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1. Misdemeanor marijuana possession charge gets dropped against starting Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy because of a lack of evidence.

2. Offensive lineman Kolton Houston is still working to restore his eligibility at Georgia. Remains on scholarship.

3. If the current scholarship numbers hold, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will welcome 15 seniors, 28 juniors, 14 sophomores, 11 redshirt freshmen and 17 true freshmen to start training camp in the fall. (Exactly 85).

4. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on his caffeine of choice: “I’m a coffee guy. I’m a latte guy. They’ve invested here. They gave me two new coffee machines.”

5. Kentucky’s governor signing into law a bill that includes $110 million for renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and other football facilities.

6. Here’s a conceptual rendering of what the east side of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field could look like. Construction expected to begin following 2013 season. Aerial view here.




NFL Scouting Combine

7. LSU players expecting questions about their relationship with former cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

8. Former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner reportedly has a torn labrum. He’ll undergo shoulder surgery following the combine this week.

9. Biggest chance to improve his draft placement among the 10 Alabama players at the combine?  Nose guard Jesse Williams. D.J. Fluker dropping weight - 16 pounds in a month.

10. Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Chris Weinke on working with Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson: “He’s probably made the most improvements out of anybody that I’ve worked with in a short period of time.”

11. Of the three Auburn players at the combine, defensive end Corey Lemonier is expected to be drafted first. “Biggest week of my life.”

12. Texas A&M is sending six players to the combine – another draft expert predicts Luke Joeckel as the overall number on pick. 

13. Should players refuse to take standardized tests from the NFL?

14. The executive director of the Senior Bowl says the best tight end at the game was Mychal Rivera of Tennessee. 

University of Miami Investigation

15. NCAA investigation at Miami alleges Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith “failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance.”  

16. Bernie Miklasz: “If this allegation sticks, Haith may face a short suspension or be hindered by some relatively minor restrictions on recruiting.”

17. Mike Lopresti: “Where is the NCAA image today, when Miami is deemed the good guy?”

SEC Basketball

18. Georgia at Arkansas tonight.Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson is worried about the Bulldogs rebounding ability. “They outrebounded Ole Miss by 15. That’s something that really caught my eye.”

19. Georgia is still smarting from that overtime loss to Ole Miss. Did a phantom fall lead to a technical foul?  Coach Mark Fox: “That’s part of life. We have to get over it.”

20. The loss to South Carolina last night did damage to Ole Miss tournament hopes - and not much left to improve the resume.

21. Frank Martin defends Ole Miss: “I don’t want to hear anything about the SEC is weak and Ole Miss don’t belong in the NCAA tournament because they lost on the road. I don’t want to hear that, OK? I don’t want to hear that.”

22. Alabama’s Rodney Cooper had the first double-double of his career last night.  He leads the team in rebounds. Crimson Tide now one of the last four in?

23. Despite their 11th straight loss loss night, Mississippi State coach Rick Ray and his Bulldogs more upbeat than expected: “I am really pleased with the way our guys came out and competed.”

24. Tennessee has scored more than 80 points two straight games - shooting 50.5 percent from the field in current four-game winning streak.

25. A smiling Kentucky coach John Calipari after the victory over Vanderbilt: ”I thought we were very coachable tonight.”

26. Cartoon war in Kentucky gets ugly.

27. UK rolled out a new intro video last night.



If a player has an injury after leaving school and before being drafted (see Dee Milliner), who foots the bill for the surgery?


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