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If you’ve got experience writing, a good sense of humor, a love of the SEC, a desire to have your work and opinions seen ALL across the world, and a willingness to work for peanuts, then YOU’RE just what we’re looking for.

And, yes, you will be allowed to occasionally end sentences in prepositions just as we do!

Seriously, we’re looking for some folks to help cover the schools of the SEC. The more eyes we have on the web, the more news we can bring to the SEC’s rabid fans.

And the more time our columnists can devote to creating new and exclusive content for our readers.

So here’s how it works, if you’re interested in writing for MrSEC, take a look at the four stories I’ve posted on this page. Create your own summaries of the stories and email them to me at john@mrsec.com (all in one email please… complete with separate headlines for each story).

You might want to keep all of your blurbs short and sweet. You might want to give your own opinions on some of the stories… maybe all of the stories. That’s up to you.

We’ll take a look at all the submissions and choose the best writers to join our team. Of course, we’ll still have to work out a few details with you… but this is Step One.

So if you’re a retired writer that’s looking for a way to still share your views… or if you’re the funniest guy at your college newspaper and looking to get exposure for your name… or if you’re something in between, show us how you would take these four stories and turn them into MrSEC front-page posts.

And we’re looking for people who are willing to make a Monday through Friday morning commitment. We want folks who are serious about getting involved with MrSEC and growing along with us.

(By the way, having SOME experience with blogs and the internet isn’t a necessity, but it sure would be nice.)

STORY ONE (from ESPN.com)

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Mark Richt has suspended linebacker Darius Dewberry for the Bulldogs’ first two games for his role in an incident at an Athens-area hospital Sunday morning.

Dewberry, a junior who is the top backup at strongside linebacker, was seen on a hospital videotape overturning trash cans and causing other damage.

Police initially failed to identify Dewberry. Richt did so later.

“Yeah, it’s embarrassing,” Richt said, “it’s sad. It’s certainly been a distraction. There is no way you can say it’s not a distraction because it has been.”

Dewberry was at the hospital while teammates Donavon Baldwin and Marcus Dowtin were being treated for injuries suffered in a bar fight early Saturday morning.

Dewberry is the fifth Georgia player suspended from playing in the
Aug. 30 opener against Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the season’s first USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll released Friday.

Junior long snapper Jeff Henson was suspended indefinitely Saturday morning after being arrested and charged with public intoxication and urinating in public. Henson was charged with a DUI last November and suspended one game, which he served during the Sugar Bowl.

Baldwin, a junior safety who was set to serve a one-game suspension after a DUI arrest in January, was also suspended indefinitely after the bar incident that resulted in his hospitalization.

The 236-pound Dewberry went to St. Mary’s Hospital to check on Baldwin, and broke a barrier on a control arm at the parking lot — with his hands, not his car — and also broke four plant pots.

Richt said Dewberry “was very distraught about a teammate getting hurt badly.” Dewberry has agreed to pay for the damages and the hospital is not pressing charges.

Richt said Dewberry must perform 20 hours of community service, undergo counseling and work a part-time job — including on the Saturdays while he misses the first two games — to pay for damages.

In addition, fullback Fred Munzenmaier is suspended for two games for an alcohol-related incident, and offensive lineman Clint Boling is suspended for one game for a reckless-driving charge.

Defensive end Michael Lemon was kicked off the team after he was charged with felony battery last month for allegedly punching a student and breaking his eye socket.

“You feel sad and sick that one of the guys you’re an authority figure over and you care about got himself in trouble,” he said. “You also hate the fact those guys do represent this program and this program represents this university and this university represents this state. It represents anybody who claims to be a Bulldog. I feel sick about that.”

Richt said he talked to his players about the problems on Sunday.

“I’ve already read them the riot act,” Richt said before adding he doesn’t want to kick players off the team just to satisfy those tired of seeing names of Georgia players included on the Athens-Clarke County police blotter.

“If a guy has a first-time offense, I don’t believe in throwing that guy under the bus to try to stave off the wolves, so to speak,” Richt said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the guy. Dewberry, for example, I don’t think I should throw Dewberry off the football team. I’ve never had a problem with Darius Dewberry.”

Added Richt: “We will look into other ways of making sure we do a better job.”

Players are banned from downtown Athens during preseason camp, and Richt said he has considered extending that ban.

“That’s a decision he has to make,” senior tight end Tripp Chandler said. “I don’t know if I would blame him for it with what’s gone on this offseason.”

STORY TWO (from Tuscaloosa News)

TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama held its second practice of fall camp on Saturday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew practice facility. The practice featured both upperclassmen and freshmen practicing together for the first time this year.

The first-team offense and first-team defense was unchanged from yesterday, but there were some changes amongst the second and third teams

Freshman wide receiver Julio Jones took reps with the second-team and third team offense, while freshman wide receiver Burton Scott took reps with the second-team offense. Redshirt freshman Marquis Maze, freshman Brandon Gibson and freshman A.J. Walker all took reps with the second-team offense. Freshman tight end Brad Smelley took reps with the third team offense.

Freshman offensive linemen John Micheal Boswell and Tyler Love both took reps with the third-team offense, with Boswell lining up at right guard and Love at right tackle.

Sophomore wide receiver Darius Hanks was in black for a second consecutive day. His status has still not been disclosed to the media. Senior running back/kick returner Jonathan Lowe was a no-show for a second consecutive day.

Prince Hall took reps with the second and third team defense.

No players or coaches were available to the media.

STORY THREE (from The Athens Banner-Herald)

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia coach Mark Richt has suspended linebacker Darius Dewberry for the Bulldogs’ first two games for his role in an incident at an Athens-area hospital Sunday morning.

Dewberry, a junior who is the top backup at strongside linebacker, was seen on a hospital videotape overturning trash cans and causing other damage.

Police initially failed to identify Dewberry. Richt did so later.

“Yeah, it’s embarrassing,” Richt said, “it’s sad. It’s certainly been a distraction. There is no way you can say it’s not a distraction because it has been.”

Dewberry was at the hospital while teammates Donavon Baldwin and Marcus Dowtin were being treated for injuries suffered in a bar fight early Saturday morning.

Dewberry is the fifth Georgia player suspended from playing in the
Aug. 30 opener against Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the season’s first USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll released Friday.

Junior long snapper Jeff Henson was suspended indefinitely Saturday morning after being arrested and charged with public intoxication and urinating in public. Henson was charged with a DUI last November and suspended one game, which he served during the Sugar Bowl.

Baldwin, a junior safety who was set to serve a one-game suspension after a DUI arrest in January, was also suspended indefinitely after the bar incident that resulted in his hospitalization.

The 236-pound Dewberry went to St. Mary’s Hospital to check on Baldwin, and broke a barrier on a control arm at the parking lot — with his hands, not his car — and also broke four plant pots.

Richt said Dewberry “was very distraught about a teammate getting hurt badly.” Dewberry has agreed to pay for the damages and the hospital is not pressing charges.

Richt said Dewberry must perform 20 hours of community service, undergo counseling and work a part-time job — including on the Saturdays while he misses the first two games — to pay for damages.

In addition, fullback Fred Munzenmaier is suspended for two games for an alcohol-related incident, and offensive lineman Clint Boling is suspended for one game for a reckless-driving charge.

Defensive end Michael Lemon was kicked off the team after he was charged with felony battery last month for allegedly punching a student and breaking his eye socket.

“You feel sad and sick that one of the guys you’re an authority figure over and you care about got himself in trouble,” he said. “You also hate the fact those guys do represent this program and this program represents this university and this university represents this state. It represents anybody who claims to be a Bulldog. I feel sick about that.”

Richt said he talked to his players about the problems on Sunday.

“I’ve already read them the riot act,” Richt said before adding he doesn’t want to kick players off the team just to satisfy those tired of seeing names of Georgia players included on the Athens-Clarke County police blotter.

“If a guy has a first-time offense, I don’t believe in throwing that guy under the bus to try to stave off the wolves, so to speak,” Richt said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the guy. Dewberry, for example, I don’t think I should throw Dewberry off the football team. I’ve never had a problem with Darius Dewberry.”

Added Richt: “We will look into other ways of making sure we do a better job.”

Players are banned from downtown Athens during preseason camp, and Richt said he has considered extending that ban.

“That’s a decision he has to make,” senior tight end Tripp Chandler said. “I don’t know if I would blame him for it with what’s gone on this offseason.”

STORY FOUR (from ESPN.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tennessee’s Phillip Fulmer has won a lot of games — 147 to be exact — in what will surely be a Hall of Fame career some day.

In fact, the only five coaches in history to have won more SEC games are already in the Hall of Fame — Bear Bryant, John Vaught, Vince Dooley, Ralph “Shug” Jordan and Steve Spurrier (enshrined as a player).

Fulmer didn’t win Thursday at the SEC media days, though. He lost — and lost badly. He allowed himself to be blindsided by a bunch of Alabama attorneys, who succeeded in turning this event into more of a mockery than it already is.

Maybe next year, SEC officials will break their own record and hand out 1,000 media credentials, or maybe they’ll just open it up to anybody who passes through the doors at the Riverchase Galleria Mall, which adjoins the Wynfrey Hotel.

As we now know, Fulmer was served a subpoena by the Birmingham law firm of Blankenship, Harrelson & Wollitz as he was getting out of his vehicle to arrive at the SEC media days on Thursday morning. It’s the same firm representing disassociated Alabama booster Wendell Smith in his defamation suit against the NCAA.

Their goal is to get Fulmer under oath to discuss his role in the investigation of Alabama that landed the Crimson Tide on NCAA probation earlier this decade.

And if they embarrass him along the way, so be it.

It’s debatable whether or not Fulmer will ever have to give a deposition, and if he does, rest assured that his attorney will make sure the parameters of what can and can’t be asked will be extremely rigid. Something tells me the Sept. 25 deposition date — two days before Tennessee plays at Auburn — won’t stick, either.

“I guess I’m not surprised that he was served a subpoena, but I am disappointed that someone would stoop to that level to ambush him,” said Jeff Hagood, Fulmer’s attorney. “For them to stake him out the way they did, that tells you a little something about what we’re dealing with.”

Perhaps so, but Fulmer was his own worst enemy here. By not being completely truthful, or, at least, not thinking out the whole thing a little bit better when word first started to leak out that he’d been subpoenaed, he allowed a non-issue to become THE issue that dominated the day.

Media members in Alabama already had copies of the subpoena minutes after Fulmer walked into the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel. About that same time, the Tuscaloosa News had a story up on its web site.

In the meantime, Fulmer stuck to his story that he hadn’t seen any kind of subpoena. He was asked several different times in several different settings.

At one point, I asked him specifically if he had been served a subpoena after he’d just finished telling a group of reporters that “somebody was just screwing around.”

Fulmer’s response was a very firm, “No, I haven’t seen anything.”

Then came another denial. Fulmer was asked if anybody came to visit with him while he was getting out of his vehicle.

“No, I didn’t see anybody particularly that wasn’t a fan or wanting an autograph that I didn’t recognize. … I didn’t see anything. You guys are asking me about something I really don’t know anything about at this particular point.”

Now, what actually happened, according to Fulmer’s attorney, is that the service processor sort of threw the subpoena at Fulmer and it fell to the ground. Fulmer picked it up, didn’t look at it and instead gave it to Bud Ford, the Vols’ associate athletic director for media relations, to put in a briefcase with the rest of Fulmer’s papers.

Hagood said Fulmer didn’t actually look at the subpoena until he was on the plane leaving Birmingham.

Later in the evening, he issued a scathing statement ripping the Alabama law firm that subpoenaed him.

The bottom line: Tennessee fans had better hope Fulmer handles his team better this season than he did this whole subpoena fiasco.

Even if he wasn’t completely sure what he had been given before entering the hotel lobby, he had to know something was up when he started getting so many questions. Why not take a look then at what he’d given Ford to put in his briefcase?

SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Fulmer talked about the matter before the Vols’ coach departed, and Slive was clearly upset that it happened. A fair question becomes: Is it time for this event to leave Birmingham and bolt for Atlanta, Nashville or somewhere in Florida?

Maybe I’ll subpoena Slive, who refers to himself as a recovering attorney, and ask him.



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