March 9th, 2014 09:15 AM║ Posted By: MrSEC.com ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn, Texas A&M
1. As the Gators go for perfection in conference play, this Florida senior class has racked up some amazing numbers. Another major milestone awaits.
2. Kentucky coach John Calipari on the challenge facing his team: ”It’s not going to be easy. There is nothing that’s going to be easy about it.”
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
3. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings can’t understand why some of his players are hesitant to shoot the ball. ”There is a reluctance and you’re not sure why it exists.”
4. The “Marshall Henderson Show” is almost over. Last home game for the Ole Miss senior guard.
Auburn at Texas A&M
5. At one point the SEC’s leading scorer, Auburn guard Chris Denson has scored just nine points in his last two games.
6. Status of senior guard Fabyon Harris uncertain today. Coach Billy Kennedy: ”He’s limited in what he can do, so we are still unsure what he will be able to do.”
Missouri at Tennessee
7. Sitting on the bubble, a victory at Tennessee would be huge for Missouri’s NCAA Tournament chances. Coach Frank Haith: “They’re an NCAA Tournament team, so if you beat them twice it definitely helps you.”
8. Tennessee is playing some its best basketball of the year. But is this a “play-out” game for both these teams?
South Carolina at Mississippi State
9. Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized Friday afternoon. “I understand that I represent this university and I have a duty to conduct myself in a certain way.”
10. Mississippi State senior Colin Borchert on what he’s learned from coach Rick Ray: “The biggest thing I’m going to take from is how you can succeed when you come from nothing.”
Arkansas at Alabama
11. Streaking Arkansas trying to win its fourth straight SEC road game. Best Razorbacks road team in 20 years?
12. Last home game for Alabama guard Trevor Releford. Coach Anthony Grant: ”He’s 6-foot on the outside but he’s like 6-8 on the inside.”
Georgia at LSU
13. A win for Georgia locks down third place in the SEC and a double-bye in the conference tournament.
14. LSU senior guard Andre Stringer is “the final vestige of the Tigers’ failed resurrection plan four years ago under former coach Trent Johnson.”
15. The Antlers at Missouri and other student groups get attention from ESPN’s Outside The Lines this weekend.
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Jennings received a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide during a visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend. He only needed a few days to pull the trigger on his commitment.
“I just felt like it was time,” Jennings told AL.com. “(Alabama) is the place that suits me and where I fit in the best. Not only will they help me become a greater football player, but become the man I would love to be later on in life.
“I kept praying about it and will continue to.”
Jennings, whose offer list includes Arkansas, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Louisville, will continue to consider other schools. He said he plans to take all five official visits this fall, according to AL.com.
Alabama will continue to recruit Jennings to keep him from going elsewhere. He was a key target for the Crimson Tide after coaches were able to evaluate him in person, according to Andrew Bone of TideSports.com. He wrote in part:
“(Jennings) has the ability to do a lot of different things. He can play defensive end or linebacker. He has been coached well throughout his high school career. He knows and understands the game. He knows how to shoot his hands and fight off blocks. He is an aggressive defender coming off the ball.”
Jennings is the eighth prospect to commit to Alabama’s 2015 class, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Texas A&M in the Rivals Team Rankings.
Dean chooses Arkansas
Defensive end Daytrieon Dean committed to Arkansas last weekend.
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As spring practice gets going across the SEC, what are the key story lines to watch? Sports Illustrated’s Ben Glicksman breaks down several that bear watching: the Alabama offense, Florida’s new offensive coordinator, and big shoes to fill at Auburn and Texas A&M.
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Missouri 57 – Texas A&M 56. Video Highlights
1. Earnest Ross gets two steals and scores Missouri’s final seven points in the last 1:06 of the game.
2. Texas A&M is 16-2 at home. Aggies now just 1-11 away from Reed Arena.
Arkansas 110 – Ole Miss 80. Video Highlights
3. Razorbacks connect on 17 three-point shots. Arkansas has now won six straight games. 110 most ever for Arkansas at home in conference play.
4. The Arkansas bench outscores Ole Miss bench 71-26.
Tennessee 82 – Auburn 54. Video Highlights
5. First three-game conference winning streak of the season for Tennessee. In back-to-back games, Vols beat Vandy and Auburn by a combined 66 points.
6. Did Tony Barbee coach his final home game at Auburn? “I’m proud of the guys, the way they’re fighting and looking forward to coaching against Texas A&M.”
Georgia 66 – Mississippi State 45.
7. Georgia just a win away from wrappping up third place in the SEC. But Bulldogs would lose tiebreaker to both Tennessee and Arkansas and fall to fifth place if they lose and those two win on Saturday.
8. Mississippi State will finish season with no true road game victories. Bulldogs losing streak now at 12 games.
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2. Georgia will face a short-handed Clemson team in its opener. Tigers suspend four players – including two returning starters. “That’s a nice change for the Bulldogs, who have been mocked before by certain SEC coaches for almost always having multiple players suspended early in the season.”
3. Tennessee wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard taking a leave of absence from team. Coach Butch Jones says he’s ”dealing with some personal circumstances.”
4. Tennessee fifth-year senior defensive tackle Gregory Clark won’t be on Vols roster this fall - imoving on with his post-college career. Are A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt one of the best linebacking duos in the conference?
5. Five players who won’t be returning to Missouri this fall.
6. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on proposed 10-second rule: “I’ve heard they’ve hopefully tabled it, but I’m not sure.”
7. There are several ways to impact safety in college football that have nothing to do with tempo.
8. Five SEC quarterback battles to watch this spring.
9. The majority of Florida’s spring practices will be open to the public this year.
10. Auburn hires a high school coach as director of high school relations.
11. Matt Hayes gives us 68 reasons why college football is better than college basketball.
12. Who gets back on top first - Alabama football coach Nick Saban or Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari? ”The smart money would be on Saban.”
13. Pro day today at Arkansas - 14 former Razorbacks participating.
14. List of players that participated in Texas A&M’s pro day this morning – Johnny Manziel will have a separate workout later this month.
15. At Auburn’s pro day on Tuesday, 17 players took part. Former player Demetruce McNeal explains the circumstances of his dismissal prior to the season.
16. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: “Each year, we’ll have guys that go to the next level.”
17. As Florida goes for conference perfection Saturday, ticket prices reportedly skyrocketing.
18. Texas A&M at Missouri. Aggies have won just one true road game all year - at Tennessee.
19. Can Missouri’s Keanau Post build of his breakout game against Mississippi State Saturday? “It has been a lot more difficult than I thought.”
20. Mizzou’s Senior Night won’t feature a single player who’s spent his entire career with the Tigers.
21. Mississippi State at Georgia. MSU hasn’t won a road game since last January - and it came at Georgia.
22. Georgia a game ahead of Tennessee and Arkansas in SEC standings - what happens if they end in a three-way tie?
23. Ole Miss at Arkansas. Bud Walton Arena tough place to play for most - but Andy Kennedy’s teams have won four straight there.
24. Tennessee at Auburn. Expect a close game. None of the four teams to win at Auburn did so by more than eight points
25. Final home game for Georgia’s Donte’ Williams.
26. C.M. Newton on Trevor Lacey’s transfer from Alabama to North Carolina State: ”The Lacey kid leaving the Alabama program was a mistake on everybody’s part, in my opinion. The kid should have stayed right here.”
27. Our earlier roundup of Tuesday night SEC hoops action.
28. Dementia and 83-year old Dean Smith.
29. Jay Bilas on playing professionally in Italy: “At halftime I went in the locker room and three of my teammates were smoking cigarettes. It was different.”
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1. “I had nothing to do with the idea of the 10-second rule,” says Alabama coach Nick Saban. Also says, “I don’t think coaches should be making this decision.”
2. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on the first day of spring practice: “It’s just the first day. We’re running around in our underwear.”
3. Sumlin says defensive tackle Isaiah Golden and linebacker Darian Claiborne remain suspended indefinitely.
4. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says he hopes to have his support staff complete by the end of next week.
5. Why the left tackle spot will be a source of intrigue along the Georgia offensive line.
6. Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday will include 15 players.
7. NFL analyst Charles Davis projects three Auburn players to go in the first round of the draft.
8. Missouri’s Henry Josey improved his draft stock with 4.43 40-yard time at the NFL Combine.
9. ESPN’s Andy Katz on Bruce Pearl: ”I can’t tell you 100 percent that he’s not stirring the pot [at Tennessee], but I don’t think he is.”
10. Missouri attendance on pace for its lowest level since 2007-2008. Sophomore forward Ryan Rosburg: “You do notice.” Biggest drop in SEC.
11. Last time LSU faced a No. 1 ranked team was against Kentucky in 2012 in the SEC Tournament.
12. College Football Talk: Is James Franklin Waking A Sleeping Giant At Penn State?
13. Randy Moss’s daughter scores 63 points in DIII basketball game.
14. NBA to LeBron James – please stop wearing the black mask.
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1. The post-Johnny Manziel era begins today at Texas A&M as spring practice gets underway.
2. Biggest storyline of the spring at Tennessee? The four-man quarterback competition.
3. Bruce Feldman: : “I don’t know how much Mizzou pays strength coach Pat Ivey, but I’m pretty sure whatever it is, the school is getting a bargain.” (last item)
4. Should college football limit the amount of full-contact practices during the season?
5. Linebacker Kris Frost could be a key cog in Auburn’s defense this fall.
6. It’s official. Bradley Dale Peveto is back on Les Miles’ staff. Was special teams coordinator and a defensive assistant on LSU’s 2007-08 national championship team.
7. Georgia coach Mark Richt is…pure evil?
8. Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray will participate in Jon Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPN.
9. Forget “Johnny Football” – how about “Mr. Football?”
10. Mel Kiper on Auburn tackle Greg Robinson: “He shined as an athlete in Indy and is now a challenge to go No. 1 overall.”
11. Dismissed from team last summer after failing to become academically eligible for the second straight season, Nick Brasell is one of 19 scheduled participants for Ole Miss’ Pro Day Monday.
12. Former Ole Miss Rebel Greg Hardy: “If my hand was broken, I’d say I wasn’t playing. And they’d say it was a sprain and I’d be like, Nah, I’m getting my own opinion. They hated that with a passion.”
13. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings on speculation over Cuonzo Martin’s job status at Tennessee: “I think for people to speculate on his job is absurd.”
14. Florida guard Kasey Hill’s status for Saturday against LSU is uncertain. Been bothered by a strained groin. Gators clinched SEC title for second straight year when Arkansas beat Kentucky Thursday night.
15. What do the computers think about Kentucky’s loss to Arkansas?
16. Did college football kill college basketball in the state of Alabama?
17. Missouri knows what it needs to do to get to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year. Coach Frank Haith: “You’ve got to win.”
18. Georgia is one six conference schools where attendance has gone up this year.
19. Why was Auburn fan Chris Hardin ejected Wednesday night? ”I told him ‘you got to blow your whistle (against South Carolina).’ He didn’t like that.”
20. Phillip Fulmer and the rebirth of East Tennessee State football.
21. Barry Switzer: ““I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback.”
22. Players and fans get into a fight at the end of the New Mexico State and Utah Valley basketball game Thursday night. New Mexico State player suspended after instigating brawl.
23. $60 million high school stadium in Texas closes over structural concerns.
24. Las Vegas bookmaker sets the odds for the Oscars – 12 Years a Slave overwhelming favorite for Best Picture.
Headline of the day
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Arkansas 71 – Kentucky 67 (overtime). Video Highlights
1. Arkansas now a serious NCAA Tournament contender? Razorbacks complete season sweep of Kentucky and have now won six of seven games.
2. “I think we might have found our frontrunner for the coveted third SEC bid.”
3. Kentucky led 60-56 with a minute to go in regulation. Coach John Calipari: “We took two steps back tonight.”
4. Mark Story: “There’s no tangible sign at this point that John Calipari’s 2014 Cats have a magical march through March in them.”
Saturday SEC Hoops Schedule
Vanderbilt at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Missouri
Auburn at Alabama
Georgia at Arkansas
LSU at Florida
Kentucky at South Carolina
Ole Miss at Texas A&M
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Florida received commitments from the following in-state prospects in the last week: wide receivers Deondre Farrier from Orlando and Tristan Payton from Jacksonville, offensive lineman Tyler Jordan from Jacksonville and linebacker Camrin Knight from Tallahassee.
“It feels great to be a Gator,” Payton told the Orlando Sentinel. “I remember liking Tim Tebow … and Percy Harvin was my favorite.”
Payton has become a favorite receiver of First Coast quarterback De’Andre Johnson, who’s committed to Florida State.
“He’s a ‘Nole,” Payton said of Johnson. “He was proud of me with the decision I made and stuff like that, but he was all in my face talking about, ‘Go Noles.’ But not too much. When I came over here I didn’t have any offers or anything, so he was proud of me for getting that offer from Florida.”
Florida was the first SEC school to offer Knight, who had already received official invitations from schools such as Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Florida’s proximity helped the Gators land Knight.
“I chose Florida because it’s close to home,” Knight told Rivals.com. “It’s like two and a half hours away, it’s a nice school, has nice facilities and I like what they are going to do this upcoming season.”
Florida, which has five commitments for the 2015 class, will continue to try to build recruiting momentum before the season begins. Several highly-touted prospects, including quarterback Dwayne Lawson from Tampa, Fla., and receiver Preston Williams from Hampton, Ga., visited Florida recently.
Williams told Rivals he is “100 percent” committed to Tennessee but plans to visit other schools to make sure. Gainesville was the most recent stop.
“It was a great experience,” Williams said of his Florida trip. “I like Florida a lot. They showed me everything. I saw the whole city and I really saw more what they have on campus.”
Lawson liked what he saw when he visited Florida. He told Rivals the Gators and Tennessee are standing out along with Central Florida and Ohio State. All four schools have offered Lawson.
“Those schools really do a good job recruiting me,” he said. “They show me the most love. They message me whenever they have time and they come to my school when they are allowed to.”
Lawson’s decision could come sooner than he originally planned. He said he will likely take unofficial visits to Tennessee, Central Florida and Ohio State before he chooses a school.
“I don’t really know what I should do right now,” Lawson said. “I think I need to talk to my coaches a little bit more about it before I do anything. I was going to wait until National Signing Day, but I don’t think that would be the best idea right now. I know some schools are going to want to know who their guy is.”
Sullivan chooses Auburn
Auburn received a commitment last weekend from linebacker Elijah Sullivan from Tucker (Ga.) High School.
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