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SEC Headlines 1/3/2014

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1. Blaming AJ? “This defeat rested squarely on the shoulders of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.”

2. “Maybe Nick Saban was so depressed that Leonard Fournette committed to LSU that his funk carried over to his team as well.”

3. If Florida State “can’t stand up to Auburn’s running game, it’s going to be a long, sleepless night Monday.”

4. Does anyone play defense anymore? “The over-under for Monday night’s title game, despite Florida State’s nation-leading 11.1 points-per-game allowed, is 67 1/2.”

5. Auburn center Reese Dismukes: “The Harvey Updykes of the world are going to be rooting for Florida State.”

6. What’s the relationship like between Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee? “It’s honestly like a married couple fighting sometimes.”

7. From Tee Martin to Jameis Winston – can the BCS era begin and end with winning quarterbacks from Alabama?

8. “Depth, not just in physical ability but coaching, facilities, support and resources, that has allowed the SEC to distance itself from the competition…”

9. David Climer on the rumors surrounding Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: “Wouldn’t you rather have a coach that other programs are interested in than a coach whose phone never rings?”

10. Missouri quarterback James Franklin is a Texas native and will end his college career not far from where he played his high school ball.

11. Mizzou defensive end Michael Sam on Oklahoma State: “We hope they pass all night, to be honest with you.”

12. A postmortem on the Georgia Bulldogs season: “This team, we just had a lot of things go wrong and a lot of things go wrong at the worse time imaginable.” Georgia lost a combined 41 full games from key offensive starters.

13. A prolific 2013 season at LSU: “For the first time in history, LSU had a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher.”

14. Does the “state championship” seem more important now to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier?

15. With quarterback Dak Prescott returning along what should be a better defense, Mississippi State may surprise some people in 2014.

16. The Ole Miss defense features some intriguing possibilities for 2014.

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17. As expected, Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans going pro.  Had a school-record 1,369 yards this season.

18. LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson says he’s leaving school early for the NFL.

19. Jadeveon Clowney’s new agent says his client wants to be the first overall draft pick. “He and I have talked about it, that he’s going to commit himself to do the work necessary to put him in that position…”

SEC Basketball

20. Mississippi State 77 – Maryland Eastern Shore 63.  21 points and 16 rebounds for Gavin Ware.

21. Jordan Clarkson off to an impressive start at Missouri – averaging 20 points and more than 4 assists per game.

22. Kentucky’s poor free-throw shooting brings back an appreciation of Kyle Macy

Extra

23. Have a Gruden!  Texas donor Red McCombs makes his pitch for the next coach of the Longhorns.

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Mississippi State Fries Rice At Liberty Bowl

postgame-links-150x1501Mississippi State 44 – Rice 7

1. Quarterback Dak Prescott accounts for five touchdowns – three passing and two rushing – and rolls up 361 total yards of offense.

2. 220 receiving yards for Jameon Lewis -  a Mississippi State and Liberty Bowl record.

3. Bulldogs outgained Rice 533-145 and scored the game’s final 44 points.

4. Fourth straight winning season for MSU - coach Dan Mullen has most bowl wins in school history.

5. Most lopsided bowl loss ever for Rice. “They knew where to hit us, where to exploit our weaknesses.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/24/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Tennessee 82 – Morehead State 67.  Vols go on 13-0 run to begin second half.  Derek Reese comes off the bench for Tennessee (7-4) to deliver 12 points and 10 rebounds. Video Highlights.

2. Boise State 80 – South Carolina 54.  Gamecocks (3-6) will play Akron for third place in the Diamond Head Classic after falling to Boise. South Carolina shoots just 37 percent from the floor and commits 18 turnovers.

3. UNLV 82 – Mississippi State 66. Bulldogs (9-3) drop championship game of the Las Vegas Classic.  Mississippi State led by Craig Sword’s 18 points.

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SEC Headlines 12/23/2013

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1. Florida State is an ACC team but it has plenty in common with Auburn and the SEC power teams.

2. Auburn kicker Cody Parkey has been checking off goals during his senior season.

3. Nick Saban on D.J. Pettway returning to Alabama: “We felt that this one person, because he did the things he was required to do, deserved a second chance.”

4. Alabama will hold a simulated game Monday to help bridge the gap between Auburn and Oklahoma.

5. Jeremy Hill’s 49-yard touchdown run was the No. 5 play for LSU this season.

6. Zach Mettenberger won’t play for LSU in the Outback Bowl but he is helping mentor Anthony Jennings before his first start.

7. Mississippi State freshman QB Damian Williams is trying to learn from Dak Prescott and get better.

8. Standout Texas A&M freshman linebacker Damian Claiborne has been suspended following a drug charges.

9. Dwight Collins looks at program game-changers in the history of the SEC.

10. Ready for a sneak peak into 2014? Athlon has its very early top 25 for next season.

SEC Basketball

11. Auburn surged past Boston College Sunday and never looked back. The Tigers won 77-67.

12. Ole Miss lost by three points to Mercer on Sunday.

13. Mississippi State beat South Florida 71-66. Mississippi State will play UNLV on Monday.

14. South Carolina gave Saint Mary’s its first loss of the season in Honolulu. South Carolina will play Boise State on Monday.

15. Tennessee will be trying to find the right “flow” when it takes on Morehead State on Monday.

Extra

16. Bowl ticket guarantees are “a hard business model that we keep fighting,” according to Ohio State AD Gene Smith.

17. Dan Wolken has nine names you should see on Texas’ list but won’t.

18. Standout guard Jerian Grant won’t play the rest of the season for Notre Dame’s basketball team because of academic issues.

19. Saturday’s Louisville-Kentucky basketball game will headline Saturday’s basketball action.

20. The accusation against Boise State QB Joe Southwick, who was sent home from Hawaii, is an unusual one for sure.

21. Need to rebuild a program. Here are the 30 best coaches to get the job done.

22. Steve Sarkisian will make another run at Ed Orgeron. Sarkisian: “When the emotions settle down, Ed’s a great Trojan and he’s meant a lot to the Trojan family.”

23. Happy Festivus, everyone.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/20/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Mississippi State 66 – Florida Gulf Coast 53.  Bulldogs force 21 turnovers.  Now 8-2 on the season – won just 10 games all of last year.

2. Arkansas 102 – UT-Martin 56. Video Highlights.  21st straight home win for the Razorbacks.  Coach Mike Anderson: “We played to our strengths.”

3. Auburn 66 – Clemson 64. Video HighlightsTeam-high 19 points for Chris Denson.  Auburn defense comes up big late.

4. USC Upstate 74 – South Carolina 68. Gamecocks fall to 2-5 on the season.  First ever win against the SEC for USC-Upstate.

5. Georgia 58 – Gardner-Webb 49. Fifth straight win for the Bulldogs after starting the season 1-4.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/18/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Manhattan 86 – South Carolina 68. Gamecocks fall to 2-4 on the season.  Sindarius Thornwell led South Carolina with 17 points.

2. Mississippi State 78 – Florida A&M 65.  Bulldogs make 33 free throws on 45 chances - second most attempts in the SEC this season, the most made.  Team-high 16 points for Craig Sword.

3. Wichita State 72 – Alabama 67.  Shockers remain undefeated with second straight win over SEC team.  Crimson Tide drop to 5-5 on the season.  ”Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.”

4. Vanderbilt 58 – Austin Peay 56. Video HighlightsCommodores hang on despite committing 19 turnovers.  Vanderbilt improves to 6-3 on the season.

5. Florida 77 – Memphis 75.  Second straight win over ranked opponent for Gators despite season-high 17 turnovers.  Florida now 8-2.

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LSU Shows Off The Future Of Tiger Stadium

LSU is one of several SEC schools — Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, etc — in the middle or at the beginning of a stadium renovation project.  In the case of Tiger Stadium, yet another expansion is on the way, this one in the South end zone.

Yesterday, LSU released a 3D rendering of what the new 100,000+ seat arena will look like when the new addition is finished:

 

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Once complete, Tiger Stadium will join Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) and Bryant-Denny Stadium (LSU) as the biggest in the SEC.  Kyle Field at Texas A&M is scheduled to be the biggest in the SEC (102,500) when its expansion is complete in August 2015, though we’d bet that Tennessee officials will re-jigger the seat layout at Neyland in order to add 50-100 more… and reclaim the “biggest stadium in the South” title.

LSU’s project is expected to be completed by next season.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/6/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Missouri 80 – West Virginia 71. Tigers move to 8-0 behind 59 points from the trio of Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross. Video Highlights

2. TCU 71 – Mississippi State 61. Bulldogs cut an 18-point second-half deficit down to three at one point in second half but can’t get any closer.  Fall to 5-2 on the season.

3. Vanderbilt 69 – Marshall 67. Vanderbilt wins the game but loses junior center Josh Henderson to likely ACL/MCL knee injury. Could miss rest of the season and leave Vandy with eight scholarship players. Video Highlights

4. Kansas State 61 – Ole Miss 58 Ole Miss drops its first game of the year in a see-saw battle where neither team led at any point by more than five points.

Weekend Schedule

Friday Night

South Carolina at Oklahoma State

Kentucky vs Baylor (Dallas Cowboys Stadium)

Saturday

Tennessee Tech at Tennessee

UCLA at Missouri

Clemson at Arkansas

Alabama at USF

Sunday

Illinois at Auburn

Oregon at Ole Miss

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Behind Quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Rallies To Win In Overtime

postgame-links-150x1501Mississippi State 17 – Ole Miss 10 (OT). Video Highlights

1. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told his wife Thursday morning Dak Prescott wouldn’t play.  The quarterback scored the game-winning touchdown.

2. Mullen: ”The second I put him on the field I felt like we were going to win the game.”

3. Bulldogs get all-important sixth victory of the season – pre-sale of bowl tickets starts today.

4. Tough night for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace - three first-half interceptions and a game-ending fumble.

5. “You can’t blame the Ole Miss run defense for the 17-10 Egg Bowl loss. It did its part.”

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Mississippi State 17 – Ole Miss 10 (Video)

Video highlights of the Mississippi State 17-10 overtime win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl Thanksgiving night.

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