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Carolina’s Spurrier Says He Might Coach Another Five Years

gfx-they-said-it4Ten years ago, South Carolina took a chance on hiring a 59-year-old football coach.  In an era when age is being looked upon more and more as a liability, the Gamecock brass bucked the “hire a young guy” trend.  Of course, when that 59-year-old coach is Steve Spurrier, it makes that decision just a tad bit easier.

Now entering his 10th season in Columbia, Spurrier has had more high-end success — three 11-2 seasons in a row — than any of his USC predecessors.  But Spurrier just turned 69 last Sunday.  It must be time to start thinking about replacements, right?

Not if you ask Spurrier.

The Ol’ Ball Coach told a Gamecock Club fan assembly this week that he’s still got plenty of gas in the tank:

 

“Going into (Year) 10?  I think it depends on if you want to go anywhere else — see, I don’t want to go anywhere else now.  I could go between 10 and 15 (years) maybe.  But if you want to go somewhere else, then you ought to go 10-12 then go somewhere else 10-12…

I had hoped to go 8-10 (years when I arrived at South Carolina), because I said one of my goals was to be the winningest coach — only 64 (wins) — had to get to 65.  It looked like it was going to take about 12 years to do it, then all of a sudden we started winning 11.  We started getting better player, and the facilities got better.  The fans are super.  It’s good football in our state.”

 

Good luck to the guy who follows Spurrier in Columbia.  You never want to be the guy who follows the legend.  Ask Ron Zook.

Spurrier is 77-39 in 116 games with South Carolina.

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2014 Schedule Breakout – November

crystal_ball_swamiFootball season will be here in the blink of an eye and that means it’s time to start looking ahead.  We at MrSEC.com have already been marking our calendar for the best SEC games this fall.  Week by week we’ve already shown you the “can’t miss” games and the “ones to watch” in August, September and October.  Now we look to closin’ time — the month of November.

We’ve tried to be pretty choosy in labeling games as “can’t miss” affairs.  But if we’ve smelled a cupcake game, we’ve been quick to slap it in the “what else is on?” category.  Below are our grades for the SEC’s November matchups.

 

November 1st Weekend

Can’t Miss:

Georgia vs Florida in Jacksonville

Auburn at Ole Miss (If you want fast, no-huddle offenses this one’s for you.)

Ones To Watch: 

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Kentucky at Missouri

Tennessee at South Carolina

What Else Is On:

LA-Monroe at Texas A&M

Ole Dominion at Vanderbilt

 

November 8th Weekend

Can’t Miss:  

Alabama at LSU

Texas A&M at Auburn

Ones To Watch: 

Florida at Vanderbilt

Georgia at Kentucky

What Else Is On:

Presbyterian at Ole Miss

TN-Martin at Mississippi State

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SEC Headlines 4/15/2014

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1. Tennessee assistant coaches getting a one-year contract extension. Rivals national recruiter of the year Tommy Thigpen getting a $25,000 raise.

2. South Carolina running back Mike Davis has a message for SEC defenses: “I’m going to run angry next season, and everybody’s going to know about it.”

3. Florida safety Marcell Harris made a game-high nine tackles at Saturday’s spring game. “I feel like I made a lot of plays.”

4. Academics forced Kentucky players J.D. Harmon and Rashad Cunningham to the sidelines last season: “It was a huge wake-up call for me.”

5. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on linebacker Michael Scherer: “Wow, this guy’s going to be a heck of a player.”

6. Five players who could make an impact at Texas A&M this fall.  List is topped by quarterback Kyle Allen.

7. Ten players at Georgia who will leave spring practice in better shape than when they began.

8. Alabama coach Nick Saban on his defensive line: ”They’re improving but we’re still not striking up front…”

9. Want to pick a magazine cover, LSU fans?  Here’s your chance.

10. Auburn receiver Sammie Coates on backup quarterback Jonathan Wallace: ”He’s one of the best leaders on the team,”

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11. Jeremy Hill, Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron – potential first-round surprises?

12. Quarterback Aaron Murray throwing at Georgia’s Pro Day.  Projected as a likely third or fourth-round pick.

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13. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein will return for his junior year. “I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship…”

14. Kentucky coach John Calipari: “Make the media buy their tickets!”

15. ESPN’s Chad Ford breaks down Kentucky’s pro prospects – had Cauley-Stein rated as a certain first-round pick.

16. Cornell guard Nolan Cressler transferring to Vanderbilt. Led Cornell in scoring last season. Tracking all 2014 transfers.

17. Optimism at South Carolina.  Coach Frank MartinL “I get a completely different vibe right now in the community when I’m around than I have at any time in my two years here. Completely different vibe.”

18. Georgia coach Mark Fox on the impact a contract extension has on recruiting.   ”Every recruit’s parents, they want to send their child to a secure situation. Once you can establish that, it does make it easier (to recruit).”

19. Ole Miss resuming a series with Memphis in 2015.

Extra

20. 40 bowl games in 2015 means 61 percent of the FBS will be in the postseason.

21. With a gunshot wound to the stomach, former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones defies the odds.

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Next Hoops Season, Just Focus On Your Team’s RPI And Ignore The Game-To-Game Analysis

see_the_big_picture_260The big picture.

In college basketball the big picture is all that matters.  Is your favorite team’s resume good enough to earn it an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament?  The rest of it — the yo-yo, see-saw, roller-coaster, up and down, back and forth freak outs — is meaningless.

Don’t believe us?  OK, then how many Kentucky fans do you think are still sweating the Wildcats’ 72-67 March 1st road loss to South Carolina?  Anyone?

Kentucky began the 2013-14 season with dreams of an undefeated season.  As those dreams quickly disappeared thanks to November and December losses to Michigan State, Baylor and North Carolina, Big Blue Nation had a Big Blue Conniption.  From messageboards to Twitter, John Calipari was taken to task for not getting the most out of what was basically the world’s best AAU team.  So what if Coach Cal’s players were young and green?  Many UK backers simply weren’t accepting excuses (even legitimate ones).

Things only got worse as the Cats proved themselves to be inconsistent throughout SEC play.  There were two losses to Arkansas.  There was the South Carolina disaster.  There was a 3-4 stretch to end the regular season.  There also was a tie for second place in the SEC with Georgia.

That’s not at all what Kentucky fans and most media members expected to see as the regular season transitioned into tourney season.

Yet here we are, once again reminded that tourney season is really the only season that matters when it comes to college basketball.  The regular season is nothing more than a means of selecting 68 teams for the NCAA Tournament.  The regular-season games themselves?  They mean zip.  Kentucky lost three times to Florida this year.  But who’s in the national title game?  Kentucky, not Florida.

Tennessee lost to a seven-man Vanderbilt squad and lost twice to Texas A&M.  But the Vols still got into the tournament, they reached the Sweet Sixteen and they were just three missed free throws from reaching the Elite Eight.  The regular season that so angered the “Bring Back Bruce” crowd in Knoxville really meant little by season’s end.  The Vols did what they had to do to get in the field and then they took advantage of matchups to keep playing long after Kansas, Ohio State, Duke and Syracuse went home (despite those schools having better regular seasons).

Florida had a magnificent regular season losing just twice.  They were undefeated in SEC play and then they took their in-league record to a sizzling 21-0 in the SEC Tournament.  They were given the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.  But the Gators drew a bad matchup in the national semifinal game and fell to UConn, one of the two teams that beat UF back in the regular season.  So for all those regular-season wins and that top overall seed, UF will still be watching tonight’s championship game along with 349 other D-I schools.

At MrSEC.com, we vow never to go too overboard over the seeding implications of regular-season wins and losses, either.  Once a team is in the field, it’s all a question of matchups.  Matchups mean more than seeds.  Kentucky and UConn were seeded eighth and seventh in their respective regions.  One 10 seed and two 11 seeds reached the Sweet Sixteen this year.  One 11 seed (Dayton) advanced all the way to the Elite Eight.  And obviously none of the 1 seeds made it to tonight’s title bout.

So next basketball season, follow our lead and focus only on three things from November to March:

 

1.  What is my team’s RPI?

2.  What is my team’s strength of schedule?

3.  How close to 20 wins are we and do we still have time to hit that mark?

 

It’s all about being good enough to earn one of the 36 at-large bids handed out by the selection committee.  And all things being equal, that means your favorite squad will probably need to win 20 games, have an RPI inside the top 40 and a SOS rank of 100 or better.  Follow that.  Pay attention to that.  And get off the roller-coaster.

A December loss to North Carolina?  A march loss to South Carolina?  Unless one or the other prevents your team from winning 20 or ranking in the top 40 of the RPI… those regular-season games should be taken with a grain of salt.  It’s time to just admit that fact and focus on the big picture instead.

That’s what we do on this site each year.  And you can bet we’re going to keep doing it moving forward.

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SEC Headlines 3/25/2014

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1. South Carolina offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers suspended from the team indefinitely.  Redshirt freshman arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and consumption of alcohol by a minor.

2. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on quartback Dylan Thompson:  ”I think he’s by far our best player right now.”

3. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace on left tackle Laremy Tunsil: “He makes you feel so comfortable back there.”

4. Florida’s offensive line has a new sign. #ThanksGrammarPolice.

5. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on the quarterback battle featuring Kenny Hill, Kyle Allen and Matt Joeckel: “It’s going really good. They’re all out there and they’re doing good.”

6. Even without Greg Robinson, Auburn’s offensive line should be very good. Tigers return four starters.

7. Former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron will be a special guest at an upcoming Mississippi State coaches’ clinic.

8. Back from spring break, Tennessee returns to the practice field today.

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9. Florida coach Billy Donovan’s contract extension will keep him in Gainesville through the 2018-2019 season. Average salary will be $3.7 million over the next six years.

10. Florida is 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament against UCLA - all games have come since 2006.

11. What if the NCAA Tournament was reseeded based on the first week’s performance?  Kentucky would move up dramatically.

12. Many heralded freshmen played poorly over the weekend - but not the ones at Kentucky.

13. Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon: ”We’ve got one of the best teams in the nation [when] we just come out and play like it.”

14. Auburn freshman point guard Malcolm Canada made the mistake of missing a team meeting.  Coach Bruce Pearl:  ”He ran until he puked the first day he was back.” Pearl expects to add two more coaches to his staff soon.

15. Losing just one senior, Georgia coach Mark Fox looks forward to next season: “We have more guys back, and that should hopefully get us off to a better start.”

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16. $21.3 million surplus for the University of Alabama athletic department.

17. Bobby Knight on what the NBA has done to the college game:  ”It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball in my opinion.” Not the first time he’s used a rape analogy.

18. Former Kentucky walk-on and current Manhattan coach Steve Masiello expected to replace Stan Heath at USF.

19. “The SEC is still a better conference; but the Pac-12 might now be the most interesting conference in the country.”

20. The late George Steinbrenner liked everything about the “Seinfeld” Steinbrenner – except the voice of Larry David.

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SEC Recruiting Notebook: A Roundup of Commitments

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxStephen Griffin couldn’t wait any longer to choose a school.

The defensive back from South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C., committed to Tennessee on Thursday. He made the decision more quickly than he anticipated.

“I had talked about it earlier and I knew I was going to commit there,” Griffin told Volquest.com. “I planned on waiting until after the spring game but I guess I just couldn’t wait.”

Griffin, who once lived in Knoxville, is already looking forward to joining 2014 defensive back signees Todd Kelly Jr. and Emmanuel Moseley, who enrolled at Tennessee in January.

The Vols coaching staff convinced Griffin he will be able to fit in with Tennessee’s young secondary.

“They treated me like a priority and that they really wanted me there and I could see myself playing there because my friend Todd Kelly and I used to go to preschool together and I used to live in Knoxville,” Griffin said. “Then, I made a connection with Emmanuel Moseley, too. It just felt like home there and that it was the place for me. They seemed the most interested, too.”

Clemson’s another school that has shown interest in Griffin, whose father, Steve Griffin, played running back for the Tigers from 1982-86. But Griffin said he had limited contact with Clemson until word traveled that he had committed to Tennessee.

“I got a message from one of (Clemson’s) coaches (Thursday) and they said to call them,” Griffin told Volquest. “But, over the last several months I haven’t really been receiving much interest from them.

“I feel like I’m pretty solid as of now because if they heat up it would feel weird because I don’t understand why they weren’t doing it earlier.”

Griffin is the ninth prospect and first defensive back to commit to Tennessee’s class of 2015.

 

South Carolina gets one Bowman brother, loses another

Wide receiver Michael Bowman from Havelock (N.C.) High School gave South Carolina good news when he committed to the Gamecocks’ 2015 class on Thursday.

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SEC Headlines 3/19/2014

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1. Why is former Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore lashing out at the Aggies athletic administration?

2. Spring practice gets underway today at Florida with a focus on the offense and new coordinator Kurt Roper.

3. Some players to watch and some questions to ask at Florida this spring.

4. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen appreciates having some depth at quarterback this spring. Bulldogs kicked off spring practice Tuesday.

5. Concern at LSU?  Tigers backfield lacks depth.

6. Those four Georgia players charged with  multiple counts of theft by deception on Monday were back on the practice field Tuesday but Mark Richt not ruling out any dismissals. Bulldogs potential national title contender in 2014?

7. Plenty of new faces and new roles along Missouri’s offensive line but center Evan Boehm will be the anchor in the middle. Is Tigers running back Russell Hansbrough one of the players poised for a breakout season?

8. Vanderbilt redshirt freshman C.J. Duncan is changing positions.

9. Germain Ifedi started every game at right guard for Texas A&M last fall.He could wind up playing tackle this fall.

10. Linebacker Trey DePriest will be a leader of the Alabama defense.

11. Auburn safety Trent Fisher, son of St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, may no longer be on the team.

12. South Carolina sophomore Jamari Smith trying to get the jump on five freshmen cornerbacks who will join the program this summer. A couple of South Carolina linebackers undergo arthroscopic surgeries.

13. Arkansas had to replace three assistant coaches in the offseason - but none of the changes came on the offensive staff.

14. Tennessee football is on spring break this week but here’s an updated look at the depth charts.

Bruce Pearl to Auburn reaction

15. Auburn’s new basketball coach meets the media.  ”When I made the mistakes that I made at Tennessee, I let a lot of people down.” Pearl gets six-year deal worth $2.2 million annually.

16. Pearl turned 54 Tuesday.  “Happy belated birthday, Bruce Almighty. Or should that now be Bruce Au-mighty?”

17. Pearl believes the hiring had the blessing of SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: ”I’m sure I wouldn’t be getting this second chance unless it met with his approval.”

18. “He will be a catalyst for change in the league, to the delight of commissioner Mike Slive.”

19. Pearl met with Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs at his Knoxville home Monday night - deal hashed out on the kitchen island.  One Tennessee reaction to Pearl’s hiring?  Relief.  

20. Kevin Scarbinsky: ‘A popular analogy already has started making the rounds...Pearl will be to (Anthony) Grant as Nick Saban was to Tommy Tuberville.

21. Paul Finebaum: (Alabama A.D. Bill Battle) “woke up today and found out his worst nightmare – at least from a basketball standpoint — has come true.”

22. Mike DeCourcy: “How many active coaches are better? Let’s just say they could all probably fit in one clown car.”

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23. Tennessee meets Iowa tonight.  Vols are 0-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Dayton, Ohio.

24. The 13-year old son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery will have surgery to remove a thyroid tumor just hours before tonight’s tipoff. Update: “Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned.”

25. Georgia hosts Vermont tonight in the NIT.  Bulldogs going for their 20th win of the season.

26. LSU travels to San Francisco to meet the Dons tonight in NIT action.

27. Texas A&M plays Wyoming tonight in the CBI Tournament.  Coach Billy Kennedy:  ”Our guys have been good in practice, and it helps us more for next year more than anything, just playing another game, and practicing helps for the future.”

28. Freshman guard Shawn Smith still not with the Aggies.

29. With a win Tuesday night, Albany gets to play Florida in the first round.  Trivia question: Know their team nickname?

30. The President has Florida in his Final Four but picks Michigan State to win it all.

31. Florida Center Patric Young wants to become a minister after basketball.

Extra

32. Johnny Manziel and his “Fighting Ducks” Nike shoes. Merrill Hoge on Johnny Football: “He’s got bust written all over him.”

33. Here’s a look at the rings given to Florida State players and coaches for winning the BCS title.

34. Actor Vince Vaughn pays $6.5 million for Lane Kiffin’s California home.

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Conference Tourney Final Four

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 72 – Missouri 49. Video Highlights

1. Tied at 29 at halftime, Florida pulls away with 12-o second-half run.  Gators have now won 24 straight games.

2. Missouri scores only 20 points in the second half.  22-11 Tigers likely bound for NIT.

Tennessee 59 – South Carolina 44. Video Highlights

3. Tennessee gets 22 points and 15 rebounds from Jarnell Stokes – his 19th double-double of the season.

4. Vols get Florida today in a semi-final game.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “We came to win the tournament.”

5. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on Tennessee: ”I told our assistants last night I think they’re playing better than anyone in our league right now.”

Kentucky 85 – LSU 67. Video Highlights

6. 17 points and 16 rebounds for Julius Randle. James Young led all scorers with 21 points.

7. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant: “They just were the tougher team tonight when it really counted.”

Georgia 75 – Ole Miss 73. Video Highlights

8. Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 16 points in a game that featured 20 lead changes, 17 ties, 51 total fouls and 73 total free throws.

9. Last time Georgia played Kentucky, Bulldogs were beaten by 25 points in Rupp Arena.

10. Marshall Henderson scores 19 points for Ole Miss , but was just 5 of 21 from the field.  No NIT for the Rebels?

SEC Conference Tournament Saturday Schedule

Tennessee vs Florida

Georgia vs Kentucky

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SEC Hoops Roundup 3/14/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Missouri 91 – Texas A&M 83 (2 OT).Video Highlights

1. Missouri survives and advances in double overtime.  Tigers outrebound the Aggies 48-28 and make 40 of 53 free throws.

2. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy: “They shot 53 free throws. You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s too many free throws.”

South Carolina 71 – Arkansas 69. Video Highlights

3. South Carolina wins for the second straight day, getting 17 points from Sindarius Thornwell as the Gamecocks pull off the upset.

4. Did Arkansas blow its chance to make the NCAA Tournament?  Razorback senior Coty Clarke: I’m hoping for the NCAAs. But right now, I don’t know.”

LSU 68 – Alabama 56. Video Highlights

5. LSU freshmen trio of Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman combined for 31 points. 

6. Alabama ends it season at 13-19 – most losses for the Crimson Tide since the 1968-1969 season.

7. What’s the future hold for Alabama coach Anthony Grant?

Ole Miss 78 – Mississippi State 66. Video Highlights

8, Ole Miss rallies from 13-point second-half deficit.  Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson each score 21 points to lead the Rebels.

9. Mississippi State goes nearly 10 minutes in second half without a bucket. Bulldogs end the season losing 14 of last 15 games.

SEC Tournament Friday Schedule

Missouri vs  Florida

South Carolina vs Tennessee

LSU vs Kentucky

Ole Miss vs Georgia

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South Carolina 71 – Arkansas 69

Video highlights of the South Carolina 71-69 win over Arkansas Thursday at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta.

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