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SEC Headlines 10/31/2013

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1. Florida’s defense has allowed 100-yard rushers in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2011.  How will they fare against Georgia and Todd Gurley?

2. With Gurley in the lineup, Georgia has recorded 33 plays greater than 20 yards.  Without him – just nine.

3. Auburn coaches are paying special attention to Arkansas defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith. Gus Malzahn: ”We’ve faced some good defensive fronts, but getting after the passer, this may be the best one.”

4. Auburn is averaging 37 points a game.  Arkansas is allowing 44.8 points per game in conference play.

5. The Auburn game is the last of the year in Fayetteville.  Arkansas 20-man senior class will be honored before the game.

6. Texas A&M’s defense took a step in the right direction against Vanderbilt.  Can it build on the momentum?

7. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin apologized to ESPN/SEC sideline reporter Cara Capuano after being short with her in a halftime interview.

8. A report card for South Carolina heading into November.  Best grade goes to Mike Davis and the running game.

9. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen on facing Jadeveon Clowney: “What we have to do is do a good job of making sure we limit the amount of plays he can make.”

10. Tennessee coach Butch Jones knows all about Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk .  Recruited the Ohio native when he was coaching at Cincinnati.

11. Tennessee will attempt to do something at Missouri it hasn’t done in over 1,000 days – win a true road game.

12. Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney on the battle upfront between the Vols and the Tigers. ”They’ve definitely got our attention from last year in hearing the guys talk about it. ”

13. Quarterback AJ McCarron on Alabama’s scout team defense: “You can’t say enough about about those guys, and I respect those guys more than anybody.”

14. With a bye week, LSU in no rush to start preparations for Alabama.  Jeremy Hill: “You just can’t let it overwhelm you.”

15. Ole Miss wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan has been on a roll.  13 passes thrown his way last two games – he’s caught all 13 of them.

16. Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette: “I just wasn’t always ready to go from the start in the A&M game.”

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17. Florida has eight players out for the season , two more either doubtful or questionable for Georgia plus D.J. Humphries out two-to-four weeks.

18. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall splitting reps with freshman Jeremy Johnson.  Still recovering from an injury to his throwing shoulder. Could be game-time decision.

19. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn confirms safety Joshua Holsey had ACL surgery Friday. “It went very well.”

20. Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow has a sprained ankle and a sprained AC joint in left (non-throwing) shoulder but he “seems ready to go” Saturday against Alabama State.

21. Georgia coach Mark Richt says starting safeties Josh-Harvey Clemons and Tray Matthews will be available to play against Florida.   Bulldogs need a punt-snapper.

22. Alabama cornerback Deion Blue has some turf toe issues.  Fellow cornerback Bradley Sylve bothered by a strained left ankle.

23. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye may not be available for Alabama.  Injured in warmups for the Furman game.

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24. Texas A&M guard J-Mychael Reese suspended for violating athletic department rules.  Expected to last two to three games.

25. This is a make-or-break season for Aggies coach Billy Kennedy.


26. The Missouri-South Carolina game got the highest rating for any game on ESPN2 this year.

27. Mizzou-South Carolina got better ratings in Knoxville than St. Louis (the World Series had a little something to do with that).


28. 16 college players who are “football smart.” Only Georgia’s Aaron Murray makes the list from the SEC.

29. A 21-point spread for the Florida State-Miami game?

30. Is Houston Nutt interested in the Connecticut job?

31. Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain: “I felt like Aaron Hernandez, like I just wanted to kill somebody.”

32. Behind the scenes with Tennessee football’s new “Bulletproof” video.

33. Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday, Nick Saban! 

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SEC Headlines 7/25/2013

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1. Alabama and Texas A&M have two players each in the top five of the SEC.

2. Five questions about Mississippi State are answered as we get ready for the preseason.

3. Former Alabama player John Copeland says Alabama is more talented than a year ago.

4. Freshman running back Johnathan Ford is showing he might be able to help Auburn this fall.

5. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson once criticized uptempo offenses. Now he sees the benefit.

6. Video: LSU coach Les Miles spoke at a Rotary Club in Louisiana.

7. Freshman Anthony Jennings “might be” the top backup to LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, according to Miles.

8. Offensive guard Aaron Morris is the No. 18 most important player for Ole Miss this season.

9. Six of Mississippi State’s practices will be open to the public, starting on Aug. 1.

10. Florida is still looking for Caleb Sturgis’ replacement as the team’s placekicker.

11. Georgia’s offensive line is still taking shape as the Bulldogs prepare for the preseason.

12. Both of Georgia’s coordinators met with the media on Wednesday.

13. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is ready for football on the field to arrive.

14. Uniform changes are a touchy subject for SEC football fans.

15. Here’s another story about coach Gary Pinkel needing to win in Missouri’s second year in the SEC.

16. Florida is removing a brick outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium honoring Aaron Hernandez. (Here’s a photo)

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17. Leadership issues at point guard is the reason for Florida’s close losses in recent years, says a former Gator.

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18. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio, has seen the surveillance video and says Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde did hit the woman.

19. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addressed the team’s off-field issues, which he said have made him “furious”.

20. Add Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to the list of people expecting fundamental changes involving the NCAA.

21.  The AAC would likely push for inclusion in a power conference break, according to Jeremy Fowler.

22. Like most coaches, Charlie Strong is cautious when Louisville’s national title hopes come up.

23. Florida State tight Nick O’Leary (Jack Nicklaus’ grandson) survived a scary motorcycle crash in May.


24. The “Patriot Way” needs to be re-examined following what happened with Aaron Hernandez, writes Jarrett Bell.

25. The United States soccer team has advanced to the Gold Cup final with a 3-1 win over Honduras.

26. Yesterday was a weird one involving Alex Rodriguez, who’s trying to return to play for third base for the Yankees.

27. LeBron James is likely finished playing basketball for Team USA. He won two gold medals and a bronze in the Olympics.

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SEC Headlines 7/15/2013

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1. Peyton Manning said he hopes Johnny Manziel will return as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy next year.

2. What really happened with Manziel, who was allegedly spotted out late Saturday night in College station? (Peter King has an update. The latest isn’t helping Manziel’s NFL draft stock.

3. It shows Manziel is facing unprecedented scrutiny thanks to social media, writes Ivan Maisel.

4. Gregg Doyel takes LSU coach Les Miles to task over his handling of troubled running back Jeremy Hill.

5. Here are five questions about LSU from Alabama’s point of view. The two teams will play on Nov. 9.

6. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron would like to play at Tiger Stadium again. This year’s game is in Tuscaloosa.

7. Take a look back at Gus Malzahn’s time at Springdale High School, where he produced an all-time great team.

8. Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews is the 12th best player in the SEC, according to Pat Dooley.

9. Here’s a breakdown of Florida’s defensive line, which features plenty of talent despite key losses from a year ago.

10. Gene Sapakoff looks at the top storylines for each team in the SEC entering the year.

11. David Climer ranks the hot seats for all 14 SEC coaches.

12. Missouri and the SEC are being careful when it comes to head injuries, writes Dave Matter.

13. Here’s a ranking of the SEC’s backup quarterbacks entering the season.

14. Here’s a game-by-game look at LSU’s upcoming season from Athlon Sports.

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15. Which teams stand the best chance of topping Kentucky’s “super-team” this year?


16. Former Gators Mike and Maurkice Pouncey wore “Free Hernandez” hats recently, apparently in support of accused murderer Aaron Hernandez.

17. Georgia head strength coach Joe Tereshinski Jr. will receive a $50,000 pay raise.

18. Athlon Sports has 12 steps to fix the ACC in football.

19. Brian Bosworth says Oklahoma has “lost a lot of our bite” but can get it back.

20. Would Chris Davis of the Orioles be the true home run king if he hits 62 home runs?

21. Can track win the fight against doping? Experts are skeptical following positive tests by Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell.

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SEC Headlines 7/8/2013

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1. Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer is looking for a school. He’d like to stay close to home. “I’d go walk on at Arkansas.”

2. Urban Meyer called Aaron Hernandez’s issues at Florida “very minor stuff” in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch.

3. Here’s a preview of Georgia State, an opponent that shouldn’t be much of a challenge for Alabama.

4. Alabama received good news this weekend: Defensive lineman Darius Page has been cleared by the NCAA and will enroll on Monday.

5. Here’s a preview of Texas A&M from Auburn’s point of view. The two teams will meet on Oct. 19.

6. LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. is on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which goes to the nation’s most versatile player.

7. Billy Cannon and Pete Maravich belong on LSU’s sports Mount Rushmore, writes Scott Rabalais.

8. Losses in bowl games haven’t always hurt Florida. Pat Dooley looks back at the Gators’ history.

9. Wide receiver Ryan Jenkins, whose father is a former Vol, will begin classes at Tennessee on Monday.

10. Alabama’s offense will be the most effective in the SEC in 2013, writes Barrett Sallee.

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11. The USA Junior National Team, which featured two SEC players, won Gold in the FIBA U19 World Championship.

12. Here’s a look at the SEC’s attempt to strengthen itself as a whole in basketball.


13. Quarterback Everett Golson, who was suspended from Notre Dame in May, plans to return to the Irish in the spring.

14. From USA Today: A second rental car has linked North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston to a convicted felon.

15. Andy Murray broke a long streak for Great Britain on Sunday when he won at Wimbledon.

16. Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd received a technical in his coaching debut this weekend.

17. Here’s an unusual music video featuring Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his new wife.

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New York Times: 34% Of Florida’s 2008 Team Have Been Arrested

Urban Meyer lookThe New York Times becomes the latest media outlet to scrutinize the Florida Gators in the Urban Meyer years in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation. As the Times points out, much has been made of the often cited statistic of 31 arrests during the Meyer era in Gainesville from 2005 to 2010.  The paper zeroed in on the 2008 roster and produced an even larger number when arrests after college are included.


A roster on the university’s Web site lists 121 players, 41 of whom have been arrested, either in college or afterward, and sometimes both. That number included 16 players on that season’s final two-deep roster, nine of whom were starters, as well as a kicker, punter and returner. Several of those players went on to the N.F.L., and one, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, later won the Heisman Trophy playing for Auburn.


41 of 121 players means 34% of that team has an arrest record.  The Times points out that  ”most of the cases never went to trial, the charges having been dropped or pleaded down.” You can view the 2008 Florida Gators roster here. The Times asked the Gainesville police department for a comparison of the arrest rate for football players during the Meyer years compared with the general arrest rate for Florida students.  According to the paper, the spokesman says the numbers would be difficult to compare.

Responding to critics that he didn’t do enough to discipline or help Hernandez, Meyer said yesterday “relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.” A Q and A with Meyer is posted today at the Columbus Dispatch website.

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Wow Headlines 7/6/2013

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer responds to stories about multiple failed drug tests at UF by Aaron Hernandez….
“Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player…”
Sex-crimes investigation that’s lead to dismissal of four Vanderbilt players could go to a grand jury
Tennessee coach Butch Jones on defensive back Eric Gordon: ““He has not been reinstated to the team”
Nine SEC players named to preseason Paul Hornung Award Watch List
Alabama coach Nick Saban will be subject of “60 Minutes” feature this fall
Missour’s first year in SEC brought $1 million in unanticipated travel expenses
Average asking price for Texas A&M/Alabama game ticket is $626
Aggies and Crimson Tide play at Texas A&M on September 14
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Urban Meyer On Aaron Hernandez: “Wrong And Irresponsible” To Blame Florida, Coach Or Staff

gfx - they said itThe investigation into the murder charge against Aaron Hernandez has put the spotlight back on his time at the University of Florida under former coach Urban Meyer.  The Ohio State coach addressed the situation, for the last time according to Pat Dooley, in a text he sent to the Gainesville Sun.


I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up by the Univ. of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true. Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.

“He was an athlete at Florida 4-to-7 years ago and there are some comments being made that our not correct. Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him. Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. Relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”


Meyer says Hernandez was suspended for the 2008 opener against Hawaii because of a failed marijuana test but claims his former tight end didn’t fail another one.

He also addressed another Hernandez-related charge.  About the 2007 shooting incident in Gainesville in which several Florida players were questioned,  Meyer was told about it by an assistant coach. “I didn’t think about it again until a couple of days ago.”

Meyer’s wife and daughter recently took to Twitter to defend the coach with the coach’s daughter tweeting, “There’s this thing called self accountability. It exists, I swear. God Bless.”

Update: Reporter Kevin Brockway provides this perspective.

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SEC Headlines 7/2/2013

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1. Aaron Hernandez admitted to punching a man during his first semester at Florida in 2007. Police recommended a felony battery charge. Tim Tebow tried to break up the fight.

2. Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury believes Johnny Manziel will be a better player this season.

3. Auburn has released information on coach Guz Malzahn’s five-year, $2.3 million per-year contract.

4. Here is information on salaries for Auburn’s assistants. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is the highest-paid assistant.

5. Here are five questions and answers about Colorado State, one of Alabama’s opponents this season.

6. LSU isn’t receiving much preseason attention. Some of the reasoning is “incredibly lazy,” writes Barrett Sallee.

7. Take a look at Ole Miss punter Tyler Campbell, the Rebels’ No. 32 most important player.

8. Athlon Sports ranks the SEC’s offensive line units from 1-14.

9. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney is the nation’s top defensive Heisman candidate, according to Athlon.

10. Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson is the SEC’s 25th-best player, according to the Gainesville Sun.

11. Pat Dooley predicts every SEC team will win at least six games this season.

12. Georgia AD Greg McGarity sees room for improvement after a strong Directors’ Cup finish.

13. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles is the No. 6 most important player for South Carolina.

14. Chris Low ranks the top 10 quarterbacks in the SEC.

15. There isn’t a lot going on this time of year, writes Matthew Harris. (SEC football media days is two weeks away.)

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16. Kyle Wiltjer’s status is unknown. His father says Wiltjer is “still a Kentucky Wildcat” and isn’t fully committed to transferring.

17. Arkansas has plans for a basketball practice facility on campus, along with other athletic facility additions.

18. Parrish Alford writes about the summer for Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, who wants to become a better leader.

19. Tennessee guard Jordan McRae has earned an invitation to the LeBron James Skills Academy

20. The Tennessee-Vanderbilt rivalry has been strengthened by brothers Garry and Nicodemus Christopher.


21. Former Auburn running back is hoping to play football this year. The SEC doesn’t look like a possibility.

22. A fight broke out after someone spotted DJ Hernandez, the older brother of Aaron Hernandez.

23. The ACC has no plans to expand past 15 schools right now, according to the league’s commissioner.

24. The folks at CBS Sports predict win totals for the ACC.

25. Sam Amick with an update on the man dominating NBA free agency headlines, Dwight Howard.

26. Tommy Tubervile on Gunner Kiel choosing Cincinnati: “It’s huge.”

27. Real story: Stanford and Syracuse traded twitter handles.

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Aaron Hernandez, Mike & Maurkice Pouncey Questioned About Gainesville Shooting In 2007

gfx - they said itArrested for one murder and under investigation for a separate double murder, former University of Florida football player Aaron Hernandez’ history of behavior is coming under increased scrutiny.  Last weekend, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel pointed out that Hernandez, along with three other Gator players, were questioned about a shooting in Gainesville back in 2007.  None of the players were arrested.

Now the Gaineville Sun is fleshing out some details behind that investigation into the shooting back in September of that year.  A man walked up a car and fired several shots with handgun – shooting one man in the arm and another man in the head.  The men were able to drive themselves to the hospital.  Gainesville police officer Ben Tobias:


“Hernandez’s name came up once in the report and he was questioned very briefly. Anytime we have an incident like that, we investigate and follow any lead whatsoever. We got his name as being in the area of that club, so we questioned him.”


Also questioned in the case was former Florida player Reggie Nelson, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars at the time.  and several Florida players that police did not identify at the time.  Here’s how State Attorney Bill Cervone remembers it.


“My memory is that GPD was having a lot of trouble getting cooperation from the Pouncey twins (Mike and Maurkice)  in terms of coming down and talking to them. Sooner or later they got their hands on the Pounceys. I never remember hearing Hernandez’s name, or Reggie Nelson. But if they got their hands on them and talked to them, they weren’t hot and bothered by them.”


Mike Pouncey currently plays for the Miami Dolphins.  Twin brother Maurkice plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. No one was ever charged in the shooting and it remains an open case.

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SEC Headlines 6/27/2013

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1. “There’s no way to dress this up: Alabama’s schedule is awful…It couldn’t be set up better for a return trip to the BCS National Championship Game.”

2. About Oregon’s NCAA punishment.  “It may be left to Alabama to punish the Ducks in the final BCS Championship Game.”

3. Jeff Schultz  is bullish on Georgia:  ”I can foresee a scenario where the Bulldogs lose their season opener at Clemson and win every other game.”

4. A breakdown of the entire Tennessee roster.  How each player was ranked by recruiting services.

5. Vanderbilt offensive line coach Herb Hand is a finalist for a series on the Food Network.

6. South Carolina wide receiver Damiere Bird: “Is this the year he puts it all together and becomes a more consistent, every-down receiver?”

7. Is sophomore defensive end Channing Ward looking at a mid-career redshirt season at Ole Miss?

8. Is wide receiver the weakest position at Mississippi State?

9. Stewart Mandel on Johnny Manziel: “I’d be willing to bet that plenty of other former Heisman winners would have gotten themselves into hot water had Twitter existed during their day.”

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10. NBA draft tonight. Just two former SEC players projected to go in first round.

11. Jay Bilas on Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin:  ”I’ve got him slated as top of the second round. He’s talented enough to be a first-round pick.”

12. Nerlens Noel on his recovery from knee surgery and when you could see him on an NBA court:  ”I’m on accelerated rehab, so hopefully around October, November.”

13. Kentucky coach John Calipari on the player Cleveland may – or may not – take with the first overall pick.  ”If you want to pass on him because someone help win faster, go ahead. But just realize the potential and drive that you’re missing.”

14. Florida’s Erik Murphy projected as a second-round pick.  Hoping to become the 35th player in UF history drafted.

15. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson on guard B.J. Young: “There is tremendous interest in B.J. and his potential.”

16. Phil Pressey’s decision to leave Missouri - “best for all concerned that he made the choice he did.” Orlando in the second round for Pressey? Or maybe...Boston?

17. Complete SEC draft history - from 1949 through 2012.

18. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on the NCAA reprimand given to guard Marshall Henderson: “Marshall has accepted responsibility for his actions, and we are moving forward.”

19. A crowded backcourt at Tennessee.  Time for a four-guard offense?

20. Mike DeCourcy on the trend toward redesigned basketball courts.  “What’s on the middle of the court at Duke? At Kentucky? At Louisville? Can anyone picture it?” MrSEC covered some of this ground on Monday.


21. Be prepared to hear the phrase “taken out of context” from attorneys representing Aaron Hernandez. A connection to a Boston double-homicide?

22. Police have made a second arrest in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

23. Las Vegas and the Aaron Hernandez effect.

24. On July 1, the Big East officially returns to its basketball-first ways.

25. Kirk Herbstreit isn’t going anywhere.  Signs ESPN extension through 2022.

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