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SEC Headlines 1/4/2013

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1. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will reportedly interview with Penn State on Sunday.

2. Gus Malzhan and NFL rumors: “I’m happy at Auburn and I think I’ve made that clear.”

3. Understanding Malzhan’s success: “To really understand it, you have to see how every piece of the foundation was built.”

4. Media day today in Pasadena - then Auburn will get a full practice behind closed doors.

5. Ellis Johnson on Auburn’s defensive stats: ”The whole thing has sort of confounded me.”

6. Was the SEC overrated this year?  And if so, what does that mean for Auburn?

7. John Clay: “Right now, it’s good to be a Stoops.”

8. Is the coaching search at Texas more evidence that the power in the state has shifted to A&M?

9. What’s next for Alabama? “One of the most fascinating offseason questions in a long time.”

10.The viral video of the Alabama woman fighting Oklahoma fans - says they were taunting her son and called her a name.

11. Why didn’t Derrick Henry get the ball more in the Sugar Bowl?

12. Missouri linebacker Andrew Wilson bypassed his father last night in terms of tackles at the school.

13. With two bowl games left- Vanderbilt today and Auburn Monday night - the SEC is now 6-2.

14. One of those two losses was Georgia – Bulldogs fan decides to burn UGA flag.

15. LSU running back Jeremy Hill was the star of the Outback Bowl – but don’t forget the performance of the offensive line.

16. Tennessee looks to have plenty of options at tight end for 2014.


17. Texas A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones on quarterback Johnny Manziel: “He’s gone.”

18. LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson and right guard Trai Turner have joined Athletes’ Performance – operation that prepares players for the NFL Combine. On Friday, former LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and safety Craig Loston signed with ProSource Sports.

19. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington will enter NFL draft.  Two-sport star will no longer play basketball.

20. Florida junior cornerback Marcus Roberson joins teammate Loucheiz Purifoy in declaring for the draft.

21. Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard will meet with coach Nick Saban next week before announcing a draft decision.


22. Sugar Bowl television audience largest since 2007.

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23. George Washington 73 – Georgia 55. Second-straight double-digit loss for the Bulldogs.

24. With Dre Applewhite transferring, Mississippi State must shuffle its roster.

Today’s Schedule

25. Tusculum at Tennessee. Riding a two-game winning streak, are the Vols back on track?

26. Richmond at Florida. Two areas of concern for the Gators - free-throw shooting and assists.

27. UTPA at Texas A&M

28. Long Beach State at Missouri. Tigers have an 80-game home streak in nonconference play.

29. Robert Morris at Alabama

30. Florida A&M at Auburn

31. Dayton at Ole Miss.  Based on RPI, victory by the Rebels would be their best of the season.

32. Rhode Island at LSU.  With the New Orleans playing tonight, LSU moves to an earlier gametime.

33. UTSA at Arkansas

34. Northeastern at Vanderbilt. Commodores try to bounce back after loss to St. Louis.


35. So is Louisville coach Charlie Strong headed to Texas or not?

36. Earlier Friday, Jimbo Fisher rumors were circulating.  Florida State QB Jameis Winston: “I’m gonna ask if I can go with him – yeah, I’m serious, he’s my coach.”

37. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Florida State has given Winston the opportunity to become the next Bo Jackson,”

38. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the Cleveland Browns?

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SEC Headlines 1/12/2013

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1. Nick Saban gets a $525,000 bonus for winning the SEC and BCS championships. Total bonuses for Saban and staff total nearly $1.5 million – that’s up 33.7%.

2. In the wake of an 11–2 season, coach Kevin Sumlin is in line for a pay hike at Texas A&M.

3. Aggies running backs coach Clarence McKinney will be co-offensive coordinator at Texas A&M along with new hire Jake Spavital from West Virginia.

4. Dan Mullen was asked Friday if he expected any additional changes to the Mississippi State staff: “The one that I can control, I’m not going anywhere.”

5. Kentucky expected to announce in the next week the hiring of former Texas Tech wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord, third member of the Red Raiders’ staff to come to Lexington this offseason.

6. New cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley confirmed at Kentucky.

7. The hiring of Pat Washington to be receivers coach likely the last move this offseason for Gary Pinkel at Missouri.

8. Al Pogue is Auburn’s new director of high school relations. He’ll be tasked with  ”selling the program, its camps and clinics to high school coaches around the state.”

9. A common thread for many Auburn assistants -they coached under Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State. “The old gang from the Bulldogs’ 2007 team is back together again.”

10. Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart on Butch Jones:  “He’s spending a lot of time balancing a lot of balls. He’s very, very proficient at multitasking.”

11. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to have second meeting with Philadelphia Eagles.(What new round of dominoes will start to tumble in college football if that happens?)

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12. Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacy is projected as a second or third-round draft pick.  Why leave now? “We have to pretty much go when we can.”

13. Redshirt sophomore Adrian Hubbard, who led the team in sacks,  will return to the Crimson Tide. “ I need to improve in some areas as a player before I hopefully take the next step to the NFL.”

14. Eight Florida seniors will play in bowl games in an attempt to bolster their draft position.

15. Mississippi State defensive back Xavier Grindle has left the program.Dan Mullen: “That certainly didn’t come as a shock for me.”

16. Paul Turner is leaving LSU to go play for Skip Holtz at Louisiana Tech.

17. The SEC will get a report in May from a group studying concussions in college sports.

18. Dropping attendance has college officials looking to recreate the bowl experience.  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany:  ”…Maybe a new business model where we’re more incented to create the best possible matchups, more diversity of teams…”

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19. Georgia welcomes back its 1983 Final Four team today. An appreciation for former Bulldogs coach Hugh Durham.

20. With Laurence Bowers out, Missouri is hoping Tony Criswell can play tonight at Ole Miss. 

21. Defending the college game: “Every night, there’s quality basketball, somewhere.”

22. Mike Strange:  ”Where in the wide, wide world of sports can you find football and men’s basketball, the two marquee sports, simultaneously thriving?”


23. Tim Tebow’s career as a quarterback over? “If his woebegone hometown team won’t even give him a legitimate chance to be a starter then nobody will.”

24. Are Urban Meyer and Ohio State ready to challenge Alabama? “We’re nowhere near having that conversation”

25. AJ McCarron girlfriend Katherine Webb - the anti-Kim Kardashian.

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Bama Won’t Be Worrying About “Jack” and “Sam” LB Designations This Fall

Nick Saban’s version of the 3-4 defense usually designates one outside linebacker as the Jack and the other as the Sam.  The Jack is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end pass-rushing type.  The Sam, well, that’s the strongside ‘backer, of course.

Only Saban says that he’s looking for his two best outside linebackers, not necessarily his best Sam and his best Jack:


“We have two outside linebackers.  If you say, ‘Who are we going to play at the end of the day?’ The two best outside linebackers.  Not a Sam, not a Jack.  (Adrian) Hubbard played Sam for a long time, he’s played Jack some.  Xzavier Dickson’s played Jack.  We’ve got Dillon Lee playing Sam, lots of young players competing at the position.  All those guys are going to compete, but at the end of the day when we play against regular people, we’re going to play the best two outside ‘backers.”


A huge philosophical shift?  Not really.  While most 3-4 defenses designate a hybrid pass-rusher by name, there’s so much rotation and flip-flopping in today’s game — and so much nickel package used, too — that the “Jack” name really doesn’t mean a whole heckuva lot.  Most coaches — whether they’ve come up with a LB/DE hybrid or a LB/S hybrid — are just looking to get their best 11 guys on the field as much as possible.

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