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SEC Headlines 3/17/2014

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1. Lane Kiffin’s offense at Alabama is “player friendly,” according to receiver Amari Cooper.

2. Cooper is trying to improve his 40-yard dash time, which he says is all about technique.

3. Auburn backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson believes “there will be more passing” when he becomes the starter.

4. Seth Emerson takes a pre-spring look at Georgia’s likely starters on defense.

5. Florida receiver Andre Debose was allegedly pushed through a window during a weekend altercation.

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6. Florida is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. It’s the second time in school history.

7. Florida holding on against Kentucky to win the SEC tournament helped the Gators land the top spot.

8. Kentucky received a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. What Final Four hope does UK have? Here’s a look.

9. Tennessee is a No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament and will play Iowa for the right to face No. 6 seed UMass.

10. Cuonzo Martin’s job might not be safe just be getting Tennessee into the NCAA Tournament.

11. There are two big names on the candidate list for the Auburn job.

12. Arkansas is disappointed to be out of the NCAA Tournament but ready to play in the NIT.

13. Georgia is a No. 2 seed in the NIT and will host Vermont to open the tournament.

14. LSU is preparing for a road game at San Francisco in the first round of the NIT.

15. Missouri missed out on the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will host Davidson to open the NIT.

16. Ole Miss’ season is over as the Rebels were not invited to the NIT. They chose not to pursue an invite to the CBI.

17. Texas A&M will play in the CBI. Coach Billy Kennedy: “We’re excited to be playing the postseason considering all the challenges we have had this season.”

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18. Here’s a look at the full NCAA Tournament bracket.

19. The NCAA Tournament selection committee made some puzzling decisions, writes Eric Prisbell.

20. USA Today provides a breakdown of the NCAA tournament field.

21. Click here to see all the tipoff times and TV information for every tournament game through Friday.

22. Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are all favored to win their first tourney game. Here are all the first round lines from Vegas.

23. ESPN provides some analysis for all four regions in the tournament.

24. Here is the selection committee’s official 1-68 rankings.

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25. Texas has dismissed two players from the football team.

26. Video: Andy Staples discusses several college football items.

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SEC Headlines 4/12/2013

headlines-fri1. What’s the status of Tennessee running back Marlin Lane?  ”That’s up to Coach Jones.” Wide receiver injuries piling up for the Vols.

2. Peyton Manning on why he recruited Butch Jones…to Colorado. Impressed with coach – “I like his slogans and philosophies.”

3. Former coach on running back Braylon Heard, who’s transferring from Nebraska to Kentucky.  “He can change the game at the blink of an eye. He can go 80, 90 yards in a heartbeat.”

4. Kentucky preparing for a crowd as large as 50,000 for this Saturdays’ spring game. They won’t see any kickoffs or kick returns.

5. With Marcus Lattimore gone, a focus on running backs Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds at South Carolina.

6. Texas A&M’s spring game on Saturday will be carried live on ESPN for the first time in school history. Aggies overhauling linebacking corp.  ”“There’s a big hole to fill.”

7. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin will serve as NFL Network analyst on the opening day of the NFL draft.

8. The first team will scrimmage the second team at Vanderbilt’s spring game on Saturday.

9. With the exception of Zach Mettenberger, LSU defenders had the go-ahead to hit all other LSU quarterbacks in practice the past few days.

10. With recruiting deregulation on hold, job responsibilities of support staff are up in the air at Auburn.  Gus Malzahn: “Right now, we’re just going day by day.”

11. Georgia’s spring practice is over but the competition for starting spots is just beginning. Coach Mark Richt: “If you’re working out this summer thinking you’ve got something nailed down, you better re-check your thinking.”

12. Hey Georgia fans, who do you want on the cover of Athlon’s preseason college football magazine?  You can vote for either Aaron Murray or Todd Gurley here.

13. With his Bulldogs team getting ready for its second spring scrimmage, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is looking for leaders.

14. With defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson gone to an NFL as a likely first-round pick, Missouri needs someone to step up in the middle of the defensive line.

15. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash on safety Eric Bennett: “He’s been a great player. He’s been a great student of the game.”

16. With a year under his belt, expect even bigger things from Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.  ”Everything is easier. “When I first came in, I didn’t know a lot of plays.” Dee Hart may return punts or kicks for Alabama this fall.

17. A profile of Alabama A.D. Bill Battle and his business career.  What if he hadn’t gone to Selma?

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18. Billy Donovan’s wish for his Gators next year.  ”We have to get more competitive. Nastier.”

19. They may not think it now – but Missouri fans will miss Phil Pressey - “the Jerry Lewis of point guards..”

20.  Garry Parrish on why Kentucky deserves to be ranked No. 1 heading into next season.

Extras

21. When Eli and Peyton Manning need a tune-up, they turn to Duke coach David Cutcliffe.

22. The NBA’s early entry deadline has some issues.  The case of Louisville’s Russ Smith is a perfect example.

23. “Louisville faced the easiest path, seed-wise, of any national champion since UNLV in 1990.”

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