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SEC Headlines 12/17/2012

SEC Football

1. LSU linebacker Kevin Minter named team MVP.

2. 6,000 seat, $85 million expansion going on at Tiger Stadium.  Capacity at LSU will increase to just short of 100,000 at the start of the 2014 season.

3. With Drew Alleman’s days drawing to a close, James Hairston looks to be the next in line as kicker at LSU.

4. If your nickname is the Crimson Tide, why does an elephant mascot roam the sidelines?

5. Focus shifts today at Mississippi State – bowl game against Northwestern is two weeks from tomorrow.

6. Nick Griffin’s injury at MSU will give redshirt freshman running back Josh Robinson more opportunities.

7. With three weeks to prepare for the bowl game against Pittsburgh, Hugh Freeze will spend time this week focusing on his younger players.

8. Nearly 21,000 tickets have been sold through Ole Miss for the BBVA Compass Bowl.

9. South Carolina has three less Michigan players to worry about for the Outback Bowl.  Starting cornerback J.T. Floyd, the punter and a backup linebacker all suspended by coach Brady Hoke.

10. After playing both ways this year at Georgia, Malcolm Mitchell would love to focus on one side of the ball: “If I had to pick between offense and defense, one or the other, I’m going to pick offense just because I love doing it.”

11. Georgia players choose whiffle ball.

12. Tennessee junior tackle Ja’Wuan James says he’ll return for his senior year. “Blessed to have another year…”

13. Florida’s Sugar Bowl opponent, Louisville, slashing some ticket prices to the game thanks to the local pizza baron.

14. With Josh Henson the new offensive coordinator at Missouri – a look at how much previous experience every OC in the SEC has.

SEC Basketball

15. At the end of the first and second halves Saturday night against Arizona, Florida was outscored 15-0.

16. Missouri finally gets to see what Oregon transfer Jabari Brown can do tonight against South Carolina State. Frank Haith: “We’ve got to understand, here’s a guy that hasn’t played in a year and will be playing (tonight) for the first time in a long time.” Illinois-Missouri on Saturday one of Andy Katz’ “must watch” games this week.

17. Auburn’s legitimate center duo?

18. Vanderbilt tries to make it three in a row tonight against Cornell. Dai-Jon Parker will make his season debut after serving a 10-game suspension.

19.  This list of college hoops’ most overpaid coaches features three names from the SEC.


20. A North Alabama player’s racist tweet aimed at President Obama last night -he’s no longer on the team.

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Is Today The Day For Missouri And The SEC?

We’ll have to rely on a lot of headlines this morning as it’s a busy day at headquarters.  We’ll start with three regarding Missouri’s potential move to the SEC:

1.  MU’s board of curators literally slipped out a back exit after yesterday’s meetings in order to avoid the press.  Also, in a telling sign, Mizzou athletic director Mike Alden was included in the board’s private talks.

2. — the Rivals site covering Texas — reports that “a couple officials at schools in the Big 12″ told the site that they expect Missouri to announce a withdrawal from that league today.  The site’s sources have also reinforced the commonly held belief that it was MU’s board of curators — and not chancellor Brady Deaton — who steered things toward the SEC.  (That story requires a subscription.)

3.  Andy Katz of writes that “Multiple Big 12 sources said Mizzou is leaning toward a departure to the SEC, but there is still a chance that the Missouri board of curators could decide to stay in the Big 12 with the new revenue sharing and grant of rights for Tier I and Tier II television games.”

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Report: Pearl To Get Show Cause Penalty

History shows that coaches who lie to NCAA investigators are very likely to get show cause penalties.  Andy Katz of says that multiple sources claim that’s exactly what’s going to happen to ex-Tennessee hoops coach Bruce Pearl and his former assistants.

Pearl “will receive a multiple-year show cause penalty” from the NCAA while assistants Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay will be handed one-year bans from college coaching.

According to Katz, the NCAA is planning to put out a news release tomorrow revealing the penalties… which likely means the Tennessee program will also find out just how it’s football and basketball programs will be punished.

UPDATE — Pearl has told The Knoxville News Sentinel that he has only been told that his punishment will be announced tomorrow and that he does not know what that that penalty will be.

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Anderson Holds On To All Of Pelphrey’s Signees

When Arkansas fired John Pelphrey last month, there was a natural fear that some members of his Top 10 recruiting class might change their minds about the Razorbacks.

No need to worry.

According to Andy Katz of, new coach Mike Anderson has convinced all five players in Pelphrey’s class to honor their pacts with UA.  There is a small but, however:

According to at least once (sic) source with knowledge of the situation, there are two players in the class — (Aaron) Ross and (BJ) Young — who still have to get eligible through the normal NCAA process.  Assuming they do, Arkansas will have a stellar freshman class to build Anderson’s base for the next few seasons.

Even if those two players do not become eligible, that can’t be placed around Anderson’s neck.  He did what he had to do in convincing all five players to come to Fayetteville.  He’s only been in the job for a couple of weeks, but so far the Hogs’ new coach is batting a thousand.

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Stansbury Says Sidney/Bailey Decisions Will Be His Alone

With Mississippi State preparing for a game against St. Mary’s in Las Vegas tomorrow, Andy Katz reported today that “sources close to the team” have told ESPN that Rick Stansbury is “working off an investigation that (Elgin) Bailey was the instigator” in last week’s much-publicized fight with teammate Renardo Sidney.

Supposedly, Bailey did not “move his feet in the aisle while Sidney was trying to walk past him.”  (Well, that’s something to fight about.)  According to Katz’ sources, if Sidney had started the fight — and not Bailey — then Sidney would have already been dismissed from the team.

As for his eventual discipline, Stansbury said: “It’s going to be my decision.  Our athletic department can be a part of it, and Scott (Stricklin) and I have talked about it.  But the one thing I’ve always done in my program is to make the right decisions about my program.  This was an embarrassing situation for everybody.”

One would have to question at this point if bringing the controversial Sidney onto his team was, in fact, the right decision for his program.

“I don’t like the perception, but anybody who knows our program over the past 13 years knows we’ve had no problems,” Stansbury said.  “In my 13 years, there hasn’t been a public embarrassment.  This isn’t the norm.  It just happened.  I won’t understand why it happened.  It just happened.  And if people don’t do right in our program, then we’ll hold them accountable.”

And when might his discipline be handed down?

“When I get back from this trip, (the decision) will be pretty quick.”

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