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SEC Headlines 12/26/2013

SEC Football

1.  Florida makes it official.  Kurt Roper is the Gators new offensive coordinator.

2.  Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour on the verge of breaking the school’s single-season record for rushing touchdowns.

3.  Three Alabama players still battling to replace the injured right guard Anthony Steen.

4.  The Tide’s Kevin Norwood was stunned to be named a team captain.

5.  The Georgia team traveling to Jacksonville today is set to begin practice for the Gator Bowl.

6.  Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on offensive guard Max Copeland: “He could star in the movie ‘Braveheart.’”

7.  Keeping with the circulatory theme, the pulse of Mizzou’s defense runs through Marvin Foster.

8.  Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on the challenges of recruiting this offseason:  ” I don’t think there’s a position on our field where you can say, ‘Hey, we’re set there. ”

9.  Some Christmas gift ideas for college coaches- a bungee jumping discount deal at Groupon for LSU coach Les Miles?

10.  LSU is prepping for its 14th consecutive bowl game.

11.  When it comes to blocking for Auburn’s run offense, no one has more responsibilities than H-back Jay Prosch.

12.  Remembering an earlier Auburn-Florida State matchup where Bo Jackson made the difference.

13.  This writer believes the SEC will go 7-3 during bowl season.

SEC Basketball

14.  South Carolina 69 – Akron 59. Freshman Duane Notice scores a season-high 15 points.

15.  If Ole Miss is to get better, it will have to fix its rebounding problems.

16.  Kentucky freshman Julius Randle on the rivalry with Louisville: “Everywhere we go, that’s all they talk about.”

17.  Rivalries like UK/Louisville make for good theater.

In case you’re wondering, there are no SEC basketball games today or tonight.

 

Thanks for allowing us to have a couple of weeks with family and friends during the holidays.  We’ll be back to a normal schedule shortly.  All the best to you and yours!

 

 

 

 

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SEC Headlines 11/27/2013

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1. Why did CBS analyst Gary Danielson watch a tape of the 2009 Tennessee-Auburn game to prepare for this weekend’s Iron Bowl?

2. Alabama guard Anthony Steen on the difference in this year’s Auburn team: ”Maybe the same guys but they have a different mindset and they play harder, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.”

3. Auburn center Reese Dismukes on Alabama: “They’ll be the best we’ve played, and we’re going to have to play our best game to have a shot.”

4. Not surprisingly, Alabama/Auburn is the most expensive ticket in college football this weekend and it’s not even close.

5. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin clarifies his comments regarding Johnny Manziel’s future: “I didn’t say that he’s going to make a decision before the bowl game is played.”

6. Why did Texas A&M turn away from the run against LSU?  Coaches explain.

7. LSU coach Les Miles on players departing early for the NFL:  ”I can tell you that I have been as animated and as opinionated and as forthcoming as I could possibly be, and frankly, it’s their decision.”

8. The numbers tell the story - Cam Cameron’s big impact on the LSU offense.

9. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is 16-0 as a starter in games at Williams-Brice Stadium.

10. It will be quite the night at South Carolina – kicking off against Clemson at 7:00 Eastern and then scoreboard watching the A&M/Missouri  contest which starts 45 minutes later. Jadeveon Clowney is resting his foot.

11. Steve Spurrier: “If you ask me whether I’d win the SEC Championship or beat Clemson, I’d rather win the SEC Championship if I had a choice.”

12. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on running back Henry Josey: “I think he’s playing as good or better than he ever has.”

13. Big part of Mizzou’s success this season?  Red zone defense.

14. Missouri and Auburn are two teams that have wildly exceeded expectations this year.

15. The numbers on Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen: A .622 winning percentage in his first 45 games – but has only won about 35 percent of contests since then.

16. Mullen on playing Ole Miss: “I bet if you talked to a lot of our fans and said, ‘Hey you’re going to go 11-1 and lose the Egg Bowl,’ they’d be pretty disappointed.”

17. Why the weather has Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze worried.   Mississippi State will wear special uniforms Thursday night.

18. Does Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease think he’ll return next season? “I would hope so.”

19. Why Florida assistant coach Travaris Robinson is one of the best recruiters in the country.

20. The one game Arkansas will play in Little Rock next year will be against Georgia.

21. Arkansas fullback Keiro Small on coach Bret Bielema: “He’s a stand-up guy.”

22. David Climer looks ahead to the 2014 Tennessee season - “here’s the scary part for UT fans: Next season will be more of the same.”

23. Jacques Smith’s time at Tennessee: “Played for two head coaches, three defensive coordinators and four different position coaches. ”

24. Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs: “I’m extremely confident in my skills,”

25. Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladlar – who leads the SEC in interceptions – will miss the first half of the Wake Forest game after being slapped with a targeting penalty against Tennessee.

26. Ron Higgins on the SEC’s secret formula: “College football became ingrained in our culture more than in any other part of the nation.”

SEC Basketball

27. Alabama faces Duke tonight at Madison Square Garden in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

28. Kentucky plays Eastern Michigan this afternoon at Rupp Arena.

29. Mississippi State hosts Jackson State this afternoon. Coach Rick Ray: “Defensively, I’m a little worried where the team is right now.”

30. Missouri coach Frank Haith’s suspension has lifted.  “It feels really good to be back.”

31. Ole Miss has signed the loan documents to build a new basketball arena.

32. Our SEC hoops roundup from earlier today.

Extra

33. Accusations fly at a court hearing involving former Vanderbilt players accused in a rape case.

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SEC Headlines 4/2/13

headlines-tue1. Alabama right guard Anthony Steen is trying to develop into a leader for the Crimson Tide.

2. Alabama returned to practice Monday following spring break. It wasn’t a great practice.

3. Andrew Gribble and Don Kausler discuss Alabama’s return to practice following spring break.

4. Auburn’s LaDarius Owens is feeling more comfortable now that he’s playing linebacker again.

5. Justin Garrett is more comfortable, too. He’s playing the “Star” position for Auburn.

6. Those comments about Nick Saban? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says they were only a joke.

7. Columnist Kevin Scarbinsky reminds Bielema he’s not in the Big Ten anymore.

8. Florida has plenty of competition at running back as the Gators try to replace Mike Gillislee.

9. Florida’s basketball team is losing key contributors but returning guard Scottie Wilbekin believes the Gators will be deep.

10. One key player in that depth could be center Patric Young, who hasn’t decided if he will return for his senior year.

11. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford has provided a big boost for the Ole Miss defense.

12. Here some notes following Ole Miss’ Monday night practice.

13. Mississippi State finalized its 2014 non-conference schedule by adding Tennessee-Martin.

14. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s Texas Rangers game.

15. Chris Conley’s presence should help Georgia replace some departing wide receivers.

16. Center Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky. ESPN’s Chad Ford believes forward Alex Poythress should return, too.

17. Tennessee’s maturity will be tested as it returns to football practice following spring practice.

Extras

18. The Pac-12′s head of officials has been investigated for comments he made about Arizona coach Sean Miller.

19. That head of official, Ed Rush, must be fired, writes Gary Parrish.

20. Southern California has hired coach Andy Enfield away from Florida Gulf Coast.

21. Former Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has been hired at Texas Tech.

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SEC Headlines – 8/16/11 Part 3

1.  DeAndrew White could be the next go-to receiver at Alabama.

2.  Anthony Steen expects to be a better offensive lineman this year for the Tide.

3.  This writer says if Nick Saban were any more secretive about stats he’d be Gene Chizik.

4.  Somebody done give Chizik a big ol’ Waw Eagle sculpture.

5.  Auburn veterans have confidence in their underclassmen.

6.  Trooper Taylor wants receivers Trovon Reed and DeAngelo Benton to be “fueled up.”

7.  Arkansas’ loss of Knile Davis will put more pressure on new quarterback Tyler Wilson.

8.  Bobby Petrino brought in former one-legged Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles to inspire his team… and they say it worked.

9.  The Hogs’ offensive line play — complete with two new tackles – is improving.

10.  Mike Anderson’s first roundball schedule at Arkansas features games with Michigan and defending national champ UConn.

11.  A weekend scrimmage gave LSU’s offense a confidence boost.

12.  The Tigers hope to once again thrive in the kicking game even with a lot of new faces (and feet).

13.  Karnell Hatcher and Kevin Minter are fighting to win Kelvin Sheppard’s old middle linebacker job.  (This writer says Hatcher has “wisdom and guile” on his side.  So you might say the job could come down to “Karnell knowledge.”)

14.  LSU will unveil its new statue of Shaquille O’Neal on September 8th.

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