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Honey Badger Welcomed To Phoenix… By Head Shop

Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu saw his career end due to marijuana and synthetic marijuana.  According to one story making the rounds before the NFL draft, Mathieu allegedly told one pro team that he’d failed double-digit drug tests while a Tiger, but he later denied making that statement.

Well, tell that to Bud’s Glass joint, a head shop that sells drug paraphernalia in Phoenix.  The store placed an ad in The Phoenix New Times welcoming the Arizona Cardinals’ newest player to the area.




“Honey Badger.  Welcome to Phoenix!  We have what you’re looking for.”

Such an ad is hardly fair to Mathieu, of course, and one wonders if his agent won’t try to take legal action of some sort against the shop for using his likeness in its ad.  But with so much smoke surrounding his college career — pun intended — it will be interesting to see if there are any more fires moving forward into the pro ranks.

The Cardinals have reportedly put provisions in Mathieu’s contract forcing him to submit to drug testing more often than his teammates.

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SEC Headlines – 1/25/11 Part Two

1.  Florida’s front line will be tested tonight at Georgia.

2.  The Gators will be trying to avoid a letdown following 30+ point rout of Arkansas last weekend.

3.  Teryl Austin — who left the Arizona Cardinals to become UF’s defensive coordinator last season — has been hired by the Baltimore Ravens as their new secondary coach.  (Think this guy appreciates Urban Meyer’s decision to resign?)

4.  This writer says Janoris Jenkins is more of a bonehead than he is a pothead.

5.  Georgia’s Dustin Ware is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.

6.  Attendance is on the rise in Athens these days.

7.  It’s a big week for the Dawgs as they host Florida and head to Kentucky.

8.  John Calipari says his outbursts are designed to let his players know that mediocrity is not acceptable.

9.  Former UK quarterback Mike Hartline was given community service for a December arrest relating to alcohol.

10.   Tennessee’s Brian Williams says the Vols’ next four games (all against the SEC West) are “must-win, have-to-win, however you want to put it.”

11.  Bruce Pearl says his team hasn’t improved as he would like.

12.  Lane Kiffin finally sold his $2.6 million Knoxville home.  For $1.9 million.

13.  Vanderbilt has gotten better as forward Lance Goulbourne has gotten better.

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VIDEO: Georgia receiver A.J. Green presents matchup problem for Gators

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Georgia WR A.J. Green presents a match-up challenge for the Florida secondary. (US Presswire photo)

A.J. Green reminds Teryl Austin of some players the Florida defensive coordinator used to coach against in the NFL. What Green, the Georgia junior standout, lags behind the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in size, he makes up for in speed.

Austin coached defensive backs for the Arizona Cardinals and would regularly match his guys up with those two receivers. That Green is in their class presents a problem for Florida.

After a four-game suspension, Green has returned to spark the Georgia offense. The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3 SEC) have won three in a row and Green is averaging 91.2 yards per game. He has four touchdowns.

“He’s a difference maker for them,” Austin said. “Their offense was functioning well without him, but he’s really opened some things up for him. Obviously, he has the big-play capability that he can make some catches you can’t defend. You can be in great shape and think you’ve got great coverage and he’ll make the catch anyway.”

The Gators’ secondary has been a strength this year, accounting for eight of the team’s 13 interceptions. But Florida has had one in its past three games, all losses.

At 6-foot-4, Green presents a problem for the Florida secondary. Safety Will Hill is the only starter taller than 6-foot-1, and Florida has had mixed results against big receivers. Against Alabama, the Gators contained 6-foot-4 Julio Jones.

A week later, LSU receiver Terrance Toliver (6-foot-5) had 111 yards on six catches and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with six seconds remaining. On his first touchdown, Toliver dragged 5-foot-11 Janoris Jenkins, the Gators’ best corner, into the end zone.

Florida could get help if 6-foot-2 CB Moses Jenkins returns this weekend. He has been out with an elbow injury and would be a game-time decision, Austin said.

“(Green is) really difficult,” Austin said. “He’s kind of the complete package. He can run after the catch, he’s smooth, he can get open, he can do all those things.”

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