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SEC Headlines 11/15/2013

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1. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy a game-time decision; Gators likely to start redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg.

2. Before the season, the line on the Florida-South Carolina game was 3 1/2 points.  It’s now double-digits.

3. South Carolina running back Mike Davis once thought he was going to a Florida Gator.  The bitterness persists. With 1,508 yards, he’s the SEC’s leading rusher.

4. Texas A&M receiver Malcome Kennedy channels his inner Bob Dole in support of Johnny Manziel’s Heisman campaign: “He knows it, we know it and people who watch sports know it.”

5. Archie Manning on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron: “All he does is win.”

6. Gary Danielson on differences between Alabama and Auburn: “Alabama really strives for balance…But Auburn’s definition of balance is different.”

7. “So what, exactly, happened at Auburn last year?..As it turns out, the core issue wasn’t talent.”

8. Auburn has to play Georgia every year as their permanent cross-division opponent but you don’t hear them complain about it.

9. A comparison of current Auburn QB Nick Marshall to former Auburn QB Cam Newton.

10. Plenty of Georgia natives on the Auburn roster.

11. Here’s a headline you don’t see everyday: “Why I relish UK-Vandy Football”

12. Mississippi State’s offense has struggled at times this year scoring points in the fourth quarter.

13. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is on a roll - nearly 72% completion rate the last four games.

14. Vanderbilt’s sophomore class is beginning to emerge.

15. If Missouri doesn’t win out, Cotton Bowl is a possibility with a rematch against a former Big 12 rival.

16. With eight SEC teams already bowl eligible, the jockeying for position has begun.


17. NCAA president Mark Emmert says the organization continues to oppose payments beyond scholarship value to student athletes: “There is virtually no interest among university presidents and athletic directors in turning student-athletes into paid, unionized professionals.”

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18. Georgia coach Mark Fox wanted Auburn QB Nick Marshall to play basketball for the Bulldogs.

19. Is the series between Georgia and Georgia Tech headed for extinction?

20. Why South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell is a freshman worth watching.

21. Sports Illustrated has Louisville No. 1, Kentucky No. 2. Florida comes in at No. 9.

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Missouri Vs Arkansas 2014: A Friday Or Saturday Affair?

Well, here’s an interesting little twist to today’s 2014 SEC schedule release — Arkansas and Missouri don’t seem to agree on when their season-ending game will actually be played.

On Mizzou’s official website, the Arkansas game in Columbia will be played on Friday, November 28th:

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But on the Razorbacks’ official site, the game is scheduled for Saturday, November 29th:


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So what does the SEC have to say about this one?  They list it as a Saturday, November 29th game:


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Missouri clearly wants the added exposure that a day-after-Thanksgiving game can bring.  Recruits are at home watching television on that day.  Arkansas officials know this, too, as they’ve enjoyed the Black Friday publicity they’ve received on numerous occasions by playing LSU on that date.

While the SEC has confirmed that their date is correct, we’ll go ahead and guess that the Arkansas/Missouri game will eventually wind up being played on Friday the 28th rather than on Saturday the 29th.  Unless CBS decides it would rather move another SEC game to Black Friday.  Auburn/Alabama, Mississippi State/Ole Miss and Tennessee/Vanderbilt are the other choices.  CBS did carry the Iron Bowl on Black Friday in 2009 and 2010 before switching back to Arkansas/LSU in 2011.

But we see no reason why Arkansas or Missouri would not want to separate their game from the rest of the pack that will be played on the following day.  If the SEC’s television partners will allow it.

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SEC Headlines 3/29/2013

headlines-fri1. South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington says he will again play both football and basketball next season for the third straight year.  Ellington is South Carolina’s leading returning receiver.

2. Martavius Newby was a freshman guard on the Ole Miss basketball team – he’s now working out with the football team as a linebacker.

3. Injuries along the offensive line have Ole Miss running out of bodies. Depth will increase this fall.

4. Tennessee offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James on the group’s potential: “I feel like we definitely have the talent and capability to have the best offensive line, really, in the country.”

5. Vanderbilt lost only one starter on its offensive line. Coach James Franklin’s like the group’s depth.

6. Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree started at linebacker all 12 games last year but he’s moving to defensive end for new defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot: ”I had recruited Bud when I was at Florida State,”

7. Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin on new defensive line coach Brad Lawing - who came to the Gators from South Carolina: “He brings a wealth of knowledge of the position, a wealth of knowledge and experience. He’s a great staff guy, a great guy to work with.

8. LSU coach Les Miles on Thursday’s scrimmage: ”The offense is much improved. It’s just that they’re shooting themselves in the foot. ”

9. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix on competition in the Alabama secondary: “When there’s someone trying to outplay you, it helps you go even better, even harder, even faster, when you have someone as good as you next to you.”

10. Auburn Robenson Therezie thinks he’s faster than former Tigers running back Onterio McCalebb. ”We never did (race) but I believe I could beat him probably by a foot.” The defensive back could see some time on offense. Update: Robenson should check with his coaches next time - Right now, he’s 100 percent defense.”

11. 17 Auburn players gained weight in the offseason – 12 of them are a little lighter. What’s Auburn’s first unit on defense looked like today.

12. Georgia coach Mark Richt says running back Todd Gurley looks trimmer but he’s actually gained six pounds. ”I feel like the best I’ve felt in a while.”

13. 22 wins later, assessing Georgia’s “Dream Team” class of 2011.  “The Dream Teamt has done what it came here to do.”

14. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash: “We’ve got some very talented players. We’ve got some deficiencies at some spots, too.”

15. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Nate Askew’s adjustment from wide receiver to linebacker:“The great thing about it has been his attitude.”

16. The price of fame for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – even a trip to the grocery store is no longer simple.  “Twenty pictures later it was 11 at night.”

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17. Is Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks slipping in mock drafts?

18. Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will run for pro teams on April 11th in Tuscaloosa.

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19. It’s Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast tonight.  That enormous scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium?  It’s longer than the court.

20. Key player to watch?  Keep your eye on FGCU point guard Brett Comer.

21. Florida stayed in Texas after winning in Austin last weekend.  FGCU flew back to Fort Myers from Philadelphia. FGCU coach Andy Enfield: “It took us a day and a half to recover mentally and physically.”

22. Kevin Scarbinsky on how to reinvigorate college basketball in the state of Alabama. Could  the Auburn-Alabama game be played the night before the Iron Bowl?

23. With BJ Young moving on to the NBA, Arkansas has an available scholarship to fill.

24. Ex-Kentucky and now ex-Minnesota coach Tubby Smith could be headed to Texas Tech.

25. As Smith demonstrates, making the NCAA Tournament is sometimes not good enough for a coach.


26. Oops. Southeastern Lousiana says 137 ineligible athletes competed for the school between 2005 and 2010.

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SEC Headlines – 5/18/11 Part One

1.’s Dennis Dodd believes a Facebook campaign to create an Auburn-Alabama preseason scrimmage for charity is a good idea.

2.  Ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says the NCAA has got to improve its investigative powers.

3.  When it comes to Auburn booster Bobby Lowder, this writer believes “no one man should have that much power.”  (And we still say Lowder isn’t about to disappear from the scene entirely.)

4.  Onterio McCalebb is the sixth AU footballer to be arrested since February… the previous five were all dismissed.

5.  Sports Illustrated’s reporters discuss their cover story on the Tuscaloosa tornadoes here.

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The History Of “Punt, Bama, Punt”

“Punt, Bama, Punt.”

It’s one of the most famous cries in SEC football history.  If you’ve heard those words — or seen an old bumper sticker featuring those words as you drove through Alabama — you might not know the full history of the game and the saying.

Well the SEC has posted an excellent history of that 1972 Iron Bowl game on its website today.  In honor of today’s Auburn-Alabama clash, we suggest you check it out.

Bama fans, we’ll understand if you choose not to accept this invitation.

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