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SEC Headlines 3/31/2012

1. Kentucky vs. Louisville – game day has arrived.  Why the refs may decide this battle.

2. Or maybe it will be the point guards.

3. Or the centers….Davis vs. Dieng and the battle of the block.

4. Or the coaches….Calipari vs. Pitino: “These guys can flat-out coach.”

5. Can Pitino outsmart Calipari and the Wildcats?

6. Dan Wetzel on Calipari: “He runs the most transient program in America, yet he won’t give up on creating lifelong connections, following an old school ideal in the modern era.”

7. Calipari is actually a really good guy.  Just ask a priest.

8. As the only homegrown star, Darius Miller can appreciate the rivalry – bigger with the fans than the teams.

9. One of these semi-final games is not like the other.

10. Former Gator Ervin Walker arrested - took a taco from a street vendor without paying.

11. Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel a standout in a dunk competition – finishes second

12. Plenty of turnover for the Vanderbilt basketball team – four starters graduating and John Jenkins will decide next week if he’s going pro.

13. Failed drug tests and looming suspensions at Georgia.

14. Jeff Schultz: “(Mark) Richt has a problem. But only part of it has to do with the fact that too many of his players are doing really dumb things.”

15. Georgia defensive end Derrick Lott has decided to transfer.

16. “10 players that have either left the Bulldogs, been dismissed from the team or are expected to miss games due to suspensions since the calendar flipped to 2012.”

17. Kicking off this afternoon, LSU becomes the first SEC team to have a spring football game.  Les Miles: “It will be very vanilla.”

18. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is ready for his close-up.

19. With the quarterback competition wide open at Ole Miss, no one is standing out.

20. With three quarterbacks in a dead heat, Will Muschamp is not ready to name a starter at Florida.

21. But the depth chart at running back for the Gators is becoming clearer.

22. Tennessee likes its new 3-4 defense.

23. First scrimmage of the spring today at Alabama. Afternoon session will be closed to the public.

24. Same schedule at Auburn: “Mistakes are going to be made.” Tigers using a fullback for the first time since 2004.

25. Arkansas had its first scrimmage on Friday – no contact for Knile Davis. Bobby Petrino: “We will take that on a week-by-week basis and see how the spring goes.”

26. A mini-scrimmage for Kentucky on Saturday – giving the Wildcats a chance to test their rebuilt offensive line.

27. The haves vs. the have-nots in the world of college athletics.

Extras

28. Why colleges pay Varsity Monitor thousands of dollars to track their athletes.

29. Former quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in Montana.

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SEC Headlines – 3/21/12 Part Two

1.  The Alabama fan accused of placing his genitals on the face of a drunken LSU fan after the BCS title game is still waiting to learn if he’ll face prosecution.

2.  This writer says Nick Saban runs college football. 

3.  Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is already hitting it off with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

4.  Here are five questions facing Auburn at the start of spring practice.

5.  An AAU coach says he didn’t convince a pair of freshmen to transfer away from Auburn.

6.  Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel will take part in the NCAA’s pre-Final Four dunk contest.

7.  Could Gus Malzahn and Arkansas State muscle in on Arkansas’ stranglehold on the state?

8.  Les Miles likes what he’s seeing at LSU’s spring practice…

9.  And what he’s seeing is improvement.

10.  Is ex-Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien is in Oxford for a visit.

11.  Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen only has two quarterbacks to split reps between this spring.

12.  Steve Prohm — reportedly a top target of MSU’s hoops search — makes just $195,000 per year at Murray State.

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