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Backup QB Mitchell And 3 Others Leaving Arkansas

brandon-mitchell-arkansasIn a bit of a surprise move, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell intends to transfer and has been granted his release.  After failing to beat out Brandon Allen for the Razorbacks’ starting job this spring, there was talk of Mitchell moving to another position.  New coach Bret Bielema had said as recently as last week that he intended for Mitchell to stay at quarterback.  Instead, he’ll be gone altogether.

Mitchell — a senior — is on pace to graduate this summer and therefore could transfer and play elsewhere immediately.  He has played quarterback and receiver at Arkansas.  He was also a member of Mike Anderson’s basketball squad.

Three other Razorbacks have been granted releases today: defensive end Austin Flynn, safety Defonta Lowe, and receiver Keante Minor.  “Through meetings with these student-athletes, a determination was made that it would be mutually beneficial for them to pursue their goals elsewhere,” Bielema said of the four.  “We fully support them and wish them all the best moving forward.”

Suddenly keeping Allen, the starting quarterback, healthy this fall just became an even bigger priority.

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SEC Headlines 3/12/13

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1. Arkansas sees first-round opponent Vanderbilt as “a dangerous team” entering tournament play.

2. Does Kentucky coach John Calipari relish the chance to play in the SEC tournament? “Not really.”

3. The Ole Miss basketball team has had to deal with pain tolerance this season.

4. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson was honored as the top college basketball player in the state of Mississippi.

5. Texas A&M star Elston Turner is “questionable” to play Wednesday. Auburn is preparing either way.

6. Florida coach Billy Donovan is disappointed in the lack of determination from his players.

7. Could Georgia make an SEC tourney run? It will play Florida if it beats LSU on Thursday.

8. LSU will need to contain Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when the Tigers play Georgia.

9. Tennessee will need fresh legs in order to make a long run into the SEC tournament.

10. Kentucky star freshman Nerlens Noel is set for surgery today to repair his injured knee.

11. Mississippi State’s players have continued to work despite a disappointing season.

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12. Here’s a look at Alabama’s defensive line as the Crimson Tide prepares for spring practice.

13. Auburn assistant Scott Fountain is coaching for the first time in four years.

14. Defensive end Austin Flynn has decided to transfer from Arkansas.

15. Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema was picked to have the best first season among new SEC coaches.

16. LSU’s group of running backs will be a “good place to build” the Tigers’ offense.

17. LSU’s Pro Day will be covered by ESPN on March 27.

18. Here are six players to watch as Florida prepares for the start of spring practice.

19. Tennessee projects to have 83 scholarship players when the fall arrives.

20. Georgia is “hungry” to win another SEC championship, something it hasn’t done since 2005.

21. What does Missouri need to do to compete at a high level in the SEC?

Extras

22. Saint Mary’s lost to rival Gonzaga on Monday night. Is Saint Mary’s in bubble trouble?

23. Which bubble teams will step up this week? Pat Forde examines.

24. Notre Dame is set to move on to the ACC, writes Pete Thamel.

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Hogs DE Flynn Arrested For DWI

mrsec-breaking-newsIn the SEC, there are three seasons when it comes to football.  There’s football season.  There’s recruiting season.  And there’s court season.  With five SEC players arrested in a 48-hour period, it’s officially court season.

Arkansas defensive end Austin Flynn was picked up this morning by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and no proof of insurance.

Flynn signed with the Razorbacks last year out of Los Angeles Harbor College in California.  He played in all 12 games for Arkansas recording a total of 10 tackles on the season.

Update: Flynn’s blood alcohol content was .14.  The legal limit in Arkansas is .08. He is the ninth Arkansas player arrested since last March.

 

 

 

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