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Someone Alert OU’s Stoops… Browns’ GM Lombardi: “The SEC Is A Whole Different Animal”

gfx - they said itAs part of a lengthy and amusing look inside the new Browns front office — well, an attempted look inside — Grantland.com’s Chuck Klosterman reveals Cleveland GM Michael Lombardi’s feelings about the Southeastern Conference:

 

“The SEC is a whole different animal.  If all we did was take guys from Alabama and LSU, we’d be f****** great.”

 

The Browns took LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo with the sixth pick in this year’s NFL draft.

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SEC Headlines 2/28/2013

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1. Former Chicago Bears assistant Tim Spencer interviewed for the open running backs coach spot at Tennessee. Spencer also spent several years as an assistant at Ohio State, his alma mater.

2. Other remaining candidates at Tennessee are current coaches - search could be wrapped up soon.

3. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney on the cover of a spring football preview issue of Sports Illustrated (and what does that say when spring football gets an SI cover?). The famous hit at the Outback Bowl was “a last breath of football sanity for Clowney.”

4. 15,000 tickets already gone for spring game at Kentucky – “that’s abnormal.”

5. With Keith Marshall nursing a hamstring injury, Georgia will open spring practice with just one healthy recruited scholarship tailback on the roster, Todd Gurley.  

6. Alabama’s new $9 million weight room is 21,000 square feet on the bottom floor, 16,000 square feet on the second floor.  It was built in five months.

7. Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran: “It’s the biggest, baddest weight room in the country. There is no question about that.”

8. Spring practice at Alabama starts on March 16 – toe injuries likely to limit cornerback John Fulton and wide receiver Kevin Norwood.

9. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott likley to miss spring drills – had surgery on a toe this week.

10. We updated our story yesterday with a report about Mississippi State assistant Tim Brewster leaving for Florida State. MSU officials finally notified this morning.

11. With both starting safeties gone, how good will Florida’s secondary be in 2013?

12. Former Auburn player Kodi Burns is now a grad assistant at the school but he has higher aspirations.  ”I want to be an offensive coordinator one of these days here pretty quick, and soon after be a head coach. You want to run your own program.”

13. Lawyer for dismissed Alabama player D.J. Pettway releases statement:  ”DJ is committed to putting this incident behind him and to proving to all of those fans, coaches, and teammates that were disappointed by this incident that it is not a reflection of the man he is.”

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14. Why Tyrann Mathieu may have helped himself as much as any other prospect and why Dee Milliner is the most NFL-ready of the cornerbacks.

15. This mock draft has Milliner going fifth to the Lions, with former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo going next to the Cleveland Browns.

16. Former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope runs a 4.34 40-yard dash and the reaction is ”straight-line speed/acceleration are only average”?

17. Mel Kiper’s post-combine rankings of SEC players.

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18. Ole Miss freshman forward Anthony Perez will have MRI today after injuring his knee last night.

19. Tennessee leading scorer Jordan McRae on the steady demeanor of coach Cuonzo Martin: “You guys see our practices, the way Coach Martin is, you would think we hadn’t won a game yet this year.” Dale Ellis’ jersey will be retired at Tennessee.

20. Missouri at South Carolina tonight – must-win game for the Tigers?  Phil Pressey: “If we don’t beat them then that’s where the problems start coming in to play.”

21. Frank Martin seems hesitant to put a timeline on rebuilding at South Carolina: “If I told you two years, and two years from now, we’re still not quite there, then you’re going to ask me that question, ‘I thought you said two years from now.’ ”

22. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford says four Kentucky players could go in the first round. ”Willie Cauley-Stein is the diamond in the rough.”

23. Kentucky’s 1996 team finally gets championship rings but what about Rick Pitino and the coaches?  John Calipari: “I don’t know what they did with that. But I do know (player) Scott Padgett, who takes every free lunch he can get, called and said, ‘Am I getting a ring?’ ” (He didn’t.)

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24. After getting torched for 62 points by Oregon, former USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin told his son and head coach Lane Kiffin he was leaving at the end of the year.

25. Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro’s tab at the school - NCAA estimates he provided $170,000 in impermissible benefits. Ohio State A.D. on NCAA – “bureaucratic monster.”

26. Ever wonder why you always see those “big heads” at college basketball games? How it all got started.

27. Just how bad are these new Adidas basketball uniforms?

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SEC Early Entrants 2013

nfl-draft-podium-tightThe NFL early entry deadline had come and gone and SEC teams took quite a hit.  Not surprising considering the SEC leads the nation in recruiting rankings every February and in NFL draft picks every April.  With that much talent in SEC programs, there will always be a number of stars leaving prior to their senior seasons.

In all, 33 players from the league submitted their paperwork to the NFL for early entry into the draft.  More could have changed their mind at the last minute, but for now we know of 33.  That number includes former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu who did not play with the Tigers in 2012 due to a suspension.

 

ALABAMA — 3

DJ Fluker, OT

Eddie Lacy, RB

Dee Milliner, CB

 

ARKANSAS — 2

Alvin Bailey, OG

Knile Davis, RB

 

AUBURN — 1

Corey Lemonier, DE

 

FLORIDA –4

Matt Elam, S

Sharrif Floyd, DT

Jelani Jenkins, LB

Jordan Reed, TE

 

GEORGIA — 3

Kwame Geathers, DT

Jarvis Jones, LB

Alec Ogletree, LB

 

KENTUCKY — 0

 

LSU — 11

Chris Faulk, OT

Michael Ford, RB

Bennie Logan, DT

Tyrann Mathieu, CB (already off team)

Barkevious Mingo, DE

Kevin Minter, LB

Sam Montgomery, DE

Eric Reid, S

Tharold Simon, CB

Spencer Ware, RB

Brad Wing, P

 

MISS. STATE — 0

 

MISSOURI — 1

Sheldon Richardson, DT

 

OLE MISS — 0

 

S. CAROLINA — 2

Marcus Lattimore, RB

Ace Sanders, WR

 

TENNESSEE — 4

Tyler Bray, QB

Justin Hunter, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Darrington Sentimore, DT

 

TEXAS A&M — 2

Luke Joeckel, OT

Damontre Moore, DE

 

VANDERBILT — 0

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Wow Sunday Headlines 1/6/2012

Ole Miss beat Pittsburgh 38-17 Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl
Texas A&M beat Oklahoma 41-13 Friday night in the Cotton Bowl
The SEC is currently 5-3 in bowl games this postseason
Six LSU juniors will forego their senior season to enter the NFL draft with defensive end Barkevious Mingo the latest to decide Friday night
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and Florida tight end Jordan Reed are leaving school early to enter NFL draft
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has signed with an agent, ending any chance of his return to school for his senior season
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Post Game Chatter: The ULM Game

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Well, that was that. There’s really not much else to say about it. It just was. LSU didn’t play perfectly, but they didn’t play poorly either. Defense was spectacular. Offense continued to struggle. Special Teams looked great. I’m in the camp that you can hardly take much away from these games. I think the coaching staff wanted to use this game to further iron out kinks in the passing game. It didn’t work. Both QBs were woeful. Neither was accurate. Both were missing their targets. And this time, unlike the McNeese game, the pass protection wasn’t miserable (sans one or two plays).

This many games into the season I think it’s safe to say that it’s not that we don’t have a passing game at all… we just don’t have a deep passing game. And because we don’t have a deep passing game, it makes it so much easier for defenses to just sit on the short routes and limit us. Theoretically with our running game and underneath passing threats (Shepard, on bubble screens, namely), we should open up a world of deep throws, but it just doesn’t happen. Regardless, let’s recap the high points of the night after the jump.

-Defensively, we were the Mac truck and they were the fly. It was pretty apparent early on that they had very little shot to contend. The defense came to play, which was nice to see. I was happy that the team didn’t come in in letdown mode after a big win and just kinda go through the motions and pull it out with talent. ULM isn’t a great team, but they are a sneaky one with some talent. Put them away early and then get your young guys some experience.

-One of the announcers mentioned last night that we’ve played a total of 20 freshman, either true or redshirt. And not just in the conventional “oh they have a load of freshman on special teams” type of way. Sure, we have that too. But these guys have all been major contributors in big games: Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, Craig Loston, Tharold Simon, Ronnie Vinson, Kevin Minter, Lamin Barrow, Tahj Jones, Chris Faulk, Kadron Boone, James Wright, and Spencer Ware. Never underestimate what this means for the future of the team. Namely, next season when some of these guys are asked to expand their roles, they will have actual game experience. That’s huge.

-I’ve maintained for a while that a two-QB system is the way to go, but I’m beginning to abandon that notion. Thank Jarrett Lee for what he’s done, but these past four weeks we see why he’s still the backup. He’s giving us very little right now. Not that I’m particularly overwhelmed by Jefferson’s play in any game but the Alabama game, but he does offer the added dimension of mobility and for a ball-control offense like ours, that’s important.

-We are stacked at running back, and the rich get richer next season with the additions of Jeremy Hill and Kenny Hilliard.

-It’s truly unfortunate we lost Sam Montgomery for the season. However, Lavar Edwards is playing some very good football of late. That guy is a very, very good end.

-Greg Shaw has stepped in at RT and hasn’t missed a beat. Impressive. Will Blackwell has started practicing again, and Hurst should return at some point this year. If we could finish the season with the OL we hoped to start with, that would be ideal. Oh, and while Ben Jones will probably be 1st team All SEC, I expect PJ’s name to be on that list in short order. He’s terrific.

-It feels like it’s been forever since we just beat the tar out of someone.

-Overall, we did what we had to do: took care of business. No injuries to worry about. No close game to complain about (even if the offense was porous). Just show up, do work and go home. This team is playing with swagger and energy that we haven’t seen the past two seasons. I’m a big believer in momentum and what it does for teams during the college football season. One loss often takes superior teams to a miserable season (see Texas). One win can cause less talented teams to play above their heads. This happens all the time. We’re riding high right now, and next week, we need to bring that same attitude and swagger and take down an opponent that we realistically should put away early and easily.

Ole Miss has been our foil the past couple of season’s and many believe Nutt has Miles’ number. However, they are coming off a thrashing from Tennessee which will very likely render them out of bowl season (unless they are able to upset both us and State). However, I expect the team to be repeatedly reminded of their previous losses and to step up and play well against them.


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UM B’baller Nelson Looking “Great”

According to a source quoted by Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Journal, Ole Miss freshman guard Dundrecous Nelson (and freshman center Demarco Cox) will be “great.”

Is this really big enough news to warrant it’s own blurb?  Probably not.  It’s third-hand info and who knows what “great” really means.

But I include it here because Dundrecous Nelson now joins Rantavious Wooten and Barkevious Mingo on MrSEC.com’s “All-Scrabble Team.”

Not making the cut: Philip Lutzenkirchen… mainly because I’m more likely to misspell that one.

But welcome to the SEC, Dundrecous.  You’re sure to win me some bucks the next time I’m playing “SEC Athletes” Scrabble for cash.

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