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SEC Headlines 4/24/2013

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1. Fan to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: “We need to change it to the University that Spurrier Changed.”

2. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze trying to temper expectations.  “As spring revealed, we’re not where we need to be depth-wise.”

3. Tennessee has a new director of player personnel. Bob Welton spent the last nine years as a scout for the Cleveland Browns.

4. What’s the status of Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal?  ”Still up in the air.” Off-field issues.

5. What’s the status of the Kiehl Frazier/Jonathan Wallace quarterback battle at Auburn? “There’s not a lot of separation coming out of spring at this point.”

6. Kevin Scarbinsky on Harvey Updyke: He killed Auburn’s trees and made Auburn stronger.

7. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen captured the headlines, but other names have emerged on the Razorbacks’ depth chart following spring practice.

8. Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell on the Bulldogs’ struggles in the last half of the season.  It “motivated me to watch more film and work so much harder. Everybody has a bad game, but in the end I have to be that guy to perform every game.”

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9. SEC Network announcement rescheduled for May 2.

10. Matt Hayes on college football playoffs.  ”You win, Joe Sixpack.”

SEC/NFL Draft

11. By the end of the weekend, Georgia’s draft totals could hit double digits.  Player projections by round.

12. Combine Georgia and Alabama and you could end up with 20 draft picks.

13. Over the past ten years, only Georgia has had more players drafted than LSU - 57 to 56.

14. 2013 NFL draft expected to be Texas A&M’s best class in years.

15. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has 10 SEC players among his top 25 prospects.

16. “It’s insane how much talent is spilling out of the SEC.”

17. Former Tennessee wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson considered two of top 10 receivers in this year’s draft. But questions remain. Breakdown of NFL talent in the state of Tennessee.

18.State of Florida could have six first-round picks.

19. Strengths, weaknesses and stats on former Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

20. Former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker has had official pre-draft visits with 11 NFL teams.

21. Former Alabama center Barrett Jones projected as a third-round pick. “To be honest, I don’t really get caught up too much in the rounds.”

22. If Sheldon Richardon’s name gets called Thursday, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will have six first-round picks in the last five years.

23 What are draft experts saying about former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson?

24. Oddsmakers have former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore slotted for the third round. Capsules of all potential South Carolina draft picks.

25. Kentucky lineman Larry Warford is hearing he could go anywhere from second to fourth round.

26. Questions about Texas A&M’s DaMontre Moore - “teams are really nervous about him.”

27. How NFL draft prospects were ranked as recruits coming out of high school.

SEC Basketball

28. Trevor Lacey’s decision to transfer leaves Alabama with 10 available scholarship players for next season.

29. Former Rutgers guard Eli Carter considers Florida - Billy Donovan reportedly visited.

30. Former LSU forward Jalen Courtney is headed to Morehead State. Expectations are increasing at LSU under Johnny Jones.

31. NBA-bound Nerlens Noel on his knee: “I’ve been working hard in rehab, and my physical therapist is telling me I’m way ahead of schedule and coming along really well.”

32. So Kentucky fans, just how likely is 40-0?

33. Tennessee assistant coach Houston Fancher reuniting with former Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson at  North Carolina-Wilmington.

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34. Jon Bon Jovi’s son will walk on the football team at Notre Dame.

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SEC Headlines 4/6/2013

headlines-saturday1. Auburn releases Selena Roberts interview request – calls it “gotcha, hide-the-ball journalism at its worst.”

2. Did former Auburn safety Mike McNeil get his grades altered to keep him eligible?  He says yes – a source says no.  

3. Verdict on Texas A&M’s Friday Night Lights scrimmage – defense more than held its own. Kevin Sumlin had a DJ spinning tunes from an 18-wheeler trailer.

4. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema changes his mind – opens today’s scrimmage to the public.

5. Georgia’s spring scrimmage game is an opportunity to get a look at a defense hit hard by graduation and early defections to the NFL.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp likes where his offense is: “I think we’re much more efficient.”

7. Because Mississippi State returns so many experienced running backs, thousand-yard rusher LaDarius Perkins could actually get fewer carries this season.

8. First scrimmage of the spring this afternoon  for Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium It will be a learning opportunity for the Crimson Tide’s seven early enrollees.

9. Former Alabama center Barrett Jones is the SEC’s male scholar-athlete of the year.

10. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson wants better tackling at the Tigers first scrimmage.  ”The most disappointing and concerning thing right now is just our tackling.”

11. Second scrimmage of the year for Tennessee – defensive coordinator John Jancek is also focusing on tackling.  “You can’t be a good defense and not be able to tackle.”

12. After a 5-7 season, it’s open competition at Missouri, where three quarterbacks are vying for reps. Some good news for the Tigers regarding Henry Jose.

13. South Carolina assistant coach Shawn Elliott on his offensive line: “We have four returning starters and two other guys that have started at times that are going to be back.”

14. How the tight end position could become a key weapon at Kentucky this fall.

15. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on new cornerbacks coach Jason Jones: “He has the same core values that we have.”

16. Balanced attack a focus at Vanderbilt – offensive coordinator John Donovan wants a 50-50 split between passing and running.

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17. NBA scout on incoming Florida guard Kasey Hill:  ”Florida had a good season, but I felt like at times the guard play held them back. Kasey will help in that area.”

18. Louisville in the Final Four - “If there is such a thing as Big Blue Hell, this weekend is its fiery (red) apex.”

19. Most memorable moment in the history of the NCAA Tournament?  Kentucky fans know what it is – and probably never want to see it again.

20. Three of the top-10 TV markets for the NCAA Tournament are in SEC country.

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SEC Headlines 3/21/2013

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1. Ole Miss wide receiver Philander Moore dismissed from team following domestic assault arrest.

2. The lasting legacy of Alabama A.D. Mal Moore, who announced yesterday he’s stepping down.  While at Miami, Nick Saban called his wife Terry and told her he wouldn’t be leaving for Alabama: “She said, ‘Oh, Mal’s already here. We’ve been talking for an hour.’  That was his first step in the right direction.”

3. An outpouring of tributes and support for Moore from A.D.s and coaches around the country.

4. Crimson Tide may have found their replacement for Barrett Jones in Ryan Kelly. Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio: “I trust him as much as trusted Barrett Jones last year.”

5. Alabama will open its 2015 season against Wisconsin at Cowboys Stadium.

6. The big attraction at Kentucky’s spring practice will be the three-way quarterback competition – Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow all vying for the job. Fifteen players participating in pro day at Kentucky.

7. Big challenge at Missouri – gaping holes in the defense.  In SEC play, only Tennessee and Arkansas gave up more plays of 10 yards or more than Missouri (180) and more pass plays of 20 yards or more than Missouri (44).

8. Spring practice underway at Mississippi State.  Two JUCO transfers could start right away.

9. Tennessee coach Butch Jones at the last practice before spring break:  ”The soft guys will get exposed!”

10. With Jacoby Brissett no longer looking over his shoulder, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is more comfortable this spring. “This year, I’m the guy, and that does take a little bit off my shoulders.”

11. Most experienced tight end at LSU this fall will be Travis Dickson – he’s started on game in his career.

12. Auburn’s returning senior class wants to set a new tone. Defensive end Dee Ford: ”We’re taking more of a player approach to leadership, taking ownership.”

13. Ole Miss starting defensive end C.J. Johnson is having surgery today on his broken fibula – will miss the rest of spring practice.

14. JUCO transfer Jonathon Rumph is hoping to make an impact at wide receiver for Georgia this fall:  “Nothing’s going to be given to me. I just came in to work hard and try to earn my spot just like everybody else.”

15. Fans can watch Vanderbilt scrimmage the next two Saturday mornings – spring game set for April 13.

16. Georgia pro day today - 18 players will work out for NFL scouts. Bulldogs have as many as nine guys projected to go in the first three rounds of the draft.

17. At Tennessee’s pro day Wednesday, quarterback Tyler Bray was asked about his draft stock.  ”It’s whatever (NFL Network Analyst) Mr. (Mike) Mayock says it is.”

SEC Basketball

18. Missouri plays Colorado State tonight in Lexington.  Frank Haith wants the Tigers to attack: “When the game’s on the line, the aggressive team wins.” Matchup ranked as one of the best in the first round.

19. Guard Phil Pressey hears what people are saying about Missouri. “You mean that we have enough talent to be in the Final Four, but we can just as easily shoot ourselves in the foot and lose in the first round?”

20. Ole Miss guard Nick Williams started his college career at Indiana, so he knows Wisconsin and the Big Ten style of basketball. ”It’s a fight to score points in that style.”

21. Can you guess which Ole Miss guard gets mentioned as one of the ten names to know in the NCAA Tournament?

22. This will be Florida’s 17th NCAA Tournament – a compilation of the best and worst of the openers.

23. Losing four players to season-ending injuries this past year, coach Rick Ray sees a brighter future for Mississippi State basketball.

24. Even with a huge freshmen class coming in, Kentucky coach John Calipari will have scholarship flexibility next season.

Extras

25. Five things to watch for today in the NCAA Tournament.

26. What’s a victory in the NCAA Tournament worth?  $1.5 million.

27. Report: “College football and men’s basketball players at the NCAA FBS level have an average annual fair market value of $137,000 and $289,000.”

28. Want to change college athletics?  Hit coaches where it hurts – their wallets.

29. Proposed changes to loosen rules on recruiting are headed back to the drawing board.

30. What was Tim Tebow doing at SMU Wednesday?

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Jones Follows Legacy To Alabama

Walker Jones is the latest member of his family to decide to play football at Alabama.

The linebacker from Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, Tenn., committed to the Crimson Tide on Tuesday.

Jones will follow his brothers, senior offensive lineman Barrett Jones and sophomore tight end Harrison Jones, in Tuscaloosa. Barrett Jones was happy to learn of Walker’s decision.

Walker Jones considered other schools, including Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, before he committed to Alabama. Tide coach Nick Saban and his staff helped put Alabama over the top.

“It was the coaching staff,” Jones told ESPN RecruitingNation. “It’s probably the best coaching staff in the nation. You can tell because they’re won two national championships in the last three years, and I believe that’s due to the coaching and the recruiting. That was big to me.”

Expectations will likely be high for Jones, whose father, Rex, played basketball at Alabama from 1982-84. But Walker Jones said he’s only worried about himself.

“I see it as I have to carve my own path, and I’m excited about it,” Jones said. “I’m excited to go up there and work hard, so I don’t see it as following anyone’s footsteps.”

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10 For The BCS Title Game

In an effort to keep you up to date on the latest buzz from New Orleans, we’ll bring you 10 BCS title game-related headlines every day this week.  Here’s the first collection:


1.  With Alabama and LSU arriving in New Orleans today, the hype can now truly commence.

2.  One thing’s for sure — the winning coach stands to make a heap of cash via bonus money.

3.  All-American LSU corner Tyrann Mathieu has been as opportunistic off the field as he is on it.

4.  Here’s a breakdown the Tide’s running backs versus LSU’s linebackers…

5.  And now here’s a breakdown of the Tigers’ running backs versus Alabama’s linebackers.

6.  Outland Trophy-winning O-lineman Barrett Jones’ ankle is A-OK and he’s ready for a second shot at LSU.

7.  In just five years, Nick Saban has returned Alabama to the top of the college football world.

8.  Les Miles had his team “bring the wood” to Bama in the teams’ first meeting.

9 and 10.  If you trust those of us in the media, this writer says Bama will win the BCS title.  If you trust psychics, then seer Otis Biggs has an LSU pick for you.  One’s about as likely to be right as the other.

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SEC Headlines – 8/8/11 Part Two

1.  Barrett Jones continued to work in Alabama’s open left tackle slot during yesterday’s practice.

2.  Meet Dont’a Hightower, starting quarterback… of Bama’s defense.

3.  Blake Sims could take snaps at quarterback and running back for the Tide this fall. 

4.  Wide receiver DeAngelo Benton seems finally ready to contribute at Auburn.

5.  Freshman walk-on safety Trent Fisher — son of former NFL coach Jeff Fisher — is drawing praise on The Plains.

6.  This writer feels the NCAA needs to do some simplifying.

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Two Spots Are Tight On Bama’s Football Team

A pair of tight position battles are going right down to the wire as Alabama prepares for its spring game tomorrow.

First, quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims will play for both the Crimson and the White tomorrow.  As part of the evaluation process, they’ll both get time with those first- and second-string units.

“Every time they have an opportunity to play, we’ll see how they respond to that circumstance and that situation, just like we’ll see how they play in this game,” Nick Saban said.  “And that’s why I want both of them to play with both teams just to see how they respond to the situation.  It’s part of the overall evaluation.  If they both respond well, then that’s a good thing.”

Meanwhile, there’s been an unexpected twist in the competition to protect those guys’ blind sides.  Alfred McCullough has been dueling with juco transfer Aaron Douglas for the left tackle spot all spring, but right guard Barrett Jones has now been moved into that slot.

Saban told Al.com that McCullough’s natural position is at guard and that Douglas — a former freshman All-American at Tennessee — is still learning the Tide’s system.

Jones — who last played left tackle in high school — is fine with the move.  “It’s been very different but it’s been a challenge.  It’s exciting to be challenged.  I feel comfortable at guard, but it’s an opportunity for me to show versatility.”

Most Tide fans had hoped that the big-armed McCarron would pull away from Sims this spring.  And many people expected Douglas to step right in at left tackle.  The fact that neither player has grabbed the reins as hoped/expected might be a bit disappointing down at the Capstone, but it’s still only April.

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McElroy and Jones Earn Academic All-District Honors

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and offensive lineman Barrett Jones were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team, the organization announced on Thursday.
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