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SEC Headlines 7/3/2013

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1. If Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan gets suspended for boating under the influence, two walkons will be battling for the job.

2. Only seven teams attempted fewer field goals than Georgia did last season.

3. Georgia defensive junior lineman Toby Johnson underwent surgery Tuesday.  Full recovery expected in 10 days.

4. No one is talking at Vanderbilt, where four players were dismissed over the weekend.  But as David Climer writes, “It is a story that is not going away.”

5. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel named the SEC Male Athlete of the Year.

6. Top ten running backs in the SEC.  Is Georgia sophomore Todd Gurley the best?

7. Pat Dooley thinks Vanderbilt is the 23rd best team in the country.

8. Most important returning player for Ole Miss?  Quarterback Bo Wallace. “With a year of experience in Freeze’s fast-paced offense, Wallace should be among the top-rated signal-callers in the SEC.”

9. Most important returning player at Mississippi State? Quarterback Tyler Russell. “If he can maintain a healthy touchdown-to-interception ratio… the Bulldogs will go bowling for the fourth year in a row.”

10. With Ace Sanders gone to the NFL, South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington “will take on an even greater role in 2013.”

11. Is wide receiver the weakest position at Tennessee?

12. Is freshman quarterback Reese Phillips in the mix at quarterback for Kentucky?

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13. How about an NBA draft rule that would allow Phil Pressey,  BJ Young and Marshawn Powell to return to school because they weren’t drafted?

14. Former Florida Gator Kenny Boynton is playing summer league ball for the Los Angeles Lakers.

15. Brandon Lopez logged 98 minutes as a sophomore walk-on at Tennessee and will return as a junior in the same role.

16. Transfer overload at Missouri? First impressions of newcomers at Mizzou.

17. Sounds like Kentucky fans are enthusiastic about funding renovations at Rupp Arena.

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18. Is former Georgia star David Pollack the greatest defensive lineman of the BCS era?

19. Robert Lester was a safety at Alabama and Cam Newton a quarterback at Auburn.  Now the two are teammates in Carolina.

20. Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine dropping his $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN.

21. She was arrested for rushing the field but she’ll always have her selfie.

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SEC Headlines 6/12/2013

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1. What stands out on the Tennesse roster?  ”Lack of experience. Only 15 players have started more than 10 games…”

2. Budget for football at Kentucky will increase more than $3 million in the coming year. Big chunk is increased coaching salaries.

3. What’s the word on Ole Miss freshman running back Kailo Moore?  ”Blindingly fast.”

4. What’s the biggest challenge facing first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema?  The schedule.

5. Florida quartertback Jeff Driskel surprised to get selected in the MLB draft: “Did not see that coming.”

6. Florida-Georgia on November 2 - “might as well be circled in blood this season.”

7. Kevin Scarbinsky on the Alabama-Auburn rivalry: “In short, for the Tide, the Tigers are a means to an end. For the Tigers, the Tide is the be-all and end-all.”

8. Matt Hayes at The Sporting News says Gus Malzahn one of three coaches who will win immediately in his new job.

9. Looking like the race for quarterback at Auburn is down to four candidates: ”Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen is likely headed to prep school.”

10. Video games mimic real life.  Alabama dominates EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14. One hardcore fan put every rating into a sortable spreadsheet.

11.  Any takers? At just one dollar under a million - a ticket for Alabama/Texas A&M.

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11. Incoming Florida freshman Chris Walker still has work to do to be eligible for this coming season.

12. That was quick.  Jerome Seagears transferred from Rutgers to Auburn this summer.  Now he’s told coaches he’s leaving to be closer to his family in Maryland.

13. Missouri assistant coach Rick Carter is leaving, reportedly headed to Xavier. Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder joining the staff of the Atlanta Hawks.

14. “The longest-tenured power conference coaches without an NCAA round of 16 appearance are Mississippi’s Andy Kennedy and Arizona State’s Herb Sendek.”

15, Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon on sitting out last season with a knee injury.  ”You see things differently. Things you don’t see while you’re out there playing, you see.”

16. John Calipari’s advice to young players: “What you should be spending 90 percent of your time on is getting their feel for the ball, bouncing it with their head up…”

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17. Goodbye domes prior to college basketball’s Final Four?

18. There are 18 Division I teams banned from postseason.

19. One day after his father said he’d prefer Southern Cal, five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas will end playing at Florida State after all.

20. Former Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine reportedly suing ESPN for $11 million.

21. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany signs an extension that will keep him around through June of 2018.

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22. Interested in a college basketball fantasy camp in Las Vegas?  It will set you back $7,500.

23. Marcus Lattimore paid $20,000 to record two ads for the lottery in South Carolina.

24.  If they do this for a victory, what would San Antonio Spurs fan do if they win the series?

25. Major League Baseball opening in Sydney, Australia next year?

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SEC Headlines 5/16/2012

1. For the second time in less than two years, Missouri safety Tavon Bolden has been booted from the team.

2. Florida defensive tackle Leon Orr is in trouble again after getting caught driving on a suspended license.

3. Vanderbilt running back  Lafonte Thourogood is transferring.

4. Clemson will be without one – possibly two – high-profile players when they open up against Auburn.

5. When it comes to Auburn this fall, different probably means better.

6. Two incoming freshman at Georgia are anxious to get their college careers started.

7. Contrary to a USA Today report, Ole Miss says its athletic department turned a profit in 2011.

8. Expect the college football playoff process to get really messy.

9. Kevin Scarbinsky on Derrick Thomas:  ”The College Football Hall of Fame just revisited his grave. And spit on it. Again.”

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10. Seven million reasons why it’s good to be Mike Kryzewski.

11. The wife of former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine plans to sue ESPN for libel.

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