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SEC Headlines – 1/31/13


1.  Marshawn Powell is on a roll, but he’ll need some help with Arkansas visits Alabama tonight.

2.  Marshall Henderson continues to make national headlines for both good and bad reasons.

3.  With a good win at Ole Miss under their belts, John Calipari wants to see how his Kentucky players handle success.

4.  Billy Gillispie will be on hand to watch Kentucky play Texas A&M as a guest of Aggie coach Billy Kennedy.

5.  You know it’s been a long night in the Palmetto State when a South Carolina beatwriter asks: Where does last night’s loss rank among the biggest blowouts in recent USC history?

6.  With starting point guard Trae Golden injured, Cuonzo Martin says Tennessee will use a lot more of walk-on Brandon Lopez.


7.  With Mike Blakely leaving, Auburn returns just two running backs who played last season.

8.  New South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams will “demand perfection” from Jadeveon Clowney.

9.  Tennessee’s new football assistants will earn 8% bonuses if the Vols reach a bowl game.

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10.  “A lot” of NCAA investigators are wondering why Mark Emmert called a press conference to criticize the body’s look-see into Miami.  “This was good, investigative work.”

11.  SEC pariah Lane Kiffin: “Once you start rooting against somebody, you’re always going to look for the negative in everything they do.”

12.  The Big XII is asking the NCAA for a waiver that would allow it to hold a conference championship game as a 10-team league… if necessary.

13.  If you care about the quacks pimping deer antler velvet spray from the back of their gym, they say kids from “all over the map” are using their snake oil because it’s legal.

14.  On schools telling the guys from SWATS to stay away from their players:  “You can’t tell me I can’t talk to your players.  We live in a free country.”

15.  A new survey suggests many Americans believe God plays a determining role in who wins sporting events.

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SEC Headlines 9/6/2012

SEC East

1. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw felt “good” after Wednesday’s practice but status for Saturday still unclear.

2. Medical clearance based on  “how much pain Shaw is willing to endure.”

3. Florida tight end Jordan Reed on recently-named starting QB Jeff Driskel: ”He’s more confident now and less worried about making mistakes…”

4. Alarming and hard to figure? Florida’s  ”offense actually made more plays than a UF defense that many promoted in the preseason as possibly being one of the best in the nation in 2012.”

5. The loss of Da’rick Rogers at Tennessee has been Jacob Carter’s gain.

6. Gary Pinkel on Sheldon Richardson’s comments regarding Georgia: “What Sheldon did was wrong and irresponsible and that doesn’t happen here.”

7. “(E)ven if no one else quite believes Missouri is ready for the rough-and-tumble SEC, Georgia players are saying all the right things to show they respect what the Tigers bring to the table.”

8.  Has Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seen anything like Mizzou’s spread offense?  ”No, they’re entirely new.”

9. Mizzou’s offense returns the favor. “Their defensive line is really tough.” Bernie Miklasz: “It’s time to play some big-boy football.”

10. Kentucky’s solution for bad defensive play?  Simplify things.

11. Joker Phillips: “We’ve got to put a better product on the field…”

12. Vanderbilt expects Northwestern to be ready this weekend: “They’re going to be amped up to play us because we’re an SEC team.”

SEC West

13. Alabama vs. Western Kentucky. How often does a 34-point underdog actually win the game?  Since 1980, it’s happened seven times – in 728 games.

14. Meet Alabama’s offensive line – “labeled by many as the best in college football”.

15. Missing two full seasons with knee injuries, Mississippi State tight end Marcus Green is in his sixth year of eligibility – and has never beaten Auburn.

16. Gene Chizik on the Auburn – Mississippi State matchup:“Every time we play them, certainly the last two, it’s come down to the wire, and it could very well come down to that again Saturday.”

17. Auburn lineman Shon Coleman’s long battle with cancer included two full years of chemotherapy treatments.

18. Here’s an advantage LSU has over Washington this weekend - familiarity with the heat and humidity.

19. Ole Miss has four running backs healthy and ready to go this weekend.

20. A cornerback battle at Arkansas.  “It’s up for grabs right now.”

21. Kevin Sumlin’s first year record of 7-5?

SEC/College News

22. Ron Higgins on Mike Slive, Mizzou and Texas A&M: “Yep Commish, you picked two jewels. They’re ready to play the feud.”

23. SEC football and a father’s influence.  Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin’s roots are in southwest Alabama. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin’s dad once preached in Alabama.

24. One game into the season, there’s a new generation of SEC stars.

SEC/College Basketball

25. Gary Parrish: If the allegations against Billy Gillispie are true, “then he’s a man who didn’t learn from his downfall at Kentucky and probably shouldn’t be coaching college basketball anyway.

26. John Clay:” Each new accusation out of Lubbock only serves to make UK’s former hire look that much worse.”

27. Arkansas’ schedule – “challenges from start to finish.”

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SEC Headlines 9/2/2012

1. Kentucky opens at Louisville this afternoon on ESPN.  ”No one really knows anything about the two teams, they just think they do.”

2. Kentucky players haven’t forgotten last season’s 24-17 loss to the Cardinals.  ”That game left the worst taste in my mouth.”

3. Derek Dooley looks for improvement from his Tennessee team after Friday night’s win – says the Vols defense had a hard time adjusting to NC State’s quick pace.

4. Texas A&M will open at home against Florida with the ESPN Gameday crew on hand.

5. Stewart Mandel: Alabama “will likely rise back to No. 1 in the new rankings, and rightfully so.”

6.  Next up for Alabama- Western Kentucky. A sneak peek ahead to all of next weekend’s SEC action.

7. With Zach Mettenberger, LSU looks to be a one-quarterback team.  But there’s quite a battle going on at tailback.

8. Heralded freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham makes his Mizzou debut.

9. Vanderbilt fans like the new hillside seating.

10. Fearing a heart attack, former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie calls 911.

11. Police say a Tennessee fan was drinking alcohol before he plunged to his death Friday night in the Georgia Dome.


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A Calipari Corn Maze In The Bluegrass State

How much do people in the Bluegrass State love John Calipari?  Enough to build a 10-acre corn maze featuring his likeness.  And the likeness is pretty good, too.  For a corn maze.

“Really, we just want to let Coach Cal know how much he means to Kentucky and how much Kentucky appreciates having him lead our basketball team,” said John Kelley, the man behind the maze.

The appreciation UK fans have for Calipari is just amazing.  And to think, if you’d connected Billy Gillispie’s name with the word “maze,” most Cat fans would have had sweet dreams of him freezing in a hedge maze.

With that in mind, here’s a clip of the final scene from “The Shining,” done Benny Hill style.  Nuthin’ to do with nuthin’, but I laughed:

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Video: Josh Harrellson and tale of two punishments

Content provided by John Clay’s Sidelines.

Here, Josh Harrellson talks about being punished by John Calipari (Twitter trouble) as compared to being punished by Billy Gillispie (bathroom stall trouble).


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