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SEC Headlines – 6/25/12

1.  This scribe says the SEC’s dominance across multiple sports is growing.  (The Pac-12 might have something to say about that.)

2.  This writer wants to see SEC North and South Divisions.  (But that ship has already sailed… and his South Division would be — traditionally speaking — a helluva lot tougher in football.  The league’s goal was to change as little as possible, so this would be a no-go even if the league hadn’t just set its schedules.  We’re linking to this again because I got a LOT of emails about yesterday’s link.)

3.  With a playoff on the way, the city of Orlando has started talking about upgrading the Florida Citrus Bowl again.

4.  Has ex-Kentucky Wildcat Doron Lamb slipped out of the NBA’s first round?

5.  Kentucky football is looking toward Ohio more and more these days.

6.  Georgia D-line coach Rodney Garner says he’s been “blessed” to be a part of SEC football for 28 years.

7.  An NFL coach believes ex-Dawgs kicker Blair Walsh was “too fast with his get off time” on all those missed field goals last year.

8.  The Gainesville Sun says South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor is the SEC’s 22nd best player.

9.  Tennessee’s Derek Dooley knows his seat is hot.

10. Vol basketball coach Cuonzo Martin says his faith helped him get through a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

11.  In a look at the SEC’s cross-division rivals for 2012, this writer says — and Jackie Sherrill would agree — that Thanksgiving week “will be the annual spot on the schedule” for LSU and Texas A&M.

12.  Mississippi State center Dillon Day will be an important man for Dan Mullen’s team in 2012.

13.  Former MSU hoopster Rodney Hood will choose between transferring to Duke or Ohio State tomorrow.  (Tough loss for new coach Rick Ray.)

14.  Ole Miss offensive lineman Patrick Junen — an 11-time starter for the Rebels — doesn’t figure to be a key cog this season… so long as no one gets hurt in front of him.

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Merry Christmas 2011! SEC Headlines

1. The 2011 Sportsman of the Year? Alabama lineman Barrett Jones – says  The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.

2. This Christmas won’t be the same for LSU running back Alfred Blue.  The family’s familiar gathering place – his grandmother’s house – burned to the ground in September.

3. Alabama center William Vlachos is a finalist for the Rimington Award and one tough dude.

4. Nick Saban celebrates Christmas, an anniversary and two kids’ birthdays - all in the month of December.

5. Georgia kicker Blair Walsh is just six points away from setting the SEC career points record.

6. The Bulldogs’ Bruce Figgins counts his blessings this Christmas  - he’s graduated from college and his mom is recovering from breast cancer.

7. Expect Vanderbilt’s slot receivers to have an impact against Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl.

8. Can former Arkansas State defensive coaches – including a Kiffin - bring the same magic to Ole Miss?

9. Almost $1.5 million in coaching bonuses (all sports)  at Florida this year.

10. Florida’s Sharif Floyd is headed back to defensive tackle.

11. Five seniors who could have a big impact on Tennessee’s 2012 football season.

12. Two top signees in Auburn’s class of 2011 spent the season watching and waiting  - as redshirts.

13. SEC consensus All-Americans: two on offense, seven on defense and one on special teams.

14. Two Vanderbilt basketball players will celebrate Christmas with their coach  - just the way Kevin Stallings wants it.

15. Assuming the rankings hold, this will the first time since the 1993-1994 season that Kentucky and Louisville will meet on the basketball court both ranked in the Top 10.

16. A revamped Rupp Arena would have a different look – both inside and out.

17. Despite shooting just 40% from the floor,  Tennessee’s Trae Golden still leads the team in scoring.

18. Auburn goes for a third-place finish in the Diamondhead Classic tonight.

19. Jon Solomon: “We’ve reached American sports’ Catholic Church moment.”

SEC/NFL Extras

20. Cam Newton breaks Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record.

21. Get ready for a Tebow-Orton showdown.

22. The Detroit Lions are playoff bound and Matthew Stafford is a big reason why.

23. Sorting out the playoff picture.

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SEC Headlines – 11/2/11 Part One

1.  Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas says he fully expects West Virginia to be in his league in 2012.  He also said his league can work with 11 teams next fall if Missouri stays.

2.  Florida and Vanderbilt battling for… bowl eligibility.  (Ever think you’d see that?)

3.  Injuries continue to haunt the Gators.

4.  Georgia’s kick coverage unit needs some fixing.

5.  Once reliable kicker Blair Walsh could use some help, too.

6.  Receiver Matt Roark’s big night against MSU (13 catches for 116 yards) helped restore his confidence.

7.  John Calipari wants his team to be physical and play good defense in tonight’s exhibition opener against tiny Transylvania.  (Shouldn’t that game have been scheduled for Halloween?)

8.  South Carolina will need to get pressure on Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson this weekend.

9.  Here’s an odd fact: Carolina is 7-1 and ranked in the BCS Top 10… but the Gamecocks have not scored first in a single game this season.

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SEC Headlines – 10/21/11 Part Two

1.  Florida is hoping to heal up this weekend before facing Georgia next Saturday.

2.  Georgia has been settling for a lot of field goals this year… and Blair Walsh hasn’t been as accurate as usual.

3.  Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton is trying to remain positive.

4.  Jadeveon Clowney’s potential at South Carolina is no laughing matter.

5.  Tennessee needs a big day from its defense at Alabama tomorrow.

6.  Vanderbilt will face an Army quarterback this weekend who wanted to play for the Commodores.

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SEC Headlines – 8/25/11 Part Two

1.  This writer believes Will Muschamp’s post-scrimmage blow-up last night was done for effect.  (Agreed.)

2.  Lerentee McCray is in the lead for a starting job in UF’s linebacking corps.

3.  Georgia kicker Blair Walsh will likely set the SEC’s all-time scoring mark this season.

4.  UGA rallied in yesterday’s scrimmage to beat “Boise State.”

5.  Linebacker Danny Trevathan is Kentucky’s defensive leader.

6.  Joker Phillips and Louisville’s Charlie Strong are friendly rivals.

7.  Kentucky senior hoopster Eloy Vargas was cut from the Dominican Republic’s basketball roster… despite the fact that John Calipari is coaching the team.

8.  New coach James Franklin “added fuel to the fire” for Vanderbilt’s players.

9.  Franklin still isn’t sure who’ll call plays in next Saturday’s season opener.

10.  Defensive line coach Sean Spencer wants his guys to play like “wild dogs.”  Literally.

11.  With the NCAA penalty phase in the rearview mirror, this writer says things could have been a lot worse for Tennessee.

12.  Derek Dooley has to be thrilled with the NCAA’s ruling.

13.  The UT basketball team will host defending national champ UConn on CBS in January.

14.  Steve Spurrier’s quarterbacks looked good in last night’s scrimmage.

15.  Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor is primed for big season.

16.  Cornerback Akeem Auguste finally began practicing yesterday and could get the start against East Carolina next week.

17.  South Carolina and Coastal Carolina are trying to work out a first-ever football game between the two schools.

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SEC Headlines – 6/14/11 Part Two

1.  Recent Kentucky basketballer Josh Harrellson is one of the good guys in college sports.

2.  Football analyst, ex-Vol — and possible AD candidate? — Charles Davis weighs in on Tennessee’s NCAA situation.

3.  Georgia kicker Blair Walsh is within reach of the SEC’s all-time scoring mark.

4.  UGA president Michael Adams is planning to attend Mark Emmert’s “how do we clean up college sports” summit.

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