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SEC Headlines 12/26/2013

SEC Football

1.  Florida makes it official.  Kurt Roper is the Gators new offensive coordinator.

2.  Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour on the verge of breaking the school’s single-season record for rushing touchdowns.

3.  Three Alabama players still battling to replace the injured right guard Anthony Steen.

4.  The Tide’s Kevin Norwood was stunned to be named a team captain.

5.  The Georgia team traveling to Jacksonville today is set to begin practice for the Gator Bowl.

6.  Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on offensive guard Max Copeland: “He could star in the movie ‘Braveheart.’”

7.  Keeping with the circulatory theme, the pulse of Mizzou’s defense runs through Marvin Foster.

8.  Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on the challenges of recruiting this offseason:  ” I don’t think there’s a position on our field where you can say, ‘Hey, we’re set there. ”

9.  Some Christmas gift ideas for college coaches- a bungee jumping discount deal at Groupon for LSU coach Les Miles?

10.  LSU is prepping for its 14th consecutive bowl game.

11.  When it comes to blocking for Auburn’s run offense, no one has more responsibilities than H-back Jay Prosch.

12.  Remembering an earlier Auburn-Florida State matchup where Bo Jackson made the difference.

13.  This writer believes the SEC will go 7-3 during bowl season.

SEC Basketball

14.  South Carolina 69 – Akron 59. Freshman Duane Notice scores a season-high 15 points.

15.  If Ole Miss is to get better, it will have to fix its rebounding problems.

16.  Kentucky freshman Julius Randle on the rivalry with Louisville: “Everywhere we go, that’s all they talk about.”

17.  Rivalries like UK/Louisville make for good theater.

In case you’re wondering, there are no SEC basketball games today or tonight.


Thanks for allowing us to have a couple of weeks with family and friends during the holidays.  We’ll be back to a normal schedule shortly.  All the best to you and yours!





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WOW Headlines – 4/8/13

Former Auburn star Bo Jackson says he wouldn’t give the allegations of wrongdoing leveled against his school “the time of day,” because they are so flimsy
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel threw out the first pitch at yesterday’s Rangers/Angels baseball game
After a brief break, Ole Miss returns to the practice field today
Missouri coaches say they will not alter or adjust QB Maty Mauk’s throwing motion
Mauk is competing with returning starter James Franklin to become Missouri’s starting quarterback this fall
Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he wants to see more production from his running backs
Missouri AD Mike Alden said the SEC is still debating whether to go from an 8-game conference football schedule to a 9-game plan
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Ex-Gamecock Lattimore Says He’ll Be Back And “Better Than I Was”

marcus-lattimore-carolinaWhen star South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered the second major knee injury of his college career back in late-October, many wondered if the popular player would ever return to the game.  From the horrifying looksof the injury, it wasn’t too far-fetched for people to wonder if he would ever walk the same again… much less play football.

But as an observer at this week’s Senior Bowl practices, the ex-Gamecock said yesterday that he would be back.  All the way back:


“I’m going to continue to go to work until I’m back at 100% and better than I was.  That’s my goal and it is realistic…

If you don’t do your rehab, if you keep asking yourself ‘why me?’ your knee reacts to that.  You have to stay positive or you’re not going to come back…

I know it can be done.  It can be done and I will do it.”


Lattimore also said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in that rehab work.

Had he been able to avoid injuries during his three-year career, Lattimore quite possibly could have etched his name alongside SEC greats like Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson.  Here’s hoping we see him reach his full potential in the NFL.

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SEC Coaching Headlines 12/5/2012

Coaching News/Rumors/Reactions

1. Did Auburn repeat a mistake and skip over more qualified candidates?

2. Stewart Mandel: “Auburn AD Jay Jacobs essentially conceded what many already believed — that Malzahn was the real brains behind Chizik’s 2010 national-title team.

3. Bo Jackson on Malzahn: “(A)ctually, we were surprised that he was as sharp as he was.”

4. When Auburn phone Bobby Petrino this week, the questions and comments  “all revolved around Petrino’s personal life and why Arkansas fired him in April.”

5. Bret Bielema was a surprise hire at Arkansas to many people, including the state’s governor.  “I never heard him mentioned, so it is a surprise.”

6. Andy Staples on Bielema: If he considered (Urban) Meyer a ruthless foe, wait until he meets Nick Saban and Les Miles.”

7. Dan Wetzel: “There’s hardly any legitimate competition between the Big Ten and the SEC anymore. At least, not on the field. That’s just reality.”

8. Bielema’s deal worth $3.2 million annually over six years.

9. “Both schools found capable coaches, but chose very different approaches.” The challenges the two men will face.

10. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury a possible candidate to replace Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State?

11. Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown on rumors linking him to Kentucky.

12. Ellis Johnson reportedly interviewing for defensive coordinator at Auburn. Future plans for Gene Chizik?

13. What does the future hold for Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo?

14. What about former Florida coach Ron Zook for the University of South Florida?

15. For the fifth straight year, the Bowl losing a coach who guided team to postseason.  This year, both teams, Arkansas State and Kent State, will be looking for new coaches.

16. Butch Davis to Florida International?

17. All these coaching searches have sparked an Internet feud.

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Report: Dyer Given Release From Auburn

The website and The Associated Press are reporting this morning that star tailback Mike Dyer has been granted a release from this scholarship with the Tigers.

Dyer was the MVP of the BCS Championship Game last season and he is the first Auburn back to break the 1,000-yard rushing barrier in each of his first two seasons.  (First, as in Bo Jackson didn’t even do that.)

The Arkansas native rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.  His 103.5 yards-per-game average was second only to Trent Richardson in the SEC.  That figure was good for 11th place on the SEC’s total offense list.

It’s likely just a matter of hours before Dyer touches down at Arkansas State.

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Dyer Chewing Up The Yards For Auburn

Auburn hasn’t had a great year on the field this fall, but star tailback Mike Dyer has.  And his performance leaves him in line to break some pretty nice records in the weeks and years ahead:

* Dyer is just the fifth Auburn running back to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

* With 135 yards tomorrow against Samford, he will move onto the school’s Top 10 list of all-time rushers.

* Dyer has already recorded five 100-yard rushing games in 2011.

* At his current pace, he could challenge Auburn legend Bo Jackson’s career rushing mark of 4,303 yards.

* By rushing for 1,000 yards this season, Dyer became just the third SEC running back behind Herschel Walker and Darren McFadden to rush for 1,000 as both a freshman and a sophomore.

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Auburn To Unveil Statues Of Heisman Winners

In the “irony can be pretty ironic sometimes” category, this one’s a peach.

Auburn announced last night that the school will unveil bronze statues of its three Heisman Trophy winners at Jordan-Hare Stadium sometime in this academic year.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs said that an artist had already begun work on statues of Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson earlier this year.  In a letter announcing the statues, Jacobs said: “Little did we know that we would need to add a third statue so soon.”

The third statue, of course, will be a likeness of Cam Newton.

Here’s the irony part: As you know, many Auburn fans and Alabama fans don’t exactly get along.  If one school does something, the rival fanbase often mocks that thing.  Alabama’s new statue of Nick Saban is just such a thing.  And Auburn fans have mocked it.  One even took to The Birmingham News’ sound-off comment page to suggest that the folks in Tuscaloosa had made a false idol.

So what’s that guy going to say now?

The lesson: Be careful how you make fun of your rivals.

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Cam Newton Named Heisman Trophy Finalist

Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton has been named one of four finalists for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, announced the Heisman Trust on Monday. Newton is the first Auburn Heisman finalist since Bo Jackson, who won the coveted award in 1985.

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Bo Jackson To Receive NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Former Auburn football player Bo Jackson has been selected as a 2011 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. Jackson will be presented with the award Jan. 14, 2011, at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Talented Runners Featured in Iron Bowl

Auburn’s running game features a Heisman Trophy candidate, a player who broke Bo Jackson’s freshman rushing record and another who leads the nation in yards per carry.

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