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Muschamp On “Propaganda” Surrounding SEC Hype

FLORIDA MEDIA DAYSWill Muschamp was asked about Bob Stoops’ offseason comment that the SEC benefits from hype and “propaganda.”  His response?  “If I were in the Big XII I’d say the same thing.”

Muschamp said that in the SEC — even with more programs going up-tempo — you still have to prepare to face physical, two-back offenses (suggesting that you don’t see much of that in the Big XII).  UF’s coach said that type of grind-you-down style helped his own squad last year.

This won’t be the last time an SEC coach is asked this week to compare his league to another.  Just wait’ll Bret Bielema steps to the mic.

Watch video of Muschamp being interviewed at SEC Media Days here.

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Columnist Disses USC’s Clowney While Posting Top 25 Players In College Football

gfx - they said itMatt Hayes of SportingNews.com has probably gotten a lot of ugly emails from the Palmetto State in the last few hours.  That’s because the columnist went out of his way to diss South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in his yearly ranking of the top 25 players in college football.

Hayes ranks Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the top player in the country.  Then he writes the following about Clowney:

 

“If this were based on NFL measureables only, Manziel wouldn’t be in the Top 20 — and we’d have to take a longer, harder look at South Carolina’s Clowney, too.

Don’t believe it?  Watch last year’s Outback Bowl and see what happened when Clowney went head-to-head against an elite left tackle.

Michigans’ Taylor Lewan clearly got the best of Clowney, and at time dominated the best defensive player in the college game.

Not only is Clowney behind Manziel, he also trails the most exciting player in the game and the game’s next big star.  And as far as pure production, Clowney can’t touch what defensive tackle Will Sutton did last year at Arizona State.

Maybe Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was right after all with that SEC propaganda talk.  Or maybe Clowney simply is the third-best player in a league full of stars (nine of the top 25 are from the SEC).”

 

Just me or does that smack of trolling a bit?  We’ll play along and give you the link to Hayes’ top 25 list right here.

For the record, Manziel is on top followed by Georgia running back Todd Gurley (#3), Clowney (#4), Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (#9), Alabama running back TJ Yeldon (#10), Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews (#15), Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (#17), Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy (#19), and Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley (#21).

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Wow Headlines 5/12/2013

Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery released from hospital nearly a week after car wreck
Nick Saban responds to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops comments regarding SEC…
Saban: “I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league…”
Co-Chair of the Kyle Field redevelopment committee says one goal of revamped Texas A&M stadium will be intimidation
Transfer of Tennessee cornerback Daniel Gray raises concerns about depth in Vols secondary
New study finds largest discrepancies between teaching salaries and football coaching salaries are in the SEC
Unofficial tally shows Missouri and Florida with most player arrests among SEC teams since 2010
Georgia assistant basketball coach Kwanza Johnson leaving for similar job at TCU
Five former SEC  players invited to NBA combine
Petition by Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith to find out if his bank account was illegally accessed denied by judge
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Wow Headlines 5/10/2013

Nick Saban responds to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops comments regarding SEC…
Saban: “I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league…”
Co-Chair of the Kyle Field redevelopment committee says one goal of revamped Texas A&M stadium will be intimidation
Transfer of Tennessee cornerback Daniel Gray raises concerns about depth in Vols secondary
New study finds largest discrepancies between teaching salaries and football coaching salaries are in the SEC
Georgia assistant basketball coach Kwanza Johnson leaving for similar job at TCU
Five former SEC  players invited to NBA combine
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SEC Headlines 5/10/2013

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1. Is Auburn still shopping for a transfer quarterback? “We’ve got two guys currently, we’ve got three coming in. We feel like all of them can play.”

2. The trial of  former Auburn player Dakota Mosley - who was prominent in ESPN’s coverage of failed synthetic marijuana tests – remains tentatively scheduled for June 10.

3. Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig is getting attention for his work on the recruiting trail. (Also see our SEC Recruiting Notebook from earlier today).

4. Nick Saban with an endorsement of a power conference schedule.  He likes what the Big Ten is doing – moving away from playing FCS schools.  “I’m for five conferences – everybody playing everybody in those five conferences.”

5. Jeff Schultz on the Alabama coach : ”When Saban speaks, everybody listens now.” Pat Forde: “There is no longer a viable excuse for the rich not to play a nine-game conference schedule.”

6. Saban updates spring practice injuries – including running back Derrick Henry.

7. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and his NFL critics.

8. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is guarding against complacency.  ”I’m not the most popular guy with our offensive football team right now.”

9. Tennessee secondary looks thin after the departure of cornerback Daniel Gray.

10. Some marquee non-conference matchups involving SEC teams.

Bob Stoops/SEC

11. David Climer on Bob Stoops’ comments regarding the SEC.  ”The Oklahoma coach is right.”  Top six SEC teams went 30-0 against the bottom eight in 2012.

12. Matt Hayes disagrees: “Last year, the Big 12 had one team in the top 10 of the final BCS regular season poll. The SEC had six.”

13. Joe Walljasper: “Look, we don’t judge the Jacksons on the merits of Rebbie and La Toya.”

14. MrSEC’s take  -  top to bottom –the SEC dominates everyone else come bowl season.

SEC Basketball

15. Long rumored – finally happening. Georgia assistant coach Kwanza Johnson leaving for a job with TCU. Bulldogs only getting Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky on the road next year.  Coach Mark Fox:  ”Those are our biggest draws, and we don’t have that at home, so that’s concerning,”

16. I count five former SEC players on this list of those invited to NBA combine.  One of them is former Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey.

17. The question that will be asked all year – Kentucky or Louisville?

18. Referees could be getting some leeway on players elbowing an opponent above the shoulders. Also some changes coming to the block/charge call.

Extras

19. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be deposed in Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against NCAA.

20. . Concern over a toe was apparently the reason why former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy fell to late in the second round of the NFL draft.

21. Jeff Pearlman: “ Were it not for (Donald) Trump, (Tim) Tebow may very well have a job right now.” (If you’ve ever watched the ESPN documentary-  ”Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?” – you’ll know why Pearlman’s comments make sense.)

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Saban Responds To Stoops: “Lot Of Animosity Out There”

sabanThe kerfuffle over Bob Stoops’ comments earlier this week has received attention around the country.  Even ESPN’s Sportscenter was dedicating time to the topic.  If you missed it, The Oklahoma coach let it known be known that he thinks the SEC is more of a top-heavy league.   ”What are the bottom six doing?” he asked on Monday, telling reporters that when it comes to the SEC, “you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked for his reaction to Stoops’ comment Thursday.  He began with this:

 

“I didn’t even know he said it, so you’re going to have to tell me what he said. I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything. But I like Bob Stoops, and I respect him as a coach, but I’m really trying to manage our business.”

 

After reporters sketched in the details, he responded this way.

 

“Well, we don’t play everybody in the Big 12 or whatever it is, so I really don’t know much about their league. We have a lot of respect for what they do at Oklahoma, and I really don’t think that people that don’t play in our league really don’t understand the quality of our league from top to bottom.

“I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league, but I think that kind of goes with the territory. I understand that. But we certainly respect the great program that they have at Oklahoma and the other good programs that they have in the Big 12.”

 

My favorite part of that is Saban’s ability to simultaneously compliment and cut.   He likes Bob Stoops but is not sure what league he plays in -  ”the Big 12 or whatever it is.”

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Stoops On College Athletes: “Paid Quite Often, Quite A Bit And Quite Handsomely.”

Bob StoopsAdd Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to the list of people with an opinion on paying college athletes.  “I tell my guys all the time,” Stoops tells Matt Hayes of The Sporting News, “you’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money.”  If you guessed that he’s not sympathetic to the idea, you guessed correctly.

 

“You know what school would cost here for non-state guy? Over $200,000 for room, board and everything else. That’s a lot of money. Ask the kids who have to pay it back over 10-15 years with student loans. You get room and board, and we’ll give you the best nutritionist, the best strength coach to develop you, the best tutors to help you academically, and coaches to teach you and help you develop. How much do you think it would cost to hire a personal trainer and tutor for 4-5 years?

“I don’t get why people say these guys don’t get paid. It’s simple, they are paid quite often, quite a bit and quite handsomely.”

 

The tab for out of state tuition, room and board and books at Oklahoma is  $29,924.50 per year. Hayes does the math on the impact for the Sooners’ program – “That’s $149,622.50 alone over five years for 58 players on the 79-man spring roster who aren’t from the state of Oklahoma.”

OU Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel doesn’t agree with his boss.  “I think there should be some stipend,” while others wonder about the perception of a coach “making $4 million a year telling athletes to suck it up and go hungry.”

 

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WOW Headlines – 11/27/12

Kentucky hires Florida defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he’s “very happy” in Tallahassee despite rumors tying him to Auburn and Tennessee
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says he loves his current job, despite rumors tying him to Tennessee
Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn says he’s not looking to leave, despite rumors tying him to Auburn
NC State athletic director Debbie Yow says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is not a coaching candidate in Raleigh
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says he’ll be back in Columbia next year and is not planning to step down
Georgia players continue to say that they are not intimidated by Alabama’s team heading into the SEC title game
Nick Saban says he’ll “need to get more guys ready to play” at receiver due to a number of injuries
Ole Miss was fined $5,000 by the SEC office after fans rushed the field following last week’s win over Mississippi State
Florida coach Will Muschamp was given a one-year contract extension earlier this fall
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AU, Chizik Searching For A New Secondary Coach

Say goodbye to the last assistant coach with Tommy Tuberville ties at Auburn.  The school announced yesterday that secondary coach Phillip Lolley would be moving into an administrative role with the program, creating the third coach search Gene Chizik has had to undertake since the end of the regular season.

“We appreciate Coach Lolley and the contribution he has made to the Auburn football program in his various roles over the years,” Chizik said in a press release.  “We look forward to him continuing to help with the program’s success in his new capacity.”

Already being mentioned as a potential replacement is one Willie Martinez.  Martinez served as secondary coach under new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder at Georgia before succeeding him in that role in 2005.  After being dismissed in Athens, he moved on to Oklahoma for two seasons before being replaced there by Bob Stoops’ brother Mike this offseason.

In addition to Lolley’s successor and VanGorder’s replacement of Ted Roof, Chizik has also hired Scot Loeffler to replace offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

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SEC Headlines – 6/9/11 Part Two

1.  Ex-Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville wants the 2004 BCS crown, but Bob Stoops and Oklahoma do not.  (Of course, Auburn wasn’t slaughtered 55-19 by Southern Cal as Oklahoma was.)

2.  This writer says Arkansas always gets hosed right before the NCAA decides to change and improve its rules.  (I’ve heard that from fans of just about every school in the SEC, by the way.)

3.  Alabama’s game at Penn State this fall will kick off at 3:30pm ET on ABC.

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