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SEC Headlines – 11/5/12

SEC EAST

1.  Dan Quinn’s defense came up big for Florida against Missouri.

2.  Georgia keeps climbing in the BCS standings.

3.  Joker Phillips is the ninth straight Kentucky football coach to leave Lexington with an overall losing record.  (Good luck selling that one.)

4.  Coming off a bye, South Carolina wants to build off its last offensive performance.  (That could be tough unless they get to play Tennessee’s defense again.)

5.  While the Vols search for defensive answers“some UT fans will be inwardly pulling for Missouri on Saturday” to put an end to the Derek Dooley era.

6.  Vanderbilt O-lineman Wesley Johnson wishes his teammates would stop pushing political candidates on Twitter: “A couple of my teammates talk too much… I think the best thing is if a lot of people stay out of politics.”

7.  Missouri freshman tight end Brandon Holifield has been booted from the team after a Sunday morning arrest for possession of marijuana.

 

SEC WEST

8.  Auburn’s Jonathan Wallace has played well enough to earn another start at quarterback… against #5 Georgia.

9.  With Texas A&M up next, Nick Saban says his team can either get better after a tough win over LSU “or they can say we’re satisfied for what we did with ourselves.”

10.  With an upset of the Crimson Tide, the Aggies and Johnny Manziel would enter SEC title and Heisman races.

11.  Arkansas linebacker Terrell Williams has been suspended indefinitely after a DWI arrest that followed his seven-tackle game against Tulsa.

12.  Quarterback Zach Mettenberger proved against Alabama that “the expectations for him weren’t unrealistic, just the timetable for them was.”

13.  Despite Saturday’s blowout loss at Georgia, this week’s game with Vanderbilt still has bowl implications for Ole Miss.

14.  LSU will be yet another tough test for a Mississippi State team that’s been blistered in consecutive games.

 

SEC/COLLEGE NEWS

15.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

16.  Alabama and Oregon could be headed for a major culture clash.

17.  It’s bowl prediction time again.

18.  Video of Blake Sims’ message to LSU fans after his Tide team had just scored the winning touchdown Saturday has done gone all viral.

19.  Upstairs, New Orleans radio host Bobby Hebert was ejected from the LSU press box for acting like Bobby Hebert.

20.  The NCAA has put a 100-mile limit on hardship waivers.

21.  Texas A&M has benefited more than anyone in this year’s conference realignment.  Missouri?  Not so much.

22.  Gene Stallings compares the cultures at Alabama and A&M.

 

SEC BASKETBALL

23.  John Calipari and Kentucky will hold a telethon in Lexington to help raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  (Classy move.)

24.  Tennessee will open its exhibition hoops season against Victory tonight.  (A loss to Victory would an ironic upset.)

25.  Missouri’s freshmen looked good in the Tigers’ exhibition win over Missouri Southern yesterday.

26.  Auburn’s ready for its final “dress rehearsal” against Georgia Southwestern State.  (Who?)

27.  LSU will host Arkansas-Monticello tonight.

28.  Ole Miss will tip off its season against Montevallo tonight.  (Beats a night spent with Mantovani.)

29.  Is Mississippi State ready for its season opener Friday at Troy?  New coach Rick Ray: “In one word… no.”

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Hebert Not In Hot Water With Station For Actions At LSU Presser

As most of you know by now, former NFL quarterback and current New Orleans radio host Bobby Hebert opened Les Miles’ post-BCS title game press conference with an emotional rant that forced someone in charge to ask Hebert if he even had a question.

Some LSU fans — who were also mad at Miles for losing one game out of 14 this season — have supported Hebert’s bush league actions.   But most media members — who know that a) you don’t cheer in the press box and b) you behave professionally in press conferences — have come down hard on the admitted Tiger fan.  (The fact that Hebert’s offensive lineman son, T-Bob, didn’t play in Monday’s game might have had more to do with Papa’s rant than the his fandom.)

In addition to most media members, LSU has also tsk-tsked Hebert.  Sports information director Michael Bonnette said: “Bobby said he was a fan, and we don’t credential fans.”

Sugar Bowl spokesman John Sudsbury apologized to LSU for Hebert’s behavior.  “It was very disrespectful. … We don’t want to credential people who go into a press conference and act like a fan.”

One group that’s behind Hebert?  His employer, WWL-AM radio in New Orleans.  Though even the station that enjoys good ratings for Hebert’s show admitted that he was out of line.

“Bobby’s in no trouble (with the station),” said WWL vice president Chris Claus (we presume no relation to Santa).  “The tone of the question Bobby asked was not appropriate.   The content of the question was fine, and Bobby knows he made a mistake.  Bobby’s incredibly passionate about LSU, and his emotions bubbled up, as they often do.”

Bobby knows he made a mistake?  Actually he said on his own show that he’s not a journalist and “so what” if he’d been thrown out of the presser for his behavior.  Later in the week on ESPN radio he went through a list of Miles’ previous coaching gaffes.  On Sirius radio he suggested Miles had just been lucky this season.  Sure doesn’t sound like Hebert “knows he made a mistake” to those of us at MrSEC.com.

It will be interesting to see if Hebert receives his usual media credentials for LSU home games next season.

From our viewpoint, if Hebert says he’s a fan, then he should buy a ticket and sit with the fans.  If, instead, he wants to receive the “perks” of being in the media — a cold hot dog, a seat in a sterile press box and then a seat in the postgame interview room — then he needs to act professionally.

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Hebert Defends Obnoxious Behavior At BCS Postgame Presser

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback and current radio talking head Bobby Hebert isn’t backing down from his boorish behavior at Les Miles’ postgame presser on Monday.  As you’ve surely seen by now, Hebert — the father of Tiger O-lineman T-Bob Hebert — let loose with the kind of rant you’d expect to hear from a parent who’s mad his son doesn’t start in Little League.  He wanted to know why Miles didn’t go to Jarret Lee.  And why he didn’t throw deep.  And why his play selection was… well, you get the point — there was no point.  There was more gripe than question in his remarks.

And now he’s defended his actions:

“Come on, I’m not a journalist.  I didn’t go to journalism school, and I don’t claim to be a journalist.  The credentials that I have is that I played 15 years of pro football, and I know what it is to play quarterback.

I was like an extension of the fans that finally got into a press conference.  Maybe I shouldn’t have given my opinion a couple of times.  You are supposed to really ask a question and not give opinion, but the hell with it.  What are they going to do, kick me out?  So what?”

Well, uh, yeah.  They should have thrown him out.  On his ass.

If his only credentials are the fact that he played pro ball 20 years ago then I wonder who gave him a media credential to get into a working postgame press room in the first place.  And if Hebert couldn’t carry himself in the same professional manner as those people who were working in the room, then he should have been shown the door.

Period.

Miles deserved better than to have an angry parent bark at him in front of rolling cameras.  For his part, he handled the situation with patience and even attempted to give Hebert a reply to his rambling complaint.

The coach showed class.  The ex-quarterback?  He showed his ass.

(UPDATE — For what it’s worth, it doesn’t sound like Hebert will be getting any more postgame media credentials for a while.)

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