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SEC Headlines – 4/13/12 Part One

1.  Nick Saban is excited about this year’s A-Day game.

2.  The defense team for ex-Auburn player Antonio Goodwin did not call Gene Chizik or Trooper Taylor to the stand.

3.  The Tigers’ A-Day game will feature a host of young D-linemen.

4.  Question: Will Auburn athletics be as strong without uber-booster Bobby Lowder on the school’s board of trustees?

5.  This writer says Arkansas needs a new coach right now, not an interim.  (Yep, short-term, panicked reactions often turn out better than long-term, planned actions.)

6.  AD Jeff Long tweeted last night that he’s made no decision on whether to go the interim route or not.

7.  He has met with star running back Knile Davis who — like quarterback Tyler Wilson — has no plans to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft.

8.  Meanwhile, Bobby Petrino’s phone records show that he exchanged more than 200 texts and photos with a 26-year-old female employee of the state’s Republican Party who also happens to do some nude modeling, apparently.  (Next stop: Tiger Woodsville.)

9.  Whoever lands the LSU basketball job will be short on players and pressed for time on the recruiting front.

10.  Senior corner Corey Broomfield is a leader for Mississippi State.

11.  MSU will hold their second scrimmage of the spring tonight.

12.  Ole Miss coaches believe defensive end CJ Johnson is “special” and is “going to be an NFL guy.”

13.  Hugh Freeze moved Randall Mackey from quarterback to receiver in the hopes of giving his offense some spark.

14.  Texas A&M was “always an SEC school,” they “just didn’t know it.”  (We’ve been writing that very thing since way back in 2009.)

15.  Aggie running back Christine Michael is looking strong this spring (despite being named “Christine”).

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Auburn Booster Lowder Withdraws Name From Board Run

Auburn mega-booster Bobby Lowder phoned the governor of Alabama yesterday and asked that he not be considered for another term on AU’s board of trustees.

Lowder has been one of the most high-profile — and  controversial — college boosters in the country.  Last week a lawsuit was filed in an attempt to keep him off of the board.

Lowder has drawn increased scrutiny since his Colonial Bank failed in 2009. 

While Lowder won’t serve as a boardmember, there’s little reason to believe that he still won’t be able to exert a great deal of influence on Tiger athletics from the, er, cheap seats.


UPDATE — Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News writes that Auburn athletics are good today because of Lowder.

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