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SEC Headlines 4/29/2012

1. Spring game at Texas A&M – why the Aggies aren’t quite ready to name a starting quarterback, but Jameill Showers looks to be the favorite.

2. The A&M game puts a wrap on spring practice in the SEC.  What have we learned across the conference in the last few months? 

3. Spring practice review, fall football preview – conference predictions from the Kansas City Star.

4. There were whispers that Ole Miss tackle Bobby Massie  might get taken at the end of the first round.  He slid all the way to the fourth.

5. The New York Giants think Auburn’s offensive lineman Brandon Mosley can play both guard and tackle.

6. “The NFL draft began and the superiority of the SEC was underscored.”

NFL draft final day roundup:

7. The league grabs six players from Georgia.  “Redemption Day.”

8. Two guys from Mississippi State

9. A couple from Florida, while a few other Gators have already signed free-agent deals.

10. Three Alabama players taken,

11. Guys with ties to the state of Arkansas,  Here’s a rundown of every Razorback player drafted in the past 10 years.

12. Seven players from the state of South Carolina,

13. One from Tennessee (plus a few free-agent signings). Former Vol and UT-Chattanooga QB B.J. Coleman is headed to Green Bay.

14. Free-agent signings from Mizzou,

15. Eight LSU players were expected to get drafted.  Only five did. Cornerback Ron Brooks only player taken on Saturday.

16. Four players drafted at Texas A&M - most since 2008.

17. Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger is headed to Indianapolis.

18. Two Kentucky players get the call on Saturday.

19. Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith is not looking forward to watching footage of the Wildcats spring game.

20. Ranking the most valuable programs in college sports – five of the top ten in football call the SEC home, but zero of the top ten in basketball?  Why Kentucky doesn’t make the cut but Louisville does.

21. Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman on boos for Kentucky coach John Calipari:  ”We’re a regional franchise and Kentucky is a very important part of that region. I said, ‘You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves.’ “

Extras

22. What will a four-team playoff mean for NCAA football? “The history of college sports says the money will be wasted on bigger weight rooms and adults who already have enough.”

23. Perspective on what change will mean for college football.

23. The most meaningful regular season games in pro sports?

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SEC Headlines – 4/26/12

Quickie day of headlines today — more business meetings — but here’s what’s happening around the conference:

 

1.  This fine writer says college football’s new playoff needs a selection committee.  (That means it’s one of the few times we find ourselves disagreeing with him.)

2.  If the Georgia Dome is demolished — which is a possibility — a retractable roof dome could house the SEC Championship Game.

3.  Need more evidence of “The Nick Saban Effect?”  Bama was completely shut out of the NFL draft just four years ago.  Tonight, they’ll practically own it.

4.  Brandon Moseley will likely be Auburn’s first drafted player this week.  (Meaning in this week’s draft… obviously the Tigers have had a few folks drafted in prior years.  Hyuck-hyuck.)

5.  SEC coaches have good things to say about John L. Smith’s appointment at Arkansas.

6.  Les Miles was a last minute scratch for an LSU booster party last night due to a “a team and personnel matter.”  (Can we call him “No-Show” like The Possum?)

7.  Ole Miss offensive lineman Bobby Massie is hoping his decision to leave school early pays off tonight.

8.  MSU defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, meanwhile, is a sure-fire first-rounder.  (It’s likely, then, that State will have first-round picks in back-to-back years for the first time since the early-80s.)

9.  Texas A&M will open the 2013 football season against old SWC foe Rice.

10.  Florida’s talent dip in football will be revealed beginning tonight.

11.  Georgia answered some — but not all — questions this spring.

12.  Some ex-Kentucky players are hoping for some NFL love this week.

13.  South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing helped turn around the attitude and career of Melvin Ingram.

14.  Tennessee is cutting back on the number of walk-ons Cuonzo Martin can carry on his basketball team.

15.  After a season of butting heads, James Franklin and quarterback Jordan Rodgers are now on the same page at Vanderbilt.

16.  Missouri’s Frank Haith has promoted Tim Fuller to the role of associate head coach.

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