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SEC Headlines 6/10/2012

1. Apartment shooting in Auburn leaves multiple victims. Press conference later today. Rumored names. Follow here and here.

2. Why an alleged Boone County cocaine ring has officials at the University of Missouri on high alert. AD Mike “Alden said he notified Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson, who was in charge of the program when Coolley’s name began appearing on flight manifests.”

3. Does adding Mizzou and Texas A&M mean an image boost for the SEC?

4. The Tigers and Aggies will have to adjust to a conference known for its defense.

5. Alabama exits probation.  Enters “repeat-offender” window.

6. Four national championships – $583K in bonuses for coaches at Alabama.

7. How Alabama and Auburn generate buzz to lure big-time recruits.

8. Auburn coach Gene Chizik on his young team:  ”Seventy percent of our roster next year is still going to be freshmen and sophomore scholarship guys. That’s seven out of 10 guys that will be first- or second-year players.”

9. Expect Mississippi State to throw the football this fall.

10. Ole Miss likes having Vanderbilt as its permanent opponent.

11. The increasing focus on concussions and safety in the SEC.


12. Dave Matter: “How’s this for supremacy: In the last five years, the SEC has won national titles in 15 of its 20 sports and 28 NCAA titles overall. ”

13. An investigation into possible academic fraud that involved football players at North Carolina, Tar Heels basketball players as well.

14. Hmmm….Florida State gets an unexpected $1.6 million from the ACC.

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MU’s Pinkel Explains DUI, Apologizes; School Mulls Punishment

The University of Missouri has now put out a press release regarding the arrest on DWI/DUI charges of head football coach Gary Pinkel.  The highlights:

“Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner.  After dinner, I was stopped by a Boone County officer and received a citation for impaired driving.  First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance.  Nobody should drink and drive, including me.  My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this.  I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans.  I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them.  I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate.” — Pinkel

“We are extremely disappointed in Gary’s lack of judgement.  He is known as a man of great character and integrity.  However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities.  We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities.  We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly.” — Missouri AD Mike Alden

We anticipate Pinkel’s contract will be impacted by this arrest.  Whether that means he won’t be given a typical one-year extension on his deal or he’ll have to deal with some new “one strike and you’re out” clauses in the pact, it seems likely that the coach will be hit, but won’t be let go.  He might also face a one-game suspension (the Tigers play Texas tech on Saturday).

Another punishment will be the fact that he’ll now have to deal with this issue on the recruiting trail when talking to moms and dads.  (You don’t think SEC coaches would ever engage in negative recruiting do you?)

Overall, we have to say that Missouri might not be a good cultural fit for the SEC after all.  Why?  Because if this had been a current SEC coach who’d been arrested for DUI, we’d have already had a hundred angry emails from his supporters spelling out the “major” differences between being arrested and being cited.

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