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SEC Headlines 1/6/2013

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1. Texas A&M special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Brian Polian reportedly interviewed for Nevada job. Favorite to take the job?

2. Mississippi State looking for two assistants.  Former Minnesota assistant Tim Cross expected to be interviewed today for defensive line job. Also watch former Kentucky assistant David Turner and former MSU defensive tackle Dorsett Davis.

3. Alabama coach Nick Saban says he has no interest in returning to the NFL.  How much longer will he coach? ”As long as I’m happy.” Saban also discusses Mariano Rivera, the tight end revolution and up-tempo play in which he sees the end of the huddle. Saban’s messy Miami legacy.

4. Has Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly been contacted by any NFL teams? “Any of those things that occur relative to contact, there’s a strict protocol for that.”

5. Secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt will finish at Alabama Monday night before going to Florida State to become defensive coordinator. “For me, I didn’t want to abandon these coaches or these players.”

Bowl Games

6. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron connects in practice with wide receiver Kenny Bell, recovering from a broken leg.  ”Put him in the game, coach!”

7. McCarron: “I was never an Alabama fan growing up.”

8. Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper needs just five receptions Monday night to tie Julio Jones single-season freshman record.

9. Alabama is a perfect 49-0 since the start of the 2008 season when rushing for more than 150 yards.

10. Notre Dame has six starters from SEC states.

11. Are bowl games really on the brink of irrelevance?  (TV ratings tell a very different story than attendance figures.)

SEC Football

12. Alabama defensive end Quinton Dial on the hit against Aaron Murray in the SEC Championship Game: ”It was a clean hit, from my perspective. I saw the shot and I took it.”

13. SEC teams will likely be chasing Alabama again next season.

14. Looks like Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett is transferring.

15. Postmortem on LSU’s season: Tigers limped into the sunset – major early season roster losses played a big role.

16. Les Miles had some tough words for Gunner Kiel when the quarterback chose to go to Notre Dame.  Kiel doesn’t hold a grudge: “I was dumb during the recruiting process.”

17. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on his offensive line: “That’s going to be the strength of our football team.”

18. Want to reduce concussions in football?   Reduce contact in practice.  ”What’s very clear is if you reduce contacts in practice, you’ll reduce the likelihood of brain trauma and concussions.”

19. Middle school picture of Johnathan Manziel.

SEC Basketball

20. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on LaShay Page, declared academically ineligible.   ”I failed LaShay, OK? I failed LaShay. I didn’t do my job well enough. It’s the first time I’ve had a kid not make it through the year, and that’s on me and my staff.”

21. Florida travels to Yale today.  Senior forward Erik Murphy will have a personal cheering section today.

22. Decision will be announced Monday at Tennessee on whether Jeronne Maymon will play this year or not. Update: Maymon will redshirt.

23. Decision will be announced Monday at Missouri on whether Tony Criswell be available against Alabama.

24. How Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey’s game has changed: “Pressey never attempted more than 15 shots in his first 54 collegiate games. He has taken 18 or more shots in four of his last six.”

25. Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity on the state of Bulldogs basketball: “We talked about it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.”

26. Joe Dean, Jr. on the state of SEC basketball.  Eight of 14 teams are in “building mode.” Half of SEC teams have undergone coaching changes in the last two years.


27. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu: “”I abused myself through marijuana.” Interview with ESPN.

28. Mike Bianchi on Wikipedia entries and the differences between Michael Vick’s and the one for Ray Lewis: “In the opening paragraph of Vick’s, it mentions his notorious episode of dog-killing. In Lewis’ opening paragraph… there is not a single mention of the fact that he once was charged with murdering two men.”

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SEC Headlines 12/15/2012

Coaching News

1. Tennessee has a new wide receivers coach – Zach Azzanni joining the Vols from Wisconsin. He will reportedly leave current job after the Rose Bowl.

2. says former Tennessee assistants Darin Hinshaw and Blake Rolan are headed to Cincinnati.

3. Comparing Tennessee coach Butch Jones to Bobby Petrino and Tommy Tuberville.

4. New Texas  Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury refers to Texas A&M as “that other university” and asks AD if it’s possible to schedule Cincinnati next year. “As a 7‑5 team, could have easily been 10‑2, 11‑1…”

5. Dameyune Craig will remain as quarterbacks coach at Florida State.  He had interviewed at Auburn.

6. Big jumps in pay for Kentucky’s new coordinators vs. their predecessors. Contract details.

7. Why do white coaches like Skip Holtz get second chances when black coaches don’t?

***Update***Does new Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash want to stay at Wisconsin – as head coach?

SEC/College News

8. Georgia coach Mark Richt disciplined cornerback Sheldon Dawson for a poke in the eye of Alabama’s Dee Milliner.

9. Jeff Schultz on the decision by the SEC not to suspend Alabama’s Quinton Dial for a hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: “The SEC will allow Alabama coach Nick Saban to decide whether to suspend one of his defensive ends for the national championship game. Insert laugh track.”

10. No comment yet from Saban on what team-level discipline Dial will face.

11. Kevin Scarbinsky: “There’s one fly in Mike Slive’s ointment,” the suspension of Ole Miss safety Trae Elston.

12. Mark Richt: “There’s a helmet-to-helmet hit almost every play.”

13. Georgia offensive guard Dallas Lee won’t be in attendance when Alabama and brother Dillon play in the BCS title game.  ”I’m just not feeling it.”

14. Will Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Gathers make an early jump for the NFL? Not necessarily.

15. Mississippi State junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson is exploring early NFL possibilities. Some standout players from Friday’s bowl practice – “DT Nick James is a monster.”

16. Southern Miss freshman quarterback Anthony Alford is leaving the team.  Is the two-sport star a candidate to transfer to Ole Miss?

17. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Clemson’s defense: “They give up a lot of big plays in the passing game.”

18. LSU coach Les Miles on the Connecticut elementary school shooting:  ”Our team is shocked like the rest of the country.”

Bowl Games

19. Lack of Sugar Bowl enthusiasm at Florida?  School has sold just 6,500 of its 17,500 ticket allotment.

20. Big difference at the Music City Bowl.  Vanderbilt has sold more than 17,000 tickets for the game.

21. The selection process for the Senior Bowl comes in waves.

22. Jon Solomon on college football’s devalued bowl system: “Last year’s average bowl rating was the lowest in the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series…”

23. Hardest part of handicapping bowl games -  what’s the motivation?

24. Bowl season kicks off today – here are Pat Forde’s picks for all 35 games including a call for Notre Dame to edge Alabama. “The Irish shock the world.”

25. One man’s guide to the best and worst of the bowl games.

26. A few potential early bowl-game upsets.

SEC Basketball

27. Boise State 89 – LSU 70.  First loss of the year for the Tigers. Three first-half fouls against forward Johnny O’Bryant proved key.

28. Ole Miss 77 – East Tennessee State 55. Marshall Henderson with 22, four Rebels in double-digits. Video HighlightsAndy Kennedy comments.

29. Florida vs. Arizona. Gators are 7-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country, highest ranking since the end of the 2007 season.

30. Alabama vs. VCU.  Anthony Grant returns to the scene of his first head coaching job.

31. Auburn vs. Furman.  Frankie Sullivan leads the SEC in scoring at 18.5 points per game.

32. Mississippi State vs. Loyola.  Rematch of the 1963 Game of Change.  Senior center Wendell Lewis out with knee injury, expected to miss eight weeks. MSU will play with six scholarship players.

33. Georgia vs. Iona. First game of a five-game homestand for the 2-6 Bulldogs.

34. Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma.  Before they meet in the Cotton Bowl, the two schools meet on the basketball court.

35. Kentucky vs. Lipscomb.  A frustrated John Calipari:  “I should never have to coach energy, effort, passion and enthusiasm and be vocal.”

36. Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M. Kyle Fuller has become an offensive for the Commodores – second-leading scorer on the team.

37. Arkansas vs. Alcorn State. Mike Anderson wants to see what his freshmen can do. Oklahoma State transfer Fred Gulley expected to be eligible to play.

38. Size and rebounding are the signature marks of this year’s Missouri team - big difference from last year.

39. Next five games at home for Tennessee where the Vols shoot the ball better.

40. End of an era at Tennessee – Stokely Athletics Center about to be demolished.


41. Iowa baseball players live in a house haunted by panty-stealing ghosts.

42. ESPN’s Rob Parker suspended until further notice.  Called Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother.”

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SEC Headlines 12/4/2012

Coaching News

1. Arkansas, Auburn or Tennessee - best job opening in the SEC?

2. John Adams: “Everything will change once Tennessee introduces its new coach at a media conference.”

3. Former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost made  just under $355,000 - 8th among 13 SEC offensive coordinators whose salaries are listed publicly (Vanderbilt is private). Here’s the breakdown of coordinator salaries.

4. Florida State defensive end coach D.J. Eliot is reportedly joining Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky.

5. Deadline to apply to Stoops staff is Wednesday - expect announcements at Kentucky later in the week.

6. Steve Spurrier’s contract extension didn’t change his base pay or his incentive-based bonuses.

7. Houston Nutt talking to South Florida?

8. Need a coach? What about Stanford’s David Shaw?

9. D-Day for Cincinnati coach Butch Jones?

Bowl Games

10. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin voted three SEC teams ahead of Notre Dame.  He stands by his vote.

11.  Strength against strength - LSU defense vs. Clemson offense

12. Kevin Scarbinsky defends Northern Illinois’ right to fight for a bowl-game party. “Beyond the BCS Championship Game, these are all glorified exhibitions.”

13. Ron Morris: “The BCS is designed and exists for one express purpose, and that purpose is to match the two best teams in the country in the BCS National Championship Game.”

14. “Apologize for nothing, NIU.”

15. Don’t expect the new playoff system to end these end-of-season bowl arguments.

16. The 10 most important games this season that got us to Alabama vs. Notre Dame.

17. Ranking all 35 bowl games.

SEC/College News

18. Reporter to Will Muschamp: “Do you feel your team is the best in the country?”  Muschamp: “Yes.”

19. Obsessive micromanagement helps make Nick Saban the best coach in the country.   ”It is also why his teams are often purposefully uninteresting to watch.”

20. Bryan Burwell on the high cost of living SEC Style: “I have to wonder if only now (Gary) Pinkel’s truly beginning to to understand what he’s gotten himself into.”

21. Current Carolina Panther and former Georgia Bulldog Thomas Davis on the end of the Alabama-Georgia game: “I think if we spike the ball after we get that last first down, then we have at least two shots at the end zone.”

22. Arkansas looking to expand Razorback Stadium.

23. The NCAA’s secret documents – the next tobacco?


24. Associated Press SEC awards.  Johnny Manziel SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Jarvis Jones SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Kevin Sumlin Coach of the Year.  Complete list.

25. 11 SEC teams had at least one player make AP first-team All-SEC.  Two teams – Ole Miss and Kentucky – had a player make second-team all-conference. Auburn didn’t have a player on first team, second team or honorable mention.

26. Along with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Manziel will be in New York Saturday night as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. A&M’s first – and only – previous Heisman winner, John David Crow, will be there as well.

27. Te’o won the Butkus (best linebacker) and Nagurski (best defensive player) awards. For the Bronco Nagurski Award, he beat out three SEC players – Jarvis Jones of Georgia, Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina and Dee Milliner of Alabama.

28. SEC coaches will vote their top peer on Wednesday.  

29. Athlon’s All-American team.

SEC Basketball

30. Crisis at Kentucky is a two-game losing streak.  Several UK players have turned off their Twitter accounts. John Calipari: “I got one call from a friend, ‘You know, your teams always have a sense of urgency. This team doesn’t.’

31. Kentucky plays Samford tonight.  Former UK player Scott Padgett is a Samford assistant coach.

32. Georgia plays Georgia Tech tonight.  Bulldogs need to find some help for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

33. Mississippi State hosts Texas-San Antonio.  Wendell Lewis had the game of his career after being benched.

34. Florida forward Erik Murphy has a hip pointer – hasn’t practiced since the Marquette game.

35. The return of Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon is not imminent. Vols miss his leadership and playing ability.

36. Patience, South Carolina fans. Patience.

37. Missouri and Syracuse working on a home-and-home series.

38. Mike Anderson, Jr., son of Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, and the team’s video coordinator, suspended indefinitely from his job after DWI arrest (not his first).

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Tyler’s Take: The Next Wave Of Expansion

Tyler B.

As acting President of College Football here’s what NCAA football will look like in 2017.

FBS Teams: 80

Conferences: Five conferences with 16 teams; each with two divisions of eight.

Since we’re all things SEC, let’s use the SEC and Bama as examples.

SEC South: Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Miss. State

SEC North: Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Virginia Tech

SEC East: Georgia, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina

SEC West:  Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, LSU

Schedule: Nine conference games. Bama always plays the three teams in the SEC South division to determine a division champion. Six more SEC games against any of the other 13 SEC teams outside of the SEC South on a two-year home and home rotational basis. One or two of these games can be permanent to preserve rivalries. Of the two remaining regular season games on the schedule, one must be an FCS team to give them a guaranteed payment.

*If two teams in the SEC South end up with a 2-1 record the tiebreaker goes to the team with a better overall SEC record.

SEC Tournament: There will be an SEC Final Four. The South winner plays the North winner in one semifinal, and the West plays the East in the other. The two highest-ranked teams host the semifinal games and the title game remains in Atlanta.


National Champion:  

-          Winners of the five conferences play in the Final Four tournament.

-          Two lowest-ranked conference champions play to get into the NCAA Final Four as the #4 seed.

-          Seeds 1-3 get a week of rest while the game for the #4 seed is played.

-          In the Final Four #1 plays #4 in their home stadium and #2 plays #3 in their stadium; tickets are distributed evenly.

-          The national championship game is played in rotating venues, just like now.

Bowl Games: The number of bowl games is reduced to 15, and there is no longer a bowl/conference affiliation. Teams don’t have to have a certain amount of wins to be eligible and all teams can practice during the “bowl season.”

Are there a few mistakes and omissions? Of course, this is college football after all…

ACC South: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia

ACC North: Boston College, Pittsburg, Syracuse, Rutgers

ACC East: UCONN, Army, Navy, Maryland

ACC West: North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke


Big-10 South: Notre Dame, Louisville, Indiana, Purdue

Big-10 North: Penn. State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State

Big-10 East: Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State

Big-10 West: Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State


Big 12 South: UTEP, Central Florida, South Florida, Houston

Big North: Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska

Big 12 East: Cincy, East Carolina, Miami (OH), West Virginia

Big 12 West: Texas, Houston, TCU, Baylor


PAC-10 South: UCLA, USC, Stanford, Cal

PAC-10 North: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State

PAC-10 East: Colorado, Utah, BYU, Air Force

PAC-10 West: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Fresno State

Tyler B. works as a communications specialist for a Louisville, Kentucky company.  A lifetime SEC fan – long before it became “acceptable” to cheer for every team in the conference – he plans on writing several books about college football that have a fantastic chance of never being written. 

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