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SEC Headlines 12/18/2013

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1. Better head coaching job – Auburn or Texas? “You can do anything and everything at Auburn you can do at Texas.”

2. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs on Gus Malzahn: ” When he and I shook hands on Thursday night before the SEC Championship Game, what we shook hands on, I think that’s it.”

3. Kevin Sumlin’s buyout at Texas A&M may keep other college programs away – but what about the NFL?

4. Perspective on Nick Saban’s salary Part 1: He’ll make 72 times more than the governor – 157 times more than the average Alabama teacher.

5. Perspective on Nick Saban’s salary Part 2: “He is almost certainly worth more than $7 million.”

6. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Saban: “A very good friend.” Stoops one of only five head coaches with more tenure at their current school than Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and Georgia’s Mark Richt.

7. “Does Nick Saban want to win a Super Bowl?”

8. Is Louisville coach Charlie Strong the favorite to take the job at Texas? But is he interested?

9. John Clay: “Guess here is Strong waits to see what happens with Will Muschamp at Florida in 2014.”

10. Former Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease reportedly joining Chris Peterson’s staff at Washington.

11. Coaches who made at least $1 million per win this season – two of them were in the SEC.

12. What would a coaching roundup be without a Jon Gruden rumor? Some Twitter reaction.

SEC Football

13. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema confirms three players - linebacker A.J. Turner, linebacker Myke Tavarres and running back Nate Holmes – are looking to transfer.  Defensive end Trey Flowers may leave early for the NFL.

14. Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott is cleared academically to play in bowl game, status uncertain for Ja-Mes Logan.  Wide receiver Donte Moncrief ponders jumping to the NFL.

15. Former Virginia Tech kicker Brooks Abbott says he’s headed to Florida.

16. Georgia safety Shaquille Fluker is leaving school - says he wasn’t sick.  ”I’m totally fine.”

17. What do you think were the top 25 games of the year in the SEC?  Bet you can guess No. 1.

18. Is Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall an early candidate for the 2014 Heisman Trophy?

19. Missouri’s offense scored 35 of its 42 points in the SEC Championship Game but offensive coordinator Josh Henson knows it can do better.  Tigers just 2-of-12 on third down in that game.

20. Former Oklahoma State defensive lineman Cooper Bassett is now a recruiting graduate assistant at Mizzou  ”I will say that everything you see in the media and everything you hear about the SEC, it’s all true.”

21. A great year for Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan – made 90% of his kicks, named All-SEC.

SEC/College News

22. Vanderbilt linebacker  Chase Garnham’s role in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA.

23. Would paying college athletes result in a TV ratings drop?

24. USA Today is ranking the bowl games. 

Bowl Practices

25. Georgia freshman Tramel Terry switches from receiver to defensive back for bowl practices. Will freshman J.J. Green spend his career at tailback?

26. Alabama has to find a replacement for guard Anthony Steen in the Sugar Bowl - advised to undergo shoulder surgery. Safety HaHa Clinton-Dix had a minor surgical procedure on his knee after the Iron Bowl.

27. Backups get plenty of reps in Tuesday’s Mississippi State scrimmage.

SEC Basketball

28. North Carolina State plays at Tennessee tonight in a game both teams really need to win to bolster their postseason chances.

29. LSU travels to Lubbock to face Texas Tech - last road game for the Tigers before conference play begins.

30. Ole Miss will try to win its eighth game of the year tonight against Louisiana-Monroe.

Extras

31. Christmas gifts for sports fans.

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