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SEC Headlines – 12/29/11

We’ll kick the day off with a few headlines, then we’ll dig back into the SEC schedules for a bit more examination.  So first, here’s what’s happenin’ around the league…


1.  With Mike Dyer suspended, Tre Mason is looking forward to being Auburn’s big back in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

2.  Gene Chizik got a 50th birthday serenade from his Tiger players yesterday.

3.  Nick Saban enjoyed Christmas, but he has watching film by 1pm.

4.  Alabama’s players are excited to play “arguably” the best team in the country… again.

5.  Arkansas hasn’t decided which of next year’s home games will be in Fayetteville and which will be in Little Rock yet.

6.  Ricky Scott led the hoops Razorbacks to an 80-67 win over Charlotte last night.

7.  Its holiday break over, LSU hits the court tonight against Grambling State.

8.  Mississippi State’s 11-game win streak came to an end in a tight 54-52 loss to #6 (and unbeaten) Baylor in Dallas last night.

9.  In the Music City Bowl, MSU hopes to run right over Wake Forest’s small defensive line.

10.  Murphy Holloway’s high ankle sprain is a tough, tough blow to Ole Miss.

11.  For Gator Bowl combatants Florida and Ohio State, their January, 2007 national title bout seems like a long time ago.

12.  The spotlight will be on UF’s interim offensive coordinator Brian White on Monday.

13.  More Georgia underclassmen are considering a jump to the NFL.

14.  Leading Dawg receiver Malcolm Mitchell says he’d be willing to moonlight at corner if the coaches need him.

15.  Terrence Jones was back as Kentucky toppled Lamar 86-64 last night… and now the Cats’ attention can turn to Louisville.

16.  John Calipari prefers winning, but he says “at some point you’ve got to get stepped on” to learn a coach’s lessons.

17.  Bruce Ellington drained five 3-pointers to lead South Carolina past Wofford 57-45… and then he left to join the football team in Orlando.

18.  A number of Gamecock underclassmen are considering a jump to the NFL.

19.  Receiver DeAnthony Arnett is leaving Tennessee to move closer to his ailing father in Michigan.

20.  Cuonzo Martin wants his team to play better defense tonight against The Citadel.

21.  Vanderbilt will ease Festus Ezeli back into action tonight at Marquette.

22.  The football Commodores appear loose as they prep for their bowl game with Cincinnati.

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SEC Headlines – 12/13/11

1.  While a number of Alabama juniors might consider an early jump to the NFL, right tackle DJ Fluker says he’ll be back in Tuscaloosa next year.

2.  Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb might think about turning pro early.

3.  Tony Barbee hopes his team’s light early-season schedule — the Tigers have played just five games to date — will pay off in the long run.

4.  New Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes thinks his philosophy meshes well with Bobby Petrino’s.  (Looks like a really sharp hire by the Razorbacks, by the way.  If UA gets a defense… look out.)

5.  LSU tailback Spencer Ware hasn’t been as involved in the Tiger offense since his suspension for the Auburn game.

6.  It’s official, Matt Luke is returning to Ole Miss to coach the Rebels’ offensive line.

7.  Seventeenth-ranked MSU will be aiming for revenge when they face Florida Atlantic tonight… a team that beat the Dogs last season.

8.  This writer has five tips for how Florida can improve its chances of winning the Gator Bowl (and avoiding the school’s first losing season since 1979).

9.  Senior center Ben Jones was voted Georgia’s most valuable player this season.

10.  From the folks in the stands to Dick Vitale, everyone’s wondering what was wrong with Kentucky’s Terrence Jones in Saturday’s loss to Indiana.

11.  The battle over Rupp Arena rolls on… and now there’s a debate over who’ll pay for whatever is finally done on that site.

12.  This writer believes Bruce Ellington should pick basketball over football at South Carolina next year.

13.  A look at the contracts of Tennessee’s assistant football coaches reveals that coordinators Justin Wilcox and Jim Chaney each have million-dollar buyouts.

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SEC Headlines – 12/1/11 AM Edition

1.  Harris Poll voters don’t expect to see Oklahoma State jump Alabama.

2.  Roy Kramer — the Father of the SEC Championship Game — talks about his baby and the BCS — which he also helped create — right here.  (Great read… like everything else from Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News.)

3.  This writer says Gene Chizik is making excuses at Auburn and Tiger fans are “beyond irritated with the program’s apparent loss of even regional relevance.”  (Didn’t Chizik lead Auburn to the national championship less than 12 months ago?  A national title used to be a pass for life… now it only ups a coach’s salary.)

4.  Alabama’s hoops team will get a big test from visiting Georgetown tonight.

5.  Arkansas rolled past Mississippi Valley State last night and now focuses on UConn.

6.  LSU’s secondary features playmakers galore.

7.  Ole Miss will be at DePaul tonight as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge.

8.  Dan Mullen says he’d be okay with playing Southern Miss in the Liberty Bowl if things broke in that direction.

9.  Florida forward Erik Murphy won’t need surgery on his injured knee and could return to action next week.

10.  Mark Richt is tired of talking about his tailback situation — Isaiah Crowell’s rumored attitude issues might be one reason.  (Also, Georgia won’t be wearing their ghastly Power Rangers uniforms on Saturday.)

11.  Kentucky’s next two games with St. John’s and North Carolina will reveal a lot about the young Cats.

12.  Bruce Ellington is back with the South Carolina basketball team.

13.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Tennessee receivers coach Charlie Baggett will not return in 2012.  (It’s rumored that star wideout Da’Rick Rogers showed him little respect this season.)

14.  Don’t go writing off Vanderbilt just because of two early season losses.

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Spurrier Says He Didn’t Swipe Ellington From USC Hoops Team

Steve Spurrier wants the record set straight — he didn’t coax receiver Bruce Ellington to play both football and basketball. 

On Sunday, Carolina’s coach referred to a March newspaper column and then took a not-so-subtle dig at the media:


“There was a misleading, fabricated story that I tried to recruit him and took him from the basketball program.  It wasn’t true.  But a lot of things we read aren’t true.”


Ouch.

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South Carolina Adds A Point Guard To 2011 Class

South Carolina has signed Brenton Williams to give the Gamecocks immediate help at point guard next season.

Williams has signed with South Carolina after playing last season at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla. Williams, who is originally from Kissimmee, Fla., averaged nearly 12 points and two assists per game last season.

South Carolina is in need of help at point guard because of Bruce Ellington’s decision to play football this fall. Ellington plans to rejoin the South Carolina basketball team after the football season ends.

Williams is the third signee for South Carolina’s 2011 class.

The Gamecocks have to replace more than just Ellington at the start of next season as several players have decided to transfer out of the program since the end of last season.

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Gamecocks Defeat Western Kentucky In Double OT Thriller

Ramon Galloway came off the bench and had seven of his 22 points in the second overtime to give South Carolina an 87-85 double-overtime victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night. The Gamecocks (4-1) were down by as many as 12 points in the first half but came back in the second. A 3-pointer by Bruce Ellington with 20.7 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 67 and forced the first overtime. In the second overtime, Sam Muldrow hauled down a rebound and made a midrange jumper with 5 seconds left for South Carolina to tie the game at 75 and force another overtime.
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Gamecock 360: Bruce Ellington

Check out Saturday’s edition of Gamecock 360 with men’s basketball freshman guard Bruce Ellington.
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Gamecocks Defeat Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition, 71-58

Led by 23 points from freshman Bruce Ellington and a double-double by senior Sam Muldrow, South Carolina pulled away late in the second half to defeat Kentucky Wesleyan 71-58 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena.
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