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SEC Headlines 4/18/2014

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1. With Cuonzo Martin and Frank Haith gone, are there legitimate questions about the work environment for a black coach in the SEC?

2. Richard Pitino on the short list at Tennessee?  One source says it’s not happening. Minnesota A.D. says Pitino is “not interested” in Tennessee job. Some other names to watch at Tennessee.

3. Who will replace Frank Haith at Missouri?  Here’s a wish list and some more realistic options.

4. Bernie Miklasz: Mike Alden can’t blow it…again.

5. Who gets mentioned in every coaching search?  Gregg Marshall and Shaka Smart.

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6. Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel says he’s headed to TCU.

7. Four Georgia players were arrested on the eve of spring practice at Georgia. Coach Mark Richt may not make their punishment public.

8. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on quarterback Hutson Mason’s spring: “I thought Hutson had an outstanding spring, really stepped up in the leadership department.”

9. Florida coach Will Muschamp’s message to fans:  ”I think the future is bright,”

10. Here’s a breakdown of Alabama’s offense and defense heading into Saturday’s spring game.

11. Expect Auburn to expand the playbook this fall. Coach Gus Malzahn: “Last year, we were a very, very simplified version.”

12. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson has a knee injury.

13. Missouri’s spring game will be an opportunity to evaluate who best can replace wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham as a deep threat.

14. Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk: “Everybody is picking us to be down at the bottom of the SEC East again. That’s just motivation for us.”

15. Speaking of Green-Beckham, Kevin Scarbinsky says “you can’t spell second chance without S-E-C.”

16. Five questions answered about Tennessee’s spring.

17. Someone spray-painted an orange tiger paw on the field near the South end zone of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium.

18. Suspended Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has regained the right to work out with the team.

19. The Peach is back. Atlanta bowl game will be called Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

20. Nick Saban hosts Peyton Manning.  What were they talking about?

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21. Kentucky lost the national championship but still dominates the sport.

22. Backup forward Tim Dixon will transfer from Georgia.

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SEC Headlines 3/24/2014

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1. For the first time since 2010, there’s a competition for the starting quarterback at Georgia.

2. Even though the number of competitors has dropped from five  to three - a quarterback race is on at LSU as well.

3. One week into spring practice, Florida’s offense remains a work in progress.

4. Former Alabama offensive guard Chad Lindsey could be headed to Michigan where he would be reunited with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

5. Of the 40 best players in the SEC during the BCS era, was Tim Tebow No. 1?

6. Is Auburn’s Nick Marshall talented enough to play quarterback in the NFL? Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee:  ”Oh, I think without question.”

7. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson on his freshman season: “It’s a big spring for me because last year, I was a little bit disappointed with my performance and I can’t wait to get better.”

8. Should coaches bonuses be tied to academic performance?  Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes the case.

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9. Georgia freshman basketball player J.J. Frazier was arrested late Sunday night on a charge of driving without a license

10. Florida will meet UCLA Thursday night . Fourth time since 2006 these two teams have met in March.

11. “With his 3-0 run this March, (Tennessee coach Cuonzo) Martin has equaled Jerry Green’s victory total in four NCAA appearances. Only Bruce Pearl (eight) and Don DeVoe (five) have more.”

12. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Who knew that Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin both would be big winners this month?”

13. LSU plays SMU tonight in the NIT.  ”Simply put, there might not be two more talented teams remaining in the NIT field.”

14. Arkansas gets a rematch with Cal tonight in the NIT.  The Golden Bears beat the Razorbacks in the Maui Invitational in November.

15. Texas A&M at Illinois State tonight in the CBI.  Aggies just 1-8 in road games this season (but that one win was over a Sweet 16 Tennessee team).

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16. Sweet 16 rundown – TV, tip times, and announcers.

17. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will join the SEC Network as an analyst.

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SEC Headlines 8/23/2013

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1. Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp doubles down on his defense of Johnny Manziel: “I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.” Report: Nate Fitch hires an attorney.

2. Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Davis is transferring to Tyler Junior College. Johnny Manziel’s backups are junior Matt Joeckel and incoming freshman Kenny Hill.

3. Georgia’s 2012 class had 17 members.  Nine of them are projected starters.

4. Arkansas allowed almost 286 passing yards per game a year ago but expect their safeties to be a strength this year.

5. South Carolina wide receiver Damiere Byrd is the fastest guy on the team, doubles as a sprinter on the track team.

6. Ole Miss has added freshman Laquon Treadwell to a deep receiving corps led by Donte Moncrief. Expect them to create plenty of match-up issues.

7. Ole Miss-Vanderbilt game could feature brothers in opposing uniforms.

8. James Franklin’s message to Vanderbilt fans: ”There is nothing like going to a game.”

9. Who will step up to replace Chad Bumphis in the Mississippi State receiving corp? Mississippi State released its Egg Bowl uniforms Thursday.

10. Who’s going to fill the void at Missouri left by the departure of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson?

11. Kentucky players get iPads – digital playbooks won’t be loaded though. Kentucky’s defensive ends: ”Those two, those are a tandem of monsters rushing the quarterback.”

12, AJ McCarron’s father tells the story of what the quarterback told him after getting to play the last minute of the Auburn game back in 2010.  ”Dad, that was the best damn 51 seconds of my life.’

13. Alabama will wear “something on the helmet” to honor the late Mal Moore.  

14. CBSSports.com new series - “Chasing The Devil” will focus on coaches trying to unseat Nick Saban.

15. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on quarterback Nick Marshall: “He’s extremely tough on himself, which is usually a really good sign.”

16. Last time Tennessee had a new coach, it was Year Zero.  This isn’t Year Zero.

17. LSU has usually a veteran at middle linebacker.  Not this year – “the ‘Help wanted’ sign was hung out last spring…”

18. In this list of ten impact freshmen in college football, five are from the SEC.  No. 1 on the list?  Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson.

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19. Missouri center Evan Boehm had a boot on his left foot Thursday.  ”It’s just precautionary.”

20. Alabama still tweaking its offensive line. Arie Kouandjio moving back to left guard.

21. Auburn’s Justin Garrett returned to practice Thursday - recovering from a sprained foot. Expect to see defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson in the booth and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on the sidelines this fall.

22. Auburn quarterback-turned-safety Kiehl Frazier is competing for a spot on the two-deep depth chart.

23. Freshman wide receiver Ryan Timmons is battling for playing time at Kentucky.

24. Tackle Kolton Houston is one of eight Georgia offensive lineman who could see playing time against Clemson.

25. A practice glimpse at a possible offensive depth chart for Tennessee. Final test run at Neyland Stadium this afternoon for the Vols.

26. After tearing his ACL twice, Florida linebacker Ronald Powell was inspired by Adrian Peterson. Will Muschamp confirms running back Matt Jones and lineman Jon Halpaio won’t play against Toledo.

27. Barry Brunetti is the “solid” No. 2 quarterback at Ole Miss.

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28. Incoming McDonald’s All-American freshman Chris Walker not enrolled at Florida.  Reportedly still working on NCAA requirements.

29.  Lot of talk about an undefeated season at Kentucky. “I think that 40-0 is going to be much more difficult to achieve that Big Blue Nation realizes.”

30. Poll: 87 percent of coaches think Kentucky is a title team.

31. What about Kentucky and Louisville playing football AND basketball on the same weekend?

32. Basketball court at LSU gets a makeover.

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33. A painful flashback for Missouri fans.  Fifth-down game against Colorado called “ Biggest Fail in College Football History.”

34. Notre Dame has its eyes on SEC country. Coach Brian Kelly:  ”If there’s a kid in Louisiana who fits the Notre Dame profile, we better know about them and have a shot at them.”

35. Concussion lawsuit against NCAA could be headed for a settlement.

Media

36. ESPN pulls out of  investigative project with “Frontline” about concussions.  Pressure from NFL thought to be the reason why.

37. ESPN releases Jadeveon Clowney “The Freak” video.

 

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SEC Headlines 8/21/2013

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1. Georgia now has seven defensive backs on the injured list. Junior cornerback Damian Swann has a hip flexor and a groin strain.

2. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on the opening game with Georgia: “It’ll be a game for the ages, opening at night, everybody excited for college football to kick off.”

3. North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner on the opportunity against South Carolina and Jadeveon Clowney: “We’re looking forward to playing against a top team, and the best player in the country.”

4. Gamecocks sophomore running back Mike Davis will get the start against North Carolina. Backups Brandon Wilds and Shon Carson will also see action.Looking more and more like Bruce Ellington could miss the opener.

5. Could Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles redshirt this season? Kentucky-Louisville game moved to season finale  in 2014.

6. Booted from Auburn, safety Demetruce McNeal will transfer to West Alabama.

7. Is quarterback Jeff Driskel Florida’s top running threat at the moment?

8. No true No. 1 running back at Tennessee – may be a while before there is. Vols have an estimated 81 scholarship players.

9. Injury to Auburn defensive Dee Ford means newcomers Elijah Daniel and Carl Lawson will see immediate action.

10. Vanderbilt defensive backs Kenny Ladler and Javon Marshall combined for more tackles last year than any other SEC secondary tandem.  Attorney enters not guilty plea for suspended wide receiver Chris Boyd.

11, Les Miles likes the linebacking corps at LSU: “They could be as talented as they’ve been here in a while.”

12, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on freshman wide receiver  Ricky Seals-Jones: “He’s got real ability, he’s very athletic but he’s got to learn the nuances of the position.”

13. Nick Saban on freshman Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. “He really has made a lot of progress. We actually are increasing his reps.”

14. Mississippi State punter Baker Swedenburg admits he’ll look up at the Jumbotron while he’s on the field. “I try not to but it happens every now and then.”

15, Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer on the Vols new gray uniforms:  ”If those uniforms help you recruit, those recruits might help you win. It’s that simple.”

16, In this list of the 20 best players in the SEC, Johnny Manziel is 1A and Jadeveon Clowney is 1B.

17. Test drive a truck and register for the chance to win a Johnny Manziel autographed football?

Practice Reports

18. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn liked what he saw on the final day of preseason camp: “I told our offense at the end of the practice that it was the best rhythm that we’ve had since I’ve been back.”

19. LSU coach Les Miles on the Tigers final fall scrimmage of camp: “We’re sloppy, they need to get things right. If we do that we’ll have an opportunity to beat a lot of teams.”

20, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper should see his workload increase this week, been bothered with a strained foot.

21. Florida walk-on running back Mark Herndon awarded full scholarship. Running back Matt Jones was at practice but didn’t practice Tuesday.  Looks to be getting closer to returning but not expected ready for opener.

22. Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines returns to the practice field.  Had a strained patella tendon in his left knee.

23. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash on his unit:  ”We’ve got to get more consistent. ”

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24. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy says guard Marshall Henderson has earned the right to be involved in basketball activities but “he will miss games, The extent of that is yet to be determined as we go through this process.”

25. Rebels will appear on national TV eight times this coming season. Kentucky and Florida with the most – at 14 times each.

26. CBS will carry six SEC games - four of them involving Kentucky.

27. Memphis transfer Antonio Barton has enrolled at Tennessee.

28. Which school will hire former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl next year? “Rest assured, some AD somewhere will be anxious to bring (Pearl) to his campus.”

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29. Defense attorney says he’ll fight extradition proceedings in the Vanderbilt rape case.

30. Despite a new state law, guns are banned everywhere on campus at Alabama, including games.

31. Add the Bahamas and Boca Raton to the list of bowl game destinations.  At least 38 bowl games starting in 2014.

32. Matt Hayes:  ”Even on its farewell tour, the BCS can’t get a break.”

33. The commissioner of Conference USA supports the idea of stipends for college-athletes. 

Media

34. ESPN executive on the SEC Network: “In order to make this thing go…we’re going to have to schedule meaningful games that will resonate with fan bases.”

35. An early review of  how Fox Sports Live compares to ESPN’s Sportscenter

36. AL.com apologizes for headline that mentioned football can be confusing, “especially for women.”

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SEC Headlines 5/24/2013

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1. Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity on the possibility of a nine-game conference schedule: “At the end of the day, the presidents will decide, like everything else in the conference.”

2.Georgia’s $93 million dollar athletic department budgets includes more than a million dollars in facilities improvement for Sanford Stadium. Projections on football ticket revenue down $2.1 million.

3. Why safety/linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is one of Georgia’s ten most important players this fall.

4. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on the reception he’s received: “Could not be more happy with the fanbase.”

5. Seven of the 20 Auburn signees have already enrolled in classes.  The group  includes quarterback Jeremy Johnson.   ”Johnson will have his chances to play right away if he can beat out a big group of competition.”

6. Another Auburn freshman to keep your eye on - defensive end Carl Lawson.

7. Andy Passanastos projects as the favorite to be the Ole Miss kicker this fall.

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8. Tommy Tomlinson on Paul Finebaum:  ”There’s one clear loser in all this, and that’s the state of Alabama.”

9. John Clay on Finebaum;  ”He has always known how to hit the buttons that prompt listeners to pick up the phone.”

10. MrSEC:  ”Do SEC officials really want to put Finebaum’s craziest callers front and center as ambassadors for their league?”

11. Paul Finebaum on the importance of college football in the South: ”First of all, in the South, it’s all we have.”

12. Updated look at SEC games on television this fall.

13. LSU senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent leaving to become a spokesman for the SEC. Mike Slive: “Herb brings a wealth of experience as well as energy and passion for the SEC.”

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14. Is this the issue with Sheldon Jeter’s potential transfer from Vanderbilt to Pitt?  “According to a source with direct knowledge, he didn’t meet face-to-face with Stallings to tell him he was leaving.”

15. Vanderbilt headed to Greece and Italy for games this summer.

16. South Carolina A.D. Ray Tanner on whether coach Frank Martin’s criticism of his players this past year crossed the line. ”No. I would never criticize him, because I know him and I know where his heart is and I know how much he cares.”

Extras

17. Football coaches salaries aren’t the only ones rising in the SEC.  So are the salaries of the league’s baseball coaches.

18. Notre Dame’s buyout of Charlie Weis was costly – could end receiving almost $19 million.

19. Most marketable American athlete? RGIII.

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Auburn Lands Lawson; Lawson Sounds Like A Winner

gfx - they said itHighly-recruited defensive end Carl Lawson has confirmed that he’ll ink with the Auburn Tigers.  He also came across as a very sharp, very well-grounded young man when asked about his first-year expectations:

 

“I just want to work hard and I just want to be a part of the team.  I would love to have a whole bunch of sacks and stuff, but I have yet to step on a college field and I have yet to prove my ability.”

 

Lawson also said that he signed with Auburn, not the coaching staff.  When Gene Chizik and crew left, it made his decision tougher, but again AU was his choice.

On a day filled with prima donnas, it’s good to see an intelligent kid who says “team” comes first.

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Lawson Reaffirms Commitment To Auburn

Auburn scored a big recruiting win this weekend when defensive end Carl Lawson confirmed his plan to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.

Lawson, who has been committed to Auburn since March, had shown interest in Tennessee and Clemson. Lawson announced the end of his recruitment via twitter.

“This will successfully end my recruitment I am an Auburn Tiger. No questions will be answered no calls will be accepted.”

Lawson, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 defensive end by ESPN RecruitingNation, is one of several highly-touted prospects being recruited by Auburn. The Tigers remain in the running for offensive lineman Montravious Adams from Vienna, Ga., cornerback Mackensie Alexander from Immokalee, Fla., and linebacker Reuben Foster from Auburn, Ala., among others.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 1/28/13

1. Wide receiver Marcus Davis became Auburn’s third commitment of the weekend.

2. Linebacker Jonathan Walton will choose between Auburn and South Carolina.

3. Here are some of the top stories coming out of a busy recruiting weekend.

4. Will defensive end Carl Lawson choose Clemson or one of two SEC schools on his list?

5. Orlando WR Jeff Badet almost committed to Kentucky this weekend. Then UCLA offered.

6. Bret Bielema is off to a good start in recruiting at Arkansas, writes 247Sports’ JC Shurburtt.

7. A look at the path that led defensive tackle A.J. Logan to his commitment to Missouri.

8. Nick Saban has landed several standout 3-star prospects. AL.com has the top 10.

9. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is building a pipeline in Memphis.

10. Defensive end Deon Mix is no longer committed to Mississippi State.

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Auburn Commit Lawson To Visit Clemson

Auburn defensive end commit Carl Lawson plans to visit Clemson on Saturday to watch the Tigers play South Carolina.

Clemson is looking to replace Loganville, Ga., defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who recently decommitted from the Tigers.

Lawson has been preparing himself for the possible departure of Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who likely will coach his final game for the Tigers against Alabama on Saturday. Several schools have reached out to Lawson in case he decides to look around.

“A lot of different people,” Lawson recently told Rivals.com. “(Southern California), UCLA, Tennessee, Clemson, Washington, Ole Miss and (Florida State).”

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