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SEC Headlines 3/16/2013

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1. Running back Marcus Lattimore’s  injuries a blessing in disguise at South Carolina?  “We were able to move on when Marcus got hurt. You can’t just sit there and sulk. You have to move on and find ways to get better.”

2. Spring practice starts at Alabama.  Five questions and five players to watch.

3. Second-day spring practice impressions at Florida.  ”Jeff Driskel looked much more comfortable than he did last spring…”

4. Situational scrimmage at Tennessee today. Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian:  ”I want to identify who the playmakers are, put guys in situations to make plays and see who steps up when the lights go on.”

5. LSU center Elliott Porter has a “medical issue” that will cause him to miss at least a few days of spring practice. La’El Collins is moving from left guard to left tackle this spring.

6. LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow had 104 tackles last year. Defensive coordinator John Chavis:  ”He’s a really talented player and we’ll need him to show it.”

7. Auburn has running back Tre Mason but what’s in the backfield beyond him?

8. Former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson impressive at the Razorbacks pro day on Friday.

9. Coach Bret Bielema is focused on who will replace Wilson.  ”I think there’s no doubt that on offense, the key is who is going to be our trigger puller.”

SEC Basketball

10. Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin on what the loss to Vanderbilt meant for the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament chances: “This didn’t help us at all. I know for a fact this really hurt us.” Jerry Palm’s latest outlook.

11. Did Alabama’s zone defense throw off Tennessee’s offense Friday? And did Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin speak too soon?

12. Crimson Tide players glad to get another opportunity to face Florida. Trevor Releford: “Everybody in the locker room is excited about it. We’ve wanted them since we lost to them two weeks ago. It’s going to be a good game.”

13. Alabama has lost six straight to Florida. Will Yeguete will play two games in two days for the first time in college career.

14. If you’re keeping score, Missouri has now lost six of their last seven games decided in the final seconds. Tigers 5-7 in games away from home in which they’ve had a lead in last 30 seconds.

15. Is Georgia a top-25 team if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns next year?

16. Auburn coach Tony Barbee gets a vote of confidence from A.D. Jay Jacobs. “My expectation is for our program to show significant improvement under coach Barbee’s leadership.”

College News

17. Have bowl, will host.  In addition to Rose, Orange and Sugar, 31 bowls get invited to participate in college football’s new playoffs. “In reality, if anybody other than the Cotton, Tostitos Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls are chosen, it will qualify as a major surprise.”

18. When Maryland moves to the Big Ten, the school will receive an estimated $20-30 million in travel expense subsidies.

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19. Charles Barkley wants to work a basketball game with Dick Vitale: ”I would love to do a game with Dick Vitale because I think he has been great for college basketball. It’d be good for the game.”

 

 

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SEC Headlines – 7/17/12

We’ll get you started today with just a few headlines from around the league, but we’ll have full and complete coverage from SEC Media Days when they kick off today at noon ET.

 

1.  Matt Hayes of The Sporting News has an SEC primer for Missouri and Texas A&M fans.  (Good stuff, but for all his “you can’t just throw it in the SEC” talk, he doesn’t mention Arkansas’ pass-first offense.  No titles, but lots of wins the last two years.)

2.  Here’s a look back at some of past Media Days’ most memorable quotes.

3.  Here’s a list of who’s on tap today in Hoover: South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

4.  Oops.  Former Alabama player John Copeland says he was joking when he said Reuben Foster was switching his commitment from Bama to Auburn “because Reuben was paid more than Alabama was willing to pay him.”  (Between guys like Copeland and Charles Barkley, it’s no wonder the whole world believes SEC programs cheat their rears off.)

5.  LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be a hot topic at Media Days.

6.  Some Mississippi State fans are going to have trouble watching their team’s game with Troy on the internet.  (On the same day, Ole Miss will play Texas on national television.)

7.  “Forward Rebels” — a group that openly called for the ouster of ex-UM AD Pete Boone — has now disbanded.

8.  It’ll probably be a hot one when Florida visits Texas A&M on September 8th.

9.  Mark Richt says he’s got “some outstanding running backs” who will get more playing time thanks to Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal.

10.  First, I wanted world peace today.  Second, I wanted a preview of Kentucky’s football game with Kent State.  (One out of two ain’t bad.)

11.  Tennessee cornerback Prentiss Waggner says receiver Justin Hunter is “100%” back from ACL surgery.

12.  Media Days will help to show if people now view Vanderbilt in a different light.

13.  Missouri’s in for an over-the-top experience in Hoover.

14.  Several big names won’t be at Media Days this week.

15.  The SEC divisional split has been pretty even the past 20 years, but will that still be the case moving forward?

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SEC Headlines – 3/29/11 Part Two

1.  Get your Alabama practice notes right here.

2.  Linebacker Dont’a Hightower is finally back to 100%.

3.  Here’s an interesting story of how former Auburn star Charles Barkley might have helped bring Anthony Grant to Alabama.

4.  Emory Blake is ready to lead AU’s receiving corps.

5.  The Tigers will lean on experienced backs Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb this fall.

6.  Mike Anderson is already creating basketball excitement among Arkansas ticket-buyers.

7.  AD Jeff Long and Anderson feel that UA is “behind in the SEC” when it comes to facilities.

8.  There was plenty of enthusiasm as Ole Miss opened spring practice yesterday.  (Enthusiams.  Enthusiasms.  Enthusiasms.)

9.  Practice notes from Day One here.

10.  Houston Nutt says, “We’re excited.”

11.  For the Rebels, it’s time to get tough.

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NCAA Expert Palm Rips SEC West, Auburn

How bad is the SEC West in basketball?  Pretty darn bad.  Just ask NCAA basketball guru Jerry Palm… as Paul Finebaum did yesterday on his radio show:

“When you look at the West, that’s an unmitigated disaster.  There isn’t one good team in the West… Mississippi is remotely competent, but if that division was a league unto itself it would rank below the Ivy League in the college RPI rankings.”

Ouch.  But Palm also took aim on Auburn specifically.

“Auburn might be the worst team ever in a major conference.  Or at least in the last generation in a major conference, not just the SEC.”

Where have ya gone, Charles Barkley?  (We know, Vegas.)

“This is my 19th year that I’ve been tracking the RPI and when you look at the big six conferences, Auburn has a chance to be the worst team in the RPI probably by 40 or 50 spots over the last 20 years from a major conference.  That’s how bad they are.  They are dreadful.  The numbers don’t lie.”

Actually, they might.  Palm says Ole Miss is “remotely competent.”  But on the hardwood they’re a miserable 1-4 in league play.

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