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Wow Sunday Headlines 12/9/2012

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in the 78-year history of the award
Jay Graham expected to be the only member of Derek Dooley’s staff to be retained by new head coach Butch Jones
Clemson secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison joining Gus Malzahan’s staff at Auburn.
New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on recruiting in the South “I’ve signed over 50 players from the state of Florida during my coaching career”
There are 21 players from the state of Florida represented on the rosters of Alabama and Notre Dame.
Saturday SEC Basketball
Kentucky 74 – Portland 46
Middle Tennessee State 65 – Ole Miss 62
Michigan 80 – Arkansas 6
Missouri 68 – Tennessee State 38
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WOW Headlines – 12/7/12

Tennessee has hired Cincinnati’s Butch Jones as its new head football coach
Auburn has hired Rhett Lashlee from Arkansas State as its new offensive coordinator
Auburn has hired former Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson as its defensive coordinator
New coach Gus Malzahn is cleaning house at Auburn replacing all assistants and strength coach
Kentucky has hired former Florida State assistant DJ Eliot as its new defensive coordinator
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback
Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks has won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back
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Butch Jones Hired By Tennessee

As we reported last night, the University of Tennessee offered its vacant head coaching job to Cincinnati’s Butch Jones.  Today, that offer is coming to fruition. Tennessee has made it official – Butch Jones is the new Vols head coach.  He will be introduced at a 2:30 E.T. news conference.  In three seasons at Cincinnati, he was twice named Big East Coach of the Year.

GoVolsXtra has posted a timeline of the coaching search. From the firing of Derek Dooley to the hiring of Butch Jones, the process took 19 days.


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Sources: UT Offers Cincinnati’s Jones

Multiple sources inside the University of Tennessee football program have told that the Volunteers have offered their head coaching position to Cincinnati’s Butch Jones Thursday night.  Jones has been pursued by Purdue and Colorado this offseason and the coach turned down the Buffaloes’ offer earlier today.

Tennessee was turned down by Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Louisville’s Charlie Strong on Wednesday.

(What will Jon Gruden think?)


UPDATE – UT athletic director Dave Hart is believed to have met with Jones in Kentucky on Thursday evening.  According to two sources in the UT football program — as noted above — an offer was extended.  The site also reported Thursday: “Sources tell us that Butch Jones has been offered the job.  No decision expected tonight.”

Meanwhile, in typical fashion for this Tennessee search, the site GoVols247 (behind a paywall) — a partner website of The Knoxville News Sentinel — reports that some UT boosters may be making a late push encouraging Vol brass to speak with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Perhaps the Volunteers will double-offer Jones and Smart as they double-offered Mike Gundy and Charlie Strong earlier this week.  If Tennessee is like every other school out there, Vol officials will still deny offering anyone but the person who finally accepts their job.

Remarkably, messageboard rumors continue to claim Gruden’s deal is done and he will be announced as UT’s new head coach soon.  (Which would make the Vols’ trek from Gundy to Strong to Jones to perhaps Smart the longest, widest screen of smoke since Chicago burned in 1871.)

Stay tuned…

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WOW Headlines – 12/6/12

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to interview for head coaching job at Southern Miss
Ellis Johnson has reportedly accepted an offer to become Auburn’s new defensive coordinator
Louisville coach Charlie Strong will get an 8-year extension after turning down Tennessee’s head coaching job
Sources tell that Nebraska Bo Pelini and Cincinnati’s Butch Jones are both interested in Tennessee’s opening
Alabama coach Nick Saban says it was “not a negative thing at all” for defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to interview with Auburn
SEC coaches have named Florida’s Will Muschamp and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin as co-SEC Coaches of the Year
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is the first SEC player to win both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors
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WOW Headlines – 11/19/12

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Arkansas and Tennessee are preparing for a bidding war over Jon Gruden
With Kansas State and Oregon losing, the SEC is back in the BCS title game picture with Notre Dame #1, Alabama #2, Georgia #3 and Florida #4
Maryland has accepted an invitation to the Big Ten and Rutgers is expected to follow suit tomorrow, re-opening the door for more expansion
If Ole Miss beats Mississippi State Saturday, the Rebels will be bowl eligible
If Missouri upsets Texas A&M Saturday, the Tigers will be bowl eligible
Florida’s Will Muschamp expects QB Jeff Driskel to play Saturday against Florida State
Kentucky has denied reports that it has offered its head coaching job to Cincinnati’s Butch Jones
Duke’s David Cutcliffe says he will not leave the Blue Devils for another job
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw and DE Jadeveon Clowney have foot injuries heading into Saturday’s game with Clemson
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