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SEC Headlines 1/7/2014

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***Report: Vanderbilt coach James Franklin emerging as clear front-runner for job at Penn State. Vanderbilt assistant coaches now following Penn State recruits on Twitter?***

1. New Texas coach Charlie Strong - a one-time grad assistant at Texas A&M – on resuming the rivalry with the Aggies: “You’d love to.”

2. Despite the advantages of the SEC and a statewide following, the Kentucky job is not as appealing as the one at Louisville.

3. Nebraska’s Terry Joseph will be the new defensive backs coach at Texas A&M.  Joseph was at Tennessee before Nebraska.

4. Florida has a new offensive line coach.  Mike Summers comes from Southern Cal but has plenty of SEC experience.

5. Search for a new defensive line coach at Arkansas continues.

6. Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel is the only coach in school history to lead the team to two top-5 finishes. In last seven years, Tigers have as many wins as Florida, Georgia and Texas.

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7. Did Alabama’s victory over LSU in November create a false sense of invincibility?

8. Eight recruits enrolling early at Alabama this week.

9. Why quarterback James Franklin and running back Henry Josey rank among the all-time greats at Missouri.

10. 2013 season is in the books – time to look ahead to 2014.  Eight SEC teams make ESPN’s way-too-early top 25.

11. Can Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott live up to the hype in 2014?

12. Quarterback question for Ole Miss next season – who will be the backup to Bo Wallace?

13. A more physical offensive line for Georgia in 2014?

14. Lost in the shuffle last night – Auburn running back Tre Mason broke Bo Jackson’s single-season school record for rushing yards in a season

15. Tre Mason and what could have been? Auburn consolation prize? 

SEC/NFL Draft

16. Texas A&M junior offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi says his decision is coming Thursday.  Johnny Manziel says he’s still undecided. “We’ll see.” Manziel hung out with Tim Tebow at BCS title game.

17. Is Jeremy Hill coming back for another year at LSU?

18. Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers says he’s returning for his senior season.

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19. Georgia coach Mark Fox was on a plane Saturday back to Kansas to see his father before he died.  He didn’t make it.

20. A rarity in college basketball these days.  Florida starts four seniors.  

21. Vanderbilt at Alabama. Crimson Tide guard Trevor Releford on his 6-7 team.  ”It’s a fresh start for us.”

22. Tennessee at LSU.  Tigers try to bounce back after losing to Rhode Island over the weekend.

23. Mississippi State guard Craig Sword leads his team in scoring.  Has boosted his shooting percentage 17 points this year.

24. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on the state of SEC basketball: “Overall, the league has improved top-to-bottom.” Our view:  “The SEC is once again a pretty bad basketball league. “

25. “Arkansas has won more than 90 percent of its home games under Mike Anderson, but has won only one road game per year in Anderson’s first two years.”

Media

26. Most watched non-BCS bowl game in ESPN history?  Texas A&M – Duke game.

27. Former Texas coach Mack Brown was tweeting during the BCS title game last night.

28. Tim Tebow’s prediction for the title game last night was off – by one point.

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SEC Headlines 2/16/2013

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1. New LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on his style of offense: ”It’s the LSU football style already, it’s physical. It’s tough.”

2. LSU coach Les Miles reached out to Cameron the day he was fired in Baltimore.

3. Steve Kragthorpe will stay on at LSU in an administrative role to be determined.

4. Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott is staying at South Carolina – had reportedly been in consideration for same position with Alabama.

5. New candidate emerges at Alabama - Miami assistant Mario Cristobal.

6. New Alabama director of player personnel Kevin Steele is a former national recruiter of the year winner and knows the Central Alabama area well.

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7. Three Alabama players arrested Monday are requesting youthful offender status. That would cap the maximum sentence and shield records from public view.

8. Bruce Feldman on the biggest realignment shock and why so much buzz over a column about Jadeveon Clowney this past week –  “these days there are so many talking-head shows daily that literally are desperate for anything to talk– and argue — about.”

9. Marcus Lattimore hasn’t given Clowney any advice – focused on the future.  ”I don’t regret anything. I know that everything happens for a reason.”

10. Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief “is the total package — quick, strong, athletic and capable of running the full route tree.”

11. Possible breakout from the 2012 recruiting class could be Texas A&M running back Trey Williams.  Arkansas running back Alex Collins is another one.

12. Who were the top 50 players in the SEC in 2012?  Here’s one list – from Johnny Manziel to Tavarres King

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13. The relationship between Alabama coach Anthony Grant and South Carolina coach Frank Martin goes back to their days in high school.  Grant: “Our relationship is bigger than basketball.”

14. LSU can get .500 in conference play with a win today against Mississippi State. “What I try to address more for us right now is seeding in the conference tournament.”

15. Billy Donovan and Florida - one “of the great marriages of all time?”

Extra

16. Police in Tennessee confuse Ohio State sticker with marijuana symbol – pull over 65-year old woman.

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SEC Headlines 2/15/2013

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1. LSU is introducing new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.  Greg Studrawa will return to strictly focusing on the offensive line.

2. Is Alabama interested in South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott?  Steve Spurrier seems to think so. Has reportedly interviewed.

3. Elliott is a candidate along with University of Central Florida offensive line coach Brent Key.

4. Nick Saban’s first defensive coordinator at Alabama, Kevin Steele, is now the team’s Director of Player Personnel.  Looming deregulation in college football will allow him to recruit on the same level as the team’s nine coaches.

5. Alabama now lists 28 people under the heading “recruiting.”

6. Sports Illustrated on Tennessee coach Butch Jones: He “understands the importance of tapping into the resource of former players.”

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7. Jadeveon Clowney’s mother.  ”I don’t think he has it in him to sit out. He loves to play football. I know I want him to play.” Steve Spurrier agrees.

8. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel redshirted his first year – meaning he’s eligible for the NFL draft next year. Offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney: “With the uncertainty of Johnny’s situation because of the way the NFL is going — his stock is rising.”

9. Nine quarterbacks selected for Jon Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPN.  Two of them from the SEC – Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and Tyler Wilson from Arkansas. (Some non-QB’s also will be featured – including South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore and Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel).

10. Mississippi State wants to target the tight end more this fall. Tight ends coach Tim Brewster: “I think Malcolm Johnson has a chance to truly be one of the best tight ends in the nation…”

11. Bulldogs want to find a backup to leading rusher LaDarious Perkins.

12. Ole Miss projects Jeff Scott to get 15-20 carries this fall -leaving plenty of  room for someone else to step up.

13. Auburn has two quarterbacks, three running backs and six receivers on scholarship heading into spring practice.  Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: “We do have depth issues.”

14. This preseason top 25 has Alabama at No. 1, seven SEC teams make the cut.

15. Bryant-Denny Stadium ranked No. 1 stadium experience by magazine.  SEC stadiums get six of the top 11 spots.

Crime/Legal Beat

16. The NCAA revealed its relationship with the attorney for the man at the center of the Miami investigation to lawyers in mid-January, according to CBSSports.com. That’s about a week before the NCAA went public with the information.

17. Eddie Williams, one of the four Alabama players arrested Monday, wants permission to return to his hometown while out on bond. Here’s our story from this morning on the Alabama players and Charles Barkley’s comments.

18, Harvey Updyke’s wife was asked if she knew if her husband poisoned the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn: “I’ll be honest with you, I never asked him, because I don’t want to know the answer.”

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19. In light of the Nerlens Noel torn ACL, The New Yorker asks, “Is College Basketball Doomed?”

20. “Should the NBA abolish its age minimum’s? Absolutely not.”

21. With Noel out, will Tennessee go with its small lineup again tomorrow?  Cuonzo Martin after the Vanderbilt win this week: ”I felt like our best lineup is four guards.”

22. For Alabama guard Trevor Lacy, basketball wasn’t his first love.  ”Growing up, I was a football guy.”

23. Florida led the nation in three-pointers last year.  This season, they’re making almost as many. Making 38.9 percent – best in the SEC.

24. Florida goes to Auburn tomorrow where the Tigers are struggling - lost eight of their last nine SEC games.

25. Texas A&M travels to Vanderbilt Saturday.  Aggies still focused on the postseason. Elston Turner: “Ultimately our goal is to make the NCAA tournament.”

26. So did Arkansas coach Mike Anderson intentionally not wear a tie the other night at Auburn or did he forget to pack one?  ”Any other questions?”

27. Anderson will meet his old team Saturday when Missouri comes to Fayetteville: “It’s kind of like a full circle, really.”

28. Headline after last night’s LSU victory over South Carolina.

Extras

29. The battle for the future of American sports gambling.

30. That stranded Carnival cruise ship that finally docked apparently had some Arkansas fans on-board.

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SEC Headlines 1/25/2013

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1. Should newly-hired running backs and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia leave Auburn for the Dallas Cowboys, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn has apparently found a replacement in Arkansas State assistant Casey Woods.  Hiring of Woods a “possibility at this point.” Update: Auburn announces Bisaccia’s departure.  Some coaching switches on the staff.

2. “It’s absolutely worth mentioning that Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas have released the financial terms of their coaching staffs.” But Auburn hasn’t. Some coaching $ off the books.

3. New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says when he told A.D. Jeff Long the most important hire was strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert, Long “looked at him a little crazy. ”

4. Some details on Les Miles new contract.  If he’s terminated without cause in the first three years, he receives $15 million. Under his old deal, it was $18.75 million in years one and two.

5. Texas A&M officially welcomes two new assistants - co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital and special teams/tight ends coach Jeff Banks. Indiana coach confirms assistant Mark Hagen leaving Bloomington to become linebackers coach for the Aggies.

6. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will be studio analysts for ESPNU’s coverage of National Signing Day.

7. Offensive coordinator James Coley becomes the sixth assistant to leave Florida State in the past five weeks.  Why is everyone jumping off Jimbo Fisher’s ship?

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8. Kicked off Tennessee’s team following an arrest, Nu’Keese Richardson is giving football another shot – this time at the University of Pikeville (Ky).

9. Could five Alabama players be taken in the first round of the NFL draft?

10. At the Senior Bowl, former Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson on former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen: ”I told him this today, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves as a player.”

11. Senior Bowl is tomorrow afternoon- players are signing autographs today. Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope is out – LSU’s Russell Shepard is in.

12. Two SEC players – Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden – recognized at Thursday night Senior Bowl banquet for outstanding performers in practice this week.

13. From trick shots inside the stadium to duck hunting in Arkansas, Johnny Manziel is a busy man.

NCAA/Miami Investigation

14. The attorney for the man for the man at the heart of the NCAA investigation at the University of Miami insists she did nothing wrong:  ”I’m not an employee of the NCAA. I’m not bound by NCAA rules.”

15. Source tells ESPN latest development is a “huge mess” - but also claims it will likely not jeopardize the NCAA investigation.

16. Sam Mellinger on on the implications for Missouri coach Frank Haith: “My favorite part of all of this: even going full-on shady like this, the NCAA admits it STILL could not prove anything against Haith.”

17. Haith: “Here’s the deal: I’m going to say even less than I’ve said before…”

18. The troubles facing the NCAA: ”Who would want to enforce that rulebook for a living?”

19. Kevin Scarbinsky: The NCAA should give itself the death penalty.

20. What about those new NCAA rules regarding recruiting?  ”It’s insane. It’s bad on both ends.”

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21. Auburn coach Tony Barbee admits Chris Denson and Jordan Price returned from injuries too soon.  ”I probably shouldn’t have played them these last two games.”

22. Missouri forward Laurence Bowers will dress for tomorrow’s game against Vanderbilt – still uncertain if he can play.

23. Florida junior forward  Will Yeguete – SEC’s sixth man of the year?

24. Florida coach Billy Donovan on having two former Gators – David Lee and Joakim Noah – in the NBA all-star game. “I’m proud of those guys.”

25. Mike Strange on Tennessee’s 1-4 SEC start:  ”They won one big and lost one big. The other three were there for the taking. Tennessee couldn’t take any of the three.”

26. ESPN ranks the SEC from No. 1 Florida to No. 14 South Carolina.

Sports Media

27. The book and movie made them famous - A Blind Side family reunion in New Orleans.

28. How Deadspin beat ESPN to the Manti Te’o Scoop. (Interesting nugget  - ESPN had originally been put onto the story by Teo’s agent).

30. Mike Bianchi on David Faherty: “The coolest, hippest, funniest man on TV has a show on – wait for it – The Golf Channel.”

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SEC Headlines 1/24/2013

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1. Les Miles set to become only the fifth coach in college football to be paid more than $4 million a year.   His contract extension and raise going before LSU Board of Supervisors on February 1.  Joins Nick Saban, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer in the $4 million + crowd.

2.  For the third time in four years, Nick Saban is the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year. 

3.  Tennessee courted Charlie Strong before hiring Butch Jones - the Louisville coach now one of the 10 highest paid coaches in college football. Eight-year contract extension will pay him a base salary of $3.7 million annually.

4. A former Joker Phillips’ staff member at Kentucky linked to two secondary violations.

5. Birmingham attorney Don Jackson on the screwup in the NCAA investigation at Miami and the implications for Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith: “I do know that now every aspect of this case is in question.” The MrSEC view.

6. Bryan Burwell: “Where does Frank Haith go to get his reputation back?”

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7.. More publicity for Johnny Manziel – mentioned on NBC sitcom and hangs out with Rick Ross.

8. Mel Kiper on Manziel teammate, offensive lineman Jake Matthews, who decided to stay for his senior year. “He could be in the conversation as a top-10 pick in 2014.”

9.  Texas high school coach on the Aggies: “The kids recognize what the SEC is all about, and now it’s close to home.”

10. Georgia offensive tackle John Theus had surgery on his foot Wednesday – will miss part of spring practice.

11.  Former Tennessee lineman Dallas Thomas will miss the Senior Bowl because of an injury. Ex-teammate Cordarelle Patterson, leaving school early for the NFL draft, is headed to Texas for the All-Star Football Challenge. 

12.  Former Alabama safety Robert Lester has substituted his area code for his jersey number at Senior Bowl practices.

13.  Athlon ranks the 15 best SEC teams of the BCS era - from the 2009 Alabama team to the 2007 Georgia Bulldogs.

14.  ESPN is listing the 25 best players in the SEC – today is Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

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15. Tennessee at Ole Miss.  Tad Pad tickets are suddenly a hot item.Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway: “People are jumping on the bandwagon and riding it.”

16. But the Tad Pad is also knows as the “Sad Pad” - a new basketball arena is front and center in a $150 million fundraising effort at Ole Miss – halfway to goal.

17. Ole Miss beat Tennessee in Knoxville but now - “It’s payback week,” says Vol guard Josh Richardson. Vols are 0-4 this season in true road games.

18. Tough couple of games for Texas A&M’s Elston Turner following his 40-point outburst against Kentucky.

19. Season-high 19 steals for LSU last night against the Aggies - fourth-highest single-game total in program history.

20. John Clay on this year’s Kentucky team: The roster is short a player. It’s a recipe minus ingredients.

21. Classy gesture by former UK guard John Wall.

22. Joe Walljasper on Missouri without Laurence Bowers: “They’re lost without him.” (Could be back Saturday for Vanderbilt, though).

23. Andy Glockner looks toward the NCAA Tournament: “At this point, pretty much anything seems possible as we start to glance toward March.”

Extras

24. He was the mastermind of the hoax – and also the voice of the girlfriend? On all those long-distance calls, Manti Te’ o was apparently talking to a man.

25. Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s transition to wide receiver is underway at Senior Bowl practices.

26. Super Bowl starters - back when they were college recruits.

27. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sends a guy $8,500 for correctly predicting the Ravens-Patriots score Sunday.

28. Apple’s Macintosh Computer and the famous 1984 commercial debuted 29 years ago – the ad was almost canceled.

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SEC Headlines 1/22/2013

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1. Tyrann Mathieu on Alabama’s game-winning play against LSU last year: ”That was a freshman on that blitz and I would have been a junior so I would have known that play was coming.”

2. Honey Badger no more.  ”I think at LSU, the Honey Badger (person) came to an abrupt end.” A new nickname?

3. With Mike Gillislee gone at Florida, what happens at tailback for the Gators?

4. Just 15 members of Tennessee’s class of 2012 remain. What role will they play in 2013?

5. After tipping the scales at 355 pounds on Monday at the Senior Bowl weigh-in, Alabama lineman D.J. Fluker won’t play in the game.

6. Neither will Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb – out with a hamstring injury. Teammate Philip Lutzenkirchen’s rehabilitation is on schedule – but he won’t play, either.

7. Former Georgia running back Ken Malcome will transfer to Southern Illinois.

Coaching/College  News

8. Nick Saban on the new NCAA rules that lift restrictions on communication between coach and recruits: “I think it’s a fine line between how much you need to communicate and be effective at doing it…”

9. Why Kentucky fans are not happy with former coach Joker Phillips these days.

10. Saban on new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly: “He’s done a fantastic job of being a real innovator in college football with some of the things he’s done. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the great job he did at Oregon.”

11. Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins named to NCAA infractions committee.

12. Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith isn’t the only one facing some potential charges over the NCAA Miami investigation. Haith headline & Haith ad – all in one picture.

13. Dennis Dodd on college football attendance: If students “aren’t going to games when they’re in school because of smartphone issues, what does that bode for the future?”

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14. Kentucky vs. Alabama tonight.  John Calipari on the Crimson Tide: “The driving force is their guards.”

15. Alabama guard Trevor Lacy was once a recruiting target of Kentucky. Anthony Grant: ”With every game, I think he’s getting more and more comfortable with what will be demanded of him.” Trevor Releford says his ankle “feels fine.”

16. South Carolina at Missouri tonight.  Three of the Tigers top seven players could be out tonight –  Laurence Bowers is definitely out, Keion Bell is likely out and Earnest Ross is a gametime decision.

17. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin: “Players have been great. I can’t ask any more than what they’ve been giving.”

18. Florida is the class of the SEC - third nationally in scoring defense and second nationally in scoring margin. Gators guard  Scottie Wilbekin making the case for SEC defensive player of the year.

19, Arkansas is a football state – but don’t give up on Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks.

20. Anderson names Marshawn Powell and Kikko Haydar team captains - first captains Anderson has named since taking over the basketball program.

21. Auburn’s Chris Denson and Jordan Price are both recovering from stress fractures in their feet. Came off the bench against Kentucky – should be good to go against Vanderbilt Wednesday.

Extras

22. AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, puts some rumors to rest.

22. Expect longer commercials during the Super Bowl this year.

23. Phil Mickelson apologizes for talking about his taxes.

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SEC Headlines 1/19/2013

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1. Auburn tackle Shon Coleman, who survived a battle with leukemia, given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

2. With graduation, players leaving early and transfers, Florida will be able to sign as many as 33 players in this recruiting class.

3. City manager on judge who released details of Johnny Manziel speeding ticket on Facebook - ”insensitive and inappropriate.”

4. Alabama honors its national champions with a parade this afternoon.

5. The day after signing day, Tennessee coach Butch Jones will crisscross the state – appearing at events in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville.

6. Jones on his team: “We do have a long way to go in mental toughness.” Tennessee assistant Steve Stripling: ”Butch is an attention-to-detail coach.”

7. Like Jones, new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is trying to rebuild relationships in his state.

8. Players begin arriving today in Mobile for next Saturday’s Senior Bowl. Phil Savage: “The game is probably three-quarters NFL evaluation and one-quarter all-star recognition.”

9. Former Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley is sharing kickoff duties with LSU’s Drew Alleman today at the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic. ”Everybody knows you’re there and everybody knows your stats. You’ve just got to go out and show them.”

10. Five Vanderbilt seniors taking part in all-star games – most since 1984.

11. Official tally from the NFL - 73 players granted special eligibility for the draft.

Coaching News

12. Former Alabama coach Mike Shula will be working closely with former Auburn player Cam Newton.  Shula promoted to offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

13. Three members of former Auburn coach Gene Chizik’s staff have found new jobs.

Manti Te’o

14. Manti Te’o denies involvement in the girlfriend hoax.  ”I wasn’t faking it. I wasn’t part of this,” but he did admit lying to his father that he had met her.

15. Te’o: “Two guys and a girl are responsible for the whole thing.”

16. Stewart Mandel: “This Tuiasosopo guy’s a bad dude. He most definitely did this (along with one other man and woman, Te’o said). It’s about the only conclusive detail in the whole saga.” …Agreed.

17. Deadspin:  ESPN has removed all references to the woman claiming to be Lennay showing up at the team hotel from its online story.

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18. Miami NCAA investigation: Does Frank Haith have more to worry about than Al Golden? 

19. With a victory today against Missouri, Florida coach Billy Donovan will earn his 400th career win with the Gators.

20. John Calipari on Auburn coach Tony Barbee: “Tony is doing an unbelievable job. These guys are being coached exactly how they got to be coached.”

21. Barbee on what Calipari will do if Willie Cauley-Stein doesn’t play: “He just reaches down the bench and goes and grabs another McDonald’s All-American.”

22. “Charles Barkley will be in attendance, football coach Gus Malzahn will speak at halftime” -will the sold-out crowd feature Cam Newton, too?

Extras

23. Happy 67th birthday, Dolly Parton.

24. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dead at 82.

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SEC Headlines 1/16/2013

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1. Twice next season Georgia could face opposing quarterbacks kicked off its team.

2. 28-year old former major league baseball player Jai Miller has enrolled at Alabama and will be eligibile for spring workouts.  He’s listed as a defensive back.

3. Group of nine early enrollees at Alabama includes three quarterbacks.

4. Eight early enrollees at Florida include running back Kelvin Taylor, son of former Gator Fred Taylor.

5. The quarterback situation at Missouri – unusually uncertain.  Will feature plenty of competition this spring.

6. Little QB uncertainty at Florida with Jeff Driskel returning. Former Gator Jacoby Brissett expected to transfer to either West Virginia or North Carolina State.

7. Seven members of Tennessee’s signing class of 2012 are no longer with the program.

8. Know the name Vincent Smith?  That’s the Michigan player on the other end of the legendary Jadeveon Clowney collision. Says the hit looked worse than it was. 

9. Top game of the 2012 season?  How about Texas A&M’s upset win at Alabama.

NFL Draft Prospects

10. South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders took to Twitter last night to say he’s going pro. Size raises questions about his chances in early rounds of draft.

11. Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd’s thank you to Gator Nation.

12. A record 74 underclassmen have declared for the NFL draft. That list includes 33 players from the SEC. Mel Kiper’s mock draft has Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore as the top two picks.

Coaching News

13. New Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend will be the second-highest paid position coach on staff at $250,000. Salary pool for MSU assistants could rise by as much as 10 percent.

14. A big reason why Geoff Collins was promoted to defensive coordinator at MSU - defensive production dropped in seven of the eight major NCAA statistical categories last season.

15. Check out James Franklin’s business card.

16. Why Auburn coach Gus Malzahn should go to bat for an early signing period in college football.

17. “Malzahn was arguably the winter’s most obvious hire.”

18. Fifteen BCS-conference schools have hired a new head coach this offseason.  Stewart Mandel grades them.

Update: Another head coach needed?  Oregon’s Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles?

Expansion/Realignment

19. Duke basketball coach Mike  Krzyzewski: “This is an assault on tradition.”

20. See our earlier story with comments from Texas A.D. Deloss Dodds.

SEC Basketball

21. Alabama at Mississippi State. Alabama guard Trevor Releford turned an ankle in practice Monday. The team’s leading scorer called “doubtful” for tonight by coach Anthony Grant. With Mississippi State banged up and shorthanded, staff, assistants, even coach Rick Ray have practiced this season.

22. Auburn at Arkansas. Auburn guard Josh Wallace on playing at Bud Walton Arena: “They have a great home atmosphere, but there’s nothing like crushing up a home crowd.” Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson looks to find some scoring beyond BJ Young and Marshawn Powell.

23. South Carolina at LSU. Gamecocks still trying to learn Frank Martin’s aggressive man-to-man defense. Depth an issue at LSU, especially with Johnny O’Bryant battling a lingering ankle sprain.

24. Georgia at Missouri. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope accounts for 28.4 percent of Georgia’s scoring – only Bulldog to average double-figures. Tigers discovering life isn’t easy without leading scorer Laurence Bowers - need someone to fill the offensive void.

25. Raising some questions about the future of Georgia coach Mark Fox.

26. Florida travels to Texas A&M Thursday. Gators are third-best in the conference in rebound margin.

27. John Calipari on the physical play last night between Kentucky and Tennessee: “This is a man’s game and this is a man’s league we play in.”

28. Tennessee sophomore Jarnell Stokes played just 15 minutes last night against Kentucky – had more fouls than points.

29. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Glockner: “I’d expect Kentucky to scrape through enough SEC games to make it into the eventual Field of 68, but its margin for error isn’t great.”

Extras

30. Katherine Webb will cover the Super Bowl for Inside Edition.

31. Brent Musberger, the man who helped launch Webb’s career, on ESPN’s apology for his comments: ”Individuals say what individuals say. And corporations do what corporations do.”

32. The golden age of Texas quarterbacks.

33. The NCAA will meet and vote on reducing the size of its rulebook.

34. Study: Emergency room visits tied to energy drinks have doubled since 2007.

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SEC Headlines 1/15/2013

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1. The tally for coaches, support staff, and administrators at Tennessee comes to $7.51 million. That covers 31 people, including head coach Butch Jones.

2. Former Tennessee assistant coach Josh Conklin is the new defensive coordinator at Florida International.

3. Expect a more aggressive Mississippi State defense under new defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. Dan Mullen: “I know he is going to be aggressive in coming after people, in blitzing people and showing some different looks and trying to confuse people.”

4. Former Auburn offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler reportedly headed to Virginia Tech for the same job.

5. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder on Bear Bryant:  ”I appreciated him so much not because of the amazing successes he had but the type of man that he was.”

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6. What does San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s performance have to to do with Johnny Manziel?  ”Whenever he decides to turn pro, he’ll be highly sought after because he can cause defenses fits — no matter the level.”

7. Ole Miss showed improvement in 14 of 17 team statistical categories in 2012.

8. Early look at the 2013 schedule for six SEC schools.

9. The buzz back in August at the Alabama camp was about a freshman receiver – but it wasn’t Amari Cooper.

10. Tramel Terry is one of 13 early enrollees at Georgia.  “They’re looking for me to be like a Percy Harvin type of guy.”

11. With five early enrollees and  running back Quenshaun Watson not expected back, the unofficial total at Tennessee stands at 66 scholarship players.

12. Six early enrollees started class at LSU yesterday. Three at South Carolina.

13. Former Florida quarterback Doug Johnson accused in the beating of a Gainesville man.

All-Star Games

14. Departing Alabama defensive end Damion Square won’t be able to participate in Saturday’s Raycom All-Star Classic -has an undisclosed injury.

15. Teammate Quinton Dial will play in the game.  “I just want to get out here and show the scouts what I can do on Saturday and go from there.”

16. Three players will represent Auburn in the game, including linebacker Daren Bates who led the Tigers in tackles this past season. “That was the worst team stats-wise I’ve ever been on.”

17. Here are the rosters for the Raycom All-Star Classic.

18. Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen will attend the Senior Bowl but won’t play - recovering from hip surgery.

19. Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl - seven Vol players will participate in postseason All-Star games.

20. Alabama center Barrett Jones won’t play in any postseason games and won’t be running at Alabama’s pro day - recovering from foot surgery.

SEC Basketball

21. With Tennessee at Kentucky tonight, John Calipari is reminding everyone of a quote from Jarnell Stokes last February. ”I want to win at Rupp Arena. I plan on winning, before I leave, at Rupp Arena. I’m saying that on the record right now.”

22. Calipari on Saturday’s 40-point performance from Texas A&M’s Elston Turner: ”What he did was off the charts.”

23. Pat Forde on last year’s Kentucky team - “May turn out to be more of an anomaly than a trend-starter.”

24. Seth Davis calls Kentucky’s loss to Texas A&M Saturday the worst loss of the week, calls Ole Miss the flavor of the week.

25. Ole Miss is at Vanderbilt tonight with the Rebels seeking to go 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.

26. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings wouldn’t reveal Kedron Johnson’s practice status Monday.  The Commodores leading scorer has a partial dislocation of his right shoulder.

27. Vanderbilt one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the country.

28. Mike Strange on the value of  experience: “Florida and Ole Miss are two of the most experienced teams and, at the moment, are the two getting the most impressive results.”

29. Florida will be without forward Casey Prather this week – but he’s not the only Gator dealing with injuries.

30. Florida will get a look at the SEC’s new teams this week - Texas A&M and Missouri.  Billy Donovan: “Both of these programs, at least from a basketball perspective, add value to our league.”

31. After getting beat Saturday night at Ole Miss, Missouri didn’t get back to Columbia until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  Bad weather forced the team to bus back home.

32. Bryan Burwell on Missouri: “Are they contenders or pretenders? Who really knows?”

33. Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade was benched Saturday - didn’t play at all in the second half against Vanderbilt. Coach Mike Anderson: “Bring some better practices that can take him into the game.”

34. Auburn has the second longest NCAA Tournament drought in the SEC but their 2-0 start to conference play is the team’s best in 10 years.

35. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant still battling a high ankle sprain: ”I wake up some days and it feels better than others; I wake up some days and it’s really killing me.”

36. Mississippi State the best case study of SEC woes?

37. The twelve D-1 programs in the state of South Carolina are a combined 26 games under .500.

38. The top three seeds at last year’s SEC Tournament – Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt – are a combined 1-5 in league play this year.

Extras

39. High school coach upset at Lane Kiffin after a scholarship offer to a player was pulled: “His true color: SHADY!”

40. With Kevin O’Neill fired at USC, some names to consider for the Trojans basketball coach.

41. Charles Barkley on Sacramento Kings center and former Kentucky player DeMarcus Cousins: “Talent is not his problem,” Barkley said. “You can’t continually do stupid stuff. At some point you have to grow up.”

42. It’s open season on pythons in the Everglades.  More than 1,000 people from 30 states have signed up for the “Python Challenge”.

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SEC Headlines 1/13/2013

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1. Virginia Tech had interest in Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, expect him to get a nice raise.

2. New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on recruiting:  “I think it’s very important for us to get into Ohio...There’s tremendous football being played in Ohio. We want to treat that as home base.”

3. With the hiring of cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley and receivers coach Tommy Mainord, Stoops has filled out his coaching staff at Kentucky.

4. New SEC coaches are battling an accelerated recruiting process.  ”There are less official visits in January than there were a decade ago, because the process has accelerated so much.”

5. Former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost is joining Mike Leach’s staff at Washington State as wide receivers coach.

6. Brian Kelly will stay at Notre Dame and not leave for the NFL – working on extension and raise.

SEC Football

7. Tennessee runing back Quenshaun Watson has left the team to deal with family and personal issues.  Return in doubt.

8. John Adams on the success at Vanderbilt: ”They’re suddenly a top-25 program trying to recruit another top-25 class. And, strange as it seems, Tennessee is the program trying to catch up.”

9. From LSU’s class of 2010, there are only five four-year seniors expected to start or be a regular contributor next season – just about everyone else is headed to the NFL.

10. Potential candidates to replace the three Alabama players leaving school early for the NFL.

11. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner speculates about a matchup with Alabama: “I think we would have been just fine against them as long as we stayed within ourselves and played Oregon football.”

SEC Basketball

12. Texas A&M’s victory at Rupp Arena was the first conference loss for UK under John Calipari. A&M coach Billy Kennedy. ”The message is Kentucky is really young,” Kennedy said. “That’s the big message.”

13. Ole Miss in line for a national ranking on Monday?

14. The league’s unbalanced schedule, those Thursday-Saturday turnarounds and calls for a “true” SEC champion.

15. A nearly two-year old NCAA investigation into the University of Miami may be nearing an end. University of Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith was the Hurricanes coach from 2004 to 2011.

Extra

16. Tim Tebow’s brother takes some enjoyment out of the Denver Broncos playoff loss Saturday.

17. College athletes and Twitter: “People spew some pretty vitriolic things to these players.”

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