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SEC Headlines 12/19/2012

Coaching News

1. Forbes says Nick Saban is the most powerful college football coach in America – “Saban leads all coaches in almost every measure of power.” Steve Spurrier and Les Miles in Top 10.

1A. Forbes also releases list of college football’s most valuable teams – SEC with eight of the top 20: LSU No. 4, Georgia No. 5, Alabama No. 6, Florida No. 7, Auburn No. 8, Tennessee No. 9, Arkansas No. 10, South Carolina No. 17.  (Texas was No. 1 on the list)

2. When Nick Saban wanted out of the NFL, Alabama A.D. Mal Moore could identify.  He also worked in the NFL –  as an assistant with the Cardinals:  ” I used to tell people, nobody in St. Louis or Phoenix, nobody would ever come by to see us. You know why? Because nobody gives a damn.”

3. “Zero chance” Saban leaves for the Cleveland Browns?

4. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has earned in $150,000 in bonuses on top of his $2 million salary.

5. Sumlin and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin finalists for Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award.

6. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on the team he inherited: ”It’s obvious we do have deficiencies, but the great thing is I think I have a very good grasp of what they are.”

7. Malzahn says next hires could be coming soon - bowl games or NFL may impact timing.

8. Tennessee coach Butch Jones and staff - in Google Maps form.

9. Joker Phillips is already making an impact as receivers coach at Florida.

10. Wisconsin’s new coach will be Gary Anderson from Utah State. Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is AP Coach of the Year.

SEC/College News

11. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a 19-year old college athlete – a year-and-a-half away from NFL millions.

12. Alabama center Barrett Jones has a sprained left foot, in a cast, but insists he’ll be ready to go against Notre Dame.  ”Gonna be fine. Can’t wait to play.”

13. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on Johnny Manziel: “Sometimes the worst thing you can do is cover everybody.”

14. As an early enrollee in January of 2009, LSU linebacker Kevin Minter remembers his first practice: “Everybody had said it was going to be fast, but man! It could’ve been third-team guys. Everybody was moving. It was just, I don’t know. I really had to wake up.”

15. Les Miles thinks his 2013 offense could be his best-ever at LSU.

16. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter is headed to the NFL.  QB Tyler Bray and WR Cordarrelle Patterson probably aren’t far behind.  If Vol fans could keep one – it would be Patterson.

17. Nick Saban on AJ McCarron’s decision to stay at Alabama: “AJ loves college football, he loves being here, he loves being on the team.”

18. Is quarterback Jacoby Brissett a transfer candidate at Florida? OC Brent Pease: “I’m sure that might come up at the end of the season, and selfishly I hope it doesn’t, but I support the kid either way.”

19. It will be a three-way battle for quarterback at Kentucky next year.  New offensive coordinator Neal Brown: ”It’s going to be an open competition.” Brown met the media for the first time in his new role Tuesday -press conference video.

20. Missouri freshman safety Ka’Ra Stewart dismissed from team – two pot arrests in two months.

21. When Georgia plays Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Mark Richt’s cousins will probably be rooting for the Cornhuskers.

22. Richt makes it official – Malcolm Mitchell is staying on offense.

23. Georgia’s Garrison Smith may be the only senior starter on the Bulldogs defense next year.

24. South Carolina will face a Michigan team in the Outback Bowl outfitted with special jerseys.

25. Mississippi State has sold almost 9,600 tickets to the Gator Bowl, not as strong as previous years.

26. Different story at Ole Miss – more than 21,000 tickets sold for bowl game – believed to be the most in the SEC.

27. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is resting his injured shoulder – took more snaps than any SEC quarterback this year except for Johnny Manziel.

28. Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy and Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche make this list of underrated players to watch this bowl season.

29, Phil Steele’s Bowl Guide.

SEC/College Basketball

30. Auburn 81 – Tennessee Tech 62: Freshman Jordan Price makes 11 straight 3-pointers – ties SEC record. Chris Denson with a season-high 20 points. Denson dunk video.

31. Tennessee 78 – Presbyterian 62. Five Volunteers score double-figures. Video highlights.

32. Texas A&M 66 -Texas A&M Corpus Christi 54.  Aggies 8-2 overall, 6-0 at home. Video highlights.

33. LSU 66 – UC Irvine 60. Season-best 19 points for Andre Stringer.

34. Georgia 58- 49. 11:30 a.m. tipoff played in front of 4,000 elementary students.  Coach Mark Fox: “After what happened in Connecticut, you can’t look at those kids the same.”

35. The Georgia basketball team probably shouldn’t count on any help from tight end Jay Rome this season.

36. Florida vs. Southeastern Louisiana.  Gators trying to learn from late-game mistakes. Florida has yet to sell out the O’Connell Center this season.

37. South Carolina vs. Appalachian State. Back-to-back losses had Frank Martin contemplating a career as a bartender.

38. “Cupcake” diet at Kentucky.  Marshall will be fourth straight home opponent with RPI no better than 150.

39. When it comes to Alabama coach Anthony Grant, the key word is “better.”

40. Two of the biggest non-conference games are up next for Missouri – Illinois and UCLA.

41. Providence wears the colors of Sandy Hook elementary school Tuesday night and blocked off 26 seats.


42. ESPN’s Samantha Steele - now Mrs. Christian Ponder. Steele: “Twitter is so tricky.”

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SEC Headlines 12/18/2012

Coaching News

1. If Jeremy Pruitt leaves Alabama to become defensive coordinator at Florida State, he’ll become the 11th assistant to leave under Nick Saban.  Kevin Scarbinsky: “Continuity on a coaching staff can be highly overrated.”

2. Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph heading to Alabama?

3. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo won’t say if he’s interviewed for other jobs.

4. Several schools have contacted Florida about their assistants.  Will Muschamp: “We’ve got a good staff and a lot of people want them to coach at their place.”

5. New Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge will make $350,000 a year. New coach Bret Bielema is making a point of paying his assistants: “I got a huge jump in my assistant coaches salary pool, which was big.”

6. Former Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes will reportedly be named head coach at Kent State.

7. Missouri makes it official – Josh Henson new offensive coordinator.  With a background in a pro-style offense, will Henson move the Tigers away from the spread?

8. Les Miles wants an early signing date for football: “I say give them a signing date in November.”

9. Praise and expectations for Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M: “If you asked me which is most likely to win his national title in the next five years, Kevin Sumlin would be my first guess.”

10. Reason to be optimistic at Auburn: “No hire the Tigers could have made would have a better chance of keeping the core of this recruiting class intact than Gus Malzahn.”

11. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik gives a 15-year old girl with brain cancer a new car. ”I just cried and cried. I could not believe it.”

12. Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri spotted Monday at Florida State’s practice wearing shirt with FSU logo.

13. Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz back on campus Monday to speak to graduates.

14. Mark Stoops text to A.D. Mitch Barnhart when he accepted the Kentucky job. Jimmy Brumbaugh officially named defensive line coach.

15. Butch Jones on new Tennessee wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni: “I think he’ s the best in the country.”

SEC Football

16. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter is bound for the NFL draft.  ESPN’s Mel Kiper sees him as potential second-round pick: ”This year he was good. He wasn’t spectacular.” Todd McShay has Hunter 22nd overall of draft-eligible players.

17. With Cordarelle Patterson also expected to leave Tennessee means the Vols face a depleted receiving corps in 2013.

18. Will Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews leave early for the NFL?

19. The injured shoulder of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has not healed- may require surgery.

20. Ole Miss tight end Ferbia Allen missed the end of the regular season with a knee injury – but he’ll be back for the bowl game.

21. Missouri freshman safety Ka’ra Stewart arrested for pot possession.

22. One of Jadeveon Clowney’s goals for 2013?  Win the Heisman.

23. Back to practice at Alabama.  Nick Saban: “We haven’t practiced for two weeks since that game, so I haven’t had the chance to yell at anybody.”

24. Crimson Tide and Notre Dame take different approaches when it comes to early bowl game practices.

25. Florida returns to the practice field today – getting ready for Sugar Bowl opponent Louisville. Will Muschamp: “You look at bowl games with this much of a layover, it’s a one-game season.”

26. Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins and offensive lineman Ian Silberman will both miss the bowl games – recovering from surgeries. Freshman cornerback Willie Bailey has decided to transfer.

27. Can LSU get its running game back on track? 4.9 yards per rush first eight games, 3.0 yards per rush last four games. Chik-fil-A Bowl sold out.

28. When Georgia and Nebraska meet in the Capital One Bowl – it will be only the second time these two schools have met.

29. What will Georgia’s offensive line look like in 2013?

30. Mississippi State freshman linebacker Richie Brown kept his redshirt this year – and is part of a class expected to contribute in a big way in 2013.

31. Greatest defenses of the BCS era?  This list has six of the top 10 coming from the SEC.

32. SEC second-best conference in 2012?

33. Consensus All-American list tells a different story – 10 out of 26 players from SEC.

SEC Basketball

34. Missouri 102 – South Carolina State 51.  Jabari Brown makes his debut for the Tigers – scores 12 points.

35. Vanderbilt 66- Cornell 55. Commodores struggle after Kedron Johnson goes to bench with four fouls. Video Highlights

36. Mercer vs. Georgia is going on as we publish.

37. Tennessee vs. Presbyterian.Walk-on Brandon Lopez getting minutes at point guard. Trae Golden SEC Player of the Week.

38. Auburn’s Jordan Price SEC Freshman of the Week.

39. Auburn vs. Tennessee Tech.  Tigers 2-0 since Chris Denson’s return to the lineup.

40. LSU vs. UC Irvine.  Tigers spent the weekend in southern California after getting beat at Boise State.

41. Not Ike and Tina. Texas A&M’s success depends on the Turners – Elston and Ray.

42. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is top-10 nationally in both blocks and steals – why he may be a better overall defender than Anthony Davis.

43. Athlon ranks SEC Hoops

44. Former Kentucky star Sam Bowie likes the ESPNU documentary about him that debuts Thursday night: ”I think they did a wonderful job almost defending me.” ( Bowie is now 51 years old – hard to believe)

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SEC Headlines 12/16/2012

Coaching News

1. Alabama assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt is reportedly headed to Florida State as Jimbo Fisher’s new defensive coordinator. Expected to continue coaching at Alabama through BCS National Championship Game.

2. Wisconsin assistant Charlie Partridge joins Bret Beliema’s staff at Arkansas as defensive line coach.  Defensive coordinator Chris Ash has a buyout in his contract should he go back to the Badgers.

3. A South Carolina high school coach denies reports he could be joining Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn. “Tell them I’m staying here.”

4. Mark Stoops posters handed out Saturday – new Kentucky coach greeted by Rupp Arena crowd.

5. Mark Story on Bobby Petrino, Mitch Barnhart and What If.  See the MrSEC take here.

6. The multi-tasking Les Miles does his Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve.

7. Is staff uncertainty at Missouri hurting recruiting?  For one high school senior, the answer is no.

8. Kliff Kingsbury’s fashion sense has Texas Tech fans out shopping for sunglasses and skinny ties.

SEC/College News

9. South Carolina wide receiver D.L. Moore suspended for bowl game for violation of team rules.

10. Bruce Ellington will play one more basketball game for South Carolina before turning full-time to the football team through the bowl game. Connor Shaw’s foot is healing, will start bowl game.

11. Jarvis Jones is expected to leave Georgia early for the NFL but he loves the college life.

12. Michigan radio analyst saw the Wolverines play both Alabama and Notre Dame this year. “I like Alabama by about a touchdown.”

13. A.D. Dave Hart’s number one goal at Tennessee – getting football healthy: “The reason that’s a top priority, beyond the obvious, is that football is the economic engine.”

14. A big key for the Vols - finding the right quarterback.  

15. Mississippi State will scrimmage this afternoon  at Wade-Davis Stadium, weather permitting.

16. The top 1o non-championship teams at Florida. This year’s squad comes in at No. 5.

17. Four decades ago, Lora Hinton and Mike Williams became the first black football players at LSU.

SEC/College Basketball

18. Lipscomb lost to Ole Miss by 46 points, to Kentucky by 38 points.  What’s the difference? “(Ole Miss) guards better than Kentucky does,” said coach Scott Sanderson. “They guard the ball a lot better.”

19. Analyzing Florida: “History is starting to pile up pretty heavily on the side that this team has trouble closing in big spots.”

20. Anticipation at Missouri over the debut of guard Jabari Brown.  “He’s probably the best shooter on our team,” forward Laurence Bowers said.

21. The seven non-football schools of the Big East made it official Saturday – leaving conference for “a new basketball framework.” Why the breakaway makes sense.


22. The New York Giants will honor the victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting today with a decal on the back of their helmets.

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SEC Headlines 12/15/2012

Coaching News

1. Tennessee has a new wide receivers coach – Zach Azzanni joining the Vols from Wisconsin. He will reportedly leave current job after the Rose Bowl.

2. says former Tennessee assistants Darin Hinshaw and Blake Rolan are headed to Cincinnati.

3. Comparing Tennessee coach Butch Jones to Bobby Petrino and Tommy Tuberville.

4. New Texas  Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury refers to Texas A&M as “that other university” and asks AD if it’s possible to schedule Cincinnati next year. “As a 7‑5 team, could have easily been 10‑2, 11‑1…”

5. Dameyune Craig will remain as quarterbacks coach at Florida State.  He had interviewed at Auburn.

6. Big jumps in pay for Kentucky’s new coordinators vs. their predecessors. Contract details.

7. Why do white coaches like Skip Holtz get second chances when black coaches don’t?

***Update***Does new Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash want to stay at Wisconsin – as head coach?

SEC/College News

8. Georgia coach Mark Richt disciplined cornerback Sheldon Dawson for a poke in the eye of Alabama’s Dee Milliner.

9. Jeff Schultz on the decision by the SEC not to suspend Alabama’s Quinton Dial for a hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: “The SEC will allow Alabama coach Nick Saban to decide whether to suspend one of his defensive ends for the national championship game. Insert laugh track.”

10. No comment yet from Saban on what team-level discipline Dial will face.

11. Kevin Scarbinsky: “There’s one fly in Mike Slive’s ointment,” the suspension of Ole Miss safety Trae Elston.

12. Mark Richt: “There’s a helmet-to-helmet hit almost every play.”

13. Georgia offensive guard Dallas Lee won’t be in attendance when Alabama and brother Dillon play in the BCS title game.  ”I’m just not feeling it.”

14. Will Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Gathers make an early jump for the NFL? Not necessarily.

15. Mississippi State junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson is exploring early NFL possibilities. Some standout players from Friday’s bowl practice – “DT Nick James is a monster.”

16. Southern Miss freshman quarterback Anthony Alford is leaving the team.  Is the two-sport star a candidate to transfer to Ole Miss?

17. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Clemson’s defense: “They give up a lot of big plays in the passing game.”

18. LSU coach Les Miles on the Connecticut elementary school shooting:  ”Our team is shocked like the rest of the country.”

Bowl Games

19. Lack of Sugar Bowl enthusiasm at Florida?  School has sold just 6,500 of its 17,500 ticket allotment.

20. Big difference at the Music City Bowl.  Vanderbilt has sold more than 17,000 tickets for the game.

21. The selection process for the Senior Bowl comes in waves.

22. Jon Solomon on college football’s devalued bowl system: “Last year’s average bowl rating was the lowest in the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series…”

23. Hardest part of handicapping bowl games -  what’s the motivation?

24. Bowl season kicks off today – here are Pat Forde’s picks for all 35 games including a call for Notre Dame to edge Alabama. “The Irish shock the world.”

25. One man’s guide to the best and worst of the bowl games.

26. A few potential early bowl-game upsets.

SEC Basketball

27. Boise State 89 – LSU 70.  First loss of the year for the Tigers. Three first-half fouls against forward Johnny O’Bryant proved key.

28. Ole Miss 77 – East Tennessee State 55. Marshall Henderson with 22, four Rebels in double-digits. Video HighlightsAndy Kennedy comments.

29. Florida vs. Arizona. Gators are 7-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country, highest ranking since the end of the 2007 season.

30. Alabama vs. VCU.  Anthony Grant returns to the scene of his first head coaching job.

31. Auburn vs. Furman.  Frankie Sullivan leads the SEC in scoring at 18.5 points per game.

32. Mississippi State vs. Loyola.  Rematch of the 1963 Game of Change.  Senior center Wendell Lewis out with knee injury, expected to miss eight weeks. MSU will play with six scholarship players.

33. Georgia vs. Iona. First game of a five-game homestand for the 2-6 Bulldogs.

34. Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma.  Before they meet in the Cotton Bowl, the two schools meet on the basketball court.

35. Kentucky vs. Lipscomb.  A frustrated John Calipari:  “I should never have to coach energy, effort, passion and enthusiasm and be vocal.”

36. Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M. Kyle Fuller has become an offensive for the Commodores – second-leading scorer on the team.

37. Arkansas vs. Alcorn State. Mike Anderson wants to see what his freshmen can do. Oklahoma State transfer Fred Gulley expected to be eligible to play.

38. Size and rebounding are the signature marks of this year’s Missouri team - big difference from last year.

39. Next five games at home for Tennessee where the Vols shoot the ball better.

40. End of an era at Tennessee – Stokely Athletics Center about to be demolished.


41. Iowa baseball players live in a house haunted by panty-stealing ghosts.

42. ESPN’s Rob Parker suspended until further notice.  Called Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother.”

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SEC Headlines 12/13/2012

Coaching News

1. Mark Richt surprised other schools haven’t contacted Georgia about his assistants.  “Can you believe that? I think our coaches are worthy of that, and I think our coaches have been obviously courted, but no one has called me.”

2. With offensive coordinator Jim Chaney going to Arkansas, what’s the next move at Missouri?

3. New Kentucky tight end coach Vince Marrow has known head coach Mark Stoops since middle school.

4. Does new UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh open up a pipeline to some JUCO recruits?

5. Gus Malzahn – from high school coach to SEC head coach in seven seasons.

6. Do Kevin Sumlin and his staff need a raise at Texas A&M?

7. Cincinnati disputes reports that new coach Tommy Tuberville ditched Texas Tech recruits.

Bowl Game News

8. Capital One Bowl wanted Texas A&M.  But two bowl search-committee members reportedly say SEC forced them to take Georgia.

9. Gator Bowl will allow Mississipi State fans to bring cowbells to the game .

10. The Music City Bowl will pit brother vs. brother.

11. LSU is headed to the Chik-fil-A Bowl – in discussions about a future Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game.

NFL Draft Prospects

12. Reaction to Marcus Lattimore’s decision to forego senior season at South Carolina and enter NFL draft.

13. How does Lattimore’s injury compare to the one suffered by Willis McGahee? “Even with Willis McGahee, it’s difficult to compare. The same knee dislocation can mean many different definitions.”

14. After the Capital One Bowl game, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will make a decision about whether or not to enter the NFL draft.

15. Junior linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree at Georgia are expected by teammates to enter draft – projected as first-round picks.

16. Vanderbilt’s defense will face a top-notch NFL prospect in the Music City Bowl – North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon.

17. AJ McCarron’s father on son’s decision to stay at Alabama.  “He’s smart enough to know that everything coach Saban’s told him to do so far has worked out pretty well for him.”

SEC Business/Academics

18. Arkansas football turned a profit of nearly $40 million in fiscal year 2011-2012.

19, $300 season tickets being offered at Tennessee - no donation required. Budget deficits in the athletic department won’t be financed any longer by the state or the academic side.

20, Nine of the top 11 TV markets for ESPN’s college football are in SEC country.  Birmingham No. 1 for 12 straight years.

21. When it comes to minority graduation rates, Vanderbilt leads the SEC.

SEC/College News

22. Aaron Murray admits he’s not over the SEC Championship game. ”I can’t sleep at night.” Mark Richt defends decision not to spike the ball at the end of the game.

23. Recovering from ankle surgery, Georgia defensive end Abry Jones may play in the bowl game.

24. Mark Bradley: “At worst, Georgia is the nation’s third-best team.”

25. Mississippi State backup tailback Nick Griffin tore his ACL in practice Saturday –  will have surgery today.

26. Auburn offensive lineman Christian Westerman is reportedly transferring to Arizona State.

27. LSU is getting healthy – several players expected back for bowl game.

28. He’s made his mark on defense and special teams - look for Florida to incorporate Loucheiz Purifoy more often into the offense.

29. Ole Miss begins full-scale practice on Monday.  A look back at what worked – and what didn’t – in Hugh Freeze’s first year.

30. Texas A&M students welcome back Johnny Manziel Wednesday night.   Video of the celebration.

31. The social media buzz over Manziel’s girlfriend.

32. The SEC is the national champion – a computer simulation run 50,000 times is the proof. Most common outcome in 16-team playoff? Alabama over Oregon.


33. Decision from seven Catholic non-football Big East schools expected soon.  ”Would be an upset” if they stayed. New York Post says they’re leaving. A 12-team basketball league?

34. Boise State holds the key to the future of the Big East?  Dennis Dodd: “ has learned that there was interest from a rights-holder in televising Boise State’s home games only, similar to Notre Dame.”

SEC Basketball

35. Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News ranks the 35 greatest NCAA tournament moments. No. 1 on the list – the 1963 Mississippi State basketball team and the Game of Change.

36. Alabama junior center Carl Engstrom had surgery Tuesday to repair torn ligaments.  He’s out for the rest of the season.

37. What’s going on at Tennessee with Jeronne Maymon’s surgically repaired right knee?  Maymon’s father: “It’s not his knee. His knee is fine. He’s trying to get back in shape.”

38. If the sluggish start at Kentucky sounds familiar, it’s because it does.  Think Florida basketball six years ago.

39. Florida in a top-10 showdown Saturday.  The 7-0 Gators face 7-0 Arizona.

40.  Missouri has added a series against Arizona starting in 2015.

41. LSU making progress on Anthony Hickey’s suspension. Looks to be traveling with team.

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SEC Headlines 12/12/2012

Coaching News

1. Bret Bielema hires his first assistant coach at Arkansas - Defensive coordinator Chris Ash will follow the new Razorbacks coach from Wisconsin.

2. Was Gus Malzahn the best SEC coaching hire this offseason?  That’s what Athlon Sports says.

3. When it comes to Twitter – LSU’s Les Miles is the most popular coach in America (Mark Richt, Butch Jones, Dan Mullen, Bret Bielema and Will Muschamp all in the Top 10).

4. Nick Saban will get inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

5. Looking like either Texas A&M coordinator Kliff Kingsbury or Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris as the next coach at Texas Tech. Morris interviewed Tuesday.

6. Tee Martin turned down Tennessee but he could return some day.  John Adams: “One day, he could be recruiting the Southeast on behalf of the Vols. Now, just isn’t the right time.”

7. Kentucky has a new offensive line coach – former UK player John Schlarman.

8. Missouri posts an official help wanted ad. Assistant coach Josh Henson and former OC David Yost both offered coordinator jobs.

9. Upset stomach? Thinking about Skyline Chili? “The waitress brought our food out, and we thought (Tuberville) went to the bathroom, but he never came back to dinner.”

10. Barry Alverez gets a one-time bump of almost $120K for coaching and athletic director duties at Wisconsin.

NFL Draft Prospects

11. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has a 4 p.m. Eastern news conference scheduled - expected to enter 2013 NFL draft.

12. Mel Kiper on Lattimore’s draft prospects: “Right now I write wild card by his name.”

13. Mel Kiper on Lattimore’s teammate: “ Obviously, Jadeveon Clowney, if he was in the draft, he’d be No. 1 overall. He’ll be the No. 1 guy in the draft hopefully after his junior year.”

14. Mel Kiper on Tyler Bray: “I would say right now another year at Tennessee would benefit him.”

15. Mel Kiper on Aaron Murray:  “If he wants to be a first-round pick and improve his stock, you go back.”

16. Mel Kiper on LSU – “a ton of (NFL draft) prospects.

17.  Rumors about Eddie Lacy and DJ Fluker at Alabama. Arkansas running back Knile Davis is turning pro.

18. Kentucky guard Larry Warford is the first All-American lineman for UK since 1989. Here’s how Kentucky O-lineman have fared in the NFL draft.

 SEC/College News

19. How big a role did Texas A&M’s victory over Alabama play in Johnny Manziel’s Heisman? “Without the Alabama win, Manziel is just another freshman phenom who doesn’t make it to New York City for the ceremony.”

20. When it comes to bowl games, LSU is like Jerry Seinfeld- Even Steven: “LSU just got the short end this year. In other years, it got more of a bowl than it deserved.”

21. Tigers resume practice Thursday.

22. Mississippi State A.D. Scott Stricklin on the Bulldogs football attendance: “What’s really exciting, I don’t have the updated numbers, I know going into this season, 17 of the 20 largest crowds we’ve ever had at Mississippi State have been since Dan’s been our head coach.”

23. Think of the Music City Bowl as a homecoming for Vanderbilt – “one that actually is better than the real thing.”

24. If this way-too-early forecast has any merit, the SEC will be very good in 2013.

25. Three names to watch in 2013 at Ole Miss.

26. Alabama freshman linebacker Denzel Devall drawing comparisons to Courtney Upshaw.

27. Darius Rucker, former lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish turned country music performer, will sing the National Anthem when South Carolina plays Michigan in the Outback Bowl.


28. Highest ratings ever for ESPN and their coverage of the Heisman ceremony Saturday night.

29. Some of the best quotes from the Bo Jackson documentary.

30. ESPNU will air a documentary on former Kentucky star Sam Bowie.


31. “The bottom-line is this: the Big East’s basketball schools are screwed, no matter how you slice it.”

 SEC Basketball

32. LSU 80 – Tennessee-Chattanooga 67.  Point guards Andre Stringer and Corban Collins combine for  29 points and  7 assists.

33. Auburn 92 – Grambling State 42.  Tigers largest margin of victory since January, 2000.

34. Sharief Adumu dismissed from Auburn team. Fourth player dismissed or let go in 2012 by coach Tony Barbee.

35. Junior-college prospect that signed with Mississippi State in November released from his scholarship.

36. Tennesssee averaging 61.4 points a game – that’s 288th in the country.

37. Missouri’s team is a lot taller than last year’s edition – and that’s produced some growing pains. Tigers expected to get boost from Oregon transfer Jabari Brown.

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SEC Headlines 12/6/2012

Coaching News

1. Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier expected to interview for the head coaching position at Southern Miss.

2. Ellis Johnson reportedly will become Auburn’s next defensive coordinator.  Gus Malzahn has told members of Gene Chizik’s staff they will not be retained.

3. Malzahn will not coach Arkansas State in its bowl game. He can earn an additional $1.5 million in bonuses on top of the annual $2.3 million in compensation.

4. New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema introduced in Fayetteville.  ”I grew up, ironically, on a pig farm. That was my first public Pig-Sooie.” Upset in Wisconsin.

5. Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long met four candidates face-to-face in the job search.  Long on the note he received from Bielema in wake of the Bobby Petrino affair.  ”I still have it.  That impacted me.”

6. Bielema facing battles for assistant coaches?

7. Charlie Strong’s decision to stay at Louisville makes this writer feel better about the coaching profession. Strong getting new 8-year deal through 2020.

8. Did Auburn talk to Charlie Strong? Louisville A.D. Tom Jurich: “I’m not putting anything past them.”

9. “Dave Hart’s search has become every bit the debacle its fans feared.”

10.  Craiglist ad has some fun with the Tennessee coaching search.

11. Nick Saban on Kirby Smart’s interview with Auburn – “not a negative thing, at all.”

12. Cal has a new coach.  Sonny Dykes is leaving Louisiana Tech. Butch Jones reportedly turns down Colorado.


13. Will Muschamp and Kevin Sumlin - the SEC’s co-coaches of the year.

14. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first player to ever win SEC Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in the same season. Other award winners.

15. Manziel turns 20 today.  He’s up for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award (Player of the Year).  All a prelude to Saturday and the Heisman ceremonies.

16. Another player cleaning up in postseason awards – South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney.

SEC/College News

17. 11 schools have now climbed past the $100 million revenue mark - five of them are in the SEC.

18. Florida has five juniors that could leave for the NFL draft.  Chances are four of them will.

19. Big change at Florida this year – fourth quarter performance.  Outscored 86-59 last year – Outscored opponents 115 – 29 this year.

20. Vandy fans can’t get enough of those Music City bowl game tickets.

21. What Missouri lost with a 5-7 season – no chance to re-gift their bowl swag.

SEC Basketball

22. Florida 72 – Florida State 47. Most lopsided win over the Seminoles since 1999.

23. The Gators look like the real thing.

24. Dayton 81 – Alabama 76. Alabama center Moussa Gueye leaves game in second half with knee injury. Two others didn’t play at all because of injuries.

25. Virginia 46 – Tennessee 38.  Vols can’t crack the 4o-point barrier for the second straight game.  Shot 29.1% in its three losses this year.

26. Texas A&M 62 – SFA 54. Elston Turner leaves early with ankle injury.

27. Vanderbilt travels to Cincinnati tonight.  Commodores averaging 58 points a game – 320th out of 345 teams in Division 1. 

28. Offensive struggles a familiar theme. South Carolina coach Frank Martin: “We’ve lost three games and all three games have basically been lost with our inability to play offense.”

29. Sean Woods took some heat for talking about a sense of entitlement among Kentucky basketball players.  Maybe he was right.

30. Ole Miss freshman guard Derrick Millinghaus is back – recovering from slight meniscus tear that required surgery.


31. New stadium trend – offer fans the ability to upgrade seats mid-game.

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SEC Headlines 12/4/2012

Coaching News

1. Arkansas, Auburn or Tennessee - best job opening in the SEC?

2. John Adams: “Everything will change once Tennessee introduces its new coach at a media conference.”

3. Former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost made  just under $355,000 - 8th among 13 SEC offensive coordinators whose salaries are listed publicly (Vanderbilt is private). Here’s the breakdown of coordinator salaries.

4. Florida State defensive end coach D.J. Eliot is reportedly joining Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky.

5. Deadline to apply to Stoops staff is Wednesday - expect announcements at Kentucky later in the week.

6. Steve Spurrier’s contract extension didn’t change his base pay or his incentive-based bonuses.

7. Houston Nutt talking to South Florida?

8. Need a coach? What about Stanford’s David Shaw?

9. D-Day for Cincinnati coach Butch Jones?

Bowl Games

10. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin voted three SEC teams ahead of Notre Dame.  He stands by his vote.

11.  Strength against strength - LSU defense vs. Clemson offense

12. Kevin Scarbinsky defends Northern Illinois’ right to fight for a bowl-game party. “Beyond the BCS Championship Game, these are all glorified exhibitions.”

13. Ron Morris: “The BCS is designed and exists for one express purpose, and that purpose is to match the two best teams in the country in the BCS National Championship Game.”

14. “Apologize for nothing, NIU.”

15. Don’t expect the new playoff system to end these end-of-season bowl arguments.

16. The 10 most important games this season that got us to Alabama vs. Notre Dame.

17. Ranking all 35 bowl games.

SEC/College News

18. Reporter to Will Muschamp: “Do you feel your team is the best in the country?”  Muschamp: “Yes.”

19. Obsessive micromanagement helps make Nick Saban the best coach in the country.   ”It is also why his teams are often purposefully uninteresting to watch.”

20. Bryan Burwell on the high cost of living SEC Style: “I have to wonder if only now (Gary) Pinkel’s truly beginning to to understand what he’s gotten himself into.”

21. Current Carolina Panther and former Georgia Bulldog Thomas Davis on the end of the Alabama-Georgia game: “I think if we spike the ball after we get that last first down, then we have at least two shots at the end zone.”

22. Arkansas looking to expand Razorback Stadium.

23. The NCAA’s secret documents – the next tobacco?


24. Associated Press SEC awards.  Johnny Manziel SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Jarvis Jones SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Kevin Sumlin Coach of the Year.  Complete list.

25. 11 SEC teams had at least one player make AP first-team All-SEC.  Two teams – Ole Miss and Kentucky – had a player make second-team all-conference. Auburn didn’t have a player on first team, second team or honorable mention.

26. Along with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Manziel will be in New York Saturday night as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. A&M’s first – and only – previous Heisman winner, John David Crow, will be there as well.

27. Te’o won the Butkus (best linebacker) and Nagurski (best defensive player) awards. For the Bronco Nagurski Award, he beat out three SEC players – Jarvis Jones of Georgia, Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina and Dee Milliner of Alabama.

28. SEC coaches will vote their top peer on Wednesday.  

29. Athlon’s All-American team.

SEC Basketball

30. Crisis at Kentucky is a two-game losing streak.  Several UK players have turned off their Twitter accounts. John Calipari: “I got one call from a friend, ‘You know, your teams always have a sense of urgency. This team doesn’t.’

31. Kentucky plays Samford tonight.  Former UK player Scott Padgett is a Samford assistant coach.

32. Georgia plays Georgia Tech tonight.  Bulldogs need to find some help for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

33. Mississippi State hosts Texas-San Antonio.  Wendell Lewis had the game of his career after being benched.

34. Florida forward Erik Murphy has a hip pointer – hasn’t practiced since the Marquette game.

35. The return of Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon is not imminent. Vols miss his leadership and playing ability.

36. Patience, South Carolina fans. Patience.

37. Missouri and Syracuse working on a home-and-home series.

38. Mike Anderson, Jr., son of Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, and the team’s video coordinator, suspended indefinitely from his job after DWI arrest (not his first).

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SEC Headlines 11/30/2012

Coaching News & Rumors

1. Butch Jones: Bobby Petrino without the baggage?

2. Mike Herndon: “Bobby Petrino is exactly what Auburn needs. And exactly what it doesn’t need.”

3. First time since 2004 that the SEC has had as many as four coaching changes.

4. Dan Mullen and James Franklin are just two of the reasons why you shouldn’t delete candidates with no prior head-coaching experience.

5. Even when you win 81% of your games, there are going to be some unhappy fans.

6. Is Will Muschamp worried about losing staff at Florida? ”This is a great place to work and we’ve got a good, young football team and we’re going to be good for a long time, OK?,”

SEC Championship Game

7. Kevin Scarbinsky: “The odds of the SEC Championship Game turning into a classic are only slightly better than Charlie Brown’s chances to kick the ball out of Lucy’s hold.”

8. Nick Saban on watching Michael Jordan footage, scripting the first 10-12 plays of the game, and Alabama’s pass rush: “We don’t have a dominant rusher this year.”

9. Saban on Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones: “The guy is probably one of the best defensive players in the country in terms of his playmaking ability.”

10. Alabama will need to run the ball successfully to keep Jones off balance.

11. Why does Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o get more Heisman buzz than Jones? “Because he plays for Notre Dame.”

12. There are several players who could use this game as a springboard to make a run at the 2013 Heisman.

13. These two teams have only met 14 times in the past 47 years.  But there have been several memorable moments.

14. The Alabama-Georgia rosters feature seven players from the Memphis area.

15. Fall Saturdays are busy when one son plays for Alabama – the other for Georgia.

16. Where does the loser of this game go bowling? It gets complicated.

SEC/College News

17. Mike Slive on Atlanta as a host city, being “comfortable” at 14 SEC schools, and what tops his to-do list for the coming year.

18. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel making five media appearances today. One year ago tomorrow, Mike Sherman was fired as Aggies coach.

19. Don’t ask the barber for a “Manziel” and expect to stay in school.

20. Three SEC teams in play for the Cotton Bowl.

21. Competency hearing scheduled for Harvey Updyke.

22. If Georgia Tech loses Saturday and drops to 6-7, they’ll still be bowl-eligible thanks to NCAA waiver and the MAC is not happy about it.

23. Louisville is now 10-2 after beating Rutgers last night and likely earned a BCS bowl bid – either the Orange or Sugar Bowl.

24. Monte Kiffin is leaving USC – wants to go back to the NFL.

25.  Happy 50th Birthday, Bo Jackson.

***Update***Sheldon Richardson makes it official.  Mizzou defensive tackle will enter 2013 NFL draft.

SEC Basketball

26. Notre Dame 64 – Kentucky 50. John Calipari: “What disappointed me was we didn’t compete.”

27. LSU 72 – Seton Hall 67. 5-0 Tigers storm back from 16-point second-half deficit.

28. St. John’s 89 – South Carolina 65. Gamecocks guard Brenton Williams injures his neck – placed in brace. Frank Martin: “I know what my trainers said after the game that he never lost feeling in his extremities and he had movement.” Back in Columbia.

29. Florida 82 – Marquette 40.  6-0 Gators get 17 points off the bench from Michael Frazier II.

30. In what’s expected to be a jam-packed Bud Walton Arena tonight, the Arkansas Razorbacks host the undefeated and top-1o ranked Syracuse Orange. Students camping out?

31. Tennessee vs. Georgetown tonight is SEC vs. Big East.  Expect a Big Ten style game.

32. Auburn hosts DePaul tonight.  Tigers have never won in the SEC-Big East challenge.

33. Vanderbilt hosts Villanova Saturday. Commodores need Kedron Johnson to be a consistent scorer.

34. Florida’s basketball arena may get a $50 million makeover.  UF Trustees voting on $10 million of the price next week.

35. Some minor violations for Mizzou basketball and football

36. It takes more skill to be a basketball player than it does to be an investor.

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SEC Headlines 11/29/2012

SEC/College News

1. Source tells ESPN that Tyrann Mathieu will enter NFL draft. What’s his draft potential?

2. Alabama fan guilty of post-BCS championship game assault sentenced to two years in prison. Judge calls Brian Downing a “bully.”

3. Does Les Miles prefer the Cotton Bowl for LSU?

4. ESPN’s Ted Miller on Mississippi State: “The Bulldogs, bless their hearts, aren’t very good.”

5. Vegas odds have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as a heavy favorite to win the Heisman.

6. Manzeil on Florida’s defense: “Florida’s defense this year is definitely one of the top defenses we played — without a doubt,” Manziel said. “They’re extremely quick.”

7. University of Florida police officer exonerated in the case of a missing police report involving a player.

8. Georgia receiver Michael Bennett on recovering from a knee injury that ended his season: “I feel like I’m really far along.”

Coaching News

9. Colorado AD on coaching  rumors: “We’re not hiring Bobby Petrino.” Still fun to imagine the possibilities.

10. What advice would Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops give to his brother – new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops?  ”Trust your instincts,” the OU head coach said. “When you get one of those positions, everybody wants to tell you what to do.”

11. Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow on Stoops: “My high school teammate (who plays at Florida State) said that he loves him and all the guys love him and that he is a good guy and good coach.”

12. Priority for next Tennessee coach – defensive speed.

13. “The whole Gruden thing has even taken on its own hash-tag. Now it is ‘Grumors’ on Twitter.”

14. What three schools have experienced the least turnover at football coach in the SEC since 1981?  Two of the three are currently looking.

15. SEC schools aren’t the only ones looking for new coaches.  Here’s a breakdown of top major-college openings and potential candidates.

16. 41 African-American head coaches hired in the FBS since 1979.

17. The Associated Press says Les Miles’ salary at LSU will now be in the range of $4.3 million a year.

18. Scott Rabalais: “The NFL has never been the siren song for Miles that it was for Nick Saban.”

19. New York Times: About 1-in-10 schools replace a coach each year.  Study suggests new coach often doesn’t make them better - frequently makes them worse.

SEC Championship Game

20. Alabama freshman wide receiver Chris Black hasn’t played all season.  But indications are he will on Saturday - and lose his redshirt in the process.

21. Nick Saban on the decision:  ”It’s a tough decision, and you never know it’s the right decision, because you never know what’s going to happen five years from now.”

22. Georgia is riding the hot hand of quarterback Aaron Murray - 14 touchdowns, zero interceptions and an almost 70% completion rate in his last 113 passes.

23. This game will put the spotlight on Murray and Alabama’s AJ McCarron – the top-ranked passing efficiency quarterbacks in college football.

24. Why has Georgia (155 points) outscored Alabama (51 points) by such a large margin in the third quarter?  Mark Richt says it’s because of a coin-toss preference.

25. Ron Higgins: “Mark Richt might be the best football coach in SEC history that has spent the most time on the hotseat.”

26. Dennis Dodd: Georgia needs to rebuild its good name.  7-14 against ranked teams since Jan 1, 2008.

27. This prediction has the Bulldogs pulling the upset.

28. It’s a busy week for Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.  Could a big game against Alabama get him an invitation to the Heisman ceremony?

29. ACC championship game tickets going for less than five bucks.  More than 80 times that for the SEC game.

Conference Realignment

30. Jeremy Fowler on Florida State:  ”Make no mistake, the Seminoles are scanning the landscape and don’t want to get left on a sinking ship if others defect from the ACC.”

31. Mike Bianchi: (ACC Commissioner John) “Swofford and his ACC colleagues have absolutely no vision when it comes to the future of their football league.”

32. Mark Bradley: “With the Big East in tatters, the Big Six of BCS leagues has been reduced to five.”

33. John Feinstein: “For all intents and purposes, the Big East no longer exists.”

34. With certain conferences in disarray – like the Big East –  more chatter about the idea of a basketball-only league.

35. John Clay on what Louisville to the ACC means for the Bluegrass State: “(Kentucky)  should benefit from an infusion of ACC basketball. Tobacco Road meets Friends of Coal.”

SEC Basketball

36. John Calipari says he expects to be at Kentucky “probably another six years, maybe seven.”

37. Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow has returned from a mystery illness.  Will he play tonight against Notre Dame? “I may throw him in the Notre Dame game just to see where he is.”

38. Florida vs. Marquette tonight is a Sweet 16 rematch. Florida-Georgetown game will not be replayed.

39. Two-sport star Bruce Ellington has impressed new South Carolina coach Frank Martin by learning his system: “(H)e understood it a little bit better than some of the guys that have been out there every single day for two months.”

40. LSU sophomore guard Anthony Hicks expected to be back in starting lineup for the Tigers tonight against Seton Hall.

41. Big test for Arkansas Friday night – undefeated Syracuse comes to Fayetteville.

42. Undefeated Ole Miss will face its first big challenge this Saturday against Rutgers. Forward Jason Carter remains suspended for the Rebels.

43. If Mississippi State wants to improve, has to get better in the assist-to-turnover ratio.  Currently ranked 337th out of 345 teams nationally.

44. Five SEC teams are currently ranked outside of the top 200 in RPI.

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