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SEC Headlines 4/18/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Five questions answered about Tennessee’s spring.

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

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

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

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

SEC Basketball

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

22. Backup forward Tim Dixon will transfer from Georgia.

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SEC Headlines 11/28/2012 Coaching Searches, Championship Game & Heisman Hype Edition

Coaching Searches

1. TCU’s Gary Patterson interviewed at Auburn – back in 2008.

2. Kevin Scarbinsky on Auburn:  ”They’re going to have to explain why they hired Bobby Petrino. Or why they didn’t.”

3. What the Mark Stoops hire at Kentucky means for Tennessee.

4. Whoever Tennessee hires, expect more junior college recruiting to help build depth.

5. Three hot coordinators: Alabama’s Kirby Smart, Florida’s Brent Pease and Clemson’s Chad Morris.

6. Columnist on Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: “Franklin would be safe at Vandy for several more years. If he were to take a “bigger” job, he has three seasons max to win big.”

7. Franklin, Les Miles and four other coaches are getting mentioned frequently in connection with the Arkansas job.

8. Columnist on Arkansas’offer: “Miles would never leave LSU for any place.” Another skeptic – “highly doubtful”

9. Lousiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes gets mentioned in connection with many SEC jobs - he reportedly interviewed at North Carolina State this morning.

10. Florida state safety Lamarcus Joyner on Mark Stoops leaving for Kentucky: “He’s a great man and he deserves it.”

11. Kentucky fans and former players like the hire as well, and the scuttlebutt starts about who will be joining Stoops in Lexington.

12. Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley likely candidates. Coley reportedly offered.

SEC Championship Game

13. Gary Danielson: “We don’t know how real Georgia is.”

14. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: “He does all the little things right.”

15. Remember Georgia’s defensive performance in the first half of last year’s championship game?

16. Advice for the Bulldogs offense: Step on the gas.

17. Advice for the Crimson Tide offense: Watch out for Jarvis Jones.

18. Alabama’s domination: Since the start of the 2008 season, 59 wins – most ever by SEC team in such a period.

19. Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, batting turf-toe injuries, is starting to get healthy.

20. Georgia’s Mike Bobo and Alabama’s Kirby Smart first met when they were both ballboys for their fathers, high school coaches in south Georgia.Bobo: “We’ve tended to compete at everything we’ve ever done, from cards to golf to who can get to the store the fastest.”

21. Thanks to bonuses, Nick Saban’s total compensation will eclipse the $6 million mark if Alabama wins its next two games.

Heisman Hype

22. Johnny Manziel – the best scrambler in the business.

23. Where did he get that athleticism?  From his parents.

24. “(T)he winner is clear, and voters don’t need any more time to think about it.

25. Comparing Manziel to Kansas State’s Collin Klein 

26. Skip Bayless says Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o deserves the Heisman.

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SEC Headlines 11/27/2012

Coaching Searches

1. Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage on four candidates for the Auburn job.

2. Is Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn a candidate? ”No, I’m focused on what we’re doing here.”

3. Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen: ”To the commits, don’t make any drastic decisions about your future,” Lutzenkirchen said. “I went through the same thing my senior year when ‘Tubs’ was relieved.”

4. Nine potential candidates for the Tennessee job. Not enough?  Here’s a 10-pack of potential candidates.

5. No coach creates the buzz the way Jon Gruden does.

6. More Gruden rumors - NFL style.

7. Playing a game of truth or fiction in the Kentucky search. December 15th target date? UK focused on three names?

8. No matter who the next coach is at Arkansas - he’ll have some talent to work with.

SEC Championship Game

9. Alabama and Georgia haven’t faced each other since 2008.

10. Alabama’s rushing offense is second best in the SEC.  Georgia rushing defense ranks 11th in the conference.

11. Both teams feature efficient quarterbacks, tailback tandems and similar defensive styles.

12. “In most cases, Georgia and Alabama can out-talent the teams that they play. This time, that won’t be the case.”

13. Nick Saban on his depleted wide-receiving corps. “We definitely need to get more guys ready to play.”

14. Going back to their high school recruitment, several Alabama and Georgia players are familiar with coaches on the other sideline.

15. RHIP - “Rank has its privileges.”

Heisman Hype

16. Former Texas A&M coach Jackie Sherrill on Johnny Manziel and the Heisman vote: “ I personally would like the ballots to be public.”

17. Alabama running back Mark Ingram was younger than Manziel when he won the Heisman.  Only difference?  Ingram was a sophomore, Manziel a redshirt freshman.

18. What Johnny Football did, argues this columnist, was more impressive than what Cam Newton and Tim Tebow did in their Heisman years.

SEC/College News

19. Fans storming the field following the Egg Bowl has cost Ole Miss $5,000.

20. Hugh Freeze has earned some bonus money.

21. Kevin Sumlin may be the frontrunner for SEC Coach of the Year, but does James Franklin deserve it?

22. Will Muschamp gets a one-year contract extension.  And got it before the season started.

23. A tough Saturday - for SEC haters.

24. The Auburn postmortem.  What went wrong with the defense (record for yards allowed per game) and what happened with the Tigers sputtering offense.

25. Failure to commit to a quarterback and a run-first offense a big part of Auburn’s problems this year. Former Auburn lineman Cole Cubelic: “I do believe discipline was a big problem.”

26. Alabama jeweler offered full refund if Iron Bowl ended in shutout.  Now owes ”tens of thousands of dollars.”

27. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is looking to Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer this offseason on how to improve the program: “We might meet with the coach from Southern Cal, we might meet with the coach from Ohio State.” Expects Sheldon Richardson to turn pro, don’t expect any staff changes. 

28. Bryan Burwell on Pinkel: “He says his system still works. It’s the absolute right move to let him come back and prove it.”

29. Fourth-year juniors may get a shot at playing in the Senior Bowl.

30. Big East adding Tulane and East Carolina.

Bowl Projections

31. If Rutgers beats Louisville Thursday night, it could be the Scarlet Knights or the Kent State Golden Flashes facing Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

32. LSU or Georgia (assuming it loses to Alabama) could be facing Clemson in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl. South Carolina is likely headed to the Outback Bowl. 

33. But the Gamecocks would probably be facing Northwestern in Outback – maybe a trip to the Gator Bowl instead?

34. This writer has Georgia in the Outback Bowl if  it loses to the Crimson Tide.

35. Depending on how SEC championship game shakes out, Chik-Fil-A or Cotton Bowl probably most likely for LSU.

36. Mississippi State is likely headed to the Gator Bowl but could fall to the Compass Bowl. One scenario: MSU to the Gator, Vanderbilt to Music City, Ole Miss to Compass Bowl.

37. Potential Music City irony.

38. Here’s one man’s take where all SEC teams will end up.

SEC Basketball

39. Tennessee 77 – Oakland 50. Volunteers snap two-game losing streak against the Grizzlies.

40. Texas A&M 78 – Northwestern State 65.  Freshman J’Mychal Reese scores 15 points with four assists and two steals.

41. Alabama goes for a perfect November tonight against Lamar.

42. Mississippi State faces Alcorn State tonight.  Forward Colin Borchert returns to the lineup following a three-game suspension.

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