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Tennessee’s Jones The Latest To Prove That The SEC’s 25-Man Signing Cap Is Bogus

count-von-count-sesame-streetWhen SEC coaches unanimously voted against a 25-man cap on football signatures each year, we said, “Don’t worry.”

When the league’s presidents voted through that very same cap at the behest of commissioner Mike Slive, we said, “Don’t worry.”

Yes, the league’s administrators were taking a step to stamp out oversigning in the SEC.  But it was little more than a PR step.  In other words, “Don’t worry… ’cause this is a 25-man soft cap,” we said.

Schools can still backcount and grayshirt their way right past the 25-man “limit.”  Take Tennessee’s Butch Jones as the latest example.  He’s putting together a top five recruiting class in Knoxville as we speak.  His program appears to have room for as many as 30 signees in February (thanks to backcounting), but the Vols are already up to 33 commitments.  And they’re still out recruiting.  Jones offered up this tease to a booster group yesterday:

 

“If I can find a way to sign 35 guys, I’m gonna sign ‘em.  There is a plan in place.  It’s very strategic but it’s all gonna work out.  I promise you.”

 

The “secret plan” Jones has in mind is anyone’s guess, but it’s hard to imagine he’s found a loophole that’s not been taken advantage of by someone else somewhere else.

More than likely, the Volunteers will have to yank offers from one or two kids who’ve already committed if their ranks grow further.  And from an overall roster standpoint, a purge might also be in the offing.  Jones said yesterday that offseason practices and skill-development sessions are “gonna be a grind… the ones who are committed and want to win for Tennessee will stay.”  And those who aren’t committed?

Jones has said his team has a lack of speed and depth (and anyone who’s seen the Vols this year knows he speaks the truth).  So it’s no wonder UT’s coach is looking to replenish his roster with as many athletes as he can find as quickly as he possibly can.

To date, he’s adding both quantity and quality.  He’s buying in bulk, yes, but his shopping cart is full of four-star players and one five-star.  That’s an awfully big positive for an SEC school in serious need of a talent transfusion.

But if the league itself truly wants to shed itself of the reputation as the Oversigning Capital of College Football it will have to come up with a signing cap a bit more hard and fast than the current soft cap it adopted in 2011.

That or it can maintain the status quo and let administrators from other conferences moan, groan, pout and tsk-tsk.  It just depends on how much guff SEC presidents are willing to take.

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SEC Headlines 10/18/2013

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1. Should Auburn consider slowing down the tempo against Texas A&M Saturday?

2. Gus Malzahn on the role Auburn freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson will play: ”You will see his role and it’ll make a lot more sense as we move forward.”

3. Texas A&M won last year 63-21.  ”That game feels like ancient history now.”

4. Ole Miss will likely be without leading rusher Jeff Scott against LSU.  Sophomores Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers will get the carries.

5. Seven of the last 11 games in the LSU-Ole Miss series have been decided by a touchdown or less.

6. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger says his knee is fine but “I just got a deep shin bruise.”

7. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on border states and recruits: “It has helped us not to lose South Carolina athletes to Tennessee the way it probably happened prior to ‘04 or ’05, somewhere in there.”

8. More Spurrier: “I’ve coached more there (Neyland Stadium) than some of their head coaches.”

9. After an off week, will Tennessee “get wacky” against South Carolina? Tennessee’s schedule and the “slim margin for error.”

10. Facing a run-first Arkansas offense means Alabama will get more opportunities to play out of its base 3-4 defense.

11. Before his first-ever college start, Missouri freshman quarterback Maty Mauk gets a text message from former Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel.

12. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy: “Nothing would be worse than losing to Missouri going into a bye week.” Rumor. Update: Reported shoulder injury but will play.

13. Georgia coach Mark Richt on whether conditioning could help prevent injuries: “With the ACL, I don’t think there’s anything to do with conditioning.”

14. Georgia has won the games but playing at Vanderbilt hasn’t been easy in recent years.

15. Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews just 103 receiving yards away from the setting the all-time SEC mark.

16. Does the second half of the schedule get easier for Mississippi State?  First six opponents have a 29-10 record.  Last six are a combined 23-14.

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17. Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward is accused of point-shaving.  Potential witnesses include current Auburn player Chris Denson and former players Kenny Gabriel and Frankie Sullivan.

18. Big Blue Madness tonight.

19. Kentucky coach John Calipari on Auburn coach Tony Barbee: ”He’s really excited about his team.”

20. Florida coach Billy Donovan is the dean of SEC coaches – starting his 18th year in Gainesville -

21. Alabama point guard Trevor Releford  at SEC Media Days: ”We’re really motivated as a team. We don’t want to play in the NIT this year.”

22. Mississippi State forward Gavin Ware: “I wanted to be Dwight Howard as a younger player, but then quickly realized I can’t jump like that.”

23. Will Tennessee be able to solve zone defenses this season?

24. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin: “We’ve got competitive practices; we’ve got healthy bodies. That helps.”

25. South Carolina coach Frank Martin: “I’m not the big grizzly bear everybody thinks I am.”

26. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson: “The Fastest 40 Minutes will get faster this year.”

27. Vanderbilt will have competition at the power forward position.

28. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant: “We think we can be No. 1. Being picked fourth is nice, but we’re going to keep trying to get better.”

29. Rule changes coming to college basketball - including a change to the always controversial block/charge call.

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30. Oregon students sell “We Want Bama” t-shirts.

31. Ole Miss never loses a party. ”The worst part is that I look, like, stupid and I look drunk.”

32. Early signing period for football?

33. Ticket prices likely going up at LSU.

34. Arkansas AD Jeff Long on possible conflicts with his role as chairman of College Football Playoff selection committee: “I have a very strong staff and they’ll be able to pick up anything that I may have to step away from.”

35. Misstep for Condi?  “You don’t have a single league where everyone plays off against each other, like in professional leagues..” (Big 12 does)

36. Cecil Hurt on playoff committee: “What the Committee could do….is create a big mess when circumstances are right.”

37. The Missouri-Kansas rivalry lives on…with a license plate.

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38. gObama?

 

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SEC Headlines 8/26/2013

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1. So what exactly is Johnny Manziel worth?

2. A concern at A&M: “We’ve got a lot of unknowns on defense.”

3. “Highly possible”  Jeremy Hill may be suspended for the TCU game. Running back Alfred Blue is ready to fill the void.

4. Counting his time as an assistant at Florida State, Georgia coach Mark Richt is 11-0 coaching against Clemson.

5. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo says it’s OK to punt. ”There’s nothing wrong with playing field position.”

6. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema thinks Travis Swanson is the best center in college football and why Brandon Allen is one of five first-year quarterbacks you need to know.

7. Both Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and his counterpart at Toledo have been drafted by Major League Baseball.

8. Consensus take on Tennessee’s season is somewhere between 5–7 and 7-5.  This writer sees a 6-6 season in Knoxville.

9. Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has a relationship with coach Mark Stoops that extends back more than 15 years.  ”It was just a relationship that started to build early and it was one that I could see lasting for a long time.”

10. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is looking for some wide receivers to step up: “I’d say there are three or four guys right now that I would have expectations and hope they have a big year.” (Lashlee video here).

11. Athlon names 10 teams that need to lower expectations for the coming year.  Four of them from the SEC – including Vanderbilt: “Another nine-win season is highly unlikely.”

12. But Commodores ranked just ninth in the SEC in turnover margin last season – what could they do if they improved that stat?

13. How a Drew Breese-to-Miami decision could have altered SEC history.

Practice/Injury/Depth Chart Reports

14. Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery will play in the opener but could still be punished over a DUI case.

15. Kentucky’s depth chart says Maxwell Smith or Jalen Whitlow at quarterback

16. South Carolina receiver  Bruce Ellington limited in practice Sunday night.  Projected Gamecocks depth chart.

17. Tennessee depth chart for Austin Peay week. Florida also releases its depth chart.

18. Keep your eye on Florida freshman receiver Demarcus Robinson and Tennessee freshman receiver Marquez North.

19. Arkansas could have as many as 20 players making their debut for the Razorbacks against Louisiana-Lafayette.

20. Ten true freshmen for Ole Miss could see action Thursday night against Vanderbilt.

21. Auburn senior defensive end Craig Sanders is taking the bulk of the reps in replace of the inured Dee Ford.

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22. Urban Meyer asked how he would fare in a fight against other coaches. ”You darn right I would hold my own.”

23. Detroit columnist: “I’ll miss the BCS. I liked it.”

24. A four-team playoff begins next season and  ”the bigger they expand, the more they could threaten the meaning of regular-season games in college football.”

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25. Will Jordan Clarkson be Phil Pressey’s replacement as point guard at Missouri?

Media

26. Why is Florida getting an afternoon kickoff for its opener for the fourth time in six years?

27. Louisville A.D. Tom Jurich: “If it wasn’t for ESPN, we would be a fraction of what we are today.”

28. Keith Olbermann returns to ESPN tonight – just as the controversy over the network’s relationship with the NFL and “Frontline” heats up.

29. The best games to watch this year in college football.

Extra

30, Jadeveon Clowney in high sch0ol – running the 4×100 relay.

31. Want to watch a 35o-pound marlin jump in to a boat?  Of course, you do.

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SEC Headlines 7/25/2013

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1. Alabama and Texas A&M have two players each in the top five of the SEC.

2. Five questions about Mississippi State are answered as we get ready for the preseason.

3. Former Alabama player John Copeland says Alabama is more talented than a year ago.

4. Freshman running back Johnathan Ford is showing he might be able to help Auburn this fall.

5. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson once criticized uptempo offenses. Now he sees the benefit.

6. Video: LSU coach Les Miles spoke at a Rotary Club in Louisiana.

7. Freshman Anthony Jennings “might be” the top backup to LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, according to Miles.

8. Offensive guard Aaron Morris is the No. 18 most important player for Ole Miss this season.

9. Six of Mississippi State’s practices will be open to the public, starting on Aug. 1.

10. Florida is still looking for Caleb Sturgis’ replacement as the team’s placekicker.

11. Georgia’s offensive line is still taking shape as the Bulldogs prepare for the preseason.

12. Both of Georgia’s coordinators met with the media on Wednesday.

13. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is ready for football on the field to arrive.

14. Uniform changes are a touchy subject for SEC football fans.

15. Here’s another story about coach Gary Pinkel needing to win in Missouri’s second year in the SEC.

16. Florida is removing a brick outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium honoring Aaron Hernandez. (Here’s a photo)

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17. Leadership issues at point guard is the reason for Florida’s close losses in recent years, says a former Gator.

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18. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio, has seen the surveillance video and says Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde did hit the woman.

19. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addressed the team’s off-field issues, which he said have made him “furious”.

20. Add Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to the list of people expecting fundamental changes involving the NCAA.

21.  The AAC would likely push for inclusion in a power conference break, according to Jeremy Fowler.

22. Like most coaches, Charlie Strong is cautious when Louisville’s national title hopes come up.

23. Florida State tight Nick O’Leary (Jack Nicklaus’ grandson) survived a scary motorcycle crash in May.

Extra

24. The “Patriot Way” needs to be re-examined following what happened with Aaron Hernandez, writes Jarrett Bell.

25. The United States soccer team has advanced to the Gold Cup final with a 3-1 win over Honduras.

26. Yesterday was a weird one involving Alex Rodriguez, who’s trying to return to play for third base for the Yankees.

27. LeBron James is likely finished playing basketball for Team USA. He won two gold medals and a bronze in the Olympics.

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Video Game Fans Can Say Goodbye To “NCAA Football” From EA Sports

ncaa football 14 coverThe Ed O’Bannon lawsuit has finally claimed its first casualty.  But it’s not the NCAA.

Today the NCAA announced that it will not sign a new licensing agreement with EA Sports for its highly popular “NCAA Football” line of games.  So grab yourself a copy of the “NCAA Football ’14″ game.  It’s about to be a collector’s item.

The good folks at CollegeFootballTalk.com have a full rundown right here, including the official statement from the NCAA.

 

UPDATE – EA Sports says it will continue the franchise as “College Football 15,” but without NCAA licensing it’s anyone’s guess as to what that game will look like.

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SEC Headlines 6/19/2013

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1. The promise of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger:  ”If Mettenberger makes the leap, the Tigers will be national title contenders again.”

2. Ohio connections pay off once again for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops.  Pitt players and Ohio natives Demitrious and Chris Davis – twins – transferring to Kentucky.

3. This list with a comparison to previous coaches’ efforts shows the impact Stoops and staff have made in the Buckeye State. In case you missed it, Stoops and Butch Jones continue to impress.

4. Debating the Texas A&M rivalry with Alabama. ” Why not overanalyze some comments…”?

5. A roster update at Tennessee - some walk-ons have moved on, others have been added.

6. Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt with soft non-conference schedules?  Bruce Feldman thinks so.

7. Mark Wiedmar on Alabama and Nick Saban: “The Tide’s vehicle of choice looks more like a stretch limo than a bus these days.”

8. The NFL Network’s Gil Brandt lists his top five favorites to win the Heisman - three from the SEC.  No. 1 on the list – Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

9. One interesting Heisman candidate to watch this year, writes Stewart Mandel, is South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney.  

10. Kevin Scarbinsky on Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.  ”With the right mix of talent, teaching and scheming, Malzahn’s offense can win a national championship. How do we know? It already has.”

11. Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham a potential all-SEC candidate this fall?

12. Can Ole Miss junior wide receiver Collins Moore stay healthy this fall? With no scholarship tight ends returning, the future is now for Ole Miss senior Jack Nuismer.

13. Ole Miss has permission from the NCAA for a coach to monitor the progress of quarterback Bo Wallace, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

14. Some of the best games in the SEC this fall.  Included – a rare matchup between Arkansas and Florida.

15, Missouri with the worst uniforms in the SEC?  LSU with the best?  Athlon ranks all 14 teams.

The Tweeting Texas A&M Quarterback

16. Matt Hayes on Johnny Manziel: “What we are witnessing, people, is the social implosion of a man who has played one season of college football – and already can’t get out of his own way.”

17. Mark Bradley: “I don’t hate Johnny Manziel. I just hate that he seems determined to take a great story and turn it into a cautionary tale.”

18. David Climer on Manziel: “Some of his fellow A&M students are bound for Kandahar. Try walking a day in their boots, Johnny Football.”

19. The MrSEC view. 

20. Another magazine cover for Johnny Football. And a No. 1 ranking among college football’s best players.

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21. Arkansas athletic department projecting nearly $81 million in revenue for the upcoming year - a 6.3% increase from last year’s projection.

22. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy lifted the restrictions on Wes Lunt’s transfer near the end of the process.  Quarterback is headed to Illinois.

23. UCLA – “Linebacker U”?

24. Sonny Vacarro on the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA: “I don’t want to be trite, but this (lawsuit) is the most illuminating part of my life…”

25. Report: Students paid more than $2 billion in student fees for athletics two years ago at only the 227 NCAA Division I public institutions.

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26. Alabama releases its non-conference schedule.

27. Team USA’s 19-under roster includes Florida guard Michael Frazier II and Tennessee forward/center Jarnell Stokes.

28. Scouting report on Tennessee’s incoming freshmen: “Physically, they look like freshmen. No Jarnell Stokes man-child in the bunch.”

29. Former Alabama guard Trevor Lacy is headed to North Carolina State.  Will have two years left after sitting out the upcoming season.

30. Former Drake coach Mark Phelps has joined Frank Haith’s staff at Missouri. Is this a powerhouse staff?

31. Does former Georgia star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have a shot at being a lottery pick in the NBA draft?

Extra

32. Reese Witherspoon spotted in a Vanderbilt hat.

33. Did you know?  You’re tallest when you first get out of bed.

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SEC Headlines 6/16/2013

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1. What do you get when you combine NFL tactics with high school recruits?  At Tennessee, it means the green light to hire as many as 18 student workers to help with the recruiting process.

2. Reason for hope at Tennessee in 2013? The offensive line.

3. Kentucky has done better in football against Louisville since Mitch Barnhart arrived than it did before he became the A.D.

4. The investigation into the Howard’s Rock incident at Clemson has South Carolina fans wondering about the motivation. “I hope that true fans can make this a peaceful and respectful rivalry again.”

5. Kevin Sumlins’ father recalls Texas A&M’s victory over Alabama last year.  “You didn’t believe what you had just seen.”

6. Does Georgia have the toughest non-conference schedule in the SEC this year?

7. What impact will sophomore safety Quintavius Burdette have at Ole Miss this year?

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8. College football quietly used a panel last season that reviewed hits to the head and recommended to conferences what punishment should be handed out. Suspension recommended for Quinton Dial hit on Aaron Murray in SEC Championship Game.

9. Proposed college football bowl in Montgomery would be the third for the state of Alabama.

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10. From Rick Pitino to John Calipari, the focus at Kentucky has shifted from style of play to a players-first program.

11. If a movie about the former Tennessee coach is ever made, what about Seth Rogan in the lead role for the Bruce Pearl story?

Extras

12. Conference confusion.  Did you know Johns Hopkins was a member of the Big Ten (lacrosse only)?

13. Gift or theft? Did Russian President Vladimar Putin steal New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring?

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SEC Headlines 4/3/2013

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1. Georgia is not talking much about the season opener against Clemson - recent history suggests why.

2. Georgia lineman John Theus started every game at right tackle for the Bulldogs his freshman year. Experimenting at left tackle this spring.

3. Auburn offensive tackle Avery Young missed most of his freshman year with a torn labrum – paperwork submitted to get him a medical redshirt.

4. Tennessee safety Brian Randolph still recovering from ACL injury last season: ”I’m feeling about 80 percent. It’s not 100 percent yet. I’m getting there.”

5. Florida sophomore Matt Jones pulling away from the pack in the competition for the tailback position. Will Muschamp: “Yes, he’s playing very well.”

6. Gators defensive end Domique Easley making the move to defensive tackle.  Muschamp: “Right now, if we had to start the season, Dominique would be inside.”

7. Same situation at Ole Miss –  redshirt junior Kaleb Eulls  making the transition from defensive end to defensive tackle.

8. Ole Miss coaches like the competition behind running back Jeff Scott. Co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner: All those guys better know that when they come in they better do something, because there’s somebody sitting right behind him who will.”

9. Kentucky’s offensive line getting used to a faster pace under new offensive coordinator Neal Brown.  Redshirt freshman Jordan Swindle: “Every play is just so much faster.”

10. Everything has a fast pace at an Auburn practice under  Gus Malzahn, including the kicking game.

11. Texas A&M kicker Taylor Bertolet missed two key field goals and an extra point against LSU last season. Has he lost confidence?  ”Not at all.”

12.  Saturday’s scrimmage could determine reps next week for Missouri’s top three quarterbacks. Gary Pinkel on James Franklin: Competing “at a different level”

13. Tyler Siskey was AJ McCarron’s offensive coordinator in high school - he’s now Alabama’s  Associate Director for Player Personnel.

14. Senior right guard Anthony Steen is one of just two returning starters along Alabama’s offensive line.   ”It’s going to be difficult along the way.”

15. Arkansas linebacker Myke Tavarres was fired up when he found out Randy Shannon was going to be his position coach “I was like, ‘Oh my God, Shannon! He coached Ray Lewis. Yes!” I was so excited.”

16. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on offensive line coach Sam Pittman:  “He’s a premium recruiter.”

17. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says quarterback Connor Shaw, recovering from foot surgery, should be 100 percent by June.

18. Former Alabama players D.J. Fluker, Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack all expected to be in New York for the NFL draft day.

19.  Here’s the next generation of household names in SEC football.

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20. Guard Ricky Tarrant leaving Tulane- speculation that the Alabama native could be headed to the Crimson Tide.

21. Down to Missouri and Illinois for former Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby.

22. Alabama guard Trevor Releford and Kentucky center Nerlens Noel on the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team.

23. With six McDonald’s All-Americans coming next season, should Kentucky be preseason No. 1?

24. Louisville’s Kevin Ware, who broke his leg Sunday against Duke, has connections to both the Tennessee and Georgia programs.

25. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin is one of the coaches for an All-Star game this weekend at the Georgia Dome. Former Missouri guard Keion Bell will participate in a slam-dunk contest.

Extras

26. Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer will help relaunch the football program at East Tennessee State – will serve as a consultant and special assistant to the A.D.

27. Basketball coach Mike Rice fired at Rutgers after controversial videos surfaced.

28. With Tubby Smith hired at Texas Tech, the Big 12 has a basketball coach at all 10 schools that have led a team to the NCAA Tournament.

29. Kenny Chesney stops by Jon Gruden’s QB camp.

30. “So why do fans care so much — whether pro or con — about Tebow’s religious affiliation?”

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SEC Headlines 3/6/2013

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1. Johnny Manziel’s parents are shopping for insurance on their son.  NCAA sponsored program provides up to $5 million in coverage.

2. Still red tape left to make it official, but Jason Jones from Oklahoma State will be the new cornerbacks coach at Ole Miss. “The main thing that stands out about his stop at Oklahoma State is how successful he was with defensive back recruits.”

3. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is close to filling out his support staff, which features three former high school coaches.  ”Being a former high school coach, that’s very important to me. Just trying to give some of these guys some opportunities to be in the same situation I am some day.”

4. South Carolina is having to replace all three starting linebackers from last year’s team.  Linebackers coach Kirk Botkin: “There are no starters right now.”

5. Steve Spurrier likes what he sees from wide receiver Shamier Jeffrey: “He’s fit, he can run faster, can catch the ball and I think he’s going to be a real player for us.”

6. Five starters are gone from the front seven of the Texas A&M defense.  Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder: “We got a lot of young guys — a bunch of new guys.”

7. Josh Harvey-Clemons is expected to see time at both safety and linebacker for Georgia this spring. Mark Richt: “Can he play some outside linebacker? Yeah, we think so. Can he play some safety? We think so too.”

8. Richt likes what he sees from linebacker James DeLoach: “He’s in tremendous condition; he’s a great athlete.”

9. Spring practice gets underway at Alabama on March 16.  Coach Nick Saban: “I really like where our team is, how they’ve worked during the offseason conditioning program.”

10. Positive things about Tennessee football start with the offensive line -  ”four seniors, 123 combined career starts and a likely NFL first-round draft pick at left tackle.”

11. Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino is getting ready for two SEC opponents to start the season: “You don’t really know what to expect from Kentucky. You don’t really know what to expect from Tennessee…”

12. Corey Lemonier gets a lot of questions from the NFL about Auburn’s worst season in 60 years.  “I basically told them that coming into the season we had a dark cloud over our heads with the shooting and players getting arrested, and we didn’t have the talent to matchup with teams in the SEC.”

13. Jeremy Fowler: “A college head coach told me he heard from an SEC school that’s hiring staffers to do one thing: Text top recruits 100-150 times per day.”  Planning for call centers in India?

14. Dennis Dodd says hate is the wrong emotion to express for new recruiting rules: “It should be fear. Fear of what Alabama could do with the relaxed recruiting rules.”

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15. Five former SEC stars under pressure to perform at pro days.

16. At Auburn’s pro day on Tuesday, running back Onterio McCalebb ran an unofficial 4.29 forty-yard dash.  Weighed in at 169 pounds.

17. Mississippi State pro day today.  Former MSU receiver Chad Bumphis says his trainer refuses to show him his forty-time.  “They won’t tell me. They say I’m getting better.”

18. Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe chronicles his NFL Combine experience.  ”The funny thing is that no doctor trusts the others.”

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19. With the victory last night against Alabama, Ole Miss moves to 11-6 in conference. coach Andy Kennedy gets $100,000 for winning more than 10 conference games and receives $25,000 for every victory over 10.

20. Head-scratching and disappointing performance from Mike Anderson’s team at Missouri last night.  ”Here’s the thing that just doesn’t make sense: Arkansas was playing for their tournament lives.”

21. Missouri center Alex Oriakhi on the intensity exhibited by coach Frank Haith last night: “I looked at him on the sideline and I didn’t really recognize him.”

22. Vanderbilt at Florida. Senior Night in Gainesville for Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario.  Could be first Gators class to win two outright SEC titles.

23. Tennessee travels Auburn tonight.  A win won’t do much for Tennessee – but a loss to the 9-20 Tigers would be devastating for their NCAA tournament hopes.

24. Conference tournaments are underway and for bubble teams like Tennessee – they could have huge implications.

25. Georgia will host Kentucky Thursday night.  Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope one of only 11 Division I players to reach double-digits in points every game this year.

26. LSU travels to Texas A&M tonight.  Depending on how things shake out, Tigers could be seeded as high as No. 6 in the SEC Tournament but could be as low as No. 11.

27. South Carolina has a shot at ending .500 in basketball but it won’t be easy.  If not, Gamecocks will finish with fourth-straight losing season.

28. If the season ended today - here’s what the conference tournament seedings would look like. (PDF).

29. Thanks to a gift from an alum - Mississippi State will spend $500,000 to renovate the men’s locker room.

30. Kentucky basketball documentary debuting March 17th on TruTV.

Extras

32. The 10 most-despised college basketball players of all-time.

33. Steve Sarkisian is 26-25 in four seasons at Washington, but he’s reportedly the highest-paid football coach in the Pac-12.

34. How much does ESPN generate in cable fee revenue?  In 2014, projected to be more than $7 billion.

35. What do you get when you combine Sons of Anarchy with Alabama football?  Sons of Saban, of course.

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SEC Headlines 1/27/2013

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1. Steve Spurrier poses trivia question to reporters – hands out envelopes with $100 bills inside to the two who got the correct answer.

2. Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has a new job – wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

3. Ole Miss makes a lump-sum payment of $4.35 million to former coach Houston Nutt - contract buyout completed.

4. Ole Miss A.D. Ross Bjork on reworking Hugh Freeze’s contract after one season: “Yes there have been programs that have been burned by doing something maybe too soon, but I think we have the right guy here.” And on 2013 expectations: “I think we want to be in the hunt for a divisional title.”

5. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has made Memphis a recruiting priority.

6. Former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme is leaving McMurry University in Abilene, Texas – where he’s been the head coach the past four seasons.

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7. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Leave it to the NCAA to relax the rules and stress out everyone involved.”

8. If President Obama had a son, would he let him play football? Would “have to think long and hard” about it.

Expansion

9. Dallas columnist: What if Big Ten grabbed two more teams?  “SEC counterpart Mike Slive would likely respond by adding two more, Virginia Tech and one other.”

Senior Bowl

10. South wins the game 21-16.  Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel named the game’s MVP.

11. Florida’s Mike Gillislee led the South team in rushing - 10 carries for 46 yards.

12. Kentucky guard Larry Warford helped himself this week - Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb did not.

13. Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter didn’t play because of an injury.

SEC Basketball

14. Alabama reporter on the end-of-game play involving Trevor Lacey and Jarnell Stokes.  ”If this play had taken place at any other point in the game, chances are a ref blows a whistle.”

15. Despite the loss to Ole Miss, improved play by Auburn on Saturday.  Coach Tony Barbee: “We stopped worrying about petty stuff that every team goes through at some point in the middle of the year.”

16. Regular visitor at Auburn basketball games?  Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn.

17. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on winning the rebounding battle against Arkansas 42-26.  “That’s pretty good, because we emphasize it. As a coach, when the players do the things that you emphasize, it tells you they’re listening

18. Florida coach Billy Donovan on Rick Ray’s Mississippi State team:  “He has a really good nucleus with those young kids. Those young kids are going to be really, really good players.”

19. Is Florida basketball equivalent to Boise State football?

20. Missouri forward Laurence Bowers missed his fifth straight game Saturday with a sprained MCL.  Frank Haith: “I think if we pushed it, he probably could have got out there a little bit today.”

21. Mizzou fan hit a half-court shot at halftime – won $5,000.

Extras

22. Gatorade removing an ingredient.

23. More than 120 hours of radio and TV coverage originating from the French Quarter for ESPN leading up to the Super Bowl.

24. Treasure trove of Mean Joe Greene items found in Phoenix furniture vault.

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