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SEC Headlines 2/13/2014

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1. What the SEC wants, the SEC gets?  Football Rules Committee proposes changing targeting rule so a penalty can be reversed in some cases when replay overturns a player ejection.

2. Athletic departments don’t get rich off jersey sales.  Texas A&M made $59,690 on jersey sales for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. (includes all sports)

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3. Arkansas cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson reportedly headed to Purdue.

4. Optimistic view of new Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith.  Possible “that Smith is an outstanding young coach who represents one of Bielema’s better hires.”

5. Coaching shuffle at Alabama.  With defensive backs coach Greg Brown off to Louisville, Kevin Steele will coach inside linebackers and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart moves back to the secondary.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp on evaluating recruits: “I think basketball a lot of times is your best evaluation…”

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7. Indoor club seat holders at Arkansas will be able to buy beer and wine this fall, pending a license approval.

8. Matt Hayes on the 2013 Alabama team: “For the first time under Saban, the Tide staff made a significant error in judgment of who should be on the field.”

9. Best SEC running backs of the BCS era?  Athlon Sports says three of the top four came from Alabama.

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10. Dismissed from the team for his after-the fact involvement, former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd ready to talk to the NFL about a rape case.

11. Monday Morning Quarterback breaks down former Mizzou defensive end Michael Sam’s NFL chances.

12. Jadeveon Clowney on unrealistic expectations. “People expect me to get five sacks, 10 tackles for loss every game, but that wasn’t going to happen the way teams were playing me.”

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13. Arkansas plays at Missouri tonight.  Razorbacks guard Michael Qualls remembers the atmosphere in Columbia last year.  ”I felt the hate.”

14. Missouri hasn’t won since beating the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.  Mike Anderson: “They’re hungry just like we are.” Game has been moved to ESPN.  

15. Vanderbilt and South Carolina go at 4:00 p.m. eastern today.  Postponed from Wednesday night.

16. Report – Florida part of four-team barnstorming tour in 2018.

17. “Kentucky won the game, but didn’t look like a Final Four team Wednesday night.”

18. 20 years ago today – John Chaney had a message for John Calipari.

Extra

19. Snowball fight at Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium.

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SEC Headlines 12/5/2013

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1. Missouri’s run defense or Auburn’s run offense? “Four times this season, Auburn has run for more than twice what its opponent usually gives up.”

2. Gary Pinkel on coaching rumors:  ”I’m a Missouri Tiger and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger.”

3. MrSEC on Gus Malzahn and Texas talk:  ”There’s no denying it’s better to be at the #1 “name” school in a state…”

4. Will Missouri jump Alabama with a victory over Auburn?  ESPN’s Brad Edwards: “Just a win over Auburn in the computer part alone would send them past Alabama. “

5. Can Auburn jump Ohio State if both teams win?  Edwards: ”Auburn…is going to need approximately 75 percent of voters to have them ahead of Ohio State on their final ballots..”

6. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive makes the case for this Saturdays’ winner: “The SEC champion with one loss ought to play for a national championship.”

7. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on Missouri quarterback James Franklin: “He’s a big 230-pound guy. When he pulls it down, he’s not easy to tackle.”

8. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall won a state title in high school at the Georgia Dome.

9. Auburn backup linebacker and special teams player Javiere Mitchell suffered a “slight concussion” in Iron Bowl but expected to play Saturday.

10. CBS analyst Gary Danielson was at the Missouri practice Wednesday: ”I think the coach needs to see me in person.”

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11. The SEC on CBS had its best year ever for ratings- up 24% percent.

12. Mike Slive doesn’t like the idea of an Iron Bowl rematch in the Sugar Bowl: ”If you’re playing for the national championship, I would be in favor of a rematch. Not if you have other options.”

13. “The SEC West is no longer Alabama, LSU and the four dwarves.”

14. Five reasons why the Cotton Bowl should select Texas A&M over LSU.

15. How does an ACL injury impact LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s NFL draft chances?

16. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game next month.

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17. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is not impressed with Florida State’s schedule: “They beat Clemson, and that’s about it.”

18. Christine Brennan: SEC has no room to gripe about the BCSMrSEC disagrees.

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19. Alabama 76 – North Florida 48. 20 points for Levi Randolph and 12 from freshman Jimmie Taylor.

20. Texas A&M 74 – Houston 57. Aggies snap two-game losing streak.  Video highlights.

21. A win tonight over Kansas State would give Ole Miss its best start since the 2007-2008 season.

22. Mississippi State plays TCU tonight - first Bulldogs opponent from a major conference.

23. “Missouri, 7-0, is undefeated but also largely untested.” That changes tonight with a game against West Virginia.

24. 4-3 Vanderbilt faces Marshall tonight.Coach Kevin Stallings sees a need to emphasize winning.  “We’re not playing 7-year-old soccer.”

25. Kentucky will play Baylor Friday night at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium

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SEC Headlines 12/4/2013

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1. Who is your SEC Coach of the Year – Gus Malzahn or Gary Pinkel?

2. Mizzou and Auburn went undefeated against five common opponents.  The average score for the East Division Tigers was 33-16. For the West Division winners – 42-27.

3. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on busted plays and blown assignments: “That’s got to stop or we’re not going to win a championship.” Watch Johnson talk about the matchup with Missouri here.

4. Gus Malzahn on Jay Prosch: “Jay Prosch, in my opinion, is the best fullback in college football.”

5. Auburn tailback Tre Mason overlooked? -SEC’s leading rusher not a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. Will consider jump to NFL after the season.

6. Missouri just one of three BCS teams to not allow more than 28 points in a game this year.

7. Jeff Schutlz: “There is nothing cheap about Missouri being here.”

8. Sports fans in every state but one (can you guess the one?) think Auburn will win on Saturday.

9. Auburn’s Nosa Eguae and Missouri’s Eric Waters were high school teammates.

10. What a difference a year makes for both of these teams. Auburn gets a magazine cover – War Damn Miracle.

11. Have you taken the MrSEC blind resume test?

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12. Gary Danielson on the Iron Bowl: “To me, this one was comparable to when the U.S. hockey (team) beat the Russians (in 1980).”

13. Does the 2010 Iron Bowl provide a roadmap for this year’s Alabama team?

14. The search for Florida’s next offensive coordinator will probably continue through bowl season.

15. Should LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger miss his final college game with an ACL injury, it will be the third time in nine years the Tigers have played a bowl game starting a backup quarterback.

16. Steve Spurrier wants his South Carolina team to play in the Cotton Bowl: “That would be a trip that would probably be at the top of our list, if we had a choice.”

17. “While the Cotton Bowl is a possibility, it’s not the most likely one, and it’s probably not in the top two.”

18. Jadeveon Clowney on his decision to go to South Carolina: “It’s probably the best decision of my life.”

19. Mississippi State offensive lineman Gabe Jackson recognized as the top football player in the state.

20. Mississippi State safety Nikoe Whitley forced the Bo Wallace fumble that led to an Egg Bowl victory.  Had surgery for torn ACL – which happened in Week 3 of the season. Will miss bowl game and end his college career.

21. Some bowl projections for Mississippi State (Birmingham likely) and for Ole Miss  - Rebels headed to Nashville?

22. Mark Bradley on Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs: “How many times have we been able to say, ‘They just got outfought’? (As opposed to outplayed, mind you.) ”

23. All indications point to Hutson Mason as Georgia’s quarterback in 2014.  What about 2015?

24. Arkansas hired Bret Bielema one year ago today.  What’s the outlook for the Razorbacks?

25. Is quarterback Patrick Towles unhappy at Kentucky?

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26. Defending the BCS.  ”The inconvenient truth is that the BCS has done its job pretty darn well most of the time.”

27. Matt Hayes: “What makes Ohio State think its schedule is any better than TCU in 2010. Or Boise State 2009? Or Utah in 2008?”

28. Study: Every Division I university in Alabama had higher growth in athletic spending than academic spending per student from 2007 to 2011.

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29. Arkansas 117 – Southeastern Louisiana 65.  Michael Qualls and Bobby Portis with 16 points each.

30. Florida guard Scott Wilbekin has a high-ankle sprain - out indefinitely. Banged-up Gators may be severely shorthanded in upcoming games.

31. What does Georgia miss most about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?  It’s not his offense.

32. A judge has approved deferred prosecution for former Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard.

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SEC Headlines 9/26/2013

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1. How good has LSU’s offense been?  For the first time since 1928, Tigers have scored 30 or more points in first four games.

2. Mark Richt compares Georgia and LSU: ”Both teams want to run the ball, both teams have tremendous tailbacks, both teams have tremendous fullbacks…”

3. Expect to see plenty of red Saturday at Georgia - on the field and in the stands.

4. With the loss of Dominique Easley, how does Florida’s defensive line stack up?

5. Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp is a Florida native and grew up rooting for the Gators.

6. Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews approaching the SEC career marks for receptions and receiving yards.

7. Based on statistics, Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott has a chance to be the best running back in school history.

8. Nick Saban on leadership:  ”Sheep need to have a dog get ‘em home to the barn at night.”

9. Ingredients for an upset? How Ole Miss can beat Alabama Saturday.

10. Texas A&M senior linebacker Nate Askew is expected to make the first start of his career against Arkansas.  Converted wide receiver made his last catch against the Razorbacks.

11. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash on facing Johnny Manziel: “I haven’t seen anything really like him to be honest with you.”

12. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema probably not a member of the Urban Meyer fan club.

13. South Carolina’s recent road record?  Not that great.

14. Gamecocks most important game Saturday?  The one in Athens between Georgia and LSU.

15. Missouri is seeing the maturation of quarterback James Franklin.  Coach Gary Pinkel: “He found out the reality of the position and the criticism that goes with the position.”

16. Tennessee’s opponents are converting 45.6% on third downs.

17. Is Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates emerging as one of the SEC’s better deep threats?

18. Bye week means time for self-assessment at Auburn.  Coach Gus Malzahn: “We have four or five things offensively that we feel like we’re strong in.”

19. Mississippi State linebacker Deontae Skinner on the Bulldogs defense. “I feel like we’re a more aggressive defense.”

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20. Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker and cornerback Jonathan Jones have yet to play this season because of injuries – decision may be coming soon.

21. Backup Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti has a lingering shoulder injury.  Freshman  Devante Kincade taking snaps as No. 2 QB.

22. Lavon Hooks likely to play both ways for Ole Miss Saturday – as a defensive tackle and tight end.

23. Georgia not expecting wide receiver Jonathan Rumph to play Saturday – bothered by a pulled hamstring.

24. Bulldogs go full pads for third straight day on Wednesday.

25. Tennessee may use a fullback this weekend against South Alabama.

26. Will quarterback Maxwell Smith start for Kentucky against Florida?  Coach Mark Stoops: “We haven’t decided yet. No. We really haven’t.”

27. Florida wide receivers DeMarcus Robinson and Latroy Pittman return to action Saturday – had been suspended for separate actions.

28. With quarterback Brandon Allen still bothered by shoulder issues, Arkansas moving forward with AJ Derby.

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29. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany floats the idea of football and basketbal players signing professionally right out of high school.   ”If they’re not comfortable and want to monetize, let the minor leagues flourish.”

30. The selection committee for college football playoffs could be decided by end of regular season.  Expected to have 12 to 18 members.

31. 29 unbeaten teams currently in college football.  How many are likely to stay that way?

32. The CFO for Tennessee’s athletic department resigns.

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33. South Carolina promotes assistant Matt Figger to associate head coach.

34. Kentucky coach John Calipari has more Twitter followers than 190 of his colleagues combined.

35. All 31 of Missouri’s regular season games will be on TV this season.

Extras

36. High school coach suspends entire football team.

37. The Navy’s swim team underwater re-enactment of the flag raising at Iwo Jima.

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SEC Headlines 8/16/2013

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1. A question at LSU.  Will Les Miles grant offensive coordinator Cam Cameron the same autonomy he does defensive coordinator John Chavis?  ”Miles has been guilty of meddling in the past.”

2. Could true freshman Ethan Pocic earn the starting center job at LSU?

3. Lineman Austin Long has lost his academic eligibility at Georgia.

4. What is South Carolina trying to do with quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson? “If we tell you guys (the media), we might as well tell the whole world.”

5. Your reaction to Tennessee’s new uniforms may come down to how old you are. Depending on how the Vols play, Butch Jones will be viewed as a “clueless maverick” or a “creative genius.”

6. Texas A&M University System chancellor John Sharp is defending Johnny Manziel: “I don’t believe the stories I hear from ticket brokers and people like that.” ESPN analyst Desmond Howard: ”They didn’t do this with Terrelle Pryor or A.J. Green.”

7. Florida defensive end Dante Fowler on 6-8, 363 pound offensive lineman Trenton Brown: “I never want Trenton to fall on me. If he does, I’m pretty sure my body will be imprinted in the grass.”

8. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash on defensive tackle Darius Philon: “He’s actually been one of the more surprise players here in training camp…”

9. The formidable challenge facing Gus Malzhan always comes back to a certain in-state rival: “If possible, Alabama’s stronger now than it was when Malzahn took the Auburn job eight months ago.”

10. Nick Saban on junior offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio: “I don’t think I’ve seen anybody more dedicated or determined, work harder.”

11. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on Kiehl Frazier’s transition to safety: ”He’s a phenomenal athlete. I think being a quarterback will help him pick things up pretty quick.”

12. Expect Vanderbilt to expand the offensive playbook this fall.

13. Lacking depth at the position, Ole Miss tries to creative in its approach to tight ends.

14. Missouri senior receiver  L’Damian Washington has gone from 160 to 200 pounds in the last four years.  ”I think a lot of that credit goes to (strength) coach (Pat) Ivey, putting on 40 pounds (on me) and getting (me) faster. That’s remarkable.” Bruised his heel this morning.

15. Senior Raymond Sanders the likely starter at running back for Kentucky.

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16. Tennessee coach Butch Jones says junior cornerback  Riyahd Jones may be out a while with a calf injury. “It could be a couple of months.”

17. Alabama freshman running back Alvin Kamara had his knee scoped Thursday – expected back in a couple of weeks.

18. Trio of freshmen steal the show at Thursday night’s Mississippi State scrimmage.

19. More than a thousand fans turn out to watch Florida practice Thursday night. Gators freshman defensive back Vernon Hargreaves has a sprained shoulder.

20. Florida coach Will Muschamp on today’s scrimmage: ”This is going to be moving day for a lot of guys.”

21. Georgia starting free safety Tray Matthews returns to practice – limited by shoulder and hamstring injuries. Freshman outside linebacker Leonard Floyd drawing attention from coaches.

22. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin still hasn’t determined second phase of punishment for projected defensive starters Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven Sr.  Three quarterbacks battling to back up Johnny Manziel.

23. Gus Malzahn was asked if Auburn defensive lineman Dee Ford’s knee injury will cause him to miss the season-opener: ”I would definitely hope not.”

24. There’s a battle for one spot along South Carolina’s defensive line.

25. Battle for defensive tackle spot at Vanderbilt. “It’s a heated battle, and I love it.”

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26. SEC BeachFest this weekend in Gulf Shores.

27. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says college players like Johnny Manziel should get paid. ”The universities are making a lot of money off of student-athletes in general. So, yeah, he should be able to make money.”

28. Louisville A.D. Tom Jurich on keeping coach Charlie Strong: ”I was prepared to match anyone. Probably the only people I can’t compete with are the NFL.”

Extras

29. It took him 41 hours and 33 minutes.  A man runs 163 miles without sleeping to honor Boston Marathon victims.

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SEC Headlines 8/10/2013

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1. Nashville police plan to subpoena Vanderbilt starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels in connection with the rape charges against four dismissed players.

2. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin on the rape charges: “It breaks my heart.” Three of the four former players now in custody.

3. The Texas A&M football team took s a bus to Dallas this morning for the funeral of Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle killed in a car crash last month.

4. As Ole Miss gears up  to open against Vanderbilt, Rebels prepare for the possibility that one of their starting cornerbacks may not be ready to go.

5. Florida senior defensive back Jaylen Watkins sprained his foot, senior NT Damien Jacobs sprained his knee. Both projected starters out at least until August 19th. Gators expect to know about running back Matt Jones early next week.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp on the many Gator injuries.”It’s just very frustrating.”

7. Tennesssee freshman defensive end Corey Vereen had knee surgery Thursday – could return in “five to six weeks.”

8. Georgia wide receiver Tramel Terry on his recovery from ACL surgery: “I’ll be honest; I’m not ready at all.”

9. South Carolina expects improvement from wide receiver Shaq Roland this year; didn’t always know the playbook last year. “There were times when Shaq was lost out there last year.”

10. LSU still waiting word on the eligibility of cornerback Rashard Robinson.

11. With LSU left guard Josh Williford possibly done for the season, who will take his place on the offensive line?

12. The Alabama-LSU showdown in November is important for a lot of reasons – one of them is recruiting.

13. In another showdown with Alabama, Texas A&M fans are getting their t-shirts ready.

14. Alabama coach Nick Saban on his freshmen defensive lineman: ”All three of those guys have shown some ability that they might be able to contribute this year in some role, some defined role.”

15. Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton likes the depth the Tigers have this year: ”I feel like we’ve got five, maybe six, that you can put out there on the field and be competitive and can get the job done.”

16. The meteoric rise of Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee hasn’t surprised Gus Malzahn:  ”I could see he was going to be a special coach.”

17. Is linebacker a position of weakness at Arkansas?

Practice Reports

18. Missouri scrimmaging this morning with a lot of attention on the quarterback position. Tigers a lot healthier than they were at this time last year.

19. Tennessee undergoing a situational and special teams scrimmage this morning.  Defense “clearly won the day.”

20. LSU coach Les Miles closing practice to the media starting today – apparently not happy about media reports regarding injuries.

21. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on UK’s Friday night practice open to the public:  ”It was the first practice I could walk off and be disappointed because I just don’t think the energy was great.”

22. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash on opening today’s scrimmage to the public: “Some players have never been on the field with fans,”

23. Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner not happy with his troops after the first scrimmage: “To be honest with you, it was very disappointing. ”

24. Behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall at Georgia, freshmen running backs are competing for spots.

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25. Former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer wants to be a part of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

26. Who is the most annoying media person covering college football? Mark May a popular choice in a Sports Illustrated roundtable (and is Gary Danielson “an SEC shill”?)

27. Yearbook photos of some familiar SEC faces.

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28. Incoming freshman Fallou Ndoye declared a partial qualifer at Mississippi State. Won’t be able to play until 2014-2015.

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SEC Headlines 7/21/2013

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1. Former NFL scout ranks the top 50 most talented players in college football.  Eight of them are from Alabama. No. 1 – Jadeveon Clowney.  Is he the best prospect ever?

2. Alabama with the best linebackers in the SEC – Auburn with the worst?

3. If fewer plays make college football safer, why not just play fewer games?

4. Twelve seconds between snaps?  Not fast enough for Ole Miss.

5. Think you could run 52 110-yard sprints?  Tennessee players did one June night.

6. Georgia coach Mark Richt on quarterback Aaron Murray’s off-field habits.  ”He’ll spoil you.”

7. Aaron Murray on Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall: “(He) can throw a football farther than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life.”

8. One man’s rank of the top 10 quarterbacks in the SEC.  AJ McCarron tops Johnny Manziel for the top spot. McCarron, Manziel and Murray are the three standout quarterbacks in the conference.

9. SEC quarterbacks a familiar theme on this Sunday.  ”This year, the SEC’s starpower at the game’s most scrutinized position appears unrivaled.”

10. Mark Stoops says no timetable for a starting quarterback at Kentucky but offensive coordinator Neal Brown would like to have a starter midway through fall camp.

11. On the road to the SEC Championship, these are the key games to watch.

12. Ejected for an illegal hit in Auburn’s spring game, cornerback Jonathon Mincy calls it a “humbling learning experience.”

13. Arkansas players get the chance to see their new football facility for the first time. When the Razorbacks start fall practice, two former walk-ons will be on scholarship.

14. Missouri running back Henry Josey is healthy and back at the top of the Tigers depth chart.

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15. How seriously did the NCAA take the issue of concussions?  Internal emails raise questions.

16. A class-action lawsuit on concussions “could cost the NCAA millions, and possibly billions.”

17. NCAA Attorney: “At least 96 percent of NCAA male and female student-athletes” who don’t play football or men’s basketball threatened by O’Bannon lawsuit.

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18. Former Tennessee guard Trae Golden transferring to Georgia Tech - will petition NCAA to play immediately.

19. What does Adolph Rupp’s son think about the possible renaming of Kentucky’s basketball arena?

Extras

20. Stats guru Nate Silver jumping to ESPN from the New York Times.  Not surprisingly, the numbers say it’s a good decision.

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SEC Headlines 7/11/2013

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1. The Manning Passing Academy has a 120-man staff, including nine SEC quarterbacks.   One of them is Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley.

2. Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell “has a chance to become the most decorated quarterback in school history in multiple passing categories.”

3. Defensive end Chris Jones gets clearance from the NCAA to enroll at Mississippi State.

4. Athlon profiles the SEC’s four new head coaches.  ”It’s not easy in college football’s toughest neighborhood.”

5. Both coached in high school and at Arkansas State.  The similar paths for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

6. “Here’s one thing to love: Every coach on Malzahn’s staff, beginning with Malzahn himself, has experience in the SEC.”

7. Theme at Ole Miss for 2013? “More.” Rebels have “stacked the deck at the running back position.”

8. Texas Tech associate AD on the difference between media days for Big 12 and SEC:  ”Big 12 players will look around room realizing they can beat/lose to any team in league. Not case in SEC.”

9. News flash - the South cares more about college football.

10. Another writer takes a shot at solving scheduling issues: “South Carolina in 2013 and 2015 will play as many regular season games against ACC teams (Clemson and North Carolina) as SEC West teams.”

11. Judging by Twitter buzz, four of the five top Heisman candidates are in the SEC.

12. Sign of the times. Arkansas puts Twitter handles on the cover of the media guide for the first time.

13. If you keeping score at home, here’s every SEC player arrested since July 1 of last year and where they are now.

14. Longtime Vanderbilt public address announcer Frank Crowell died this week at the age of 71.

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15. If Marshall Henderson did indeed fail multiple drug tests, he faces a suspension of 25 percent of the team’s remaining games. That would put him out until early December (if he’s still there).

16. Two reasons why Andy Kennedy can’t kick Henderson off the team. Did the Rebels reach out to Chris Herren?

17. SEC hires for a new position - Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball.  Mark Whitworth is first associate commissioner whose job title includes one specific sport. Two weeks ago, we made the case for an SEC basketball czar.

18. Chris Walker’s eligibility just one of several issues facing Florida coach Billy Donovan. Walker still working on eligibility requirements. And Rutgers transfer Eli Carter’s eligibility appeal is up in the air.

19. As Johnny Jones prepares to start his second year at LSU, program newcomers introduce themselves.

20. After sitting out season, Tulsa transfer Eric McLellan will have a big opportunity at Vanderbilt this year.

21. Rupp Arena renovation - “needs a facelift, not a wrecking ball.” Naming rights could be in play - “(business name) Rupp Arena.”

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22. NCAA President Mark Emmert made just under $1.7 million in 2011.

23. NCAA says it won’t retaliate if a current player joins the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit.

24. Study: Automatic qualifying conference membership reduces postseason opportunities.

25. Whoops.  Florida State ring says “SEC Champions.

Extra

26. 20 years ago this week, NASCAR driver Davey Allison died.

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SEC Headlines 6/30/2013

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1. University of Florida walk-on redshirt freshman punter Grant Van Aman arrested for DUI – on his scooter.

2. As of late Saturday, no arrests made in Nashville sex crimes investigation that’s led Vanderbilt to boot four guys from the team.

3. David Climer: “Like it or not, Vanderbilt football has joined the long list of programs that are on trial in the court of public opinion.”

4. Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell will reportedly decide between Kentucky and West Virginia.

5. Ranking the SEC receiving corps.  Alabama with the best, Kentucky with the worst?

6. “Sagging student attendance is an issue across the country — even at schools winning championships — but at Tennessee, the drop has been especially stark.”

7. Kevin Scarbinsky has an issue with SEC football coaches and their schedules: “They’ve been overdosing on cupcakes for years.”

8. What Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs has learned about coach Gus Malzahn: “Probably the most obvious thing I didn’t know was I’m not sure he ever sleeps.”

9. “There’s no better time than now to be a freshman defensive end at Auburn.”

10. Outgoing University of Georgia president Michael Adams will always be remembered for forcing out A.D. and former football coach Vince Dooley.  ”I did what I thought was in the best interests of the university, and I still feel that way today.”

11, Here’s a breakdown of over/under win totals for every SEC team.

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12. Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked about the possibility of Kyle Wiltjer returning.  ”I don’t know. He and I texted each other today. So I’ll probably text him to see where he is with things.”

13. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin sees increased confidence from Jordan McRae.  ”He feels like no one can guard him.”

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14. Phil Steele updates his list of college players out for the year.

15. Here’s how all the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences align starting tomorrow.

16. For many schools, the conference isn’t the only thing changing.  ”All told, there are a staggering 31 new head coaches at 125 FBS schools. That’s one of every four.”

17. Tomorrow is the first day of July which means we’re one day and one month closer to the start of college football.  The dancing gingerbread likes that idea.

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SEC Headlines 6/12/2013

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1. What stands out on the Tennesse roster?  ”Lack of experience. Only 15 players have started more than 10 games…”

2. Budget for football at Kentucky will increase more than $3 million in the coming year. Big chunk is increased coaching salaries.

3. What’s the word on Ole Miss freshman running back Kailo Moore?  ”Blindingly fast.”

4. What’s the biggest challenge facing first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema?  The schedule.

5. Florida quartertback Jeff Driskel surprised to get selected in the MLB draft: “Did not see that coming.”

6. Florida-Georgia on November 2 - “might as well be circled in blood this season.”

7. Kevin Scarbinsky on the Alabama-Auburn rivalry: “In short, for the Tide, the Tigers are a means to an end. For the Tigers, the Tide is the be-all and end-all.”

8. Matt Hayes at The Sporting News says Gus Malzahn one of three coaches who will win immediately in his new job.

9. Looking like the race for quarterback at Auburn is down to four candidates: ”Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen is likely headed to prep school.”

10. Video games mimic real life.  Alabama dominates EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14. One hardcore fan put every rating into a sortable spreadsheet.

11.  Any takers? At just one dollar under a million - a ticket for Alabama/Texas A&M.

SEC Basketball

11. Incoming Florida freshman Chris Walker still has work to do to be eligible for this coming season.

12. That was quick.  Jerome Seagears transferred from Rutgers to Auburn this summer.  Now he’s told coaches he’s leaving to be closer to his family in Maryland.

13. Missouri assistant coach Rick Carter is leaving, reportedly headed to Xavier. Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder joining the staff of the Atlanta Hawks.

14. “The longest-tenured power conference coaches without an NCAA round of 16 appearance are Mississippi’s Andy Kennedy and Arizona State’s Herb Sendek.”

15, Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon on sitting out last season with a knee injury.  ”You see things differently. Things you don’t see while you’re out there playing, you see.”

16. John Calipari’s advice to young players: “What you should be spending 90 percent of your time on is getting their feel for the ball, bouncing it with their head up…”

College News

17. Goodbye domes prior to college basketball’s Final Four?

18. There are 18 Division I teams banned from postseason.

19. One day after his father said he’d prefer Southern Cal, five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas will end playing at Florida State after all.

20. Former Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine reportedly suing ESPN for $11 million.

21. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany signs an extension that will keep him around through June of 2018.

Extras

22. Interested in a college basketball fantasy camp in Las Vegas?  It will set you back $7,500.

23. Marcus Lattimore paid $20,000 to record two ads for the lottery in South Carolina.

24.  If they do this for a victory, what would San Antonio Spurs fan do if they win the series?

25. Major League Baseball opening in Sydney, Australia next year?

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