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SEC Headlines 9/4/2011 Part Four

1. Jon Solomon:”The SEC is moving closer toward the $100 face-value ticket.”

2. Despite the loss to Boise State, Atlanta is good for Georgia and the state of Georgia is good for the SEC.

3. Lessons learned from the first Saturday of football.

4. Mark Story: “If the Southeastern Conference is going to expand, Texas A&M is — choose your sports metaphor — a slam dunk, a grand slam, a Hail Mary touchdown pass.”

5. Pac-16? Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State look west.

6. Pac-12 commissioner says “schools have reached out to us.”

7. Chris Dufresne of the LA Times: “It was written here Thursday that only Oklahoma and Texas bonded together could save the Big 12, but the crazy glue apparently didn’t hold for even 72 hours.”

8. Pac-12 Oklahoma’s “sole focus”?

9. Kansas City Star: The Big 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

10. John Clay: “By my crack research, Thursday marked the fewest people to watch a Kentucky football game since 1995.”

11. Kentucky’s greatest moments at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans can expect some changes at the stadium when Kentucky makes it home debut on Saturday.

12.  Auburn and LSU are up next for Mississippi State – two games that will set the tone for the season.

13. Expect it to be a few days before Ole Miss commits to a starting quarterback against Southern Illinois.

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A Hearing-Impaired Fan Sues UK Over In-Stadium Captioning

On the heels of UK’s board of trustees’ decision to upgrade the video boards at Commonwealth Stadium, one Wildcat fan is filing a lawsuit over what will be shown on the new video boards.

From The Lexington Herald-Leader:

A University of Kentucky football season ticket holder with a hearing impairment has gone to federal court to try to get UK to display captioning on the video boards and video monitors throughout Commonwealth Stadium.

Charles Mitchell of Lancaster says in a complaint filed Wednesday in US District Court in Lexington that he cannot hear announcements on the stadium’s public address system and that captioning can be displayed on the video boards and monitors.

He says UK, by not providing captioning, is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.  He notes in the complaint that UK receives funding from the federal government.

Apparently Mitchell expects the university to hire someone to sit and handle the closed-captioning duties on the fly on gameday.  Television stations actually pay a service to have someone out of town listen in to their broadcasts and quickly type up the closed captioning.  That would not be an option for UK as they do not broadcast their in-stadium feed.

UK representatives have no comment.  We have only an eye roll.

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SEC Headlines – 5/4/11 Part One

1.  Tuscaloosa is beginning to rebound from last week’s devastating tornadoes both physically and spritually.

2.  And Auburn fans are helping with the recovery effort.

3.  A good home schedule actually has season ticket sales at Ole Miss ahead of last year’s pace.  (That’s impressive coming off a 4-8 season.)

4.  New co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is already burning up the recruiting trail for Mississippi State.

5.  Here’s a look at Georgia’s front seven on defense.

6.  For former Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke, it might be the UFL before the NFL.

7.  The UK board of trustees has approved a plan to spend $6.25 million on new video boards and a sound system at Commonwealth Stadium.

8.  Tennessee would have probably been better off if it had gone straight from Phillip Fulmer to Derek Dooley and bypassing Lane Kiffin altogether.

9.  Wisely, the NCAA is going to allow the University of Alabama to provide some extra benefits to its athletes who were impacted by last week’s storms.

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SEC Headlines – 4/22/11 Part Two

1.  Kentucky plans to unleash linebacker Ridge Wilson as a pass rusher.

2.  Joker Phillips has changed tomorrow’s spring game back to a true game format.

3.  UK will spend $6 million on a new sound system and video boards at Commonwealth Stadium.

4.  Derek Dooley was happy with his early enrollees this spring.

5.  Tennessee’s coach says his team has a long way to go, but the outlook is improved.

6.  Vanderbilt’s James Franklin has a goal of “turning around a university’s football history.”

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Barnhart says he has not been contacted by Kansas

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From UK’s Cat Scratches blog:

“Being a Kansas native with family in the area, having gone to Ottawa University in Kansas and my wife, Connie being a Kansas alum, I have many ties to the state,” Barnhart said. “We have received calls from friends and supporters of the university about the athletic director position at Kansas. I have not been formally contacted by the University of Kansas. I am 100 percent focused on UK Athletics.”

. . . “We have made progress in many areas over the last eight years, but we need to provide our coaches and student-athletes with the facilities to compete at the highest level,” Barnhart said. “We have initiated the process of building a new track and are now focused on how we can upgrade Commonwealth Stadium and our football facilities. Our 22 sports receive unbelievable support from the Big Blue Nation and our fans deserve championship level success across the board.”


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Final: Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 20

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Vanderbilt dropped its fifth straight game with a 38-20 loss to Kentucky Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

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Video: Team arrives in Lexington

Vanderbilt’s football team arrived at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., a little before 9 a.m. CT this morning in preparation for Saturday’s game against Kentucky. The game kicks off at 11:21 a.m. CT on SEC Network.

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Video: Team arrives at Commonwealth Stadium

Vanderbilt’s football team arrived at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., a little before 9 a.m. CT this morning in preparation for Saturday’s game against Kentucky. The game kicks off at 11:21 a.m. CT on SEC Network.

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Cats Host Vanderbilt in Home Finale

After claiming its fifth win of the season with a 49-21 win over Charleston Southern last Saturday, Kentucky returns to SEC play for its home finale. The Cats are seeking to become bowl eligible for a school-record fifth-consecutive season when they play host to Vanderbilt Saturday on Senior Day in Commonwealth Stadium.

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Kentucky Wildcats: Top O’ The Morning News

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Can Eloy Vargas replace Enes Kanter.  That and more when I speak with the guys at Unleash the Rage.

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