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New Year’s Day SEC Bowl Games
Gator Bowl – Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20
Outback Bowl – South Carolina 33, Michigan 28
Capital One Bowl – Georgia 45, Nebraska 31
New Year’s Eve SEC Bowl Game Results
Music City Bowl – Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24
Chik-fil-A Bowl – Clemson 25, LSU 24
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier will forego senior season and enter NFL draft
Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore will forego senior season and enter NFL draft
Former Iowa quarterback A.J. Derby will walk-on at Arkansas
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SEC Headlines 6/24/2012

1. Should SEC East and West become North and South? “Everything else in college football is being turned upside down. Why not strike while the iron’s hot and make things right?”

2. “Missouri, placed in the SEC East though it lies farther west than all but two SEC teams (A&M and Arkansas)…”

3. Top 10 conference games on the SEC schedule?  Let the debate begin.

4. Why Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is one of the top players in the SEC.

5. The Tennessee athletic department employs 195 people at a cost of more than $20 million. Salary breakdown by sport.

6. A college football playoff: Who, what and why.

7. “The final straw came this past season, when the national championship game rematch between LSU and Alabama produced the lowest overnight television rating of the BCS era…”

8. Why Jacksonville makes sense as a host city for a college football title game.

9. Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is ready to start his NFL career.

10. Southern Miss guard LaShay Page played against Frank Martin in the NCAA Tournament.  Now he’ll play for him after transferring to South Carolina.

11. Mizzou basketball coach Frank Haith on recruiting in the SEC: “I don’t think I would let that affect us and not trying to recruit anywhere, but we’ve become more attractive to those kids in the southeast region.”

12. Missouri guard Kim English projects as a potential second-round pick in the NBA draft. Predicts title for Tigers.

13. Kentucky’s Darius Miller could go in the first or second round.

14. Questions and answers about Kentucky’s class of 2012.

15. Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan agrees to a bankruptcy settlement.  Required to repay $7.35 million.


16. Will Florida State last another 20 years in the ACC?

17. Standouts from the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

18. Sleepers to watch in this week’s NBA draft.

19. This draft is more about potential than it is can’t miss prospects.

20. Women’s sports spending in the SEC.

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SEC Headlines – 10/21/11 Part One

1. 6-1, 284-pound defensive lineman Nick Gentry is a pass rush specialist for Alabama.

2.  Corey Lemonier is one of several Auburn youngsters who’ve made big improvements since the season opener.

3.  Bobby Petrino wants to see Arkansas get off to a fast start against Ole Miss.

4.  Three players suspended for tomorrow’s Auburn game could miss the Alabama game as well… depending on LSU’s drug policy (which we looked at yesterday).

5.  MSU quarterback Tyler Russell vows to work even harder in the future.

6.  With two key defenders lost for the season with injuries, linebacker Mike Marry will need to rise up for Ole Miss.

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SEC Headlines – 10/18/11 Part Two

1.  Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley has gained maturity and perspective through the ups and downs of his career.

2.  Defensive end Corey Lemonier and Auburn’s front four are getting to the quarterback more often.

3.  Alabama players tempted to overlook Tennessee need only think back to a near upset in 2009.

4.  The Crimson Tide’s defense is probably worthy of a nickname, but how ’bout we don’t give them one?  (I would expect a nickname for a defense at a smaller program, not at a school as steeped in history as Bama.)

5.  Arkansas looks to be getting healthy just in time for old coach Houston Nutt and Ole Miss.

6.  Razorback AD Jeff Long unveiled his school’s facilities master plan today.

7.  Offensive coordinators Steve Kragthorpe and Greg Studrawa have LSU clicking on all cylinders.

8.  Jarrett Lee has been credited with another touchdown pass during last Saturday’s game with Tennessee.

9.  The Baton Rouge Police Department has now returned to Jordan Jefferson all 49 pairs of his shoes.

10.  Mississippi State’s quarterback battle might continue all season long.

11.  State’s defense has shown improvement in recent weeks.

12.  Suspensions, injuries, a dismissal… Ole Miss needs its remaining players to step up.

13.  Rebel coaches are still trying to figure out how to replace two defensive starters who were lost for the season last Saturday.

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Auburn Using “Us Against The World” Mentality

Ranked lower than any defending national champion in the last 20 years, Auburn’s football players — no doubt fueled by receivers coach Trooper Taylor — are taking an “us against the world” view of the 2011 campaign.

Now, to be honest, we’d have a much harder time finding one school in the country that doesn’t self-motivate by placing a chip — real or imagined — on its collective shoulder.  But in this case, AU’s at least got some numbers to back up their ‘tude.

Defensive end Corey Lemonier might as well have been speaking for the whole Tiger team when he said:

“Everybody’s dogging us.  Everybody’s like putting us down.  I don’t feel any pressure.  We’ve just got to go out there and just show them that we mean business.”

Technically, most teams that lose as much as the Tigers lost this past offseason aren’t likely to be ranked in the national polls at all.  So the “everybody’s dogging us” thing isn’t exactly true.

But as has been the case with sports teams for decades, it doesn’t matter what is and isn’t true.  All that matters is what the players believe.  And on The Plains, the Tigers believe they’re being disrespected.

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