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SEC Headlines – 5/2/12

1.  Auburn linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen sees a bright future on the Plains.

2.  Count Nick Saban among those who want a four-team playoff and the survival of the bowl system.

3.  It’s official, LSU versus Arkansas will once again meet on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  (That’s a huge plus in terms of exposure/recruiting for the Razorbacks.)

4.  LSU’s Johnny Jones has hired former Mississippi State assistant Robert Kirby to his new hoops staff.

5.  MSU’s top running back this fall isn’t a clear-cut choice at the moment.

6.  Here’s a look at Texas A&M’s two-deep… including their “four-deep” at quarterback.

7.  Florida D-lineman Ronald Powell is still on pace for a four-to-six month recovery from ACL surgery last month.

8.  Mark Richt says all 19 of Georgia’s 2012 signees are on track to qualify academically.

9.  Kentucky’s in the running — with Arizona and Kansas — for transferring Xavier point guard Mark Lyons.

10.  South Carolina AD Eric Hyman expects Gamecock athletics to continue to thrive.  (His school spent more than $500,000 on its recent NCAA case, by the way.)

11.  Kevin Sumlin, Gary Pinkel and a number of hot-shot quarterbacks might transform the SEC into a pass-first league this year.

12.  A number of college football coaches are weighing in on the playoff system to come.

13.  Is college football akin to dog-fighting?  Could it be brought down by head injuries?  Should it be scrapped?  At least one guy thinks so.

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