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SEC Headlines – 4/27/12

Hate to do this to you, but yours truly has an early doctor’s appointment today.  That means quickie headlines from across the league.  Thanks for your understanding and patience this week.  April’s a busy month for behind-the-scenes business work.  And a doc appointment is just the thing to make it all better.  (Sarcasm.)  Here are the big stories today…


1.  With a four-team playoff on the horizon for college football it can now be said that the BCS was killed off by SEC dominance.

2.  Courtney Upshaw surprisingly didn’t make the first round, but that didn’t spoil Alabama’s draft party.

3.  Under Nick Saban, Bama is dominating recruiting season, football season, and draft season.

4.  Gene Chizik says Auburn is just one recruiting class away from solidifying its foundation.

5.  Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith doesn’t want to “goof up” the Hogs’ coaching staff.

6.  New LSU hoops coach Johnny Jones is putting his staff together with some ex-mates from North Texas.

7.  Former Tiger corner Morris Claiborne was stunned the Cowboys traded up to get him.

8.  MSU’s Fletcher Cox is viewed as a “rare guy” by Philadelphia’s front office.

9.  The new faces at Ole Miss are still out drumming up support and pushing fan unity.

10.  Ex-Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is already dodging comparisons to Dan Marino in Miami.

11.  For the first time since 2006, no Florida Gators were picked in the first round of the NFL’s draft.

12.  Georgia O-lineman Cordy Glenn is still waiting to hear his name called in New York.

13.  So were the 2011-12 Wildcats the best Kentucky basketball team ever?

14.  John Calipari will be calling “Riders up!” at this year’s Kentucky Derby (much to Rick Pitino’s chagrin, I’m sure.)

15.  South Carolina had two picks in last night’s first round… the first time that’s happened since 1981.

16.  Derek Dooley says his Tennessee team’s GPA is now under control.

17.  Vanderbilt’s offensive line is still a work in progress.

18.  Missouri’s spread is about to meet the SEC’s defensive dread.

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10 LSU-Alabama Headlines 11/4/11

Line Watch:  After opening with Alabama as a four-point favorite and then shifting to five, the Vegas line has settled in at Tide -4.5 for most of the week… and that’s where it sits today.

Ticket Watch:  According to, the highest priced ticket on their site is $1,056.  Prices — on StubHub at least — have fallen all week long.

1.  Is Nick Saban really “reviled” as this CNN headline states?

2.  Fans should appreciate tomorrow’s LSU-Alabama tilt.  (As Ray Zalinsky might say, “Savor the flavor, kid, ’cause it ain’t gonna happen again.)

3.  Bama’s Trent Richardson has extra incentive this week.

4.  A Tide official prevented linebacker Courtney Upshaw from discussing DeAngelo Peterson’s “they’re slow” comment with a reporter.

5.  Don’t be surprised if tomorrow’s contest features a second-half comeback by the winning team.

6.  Here’s a position-by-position look at the matchups involved in tomorrow’s game.

7.  Tomorrow’s clash is expected to be a game for the ages in Tuscaloosa.

8.  ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit breaks down the game.

9.  The Tigers and the Crimson Tide are near mirror images of one another.

10.  The kickers in Saturday’s showdown have some history.

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You can hand the offensive and defensive MVP trophies to Alshon Jeffery and Courtney Upshaw.  You can count on Jadeveon Clowney to be the impact freshman of the year.  And you can pencil in a South Carolina-Alabama SEC Championship Game.

At least according to’s preseason SEC predictions.  You can see their full write-up here, but their divisional predictions are as follows:

SEC East
Conf. Rec.
Overall Rec.
  SEC West
Conf. Rec.
Overall Rec.
S. Carolina
  Miss. State
  Ole Miss

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SEC Headlines – 8/10/11 Part Two

1.  Alabama linebacker/defensive end Courtney Upshaw is back from a bum ankle that slowed him last season.

2.  Tide players say the team’s quarterback battle is still tight.

3.  Here’s a UA practice report… and the Duron Carter wait continues this morning.

4.  Auburn’s three quarterbacks will be trying to get a leg up in the Tigers’ first scrimmage today.

5.  True freshman Kiehl Frazier is the wild card in the QB race.  (He’s also our pick to be running the Tiger offense by October.)

6.  Top incoming freshman Kris Frost is “gone for the year” with a shoulder injury.

7.  Bobby Petrino says there’s no rush to name a starting quarterback at Arkansas… but Tyler Wilson ran the first-team offense and Brandon Mitchell ran the second string yesterday.

8.  This writer expects the Hogs’ quarterbacks to use their feet more than Ryan Mallett did.

9.  The Razorbacks are “hungry” for contact drills.

10.  LSU’s coordinators are both high-energy, fast-talking.

11.  New quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he’s okay with his backup role… but he expects to play.

12.  The Tiger defense will be all about speed this year.

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Ingram, Dareus And Jones Leave Bama For The NFL

Alabama’s football team will once again have to rely on an above-average number of youngsters in 2011.  Not only has the Tide lost a highly successful senior class, but three underclassmen officially announced their decisions to turn pro today.

Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus and Julio Jones all announced at a UA press conference that they are NFL bound.

More underclassmen like Mark Barron, Marquis Maze and Courtney Upshaw could still decide to bolt as well.

Welcome to the downside of college sports… watching star players leave early.

UPDATE — Linebacker Dont’a Hightower announced today that he will be returning to Tuscaloosa next season.  That’s a good “keep” for Nick Saban and crew.

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