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SEC Headlines 5/3/2013

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1. Auburn president Jay Gogue on allegations surrounding the program: ”When you get in and begin to do all your careful reviews and analyze everything said, we didn’t find anything.”

2. Remember those proposed new NCAA rules that would have allowed unlimited communication between coaches and recruits?  They’ve been suspended and academic standards won’t be raised in 2016.

3. Don’t expect the college football playoff committee to have its members anytime soon.  Executive director Bill Hancock: “We want to be deliberate.”

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4. Possible motive in the bar fight involving LSU running back Jeremy Hill?  Attorney says Hill was heckled about past legal trouble.  Search continues for second suspect –  not believed to be LSU football player. Update: Second person arrested.

5. LSU-Wisconsin in Houston in 2014?  Not so fast.  ”Nothing has been finalized.”

6. Nick Saban on why he wants the SEC to adopt a nine-game conference schedule: “I personally feel like strength of schedule is going to be a real important thing in the future.”

7. Auburn president Jay Gogue also likes the nine-game idea. “I’d be one of those that would be supportive.”

8. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has already starting watching game tape on the Tigers first opponent, Washington State.

9. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has resumed throwing - coming of shoulder surgery in January.

10. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel picks up his Manning Award trophy. Archie Manning:  ”Thanks a hell of a lot, Johnny.” NFL general manager on Manziel – He’s “more like a Brett Favre.  He’s got some cowboy in him.”

11. Athlon asks the question – will the Missouri Tigers make a bowl game this season?

12. Florida coach Will Muschamp on running back Matt Jones: “He attacked the offseason. He’s up over 230 pounds. He looks great.”

13. Gators linebacker Ronald Powell cleared for a full return in August after undergoing two ACL surgeries on his knee in the past year.

14. What does Tennessee coach Butch Jones look at on a transcript? Tardiness and absences. “That tells me everything I need to know.”

15. Former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors on Jones: “His practices have great tempo, they’re organized to the hilt and there’s nobody standing around.”

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16. Analyst on the distribution challenges awaiting the new network:  ”I think it all comes down to how you price it. But I would say it’s going to take them a long time to get off the ground.”

17. Mike Slive on having the network headquartered in North Carolina.   “I’m delighted to have a presence in North Carolina.” Care to elaborate? “No. I don’t need to.”

18. Tony Barnhart: “Slive cemented his legacy as one of the impactful commissioners in the history of college athletics with Thursday’s announcement.”

19. David Climer: “It’s good to be the king.”

20. Kentucky coach John Calipari on the impact the network will have on basketball.  “From teams seven to 14, those teams now have a chance to recruit, because they will get fully exposed.”

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21. The mother of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard charged with kidnapping a six-year old girl.

22. Florida’s non-conference schedule includes Kansas, Memphis and Wisconsin.

23. Missouri will reportedly play in Las Vegas in November. 

24. Ole Miss still looking to fill one scholarship spot.

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25. Columnist: “Big Ten football in its current state is a fraud.”

26. With Notre Dame playing Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium, the Fighting Irish have their eyes on Texas recruits.  Coach Brian Kelly: ”There’s no question that when you talk about playing here at Cowboys Stadium, that gets every recruit’s attention.”

27. Texas coach Mack Brown is handing out rings.

28. World War II veterans of the Normandy Invasion get to meet Kentucky Derby horse Normandy Invasion.

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SEC Headlines 4/27/2013

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1. What did we learn in spring practice about skill position players at Auburn?

2. Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer on SEC domination and the teams he says that were better than the 1998 national champs:  “We had a national championship and we had three teams that were probably better than that team that didn’t win it — ’95, ’97 and 2001.”

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3. League source explaining Eddie Lacy’s fall to bottom of second round - injuries and a perceived lack of passion. Lacy “with the right team.”

4. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid on his new running back, former Razorback Knile Davis: “He knows his problem, the label he has out on him now, being a fumbler. He’ll work hard to fix that and we think we can help him with that.”

5. At one point, Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore was projected as the second overall pick of the draft.  He wasn’t even the second player taken from his team.

6. D.J. Swearinger heads to Houston where he’ll now be a teammate to a former rival – Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Will also play with his idol – Ed Reed.

7. Florida’s Jon Bostic headed to Chicago - “where middle linebacking is a religion.”

8. Missouri’s Zavier Gooden was the fastest linebacker at the combine - a big reason why he was drafted in the third round by the Titans.  ”You can’t teach speed.”

9. Former Auburn receiver Emory Blake may or may not hear his name called today.  ”I’m not too worried about it.”

10. What to watch for in Day Three of the draft.

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11. Parents influenced Trevor Lacy’s decision to transfer from Alabama.

12. Alabama will play in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Extras

13. Two years after terror struck Tuscaloosa, author Lars Anderson discusses “The Storm and the Tide.”

14. Notre Dame and Arizona State will play in Cowboys Stadium in October.

15. ACC may consider playing some football and basketball games in Europe.

16. The Onion: Manti Te’o Informed He’ll Go First Overall To The Nebraska Pioneers.

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WOW Headlines – 12/27/12

The hardest SEC football schedules this year were played by Auburn (40 combined victories for opponents), Missouri (39) and Tennessee (38)
The easiest SEC football schedules this year were played by Miss. State (25 combined victories by league foes), Alabama (24) and Georgia (24)
Georgia DT John Jenkins will not play in the Capital One Bowl versus Nebraska due to an academic issue
Georgia QB Aaron Murray says he won’t make a decision about the NFL until after his team’s bowl game
Alabama is expected to open the 2015 season in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas against a yet-to-be-determined foe
LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has confirmed that he will return for his senior season
17 of the 70 players who’ve accepted invitations to play in the Senior Bowl are from SEC teams
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SEC Headlines 9/29/2012

1. Kentucky forced  to refute bogus allegations regarding resignation of Joker Phillips. “Absolutely false.”

2. Auburn coach Gene Chizik to address status of wide receiver Quan Bray Sunday.  Wide receiver arrested in Georgia for violating driver’s permit.

3. Houston’s Reliant Stadium will join the Georgia Dome and Cowboys Stadium in hosting season-opening college football games.  Mississippi State and Oklahoma State reportedly finalizing deal for 2013.

4. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace – with a bruised right shoulder – will be closely watched tonight.

5. Kentucky basketball has released times and TV arrangements for its entire schedule.

6. SEC basketball recruiting -23 of Scout.com’s top 50 seniors have picked a college. Six of those players are headed to the SEC.

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7. Two Hawaii defensive tackles carted off the field Friday night.

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WOW Headlines – 9/26/12

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier is speaking with the media again…
He said yesterday that Carolina is “better than” Kentucky who the Gamecocks play Saturday
Texas A&M is planning a 3-year, $425 million renovation of Kyle Field, but they want help from the local government
Kentucky S Mikie Benton will not be suspended for a violent hit against Florida TE Jordan Reed
After a one-game suspension, South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger says he’ll target opponents lower
S Bacarri Rambo and LB Alec Ogletree will play for Georgia against Tennessee, according to their teammates
Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith reportedly felt “pretty good” at practice yesterday
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been banned from off-campus recruiting for 30 days due to a rules violation
LSU and TCU will open the 2013 season against one another at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
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Wow Evening Headlines 9/25/2012

Kentucky safety Mikie Benton will not be suspended for hit in Florida game
Steve Spurrier on Kentucky: “I think we are better than them.”
LSU-TCU to open next season at Cowboys Stadium
Georgia leads the nation with 35 offensive plays of 20 yards or more
Dan Mullen on 4-0 Mississippi State: “The opportunity could be there for championships.”
Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze on this week’s foe, Alabama: “They’re the gold standard in football right now.
Rebel QB Bo Wallace is “optimistic” he’ll be able to play with a shoulder injury
Florida guard Kenny Boynton tells ESPN that Tennessee will be the “toughest (team) to go against” this hoops season
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SEC Headlines 9/15/2012

1. TCU – LSU to open 2013 season at Cowboys Stadium?

2. One way to look at at the game tonight in Baton Rouge: “LSU is only at the halfway point of one of its longest preseasons in history.”

3. “Florida-Tennessee game is basically an elimination game.”

4. “If Bobby Petrino had never wrecked a motorcycle, it was still going to be about Alabama.”

5. Update on the Mizzou QB situation: “A source close to Corbin Berkstresser told me last night that the redshirt freshman is prepared to play and excited for the chance…”

6. Missouri’s failed fake punt against Georgia drew attention, but the Tigers have always gambled under Gary Pinkel.

7. Lane Kiffin just the latest in a line of coaches that try – and fail – to muzzle the media.

8. B1G Ten’s agreement with Dish expires.

9. John Calipari on the people who attend his high-dollar fantasy camp.  “They’re not here for funsies.”

10. Former Kentucky coach Bill Gillispie is out of the Mayo Clinic and back in Texas.

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SEC Football – Saturday Night Specials

The three Saturday evening SEC games featuring FBS opponents

North Texas at LSU

1. Arrests, suspensions, dismissals and hurricanes.  August is finally over.

2. Zach Mettenberger makes his debut at quarterback for the Tigers: “I’m tremendously ecstatic about the opportunity I have to be the starter for LSU.”

3. The weakest link in the LSU defense a year ago was linebackers.  Kevin Minter hopes to change that this season.

Auburn vs. Clemson (Atlanta)

4. Expect Auburn’s defense to play much of the game in its nickel formation.

5. A game Auburn has to win?

6. Just “a wee bit more firepower” for Clemson?

7. Auburn receives a pregame chat - from Cam Newton.

Alabama vs. Michigan (Arlington, TX)

8. Highest profile matchup of the weekend under the lights at Cowboys Stadium. Crimson Tide hasn’t lost a season opener in 11 years.

9. Expect frequent substitutions from Alabama – and no drop-off in talent.

10. Without tailback Fitz Toussaint, focus shifts to other playmakers for the Wolverines.

11. Critical matchup – Michigan’s front seven vs. Alabama’s running game.

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Hogs, Aggies To Head Back To Arlington In 2014

The Texas A&M-Arkansas football rivalry will be moving back to Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium in Arlington beginning in 2014.  The Razorbacks wanted the series to be continued in the Metroplex this year, but A&M officials wanted to get the game on campus so the Aggies would have at least six home dates in 2012.  Next year, the game will be played in Fayetteville before moving back to Arlington.

The series — which was played at Cowboys Stadium in 2009, 2010, and 2011 — is contracted to return to the domed behemoth of a venue from 2014 through 2024.

Jones, for those who don’t know it, owns the Dallas Cowboys and is a former Arkansas player.  And into his house, the Razorbacks and Aggies will soon return.

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Hogs, Aggies To Meet Home And Home Before Going Back To JerryWorld

The Southwest Classic between old SWC rivals and new SEC rivals Arkansas and Texas A&M will be moving back to Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas in the future.  Supposedly.  But for the next two seasons, the Hogs and Aggies will do battle  on their own campuses.

This fall, Arkansas will visit Kyle Field in College Station.  In 2013, A&M will return the favor with a trip to Fayetteville.  By 2014, the plan is for the game to go back to the Dallas area, where it’s been played since 2009.  At least that’s the plan according to Arkansas spokesperson Kevin Trainor:

 

“After Texas A&M officially joined the Southeastern Conference, the Dallas Cowboys worked with both institutions to help address scheduling difficulties created for the Aggies with their entry into the SEC.  Discussions between both institutions and the Dallas Cowboys are ongoing and are focused on returning the series to Cowboys Stadium for the 2014 season and beyond.”

 

Jones is an Arkansas alum who knows full well that his school benefits from playing inside the Lone Star State in front of a bevy of Texas high school prospects.  The Razorbacks want to get the game back into the Dallas Metroplex.  In fact, they never wanted it to leave JerryWorld.

As for Texas A&M, well, that’s another story.  Now in the Southeastern Conference themselves, the Aggies would just as soon not give a rival like Arkansas a yearly passage into their recruiting turf.  Better to have the Hogs visit every other year and better to have those visits come to College Station, not to Cowboys Stadium.

We’ll have to wait and see how money and politics impact the final landing spot for what’s to become an annual SEC showdown. At the moment, it looks like two years on campus before a return to neutral ground.

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