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Dooley High On LB Maggitt, Down On Mom’s Radio Appearances

Derek Dooley needs some breakout stars on defense.  The majority of the starters in Tennessee’s front seven are either young, inexperienced or both.

Enter true freshman linebacker Curt Maggitt (rhymes with “legit”), who has been the talk of UT’s preseason camp.  Even the Vols’ head coach is glowing in his praise:

“Curt is off the charts (in terms of character).  Everything indicated that he was going to be a very good player for us and he’s really shown a real high level of maturity, a high level of professionalism and a high level of understanding of what we’re doing.  We’re glad we have him.”

Maggitt will be making his first career start Saturday evening against Montana.

Meanwhile, the second-year coach is having to do some damage control after nixing his mother’s regular appearances on Paul Finebaum’s nationally-syndicated radio show.  The fear amongst some media members is that the “you never know what she’s gonna say next” Barbara Dooley is being banned from making all media appearances.  Not so says her son:

“For 43 years, I’ve never been able to get my mom not to do something she wanted to do, so why would it start now?  Nobody has banned Barbara Dooley from the airwaves, and nobody has banned her from speaking.  People will still get their Barbara Dooley fix.”

You can’t really blame Dooley on this one.  What coach would want a parent saying something in the media that might eventually cause him unnecessary headaches?  Just ask Will Muschamp about that one.

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SEC Headlines – 8/10/11 Part One

1.  Some bluegill and bass have been helping Kentucky’s offensive linemen bond.

2.  A former Ohio State defensive end is apparently interested in transferring to UK.

3.  Lexington officials studying the possibilities of building a new facility or revamping Rupp Arena will head to Columbus, Ohio — a nice city that I called home for three years — to do some research on Friday.

4.  Steve Spurrier has banned Twitter — wise move — saying, “I don’t see how it could do any good for anybody.”  Agreed, Twitter is evil.  (And you can follow us at

5.  Carolina’s secondary is looking to bounce back from a tough season.

6.  After his team’s first scrimmage, Derek Dooley was “disappointed in the offensive chemistry” and “tempo” at Tennessee.

7.  Newcomers AJ Johnson and Curt Maggitt are “big and physical” at linebacker.

8.  The Vols’ depth chart looks better now than it did in the spring.

9.  This writer says James Franklin’s attitude can help fix what ails Vanderbilt.

10.  Despite Chris Marve’s presence, linebacker is still “a position of concern.”

11.  When it comes to facility upgrades, VU is focusing on older issues first… which means basketball will get some help before football.

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Maggitt Chooses UT Over UF

Florida defensive end Curt Maggitt let word leak out last night that he intends to sign with Tennessee rather than with his homestate Gators.  Maggitt is the 22nd-ranked player in the state of Florida according to The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

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