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SEC Headlines 12/17/2013

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1. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has looked at film of Florida State. “The thing that jumped out to me is speed, super fast,” he said.

2. Malzahn said he hopes to keep his staff intact this offseason after a successful first year at Auburn.

3. Malzahn, by the way, downplayed talk of his name with the Texas job. He said he’s a good fit for Auburn.

4. Alabama is coming off a loss to Auburn while Oklahoma’s last game was a win over rival Oklahoma State.

5. Alabama’s coaches played a role in helping Oklahoma install its 3-4 defensive scheme.

6. Former Arkansas assistant Charlie Patridge thanked Arkansas fans on twitter after he was announced as the head coach at Florida Atlantic.

7. LSU coach Les Miles backed away from any Texas speculation. “Oh please. Oh please. Let’s not kick my name around,” he said.

8. Miles expects a fight from Iowa when the two teams play in the Outback Bowl.

9. Mississippi State has seen its defense improve recently. The Bulldogs have turned opponents over 14 times in their last four games.

10. Ole Miss is preparing for its matchup against Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl.

11. Pat Dooley writes the deck was stacked against quarterback Tyler Murphy, who has decided to transfer from Florida.

12. Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley and cornerback Damian Swann are both expected to return for their senior years.

13. Oklahoma State is Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson’s alma mater. But he’s working to help Missouri beat the Cowboys this time.

14. Texas A&M would have to pay coach Kevin Sumlin everything remaining on his contract if he’s fired without cause.

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15. Florida has been better in crunch time this year. The Gators might need to be tonight when they play at Memphis.

16. The Kentucky-Louisville game scheduled for Dec. 28 has become very important for unexpected reasons.

17. Alabama is preparing to play undefeated Wichita State tonight.

18. Vanderbilt practices have become more intense as coach Kevin Stallings is looking for a more disciplined team.

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19. Mack Brown and Texas are both better off because he decided to exit gracefully, writes Gregg Doyel.

20. Nebraska’s athletic director says the school did not contact Brown after he resigned at Texas.

21. John Infante explains why Chip Kelly’s show-cause penalty makes him an unlikely candidate at Texas.

22. Arizona and Tampa, Fla., will host college football’s 2016 and 2017 national championship games.

23. Athlon Sports has its top 25 freshman for the 2013 season.

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Georgia Lands Third Commitment In Last Week

Georgia has received a commitment from linebacker Ramik Wilson from Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson High School.

Wilson made the commitment during his official visit to Georgia during the weekend.

I just liked it all,” Wilson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “The coaches, Coach (Todd) Grantham and Coach (Mark) Richt, being around those players. It’s a good environment, they’ve got a good recruiting class and are building a good defense. I want to be a part of turning the program back around.”

Georgia picked up commitments from wide receiver Sanford Seay and athlete Damian Swann in the last week. Seay’s commitment ended Georgia’s four-month streak of not receiving a commitment.

Perhaps the recent run of commitments is a sign that Georgia is picking up momentum at the right time.

“There’s a lot of great players coming in and we believe we can win right away,” Wilson said.

Georgia is hoping to finish strong by landing several in-state prospects, including running back Isaiah Crowell, defensive end Ray Drew, tight end Jay Rome and defensive back Malcolm Mitchell.

Wilson became Georgia’s 18th commitment for the 2011 class, which can officially begin signing with the Bulldogs on Feb. 2. Georgia’s commitment list ranks 13th in the 2011 Rivals.com team rankings.

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