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SEC Headlines – 1/20/11 Part One

1.  Billy Donovan continues to stress free throw shooting to his team.

2.  With offensive line coach Stacy Searels heading to Texas, this writer wonders if its “abandon ship time” in Athens.

3.  The departure of Searels hasn’t hit Georgia in the commitment list yet.

4.  This writer plays “20 Questions” regarding Kentucky basketball.

5.  The last shall be first — South Carolina’s overtime win over Arkansas has propelled the Cocks to first place in the SEC East. 

6.  “I guess we’re not going to be boring at home,” Darrin Horn said after his team’s second OT win in conference play.

7.  Tennessee’s Brian Williams has improved since being moved into an off-the-bench role.

8.  The Vols’ Scotty Hopson is asking for forgiveness rather than permission these days.

9.  Vanderbilt blew another double-digit lead last night… but this time they recovered in time to vanquish Ole Miss.

10.  Must read: Fan ugliness is reaching new heights.  (And anyone reading this story who doesn’t see the problem with a few harmless threats… is part of the problem.)

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SEC Headlines – 1/12/11 Part Two

1.  Florida needed overtime but the Gators won their first game in Knoxville since 2005 81-57 last night.

2.  On an off-the-court note, here’s a excellent story on how Anthony Grant, John Pelphrey and Billy Donovan have all become closer… through the loss of a child.

3.  Florida’s football team finished unranked for the first time in 20 years.

4.  Mark Richt has given linebacker Marcus Dowtin — one of the Dawgs’ leading tacklers the last two years — an unconditional release following the news that he’d been arrested last spring… and never told his coach.

5.  After spending a season ripping Brett Favre — and sounding like a bitter old man — Fran Tarkenton is now ripping Richt – and sounding like a bigger old man.  Now get off his lawn!

6.  Bad weather forced UGA’s basketball team to bus its way to Nashville for tonight’s game with Vandy.

7.  Terrence Jones went off for 35 points to lead Kentucky to a 78-54 win over Auburn last night.

8.  Following the Enes Kanter ruling, UK president Lee Todd will ask the NCAA for an explanation of what European players can and cannot do.

9.  Not understanding that fans never want to hear the following, Joker Phillips said yesterday that his Wildcats are “not that far away.”  (That might be true, but fans never want to hear that after a 6-7 season.)

10.  Fresh off a win over Vanderbilt, Darrin Horn takes his team into Tuscaloosa tonight.

11.  Tennessee’s offense fell apart in an overtime loss to Florida last night.

12.  That’s the same old story for a team that doesn’t have a scorer to step up at the end of games.

13.  UT won’t have an easy time climbing out of an 0-2 SEC hole.

14.  Vanderbilt isn’t panicking heading into tonight’s game with Georgia.

15.  Several Commodores are still stinging from Saturday’s loss at South Carolina.

16.  Kevin Stallings says Mark Fox has done a good job, but Dennis Felton left him some good players.

17.  When it comes to college football, there’s the SEC and everybody else…

18.  But the SEC is off to a rough start in basketball.

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Gamecocks Ink Two During Fall Signing Period

South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn announced on Wednesday the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend South Carolina and join the men’s basketball squad beginning with the 2011-12 season.

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Gamecocks Entertain Kentucky Wesleyan In Lone Exhibition Thursday

Led by third-year head coach Darrin Horn, South Carolina will host Kentucky Wesleyan in exhibition action at Colonial Life Arena on Thursday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. Admission is free, while parking is $5.

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Men’s Basketball Media Availability Videos

Men’s basketball head coach Darrin Horn and select players met with members of the media Wednesday.

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