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SEC Headlines 3/16/2014

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1. Two SEC quarterbacks are on the move.  Jalen Whitlow is leaving Kentucky and Coach Mark Stoops says he’s “disappointed,” wanted him to consider moving to wide receiver. Started 15 games in two seasons at Kentucky.

2. Matt Joeckel departing from Texas A&M. Joeckel has already graduated and will be immediately eligible at an FBS program. Aggies down to sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen.

3. With Dorial Green-Beckham’s dismissal, Missouri has lost three receivers 6-4 or taller.  They’re being replaced by receivers all 6-3 or shorter.

4. Florida coach Will Muschamp likes his wide receiving talent: “I think we’re as deep as we’ve been at wide receiver…”

5. Georgia’s focus this summer – getting players leaner. “This league is a lot of no-huddle. We can’t be 330 pounds out there.”

6. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt wants leadership from his upperclassmen: “We need more out of them,”

7. LSU’s opener in Houston against Wisconsin will kick off in prime time.

8. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will spend the month of May with former LSU quarterback Craig Nall and quarterback guru George Whitfield.

9. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on injuries this spring: “We had probably about a dozen guys that either missed all of spring practice or a great portion of spring practice…”

10. The left tackle battle at Alabama is a two-man race between third-year sophomore Brandon Greene and freshman Cam Robinson.

11. Kevin Scarbinsky defines the Bowden Triangle: “It’s the place where the best high school and junior college prospects come to play and the rest of the Football Bowl Subdivision’s dreams of a national championship go to die.”

12. Many thought Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was on the hot seat last season but A.D. Scott Stricklin says that wasn’t the case.“What people on the outside seemed to perceive wasn’t really the case.”


13. Former South Carolina players Kelcy Quarles and Victor Hampton are expected to be drafted next month.  They’re also reportedly wanted for questioning for their roles in a New York City nightclub fight.

14. Johnny Manziel will work out for the Cleveland Browns this weekend.

15. Missouri’s Max Copeland was a guard in college – wants to be a fullback in the NFL. Lost 50 pounds.  ”I would work until I puked and then keep working.”

16. 23 NFL teams at Georgia’s pro day.

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17. David Climer on Cuonzo Martin’s departure from Tennessee: “While Martin was never fully embraced at UT, he never fully embraced UT, either.”

18. Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart: “There were a lot of distractions, you know what they were, you reported on them.”

19. “Hart and the rest of the UT administration should never again treat a coach the way they allowed Martin to be treated.” 

20. MrSEC: Martin was never embraced in Knoxville for one reason — he wasn’t Pearl.  

21. Martin on his new job at Cal:  ”It’s a place I could spend the rest of my life.”

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22. Slate: Bill O’Reilly’s Racially Coded Interview With Kentucky Coach John Calipari

23. Rupp Arena renovation plans up in the air after legislature fails to vote on $80 million in proposed state aid.

24. ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla on Missouri’s Jabari Brown – projected as a second-round pick: “I think he’s going to play in the NBA someday, but there’s a difference between playing in the NBA and becoming a true NBA player — a guy who stays in the league for 10 or 12 years.”


25. Unlimited meals and snacks on the way for college athletes.

26. The New York Times on the Jameis Winston case – “there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or by the university.”

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SEC Headlines 3/3/2014

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1. Alabama’s consecutive losses to end the 2013 season could help the Crimson Tide heading into 2014.

2. Former players heaped praise on Lane Kiffin and predicted he will have success at Alabama.

3. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall won’t be working with George Whitfield Jr. or any other outside quarterback coaches.

4. Gus Malzahn hasn’t watched the BCS championship loss to Florida State. That hasn’t kept him from thinking about it.

5. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital says the Aggies will continue to have a dynamic offense.

6. Athlon Sports has ranked the nation’s top rosters heading into 2014. Alabama is No. 1.

7. Tennessee will replace its entire offensive line when spring practice begins this week.


8. Do Saban’s Alabama players come with injury risks for NFL teams?

9. Defensive end Kony Ealy should be Missouri’s next first round pick.

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10. Arkansas was able to stay focused this time around after its win at Kentucky.

11. Pat Forde on John Calipari following Kentucky’s loss at South Carolina: “When the going got tough, Cal got out.”

12. Kentucky’s offense needs a quick fix, writes John Clay.

13. The SEC standings are a mess behind Florida, which is still undefeated in conference play.

14. A win at Vanderbilt this week could give LSU some momentum heading into the SEC tournament.

15. Mississippi State’s RPI continues to plummet after another 0-2  week for the Bulldogs.

16. The last few games have not gone well for Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson.

17. Tennessee can’t allow a slip up after beating Vanderbilt by 38 points on Saturday.

18. SEC basketball needs to break out of its slump, writes David Climer.


19. Mark Cuban doesn’t like the “one-and-done rule.” For some reason he thinks that rule was created by the NCAA.

20. Florida is No. 1 in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one). No other SEC team makes the list.

21. Arizona clinched the Pac-12 championship with a home win over Stanford.

22. March is here. And there’s still plenty of uncertainty in college basketball.

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SEC Headlines 1/12/2014

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1. Vanderbilt AD David Williams said Saturday 20 to 25 people had reached out about the Commodores’ head coaching job.

2. James Franklin “talked the talk until he walked,” writes David Climer.

3. The Tennessean provides the top five Franklin moments while he was Vanderbilt’s coach.

4. Dorial Green-Beckham’s father is confident his son won’t be charged following an arrest early Saturday.

5. Green-Beckham posted this message on Twitter Saturday night.

6. Alabama head coach Nick Saban continues to stockpile former head coaches for his staff.

7. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph appears to be headed to Texas to join Charlie Strong’s staff.

8. Lane Kiffin scrutiny could come on the recruiting trail, writes Kevin Scarbinsky.

9. Gus Malzahn is working to get raises for his staff as he is due a bonus on Wednesday.

10. Auburn’s Justin Garrett is hoping to return and help the Tigers’ defense next season after an injury-riddled year.

11. LSU has a ton of talent, which is why so many players have NFL decisions to make each year.

12. Ole Miss linebacker/defensive end D.T. Shackelford received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

13. Pat Dooley has 13 takeaways from the 2013 season. No. 1: It was a terrible season for the SEC. (He’s kidding)

14. Mark Story looks at where Kentucky coach Mark Stoops might have an edge on Louisville’s Bobby Petrino next season.

15. There was a large turnout for South Carolina fans to say goodbye to quarterback Connor Shaw.

16. Athlete Neiko Creamer became Tennessee’s 14th midterm enrollee on Saturday.


17. Franklin said he was “excited to come home” when he was introduced as Penn State’s new coach.

18. Franklin’s arrival at Penn State will give the Big Ten a shot in the arm, writes Jeremy Fowler.

19. Florida State’s 2014 season has the brightest outlook among the teams in Florida.

20. Here’s a look at how the top 25 college basketball teams have fared this weekend.

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Bo Wallace Leads Ole Miss To Victory In Music City Bowl

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1. Rebels now 2-0 in bowl games under Hugh Freeze.  Finish the season at 8-5, best record since 2009.

2. Redemption for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace.  Completes 22-of-32 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown.  Rushed for two more touchdowns on the ground.

3. Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford “was all over the field for the Rebels on Monday.”

4. Was this the last game at Ole Miss for wide receiver Donte Moncrief?

5. David Climer on the Ole Miss offense:  ”It’s the football version of jazz, a disjointed melody filled with creativity and self-expression.”

6. Mark Bradley: ”An Ole Miss delay-of-game penalty helped Ole Miss clinch the game, if you can believe that. “

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SEC Headlines 7/3/2013

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1. If Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan gets suspended for boating under the influence, two walkons will be battling for the job.

2. Only seven teams attempted fewer field goals than Georgia did last season.

3. Georgia defensive junior lineman Toby Johnson underwent surgery Tuesday.  Full recovery expected in 10 days.

4. No one is talking at Vanderbilt, where four players were dismissed over the weekend.  But as David Climer writes, “It is a story that is not going away.”

5. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel named the SEC Male Athlete of the Year.

6. Top ten running backs in the SEC.  Is Georgia sophomore Todd Gurley the best?

7. Pat Dooley thinks Vanderbilt is the 23rd best team in the country.

8. Most important returning player for Ole Miss?  Quarterback Bo Wallace. “With a year of experience in Freeze’s fast-paced offense, Wallace should be among the top-rated signal-callers in the SEC.”

9. Most important returning player at Mississippi State? Quarterback Tyler Russell. “If he can maintain a healthy touchdown-to-interception ratio… the Bulldogs will go bowling for the fourth year in a row.”

10. With Ace Sanders gone to the NFL, South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington “will take on an even greater role in 2013.”

11. Is wide receiver the weakest position at Tennessee?

12. Is freshman quarterback Reese Phillips in the mix at quarterback for Kentucky?

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13. How about an NBA draft rule that would allow Phil Pressey,  BJ Young and Marshawn Powell to return to school because they weren’t drafted?

14. Former Florida Gator Kenny Boynton is playing summer league ball for the Los Angeles Lakers.

15. Brandon Lopez logged 98 minutes as a sophomore walk-on at Tennessee and will return as a junior in the same role.

16. Transfer overload at Missouri? First impressions of newcomers at Mizzou.

17. Sounds like Kentucky fans are enthusiastic about funding renovations at Rupp Arena.


18. Is former Georgia star David Pollack the greatest defensive lineman of the BCS era?

19. Robert Lester was a safety at Alabama and Cam Newton a quarterback at Auburn.  Now the two are teammates in Carolina.

20. Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine dropping his $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN.

21. She was arrested for rushing the field but she’ll always have her selfie.

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SEC Headlines 4/1/13

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1. Michigan beat Florida 79-59 on Sunday. Florida G Kenny Boynton: “They were the better team.”

2. Boynton and seniors Eric Murphy and Mike Rosario had an emotional ending to their careers.

3. It was apparent early that Florida had no answers for Michigan, which jumped out to a 13-0 lead.

4. One scholarship has opened up in Lexington: point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring from Kentucky.

5. Meanwhile, Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer tweeted Sunday to say he is staying in Lexington.

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6. From Sunday: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema bragged on his Big Ten record compared to Nick Saban’s record.

7. Alabama is back from spring break and preparing for 11 practices in the next 20 days.

8. Auburn’s coaching staff is working on rebuilding the mental strength of its quarterbacks.

9. Ole Miss will return to the practice field tonight. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford is a big storyline.

10. Here’s an updated (and projected) depth chart for Georgia’s defense.

11. New Tennessee coach Butch Jones is “making the right moves,” writes David Climer.

12. Tennessee’s offense is adjusting to a quicker pace as spring practice resumes this week.


13. A love story you will want to read involving Mal Moore, who passed away on Saturday. By Don Kausler Jr.

14. It’s been one year to the day since Bobby Petrino had his motorcycle accident.

15. Louisville guard Kevin Ware had successful surgery Sunday night to repair the open fracture of his right tibia.

16. What’s the first thing Ware told his mother after the injury? “Calm down, mom. I’m OK.”

17. Here’s an early preview of the upcoming Final Four in Atlanta.

18. Texas is working this offseason to return to competing with the nation’s elite programs.

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SEC Headlines 3/18/13

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1. Florida will play Northwestern State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

2. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson on other SEC coaches: “They’re losers.”

3. The Rebels will have a tough challenge when they play No. 5 seed Wisconsin.

4. Missouri coach Frank Haith on returning to the NCAA tournament: “I never take it for granted.”

5. SEC basketball this season was worse than previous thought, writes David Climer.

6. Kentucky went from being the 2012 story of the NCAA tournament to an NIT No. 1 seed.

7. The Wildcats lost too many road games to get into the NCAA tournament.

8. Tennessee is a No. 2 seed in the NIT after missing out on the NCAA tournament.

9. Alabama received a No. 1 seed in the NIT. The Crimson Tide will open against Northeastern.

10. There will be “increased pressure” for the Vols to reach the NCAA tournament next year, writes Mike Strange.

11. Maybe the SEC can “exact payback” during the football season, writes Mark Wiedmer.

12. Arkansas didn’t receive an invitation to the NIT. Its season ends with a 19-13 record.

13. LSU was left out of the NIT, too. Tigers coach Johnny Jones: “It’s just disappointing.”

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14. Alabama is ready to move past its offseason troubles that included four players being kicked off the team.

15. Here’s a look at Auburn’s H-backs and tight ends as the Tigers prepare for spring practice.


16. The SEC was represented on the NCAA tournament snub list.

17. Here is the full NCAA tournament schedule with TV listings.

18. The NCAA released the official 1-68 seed list for the tournament.

19. Eamonn Brennan of has his own rankings for all 68 teams.

20. Jeff Goodman of believes Florida will reach the Final Four.

21. Always an entertaining read: “Forde Minutes” to get you ready for the Big Dance.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 2/12/13

1. Georgia got a little creative with its recruitment of Savannah, Ga., DE Milan Richard.

2. Florida cornerback signee Vernon Hargreaves III could make an early impact.

3. Which Ole Miss signee could make a quick impact this fall? Here are a few possibilities.

4. A Tennessee kicker commitment is considering a preferred walk-on offer from Ohio State.

5. Tennessee coach Butch Jones will face challenges in recruiting, writes David Climer.

6. Checkout this feature on hoops phenom Andrew Wiggins, known as “The Canadian Jordan.”

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Driskel Shines For Florida; Arkansas Thumps Kentucky

Florida 31 – Vanderbilt 17

1. Jeff Driskel broke Tim Tebow’s single-game rushing record by a quarterback at Florida with 177 yards.

2. Florida overcame several injuries to beat Vanderbilt.

3. The Gators are winning games this season that they were losing a year ago.

4. Vanderbilt must be kicking itself over mistakes it made against Florida, writes David Climer.

Arkansas 49 – Kentucky 7

5. Arkansas dominated Kentucky in a game shorted by the weather.

6. Freshman Jonathan Williams backed up a prediction that he would score against Kentucky.

7. Arkansas is showing improvement with back-to-back wins in the SEC.

8. Kentucky is winless in the SEC with a 1-6 record. How can Joker Phillips survive this?

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Everybody Agrees: An SEC Network Would Make It Rain

Longtime readers of this site know that we first mentioned the possibility that the league could still start its own network — despite its 2008 contracts with CBS and ESPN — a little more than two years ago.  Readers this week also know that the SEC is indeed engaged in talks with the four-letter network regarding some form of co-owned channel.

Revenue estimates for such a network have ranged anywhere from $500,000 million to $1 billion to even more depending on the source you read and the data they use.

David Climer of The Tennessean goes the simple route in explaining why an SEC Network should be worth more than the already highly successful Big Ten Network and the start-up Pac-12 Networks (there will be six channels focusing on two member schools each):


“Getting toeholds in Texas and Missouri pushes the total population in the SEC’s 11-state footprint to 91 million, according to the latest census figures. Compare this to the Big Ten (69.5 million) and the Pac-12 (62.8 million).

That means if Slive, who is in his 11th year as commissioner, can strike an agreement that would put the SEC Network into every cable and satellite subscriber’s house, it should eclipse the revenue of the Big Ten and Pac-12 TV deals.”


This is nothing new to our readers who’ve seen our “reason for expansion” pieces over the years.  It does, however, further explain why Missouri got an SEC invite over West Virginia, a fine athletic department that just happens to be located in a tiny state.  Many Mountaineer fans took it as an insult when we tried to explain that dynamic a year ago.

As expansion talk continues to roil, maybe it will become more and more clear to those few holdouts who don’t quite get it — television is driving this bus.

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