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SEC Headlines 3/11/2014

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1. SEC officiating coordinator Steve Shaw said rule changes need to be about what’s best for the game in the long run.

2. Former Alabama lineman Kellen Williams called the Paul Finebaum Show to defend Nick Saban.

3. Here’s a look at what Alabama has to work with in its secondary this spring.

4. Auburn will have to replace defensive end Dee Ford this season. Here’s a look at how the Tigers will do it.

5. LSU’s quarterback battle continues as the Tigers look for Zach Mettenberger’s replacement.

6. Ole Miss players Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche, who are brothers, have filed counter suits against their accuser in an alleged assault.

7. Tennessee sophomore quarterback Josh Dobbs discussed his work on and off the field with Bruce Feldman.

8. The Vols will need defensive end Corey Vereen to step up this year.

9. Vanderbilt has a few players changing positions as the Commodores transition into a base 3-4 defense.

10. Dave Matter addresses several questions regarding Missouri as it prepares for spring practice.

11. What’s life at Texas A&M going to be like now that Johnny Manziel is gone? George Schroeder takes a look.

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12. Tre Mason showed his toughness playing running back for Auburn. He hopes that impresses NFL teams.

13. Tape of the 2013 Alabama-Texas A&M game will show plenty of NFL prospects.

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14. So you’re saying there’s a chance? SEC teams with double-digits losses in conference play have won the tournament before.

15. Auburn is a double-digit loss team in the SEC that is preparing for the tournament while coach Tony Barbee is on the hot seat.

16. Billy Donovan wants an extra day off for teams playing conference title games on Sunday.

17. Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin will likely be named the SEC player of the year.

18. Florida’s seniors are motivated heading into the SEC tournament. The Gators could be the first 21-0 SEC team.

19. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant hasn’t announced his future plans but says he feels “ready” for the NBA.

20. SEC coaches raved about the job done by Georgia coach Mark Fox.

21. Georgia will need to win the SEC tournament to reach the NCAA tournament. An NIT invitation looks like a sure thing.

22. Kentucky keeps talking about trying to get its “mojo” back. It better hurry.

23. South Carolina senior guard on coach Frank Martin’s behavior around players: “We don’t take it personally at all.”

24. Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said guard Josh Richardson is defending on an “elite” level.

25. Forward Tony Criswell won’t be with Missouri in the SEC tournament.

Extra

26. A back injury will keep Kansas’ star freshman center Joel Embiid out of the Big 12 tournament. His NCAA tournament status is in question.

27. Here’s a look at conference tournament schedules around the country.

28. Which college basketball teams are the most overrated? Brad Evans takes a look.

29. Athlon Sports has a list of the best SEC quarterbacks of the BCS era.

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Auburn DE Ford Expected To Miss The Tigers’ Opener

Georgia v AuburnDon’t expect to see Auburn defensive end Dee Ford on the field for his team’s opening day track meet with Washington State.  The Tigers’ leading returning pass rusher could miss even more time after damaging ligaments in his left knee.

Asked about Ford’s availability in Week One, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson told al.com that there’s “no question” the man with six sacks a year ago will not play.  He is also expected to miss an “extended” period of time.

Ford’s injury occurred back on August 10th during a scrimmage.  “Freak thing,” Johnson said.  “Someone’s leg swung around him and hit him in the side.  Not real, real bad.  No surgery required.”

Auburn’s pass rush a year ago left much to be desired.  The Tigers registered just 22 sacks on the year, good for 11th place in the 14-team SEC.  So the sooner Ford returns… the better.

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SEC Headlines 5/1/2013

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1. Baton Rouge police report: “Cell phone video shows LSU running back Jeremy Hill punching a man from behind and then celebrating with high fives when a second unidentified man knocked the victim out with another punch.”

2. Former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett picks West Virginia.  Had considered transferring to Auburn.

3. Because his style of play is what the NFL craves, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel “must strike now,” according to Matt Hayes of The Sporting News.

4. Manziel and the Aggies offense will be the focus of many SEC coaches over the summer.

5. Meet DJ Double R, the man providing the soundtrack for Texas A&M football.

6. Georgia coach Mark Richt on offensive line play: I’d rather have five guys that are in sync…. than three of them that are superstars and two guys that can’t play.”

7. How Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen’s 2009 recruiting class fared – compared to Ole Miss.

8. What the NFL draft says about the Arkansas program.

9. Auburn defense end Dee Ford led the team in sacks in 2012 and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson likes what he saw this spring: ”He is our best and, at this point, our only pass rusher that is giving us the kind of pass rush we’ve got to get to be successful.”

10. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will be the honorary pace car driver at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

11. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and former player Sterling Sharpe the best SEC golfers at the Chik-fil-A Bowl challenge.

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12. Former Rutgers guard Eli Carter is transferring to Florida.  Averaged 14.9 points per game last year before breaking his leg. Seeking a waiver to allow him to be on the 2013-2014 roster.

13. One incoming -one outgoing for the Gators.   Guard Braxton Ogbueze is leaving.

14. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson – preseason All-American candidate?

15. Georgia and Georgia Tech scheduled to play on November 15th. In a series that dates back to 1905, the two teams have never met that early in the season.

SEC/College News

16. Expect the committee organized to review Auburn athletics to file a report “in a few weeks.”

17. An attorney vs. attorney dispute that’s generating attention from the NCAA and the NFL.

18. Which conference won realignment?  I doubt you’ll be surprised by the answer.

Extras

19. 15 candidates to be on the stage at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for next year’s NFL draft.

20. A Tennessee State football player collapsed on the practice field and later died. Now his parents are suing the university for wrongful death.

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SEC Headlines – 11/18/10 Part One

1.  Potential Rhodes scholar Greg McElroy has been a class act on and off the field for Alabama.

2.  Some young Auburn D-linemen will have to step up in the first half of the Iron Bowl (due to the suspensions of Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans).

3.  Auburn’s defensive line wore down in last year’s Iron Bowl.  “But we won’t make the same mistake twice,” said Dee Ford.

4.  Heading into a game with Mississippi State, Arkansas is already well-versed in defending the option.

5.  So much for John Pelphrey’s team starting the season healthy.  Michael Sanchez will be out six weeks after injuring his foot Tuesday in practice.

6.  The Hogs will be counting on chemistry this year.

7.  It’ll be weakness against weakness when LSU tries to pass against Ole Miss’ secondary.

8.  Right guard Will Blackwell should be ready to play on Saturday.

9.  Trent Johnson says the veterans on his team are on a short leash.

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