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SEC Headlines 5/17/2013

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1. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin makes it clear he’s no fan of going to a 9-game SEC schedule: “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it…Who’s going to play Oregon or Ohio State out of conference now?”

2. Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart on coach Butch Jones: “He’s passionate, he’s genuine and I think he’s off to a very, very good start in terms of galvanizing our fan base.”

3. Can Kentucky’s 2013 offense compare to the 1997 Air Raid offense of Hal Mumme?

4. Incoming Ole Miss freshman Robert Nkemdiche: “It is nearly inconceivable that an 18-year-old can have the build of a rookie in the NFL, but Nkemdiche does.”

5. Johnny Manziel: “The best summer anyone’s ever had continues, and it’s not even summer yet.” More here on his day in San Diego including a personalized jersey with a Heisman Trophy Patch.

6. Nick Saban on preparing for Manziel: ”I think that’s an ongoing process around here.” Aggies with most offensive and defensive snaps in the SEC.

7. 2014 draft-eligible SEC cornerbacks to keep your on this fall. Past five NFL drafts – SEC with 229 picks – Big 12 with 136.

8. Auburn right tackle Avery Young on playing in a hurry-up, no-huddle offense.  ”I’ve seen how it goes when playing against a team that’s not used to it.”

9. Gus Malzhan “has had seven different starting quarterbacks in seven years at the college level.”

10. Thanks to U.S. Open tennis shifting to ESPN, we could see more early SEC games on CBS starting in 2015.

Perspective on Nick Saban’s Week

11. 111 NFL players coached or recruited by Nick Saban - 33 of them at Alabama.

12. Robbie Andreu on Tim Davis’ comments regarding Saban: “Those being critical of his “devil” quote need to relax and understand that he was only kidding.”

13. Duane Rankin: “Davis’ comments are going to serve as motivation for Alabama, too.”

14. David Climer: (Saban) “gave him a job at two different levels of football. How about a little appreciation here?

15. MrSEC: “One man’s dream boss can be another man’s nightmare.”

NCAA News

16. ACC coaches want the coaches’ poll to be part of playoff criteria.

17. ACC TV Network? “ACC is able to proudly proclaim it has the most population (107 million) and most TV households (38 million) within its 10-state footprint of any conference.”

18. USC A.D. Pat Haden made $2.2 million in 2011 - second among athletic directors only to Vanderbilt’s David Williams (who held multiple titles that year). USC coach Lane Kiffin made $2.6 million that year - father Monte made $1.8 million.

19. Matt Hayes on Pat Fitzgerald’s Big Ten team:  ”Northwestern was the only Big Ten team to beat the mighty SEC in a bowl game, the program’s first bowl victory since 1949.”

20. Georgia Tech and the strangest recruiting Photoshops of them all.

SEC  Basketball

21. Is 45-year old Coleman Coliseum a long-term venue for Alabama?  A.D. Bill Battle: ”Right now, I think the answer’s yes… if we outgrow Coleman, we’ll address that when that time comes, but we’ve got a ways to go before we get there.”

22. Auburn’s Tony Barbee may have the hottest seat of any coach in college basketball this year.

23. Kevin Stallings may add an assistant at Vanderbilt.

24. Why the next six weeks may determine if former Missouri guard Phil Pressey will have an NBA career.

Extras

25. Former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner fires his agent for not being drafted in the top five.

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Wow Headlines 1/13/2012

Saturday SEC Basketball Finals
Auburn 74, South Carolina 71
Mississippi State 72, Georgia 61
Alabama 68, Tennessee 65
Texas A&M 83, Kentucky 71
Florida 74, LSU 52
Arkansas 56, Vanderbilt 33
Ole Miss 64, Missouri 49
Nick Saban will receiver a $525,000 bonus for winning BCS and SEC Championships
A trio of Alabama players, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy and cornerback Dee Milliner are leaving school to enter the 2013 NFL draft
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Johnny Manziel: “If they can keep him out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good”…Stoops later apologized for his remarks
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Bama’s Fluker, Lacy And Milliner Turn Pro

mrsec-breaking-newsThree Alabama stars made official today what many have suspected since Monday’s BCS Championship Game — that they would leave as juniors for the National Football League.  Today offensive tackle DJ Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy, and cornerback Dee Milliner announced their intentions to depart Tuscaloosa early.

All three players are expected to be selected in the first or second round of April’s draft.

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SEC Headlines – 8/9/11 Part One

1.  Alabama is ready to put on the full pads.

2.  Dee Milliner is using experience to help land a starting quarterback job.

3.  Here’s a UA practice report.

4.  Gene Chizik was happy with effort (but not technique) after Auburn’s first day in full pads.

5.  Freshman running back Tre Mason is hoping to make a name for himself.  (His father was in the group De La Soul.)

6.  The Tigers’ O-line is fighting through injuries.

7.  Arkansas continues to toy with a five-man front on defense.

8.  The Hogs had cooler temperatures for their first day in full pads.

9.  Colton Miles-Nash says he’s OK with moving from defensive end back to tight end.

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