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SEC Headlines 7/31/2013

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1. A vigil for Texas A&M redshirt freshman  Polo Manukainiu and two other teenagers killed in a car accident drew 1,000 mourners.

2. What will it be like for new South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams to have Jadeveon Clowney in practice? “My tone of voice is a little bit different when I’m talking to him.”

3. Secondary is the biggest issue at Georgia.  Big expectations for quarterback Aaron Murray.  ”I expect him to have the biggest season of his career.”

4. Jeff Driskel’s appendectomy puts a focus at Florida on the backup quarterbacks.

5. Missouri beat writer on quarterback James Franklin - “absorbed more fan criticism than I’ve ever seen from a Mizzou player in my time covering the Tigers.”

6. Former Tennessee signeee Jabo Lee is now headed to Temple and his high school coach is not happy about the way the Vols handled the situation: “I think they just left him out to dry.”

7. In the quarterback battle at Tennessee, Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman are listed jointly at No. 1 on the depth chart. Here’s a depth chart breakdown.  “The Eight Don’ts of Sal Sunseri.”

8. Sal’s son, Vinnie, expected to be one of the starters in the Alabama secondary this fall.

9. Freshman wide receiver Robert Foster expected to enroll at Alabama this week,  Offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman expected to join the team as well.

10. Memo to Alabama freshman Dee Liner: ”Earn your money. If and when you do, don’t wave it in anyone’s face.”

11. Most of Auburn’s practices will be in the afternoon as the Tigers prepare for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Washington State. Coach Gus Malzahn: ”I’m a big routine guy and I like getting into a routine.”

12, Predictions for Ole Miss’ season range from 6-6 to 9-3.  MrSEC’s Josh Ward is one of those in the optimistic camp.

13, Athlon Sports identifies six players who could make their team SEC champs.

14. The panel at CBS Sports agrees: Texas A&M/Alabama is the game of of the year in the conference and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is sitting on the hottest seat.

15. Only five teams in college football can claim back-to-back 11-win seasons the last two years.  Two of them are in the SEC. Last team in the SEC to do it three straight years?  LSU.

16. Former Auburn safety Erique Florence is joining the team at Troy.

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17. David Climer on the Power Five conferences: “They realize the NCAA needs them more than they need the NCAA.”

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18. With recent departures, Vanderbilt is down to nine scholarship players and two walk-ons as the team prepares to leave for a trip to Greece and Italy in August.

19. Coach Kevin Stallings on Kedren Johnson’s dismissal: “I’m not allowed to say anything. It’s a university matter. I think there’s a law, apparently, that prohibits me from being able to talk about it.”

20. Why was guard Shaq Johnson dismissed at Auburn?  Coach Tony Barbee: “It wasn’t a single incident. It was kind of a pattern of behavior.”

21, Breaking down Tennessee’s non-conference schedule.


22, Former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer transferring to Arizona. Reportedly came close to choosing Alabama.

23. Former Florida basketball player Dee Cross now helps college athletes make the transition to the workforce.

24. Alcohol on campus legal at the University of Toledo.  Now be able to buy a beer at football and basketball games.

25. Some pics of Oregon’s new football facility include one from the barber shop.

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SEC Headlines 4/5/2013

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1. Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s name was mentioned in Selena Roberts’ original report – a claim that former Auburn player Mike McNeil was given $500 from coaches to entertain Kirkpatrick during a recruiting visit.  ”Nobody gave me any money, and nobody spent any money on me that I know of.”

2. The uncle of former Auburn running back Michael Dyer says his nephew was never in danger of academic ineligibility at the school.

3. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs fires back at ESPN over their story on synthetic marijuana use.  ”Some of the statements made in the story are wrong and need to be corrected, while others need to be put into proper context.”

4. ESPN The Magazine writer  Shaun Assael:  ”I find this mystifying, a website seems to be reporting that a couple of parents were told that their kids were using (synthetic marijuana). So now my head is spinning.”

5. Multiple reports, multiple statements and denials.  Here’s a recap of the past few days.

6. Kevin Scarbinsky: “The NCAA’s failure to substantiate any allegations of major violations was not for a lack of looking.”

7. A timeline of Auburn being in the news for the wrong reasons.

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8. More signs that Georgia’s John Theus will play left tackle this fall after manning the right side last season.  Will play on the left side during Saturday’s G-Day game.

9. Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling on freshman Corey Vereen: “He is the most motivated freshman I’ve ever seen in my career. He is unbelievable.”

10. Johnny Manziel’s favorite target is wide receiver Mike Evans.  His goal this fall is to win the Biletnikoff Award – given to the nations’ best receiver. Had 82 catches for 1,105 yards last season.

11. Friday Night Lights scrimmage tonight at Texas A&M.

12. After missing the past two seasons with knee injuries, Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford is back on the practice field. ”Physically, I feel great. I feel like I’m 100 percent healthy.”

13. First scrimmage of the spring Saturday at Mississippi State.  Dan Mullen: “I want to see some young guys step up with some opportunities to play.”

14. Concern for the Arkansas defense - who will start at middle linebacker?

15. Assistant coach Deke Adams wants his South Carolina defensive line to have a sack every 15 passes.

16. Auburn has shoes to fill in its receiving corps - Jaylon Denson wants to be one of the guys the offense can count on. First full spring scrimmage at Auburn Saturday.

17. Friends, family and colleagues gathered to remember former Alabama A.D. Mal Moore, who passed away Saturday.  Nick Saban: ”He said, ‘You changed my life when you came here.’ I looked at him directly and said, ‘No, Mal, you changed my life.”

18. Future players, current players and the rules of the Twittersphere. Those rules aren’t always clean cut

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19. Alabama assistant Dan Hipsher will be the new head coach at Texas-Pan American.

20. The Miami investigation, Missouri coach Frank Haith and the motion to dismiss. Andy Katz: Haith should have name cleared.

21. How good was Florida’s defense this past season?  In 37 games, only two teams hit their scoring average when they played the Gators.


22. Pat Forde on NCAA President Mark Emmert:  ”Emmert wins the prize as the most embattled NCAA president in the 62-year history of the position.”

23. A.D. Tim Pernetti out at Rutgers.

24. Hall of Famer Rick Pitino?

25. “Leno got fired?” Louisville’s Kevin Ware does Letterman’s Top 10 list.

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Spurrier Talks Up New USC Assistant Adams, Says Loss Of Lawing Won’t Hurt

gfx - they said itIn case you hadn’t noticed, Steve Spurrier doesn’t often mince words.  He certainly didn’t this weekend when asked about a previous declaration that ex-Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing — who’s taken a job at Florida this offseason — was the best D-line coach in the country.

His response:


“That was a while back that I said that, wasn’t it?  I don’t feel like we’re going to miss Coach Lawing.  He’s an excellent coach.  No question about that.  We think Deke Adams is a very good coach.  He’s a guy that worked his way up.  He coaches a bunch of small colleges.  Yeah, he’s a good coach.”


Spurrier had even more to say about Adams: “He’s sort of my kind of coach, good family man, wonderful personality.”

Considering the rumors Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward touched off with is out-of-bounds statement regarding Lawing’s departure (“Brad’s reason to leave here was way beyond football, and that’s between him and his family.”), Spurrier’s comment is sure to be parsed, dissected and analyzed.

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WOW Headlines – 1/22/13

Florida has officially hired Brad Lawing from South Carolina to become the school’s defensive ends coach and assistant head coach
South Carolina has replaced Lawing by hiring Deke Adams from North Carolina as the school’s new defensive line coach
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says his team’s opener with Georgia could be moved to Labor Day, but it’s unlikely UGA officials will agree to do that
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to face charges of unethical conduct for violations committed on his watch at Miami (FL)
Tennessee has already lost seven members from its 22-man 2012 signing class in football
Former Georgia RB Ken “Boo” Malcome will transfer to Southern Illinois
SEC Tuesday night basketball…Alabama 59, Kentucky 55…Missouri 71, South Carolina 65
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