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SEC Headlines 2/22/2014

headlines-saturday1. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason discussing suspended assistant Vavae Tata:  “In terms of coaching football with the Vanderbilt Commodores this year, it’s not going to happen.”  Later clarified: “I’ll just stick by my statement that he’s suspended right now.”

2. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on the proposed 10-second rule in college football: “I think it’s the equivalent of telling a basketball team you can’t full-court press.”

3. Charges of resisting arrest dropped against Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson in exchange for community service and good behavior in the next 90 days.

4. Perhaps the biggest surprise of an Alabama poll on SEC quarterbacks?  The love for Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk.

5. Just ONE -an interesting question for college fans to ponder.


6. Gil Brandt on Johnny Manziel: “He might be 5-11 and 3/4 but he plays like he’s 10-foot tall.”

7. Mike Mayock on Manziel: “When he got frustrated with not being able to get out of the pocket quickly enough, his accuracy and decision-making would suffer.”

8. The St. Louis Rams found some bad resume tape on Auburn tackle Greg Robinson: “I told them you can look at my later film and I improved it.”

9. LSU’s Jeremy Hill sent a letter to every NFL team explaining his off-field incidents and attaching character references.

10. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington on his final performance as a Gamecock:  ”That was the game that kind of sealed the deal, if I was going to stay or come back.”

11. Breaking down the measurements on the Tennessee players at the NFL Combine.

SEC Basketball

12. In football, 10 SEC coaches crack the top 25 highest-paid list.  In basketball, just five of them do.

13. MrSEC: Hold off on this firings…no one wants your school’s crappy job.

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Derek Mason: “Busy Two Weeks Of Fast And Furious Recruiting”

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason meets the media to discuss National Signing Day 2014.

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Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)

derek-mason-portrait-vandyOne week ago today, Vanderbilt had just 10 commitments.  James Franklin’s departure had basically sliced the Commodore class in half.

Ah, but today, new coach Derek Mason has 19 signed letters of intent in hand and commitments for two more.  On the job for just two weeks, Vandy’s new coach deserves credit for quickly re-stocking his team’s cupboard.


It’s clear that Mason’s race against the clock led to a drop in overall talent level (at least according to the recruiting service).

Vanderbilt has signed LOI from two 4-star players, 11 3-star players, and six 2-stars.  It’s entirely possible that Mason will get the absolute most out of the kids he’s signed.  But on paper, it looks as though he made the decision to add bodies… any bodies he could find.

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Vanderbilt’s Signee Tracker… Still A Big Ol’ Blank

VANDERBILT UPDATEThanks to the departure of James Franklin and a number of the quality commitments, National Signing Day figures to be a quiet one.  As of now, it’s a very, very quiet day.  As in no faxes in to date.  According to the Commodores’ official athletic site, new coach Derek Mason is still waiting for his first signee of the day.  (As of 8:22am ET.)

UPDATE — Dallas Rivers, RB is on the board for Vandy

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SEC Headlines 1/24/2014

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1. New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason filling out his staff - indications are that defense could switch to 3-4 scheme.

2. Auburn close to completing pay raises for the football staff.

3. Of the five FBS schools in Alabama, four of them are led by former high school coaches.  Only exception is Alabama’s Nick Saban.

4. Missouri wide receiver Levi Copelin arrested for a misdemeanor peace disturbance.

5. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden – the makings of being a star in the SEC?

6. Former Florida tight end Kent Taylor is reconnecting with Charlie Weis at Kansas.

7. Two former LSU players headed to Southeastern Louisiana.

8. Mississippi State fans will get the chance to put their finger prints on the renovation of Davis Wade Stadium.

9. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney cross paths at a Georgia high school.


10. Nick Saban on the record number of underclassmen entering the NFL draft:  ”I don’t think the NFL really wants this, I don’t really think the colleges want this.”

11. Alabama’s Kevin Norwood out to prove at the Senior Bowl that he can a 40-yard dash faster than 4.6 seconds.

12. Auburn’s Cody Parkey will kick for the South team at the Senior Bowl. His holder will be Alabama punter Cody Mandell.

13. Former Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins making an impression in Mobile this week.

14. Players at the Senior Bowl have plenty of opinions about a variety of topics including hiring of coaches and Johnny Manziel’s chances in the NFL.

SEC Media

15. ESPNU’s signing day coverage will feature reporters at five SEC schools - Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

SEC Basketball

16. Kentucky basketball assistant strengh coach Brian Shorter arrested Thursday morning.  Accused of shoving his wife into unheated garage and pouring water on her.

17. Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long on the Razorbacks 1-4 start to SEC play.  ”You know, if there was a magic formula I would utilize it now, but we’re close. I think our fans can see we’re close.”


18. Super Bowl in the snow?  Latest weather forecast says there’s a 30% chance.


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