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SEC Headlines 3/31/2012

1. Kentucky vs. Louisville – game day has arrived.  Why the refs may decide this battle.

2. Or maybe it will be the point guards.

3. Or the centers….Davis vs. Dieng and the battle of the block.

4. Or the coaches….Calipari vs. Pitino: “These guys can flat-out coach.”

5. Can Pitino outsmart Calipari and the Wildcats?

6. Dan Wetzel on Calipari: “He runs the most transient program in America, yet he won’t give up on creating lifelong connections, following an old school ideal in the modern era.”

7. Calipari is actually a really good guy.  Just ask a priest.

8. As the only homegrown star, Darius Miller can appreciate the rivalry – bigger with the fans than the teams.

9. One of these semi-final games is not like the other.

10. Former Gator Ervin Walker arrested - took a taco from a street vendor without paying.

11. Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel a standout in a dunk competition – finishes second

12. Plenty of turnover for the Vanderbilt basketball team – four starters graduating and John Jenkins will decide next week if he’s going pro.

13. Failed drug tests and looming suspensions at Georgia.

14. Jeff Schultz: “(Mark) Richt has a problem. But only part of it has to do with the fact that too many of his players are doing really dumb things.”

15. Georgia defensive end Derrick Lott has decided to transfer.

16. “10 players that have either left the Bulldogs, been dismissed from the team or are expected to miss games due to suspensions since the calendar flipped to 2012.”

17. Kicking off this afternoon, LSU becomes the first SEC team to have a spring football game.  Les Miles: “It will be very vanilla.”

18. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is ready for his close-up.

19. With the quarterback competition wide open at Ole Miss, no one is standing out.

20. With three quarterbacks in a dead heat, Will Muschamp is not ready to name a starter at Florida.

21. But the depth chart at running back for the Gators is becoming clearer.

22. Tennessee likes its new 3-4 defense.

23. First scrimmage of the spring today at Alabama. Afternoon session will be closed to the public.

24. Same schedule at Auburn: “Mistakes are going to be made.” Tigers using a fullback for the first time since 2004.

25. Arkansas had its first scrimmage on Friday – no contact for Knile Davis. Bobby Petrino: “We will take that on a week-by-week basis and see how the spring goes.”

26. A mini-scrimmage for Kentucky on Saturday – giving the Wildcats a chance to test their rebuilt offensive line.

27. The haves vs. the have-nots in the world of college athletics.


28. Why colleges pay Varsity Monitor thousands of dollars to track their athletes.

29. Former quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in Montana.

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UGA’s Drew Injured In Scooter Accident

At the University of Georgia, it’s not uncommon to see football players zipping across campus from class to class on motorized scooters.  Problem is — they’re always crashing them.

Over the weekend, yet another Bulldog footballer — freshman linebacker Ray Drew — wrecked his scooter and injured himself.  Attempting to brake as he drove down a hill, Drew lost control of his ride and sprained his right shoulder.  He’s listed as day-to-day.

He also tweeted the following after his accident:

“Im so glad i don’t look like what i’ve been through….praise God”

Last month, defensive end Derrick Lott suffered a deep laceration to his right leg in a scooter accident.  He just returned to practice last week.

For safety’s sake, it might be time to get these guys Hoverounds instead of scooters.

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UGA Backup DE Lott Out 4-6 Weeks After Scooter Accident

Over the past two years, Georgia has had two players miss game or practice time after injuring themselves in scooter accidents.  And now you can make it three players in three years.

Backup defensive end Derrick Lott suffered “a deep laceration to his right calf” after a scooter crash on Tuesday.  The injury was so bad that Lott required surgery and will be out of action for four to six weeks — right on the eve of fall practice. 

Considering the attrition Georgia is enduring across its roster, the loss of any player — even a backup — is worrisome at this point.  UGA is running out of bodies.

Lott made seven tackles in three games for the Dawgs last year.  He is listed as second team on UGA’s preseason depth chart.

Think Mark Richt is thumbing through the Book of Job right about now?

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