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SEC Headlines 1/14/2014

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1. Nick Saban on hiring Lane Kiffin: “All his issues come from something we’re not asking him to do.”

2. Bo Davis is returning to Alabama to coach the defensive line. He was hired at Southern California just a few days earlier.

3. Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee should play a key role next year. “Oh man, Dillon Lee is something else,” cornerback Deion Belue said.

4. Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson is hoping to return this summer. He’s applied for a medical redshirt.

5. There will be plenty of unknown with LSU’s offense next season.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp believes the Gators need more tempo on offense.

7. Alabama’s Kirby Smart and Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt are two names to watch as Georgia searches for a defensive coordinator.

8. James Franklin leaving Vanderbilt could be good news for the rest of the SEC.

9. Vanderbilt AD David Williams is in the middle of the search to replace Franklin.

10. Dave Matter has handed out grades following Missouri’s 12-2 season.


11. LSU running back Jeremy Hill started the run of LSU players to the NFL draft on Monday.

12. Hill is the top running back prospect in the draft, according to Gil Brandt.

13. Johnny Manziel has hired a law firm to handle his business matters.

SEC Basketball

14. Ole Miss will have to adjust as the Rebels welcome back guard Marshall Henderson.

15. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray is pleased with the Bulldogs’ progress.

16. Florida isn’t worried about its home winning streak. The Gators are more worried about Georgia.

17. Marcus Thornton is playing a key role for Georgia after dealing with injuries during his career.

18. Kentucky coach John Calipari is still trying to get his team to work hard and improve.

19. Avoiding early foul trouble is a key for Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes.

20. Seth Davis on Tennessee: “The Vols are easily the most disappointing team in the country thus far.”


21. College football sells its soul year after year by hiring bad-guy coaches, according to George Diaz.

22. Report: Ohio State plans to hire longtime Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson.

23. Mike DeCourcy looks at college athletics and the academic crisis.

24. ESPN put together an All-BCS era team.

25. The topic of concussions came up again Monday during an AFCA conference in Indianapolis.

26. Kansas has more talent than just Andrew Wiggins, who recorded 19 points and 17 rebounds on Monday.

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Bama Won’t Be Worrying About “Jack” and “Sam” LB Designations This Fall

Nick Saban’s version of the 3-4 defense usually designates one outside linebacker as the Jack and the other as the Sam.  The Jack is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end pass-rushing type.  The Sam, well, that’s the strongside ‘backer, of course.

Only Saban says that he’s looking for his two best outside linebackers, not necessarily his best Sam and his best Jack:


“We have two outside linebackers.  If you say, ‘Who are we going to play at the end of the day?’ The two best outside linebackers.  Not a Sam, not a Jack.  (Adrian) Hubbard played Sam for a long time, he’s played Jack some.  Xzavier Dickson’s played Jack.  We’ve got Dillon Lee playing Sam, lots of young players competing at the position.  All those guys are going to compete, but at the end of the day when we play against regular people, we’re going to play the best two outside ‘backers.”


A huge philosophical shift?  Not really.  While most 3-4 defenses designate a hybrid pass-rusher by name, there’s so much rotation and flip-flopping in today’s game — and so much nickel package used, too — that the “Jack” name really doesn’t mean a whole heckuva lot.  Most coaches — whether they’ve come up with a LB/DE hybrid or a LB/S hybrid — are just looking to get their best 11 guys on the field as much as possible.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 12/16/11

1. Could it be a “done deal” that running back Wes Brown will head to Vanderbilt?

2. Running back Mike Davis gave his trip to Georgia a “10″ and plans to return for an official visit.

3. Donovan Roberts and Keon Hatcher are both committed to Arkansas despite the departure of offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.

4. Steve Spurrier’s answers satisfied safety Jordan Diggs during a recent in-home visit.

5. Georgia is no longer recruiting linebacker Dillon Lee, who’s committed to Alabama.

6. Texas A&M running back commit Trey Williams plans to visit Oregon.

7. Kentucky is in play for Cincinnati wide receiver Monty Madaris.

8. Here’s a recent recruiting mailbag from Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun.

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ESPNU Updates Its 150 List

Alabama linebacker commit Dillon Lee was one of the players to benefit from recent changes to the ESPNU 150 list.

The standout from Buford (Ga.) High School saw his ESPNU national ranking improve from No. 72 to No. 56.

Safety Landon Collins of Geismar, La., is another prospect who should be happy to see the updated list. Collins, who was previously considered the nation’s 51st-best prospect, is now ranked No. 20.

The improved ranking for Collins is no surprise. The uncommitted prospect shined last week in Oregon at The Opening at Nike World Headquarters. Collins won the SPARQ ratings national championship and the 7on tournament most valuable player honors.

To see the updated ESPNU 150 list, click here.

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Tuesday Morning Headlines

Here are some headlines to begin your Tuesday.

-Here’s a list of top offensive performers and top defensive performers at The Opening in Oregon.

-There was some good and bad from Nike’s The Opening last week.

-Alabama linebacker commit Dillon Lee stood out last week in Oregon.

-Here’s a look at several prospects being recruited by Arkansas.

-2013 running back Altee Tenpenny is already being touted as a top prospect in his signing class.

-Here’s another 2013 prospect gaining attention. Florida is an early favorite.

-Quarterback Will Gardner chose Louisville over a couple SEC schools.

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Lee’s Brother Doesn’t Expect A Change Of Heart

Plenty of schools will continue to recruit Dillon Lee despite his commitment to Alabama.

The linebacker from Buford (Ga.) High School announced on Monday his commitment to Alabama over offers from Georgia, Florida State and Southern California.

Lee’s older brother, Georgia sophomore offensive lineman Dallas Lee, said he expects other schools to keep calling Dillon trying to change his mind.

“People don’t think an early commitment is really where they are going (to sign),” Dallas Lee said. “But I didn’t change my mind after committing early, and I don’t see (Dillon) changing his. He put a lot of thought into it. He’s pretty solid on Alabama.”

Fans in Georgia were hopeful Dillon Lee would be solid to Georgia after the Bulldogs offered him a scholarship on May 2. The offer just wasn’t in time.

“I was very serious about Georgia,” Lee said. “My brother plays there. You know, they just came in too late. They came in real late.”

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