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Auburn Beatwriter Slices, Dices Reports Alleging Violations On The Plains

Ryan Wood of The Opelika-Auburn News is probably the most popular man on the Plains today.

Outside of Auburn, Alabama?  Well, he’s probably being dismissed as an A-1 Tiger homer.

We’ll allow you to decide for yourself as you read his point-by-point rundown of everything he says is wrong with the recent and ESPN The Magazine reports on the Auburn football program.  Not since OJ Simpson’s legal “Dream Team” has someone so skillfully sliced apart a string of allegations and accusations.

No fewer than 14 points in those two articles have been attacked by Wood for being misleading or short on actual facts.  He even focuses on a pair of “factual discrepancies” which seem to call the credibility of the original authors into question.  (In fairness, one wonders if Wood has ever mistakenly described a county cop as a city cop at any point in his career.  Perfection is the goal, but it’s seldom achieved.)

We wrote last week that we doubted these new allegations would amount to much in terms of actual NCAA penalties.  Once again, it seems there’s more smoke than fire surrounding AU, especially with numerous sources backtracking from the comments attributed to them.  But if fretting Auburn fans need some more help to feel better about things, they should just click the above list and read Wood’s attempted takedown of Selena Roberts and ESPN.


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RB Kamara Picks Alabama

mrsec-breaking-newsThe nation’s #2 ranked running back is headed to Alabama.  Four-star prospect Alvin Kamara picked Bama over Georgia.  Bulldog fans are experiencing the opposite of the “Dream Team” scenario from a couple of years ago, with one in-state star after another fleeing for programs outside the state.

For Alabama, the rich get richer… especially at the running back position.

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Three “Dream Team” Members Booted At UGA

And this is why you can’t get too excited about recruiting rankings and signing classes — you never know who’s going to wash out of a program.

Georgia defensive backs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders and receiver Sanford Seay have all been dismissed from Mark Richt’s football program for the dreaded “violation of team rules.”

“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University,” said Richt via press release.  “Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities.  Mistakes were made and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes.  Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education.”

According to The Athens Banner-Herald, Seay and Marshall have been connected to the theft of cash from a fellow student’s dorm room.

Marshall was a four-star prospect while Sanders and Seay were three-star recruits.  All three were part of UGA’s in-state “Dream Team” class last February.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 12/20/11

1. Florida has gone to the junior college ranks to find immediate help on the offensive line.

2. Defensive end Jonathan Bullard has decided to hold off on his college announcement.

3. Here’s a look at the recruiting efforts at Ole Miss under new head coach Hugh Freeze.

4. There’s more “Dream Team” talk in Athens again as Georgia’s 2012 class gains momentum.

5. Bryan Fischer of has a list of 2012 prospects who are on the way up and down.

6. Several schools remain in the mix for 2013 quarterback prospect Eddie Printz.

7. New UCLA coach Jim More Jr. has returned to Atlanta to steal a recruit for his first class in Los Angeles.

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Richt Doesn’t Think Expectations Any Higher Than Usual

The pressure will be higher for Mark Richt and his Georgia staff this fall, but the coach says he doesn’t think expectations will be all that different from past years.

With regards to his “Dream Team” freshman class, Richt told The Macon Telegraph the following yesterday:

“Doesn’t everybody expect us to win every year?  Does it really matter?  I don’t think it does.  I really don’t.  Whether you said you had a good class or not, I think the expectations are the same.”

And those expectations are becoming more uniform across the SEC:

1.  Win

2.  Win Big

3.  Win Big Every Year

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SEC Headlines – 6/15/11 Part Three

1.  The freshman footballers Georgia expected to be eligible will be eligible.

2.  Mark Richt says if members of his “Dream Team” class “come in thinking they own the place, they might have a hard time proving that they belong.”

3.  Once again, Tennessee will face depth issues at linebacker this fall.

4.  Cuonzo Martin has filled out his basketball staff in Knoxville.

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Tuesday Morning Recruiting Headlines

Here are some headlines to look through on this Tuesday morning.

-Florida WR commit LaTroy Pittman was in Gainesville for a camp this past weekend.

-Here’s an update on Georgia’s recruiting after a busy weekend in Athens.

-It was a recruiting weekend Georgia needed, writes Chip Towers.

-Remember last year’s “Dream Team” class at Georgia? They’re talking Dream Team II now.

-Quarterback Jameis Winston is a top prospect in football and baseball.

-Here’s a look at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga. The school is loaded with talent.

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SEC Headlines 4/17/2011

1. Tennessee spring game: Brawn vs. Skill and a struggling QB – Tyler Bray 5 for 30.

2. Thoughts from a “guest coach.”

3. Georgia spring game – 13 of 60 scholarship players out with injuries but Branden Smith displays his two-way talents.

4. Offensive line – Georgia’s biggest question as the Bulldogs await their “Dream Team” recruiting class.

5. Ole Miss spring game – there will be a quarterback battle this fall. 5 burning questions answered.

6. Arkansas spring game – quarterback Tyler Wilson leads five TD drives.

7. Alabama spring game – no definitive answers at quarterback. Saban not ruling out a rotation.

8. Largest crowd for a spring game in school history.

9. Saban statue unveiled. Dennis Dodd – “Everything about Alabama football is oversized.”

10. Alabama’s biggest question – replacing Julio Jones.

11. What Jones and Auburn’s Nick Fairley have in common.

12. Auburn spring game – yet another team in search of a quarterback. Defense dominates.

13. Vanderbilt revives its spring game tonight. What to watch for.

14. Kentucky scrimmaged on Saturday – spring game is next weekend.

15. The austerity debate comes to UK athletics and the topic of a new arena.

16. LSU awaits word from the NCAA on self-reported violations from 2009.

17. How will the NCAA enforce the new taunting rules?

18.  Which school has the best helmet design?

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Richt: What The Heck Is A Non-Committable Offer?

In case you missed it, Mark Richt made an interesting comment yesterday about how some schools come into his state and… well… we’ll let him tell you.  When asked about his “Dream Team” of in-state prospects, Richt told the Georgia press the following:

“That is one of those years in the state where we thought there was some elite players.  One of the hardest things for us to do is to evaluate and nail down who you’re going to go after, especially in our own state.  A lot of the out of state teams will just come in and just offer like mad.  They’ll come in and just offer like candy.  Quite frankly I’m not going to name names of schools, but a lot of them will do that just to get in the fight and if the kid commits too soon and they’re not sure they want (him), they’ll just tell them that’s not a committable offer.  Whatever the heck that means?  If we offer a kid in our state and he says he’s coming, we wants to take him, okay?  Sometime we’re a little bit slower to offer maybe than some out of state schools.  Sometimes that might hurt a kid’s feelings.  Sometimes that might hurt a coach’s feelings.  That’s not our intention.  Our intention is to have integrity when we offer a kid and be able to follow through.”

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SEC Headlines – 2/1/11 Part One

1.  The Florida basketball team is hoping to avoid another February fade.

2.  The fact that tonight’s game with Vandy tips at 9pm might be a good thing for the Gators.

3.  A down season for Georgia hasn’t hurt Mark Richt’s chase of a signing day “Dream Team.”

4.  Could such a good recruiting class make the Dawgs this year’s Auburn?

5.  UGA’s new strength coach — Joe Tereshinski — will make $150,000 a year.

6.  When DeAndre Liggins scores 10 or more points, Kentucky is a perfect 7-0.  And John Calipari has made sure Liggins knows it.

7.  Heading into tonight’s game at Oxford, Coach Cal wants his veterans to show more leadership.

8.  Calipari says this year’s team is actually executing better than last year’s team… “We just don’t have as many pieces.”

9.  A foot injury has made big man Kenny Hall the odd man out on Tennessee’s basketball team.

10.  Fellow Vol Tobias Harris has been great on the glass as a freshman.

11.  Vanderbilt will have to use an 8-man rotation (again) when it travels to Florida tonight.

12.  Meet James Franklin’s new defensive aides right here.

13.  “Everyone would be surprised” if Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t sign with South Carolina.

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