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Jabo Lee Commits To Tennessee

Running back Jabo Lee from Dillon (S.C.) High School has switched his commitment from East Carolina to Tennessee, according to the Morning News Online.

Lee, who committed to East Carolina in April, was recently offered a scholarship by Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham. Lee decided Tennessee would give him a better chance at having long-term football success.

“I feel it is a bigger chance for me to be successful and go pro if that is my calling,” Lee told the Morning News.

Lee is the first running back commitment in the 2013 class for Tennessee, which has missed on higher profile running backs such as Derrick Green (committed to Michigan), Derrick Henry (Alabama), Alvin Kamara (Alabama or Georgia) and Jordan Wilkins (Ole Miss).

Tennessee is still in the running for running back Johnathan Ford from New Hope (Ala.) High School. He will choose between the Vols and Auburn on Wednesday.

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Louisville To The ACC, But What’s That Aftershock Mean For The SEC?

The Big Ten’s move to nab Maryland and Rutgers earlier this month set off shockwaves — again — across the world of college athletics.  The Big East ran out and grabbed Tulane and East Carolina yesterday.  One would replace Rutgers, the other would replace whichever school would be plucked from the Big East to join the ACC and take Maryland’s place.

The latest aftershock came today when the ACC officially announced that Louisville would be joining its ranks.  That’s a great move for Louisville as it leaves a financially weak conference for a tad richer one.  But what domino will fall next?

The ACC could expand further by grabbing UConn and Cincinnati (who fought hard to gain entry into the ACC this week).  Such a move would stretch the league to 16 full-time members plus Notre Dame in all sports but football.  But would adding those markets and households drive up television viewership for ACC football?  Most likely not.  Therefore, we believe it’s doubtful the ACC will grab those schools now.  (Boston College has fought in the past to keep UConn out of the ACC, for what that’s worth).

Might the Big 12 try to expand toward the East and grab Cincinnati or siphon off one or more unhappy ACC schools?  Possibly.  But the ACC filed suit this week against Maryland in an attempt to collect its full $50 million exit fee from the Terrapins.  To date, no school has had to actually pay a full exit fee and if the Terps can escape without having to pay $50 million, schools like Florida State, Clemson or others might look at the potential to make more TV money in the Big 12 and actually ditch the ACC.  It was rumored this summer that FSU and Clemson (and then Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech) all were “done deals” to join the Big 12, but obviously, those deals weren’t done.  In fact, they weren’t even deals.  But they could be someday.

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Spurrier Says Shaw’s Practice Today Will Determine USC’s Starting QB For UAB

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw missed last Saturday’s blowout win over East Carolina with badly bruised throwing shoulder.  Depending on how that shoulder holds up today in practice, Shaw will either start or sit versus UAB in two days.

Steve Spurrier said yesterday that he will have to “see if he can throw full-go Thursday before we’ll know if Connor is able to play.”


“If he can throw it down the field without any pain, he’ll start Saturday night.  If he can’t throw anything but screen passes, I think we’ve got to let (Dylan Thompson) play.”


Spurrier has been quick to say that the starting job will go back to Shaw when he’s fit.  But after Thompson’s passing performance last Saturday — 27-of-31 for 330 yards and three touchdowns — it’s a good bet Shaw fears being Wally Pipp’d in Columbia.  (Look it up.)

Meanwhile, receiver Damiere Byrd told The Charleston Post & Courier that Shaw “is looking good” and is “getting better.”

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Mississippi State Dominates Auburn, South Carolina Cruises, Alabama Pitches A Shutout

Mississippi State 28 – Auburn 10

1. Bulldogs now 1-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1999. 

2. 222 yards and three touchdowns for quarterback Tyler Russell.

3. Kevin Scarbinsky: “It was the worst loss of Chizik’s tenure, and none of the others comes close.”

4. After an 0-2 Auburn start - questions about the quarterback position.

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South Carolina 48 – East Carolina 10

5. 21-37 for 330 yards and three touchdowns for backup QB Dylan Thompson.

6. “It appears Dylan Thompson offers a few things to Steve Spurrier’s offense that injured starter Connor Shaw does not.”

7. East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill:” They’re a very talented football team. Well-coached. A definite SEC contender.”

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Alabama 35 – Western Kentucky 0

8. Tide defense has now forced seven turnovers on the season – five have led to touchdowns.

9. Defense dominates but offense has some struggles – 103 rushing yards on 31 attempts, six sacks allowed for the offensive line.

10. Running back Jalston Fowlers suffers a knee injury.

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SEC Gameday – Week 2 Afternoon Affairs

Here’s your non-conference afternoon football rundown for Week 2.

East Carolina at South Carolina

1. A final decision on playing quarterback Connor Shaw won’t come until an hour before kickoff.

2. No matter who’s under center, Steve Spurrier wants an improved passing game.

3. Gamecocks tinker with the offensive line – Spurrier wants to look at more of his tackles.

Western Kentucky at Alabama

4. Week 1 launched Alabama into orbit. “Now will gravity pull the Tide back to Earth?”

5. As you might expect, no matter where you look – Alabama has the advantage.

6. The only thing that may slow down the Tide?  The weather.

Georgia State at Tennessee

7. What can Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson do for an encore? “Oh, he can get a lot better — a lot better,”

8. A focus on the basics – Tennessee wants to see better blocking and fewer missed assignments.

9. Give the edge to Tennessee at every spot as the Vols try to go to 2-0 and prepare for Florida.

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Wow Evening Headlines

Saturday SEC Schedule
Auburn at Mississippi State. Pick: Auburn 20 – Mississippi State 16
East Carolina at South Carolina. Pick: South Carolina 34 – East Carolina 17
Florida at Texas A&M. Pick:  Florida 20 – Texas A&M 16
Western Kentucky at Alabama. Pick: Alabama 41 – Western Kentucky 10
Georgia State at Tennessee. Pick: Tennessee 52 – Georgia State 10
UTEP at Ole Miss. Pick: UTEP 28 – Ole Miss 27
Washington at LSU. Pick: LSU 37 – Washington 17
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock). Pick:  Arkansas 52 – Louisiana-Monroe 14
Kent State at Kentucky. Pick: Kentucky 34 – Kent State 20
Georgia at Missouri. Pick: Mizzou 31 – Georgia 30
Vanderbilt at Northwestern: Pick: Vanderbilt 24 – Northwestern 21

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QB Shaw Will Likely Be A “Gametime Decision”

Whether or not South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw plays on Saturday against East Carolina could be a gametime decision according to Steve Spurrier.  The Gamecock coach talked about Shaw’s bruised right (throwing) shoulder on today’s SEC conference call:


“We’ll just have to wait and see.  If he can’t throw the ball very well, we don’t want him running around, and every time he gets hit it looks like he’s in deep pain.  We’re not going to have that.  I don’t know if he’s going to be able to play or not.  He thinks he’ll be ready by gametime, but I’ll have to make the call depending on how he feels right then and if he’s able to make all the throws.  That’s what we have to base it on…

We’ll take it all the way up to gametime.  He’s going to dress out, that’s for sure.”


Shaw was knocked out of Carolina’s opening night game with Vanderbilt last Thursday before he returned to lead the team to a 17-13 victory in Nashville.

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WOW Evening Headlines – 9/5/12

QB Connor Shaw to be gametime decision for South Carolina vs East Carolina
WR Cobi Hamilton expected to start for Arkansas vs Louisiana-Monroe
Georgia’s Mark Richt won’t name RB starter vs Missouri… or say who’s suspended
Tennessee walk-on WR Jacob Carter given scholarship after 1-catch performance vs NC State
Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu officially enrolled as student at LSU, hopes to play in 2013
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WOW Afternoon Headlines – 9/3/12

Florida names Jeff Driskel starting QB for Texas A&M game
ESPN’s “College GameDay” show will be live in College Station, TX
Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson: “If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us.  Period.”
Missouri hosts Georgia in its first SEC contest Saturday
Georgia’s Mark Richt isn’t saying who is and who isn’t suspended for Saturday’s game
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw “has trouble lifting his arm” and is questionable for Saturday’s game with East Carolina
Tennessee LB Herman Lathers’ is “probable” for Saturday against Georgia State despite a shoulder injury
Tennessee now has three “co-starters” listed at running back
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SEC Headlines – 9/3/12

SEC East

1.  Might Jeff Driskel finally be named Florida’s starting quarterback this week?

2.  Mark Richt on Georgia’s game at Missouri: “It’s a monster game.”

3.  The Dawgs have some tightening up to do before Saturday’s contest.

4.  South Carolina QB Connor Shaw won’t practice until the middle of the week because Steve Spurrier says “he has trouble lifting his arm right now.”

5.  It’s “wait and see” regarding Shaw’s availability to play against East Carolina on Saturday.

6.  Tennessee might just lead the SEC East in offensive playmakers.

7.  While the Vols wait for word on Herman Lathers’ bum shoulder, backup LB Dontavis Sapp prepares to step forward.

8.  Missouri probably won’t know for sure who’s suspended for Georgia until Saturday.

9.  Realignment will become real for Mizzou with Saturday’s first snap.

SEC West

10.  One writer’s early prediction: “Alabama will play for the national championship in January.”

11.  Bama’s stable of running backs has no problem splitting carries.

12.  Gene Chizik says Auburn has to work on its defense and its two-minute offense before this weekend’s SEC opener against Mississippi State.

13.  The Tigers had red zone issues in their opener, too.

14.  Arkansas’ John L. Smith on a 49-24 win over FCS Jacksonville State: “If you don’t win the first one, you can’t win them all.”

15.  LSU’s Odell Beckham on replacing Tyrann Mathieu as a return man: “You can never replace a guy like that, but there are certain things he taught me.”

16.  After Zach Mettenberger got his bell rung with a vicious hit, Les Miles said his quarterback needs to “get the ball out and to recognize the defense that’s being played.”

17.  Dan Mullen liked the run/pass balance achieved by MSU’s starting offensive unit.

18.  The Bulldogs will be motivated by a pair of close losses to Auburn when the Tigers roll into Starkville on Saturday.

19.  New quarterback Bo Wallace stole the show in his first college start with a 20-of-24 passing performance.

20.  As Texas A&M preps for its season opener — and first SEC game — Florida comes in looking “mortal.”


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21.  The SEC has handed out its weekly awards and honors.

22.  ESPN’s “College GameDay” show is headed to College Station for Saturday’s Florida/Texas A&M clash.

23.  Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner was named the Walter Camp defensive player of the week.

24.  The Tide’s “Fail Room” has done a number on visiting teams at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

25.  “Eventually, an SEC team will lose a Cowboys Classic or championship game.  It has to happen.  When that day comes, it’ll feel like a national holiday to everyone outside that part of the country.”

UPDATE — Tony Barnhart says Alabama should be #1 in the polls.

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