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SEC Headlines – 12/14/12

Quicky headlines today…


SEC Football

1.  Twitterers react to the SEC’s decision not to suspend Alabama’s Quinton Dial.

2.  Eleven of the 26 players on the FWAA All-America team are from the SEC.

3.  Todd McShay’s latest mock draft for ESPN has 15 SEC players going in the first round of the NFL draft.

4.  A Pac-12 officiating crew will handle the BCS Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

5.  Arkansas has released the contract information for its new assistants, including new O-line coach Sam Pittman.

6.  Chick-fil-A Bowl officials are hoping for big TV ratings from LSU-Clemson matchup.

7.  Georgia’s Mark Richt is still answering questions about not spiking the ball in the SEC title game.

8.  UGA backup tailback Ken Malcome is “not too happy with (the) situation” at running back.

9.  Kentucky has hired Chad Scott and Vince Marrow as assistant coaches.

10.  Mississippi State fans can take their cowbells to the Gator Bowl.

11.  The Bulldogs are already boning up on Northwestern game tape.

12.  Tennessee has confirmed all its assistant coaching hires but one.

13.  Texas A&M has a number of options when it comes to replacing ex-offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

14.  Kevin Sumlin could choose to promote from within for the spot, too.


SEC Basketball

15.  Tennessee knocked off unbeaten, #23 Wichita State last night 69-60 in Knoxville.

16.  LSU will open its road schedule at Boise State tonight in the Taco Bell Arena.

17.  Suspended Tiger point guard Anthony Hickey did make the trip to Idaho, but his status “remains to be seen.”

18.  Ole Miss will host East Tennessee tonight at the Tad Pad.

19.  Florida coach Billy Donovan won’t rule out jumping to the NBA someday.  (Presumably for longer than a week.)

20.  Wimp Sanderson’s son, Scott, will take his Lipscomb team to Kentucky tomorrow, but Papa won’t be in attendance.

21.  Vanderbilt’s Kevin Bright is finally getting used to American hoops after playing in Germany.

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Ex-UT Coach Pearl Launching Media Career, But Not In Knoxville

Since his NCAA-related ouster from Tennessee last March, Bruce Pearl has decided to stay in Knoxville and he’s taken a job as the vice president of a grocery supply company.  Now he’s about to launch a media career:

“I enjoy dealing with our vendors and customers (at the HT Hackney company), and I’m using my degree in business and marketing.  But these media opportunities are also what I envisioned when they (the NCAA) told me I couldn’t coach anymore.”

Pearl told The Knoxville News Sentinel that he will become a regular on Sirius XM radio, on the Tim Brando radio show, and on a radio station in Nashville.

Pearl has turned down opportunities from media outlets inside the Knoxville market:

“I felt like it would be unfair and unnecessary scrutiny on the current (Tennessee) staff.  I support Coach (Cuonzo) Martin and wish our players well.  I miss them.  But I feel the best way I can support them is to stay out of the way.”

For weeks after his dismissal Pearl continued to be seen on the UT campus.  That fact raised a few eyebrows.  And sources close to the ex-coach have said that he would like to one day return to his old office as Tennessee’s next basketball coach.

So it’s a bit of a surprise that he turned down chances to do media work in East Tennessee.  But it’s also a class move on Pearl’s part.

Martin is walking into a tough situation to begin with.  The cupboard is bare in terms of proven talent.  And many fans are already writing him off, angry that Pearl — now a Robin Hood figure for some — was driven away.  There is already talk among some fans of bringing back Bruce.

That last thing Martin needed was to have the man he replaced critiquing his work in the Knoxville media.

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SEC Headlines – 6/20/11 Part Two

1.  Another list — Charlie Weis, Steve Kragthorpe and David Lee as the SEC’s “most intriguing offensive coordinators” in 2011.

2.  Derek Dooley showed heart and humor while visiting a tornado-hit area of East Tennessee.

3.  One of four Auburn players arrested on charges of armed robbery had his “youthful offender status” request denied.

4.  Gene Chizik’s plan of surrounding himself with ace recruiters has paid off big for all involved.

5.  A decision on Rotnei Clarke’s very public request for a scholarship release from Arkansas could come today.

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Fulmer Angling For An Asking

As expected, former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has thrown his hat in the ring for the UT athletic director’s job… without actually throwing his hat in the ring. 

“What I want is what’s best for my university,” Fulmer told’s Chris Low.  “I’ll spend my time over these next few days trying to figure out what that is and whether this is something that’s real for me to be able to do, both from a professional and a personal standpoint.

“We’ll see what the feelings are of the people there at the university and the decision-makers, and that’s simply where we are right now.  I’m not politicking for the job, and I don’t need a job.  But if I can help my university, I’m interested in doing that any way I can.”

How Palin-esque.

Fulmer has told many people around East Tennessee for months that he would be interested in Mike Hamilton’s job.  Now that Hamilton is stepping down, it’s no surprise that the former UT football coach is bringing attention to his potential candidacy.

However, as we’ve noted before, people closest to Fulmer have said that he has no real desire to take the job.  Instead, it’s likely that he only wants to be asked.  At that point, he would likely tell the media that he feels it is best for him to only help his beloved university with its search rather than push for the AD’s full-time gig.

We shall see.

Fulmer did not announce plans to tour American historical sites by bus, but if he does, please, no one ask him about Paul Revere.

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