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SEC Headlines 8/18/2013

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1. “Nothing…to prepare (Vanderbilt coach James) Franklin for the current situation at Vanderbilt. He is in uncharted territory.”

2. Vandy wide receiver Chris Boyd posts bond - indicted for being accessory after the fact in dormitory rape.

3. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn booted a player from the team and named a starting quarterback Saturday.  ”Gut reaction? He did the right thing in both cases.”

4. Ten things to know about Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.

5. Houston Nutt on Malzahn and Auburn: “You’ve got to feel like with confidence, if they can get off on the right foot, they’ll win much more than people expect.”

6. Kentucky still doesn’t have a starting quarterback - at least no one they’re willing to name publicly. Four interceptions thrown in Saturday’s scrimmage.

7. Regardless of who starts at QB for Kentucky, Jalen Whitlow is going to play.

8. Former Texas running back Ricky Williams on Johnny Manziel: “If the media did their research on who this kid was, nobody would be surprised.”

9. Mike Bianchi on A&M and Manziel: “The question now is this: Was A&M inept or corrupt — and which is worse?”

10. Big shoes to fill. The three departing starters in Mississippi State’s defensive backfield accounted for 143 tackles and 10 interceptions last year.

11. Injuries and a suspension have limited the evaluation of Georgia’s secondary. Who will play and who will redshirt for the Bulldogs? 

12. Going up against Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker last year was a reality check for Missouri defensive end Shane Ray: “I was like ‘Wow, this guy is strong.’ My moves were not working.”

13. For the first time in the Gary Pinkel era, Mizzou may have no starters from the St. Louis area.

14. When Pat Dye was thinking about taking the Auburn job in 1981, he got a call from Bear Bryant: “He said, ‘You ain’t going to Auburn.’ I said, ‘I’m going to Auburn if they offer me the job. He said, ‘No, you’re going to get this job.’ ”

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15. Jadeveon Clowney dominates South Carolina scrimmage.  Steve Spurrier not happy about it.  “I don’t think we blocked him one time. We acted like we were afraid to block him.”

16. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw bruised his thumb Saturday.

17. Quarterbacks in focus at Tennessee’s Saturday night scrimmage.

18. Alabama coach Nick Saban is not happy with his offensive line.

19. Any happy coaches Saturday?  Yes. Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss: “Really liked it today, really enjoyed it.”

20. Kentucky had its first full scrimmage Saturday. Coach Mark Stoops: “I’d say the defense had the upper hand.”

21. Les Miles likes what he sees from LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger: “He’s getting so many reps throwing the football that his accuracy is so much better, his instincts are sound.”

22. Backup quarterbacks impressive at Texas A&M’s open scrimmage.

23. Wide receiver Quinton Dunbar becoming a favorite target of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel.

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24. Could Tennessee basketball also be getting those “smokey” gray uniforms?

25. Alabama drops final game of European tour – finishes 3-2.


26. Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy played the end of last season with a broken hand.

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SEC Headlines 5/10/2013

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1. Is Auburn still shopping for a transfer quarterback? “We’ve got two guys currently, we’ve got three coming in. We feel like all of them can play.”

2. The trial of  former Auburn player Dakota Mosley - who was prominent in ESPN’s coverage of failed synthetic marijuana tests – remains tentatively scheduled for June 10.

3. Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig is getting attention for his work on the recruiting trail. (Also see our SEC Recruiting Notebook from earlier today).

4. Nick Saban with an endorsement of a power conference schedule.  He likes what the Big Ten is doing – moving away from playing FCS schools.  “I’m for five conferences – everybody playing everybody in those five conferences.”

5. Jeff Schultz on the Alabama coach : ”When Saban speaks, everybody listens now.” Pat Forde: “There is no longer a viable excuse for the rich not to play a nine-game conference schedule.”

6. Saban updates spring practice injuries – including running back Derrick Henry.

7. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and his NFL critics.

8. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is guarding against complacency.  ”I’m not the most popular guy with our offensive football team right now.”

9. Tennessee secondary looks thin after the departure of cornerback Daniel Gray.

10. Some marquee non-conference matchups involving SEC teams.

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11. David Climer on Bob Stoops’ comments regarding the SEC.  ”The Oklahoma coach is right.”  Top six SEC teams went 30-0 against the bottom eight in 2012.

12. Matt Hayes disagrees: “Last year, the Big 12 had one team in the top 10 of the final BCS regular season poll. The SEC had six.”

13. Joe Walljasper: “Look, we don’t judge the Jacksons on the merits of Rebbie and La Toya.”

14. MrSEC’s take  -  top to bottom –the SEC dominates everyone else come bowl season.

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15. Long rumored – finally happening. Georgia assistant coach Kwanza Johnson leaving for a job with TCU. Bulldogs only getting Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky on the road next year.  Coach Mark Fox:  ”Those are our biggest draws, and we don’t have that at home, so that’s concerning,”

16. I count five former SEC players on this list of those invited to NBA combine.  One of them is former Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey.

17. The question that will be asked all year – Kentucky or Louisville?

18. Referees could be getting some leeway on players elbowing an opponent above the shoulders. Also some changes coming to the block/charge call.


19. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be deposed in Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against NCAA.

20. . Concern over a toe was apparently the reason why former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy fell to late in the second round of the NFL draft.

21. Jeff Pearlman: “ Were it not for (Donald) Trump, (Tim) Tebow may very well have a job right now.” (If you’ve ever watched the ESPN documentary-  ”Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?” – you’ll know why Pearlman’s comments make sense.)

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SEC Headlines 4/27/2013

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1. What did we learn in spring practice about skill position players at Auburn?

2. Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer on SEC domination and the teams he says that were better than the 1998 national champs:  “We had a national championship and we had three teams that were probably better than that team that didn’t win it — ’95, ’97 and 2001.”


3. League source explaining Eddie Lacy’s fall to bottom of second round - injuries and a perceived lack of passion. Lacy “with the right team.”

4. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid on his new running back, former Razorback Knile Davis: “He knows his problem, the label he has out on him now, being a fumbler. He’ll work hard to fix that and we think we can help him with that.”

5. At one point, Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore was projected as the second overall pick of the draft.  He wasn’t even the second player taken from his team.

6. D.J. Swearinger heads to Houston where he’ll now be a teammate to a former rival – Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Will also play with his idol – Ed Reed.

7. Florida’s Jon Bostic headed to Chicago - “where middle linebacking is a religion.”

8. Missouri’s Zavier Gooden was the fastest linebacker at the combine - a big reason why he was drafted in the third round by the Titans.  ”You can’t teach speed.”

9. Former Auburn receiver Emory Blake may or may not hear his name called today.  ”I’m not too worried about it.”

10. What to watch for in Day Three of the draft.

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11. Parents influenced Trevor Lacy’s decision to transfer from Alabama.

12. Alabama will play in the NIT Season Tip-Off.


13. Two years after terror struck Tuscaloosa, author Lars Anderson discusses “The Storm and the Tide.”

14. Notre Dame and Arizona State will play in Cowboys Stadium in October.

15. ACC may consider playing some football and basketball games in Europe.

16. The Onion: Manti Te’o Informed He’ll Go First Overall To The Nebraska Pioneers.

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Wow Headlines 1/13/2012

Saturday SEC Basketball Finals
Auburn 74, South Carolina 71
Mississippi State 72, Georgia 61
Alabama 68, Tennessee 65
Texas A&M 83, Kentucky 71
Florida 74, LSU 52
Arkansas 56, Vanderbilt 33
Ole Miss 64, Missouri 49
Nick Saban will receiver a $525,000 bonus for winning BCS and SEC Championships
A trio of Alabama players, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy and cornerback Dee Milliner are leaving school to enter the 2013 NFL draft
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Johnny Manziel: “If they can keep him out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good”…Stoops later apologized for his remarks
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Bama’s Fluker, Lacy And Milliner Turn Pro

mrsec-breaking-newsThree Alabama stars made official today what many have suspected since Monday’s BCS Championship Game — that they would leave as juniors for the National Football League.  Today offensive tackle DJ Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy, and cornerback Dee Milliner announced their intentions to depart Tuscaloosa early.

All three players are expected to be selected in the first or second round of April’s draft.

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15 Alabama-LSU Headlines (Plus A Bonus) – 11/3/11

Line watch:  No movement today, the line is at Alabama -4.5 for the second consecutive day.  It opened at Bama -4 and then moved to -5 before settling in at the current position.

Ticket watch:  According to, the highest price for tickets is $1,177 a piece for four in the lower level of Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Earlier this week two tickets were going for more than $10,000 a pop.

And now the headlines…

1.  Trent Richardson will take to the Heisman stage on Saturday.

2.  CBS’ Gary Danielson says “this game means everything.”

3.  SEC coaches weigh in on the game and its significance.

4.  Florida’s Trey Burton said Alabama’s defense is better than LSU’s… “hands down, a lot better.”

5.  Bama backup tailback Eddie Lacy had a noticeable limp at practice yesterday.

6.  ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit says he and Brent Musburger will have the LSU-Bama game on while they’re calling Oklahoma State-Kansas State. 

7.  The Tigers’ offseason work led to a leaner, tougher defense in 2011.

8.  John Chavis will probably use more of his base defense against the Tide.

9.  Nick Saban and Les Miles have both been highly successful, but they have two different approaches to life and football.

10.  What if Miles were Alabama’s head coach?

11.  LSU’s been rolling since last year’s win over the Crimson Tide.

12.  Is Bama’s D an all-time great… or just very good and fortunate?

13.  Saban isn’t ready to crown his defense just yet.

14.  If the Tide wins Saturday, give some credit to their mental conditioning coach.

15.  Last year’s fourth-down gamble against Bama changed everything for Miles.

BONUS — Writers for The Sporting News have made their predictions.

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SEC Headlines – 8/15/11 Part One

1.  Alabama running back Eddie Lacy is called “Feets” and “Circle Button” by the teammates because he has “the nastiest spin move ever.”

2.  Bama is still paying ex-coaches Mark Gottfried and Mike Shula.

3.  There are still plenty of wide open spots on Auburn’s depth chart.

4.  Ronnie Wingo and Dennis Johnson are ready to step up and try to replace Knile Davis at Arkansas.

5.  This writer says Zach Mettenberger’s presence at LSU could make starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson play better.

6.  The SEC has hit the expansion pause button.

7.  This writer says expansion is delayed, not dead…

8.  But this columnist believes Texas A&M has been scorned and they’ll be looking for vengeance when they face Arkansas this year.

9.  Gary Parrish of says superconferences would be bad for college basketball.

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