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SEC Players On The Move 4/26/2013

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1. Former LSU defensive back Tharold Simon to his hometown police department -  ”I own Eunice.” Arrested day before “Tharold Simon Day.”

2. Two former LSU players drafted Thursday - that number could double in tonight’s second and third rounds.

3. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects eight SEC players to go in the second round. First-round batting average – not so great.

4. Tweet from Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal: ”I’m back!” McNeal missed the final five spring practice over off-field issues.

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5. Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft.  Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin expects to speak to Jarnell Stokes and learn his final decision sometime today.

6. Players departing South Carolina – statement from coach Frank Martin: ”After our team’s end of the season meetings, Damien Leonard, Eric Smith, RJ Slawson and Brian Richardson have decided to ask for their release and will not be with the team moving forward,.”

7. Tweet from Rutgers transfer Eli Carter - “Down To Maryland & Florida!!”

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Chizik Shares Some Info Pre-Writers’ Room

Gene Chizik has chatted with a few reporters before entering the main writers’ room in Hoover.  Here’s some of the info he’s shared (according to reporter tweets):

1.  The coach will not discuss the Mike Blakely situation until the process is finished.  (Blakely tweeted yesterday that the NCAA had denied his appeal to play immediately at Auburn, after transferring from Florida.)

2.  Chizik said he was simply looking for clarity when he asked the NCAA’s head of enforcement about its investigation into Auburn during the SEC meetings in Destin.  He said the exchange was not confrontational.  He also said that he feels good about where Auburn is with regards to the NCAA investigation.

3.  Running back Eric Smith has been permanently dismissed from Auburn’s team.

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Auburn’s Smith Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge Before Dismissal

In 2009, Eric Smith was arrested for taking part in the beating of two fellow Auburn students.  He was reinstated to the team and played in all 14 games — mainly as a blocking back — for the Tigers last year.

Yesterday we told you that he had been dismissed from AU’s team.  Why?  More violence.

Smith was arrested on February 22nd for third degree domestic violence.  Six days later, Gene Chizik booted him for a “violation of team rules.”  Apparently the team rule was: Don’t hit, punch, kick or bite anyone else.  And Smith — allegedly — couldn’t follow that one.

Smith spend 12 hours in custody before he was released on $500 bond.

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Auburn Dismisses RB Smith

Running back Eric Smith has been dismissed from the Auburn football team for an unspecified violation of team rules.  Smith was used as a blocking back last season.

Though his role on the football team was limited, you might remember Smith for his involvement in the 2009 beatdown of two AU students that left one man bloodied and another unconscious.

Smith carried the ball 42 times during his three-year career and caught 25 passes.

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