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SEC Headlines 3/19/2014

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1. Why is former Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore lashing out at the Aggies athletic administration?

2. Spring practice gets underway today at Florida with a focus on the offense and new coordinator Kurt Roper.

3. Some players to watch and some questions to ask at Florida this spring.

4. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen appreciates having some depth at quarterback this spring. Bulldogs kicked off spring practice Tuesday.

5. Concern at LSU?  Tigers backfield lacks depth.

6. Those four Georgia players charged with  multiple counts of theft by deception on Monday were back on the practice field Tuesday but Mark Richt not ruling out any dismissals. Bulldogs potential national title contender in 2014?

7. Plenty of new faces and new roles along Missouri’s offensive line but center Evan Boehm will be the anchor in the middle. Is Tigers running back Russell Hansbrough one of the players poised for a breakout season?

8. Vanderbilt redshirt freshman C.J. Duncan is changing positions.

9. Germain Ifedi started every game at right guard for Texas A&M last fall.He could wind up playing tackle this fall.

10. Linebacker Trey DePriest will be a leader of the Alabama defense.

11. Auburn safety Trent Fisher, son of St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, may no longer be on the team.

12. South Carolina sophomore Jamari Smith trying to get the jump on five freshmen cornerbacks who will join the program this summer. A couple of South Carolina linebackers undergo arthroscopic surgeries.

13. Arkansas had to replace three assistant coaches in the offseason - but none of the changes came on the offensive staff.

14. Tennessee football is on spring break this week but here’s an updated look at the depth charts.

Bruce Pearl to Auburn reaction

15. Auburn’s new basketball coach meets the media.  ”When I made the mistakes that I made at Tennessee, I let a lot of people down.” Pearl gets six-year deal worth $2.2 million annually.

16. Pearl turned 54 Tuesday.  “Happy belated birthday, Bruce Almighty. Or should that now be Bruce Au-mighty?”

17. Pearl believes the hiring had the blessing of SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: ”I’m sure I wouldn’t be getting this second chance unless it met with his approval.”

18. “He will be a catalyst for change in the league, to the delight of commissioner Mike Slive.”

19. Pearl met with Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs at his Knoxville home Monday night - deal hashed out on the kitchen island.  One Tennessee reaction to Pearl’s hiring?  Relief.  

20. Kevin Scarbinsky: ‘A popular analogy already has started making the rounds...Pearl will be to (Anthony) Grant as Nick Saban was to Tommy Tuberville.

21. Paul Finebaum: (Alabama A.D. Bill Battle) “woke up today and found out his worst nightmare – at least from a basketball standpoint — has come true.”

22. Mike DeCourcy: “How many active coaches are better? Let’s just say they could all probably fit in one clown car.”

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23. Tennessee meets Iowa tonight.  Vols are 0-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Dayton, Ohio.

24. The 13-year old son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery will have surgery to remove a thyroid tumor just hours before tonight’s tipoff. Update: “Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned.”

25. Georgia hosts Vermont tonight in the NIT.  Bulldogs going for their 20th win of the season.

26. LSU travels to San Francisco to meet the Dons tonight in NIT action.

27. Texas A&M plays Wyoming tonight in the CBI Tournament.  Coach Billy Kennedy:  ”Our guys have been good in practice, and it helps us more for next year more than anything, just playing another game, and practicing helps for the future.”

28. Freshman guard Shawn Smith still not with the Aggies.

29. With a win Tuesday night, Albany gets to play Florida in the first round.  Trivia question: Know their team nickname?

30. The President has Florida in his Final Four but picks Michigan State to win it all.

31. Florida Center Patric Young wants to become a minister after basketball.


32. Johnny Manziel and his “Fighting Ducks” Nike shoes. Merrill Hoge on Johnny Football: “He’s got bust written all over him.”

33. Here’s a look at the rings given to Florida State players and coaches for winning the BCS title.

34. Actor Vince Vaughn pays $6.5 million for Lane Kiffin’s California home.

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SEC Headlines 4/13/2013

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1. Kentucky has a chance to double its spring-game attendance record tonight. 49,000 tickets distributed plus another 11,000 given to elementary and middle school students.

2. At Texas A&M’s spring game today, all eyes on quarterback Johnny Manziel.

3. Don’t expect starters to get much playing time at today’s South Carolina spring game . Coaches want to get young players some experience.

4. First team vs. second team at Vanderbilt’s spring game.  Coach James Franklin: “The gap between our ones and our twos is not like what it used to be.”

5. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu on his failed drug tests: “I don’t remember saying a specific number. I said I’ve failed several drug tests.”

6. Expect a more “game-like” scrimmage today at Alabama. Crimson Tide off Sunday and then head to the White House on Monday.

7. More than 1,600 coaches watched Alabama practice Friday.

8. Auburn running back Tre Mason battling an ankle injury, not participating in full-contact drills.

9. Second scrimmage of the spring today at Auburn.  Coaches seeking major improvement.  Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: “We’re looking for a big jump.”

10. Verdict on second Mississippi State scrimmage? Defense dominated.

11. Tennessee coach Butch Jones and Peyton Manning – a mutual admiration society.

12. Evan Boehm started every game for Missouri at left guard as a true freshman.  His sophomore season will see him under center.

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13. The NCAA director of enforcement is leaving his job and returning to Auburn. Dave Didion will join Auburn’s compliance department, a post he left in 1999 to go to the NCAA.

14. Auburn’s board of trustees approve plan to redevelop Toomer’s Corner - will plant new trees.

15. A posthumous appointment for Mal Moore at Alabama.  Board of trustees name him Athletic Director Emeritus.

16. How are Tennessee athletics faring under A.D. Dave Hart?

17. Seton Hall guard Aaron Crosby transferring to Illinois - was also considering Missouri.


18. Louisville coach Rick Pitino will get a tattoo on his shoulder next month.

19. Some PR advice for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops: “Just don’t trout out the Hungry Sunday line. At least not for public consumption.”

20. Tim Tebow – Great Floridian.

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WOW Headlines – 11/6/12

Georgia DE Abry Jones will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury
Florida’s Will Muschamp says he would support O-Coordinator Brent Pease for the head coaching job at Kentucky
Texas Tech O-Coordinator Neal Brown and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan have also been connected to the Kentucky job by some media reports
Another injury on Missouri’s offensive line insures that only freshman Evan Boehm will start each Tiger game this season
Florida has parted ways with freshman DT Jafar Mann.  Will Muschamp: “He and I agreed that it’s time for him to move on.”
Tennessee’s Derek Dooley says he’ll commit more of his own focus to the Vols’ porous defense moving forward
If South Carolina wins out this season, Steve Spurrier will become the school’s all-time winningest coach
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace has missed at least one practice this week with a shoulder injury
LSU LB Kwon Alexander tweeted word that he could return from an ankle injury in “2 to 3 weeks”
Alabama’s Nick Saban on Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel: “This guy reminds me of Doug Flutie.”
Mississippi State freshman basketballer Andre Applewhite has been lost for the season to an ACL injury
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