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SEC Headlines – 3/19/12

1.  Alabama’s “intense” spring practice resumes today after spring break.

2.  New Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is looking for playmakers on the Plains.

3.  LSU’s backup quarterbacks are getting experience this spring.

4.  Ex-Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien and offensive lineman Max Garcia will reportedly visit Ole Miss tomorrow.  (Maybe Hugh Freeze can continue Houston Nutt’s string of one-and-done quarterbacks.)

5.  Texas A&M assistant AD for athletic training says marijuana is “the most prevalent” drug used by college athletes “and that’s not going to change anytime soon.”  (Somewhere Matthew McConaughey just said, “Alright, alright, alright.”)

6.  It looks like Florida has now adapted to the loss of Will Yeguette as Billy Donovan’s team rolls into another Sweet Sixteen.

7.  UF’s bench came up big yesterday.

8.  As we said this morning, the NCAA Tournament bracket is falling Kentucky’s way.

9.  Only one coach has made the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last five seasons.  Guess who.  (Hint: He wears expensive suits, slicks back his hair, lives in Kentucky, and isn’t named Pitino.)

10.  South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington is now reconsidering his decision to give up football for basketball.

UPDATE — Ellington’s high school football coach says he expects Ellington to play football this fall.

11.  Jeronne Maymon is probable for Tennessee’s NIT game with MTSU tonight.

12.  Vol basketballers would rather go to New York for the NIT semifinals than go on spring break.

13.  This writer says Vanderbilt’s veteran-heavy squad underachieved.

14.  Missouri’s Frank Haith will enter the SEC with this year’s Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award in his trophy case.

17.  According to Forbes magazine, Kentucky and Tennessee rank among the 20 “most valuable” college basketball programs.

16.  The world — and especially Southern sports fans — have lost a legend in Furman Bisher.

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SEC Headlines – 3/15/12

1.  Alabama’s going to have to find some offense to hang with Creighton.

2.  The trial of Harvey Updyke — the alleged Toomer’s Corner terrorist — has been pushed back to late June.

3.  This spring practice notebook reveals that even after a severe ankle injury, Knile Davis is still Arkansas’ fastest player.

4.  Barring injuries, Trent Johnson says he’s “very confident” LSU will make the NCAA Tournament next year.  (Daring talk.)

5.  LaDarius White could become a bigger factor for Ole Miss’ hoops team next season.

6.  If Rick Stansbury survives at MSU, expect him to get a one-year extension for recruiting purposes.  (For now, that’s a big if.)

7.  This writer says those who are worried about Texas A&M making a bowl this season are being realistic, not negative.

8.  Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are settling in for their spring quarterback battle at Florida.

9.  Erik Murphy’s 3-point shooting is a new worry for Gator foes in the NCAA tourney.

10.  Georgia’s Mark Richt is now the sixth-longest tenured head coach in college football.  (Betcha you’d never guess the guy who’s #2 on the list.)

11.  Kentucky’s enters today’s game with Western Kentucky with confidence, not arrogance.

12.  But this writer says all UK has to do is show up and WKU will go down.  (Hard to argue.)

13.  Carolina coaches are happy with DeVonte Holloman’s versatility as he tries to replace the Cocks’ leading tackler from a year ago.

14.  Could MTSU knock off Tennessee with a series of high ball screens on Monday?

15.  A tweet from a freshman tight end could result in a secondary violation for the Vols.  (Said it before… coaches, get your kids off Twitter.)

16.  The legacy of Vanderbilt’s deep senior class is riding on this NCAA Tournament.

17.  Ex-Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien is interested in Penn State, not just Vandy.

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