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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/20/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Mississippi State 66 – Florida Gulf Coast 53.  Bulldogs force 21 turnovers.  Now 8-2 on the season – won just 10 games all of last year.

2. Arkansas 102 – UT-Martin 56. Video Highlights.  21st straight home win for the Razorbacks.  Coach Mike Anderson: “We played to our strengths.”

3. Auburn 66 – Clemson 64. Video HighlightsTeam-high 19 points for Chris Denson.  Auburn defense comes up big late.

4. USC Upstate 74 – South Carolina 68. Gamecocks fall to 2-5 on the season.  First ever win against the SEC for USC-Upstate.

5. Georgia 58 – Gardner-Webb 49. Fifth straight win for the Bulldogs after starting the season 1-4.

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SEC Negotiating With 3 Cities For Future Tourney Dates

sec-tournament-nashvilleAs we noted yesterday, Nashville is the most likely choice to become the SEC Tournament’s “primary” home at some point in the future.  Also, multiple sources claim St. Louis is expected to land the 2017 tourney.  In addition, Tampa officials say they’ve had good talks with the SEC about bringing the event back to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Well, it turns out Atlanta is also negotiating with the league for a future tourney date.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Thursday: “We have had conversations with Atlanta, Tampa and St. Louis.  Those conversations will continue.”

Below is an up-to-date rundown of future tourney sites:


2014 — Atlanta

2015 — Nashville

2016 — Nashville

2017 — St. Louis (reportedly)

2018 — St. Louis, Tampa or Atlanta

2019 — Nashville

2020 — St. Louis, Tampa or Atlanta


For those wondering when Nashville — assuming the Music City does outbid everyone else — will take over as primary host, the above list might actually give you an idea of what “primary” means.  According to Slive:


“The best way to say it is that’s where you go most of the time.  Permanent means you got there every time.  Primary means you go there most of the time.”


There’s an awful lot of grey in that statement.  To us at, the word “primary” would suggest that a city would host the league’s tournament, let’s say, four out of every five years.  But the SEC might view the word “primary” in a different way.  The league might simply guarantee something like three out of five years or six out of 10.  You better believe the SEC would still want maximum cash from any city trying to land three tourneys in five years, but that type of rotation would be far less sexy for a metropolis making a bid.

Looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer to find out what exactly what “primary” means to Slive and the SEC’s presidents.

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Wow Headlines 3/30/2013

Florida defeats Florida Gulf Coast 62-50 Friday night in NCAA Tournament basketball..
Gators will meet Michigan Sunday for the right to advance to the Final Four…
Third straight year Florida has advanced to Elite Eight of tournament
Sophomore Arkansas guard BJ Young announced via twitter on Thursday he plans to enter the NBA draft.
South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington says he will again play both football and basketball for the Gameocks next fall
Injuries along the offensive line have Ole Miss running out bodies in spring practice…four freshmen linemen will join the Rebels in the fall
Kentucky linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree moving to defensive end
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy admits he nearly took the Tennessee job in December…disagreed with OSU AD over scheduling issues
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SEC Hoops: Florida Advances To Third Straight Elite-Eight With Win Over FGCU

march-madness-schedule-tv-logoFlorida 62 – Florida Gulf Coast 50

1. Gators win despite shooting just 38.6% from the floor.  Florida defense forces 20 turnovers.  Senior guard Kenny Boynton: “To be in the final eight says a lot, but we don’t want to settle here.”

2. Game-high 15 points from Mike Rosario.  Coach Billy Donovan:  “I’m happy for Mike Rosario, (Kenny) Boynton and Erik Murphy. But I’m proud of what they’ve been able to do up to this point in time and they’ve gotten better.”

3. “This Gators squad isn’t as talented as the back-to-back national champs Billy Donovan coached in 2006 and 2007… but it can beat any of the remaining teams in this tournament.”

4. Quick turnaround for Florida from late Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Will play Michigan for the right to go to the Final Four.

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SEC Headlines 3/29/2013

headlines-fri1. South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington says he will again play both football and basketball next season for the third straight year.  Ellington is South Carolina’s leading returning receiver.

2. Martavius Newby was a freshman guard on the Ole Miss basketball team – he’s now working out with the football team as a linebacker.

3. Injuries along the offensive line have Ole Miss running out of bodies. Depth will increase this fall.

4. Tennessee offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James on the group’s potential: “I feel like we definitely have the talent and capability to have the best offensive line, really, in the country.”

5. Vanderbilt lost only one starter on its offensive line. Coach James Franklin’s like the group’s depth.

6. Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree started at linebacker all 12 games last year but he’s moving to defensive end for new defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot: ”I had recruited Bud when I was at Florida State,”

7. Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin on new defensive line coach Brad Lawing - who came to the Gators from South Carolina: “He brings a wealth of knowledge of the position, a wealth of knowledge and experience. He’s a great staff guy, a great guy to work with.

8. LSU coach Les Miles on Thursday’s scrimmage: ”The offense is much improved. It’s just that they’re shooting themselves in the foot. ”

9. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix on competition in the Alabama secondary: “When there’s someone trying to outplay you, it helps you go even better, even harder, even faster, when you have someone as good as you next to you.”

10. Auburn Robenson Therezie thinks he’s faster than former Tigers running back Onterio McCalebb. ”We never did (race) but I believe I could beat him probably by a foot.” The defensive back could see some time on offense. Update: Robenson should check with his coaches next time - Right now, he’s 100 percent defense.”

11. 17 Auburn players gained weight in the offseason – 12 of them are a little lighter. What’s Auburn’s first unit on defense looked like today.

12. Georgia coach Mark Richt says running back Todd Gurley looks trimmer but he’s actually gained six pounds. ”I feel like the best I’ve felt in a while.”

13. 22 wins later, assessing Georgia’s “Dream Team” class of 2011.  “The Dream Teamt has done what it came here to do.”

14. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash: “We’ve got some very talented players. We’ve got some deficiencies at some spots, too.”

15. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Nate Askew’s adjustment from wide receiver to linebacker:“The great thing about it has been his attitude.”

16. The price of fame for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – even a trip to the grocery store is no longer simple.  “Twenty pictures later it was 11 at night.”

NFL Prospects

17. Is Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks slipping in mock drafts?

18. Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will run for pro teams on April 11th in Tuscaloosa.

SEC Basketball

19. It’s Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast tonight.  That enormous scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium?  It’s longer than the court.

20. Key player to watch?  Keep your eye on FGCU point guard Brett Comer.

21. Florida stayed in Texas after winning in Austin last weekend.  FGCU flew back to Fort Myers from Philadelphia. FGCU coach Andy Enfield: “It took us a day and a half to recover mentally and physically.”

22. Kevin Scarbinsky on how to reinvigorate college basketball in the state of Alabama. Could  the Auburn-Alabama game be played the night before the Iron Bowl?

23. With BJ Young moving on to the NBA, Arkansas has an available scholarship to fill.

24. Ex-Kentucky and now ex-Minnesota coach Tubby Smith could be headed to Texas Tech.

25. As Smith demonstrates, making the NCAA Tournament is sometimes not good enough for a coach.


26. Oops. Southeastern Lousiana says 137 ineligible athletes competed for the school between 2005 and 2010.

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UF Accepts FGCU Apology For “(Expletive) The Gators” Chant

gfx - they said itKids will be kids, right?

During a Tuesday pep rally for the Florida Gulf Coast basketball team, a group of students showed their support for the Eagles by cursing the team they’ll face tomorrow in the NCAA Tournament.  Literally.

“(Expletive) the Gators” was chanted by some of those in attendance and the chant was picked up by ESPN microphones.  The network inadvertently wound up broadcasting the foulmouthed chant live to Americans everywhere.

Yesterday, the FGCU student body — probably the school’s PR wing — put out a statement apologizing for the anti-Florida chant:


“In no manner do the words that were passed yesterday reflect upon this institution of higher education.  Oftentimes, excitement and a new experience can cause rash and hasty decisions to be made.  In this moment of excitement for our young school, we hope that you will accept our expression of regret.  With that being said, we are definitely looking forward to some healthy competition in Arlington, this Friday.”


The appropriately named Steve Orlando — Florida’s senior director of media relations — said “they’ve apologized, and as far as we’re concerned, it’s over.”

Question is… Will the crowd in Arlington take up the chant during tomorrow night’s game?  FGCU is the Cinderella of the tournament and it’s guaranteed all the non-Florida fans in the building will be backing the upstart.

But who knew Cinderella had such a dirty mouth?

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SEC Headlines 3/27/2013

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1. Spring practice underway at Auburn. Tigers lack numbers at several positions, including quarterback. Coach Gus Malzahn: “The good thing is that they’re going to get a lot of reps.”

2. Observations from practice No. 1 - ”The Tigers are already working on the hurry-up, no-huddle, gone-in-sixty-seconds formations.”

3. Auburn safety Erique Florence no longer on the team. ” He’s taking care of some personal issues, and we wish him the best.”

4. He’s not the only one leaving.  “Blake Burgess will no longer be with the team.” Used as a fullback last year.

5. Since Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is not a “quarterback-by-committee guy,” either Brandon Mitchell or Brandon Allen will emerge as a clear winner in the QB battle.

6. Proposed rendering for the expansion and renovation of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium .

7. South Carolina redshirt freshman T.J. Holloman is impressing at a position the Gamecocks need help this fall – linebacker.

8. Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason on defensive end Ray Drew: “From what I noticed, Ray Drew was really unblockable today.”

9. With Aaron Murray away for a banquet, Mason takes snaps with first-team offense,

10. Jay Graham will make $275,000 at Florida State.  His replacement as Tennessee’s running backs coach – Robert Gillespie – will make $300,000.

11. Florida getting a boost from JUCO players along the defensive line.

12. Biggest void on the LSU defense is the defensive end position -Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter trying to fill big shoes.

13. 27 former LSU players taking part in Pro Day workouts today. 18 former South Carolina players doing the same in Columbia today.

SEC Basketball/NCAA Tournament

14. When Florida meets Florida Gulf Coast Friday night  - expect the capacity crowd to make life difficult for the Gators.

15. Did Florida turn down Florida Gulf Coast for a pre-season scrimmage?  Yes. Urban Meyer has a daughter on the volleyball team at Florida Gulf Coast.

16. Stats guru Nate Silver gives Florida a 21.3% chance to win it all. “The Gators are this year’s flash point in the debate between stat geeks and traditionalists.”

17. State of Florida with three of the Sweet 16 teams - is the Sunshine State now a basketball state?

18. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin reportedly expected to pursue extension and possible renegotiation of his contract.

19. Martin currently tied for 10th-highest paid coach in the SEC.

20. UCLA’s firing of Ben Howland could have an impact on Georgia basketball.

21. Three-point shooting one of the keys to advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

22. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel No. 1 on the draft board for ESPN’s Chad Ford.  Says UK’s other three freshmen should stay in school.

23. For the first time since 2003, Mississippi State will play a game in Tupelo next season.

24. The block-charge call - defensive players being rewarded too often?

College News

25. Majority of sports fans polled do not favor paying college athletes.

26. Cowboys Stadium favorite to host first major college football playoff championship game.  Arlington and Tampa thought to be only two cities that bid.

27. When Auburn removes the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner on April 20th, Harvey Updyke Jr.’s attorney will be in attendance.

28. Former Alabama A.D. Mal Moore needs a lung transplant.

29. The “old” Big East getting two new members - Tulsa and East Carolina.


30. Sports-talk personality Paul Finebaum has a book deal.”Primarily, it’s about the culture of the show and how the culture of the show interacts with the SEC.”

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SEC Headlines 3/25/13

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1. Will Florida gain confidence from closing out Minnesota in Sunday’s round of 32 matchup?

2. After being benched on Friday, Gators guard Mike Rosario provided a lift against Minnesota.

3. Florida’s next opponent, No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, won’t be intimidated in the next round.

4. FGCU has beaten two No. 2 seeds this year (Georgetown and Miami). Miami says Florida’s next opponent isn’t a fluke.

5. It was a shot in the final seconds that allowed La Salle to end Ole Miss’ season.

6. One Missouri player believed the Tigers would compete for a national title. They fell well short.

7. Don’t blame coach Frank Haith for all of Missouri’s struggles, writes Bryan Burwell.

8. Popular Kentucky fan Ashley Judd is pulling for Louisville in the NCAA tournament. How will UK fans react?

9. Is Tennessee’s basketball program better after Cuonzo Martin’s second year? It’s a fair debate, writes Mike Strange.

SEC Football

10.  Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has built a strong relationship with the Crimson Tide’s new center.

11. Here’s a preview of Auburn’s special teams as the Tigers prepare for spring practice.

12. Mississippi State’s wide receivers are impressing during spring practice.

13. Wesley Tate (Golden Tate’s brother) is vying for Vanderbilt’s starting running back position.


14. Florida Gulf Coast is the biggest story in all of sports, writes Gary Parrish.

15. UCLA has officially fired basketball coach Ben Howland. What’s next for the Bruins?

16. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel gave Ole Miss’ Henderson some advice before the Rebels’ loss on Sunday.

17. Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports has the best and worst of the first NCAA tournament weekend.

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SEC Headlines – 11/23/10 Part Two

1.  Alabama might target Auburn’s weakness in the secondary.

2.  For Bama’s defense, the mission is to stop Cam Newton.  (Good luck.)

3.  Greg McElroy can’t be Newton, but he can beat him.

4.  Yeesh.  A one-point loss to St. Peter’s dropped Alabama into last place in the Paradise Jam basketball tournament.

5.  Kodi Burns’ unselfishness has been a catalyst for Auburn.

6.  Wes Byrum — AU’s all-time leading scorer — is looking forward to his last Iron Bowl.

7.  There are plenty of “what if” scenarios surrounding the Iron Bowl.

8.  Like “What if Bama loses?”

9.  Home-field advantage hasn’t meant much in recent UA-AU clashes.

10.  Bobby Petrino says he has a file on Les Miles and his trick plays.

11.  Petrino’s not sweating the suspension (for fighting) of linebacker Anthony Leon.

12.  Arkansas rolled to a 90-47 win over Florida Gulf Coast last night.  (No wonder… far as I can tell the Florida Gulf Coast is filled with retirees.)

13.  Razorback fans aren’t showing up to support their basketball team.

14.  Gary Crowton reminds us that his LSU offense has been good enough to win 10 games.

15.  Kicker Josh Jasper is “pretty upset” about not making the list of finalists for the Groza Award.  (Grow up, kid.)

16.  LSU’s DBs are looking forward to taking the Ryan Mallett challenge.

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Hogs roll over Eagles, move to 2-0

The Razorbacks won their second straight game on Monday with a 90-47 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.

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