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2014 Schedule Roundup: Reaction And Notes From Around The League

2014 calendarThe SEC’s release of the 2014 conference schedule has drawn reaction from around the league.  Here’s a roundup of opinion, news and notes.

1. “Georgia has made out like a bandit in all this SEC schedule reshuffling madness.”

2. The Bulldogs will go more than a month without playing at Sanford Stadium.

3, The SEC Network’s first game will be Texas A&M at South Carolina.

4. When Texas A&M meets LSU on Thanksgiving night, it will be the Tigers first appearance on Turkey Day since 1973.

5. Florida draws Alabama in 2014.  Gators have lost last three games to Crimson Tide by a combined score of 101-26.

6. Latest scheduled Florida-Tennessee game since 1991. “It’s a byproduct of the Vols disappearing off the SEC and national radar.”

7. Tennessee will travel to Ole Miss in 2014.  Vols have played in Oxford only four times.

8. The Rebels start the year in Atlanta and then to Nashville but won’t have to leave Oxford for two straight the rest of the year.

9. Moving the Kentucky-Louisville game to the end of the season in 2014 came at the request of both the SEC and the ACC.  Will be fourth SEC-ACC rivalry game to end the regular season.

10. When Arkansas travels to Missouri, it will be the first visit for the Razorbacks to Columbia since 1906.

11. When Auburn opens against Arkansas, it will be the first time the Tigers have opened with a conference game in 18 years.

12, MrSEC’s  immediate reaction/observations to the 2014 SEC schedule.

 

 

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Jones Works Overtime To Rebuild UT Football

gfx - they said itButch Jones says there’s no time for rest when it comes to rebuilding a perennial football power that’s fallen on hard times:

 

“I evaluate myself hour by hour, minute by minute.  Every night when I kind of slow down a little bit, I always replay the day over in my mind.  What would you have done differently?  How could you have done it better?

I think that’s all part of being a competitor, but I think the big thing is making Tennessee football better each and every day, whether it’s interacting with our fans, whether it’s recruiting, whether it’s developing our players.  That’s what we need to do to continue to grow and elevate our program back to its rightful place among the elite of college football.”

 

One of two dominant teams in the 1990s — along with Florida — Tennessee hasn’t won the SEC Championship Game since 1998 and hasn’t finished in the national top 10 since 2001.  Jones is fourth Volunteer coach in six seasons, following Phillip Fulmer (2008), Lane Kiffin (2009) and Derek Dooley (2010-12).

 

 

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SEC Headlines 9/15/2012

1. TCU – LSU to open 2013 season at Cowboys Stadium?

2. One way to look at at the game tonight in Baton Rouge: “LSU is only at the halfway point of one of its longest preseasons in history.”

3. “Florida-Tennessee game is basically an elimination game.”

4. “If Bobby Petrino had never wrecked a motorcycle, it was still going to be about Alabama.”

5. Update on the Mizzou QB situation: “A source close to Corbin Berkstresser told me last night that the redshirt freshman is prepared to play and excited for the chance…”

6. Missouri’s failed fake punt against Georgia drew attention, but the Tigers have always gambled under Gary Pinkel.

7. Lane Kiffin just the latest in a line of coaches that try – and fail – to muzzle the media.

8. B1G Ten’s agreement with Dish expires.

9. John Calipari on the people who attend his high-dollar fantasy camp.  “They’re not here for funsies.”

10. Former Kentucky coach Bill Gillispie is out of the Mayo Clinic and back in Texas.

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SEC Headlines – 9/15/11 Part Two

1.  Outside the SEC — though one realignment story impacts every other — Matt Hayes of The Sporting News believes Texas overplayed its hand is now left “begging for ACC acceptance.”

2.  Florida-Tennessee may no longer be a big game nationally, but it still matters an awful lot to UF and UT fans.

3.  Charlies Weis says the Vols will test the Gator offense mentally and physically because of the kind of schemes they use.

4.  Will Muschamp isn’t revealing how he’s handling the arrest of backup linebacker Dee Finley.

5.  Georgia plans to use John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers together on its D-line more often.

6.  For the most part, UGA’s freshman “Dream Team” has been pretty quiet so far.

7.  Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders will miss two to three weeks with a slight cartilage tear in his knee…

8.  But true freshman Josh Clemons was about to grab the starter’s role anyway.

9.  From walk-on to starting safety, Mikie Benton is a leader for the Cats.

10.  South Carolina is still trying to find a complimentary receiver to go with Alshon Jeffery.

11.  The Cocks will have to play assignment football against Navy this weekend.

12.  Tennessee starting defensive end Ben Martin may not be able to play against Florida due to a sprained ankle.

13.  Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says his bunch is confident heading to Gainesville.

14.  Vanderbilt may or may not have its starting tailback and starting tight end for Saturday’s game with Ole Miss.

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