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SEC Headlines 3/24/2014

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1. For the first time since 2010, there’s a competition for the starting quarterback at Georgia.

2. Even though the number of competitors has dropped from five  to three - a quarterback race is on at LSU as well.

3. One week into spring practice, Florida’s offense remains a work in progress.

4. Former Alabama offensive guard Chad Lindsey could be headed to Michigan where he would be reunited with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

5. Of the 40 best players in the SEC during the BCS era, was Tim Tebow No. 1?

6. Is Auburn’s Nick Marshall talented enough to play quarterback in the NFL? Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee:  ”Oh, I think without question.”

7. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson on his freshman season: “It’s a big spring for me because last year, I was a little bit disappointed with my performance and I can’t wait to get better.”

8. Should coaches bonuses be tied to academic performance?  Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes the case.

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9. Georgia freshman basketball player J.J. Frazier was arrested late Sunday night on a charge of driving without a license

10. Florida will meet UCLA Thursday night . Fourth time since 2006 these two teams have met in March.

11. “With his 3-0 run this March, (Tennessee coach Cuonzo) Martin has equaled Jerry Green’s victory total in four NCAA appearances. Only Bruce Pearl (eight) and Don DeVoe (five) have more.”

12. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Who knew that Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin both would be big winners this month?”

13. LSU plays SMU tonight in the NIT.  ”Simply put, there might not be two more talented teams remaining in the NIT field.”

14. Arkansas gets a rematch with Cal tonight in the NIT.  The Golden Bears beat the Razorbacks in the Maui Invitational in November.

15. Texas A&M at Illinois State tonight in the CBI.  Aggies just 1-8 in road games this season (but that one win was over a Sweet 16 Tennessee team).

SEC Media

16. Sweet 16 rundown – TV, tip times, and announcers.

17. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will join the SEC Network as an analyst.

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Ex-Alabama QB McElroy Joins SEC Network Team

gfx-they-said-it4The roster of SEC Network personnel continues to grow as its August launch date draws closer and closer.  Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has given up on his NFL dreams after a three-year stint with the Jets and Bengals and signed on with ESPN as an analyst for its new start-up channel.

He is the sixth on-air personality to be named so far joining Brent Musburger (lead play-by-play man), Joe Tessitore (top studio host), Paul Finebaum (commentator who’s daily radio show will be simulcast on the channel), Jesse Palmer (lead color analyst) and Tim Tebow (analyst).

In the state of Alabama, there’s really only one question when it comes to McElroy and his new gig — How will he cover Auburn?

 

“I hope they know that when I go down there, I’ll be going with a very professional manner.  I’ll be going to cover the game and be unbiased and tell what I really think.  I think the world of every one of those schools and there’s not one school I like more than any other.  Of course, I went to the University of Alabama and I loved my time there, but at this point going forward, I’ll have an unbiased opinion and will enjoy covering the game in a neutral way.”

 

To date that’s two Florida alums and one from Alabama.  More ex-SEC players will likely be coming on board between now and the network’s launch date.  Think that will lead to any complaints or yelps about bias this fall?  Naaaaaah.

 

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SEC Headlines 6/7/2013

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1. What could boost the fortunes of Tennessee football over the next five years?  The retirements of Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier would help.

2. Running back Marlin Lane not officially reinstated at Tennessee but an announcement is expected soon.

3. Last national title for Georgia was 1980.  Is this the year they can finally get over the hump? Vegas has Georgia as the favorite in all 12 regular season games.

4. Similar story at Alabama – Tide favored in every contest.  In SEC action, favored by an average of 20.9 points.

5. Auburn an underdog in every SEC game this year, according to the Golden Nugget.

6. Lines on 10 of the biggest games this fall. Ten not enough? Here’s 250 point spreads  from the Golden Nugget.

7. Departures at Kentucky include sopohomore receivers receivers DeMarcus Sweat and Bookie Cobbins. UK will add four receivers this fall.

8. Why Kentucky needs to be dialed in for the season opener against Western Kentucky.

9. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the league’s head coaches: ”You don’t see many former players from the league coming back [to the SEC] to be head coaches anymore.”

10. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel set to debut in a country music video this afternoon.

11. If professional baseball doesnt’ work out for Kohl Stewart, Kevin Sumlin says he can always play football for the Aggies. See our recruiting notebook from earlier today for more on Stewart.

12. What does Auburn coach Gus Malzahn want to see in his starting quarterback?“Thinking like a coach out on the field, as far as the reads go and everything that goes within a play.”

13. Football tickets, sideline passes and Nick Saban’s lake house – all up for sale to the highest bidder.

14. Saban: “To me, everybody always asks, ‘Why aren’t you happy about this or that?’ (and it’s) because I am thinking about the next thing,”

15. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel likes the potential of his defensive line: ”It’s a league where you’ve got to be good up front.”

16. 96 percent of football players at Missouri in the last five senior classes have earned their degrees.

SEC/College News

17. Who owns the images of college athletes? Former Alabama player Tyrone Prothro wrote a  book and wanted to use a photo from a famous catch in 2005.  Alabama told him he would have to purchase it.

18. Search firms typically cost universities about $75,000 to identify coaching candidates.  Are they worth the money?

19. College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta under construction and selling commemorative bricks.

20. Miami commit on turning down Urban Meyer. “It looked like he was a baby about to cry. It was so funny.”

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21. Trial for former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward set for July 22.  Pleads not guilty to charges of trying to fix a game in 2012.

22. Kevin Scarbinsky on Ward: “He may be the worst thing to happen to Barbee and Auburn basketball in a string of bad things that have plagued the program.”

23. Byron Samuels is Georgia’s new operations coordinator. Former assistant to Jerry Green at Tennessee.

24. The debate over former Missouri guard Michael Dixon, now with Memphis.  Should he be allowed to play next season?

25. New players will look a lot like the old players at Missouri – at least when it comes to their jersey numbers.

26 .ESPN’s Chad Forde on the odds Nerlens Noel is taken No. 1 overall in the NBA draft: “60-65 percent.”

Extra

27. Brett Favre on his departure from the Green Bay Packers.  ”I was at fault.”

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SEC Headlines 5/31/2013

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1. Can South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney win the Heisman?  Steve Spurrier: “It would be very difficult,”

2. Why are Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Florida State assistant Tim Brewster engaged in a Twitter feud? More on Bielema’s tweets here.

3. Are Alabama A.D. Bill Battle’s Tennessee connections coming back to haunt him?  ”Nice to know the Third Saturday in October rivalry still has some teeth, at least off the field.”

4. Matt Hayes on Kevin Sumlin’s team: “It’s almost cosmic the way things lined up and played out for Texas A&M.”

5. Texas A&M A.D. Eric Hyman says about 3,000 people are on a waiting list for Aggies season tickets this fall. Aggies dropping future series with Oregon and Southern Cal.

6. Texas A&M and South Carolina/Missouri and Arkansas new permanent rivals starting in 2014.

7. Scott Rabalais:  Three reasons eight games are not enough for the SEC long term.

8. Good news for Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery now recovering from a car wreck.  Expected to return to Lexington in early June and rejoin the team.

9. Is Central Florida a trap game on South Carolina’s schedule?

10. In case you didn’t know, the most important Georgia player this fall is quarterback Aaron Murray.

11.Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage thinks Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley profile as potential first-round NFL picks.

12. Can Ole Miss freshman running back Jordan Wilkins make an impact this year?”

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13. Is Georgia spending enough?  ”Some quiet complaints.”

14. NCAA investigating Auburn? President Jay Gogue: ”Not that I’m aware of. Certainly the protocol is to receive a phone call from them telling you that and I have not received one.”

15. Gogue doesn’t support paying college athletes beyond a cost-of-living stipend:  ”You’re spending about $150,000 per student-athlete in terms of training, medical costs and all that. That’s probably an appropriate amount for a college kid.”

16. Former Alabama player Tyrone Prothro deposed in lawsuit involving NCAA and video game maker Electronic Arts.

17. Nick Saban admits he made up a “flimsy excuse” to meet A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb.

18. Tommy Tomlinson on Ohio State’s president. “I want to like Gordon Gee…But Gordon, buddy, you’re making this hard.”

19. Rick Pitino on Gee: “He’s a pompous ass for making those statements.”

20. MrSEC: “Gee was trying to be cute and as is usually the case when he tries to be cute… he failed miserably.”

21. NCAA president Mark Emmert on the idea of a “super division” of larger schools.   ”I think it would be healthy and the right thing to do.”

22. Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims no longer enrolled at Virginia – academic issues.

23. Texas A.D. Deloss Dodds prefers an eight-team college football playoff.

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24. John Adams:  “Better recruiting would do more for the conference than tougher scheduling.”

25. “Among the top 100 players ranked by Rivals, 21 are slated to perform next winter in the SEC.”

26. Auburn won’t be going to the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-off after all -  ”devastating blow to the Tigers’ schedule.”

27. Former Kentucky basketball coach Eddie Sutton has a big fan in current Kentucky coach John Calipari:  ”I would love for him to come to my practice and evaluate what we are doing and be a set of eyes for me.”

Extras

28. Long before she was Rutgers A.D., Julie Hermann faced a lawsuit as a volleyball coach at Tennessee.

29. Louisville A.D. Tom Jurich comes to her defense.

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SEC Headlines 5/26/2013

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1. Expect nine-game conference schedule to be a hot topic of debate at the SEC spring meetings this week. Here are five things to watch.

2. Scott Rabalais: “For the sake of Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia (but really just Alabama-Tennessee) the conference has forced permanent opponents down everyone else’s throats.”

3. Mark Wiedmar: “SEC championship game…arguably did as much to change college football as the forward pass.”

4. Nine of 14 SEC schools suffered attendance declines last year.  Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity: “It’s at the top of our list of concerns, and we talk about it constantly.”

5. JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed won’t be able to transfer and play at Florida this fall – not enough credits. Now planning a spring transfer.

6. Former Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland on Nick Saban: ”I improved as a coach in my two years at Alabama because of him and his knowledge of football and his willingness to share that with me.”

7. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on his wide receiving corps: “The best guys are going to play — I don’t care if you’re a freshman or a senior.”

8. Could Ole Miss backup quarterback Maikhail Miller emerge as a short-yardage option this fall?

9. Three of the top four most expensive opening weekend game tickets on StubHub involve SEC teams.

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10. Both Alabama and LSU will participate in a tip-off event at American Airlines Center in Dallas in early November.  ”The plan is to generate a lot of excitement and hype about college basketball in the city that’s hosting the Final Four.”

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11. Ever wonder how much of your cable bill is from ESPN? “Basic cable customers paid an average of $5.06 a month for ESPN in 2012, making ESPN… by far the most expensive product on basic cable.”

12. Starting quarterback Everett Golson no longer enrolled at Notre Dame. Academic violation reportedly the cause.

13. Could Gunner Kiel return to Notre Dame? Apparently not.

14. An incident from her past at Tennessee could return to haunt new Rutgers A.D. Julie Hermann.

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SEC Headlines 4/24/2013

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1. Fan to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: “We need to change it to the University that Spurrier Changed.”

2. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze trying to temper expectations.  “As spring revealed, we’re not where we need to be depth-wise.”

3. Tennessee has a new director of player personnel. Bob Welton spent the last nine years as a scout for the Cleveland Browns.

4. What’s the status of Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal?  ”Still up in the air.” Off-field issues.

5. What’s the status of the Kiehl Frazier/Jonathan Wallace quarterback battle at Auburn? “There’s not a lot of separation coming out of spring at this point.”

6. Kevin Scarbinsky on Harvey Updyke: He killed Auburn’s trees and made Auburn stronger.

7. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen captured the headlines, but other names have emerged on the Razorbacks’ depth chart following spring practice.

8. Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell on the Bulldogs’ struggles in the last half of the season.  It “motivated me to watch more film and work so much harder. Everybody has a bad game, but in the end I have to be that guy to perform every game.”

SEC/College News

9. SEC Network announcement rescheduled for May 2.

10. Matt Hayes on college football playoffs.  ”You win, Joe Sixpack.”

SEC/NFL Draft

11. By the end of the weekend, Georgia’s draft totals could hit double digits.  Player projections by round.

12. Combine Georgia and Alabama and you could end up with 20 draft picks.

13. Over the past ten years, only Georgia has had more players drafted than LSU - 57 to 56.

14. 2013 NFL draft expected to be Texas A&M’s best class in years.

15. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has 10 SEC players among his top 25 prospects.

16. “It’s insane how much talent is spilling out of the SEC.”

17. Former Tennessee wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson considered two of top 10 receivers in this year’s draft. But questions remain. Breakdown of NFL talent in the state of Tennessee.

18.State of Florida could have six first-round picks.

19. Strengths, weaknesses and stats on former Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

20. Former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker has had official pre-draft visits with 11 NFL teams.

21. Former Alabama center Barrett Jones projected as a third-round pick. “To be honest, I don’t really get caught up too much in the rounds.”

22. If Sheldon Richardon’s name gets called Thursday, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will have six first-round picks in the last five years.

23 What are draft experts saying about former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson?

24. Oddsmakers have former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore slotted for the third round. Capsules of all potential South Carolina draft picks.

25. Kentucky lineman Larry Warford is hearing he could go anywhere from second to fourth round.

26. Questions about Texas A&M’s DaMontre Moore - “teams are really nervous about him.”

27. How NFL draft prospects were ranked as recruits coming out of high school.

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28. Trevor Lacey’s decision to transfer leaves Alabama with 10 available scholarship players for next season.

29. Former Rutgers guard Eli Carter considers Florida - Billy Donovan reportedly visited.

30. Former LSU forward Jalen Courtney is headed to Morehead State. Expectations are increasing at LSU under Johnny Jones.

31. NBA-bound Nerlens Noel on his knee: “I’ve been working hard in rehab, and my physical therapist is telling me I’m way ahead of schedule and coming along really well.”

32. So Kentucky fans, just how likely is 40-0?

33. Tennessee assistant coach Houston Fancher reuniting with former Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson at  North Carolina-Wilmington.

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34. Jon Bon Jovi’s son will walk on the football team at Notre Dame.

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SEC Headlines 4/6/2013

headlines-saturday1. Auburn releases Selena Roberts interview request – calls it “gotcha, hide-the-ball journalism at its worst.”

2. Did former Auburn safety Mike McNeil get his grades altered to keep him eligible?  He says yes – a source says no.  

3. Verdict on Texas A&M’s Friday Night Lights scrimmage – defense more than held its own. Kevin Sumlin had a DJ spinning tunes from an 18-wheeler trailer.

4. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema changes his mind – opens today’s scrimmage to the public.

5. Georgia’s spring scrimmage game is an opportunity to get a look at a defense hit hard by graduation and early defections to the NFL.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp likes where his offense is: “I think we’re much more efficient.”

7. Because Mississippi State returns so many experienced running backs, thousand-yard rusher LaDarius Perkins could actually get fewer carries this season.

8. First scrimmage of the spring this afternoon  for Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium It will be a learning opportunity for the Crimson Tide’s seven early enrollees.

9. Former Alabama center Barrett Jones is the SEC’s male scholar-athlete of the year.

10. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson wants better tackling at the Tigers first scrimmage.  ”The most disappointing and concerning thing right now is just our tackling.”

11. Second scrimmage of the year for Tennessee – defensive coordinator John Jancek is also focusing on tackling.  “You can’t be a good defense and not be able to tackle.”

12. After a 5-7 season, it’s open competition at Missouri, where three quarterbacks are vying for reps. Some good news for the Tigers regarding Henry Jose.

13. South Carolina assistant coach Shawn Elliott on his offensive line: “We have four returning starters and two other guys that have started at times that are going to be back.”

14. How the tight end position could become a key weapon at Kentucky this fall.

15. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on new cornerbacks coach Jason Jones: “He has the same core values that we have.”

16. Balanced attack a focus at Vanderbilt – offensive coordinator John Donovan wants a 50-50 split between passing and running.

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17. NBA scout on incoming Florida guard Kasey Hill:  ”Florida had a good season, but I felt like at times the guard play held them back. Kasey will help in that area.”

18. Louisville in the Final Four - “If there is such a thing as Big Blue Hell, this weekend is its fiery (red) apex.”

19. Most memorable moment in the history of the NCAA Tournament?  Kentucky fans know what it is – and probably never want to see it again.

20. Three of the top-10 TV markets for the NCAA Tournament are in SEC country.

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SEC Headlines 4/4/2013

headlines-thu1. Senquez Golson reportedly turned down $1.8 million from the Boston Red Sox in order to go to college. Now the Ole Miss cornerback is giving up baseball to focus on football.

2. Mark Bradley on the Auburn allegations: “It’s clear that the Auburn program under Gene Chizik…wasn’t the happy family Chizik had us believe.” The MrSEC breakdown.

3. Florida’s Gideon Ajagbe has moved from linebacker to fullback this spring.  ”Oh, he’s a monster. He’s a complete monster.”

4. Gators linebacker Dante Fowler, Jr. will also lineup at defensive end.  Teammate D.J. Humphries: “Dante, he’s a freak now.”

5. Add Tennessee to the growing list of teams working on a fast-paced, uptempo offense. “Jones’ offense will be very hurry-up.”

6. Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley on the new offensive system: “I’m glad they’re not throwing the whole offense on us in four days and we’re out there treading water.”

7. Quarterbacks guru George Whitfield recently spent time with Georgia’s Aaron Murray.  Last week, it was Mizzou quarterback James Franklin’s turn.

8. Could Alabama center Ryan Kelly play tackle? “Nobody is really set on positions right now, but I know everyone is really moving around.”

9. So Ryan Kelly, if AJ McCarron pushes – will you push back?  ”I guess we’ll see what happens.”

10. Auburn’s first full scrimmage of the spring is this Saturday. Gus Malzahn:  ”We’re being very physical and we’re straining their bodies physically. We’re asking a lot of them and that’s the good thing.”

11. Everyone knows Jadeveon Clowney. Meet South Carolina’s “other” defensive end – Chaz Sutton.  

12. Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams: “Everybody knows the offensive linemen are going to focus on one guy (Clowney) and he is going to get so much attention.”

13. Tony Barnhart assesses South Carolina’s chances:  ”It is not a stretch to believe that South Carolina could post double-digit wins for the third consecutive season in 2013.”

14. Cornerback Damian Swann is now the veteran of the Georgia defense.  Started all 14 games last year.  The rest of the returning Bulldogs defense combined for 26 starts.

15. Big focus at Arkansas this spring?  Cutting down on pre-snap penalties.

16. Injury in a pickup basketball game has Vanderbilt assistant coach Charles Bankins using a scooter at practice.

17. With BBVA Compass pulling their sponsorship of the bowl in Birmingham, what’s the future of SEC bowls?  SEC official says he expects discussions to continue through early summer.

18.  When it comes to linemen and NFL prospects - how big is too big?

SEC/NCAA Basketball

19. Two big questions for Georgia basketball - will Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turn pro and is  UCLA freshman Tony Parker possibly headed to Athens?

20.  When it comes to NCAA Tournament money and the SEC, the conference is going in the wrong direction. Next year’s value projected at the lowest level in at least seven years.

21. In the wake of the Mike Rice scandal, how about we remove the ability of coaches to control where players transfer?

22. Hey Bobby Knight, care to comment on Mike Rice?

23. Rice has a $100,000 bonus coming for making it through the season.

24. Tubby Smith replaced Rick Pitino at Kentucky.  Rick’s son, Richard, replacing Tubby as head coach at Minnesota.

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SEC Headlines 2/24/13

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1. Here are three points the day after Alabama lost on the road to LSU.

2. Tennessee and Texas A&M provided “one for the ages,” writes Mike Strange.

3. Kentucky’s young players grew up in the Wildcats’ win over Missouri, writes John Clay.

4. Should we look out for Kentucky in March? Maybe so.

5. Missouri let one “slip away” in its loss to Kentucky.

6. An official released a statement following a “curious ruling” late in the Georgia-South Carolina game.

7. Three SEC teams showed up on ESPN’s bubble watch from Saturday’s action.

8. The top concern for Florida: health, according to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.

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9. Georgia TE Ty Flournoy-Smith was arrested and charged with filing a false crime report.

10. Former Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o said the girlfriend hoax played no role in the BCS title game.

11. Here are seven early enrollees who could make a quick impact in the SEC.

NFL Scouting Combine

12. Former Alabama guard Chance Warmack is focused on preparing for the NFL Draft.

13. Former Tide nose guard Jesse Williams is preparing for the bench press. He should do well there.

14. Former Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is preparing for the next step in his career.

15. Former Tiger Philip Lutzenkirchen was pleased with his Combine results on Saturday.

16. Several former LSU players are in Indianapolis preparing for the draft.

17. NFL teams have raised red flags regarding former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

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18. NCAA president Mark Emmert has received a vote of confidence from the executive committee.

19. The NCAA is “out of whack,” says former Southern California coach Pete Carroll.

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SEC Headlines 1/19/2013

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1. Auburn tackle Shon Coleman, who survived a battle with leukemia, given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

2. With graduation, players leaving early and transfers, Florida will be able to sign as many as 33 players in this recruiting class.

3. City manager on judge who released details of Johnny Manziel speeding ticket on Facebook - ”insensitive and inappropriate.”

4. Alabama honors its national champions with a parade this afternoon.

5. The day after signing day, Tennessee coach Butch Jones will crisscross the state – appearing at events in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville.

6. Jones on his team: “We do have a long way to go in mental toughness.” Tennessee assistant Steve Stripling: ”Butch is an attention-to-detail coach.”

7. Like Jones, new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is trying to rebuild relationships in his state.

8. Players begin arriving today in Mobile for next Saturday’s Senior Bowl. Phil Savage: “The game is probably three-quarters NFL evaluation and one-quarter all-star recognition.”

9. Former Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley is sharing kickoff duties with LSU’s Drew Alleman today at the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic. ”Everybody knows you’re there and everybody knows your stats. You’ve just got to go out and show them.”

10. Five Vanderbilt seniors taking part in all-star games – most since 1984.

11. Official tally from the NFL - 73 players granted special eligibility for the draft.

Coaching News

12. Former Alabama coach Mike Shula will be working closely with former Auburn player Cam Newton.  Shula promoted to offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

13. Three members of former Auburn coach Gene Chizik’s staff have found new jobs.

Manti Te’o

14. Manti Te’o denies involvement in the girlfriend hoax.  ”I wasn’t faking it. I wasn’t part of this,” but he did admit lying to his father that he had met her.

15. Te’o: “Two guys and a girl are responsible for the whole thing.”

16. Stewart Mandel: “This Tuiasosopo guy’s a bad dude. He most definitely did this (along with one other man and woman, Te’o said). It’s about the only conclusive detail in the whole saga.” …Agreed.

17. Deadspin:  ESPN has removed all references to the woman claiming to be Lennay showing up at the team hotel from its online story.

SEC Basketball

18. Miami NCAA investigation: Does Frank Haith have more to worry about than Al Golden? 

19. With a victory today against Missouri, Florida coach Billy Donovan will earn his 400th career win with the Gators.

20. John Calipari on Auburn coach Tony Barbee: “Tony is doing an unbelievable job. These guys are being coached exactly how they got to be coached.”

21. Barbee on what Calipari will do if Willie Cauley-Stein doesn’t play: “He just reaches down the bench and goes and grabs another McDonald’s All-American.”

22. “Charles Barkley will be in attendance, football coach Gus Malzahn will speak at halftime” -will the sold-out crowd feature Cam Newton, too?

Extras

23. Happy 67th birthday, Dolly Parton.

24. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dead at 82.

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