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SEC Players On The Move 1/18/2013

Moving-Van1. Florida offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker.  He’s been suspended indefinitely by Will Muschamp after being arrested Wednesday on a stolen scooter.

2. Kentucky basketball player Willie Cauley-Stein. He had a “minor procedure” done on his left knee Thursday after aggrevating an old injury. John Calipari says he’s not sure if Cauley-Stein will be able to play Saturday against Auburn.

3. SEC players departing early for the NFL. Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel names five teams hardest hit by early departures – three of them are in the SEC.

4. LSU defensive tackle Josh Downs, defensive end Chancey Aghayere, offensive tackle Josh Dworaczyk and kicker Drew Alleman.  All four will participate in Saturday’s Raycom All-Star Classic Saturday afternoon in Montgomery, Alabama.

5. Former Alabama player and current Cincinnati Bengals lineman Andre Smith.  Arrested Thursday in Atlanta after allegedly trying a board a plane with a .380 handgun in his carry-on bag.

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SEC Headlines Christmas Eve 2012

SEC Football

1. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has hired Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas – official announcement came this morning.  Fumbling the ball has been an issue for the Razorbacks.

2. Alabama will face a talented front seven in Notre Dame’s defense.  Here are two big reasons they are so good.

3. Teammates provided Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker with a little extra motivation.

4. Alabama won a national title 20 years ago, but a signature on a napkin would haunt the program for years.

5. LSU or Clemson - which stadium is the real Death Valley?

SEC Basketball

6. Florida guard Kenny Boynton is in the worst shooting slump of his career – just 4 for his last 32 attempts behind the three-point arc.

7. Sports Illustrated’s Rob Dauster on Florida: “For as good as the Gators are defensively,they are not an elite team when they are getting production from their backcourt.” 

8. Jeff Eisenberg at Yahoo! Sports on Saturday SEC basketball: “On a day when Texas A&M lost to Southern, Alabama fell to Mercer and Auburn failed to beat Winthrop, Ole Miss somehow, someway may have suffered the SEC’s most damaging defeat.”

9. Ole Miss bounced back on Sunday.  Rebels beat San Francisco 85-78 behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Murphy Holloway.

10. Since John Calipari has coached Kentucky, Rick Pitino is 0-4 against his old team.  But that may change on Saturday when Kentucky travels to Louisville.


11. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy became the first New York Jets QB to be sacked 11 times in a game since David Norrie in 1987.

12. Naming McElroy the starting quarterback in New York had Tim Tebow so frustrated he reportedly opted out of any Wildcat packages on Sunday. Tebow is a popular guy.

13. Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, made contact with an official and appeared to have kicked an Oakland defensive lineman in yesterday’s 17-6 Carolina win.

14. Source on chances that Nick Saban stays at Alabama vs. heading to the Cleveland Browns? “80-20 he stays.”

15. The only college coach with perhaps even more rumors than Saban? Oregon’s Chip Kelly.  The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly after him.  Just last month, Eagles fans (and more than a few Tennessee fans) were screaming for Jon Gruden.

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SEC Headlines 9/16/2012

1. New AP Poll out – Alabama 1, LSU 2, Georgia 5, South Carolina 7, Florida 14, Mississippi State 23. Entire poll here. New USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

2. Seth Emerson’s AP ballot.

3. The games people play.  Arkansas coaches had Tyler Wilson “taking snaps in pregame. As if that would fool Alabama and Nick Saban.”

4. What’s next for Arkansas? “Now the question is whether a senior-heavy team does start splitting apart and a staff hired by Bobby Petrino starts using the office fax machine to send out resumes. “

5. “If Joker Phillips was on the hot seat before this game, he’s been thrown into the furnace now.”

6. Former Alabama cornerback Travell Dixon is transferring to Washington.

7. Alabama now 12-for-12 in the red zone – with 11 touchdowns.

8. Did a “dead period” turn into a recruiting violation for Kentucky basketball?

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SEC Headlines – 7/17/12

We’ll get you started today with just a few headlines from around the league, but we’ll have full and complete coverage from SEC Media Days when they kick off today at noon ET.


1.  Matt Hayes of The Sporting News has an SEC primer for Missouri and Texas A&M fans.  (Good stuff, but for all his “you can’t just throw it in the SEC” talk, he doesn’t mention Arkansas’ pass-first offense.  No titles, but lots of wins the last two years.)

2.  Here’s a look back at some of past Media Days’ most memorable quotes.

3.  Here’s a list of who’s on tap today in Hoover: South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

4.  Oops.  Former Alabama player John Copeland says he was joking when he said Reuben Foster was switching his commitment from Bama to Auburn “because Reuben was paid more than Alabama was willing to pay him.”  (Between guys like Copeland and Charles Barkley, it’s no wonder the whole world believes SEC programs cheat their rears off.)

5.  LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be a hot topic at Media Days.

6.  Some Mississippi State fans are going to have trouble watching their team’s game with Troy on the internet.  (On the same day, Ole Miss will play Texas on national television.)

7.  “Forward Rebels” — a group that openly called for the ouster of ex-UM AD Pete Boone — has now disbanded.

8.  It’ll probably be a hot one when Florida visits Texas A&M on September 8th.

9.  Mark Richt says he’s got “some outstanding running backs” who will get more playing time thanks to Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal.

10.  First, I wanted world peace today.  Second, I wanted a preview of Kentucky’s football game with Kent State.  (One out of two ain’t bad.)

11.  Tennessee cornerback Prentiss Waggner says receiver Justin Hunter is “100%” back from ACL surgery.

12.  Media Days will help to show if people now view Vanderbilt in a different light.

13.  Missouri’s in for an over-the-top experience in Hoover.

14.  Several big names won’t be at Media Days this week.

15.  The SEC divisional split has been pretty even the past 20 years, but will that still be the case moving forward?

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SEC Headlines – 4/24/12

These next couple of weeks are going to be filled with business meetings and sales calls, so we hope you forgive us if we go a bit more headline-heavy in the coming days.  Here are some of today’s top stories from across the SEC:


1.  This writer says the NFL does have a farm system… Alabama and LSU.

2.  Former Alabama guard Charles Hankerson is transferring to Wyoming.

3.  UAB head coach and ex-Arkansas assistant Garrick McGee — who’d been mentioned in connection with the  Razorbacks’ opening — says John L. Smith’s the right guy for the job.

4.  The “Rebel Road Trip” tour will take Hugh Freeze to Jackson, Mississippi tonight.

5.  Texas A&M’s spring game won’t really be a “game” so much as one of those funkily-scored practice sessions.

6.  Kevin Sumlin has been pleased with three Aggies who’ve been excelling in spring drills.

7.  Florida hybrid linebacker Ronald Powell should be back at some point this season after successful ACL surgery yesterday.

8.  Here are five reasons Gator fans can expect (hope) for a better offense in 2012.

9.  Georgia is filling out future basketball schedules.

10.  Missouri’s Gary Pinkel says there’s “mammoth” interest in his school’s SEC opener against the Dawgs in Columbia this fall.

11.  Some folks aren’t happy that the Cincinnati Reds will honor Kentucky’s national title-winning basketball team tonight.

12.  UK defensive back Marcus Caffey put his quick feet to use in Lexington this spring.

13.  Former South Carolina forward Anthony Gill is transferring to Virginia.

14.  Do you care what Gamecocks hoops coach Frank Martin’s mother thinks about Ozzie Guillen’s Fidel Castro remarks?  If so, you might be Cocks fan.

15.  Derek Dooley thinks things are on the upswing at Tennessee…

16.  But apparently that upswing didn’t carry over to the classroom.  Ouch.

17.  Mizzou defensive back Robert Steeples has decided to transfer.

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SEC Headlines – 10/25/11 Part Two

1.  This writer thinks there might be something fishy about Will Muschamp’s announcement that quarterback John Brantley is probable for Saturday’s game.

2.  Florida’s coach says his whole team is healthier following last weekend’s bye.

3.  Georgia’s defense is thisclose to being at full strength.

4.  Mark Richt says Florida and UGA might have different records if you flipped their schedules.

5.  Kentucky and MSU will both be desperate for a win this weekend.

6.  Here’s more on those black Kentucky uniforms.

7.  South Carolina coaches are reminding Jadeveon Clowney that new Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley beat him in high school.

8.  Here’s a midseason report card on the Gamecocks.

9.  Tennessee continues to shuffle its secondary from game to game.

10.  Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings says the Vols are heading in the right direction.

11.  New Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers wants to rely on his arm, not his legs.

12.  James Franklin knows one area where his team has an advantage on Arkansas – turnover ratio.

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SEC Headlines 8/2/2011

1. South Carolina welcomes back quarterback Stephen Garcia and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus.

2. Top five newcomers for the Georgia Bulldogs. Mark Richt is excited to see what Isaiah Crowell can do on the field. Assistant coach Tony Ball talks about Georgia’s receivers.

3. Cornerback Devin Bowman cleared to report to camp for Georgia.

4. Gatorsports says its hometown team is the 17th best in the country.

5. Pat Dooley: “There is talent at Florida, but the offensive and defensive lines are thin.”

6. Vanderbilt returns 19 starters.

7. Auburn assistant coach Curtis Luper: “It’s the most exciting time of the year.”

8. Five questions for the Tigers and…Five questions for the Tigers (same theme, different articles).

9. Tennessee has depth in its secondary. Five questions facing the Vols.

10. A total of 104 players report to practices today for the Volunteers. Tyler Bray is up to 202 pounds: “I pretty much eat anything I can see in front of me.”

11. Size and strength are a focus for Tennessee. Freshman Devrin Young fractures a collarbone.

12. Record season ticket sales for LSU. Tigers have sold out their home games for the 8th consecutive season.

13. Summer workouts designed by their strength and conditioning coach have Mississippi State players ready to go.

14. Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams’ tattoo: “…the monster is me.”

15. Former Alabama commit Darius McKeller is headed to South Alabama.

16, Why Ole Miss will be better this year.

17. Former Arkansas shooting guard Rotnei Clarke is headed to Butler.

18. DeMarcus Cousins really misses Kentucky.

19. John Calipari and the fuzzy math of college athletics.

20. ESPNU documentary on Herschel Walker will air September 7th.

21. Big 12 puts some restrictions on the Longhorn Network – at least for one year and buries some conference realignment rumors - at least for this week.

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SEC Headlines – 4/6/11 Part One

1.  Auburn will be counting on guys in 2011 who simply got their feet wet in 2010.

2.  Four ex-Tigers arrested last month for robbery and burglary will be in court today.

3.  Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy thought he threw the ball well at his Pro Day.

4.  Let me get this straight — NC State has hired Mark Gottfried as its new basketball coach?  So a guy who was fired at football-first Bama has landed on basketball-crazy Tobacco Road?  Wow.

5.  Bobby Petrino ripped into his offense at practice yesterday.

6.  Arkansas’ pass rush is getting better…

7.  But the Hogs’ defense is still shorthanded.

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SEC Headlines – 2/1/11 Part Two

1.  Former Alabama basketballer Justin Knox — whose actually having some success at North Carolina — won’t comment on why he transferred.

2.  Auburn coach Tony Barbee joked at a Tip-Off Club: “If I had known I was going to lose my two best returning players to injuries and my two top recruits weren’t gonna qualify academically, I still might be at UTEP.”

3.  SEC coaches are talking up Auburn… despite the Tigers’ 1-6 SEC record.

4.  Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke followed his coaches’ advice and was rewarded with SEC Player of the Week honors.

5.  The Hogs’ win over Vandy on Saturday was nice… but now they need to do it again.

6.  Steve Kragthorpe is ready for football — as is his wife after having MS-related heart surgery last year.

7.  LSU’s new offensive coordinator jumped at the chance to work with Les Miles.

8.  When it comes to using multiple formations — as Gary Crowton did — Kragthorpe says, “We don’t want to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.”

9.  Ole Miss will need for others to step up alongside Chris Warren if they’re to upset Kentucky tonight.

10.  UM’s defense also needs to take a big step forward.

11.  Andy Kennedy says his players “are not playing the way I think they are capable.”

12.  Mississippi State needs more production from its bench.

13.  State’s players believe Alabama will see a better opponent on Wednesday when the two school meet for the second time this year.  (Bama won in Starkville 75-57.)

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