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SEC Headlines 5/9/2013

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1. Kentucky defensive back Ashely Lowery, injured in a car wreck over the weekend, is out of ICU and in a regular hospital room. Could be leaving soon. “We’re hoping by the end of the week.”

2. Seth Emerson imagines a nine-game SEC schedule for Georgia where the Bulldogs have only five games in Athens.  ”That would be hard for UGA to stomach.”

3. Mike Bianchi on Florida coach Will Muschamp: “Does Gator Nation realize how much in demand Muschamp is – and will be?”

4. Muschamp on Twitter – why do they call it a hashtag?

5. Kevin Sumlin on expectations for his A&M team.  ”This is a team that didn’t play in a BCS game. It’s a good place to start, but it’s not a good place to end.”

6. Dan Mullen on expectations at Mississippi State. “Eight wins is kind of a baseline for us…”

7. No tight end or primary H-back has caught more than 24 passes with Gus Malzahn as coach.

8. Ole Miss depth chart released – only members of top-10 recruiting class to show up are those already enrolled.

9. Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell reportedly considering five schools -   South Florida, NC State, UAB, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State. Some other schools being mentioned.

10. Tennessee defensive back Daniel Gray is transferring.

11. Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Vanderbilt: “They compete and they’re very competitive.”

12. With the North Carolina game set for 2015 in Charlotte – here’s a look at South Carolina’s non-conference schedule for the next three seasons.

13. Opening weekend of the 2013 college football season features both South Carolina/North Carolina and Ole Miss/Vanderbilt on ESPN Thursday night.

14. ESPN’s Chris Low ranks the top 20 SEC prospects for the 2014 NFL draft.

SEC Athletic Department Revenues – (our breakdown from yesterday)

15. Alabama’s athletic department has now generated $100 million + in revenue for five straight years.

16. Auburn cracked the top 10 nationally – school record $105.9 million in 2012.

17. Not included in the numbers for Ole Miss - $11 million in contributions held at the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation.  School will change the way it reports next year.

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18. Father of Trae Golden disputes notion of academic problems at Tennessee for his son – calls reports “totally inaccurate.”

19. Incoming freshman Darius Thompson expected to get first crack at replacing Golden.  Coach Cuonzo Martin:  ”We feel great about him.” Jordan McRae invited to Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

20. Making the case for a practice facility at Arkansas.

21. Georgia assistant coach Kwanza Johnson still weighing possible move to TCU.

22. Missouri will play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational in November.


23. NCAA Study: Gambling among men who play Division I sports fell from 58 percent to 50 percent from 2008 to 2012.

24. Claim: The players in those college football video games?  Oh, they’re real (and spectacular).

25. Does Tim Tebow have a future as a baseball player?

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WOW Headlines – 1/31/13

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin apologized to Alabama coach Nick Saban after calling him “Nicky Satan” during a speaking engagement
SEC Basketball on Wednesday: Georgia 57, Auburn 49… Florida 75, South Carolina 36… LSU 73, #17 Missouri 70… Texas A&M 55, Mississippi State 49 (OT)
Ole Miss backup F Aaron Jones will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury
Former Arkansas football assistants say a number of players quit on them during the Razorbacks’ 4-8 2012 campaign
USA Today has learned that Ole Miss G Marshall Henderson spent time in jail last spring when he violated probation by testing positive for alcohol, marijuana and cocaine
The SEC says it is open to discussing a scheduling alliance with the Big XII
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Wow Headlines 1/16/2012

Wednesday Night SEC Basketball
Missouri 79, Georgia 62
Arkansas 88, Auburn 80
South Carolina 82, LSU 73
Alabama 75, Mississippi State 43
28-year-old former major league baseball player Jai Miller is one of nine early enrollees at Alabama – he’s projected as a defensive back
The United State Sports Academy has selected Texas A&M’s upset victory over Alabama the top college football game of the season
South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders is leaving school early to go pro…
A record 74 underclassmen have declared for the NFL draft – including 33 from the SEC
Georgia running back Ken Malcome has decided to transfer
New Arkansas receives coach George McDonald will leave school without coaching a game…
McDonald is headed to Syracuse as the offensive coordinator
Former Arkansas coach John L. Smith has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado

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WOW Headlines – 11/29/12

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden reportedly canceled a meeting with Tennessee AD Dave Hart yesterday
Louisville coach Charlie Strong has denied reports that he’s interviewed for the Auburn coaching job
Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is being connected to the Auburn job
LSU coach Les Miles received a raise and contract extension yesterday, soon after speaking with Arkansas AD Jeff Long
CBS analyst Gary Danielson on critics of the SEC: “Until somebody beats them, everybody should shut up.”
Fans are growing impatient as Auburn’s coaching search is on Day 4 and Tennessee’s is on Day 11… it took Kentucky 23 days to hire Mark Stoops
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is expected to enter the NFL draft in April
Alabama fan who sexually assaulted an LSU fan after January’s BCS title game has been sentenced to 2 years in prison
Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari says he expects to be at Kentucky another 6 or 7 years
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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 1/11/12

1. Former Arkansas state quarterback Bo Wallace is headed to Ole Miss.

2. Alabama recruits weighed in on the Crimson Tide winning the BCS Championship.

3. Florida cornerback commit Brian Poole plans to take three official visits.

4. Ole Miss running back commit Mike Hilton will visit North Carolina.

5. Is a coach’s race a factor in recruiting? Olin Buchanan asked several prospects for

6. Ohio State has offered two SEC commits from Memphis.

7. Kentucky offensive line commit Jordan Watson gave a “no thanks” to Tennessee and Miami.

8. Quarterback Nick Schuessler said he was told he’s the No. 1 quarterback on Mississippi State’s board.

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Billick: Mallett Must Mature Mentally

Former Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick is examining the quarterbacks in this year’s draft for Baltimore radio station WNST-AM.  Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett received his latest once-over.

Billick writes that Mallett “has all the tools to be successful at the next level.”  And then comes the but:

Mallett will need to mature most on the mental side of the game.  For a professional athlete, especially a franchise quarterback, this mental maturation process is both off the field and on the field.  Off the field, his character has been dissected and his unwillingness to answer drug-related questions at the NFL Combine only fueled the fire.  To me, this is awfully reminiscent of Ryan leaf as he struggled to find his way in the NFL.

No player wants to draw comparisons to Leaf.  Unfortunately for Mallett, Billick’s not the first person to draw that parallel.  The ex-Ravens coach also believes Mallett has some mental work to do on the field when it comes to hot reads, audibles, and coverage reads.

In order to do all these things, he will need to spend hours in film study and commit himself to nothing other than football season after season.  I am not sure he is mentally prepared for that right now.

This is all just one man’s opinion, of course.  But there are a lot of other “one man’s” out there right now who happen to view Mallett as Billick does.

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