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SEC Headlines 12/29/2013

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1. By the year 2030, 55% of the country’s population will be in ACC country.  Is it set to challenge the SEC for dominance?

2. SEC dominance fact or media hype?  Iowa receiver Kevonte- Martin-Manley: “I think it’s a little bit more media hype.”

3. Gus Malzahn on the SEC-ACC matchup in the BCS title game:  ”I don’t care what conference they’re from, we’ve got our hands full.” Watch Malzahn address the media Saturday.

4. Does Nick Saban deserve credit for Florida State’s success?

5. Former Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will reportedly be hired as DC at Notre Dame.

6. More than 31% of players to sign with Missouri since Gary Pinkel took the reigns have come from Texas.  How does the move to the SEC impact the pipeline? Mizzou has more players from Texas than any other SEC team except Texas A&M.

7. Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest says he’s coming back for his senior year.

8. Similiar story at Georgia where linebacker Ramik Wilson says he’s returning next season.

9. A tough luck year at Georgia where the Bulldogs lost three games by a total of eight points.

10. LSU offensive guard Vadal Alexander on freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings:  “He’s a very mature guy.”

11. Payouts for SEC bowls total more than $56 million.  So why is it basically a “break-even” proposition?

12. Vanderbilt bowl ticket sales near 13,000.  Original allotment was for 10,000.

13. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on the suspension of freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne: “There are consequences to everybody’s actions, good and bad.” Watch Sumlin address the media Saturday.

14. New Aggies offensive coordinator Jake Spavital “will be expected to quicken the tempo and use the running backs and tight ends.”

15. Ole Miss and Mississippi State players enjoying the swag that comes from going to bowl games.

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16. Alabama guard Trevor Releford came off the bench against UCLA last night – “disciplinary issue.”  Scored a season-high 34 points.

17. Tim Sullivan on Kentucky-Louisville: “The Wildcats were too big, too strong and, strangely enough, much more resilient than almost anyone imagined.”

18. “It’s hard to imagine how Saturday’s game could have gone any better for Calipari.”

19. “Missouri’s win in its’ first true road game of the season is an important one for the Tigers.”

20. Former Notre Dame player and St. Louis native Cameron Biedscheid talking to Missouri about transferring.

21. “Moneyball” – college basketball style.  Florida one of the schools employing advanced basketball metrics.


22. ESPN”s Chris Fowler was choking to death on a chicken sandwich before Jesse Palmer performed the Heimlich maneuver.

23. Why this is such an important week for recruiting at LSU.

24. Coaching merry go-round set to spin.  Bill O’Brien to the Houston Texans – Greg Schiano to Penn State?

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From “Catholics Vs Convicts” To “Catholics Vs Cousins”

For those of you reading this site from points outside the SEC footprint, let me give you a simple word of advice:  It’s OK for Southerners to poke fun at inbreeding stereotypes.  It’s not OK for non-Southerners to do it.  When an outsider does it and if there’s nothing good-natured about the jab, well, it tends to get a Southern boy’s dander up.

Enter Notre Dame’s fanbase.

Back in October of 1988 — to make many of you feel old, that was four years before Johnny Manziel was born — #4 Notre Dame won a classic 31-30 contest over #1 Miami 31-30.  Thanks to some t-shirts sold in South Bend before the game, that encounter became known as the “Catholics vs. Convicts” game.  As any good sports fan knows, the Hurricanes of the 1980s had a pretty rough reputation, thus the “convicts” line.

Fast forward a quarter-century and the Irish are relevant again, preparing for a BCS title clash with Alabama next month.  With their swagger back, there’s also a new t-shirt making the rounds for Golden Domers to buy.  Former Notre Dame signal-caller Jimmy Clausen even tweeted out a photo of the design:

























Uh, yeah.

Now, anyone who’s ever been to touristy places like Pigeon Forge, Tennessee or Branson, Missouri knows that we Southerners often play up the hillbilly stereotype (Lord knows why).  From the weathered hats to the jugs of XXX moonshine, we bring a lot of this nonsense on ourselves.

But we don’t typically sell t-shirts suggesting we’re all inbred.  And Clausen has apparently found out the hard way that Southerners aren’t big on outsiders making jokes like that, either:














A number of Notre Dame supporters have rushed to Clausen’s defense on Twitter saying that Bama fans — a particularly thin-skinned bunch to begin with — need to lighten up because it’s just a t-shirt.

Well, in that spirit, we wonder if Figthing Irish fans would take offense if someone in Tuscaloosa started selling shirts featuring Alabama’s red elephants and a lecherous priest beneath the banner: “Pachyderms vs. Pedophiles.”  (Here’s guessing someone’s already got that in the works, by the way.)

Think any Notre Dame fans might see those shirts as being horribly offensive?  Yeah, we do, too.

So remember, Irish fans, when a shirt like that finds its way to the internet — if it hasn’t already — it’s just a t-shirt.  Lighten up!

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