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SEC Headlines 3/16/2014

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1. Two SEC quarterbacks are on the move.  Jalen Whitlow is leaving Kentucky and Coach Mark Stoops says he’s “disappointed,” wanted him to consider moving to wide receiver. Started 15 games in two seasons at Kentucky.

2. Matt Joeckel departing from Texas A&M. Joeckel has already graduated and will be immediately eligible at an FBS program. Aggies down to sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen.

3. With Dorial Green-Beckham’s dismissal, Missouri has lost three receivers 6-4 or taller.  They’re being replaced by receivers all 6-3 or shorter.

4. Florida coach Will Muschamp likes his wide receiving talent: “I think we’re as deep as we’ve been at wide receiver…”

5. Georgia’s focus this summer – getting players leaner. “This league is a lot of no-huddle. We can’t be 330 pounds out there.”

6. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt wants leadership from his upperclassmen: “We need more out of them,”

7. LSU’s opener in Houston against Wisconsin will kick off in prime time.

8. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will spend the month of May with former LSU quarterback Craig Nall and quarterback guru George Whitfield.

9. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on injuries this spring: “We had probably about a dozen guys that either missed all of spring practice or a great portion of spring practice…”

10. The left tackle battle at Alabama is a two-man race between third-year sophomore Brandon Greene and freshman Cam Robinson.

11. Kevin Scarbinsky defines the Bowden Triangle: “It’s the place where the best high school and junior college prospects come to play and the rest of the Football Bowl Subdivision’s dreams of a national championship go to die.”

12. Many thought Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was on the hot seat last season but A.D. Scott Stricklin says that wasn’t the case.“What people on the outside seemed to perceive wasn’t really the case.”

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13. Former South Carolina players Kelcy Quarles and Victor Hampton are expected to be drafted next month.  They’re also reportedly wanted for questioning for their roles in a New York City nightclub fight.

14. Johnny Manziel will work out for the Cleveland Browns this weekend.

15. Missouri’s Max Copeland was a guard in college – wants to be a fullback in the NFL. Lost 50 pounds.  ”I would work until I puked and then keep working.”

16. 23 NFL teams at Georgia’s pro day.

Cuonzo Martin and Tennessee

17. David Climer on Cuonzo Martin’s departure from Tennessee: “While Martin was never fully embraced at UT, he never fully embraced UT, either.”

18. Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart: “There were a lot of distractions, you know what they were, you reported on them.”

19. “Hart and the rest of the UT administration should never again treat a coach the way they allowed Martin to be treated.” 

20. MrSEC: Martin was never embraced in Knoxville for one reason — he wasn’t Pearl.  

21. Martin on his new job at Cal:  ”It’s a place I could spend the rest of my life.”

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22. Slate: Bill O’Reilly’s Racially Coded Interview With Kentucky Coach John Calipari

23. Rupp Arena renovation plans up in the air after legislature fails to vote on $80 million in proposed state aid.

24. ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla on Missouri’s Jabari Brown – projected as a second-round pick: “I think he’s going to play in the NBA someday, but there’s a difference between playing in the NBA and becoming a true NBA player — a guy who stays in the league for 10 or 12 years.”

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25. Unlimited meals and snacks on the way for college athletes.

26. The New York Times on the Jameis Winston case – “there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or by the university.”

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SEC Headlines 5/29/2013

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1. Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely transferring to Toledo.  Reportedly considered Vanderbilt.

2. Seth Emerson on the Josh Harvey-Clemons suspension at Georgia: “If Georgia is going to keep its drug policy.. then it would probably be a good idea to stop scheduling Clemson and Boise State to start the season.” Tajh Boyd licking his chops?

3. Mark Wiedmar on the inconsistency of drug laws across the country and how it could impact college sports. “Imagine the financial opportunities if pot is legalized far beyond Colorado and Washington.”

4. Why Georgia junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera is one of the 10 most important Bulldogs this season.

5. Auburn recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner on his 15 years at Georgia: “There’s a bunch of good guys on that staff, there’s a bunch of good guys on that team.”

6. LSU A.D. Joe Alleva considers a season ending game against Texas A&M – but not on Thanksgiving Day. “I’m not a big fan of (playing on) Thanksgiving Day. Not in Tiger Stadium, any way.”

7. Dennis Dodd on the outlook at Ole Miss: “There is almost no margin for error. None of the five starters on the offensive line missed a start last season. Three got injured in the spring.”

8. Recovering from shoulder surgery, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace expected to start throwing to teammates next month.

9. There will be future opportunities at linebacker for Ole Miss redshirt freshman Temario Strong.

10. Ole Miss a trap game this fall for Texas A&M?

11. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on the Vols’ rivalries with Alabama and Florida: ”Believe me, there isn’t anybody who’s more educated than I am on those rivalries and what those games mean to our program…”

12. John Adams on the Tennessee coach: “Jones always looks so accessible, almost as if he’s waiting for fans to drop by.”

13. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was asked if the SEC was a step up from the Big Ten:  “Anything I say in reference to that question is going to be taken badly.”

14. If Arkansas improves this year, former Tennessee assistants will play a role.

15. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney honored by the state’s General Assembly.

16. David Climer on the situation with Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, who wants to transfer.  ”It’s lame to steer Lunt clear of the SEC and Pac-12.”

17. Jon Solomon on the dispute over permanent cross-divisional opponents.  ”Only in the SEC would the NFL be a reference point for two completely opposite arguments.”

18. LSU coach Les Miles: “Tradition is giving way to a more fair and right way to make a champion.”

19. Andy Staples on Nick Saban’s push for a nine-game conference schedule: “If Saban really wants to put his schedule where his mouth is..(he should) make sure the Crimson Tide never schedule teams such as Chattanooga or Georgia State beyond this season.”

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20. Former South Carolina guard  Damien Leonard is transferring to Furman.

21. Missouri finalizing a couple of non-conference matchups against North Carolina State and Long Beach State.

Extras

22. Former Arkansas coach John L. Smith reaches a settlement in his bankruptcy case.

23. Emails show proposed recruiting rule changes by the NCAA sent Big Ten coaches into a tizzy.  

24. Penn State and Paterno family suing NCAA.

25. ACC members took in an average of $16.9 million per school during the 2011-2012 school year.

26. Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt wants broadcasters to stop mentioning the word “Redskins” when it comes to Washington’s NFL team.  ”Mr. Snyder can call the team whatever he wants…but you all do not have to use derogatory names in your broadcast.”

27. Critique of ESPN’s Mark May: “Unbearable analyst.”

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WOW Headlines – 12/5/12

Auburn search committee member Bo Jackson on new hire Gus Malzahn: “Actually, we were surprised that he was as sharp as he was.”
Arkansas will pay new coach Bret Bielema $3.2 million per year over six years
Former South Carolina assistant and Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson expected to interview for defensive coordinator position at Auburn
Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Louisville’s Charlie Strong are reportedly re-working deals at current schools rather than taking Tennessee position
Ex-Auburn coach Pat Dye says he supports Gus Malzahn but would have hired Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart
This year’s SEC Championship Game was the most watched college football game of the season
Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and former LSU RB Charles Alexander inducted into College Football Hall of Fame last night
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Former VU Coach Joins Clemson Staff

Former Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell — the man who got all of one year to prove himself in Nashville — has landed himself a job on Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson.  Caldwell will coach the offensive line for the Tigers next year.

Ironically, Caldwell will replace another former SEC head coach on Clemson’s staff.  Former South Carolina head man Brad Scott is leaving the O-line position to take a job in Clemson’s athletic department.

Caldwell coached at Vandy from 2002 through this past season when he was thrust into the head coach’s role mid-summer.  The Commodores finished with a 2-10 record, identical to the final mark of Bobby Johnson who abruptly retired last July (ruining one day of my own Las Vegas vacation, I might add).

Like most media members who follow the SEC, we at MrSEC wish Caldwell nothing but success.  His entertaining persona will be missed at Media Days in a few months.  I’m pretty sure no one expects James Franklin to tell any stories of turkey insemination.

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