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SEC Headlines 4/18/2014

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1. With Cuonzo Martin and Frank Haith gone, are there legitimate questions about the work environment for a black coach in the SEC?

2. Richard Pitino on the short list at Tennessee?  One source says it’s not happening. Minnesota A.D. says Pitino is “not interested” in Tennessee job. Some other names to watch at Tennessee.

3. Who will replace Frank Haith at Missouri?  Here’s a wish list and some more realistic options.

4. Bernie Miklasz: Mike Alden can’t blow it…again.

5. Who gets mentioned in every coaching search?  Gregg Marshall and Shaka Smart.

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6. Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel says he’s headed to TCU.

7. Four Georgia players were arrested on the eve of spring practice at Georgia. Coach Mark Richt may not make their punishment public.

8. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on quarterback Hutson Mason’s spring: “I thought Hutson had an outstanding spring, really stepped up in the leadership department.”

9. Florida coach Will Muschamp’s message to fans:  ”I think the future is bright,”

10. Here’s a breakdown of Alabama’s offense and defense heading into Saturday’s spring game.

11. Expect Auburn to expand the playbook this fall. Coach Gus Malzahn: “Last year, we were a very, very simplified version.”

12. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson has a knee injury.

13. Missouri’s spring game will be an opportunity to evaluate who best can replace wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham as a deep threat.

14. Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk: “Everybody is picking us to be down at the bottom of the SEC East again. That’s just motivation for us.”

15. Speaking of Green-Beckham, Kevin Scarbinsky says “you can’t spell second chance without S-E-C.”

16. Five questions answered about Tennessee’s spring.

17. Someone spray-painted an orange tiger paw on the field near the South end zone of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium.

18. Suspended Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has regained the right to work out with the team.

19. The Peach is back. Atlanta bowl game will be called Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

20. Nick Saban hosts Peyton Manning.  What were they talking about?

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21. Kentucky lost the national championship but still dominates the sport.

22. Backup forward Tim Dixon will transfer from Georgia.

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Basketball Media Days: Missouri Coach Frank Haith

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith answers questions at the SEC Basketball Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

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WOW Headlines – 6/13/13

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is scheduled to meet with the NCAA Committee on Infractions Thursday…
Haith is charged with failure to create an atmosphere of compliance while coaching at Miami (FL)
Auburn University spent more than $1 million trying to save the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner and the school wants restitution from Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned the trees
The state of Kentucky will use coal tax money to pay for renovations to Rupp Arena
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin reportedly turned down head coaching offers from NFL franchises this past offseason
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Mizzou, Haith Ready For NCAA Hearing Tomorrow

gfx - they said itTomorrow is finally D-Day for the Missouri basketball program.  More specifically, tomorrow head coach Frank Haith will finally go before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.  The coach has been charged with a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and a failure to monitor the activities of his staff while at Miami of Florida.

Once the coach gets his day in court, as it were, the committee will likely take a month to decide on possible penalties, though we believe any punishments will probably be light.  We suspect a very short suspension (three or four games) might be the final verdict.

For Haith it’s simply good to have his case moving forward:


“I’m excited about that.  We’re right at the end.  I think that it’s been a tough two years.  I look at any negative and find a positive out of it.  I’ve grown from going through this existence.  I talk to my team about adversity and how to handle it.  Everybody’s going to have some adversity.  This has been something we’ve had to go through for two years.”


The length of investigations is one of the most common complaints about the NCAA judicial process.  Unfortunately, that’s a by-product of being short-staffed and having no real subpoena power.  In other words, don’t expect the NCAA to find a way to fast-track investigations moving forward… unless a whole lot of money is earmarked for enforcement department hires.

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WOW Headlines – 5/6/13

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Ex-Penn State QB Steven Bench says he is considering Mississippi State as a transfer destination but is open to any school
Kentucky S Ashely Lowery is improving after being critically injured in a weekend car accident in which he was ejected from his vehicle
There is continued debate within the conference as to whether a switch to a 9-game conference schedule makes sense
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has filed a court petition to learn if the NCAA improperly or illegally obtained information about cancelled checks in his account
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A Pair Of Freshman Mizzou Hoopsters Depart

mrsec-breaking-newsAll eyes in Missouri are on star guard Phil Pressey as makes up his mind about the NBA, but two other Tiger basketballers have already made up their minds… to transfer.  The school announced today that backup freshman guards Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull will leave Columbia in search of more playing time closer to respective homes.

Frank Haith said the following in today’s press release:


“Dominique and Negus were great representatives of our program, and I want to thank them for their contributions both on and off the basketball court.  We will certainly do anything we can to help them as they begin the recruiting process and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”


Webster-Chan and Bull played sparingly this past season.

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SEC Hoops: Missouri Bounced From NCAA Tourney

basketballsColorado State 84 — Missouri 72

1.  The Rams manhandled the Tigers, never allowing Mizzou to get within three points in the last 36 minutes of basketball.

2.  “The reality is that (Frank) Haith did a nice job of acquiring players to fill a depleted roster, but he did a poor job of turning that talent into a team that played with intelligence and toughness.”

3.  Last night’s lackluster curtain-dropper was a fitting finish to the Tigers’ season.


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Marshall Henderson: “It’s funny just to mess with people”

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Mississippi vs MissouriLove him or hate him (and there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground), Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson draws attention and generates controversy for what he does on the court and what he says – either on or off the hardwood.  Last night’s 64-62 victory over Missouri was no exception.  Henderson torched the Tigers for 27 points, taunted Missouri fans and coaches and had plenty to say after the game after celebrating on the scorers’ table.


“I’m a manipulator of sorts and I like messing with people’s minds, and it’s pretty funny to mess with people like that. It’s a freaking game. It’s a basketball game. People take it so seriously that it’s funny for a little white guy like me to just come around, talk trash to people and the fans. Like, what are you going to do in the stands? What am I going to do on the court to you in the stands? It’s funny just to mess with people.”


After the game was over, Henderson says not many Missouri players wanted to shake his hand.


“Four of them did. But we don’t expect them to shake hands…Yeah, the walk-ons did. And Bowers. Bowers is a good sport…I’m not going to sit here and say we didn’t say a couple of things to them in the ear after the final buzzer sounded, but you can come shake our hands. We’re going to shake their hands. But it’s whatever. We get the last laugh in the end. We came out on top…


“We hate each other. I think we just created a really big rivalry in the SEC between Ole Miss and Missouri. That’s good.”


Missouri coach Frank Haith was asked by the postgame handshake comments.  ”Oh, come on now. I’m not getting into that.”

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WOW Headlines – 2/21/13

Renovation of Kyle Field at Texas A&M will begin November 10th…$425 million project thought to be largest in school history
The state of Kentucky has approved a $110 million renovation of UK’s Commonwealth Stadium
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has purchased a $1.45 million home in Lexington
SEC basketball action Thursday: Arkansas 62 – Georgia 60
Charges of marijuana possession have been dropped against Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy due to a lack of evidence
The NCAA has charged Missouri hoops coach Frank Haith with failing to “promote an atmosphere of compliance” while coaching at Miami
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WOW Headlines – 1/25/13

Ole Miss defeated Tennessee 62-56 Thursday night to go 5-0 in SEC play for the first time since the 1930s
Rumors continue to connect Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to the NFL, but Graham refuses to comment
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will reportedly hire Arkansas State assistant Casey Woods if Rich Bisaccia leaves to join the Dallas Cowboys’ staff
According to Les Miles’ new contract with LSU, if the coach is fired without cause during the next three years he will receive a buyout of $15 million
Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will take part in ESPNU’s coverage of national signing day
As many as five Alabama players are projected as possibly going in the first round of the NFL draft
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith isn’t commenting on the NCAA’s bungled investigation into his old Miami program
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