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SEC Headlines 10/18/2013

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1. Should Auburn consider slowing down the tempo against Texas A&M Saturday?

2. Gus Malzahn on the role Auburn freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson will play: ”You will see his role and it’ll make a lot more sense as we move forward.”

3. Texas A&M won last year 63-21.  ”That game feels like ancient history now.”

4. Ole Miss will likely be without leading rusher Jeff Scott against LSU.  Sophomores Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers will get the carries.

5. Seven of the last 11 games in the LSU-Ole Miss series have been decided by a touchdown or less.

6. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger says his knee is fine but “I just got a deep shin bruise.”

7. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on border states and recruits: “It has helped us not to lose South Carolina athletes to Tennessee the way it probably happened prior to ‘04 or ’05, somewhere in there.”

8. More Spurrier: “I’ve coached more there (Neyland Stadium) than some of their head coaches.”

9. After an off week, will Tennessee “get wacky” against South Carolina? Tennessee’s schedule and the “slim margin for error.”

10. Facing a run-first Arkansas offense means Alabama will get more opportunities to play out of its base 3-4 defense.

11. Before his first-ever college start, Missouri freshman quarterback Maty Mauk gets a text message from former Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel.

12. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy: “Nothing would be worse than losing to Missouri going into a bye week.” Rumor. Update: Reported shoulder injury but will play.

13. Georgia coach Mark Richt on whether conditioning could help prevent injuries: “With the ACL, I don’t think there’s anything to do with conditioning.”

14. Georgia has won the games but playing at Vanderbilt hasn’t been easy in recent years.

15. Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews just 103 receiving yards away from the setting the all-time SEC mark.

16. Does the second half of the schedule get easier for Mississippi State?  First six opponents have a 29-10 record.  Last six are a combined 23-14.

SEC Basketball

17. Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward is accused of point-shaving.  Potential witnesses include current Auburn player Chris Denson and former players Kenny Gabriel and Frankie Sullivan.

18. Big Blue Madness tonight.

19. Kentucky coach John Calipari on Auburn coach Tony Barbee: ”He’s really excited about his team.”

20. Florida coach Billy Donovan is the dean of SEC coaches – starting his 18th year in Gainesville -

21. Alabama point guard Trevor Releford  at SEC Media Days: ”We’re really motivated as a team. We don’t want to play in the NIT this year.”

22. Mississippi State forward Gavin Ware: “I wanted to be Dwight Howard as a younger player, but then quickly realized I can’t jump like that.”

23. Will Tennessee be able to solve zone defenses this season?

24. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin: “We’ve got competitive practices; we’ve got healthy bodies. That helps.”

25. South Carolina coach Frank Martin: “I’m not the big grizzly bear everybody thinks I am.”

26. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson: “The Fastest 40 Minutes will get faster this year.”

27. Vanderbilt will have competition at the power forward position.

28. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant: “We think we can be No. 1. Being picked fourth is nice, but we’re going to keep trying to get better.”

29. Rule changes coming to college basketball - including a change to the always controversial block/charge call.

College Sports

30. Oregon students sell “We Want Bama” t-shirts.

31. Ole Miss never loses a party. ”The worst part is that I look, like, stupid and I look drunk.”

32. Early signing period for football?

33. Ticket prices likely going up at LSU.

34. Arkansas AD Jeff Long on possible conflicts with his role as chairman of College Football Playoff selection committee: “I have a very strong staff and they’ll be able to pick up anything that I may have to step away from.”

35. Misstep for Condi?  “You don’t have a single league where everyone plays off against each other, like in professional leagues..” (Big 12 does)

36. Cecil Hurt on playoff committee: “What the Committee could do….is create a big mess when circumstances are right.”

37. The Missouri-Kansas rivalry lives on…with a license plate.


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SEC Headlines 12/1/2012

SEC Basketball

1. Georgetown 37 – Tennessee 36.  Hoyas survive in one ugly game. Lowest point total for the Vols since 1997.

2. Syracuse 91 – Arkansas 82.  Razorbacks go 5-for-24 from 3-point range. More than 19,000 at Bud Walton Arena - largest attendance since 2009.

3. DePaul 80 – Auburn 76.  Despite a career-high 28 points from Frankie Sullivan, late possessions once again doom the Tigers. 

4. South Florida 64 – Georgia 53.  Bulldogs get 19 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in a losing effort. (That wraps up an 0-4 Friday night for SEC basketball).

5. In the wake of two rape allegations, Missouri guard Michael Dixon is transferring.  But plenty of questions remain. Social-media statements led to the outing.

6. Tigers open the post-Dixon era with Appalachian State.

7. Kentucky hosts Baylor today after losing Thursday night to Notre Dame by double-digits.  John Calipari: “The one thing they have to bring is a competitive spirit and a will to win.”

8. Vanderbilt hosts Villanova today. Commodores struggling to score – lost top-six scorers from last season and struggling to implement a revised offense.

9. Alabama basketball tips off at Cincinnati one-hour before the Crimson Tide and Georgia kick off.

10. Ole Miss hosts Rutgers this afternoon. Rebels are fourth nationally in field-goal percentage defense.

11. Mississippi State travels to Providence today in a battle of thin rosters.  MSU will have seven healthy scholarship players – Providence will have six.

12. First time on the road this year for Texas A&M – Aggies travel to Houston.

13. Florida center Patric Young didn’t start Thursday night against Marquette.  Responded with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench.

14. Reasons to be optimistic about LSU basketball.

SEC/College Football

15. Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is leaving early – declares for NFL draft. “This has been my dream ever since I was a little kid.”

16. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has hired an agent.

17. What one sportswriter got wrong about the 2012 Texas A&M team.

18. Not only did Texas recruit Johnny Manziel as a defensive back, he had to call them.

19. An endorsement of the Aggies to come to Florida and play in the Capital One Bowl. Bowl officials have reportedly “laser beamed” in on A&M.

20. Vanderbilt sits and waits for a bowl decision – either the Music City or Gator Bowl. 

21. Looking like the Outback Bowl for South Carolina – regardless of SEC title outcome – probably against Northwestern.

22. SEC football on CBS had its lowest ratings since 2008.  One big reason – blowouts.

23. Pac-12 commissioner: Conference at “optimal size.”

***Extra – Breaking News***

24. Kansas City Chiefs player allegedly shoots girlfriend and then commits suicide. Linebacker Jovan Belcher reportedly involved.

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SEC Headlines Thanksgiving Day 2012

SEC West

1. One of the things potentially at stake in the NCAA investigation at Auburn – Gene Chizik’s buyout.

2. Just two years ago in the Iron Bowl game, both teams were ranked in the top 10.  How did the gap between the two widen so quickly?

3. The buzz words recruits hear when being pitched by Alabama or Auburn.

4. Texas A&M is talking about returning to a Thanksgiving day game. A&M president Bowen Loftin: “It’d be nice to have one against a nationally prominent rival in the SEC.”

5. He speaks.  Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel will meet with the media for the first time next week, according to coach Kevin Sumlin.

6. After five long years, looks like LSU has a legitimate quarterback in Zach Mettenberger.

7. Backup Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott could be a weapon against Ole Miss.

8. The prize of last February’s Ole Miss recruiting class is starting to pay dividends.

9. Arkansas coach John L. Smith on his seniors: “This has been a great class.”

SEC East

***Update*** Jeff Fisher/Tennessee rumors/ Some other chatter here.

10. Former Tennessee player and current TV analyst Charles Davis on Jon Gruden and the Vols:  ”Jon hasn’t said word one to me. But if Tennessee’s interested in him, I’m pretty sure he’s going to listen.”

11. Vanderbilt A.D. David Williams on coach James Franklin: “I don’t worry about James leaving, but I’m happy to worry that other people are interested in James.”

12. Commodores kicker Carey Spear isn’t afraid to tackle people.

13. Could Georgia’s coordinators be offseason targets for other schools?

14. Is the rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson about to enter a golden era?

15. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease is facing something at Florida he never heard at Boise State – criticism of his offense.

16. Facing the possibility of his first losing season since 2004, will Missouri coach Gary Pinkel shakeup his staff this offseason? ”No, no,” Pinkel said firmly. “There will be no staff changes.”

17. Only three assistants have left Mizzou in Pinkel’s 12 years.  

18. Missouri quarterback James Franklin could be a game-day decision.

19. On their way out the door, why are Kentucky coaches endorsing Maxwell Smith for quarterback?

SEC/College News

20. Goodbye to the Big East?

21. Duke coach David Cutcliffe isn’t going anywhere – signs a contract extension through 2019.

22. ESPN is paying $470 million a year to air the college football playoffs once it starts after the 2014 season.

23. Oddsmakers have Alabama as the overwhelming BCS title favorite.

24. Dennis Dodd:  ”If realignment has taught us one thing, it’s that rivalries don’t matter.”

SEC Basketball

25. Kentucky 81 – Morehead State 70. Cats go on a 16-2 second-half run. Guard Ryan Harrow still not ready to play.

26. Boston College 50 – Auburn 49. Frankie Sullivan with 23 points for the Tigers.

27. Texas 69 – Mississippi State 55.  Bulldogs drop three straight in Hawaii.

28. Elon 66 – South Carolina 53. First loss of the year for the Gamecocks.

29. Missouri faces its first real test of the season with a game against Stanford in the Bahamas.

30. Vanderbilt faces Davidson in Florida this afternoon.

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LSU Wins In OT, UK Wins In A Rout

There were two games on the SEC slate last night and in case you missed ‘em…

LSU 65, Auburn 58 in OT

In a see-saw battle between two of the SEC’s three sets of Tigers (already counting Missouri on that one), LSU outscored Auburn 9 to 2 in overtime to notch a 65-58 win in Baton Rouge.  The win pushes LSU back to 2-2 in the SEC and drops AU to 1-3.

Trent Johnson’s team finished the game on a 27-12 run including an 18-10 spurt that tied the game in regulation.

Frankie Sullivan led Auburn with 19 points.  LSU was led in scoring by freshman Anthony Hickey’s 18-point effort.  All 18 of his points came off the bench.

Kentucky 86, Arkansas 63

Arkansas’ Mike Anderson said before yesterday’s game that his team was going to run.  They ran into a buzzsaw.  The buzzsaw’s name was Anthony Davis.

The freakish UK freshman scored a career-high 27 points but he also blocked seven shots on the night.  With 12 more SEC games to play, Davis snapped Kentucky’s single-season blocked shots record with his 84th of the year. 

As for the game itself, well, it never was much of a contest.  Anderson learned that you don’t take a team into Rupp Arena and challenge the uber-athletic Wildcats to a race.  Arkansas fell behind 8-0 to start the game and trailed by 16 at the half.  For the night, the Hogs shot just 40.4% from the floor while the Cats blistered the nets with 57.1% shooting.

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Auburn’s Sullivan Out For The Season

We at hope Auburn fans enjoyed the hell out of the 2010 football season… because the 2010-11 basketball season appears to be delivering the proverbial comeuppance.  To lift a line from “A Christmas Story”:

“Oh, life is like that.  Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.”

Rack focus into Auburn’s hoops season.  Not only are the Tigers saddled with an RPI rating in the 300s, but now they’re losing junior guard Frankie Sullivan for the rest of the season.

Sullivan tore the ACL in his left knee last July.  After working his way back, he took part in six Auburn games this season.  He averaged 8 points and 3 assists in those contests.  But Sullivan’s knee is still not back to 100% and “hasn’t progressed the way he’s wanted it to,” according to his coach.  So AU is shutting him down now while a medical redshirt remains an option (as he will have played in less than 30% of the Tigers’ games).

“Frankie Sullivan means so much to our team, on and off the court,” Tony Barbee said.  “He is a team leader.  Frankie’s health is our number one concern with him.”

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