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SEC Headlines 3/15/2014

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1. Changes to alcohol policy for Georgia-Florida game “highly unlikely.”

2. Spring practice gets underway today at Alabama. Crimson Tide not just breaking in new players, but new coaches as well.

3. Big battle going on in the LSU camp at the right guard position. Coach Les Miles on his quarterback battle: “I think the quarterback position is a position of toughness.”

4. All four of Tennessee’s quarterbacks took reps in Friday’s first spring scrimmage.

5. With Tre Mason gone to the NFL, what are the running back options for Auburn this fall?

6. Missouri defensive end Shane Ray claims a 4.44 4o-yard dash this offseason.

7. SEC coaches divided on the idea of an early signing period for football.

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8. As Auburn looks to replace Tony Barbee, Tigers will have a search committee of 1 – A.D. Jay Jacobs. 

9. If Auburn calls, Bruce Pearl will listen.

10. Alabama coach Anthony Grant will return.  Has the backing of A.D. Bill Battle.

11. Will Florida freshman Chris Walker return or enter the NBA draft?

12. Improvement will be expected in Rick Ray’s third year at Mississippi State.

13. Adjusting postseason expectations at Arkansas. The Razorbacks “big game hunt withered to small potatoes.”

14. Arkansas, Georgia (if it doesn’t win SEC Tournament), LSU and Missouri all look to be better fit for NIT than Ole Miss.

15. CBI bid possible for Texas A&M?

Extras

16. Did you know?  The Big 12 will be the smallest FBS conference in the country this fall when the Sun Belt expands to 11 football teams.

17. When it comes to earnings, Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady is not that close.

18. New York Times: “One major college basketball participant with no chance of advancing to the national tournament: Las Vegas…”

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Wow Evening Headlines 10/25/2012

Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was one of four former LSU players arrested on drug charges on Thursday
SEC commissioner Mike Slive tells ESPN.com that the site for the new Champions Bowl — either New Orleans or Arlington, Texas — will be announced next week
Arkansas AD Jeff Long says he will most likely hire someone who is currently employed as a coach
Sources have told MrSEC.com that TCU’s Gary Patterson is Arkansas’ top choice
Sources have told MrSEC.com that if Tennessee replaces Derek Dooley, Jon Gruden and Bobby Petrino would be 1-2 on UT’s list of replacements
Hurricane Sandy could create a windy day for the Georgia-Florida game
Kentucky will try to play three quarterbacks versus Missouri on Saturday
Texas A&M DL Damontre Moore leads the nation in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 17
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WOW Headlines – 10/25/12

Arkansas AD Jeff Long says he will most likely hire someone who is currently employed as a coach…
That would seemingly rule out Arkansas native Butch Davis
Sources have told MrSEC.com that TCU’s Gary Patterson is Arkansas’ top choice
Source have told MrSEC.com that if Tennessee replaces Derek Dooley, Jon Gruden and Bobby Petrino would be 1-2 on UT’s list of replacements
Georgia FB Alex Ogletree tweeted that UGA players and fans should rush the end zone after Bulldogs’ first TD versus Florida this weekend
Hurricane Sandy could create a windy day for the Georgia-Florida game
Kentucky will try to play three quarterbacks versus Missouri on Saturday
Missouri QB James Franklin is doubtful for this weekend’s game but should return for Florida game in two weeks
Texas A&M DL Damontre Moore leads the nation in sacks with 9.5 and tackles for loss with 17
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McGarity And UGA Break From UF On Ticket Hike

Now here’s a surprise.  The Georgia Athletic Association today decided to pass on an opportunity to raise ticket prices for this year’s Georgia-Florida football game.

In December, Florida’s athletic board — and McGarity’s old boss Jeremy Foley — voted to raise the price of UF-UGA tickets by $10 a pop.  It was assumed Georgia wouldn’t turn down cash and McGarity wouldn’t disagree with his old boss.  But they and he did.

“It takes two of us to tango, so to speak,” McGarity told the board.  Wonder what Jeremy Foley thought about that decision?

Instead of exploring a price hike this year, McGarity did say that he will present a proposal in May regarding a ticket price hike for 2012.

Surprising.

In other news, UGA decided today to spend about $1.4 million to make improvements to the video board at Sanford Stadium.

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UGA’s Athletic Board Meets Today

The University of Georgia Athletic Association’s board of directors is scheduled to meet this afternoon in Athens.  As always, money is the key issue — as in how to raise it and where to spend it.

The board is expected to discuss plans for renovating the main video screen at Sanford Stadium.  The video board debuted in 2005, but new technology could be used to create a clearer, brighter picture for fans.

Also on the docket is an increase in the cost of game tickets to the World’s Largest Outdo… wait… the Georgia-Florida football game.  Florida’s athletic board approved a $10 increase in ticket price back in December.  Now Georgia’s board must agree.  Seeing as how new UGA AD Greg McGarity was until recently the right hand man to UF AD Jeremy Foley, you can guess that your ticket prices for that game will be rising, fans.

The board will be on hand to witness the grand opening of a $33 million project the group okayed a few years back.  Georgia’s renovated and expanded Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall football complex will get the ribbon-cutting treatment this afternoon. 

The expanded facility will feature a 12,000-square foot strength and conditioning area, an 8,500-square-foot athletic training area with four therapy pools as well as new offices and a new player lounge.

For those who have it lying around, 33-mil can still go a long way. 

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General College Football Game Day Open Comment Thread (Part I)

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Since 3:30 kickoffs are a bit of an odd animal, I’m going to begin by letting you know how today is going to go: I have the Georgia-Florida game day open comment thread programmed to appear at 2:30, an hour before kickoff. At 7:00, the general college football game day open comment thread for the evening games is set to show up, and you can use this thread to discuss the early afternoon games.

For what it’s worth, my wife and son took part in a Halloween-themed “pumpkin fun run” this morning. The participants were assigned numbers. My wife was assigned the number 88, and our son was assigned the number 89. For the record, 1988 was the last year in which the Georgia Bulldogs beat both the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators in the same season, and 1989 was the last year of the Bulldogs’ 19-year dominance over the Gators before the Sunshine State Saurians’ 20-year dominance over the Classic City Canines began. I’m hoping that’s a good omen.

Go ‘Dawgs!


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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Georgia-Florida has rivalry and SEC East implications

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Florida's Urban Meyer was glad to beat Georgia last season. Can his struggling Gators do it again? (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Kickoff for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party – yes, we’re calling it that, even if the schools and city of Jacksonville don’t want us to – is less than 24 hours away. Let’s take a look at the stories leading into the Florida-Georgia rivalry game:

1. 30 years later, Georgia’s Lindsay Scott still torments Gators, Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

The buzz: Scott’s 92-yard touchdown still haunts Tim Groves, who failed to chase down Scott.

2. Individual short-yardage stats: Jeff Demps great, Trey Burton good, Emmanuel Moody struggling, Jason Lieser, The Palm Beach Post

The buzz: The Gators are doing well converting short-yardage situations, and some are doing better than others.

3. Georgia-Florida game needs a name, and a trophy, Michael DiRocco, The Florida Times-Union

The buzz: For all its history and tradition, the Georgia-Florida game lacks an official name and the hardware that other big-time rivalry games have.

4. Dogs 3-17 in past 20 meetings but favored in this one, Tim Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The buzz: A preview of the game from the Bulldogs’ side.

5. Despite rough starts, rivalry still has big effect in East, Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald

The buzz: Saturday’s game has big division implications despite the teams’ records.

6. Murray set to face former suitor, Seth Emerson, Macon Telegraph

The buzz: Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray, a Tampa native, was recruited by Florida.


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SEC Headlines – 10/28/10 Part Two

1.  Florida continues to get healthier as gameday with Georgia approaches.

2.  UF’s play-calling isn’t as predictable as many fans make it out to be.  Naturally.

3.  Here’s a breakdown of the Gators’ play calls this season.  (Kudos to The Orlando Sentinel.)

4.  Basketball season is here… the Gators open their exhibition season against Florida Tech tonight.

5.  New AD Greg McGarity is back on the Georgia side of the Georgia-Florida rivalry.

6.  With his draft stock rising, could this be Justin Houston’s last year at UGA?

7.  Bulldog basketballer Travis Leslie says he’s glad to be back in Athens.

8.  Chick-fil-A Bowl reps will be in attendance for Kentucky’s game at Mississippi State on Saturday.

9.  John Calipari’s team is going through the “growing process.”

10.  Part of that might include Josh Harrellson’s Twitter ban… which he earned by posting tweets critical of how Calipari praised him following a scrimmage.  (I’m tellin’ ya, ban ‘em all.  Every coach should ban every player from using social media.)

11.  South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore is ready to get back to work… against one of his old high school teammates who’s now at Tennessee.

12.  Steve Spurrier and his players are talking up the 2-5 Volunteers.

13.  Brent Brewer — a 22-year-old ex-baseball-playing freshman — is making a move at safety for Tennessee. 

14.  Tennessee’s basketball team is in the AP’s preseason Top 25 poll for the fifth straight year… which is a first for the school.  (If you’re wondering how Bruce Pearl survived, here’s Exhibit A.)

15.  Vandy’s offense will hope to sustain some longer drives at Arkansas on Saturday.

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