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SEC Headlines 3/13/2014

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1. Is Florida the best coaching job in the SEC?  Athlon ranks all 128 college football jobs from a coaching perspective.

2. NCAA grants Florida wide receiver/returner Andre Debose a sixth year of eligibility.

3. Who will step up at wide receiver for LSU? 95-percent of receiver production for the Tigers is gone.

4. Will linebacker Kris Frost be a force in the middle for Auburn this fall?

5. South Carolina redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kwinton Smith no longer with the team.

6. Tennessee defensive tackle Danny O’Brien on his offseason arrest: ”I’m glad it happened. It taught me a life lesson that I’ll know forever.”

7. The Internal Revenue Service is auditing three bowls – one of them is the Gator.

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8. Expect to see a lot of Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer when the SEC Network launches in August.

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9. Several NFL coaches on hand for Alabama’s pro day on Wednesday.

10. Does AJ McCarron think he’s the best quarterback in this draft?  ”Yeah, why not?”

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11. Texas A&M vs Missouri.  What’s the status of Aggies leading scorer Jamal Jones?  “If he can walk and chew gum, we will play him because we need him.”

12. Does Missouri need to win the SEC Tournament to reach the Big Dance?

13. South Carolina vs Arkansas.  Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade: ”I want to finish out with a bang.”

14. Alabama vs. LSU.  Tigers guard Andre Stringer: “I want that sense of urgency to come now.”

15 .Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss.  Rebels need big contributions from Anthony Perez if they’re to have any chance of repeating as tournament champs.

16. Could the SEC Tournament do more harm than good for Kentucky?

17. When Florida plays Friday, it will be the first time all season the Gators have played in a domed stadium.

18. Since 1979, Tennessee has gone one-and-done in the SEC Tournament 15 times.

19. Cutting former Auburn coach Tony Barbee no slack: “It wasn’t working. So it was time for him to go.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/21/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Texas A&M 63 – Alabama 48. Video Highlights

1. Texas A&M generates 19 assists on 24 baskets.  Jamal Jones leads the Aggies with 19 points.

2. At 10-16 and 4-9 in SEC play, Alabama guaranteed to finish with first losing regular season in 14 years.  Coach Anthony Grant: ”If you think you’re going to trade baskets and win the game, that’s idiotic.”

Saturday SEC Hoops Schedule

Florida at Ole Miss

Georgia at South Carolina

Tennessee at Texas A&M

Arkansas at Mississippi State

LSU at Kentucky

Vanderbilt at Auburn

Missouri at Alabama

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SEC Hoops Roundup 11/27/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Arkansas 87 – Minnesota 73. 10-0 run for Razorbacks part of 52-point second-half total.  Arkansas moves to 4-1 on the season.

2. Ole Miss 84 – North Carolina A&T 50.  4-0 Rebels now head to Brooklyn to face Georgia Tech. Derrick Millinghaus led all scorers with 16 points. Video Highlights

3. Auburn 76 – Tennessee State 73.  Tigers move to 4-1 behind 17 second-half points from Chris Denson. Video Highlights

4. Texas A&M 88 – Ark Pine Bluff 55. 6-0 Aggies shoot 60 percent from the field. Game-high 18 points for Jamal Jones. Video Highlights

 

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SEC Headlines 4/19/2013

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1. What to expect at LSU’s spring game tomorrow?  Here are five things to look for. Three projected starters will be held out with injuries.

2. What to expect at tomorrow’s Tennessee spring game? Defensive coordinator John Jancek: “We’ll be pretty vanilla.”

3. With Marlin Lane’s absence, Vols thin at running back.

4. In the quarterback battle at Arkansas, has Brandon Allen done enough to separate himself from Brandon Mitchell?

5. Here are 10 questions facing Missouri heading into tomorrow’s spring game.

6. With Alabama’s spring game tomorrow, a position-by-position breakdown of the offense and one for defense/special teams

7. Here’s the position breakdown at Auburn- the offense and defense/special teams.

8. Final rolling of Toomer’s Oaks tomorrow.

9. How things stack up among Florida tailbacks and fullbacks.

10. Mississippi State JUCU transfer wide receiver Jeremy Chapelle is starting to look comfortable.

11. Georgia coach Mark Richt expects plenty of competition for starting spots this fall: You’ve got some guys legitimately fighting for jobs.”

12. Some SEC fans could be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Memphis.  Liberty Bowl scheduled for December 31.

13. From Johnny Manziel to Kiehl Frazier, Athlon ranks the SEC quarterbacks.

14. From Nick Saban to Mark Stoops, Matt Hayes at The Sporting News ranks the SEC coaches.

15. Could 12 SEC players go in the first round of the NFL draft? Tyrann Mathieu gets a magazine cover.

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16. Kentucky coach John Calipari on his eight-man class coming to Lexington: “The thing I like most about this group is its competitive spirit and its will to win.”

17. Breaking down the best class in the country.

18. Former Ole Miss guard Jamal Jones is headed to Texas A&M.

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19, “Good thing Will Muschamp got the head-coaching job at Florida a couple of years ago. He might have grown old waiting for Mack Brown to retire at Texas.”

20. Study: Graduation-rate gap between college baseball players and all male students greater than gap with football players.

21. Trashed hotel room at the NFL combine linked to Clemson and Rutgers players.

22. How many college athletes benefit from multiyear scholarships?  Not many.

 

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/28/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Plaquemine, Louisiana defensive lineman  Davon Godchaux has received offers from about 17 schools, including Florida and Vanderbilt.  He’s hoping for offers from Alabama and LSU.  ”LSU is a great program to be around, Godchaux tells NOLA.com.  ”Alabama on the other hand, it’s about business. (Coach) Nick Saban and those guys, they win championships. They build and build championships every year, and it’s a great program to be in … I would like those offers to come, but if they don’t, it’s understandable.”

2. Hampton, Georgia linebacker DeMarquis Gates commits to Ole Miss.  Gates, considered a top 200 prospect by recruiting services, was a high teammate of 2013 Ole Miss signeee Arshad Jackson.

3. Rod Taylor is considered the top unsigned prospect in the state of Mississippi.  The Jackson, MS offensive lineman has attracted attention for years – Alabama offered him before his sophomore season.  Two of Taylor’s teammates have already committed to Ole Miss. Here’s how Taylor’s high school coach described him: “As big as he is, to be as agile as he is, you just don’t see many guys like that. You could see the natural ability when he came in as a freshman. He’s beyond his years. He needs to be a little bit more of a technician, but as far as raw natural ability, he’s exceptional.”

4. When defensive back Landon Collins committed to Alabama, it greatly disappointed his mother, who wanted him to stay in-state and go to LSU.  Now Collins has a brother who’s drawing attention from major programs around the country. Four-star defensive end Gerald Willis says his top choices right now are LSU, Texas A&M and Florida. Mom doesn’t want to go to Gainesville: “I don’t want him 10 hours away. Some of the things that I’ve talked about with the coaching staff, I just don’t think it favors my son.”

5. Arlington, Texas defensive end Myles Garrett has offers from several schools, including Alabama and Texas A&M.  He’s also drawing interest from LSU. Garrett will A&M’s “Friday Night Lights” scrimmage on April 5th. “It lets me know I’m doing good work on the field and in the weight room,” Garrett told ESPN. “I’m working hard and will keep working hard through next season — and after that.”

6. Elizabethtown, Kentucky defensive tackle Matt Elam is 6-foot-6, 350-pounds and one of the most prized recruits in the state.  He’s drawn offers from among others, Alabama and Kentucky.  He’s also drawn interest from Tennessee and Florida, his favorite team growing up.  Elam says he talks with Kentucky coach Mark Stoops every week and has been in Nick Saban’s office - “looks like a million dollars with all the wood on the walls.”

7. Here’s  a scouting report on LSU commitment Sharieff Rhaheed ”LSU may have found another diamond in the rough.”

8. Here’s a ranking of the five best offensive tackles 2014 prospects in state of Texas.

9. The Sporting News ranks the 2014 recruiting classes. No. 1 right now?  Texas A&M.

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10. Madison Central High School (KY) guard Dominique Hawkins will reportedly sign with Kentucky Friday.  A former teammate of Hawkins tweeted the news today.  Hawkins led his team to a state basketball championship.

11. Huntington Prep star and Gatorade National Player of the Year Andrew Wiggins is reportedly meeting with Kentucky coach John Calipari today. USA Today writer on Wiggins: “What stands out most to me is that when he decides to go to the basket from 15 feet away or in transition when he gets a step, I have not seen anyone stop him. That will serve him well in the NCAA.”

12. Lee College guard Jamal Jones received an offer from Arkansas coach Mike Anderson last week.  Jones says his top five in no particular order are Arkansas, Texas A&M, TCU, Oregon and San Diego State. Jones signed with Ole Miss coming out of high school but was dismissed by coach Andy Kennedy for a violation of team rules

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