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SEC Headlines 4/12/2014

headlines-saturdayDorial Green-Beckham’s Dismissal

1. The first player in Missouri history to catch four touchdown passes in a game is no longer a Tiger. ”This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind.”

2. Missouri A.D. Mike Alden on whether Green-Beckham’s girlfriend was contacted by Mizzou coaches.  ”We were assured by our coaches that that, in fact, did not take place.”

3. Beckham’s dismissal comes on same day independent report is released regarding alleged assault of a swimmer by members of the Missouri football team.

 4. “It will be easy for some to think of Green-Beckham as the sacrifice, the one paying for the sins of others. But that’s not fair.”

5. “There are coaches out there right now salivating over the possibility of adding him for a year, until he leaps to the NFL.”

6. Beckham – from Springfield, Missouri – won’t land at Missouri State.  ”That’s not the kind of player we recruit to our program.”

SEC Spring Games

7. Starting quarterback job on the line?  Spring game at Vanderbilt could determine the leader.

8. One of the storylines this spring at Florida - linebacker/defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. has been a beast.

9. Gator running back Kelvin Taylor has separated himself from the pack.

10. With defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt being new, don’t expect Georgia to reveal the entire playbook. “Being the fact that it is Jeremy’s first year as the coordinator, people look at our TV spring game.”

11. Mississippi State’s defense has been physical and impressive this spring.

12. Plenty of questions about South Carolina’s defense and its backup quarterback.  ”For much of spring, the gap between Dylan Thompson and his backup candidates has been the Grand Canyon. ”

13. Tennessee coach Butch Jones:  “We’re not going to be the best team on the field, but that’s OK. We’ve won championships with not having the best collection of talent. ”

14. One week from today, both Auburn and Alabama will have their spring games.  ”There’s only one state in the country where anticipation builds to see not only who shows out…but how many show up.”

SEC Football

15. Backup quarterback battle at Ole Miss could continue through the fall.

16. Former Alabama quarterback Luke Del Rio granted immediate eligibility at Oregon State.


17. Could be the first year since 2010 that Auburn produces two first-round picks.

SEC  Basketball

18. Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes on his decision to enter the NBA draft. “I feel like I can produce on a team in the NBA. I really do. ”

19. Auburn center  Matthew Atewe underwent surgery on his left shin Friday.

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Florida Advances To Elite Eight; Tennessee & Kentucky Get Their Chance Tonight

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 79 – UCLA 68

1. 29th straight win sends Florida to its fourth straight Elite 8.  Michael Frazier II leads the Gators with 19 points and Scottie Wilbekin scores 10 of his 13 points in the second half.

2. Florida center Patric Young: “We’ve got a chance to be the best team in Florida history.”

3. Up next for Florida – the Dayton Flyers. “This is something completely different (for Florida) in the Elite Eight — a Cinderella.”

Tennessee vs Michigan

4. Focus for Tennessee- stopping guard Nick Stauskas.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “At 6-6, he can really shoot the ball and can put the ball on the floor.”

5. Michigan’s focus is on stopping Jarnell Stokes.  Michigan’s Mitch McGary: “He’s a fridge on wheels.”

6. Martin was a teammate of Glen Robinson at Purdue.  Robinson’s son starts for the Wolverines.

Kentucky vs Louisville

7. Difference maker in the game tonight?  The referees.

8. Both these teams have changed a lot since they last met in December.  ”Kentucky versus Louisville on Dec. 28, 2013 might as well have been Kentucky versus Louisville on Dec. 28, 1913.”

9. Coaches Calipari and Pitino.  “You’ve got two of the most dominant personalities in the history of the sport, and they’re volatile.”

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Jarnell Stokes Staying At Tennessee

mrsec-breaking-newsTennessee forward Jarnell Stokes will stay at the school for his junior season.  The Memphis native had entertained the idea of entering the NBA draft but says he’s staying in Knoxville.


“After considering entering the NBA Draft, I have decided to return to Tennessee for my junior season. After talking with my family I have decided to come back and I am excited to return to the Vols. I am looking forward to playing with Jeronne (Maymon), Jordan (McRae), Trae (Golden) and my other teammates again. I think we are ready for a big season, one that will make Vol Nation proud.”


Stokes was Tennessee’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season.  He had sixteen double-doubles, the most of any SEC player.

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SEC Hoops: Alabama’s Season Ends With One-Point Loss

basketballsMaryland 58 – Alabama 57

1. Alabama’s season ends when Trevor Lacey’s shot at the buzzer missed.  Crimson Tide finish 23-13.

2. Lacey: “I think if I shot it again, I’d probably lean into him and try to draw the foul.”

3. Reason for the miss - the ghost of Jarnell Stokes?

4. Kevin Scarbinsky on Alabama basketball: “Better than it used to be. Not as good as it needs to be.”

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SEC Hoops: Tennessee Falls To Mercer In First-Round NIT Action

basketballsMercer 75 – Tennessee 67

1. Vols end the year at 20-13 after getting bounced by Mercer.  Trae Golden: “It was weird because when we played Missouri (in the regular-season finale), we felt like that was our last home game,”

2. Jarnell Stokes had 14 points and 13 rebounds. “”I don’t think we came out expecting to lose.”

3. Mike Strange: “Tennessee got Robert Morrissed on Wednesday night…”

SEC Hoops Tonight/NCAA Tournament

Missouri vs Colorado State (9:20 Eastern).  Florida and Ole Miss both play Friday.

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Boxscore Breakdown: Mercer 75 – Tennessee 67

NIT LogoTennessee had a 27-26 lead  with just over two minutes to go in the first half.  They never led again.  Mercer had a 34-28 lead at half and didn’t  look back. The Vols couldn’t  get any closer than four points the rest of the way. Mercer beats Tennessee 75 – 67.

Trae Golden led Tennessee with 20 points. Jarnell Stokes had another double-double – 14 points and 13 rebounds.

- Mercer shot 50% from the field (26-52) while Tennessee shot just 37.9% (22-58)

- Tennessee lost despite a huge rebounding advantage.  Vols outrebounded the Bears 38-24.

- Both teams connected on seven three-pointers and made 16 free throws.

The SEC is now 1-2 in NIT play.  With Kentucky and Tennessee losing, only Alabama is left.

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Shocker! Media Picks UK To Win The SEC In Hoops

In John Calipari’s first year in Lexington, Kentucky won the SEC and reached the Elite Eight.  In his second, his Cats finished third in the SEC (gasp!) and then reached the Final Four.  Last year, his team again won the SEC and then went to win the national championship.

At that rate, UK will win the SEC and the NBA title this season.

So it’s no wonder the media today tabbed Kentucky as the preseason basketball favorite in the SEC.  The voting was done “by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.”

Here are the results of the poll:


  School   Total Points   1st Place Votes
  Kentucky   328   17
  Florida   310   5
  Missouri   286   1
  Tennessee   269   1
  Arkansas   226   0
  Alabama   222   0
  Ole Miss   186   0
  Georgia   149   0
  Texas A&M   122   0
  Vanderbilt   120   0
  LSU   116   0
  Auburn   95   0
  S. Carolina   54   0
  Miss. State   37   0


The panel also selected the league’s preseason All-SEC teams:


First Team All-SEC

BJ Young, G, Arkansas

Kenny Boynton, G, Florida

Nerlens Noel, F, Kentucky

Phil Pressey, G. Missouri

Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee


Second Team All-SEC

Marshawn Powell, F, Arkansas

Patric Young, C, Florida

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, Georgia

Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky

Michael Dixon, G, Missouri

Jeronne Maymon, F, Tennessee


The media also selected Missouri’s Pressey as the league’s preseason Player of the Year.

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The Brother Of UT’s Stokes Is One Big 8th Grader

Tennessee sophomore basketball star Jarnell Stokes is listed as 6-8, 270 pounds on the Vols’ official website.  But he might not wind up being the biggest athlete in his own family.

As far as funny photos go — funny unless you’re the regular-sized kid about to be crushed — this pic of Stokes’ eighth-grade brother Isaiah is right up there.  You see, Isaiah is already 6-7, 225 pounds.  In the eighth grade.






















Jarnell posted the image on Instagram yesterday.  College recruiters probably started calling within minutes.

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SEC Headlines – 3/6/12 Part One

1.  Florida just isn’t the same without Will Yeguete.

2.  Making matters worse, now Bradley Beal has sprained his ankle.

3.  Georgia’s departees showed their stuff for NFL scouts yesterday.

4.  Former Dawg Justin Houston now claims he never said it was time for Mark Richt to go.  (Then that was a helluva a quote for a professional journalist to make up out of thin air.)

5.  The Sporting News has named Kentucky’s Anthony Davis as its Player of the Year.  (He’ll be winning a lot of those honors in the weeks to come.)

6.  UK assistant Orlando Antigua could be up for the head coaching job at Rhode Island.

7.  This South Carolina writer wants Texas A&M as a permanent rival, not Arkansas.

8.  Jarnell Stokes has given Tennessee a big boost.

9.  And Trae Golden has become deadly at the charity stripe.

10.  James Franklin has added a Parade All-American kicker to what’s already being touted as Vanderbilt’s best signing class ever.

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SEC Headlines – 3/2/12

1.  Florida could grab anything from a #2 to a #4 seed in the SEC tourney.

2.  Isaiah Crowell’s Georgia teammates say he’s got the right focus this offseason.

3.  Quarterback Aaron Murray says the Mark Richt hot seat talk was stressful last season.

4.  Top-ranked Kentucky had no problem with the hoops Dawgs last night.

5.  The Wildcats hit 15 3-pointers in their 79-49 win.

6.  At this point, it’s hard for UK fans to find anything to worry about.

7.  South Carolina has unveiled its spring practice schedule.

8.  Jarnell Stokes stepped it up in Tennessee’s midweek win at LSU.

9.  New Auburn assistant Willie Martinez won’t fully evaluate his DBs until spring practice.

10.  Mike Anderson still wants Arkansas to “finish up strong.”

11.  LSU is moving forward with plans to add about 7,000 seats via upper deck expansion.

12.  This writer says Ole Miss’ NCAA hopes aren’t dead yet.  (If not, they’re on life support.)

13.  A team meeting helped Mississippi State snap its five-game losing streak.  (Playing South Carolina didn’t hurt, either.)

14.  MSU hopes DeVille Smith’s ankle will be ready for tomorrow’s game with Arkansas.

15.  We’re not the only ones calling for a nine-game SEC football schedule.

16.  See?  Here’s another call for a nine-game slate.

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