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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?


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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SEC Headlines 3/8/2014

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1. Report: Dan Mullen and Mississippi State in contract talk extensions.

2. Texas coach Charlie Strong wants to renew the rivalry with Texas A&M.  ”When there’s been so much tradition there, you’d like to see it continue on.”

3. No Johnny Manziel but still plenty of options at quarterback for the Texas A&M.

4. John Theus is moving from right tackle to left tackle for Georgia.

5. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on competition at the quarterback spot:  ”That competition, that’s how you get better, that’s how you grow.”

6. Plenty of options at running back for Ole Miss.

7. Early signing period for college football?


8. Couple of NFL draft analysts now have Johnny Manziel going fourth overall to the Cleveland Browns.

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9. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: “One of the primary focuses that we have is changing the perception of our basketball over the next several years.”

10. Andy Staples on Florida: “These Gators won’t overwhelm anyone with their athleticism, but they might overwhelm a team with their defensive stubbornness.”

11. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs will sit down with coach Tony Barbee at the end of the season.  Is his job in jeopardy?

12. An argument to keep South Carolina coach Frank Martin suspended until he cleans up his “expletive act.”

13. If LSU beats Georgia today, Tigers will clinch the sixth seed in the SEC Tournament. And if Georgia loses and Tennesse wins, Vols claim third place in the SEC.

14. Missouri has received more points and rebounds from this freshmen class than any of the past four seasons.

15. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on the future of his program: “I’m really high on some of our young guys.”

16. Jerry Palm on bubble teams and potential bid stealers.


17. Paul Finebaum’s book on the SEC goes on sale in August.  Here’s a look at the cover.

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SEC Headlines 2/1/2014

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1. Quarterback Jacob Coker on his decision to transfer from Florida State to Alabama: “I didn’t really consider any other schools.”

2. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs knew former coach Gene Chizik’s fate was sealed during a blowout loss to Texas A&M in 2012: “I knew then there was no return there.”

3. Jordan-Hare Stadium and  Amazing Spiderman 2?

4. The full board of trustees at Kentucky give approval to a project to build new privately funded $45 million football training facility.

5. Two former Georgia Bulldogs with NFL experience want to join Mark Richt’s program.

6. “Georgia’s defensive staff, outside of Wilson, wasn’t exactly made up of world beaters on the recruiting trail.”

7. Arkansas confirms departure of wide receiver Melvinson Hartfield. Redshirted in 2013.

8. Which schools have signed the most four and five star prospects the last four years in the SEC?

9. Jon Solomon on some questions and answers regarding a college players union.

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10. Add Missouri coach Frank Haith’s name to the list of coaches who’d like to get rid of one-and-done.

11. Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein and assistant coach Kenny Payne had an exchange at LSU this week.  John Calipari says he didn’t see it.

12. Georgia has missed Kenny Gaines the last two games - hoping the injured guard is back today.


13. Are the Colquitts the Mannings of punting?

14. Setting the lines for sporting events isn’t really a mystery. “It’s not rocket science. We’re not doing brain surgery here.”

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SEC Headlines 12/6/2013

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1. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs again presses the case for a one-loss SEC team in BCS title game: “I just think whoever wins the game Saturday belongs in Pasadena. If Missouri knocks off No. 3 and they’re No. 5, look at their strength of schedule.”

2. This is Auburn’s second trip to SEC Championship Game in four years.  ”That’s one more than Alabama and one more than LSU…”

3. In the year of the quarterback in the SEC, an unlikely pair makes it to Atlanta.Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall completed 63.2% of his passes in the month of November.

4. If you want to make Gus Malzhan bristle, call his offense “The Spread.”

5. Malzahn on Missouri’s receivers: “They’re playmakers. They definitely present challenges.”

6. Bryan Burwell on the changes at Missouri:  ”If they remained in the Big 12, Mizzou’s offense would still be heavy on finesse and light on muscle.”

7. If you’re looking for a player that symbolizes Mizzou’s comeback this year, hard to find a better representative that running back Henry Josey.

8. Former Missouri player Lorenzo Williams on the difference between this year’s team and the one that won the Big 12 North in 2007.  ”They’re a much better team than we were.”

9. Missouri will make its 2013 CBS debut Saturday.  First time in 13 seasons that network didn’t televise a team that made it to championship game.

10. You know it when you hear it.  The CBS theme song for college football (never named) has opened every college football broadcast on the network since 1987.

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11. Would Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital be the answer for Florida’s offensive woes?

12. LSU Freshman tailback/defensive back Jeryl Brazil has been kicked out of the LSU football program.

13. Cotton or Outback Bowl likely for LSU but Gator Bowl also a possibility.

14. Does Georgia’s Aaron Murray deserve Heisman consideration? (One site now projects Florida State QB Jameis Winston in a landslide).

15. Out with an ACL injury and his college career over, Murray will travel to Georgia’s bowl game – but on his own accord.

16. Former Georgia running back Tim Worley on Todd Gurley: “I put him right there with Herschel. Not quite as fast, but I put him right there with Herschel Walker.”

17. Here are 15 projected first-round NFL draft picks from the SEC.  

18. Happy 21st birthday, Johnny Manziel.

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19. Confirmed - Vanderbilt’s Josh Henderson has torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Our roundup of Thursday night SEC Hoops.

20. With Kentucky playing Baylor tonight at AT&T Stadium tonight, Julius Randle gets to play in front of family and friends.

21. Freshman Bobby Portis has emerged as a key weapon for Arkansas.

22. Florida plays Kansas Tuesday – neither Scottie Wilbekin nor Kasey Hill have been ruled out.

23. Tennessee averaging just 9.9 turnovers a game this year.

24. West Virginia was a good test for Missouri – UCLA on Saturday will be a better one.

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Auburn Works To Create Better In-Stadium Environment

gfx - they said itCollege and professional sports franchises alike are fighting a difficult battle against a massive foe — television.  Just as high-definition TVs have brought a sharper picture into fans’ homes, new cable and satellite networks have greatly increased the number of games available.  Those two factors — mixed in with a gradually recovering economy and high ticket prices — have led many sports fans to simply sit at home on Saturdays and Sundays.

In response, the SEC recently created a panel to focus on improving the in-stadium experience at league football games.  So it’s no surprise to learn that Auburn has already started adding flat-screen TVs to the concourse at Jordan-Hare Stadium as well as new food items at the venue’s concession stands.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the improvements yesterday:


“We’ve really made an effort to listen to our fans and respond with changes that we think make our entire gameday experience among the very best in college football.  Our fans wanted more parking and tailgating opportunities, more choices at the concessions stand and better communication, so we are pleased to announce these improvements for the upcoming season.”


Expect to hear more announcements like this one from all across the SEC over the next 12 months.

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SEC Headlines 6/30/2013

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1. University of Florida walk-on redshirt freshman punter Grant Van Aman arrested for DUI – on his scooter.

2. As of late Saturday, no arrests made in Nashville sex crimes investigation that’s led Vanderbilt to boot four guys from the team.

3. David Climer: “Like it or not, Vanderbilt football has joined the long list of programs that are on trial in the court of public opinion.”

4. Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell will reportedly decide between Kentucky and West Virginia.

5. Ranking the SEC receiving corps.  Alabama with the best, Kentucky with the worst?

6. “Sagging student attendance is an issue across the country — even at schools winning championships — but at Tennessee, the drop has been especially stark.”

7. Kevin Scarbinsky has an issue with SEC football coaches and their schedules: “They’ve been overdosing on cupcakes for years.”

8. What Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs has learned about coach Gus Malzahn: “Probably the most obvious thing I didn’t know was I’m not sure he ever sleeps.”

9. “There’s no better time than now to be a freshman defensive end at Auburn.”

10. Outgoing University of Georgia president Michael Adams will always be remembered for forcing out A.D. and former football coach Vince Dooley.  ”I did what I thought was in the best interests of the university, and I still feel that way today.”

11, Here’s a breakdown of over/under win totals for every SEC team.

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12. Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked about the possibility of Kyle Wiltjer returning.  ”I don’t know. He and I texted each other today. So I’ll probably text him to see where he is with things.”

13. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin sees increased confidence from Jordan McRae.  ”He feels like no one can guard him.”

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14. Phil Steele updates his list of college players out for the year.

15. Here’s how all the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences align starting tomorrow.

16. For many schools, the conference isn’t the only thing changing.  ”All told, there are a staggering 31 new head coaches at 125 FBS schools. That’s one of every four.”

17. Tomorrow is the first day of July which means we’re one day and one month closer to the start of college football.  The dancing gingerbread likes that idea.

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WOW Headlines – 5/15/13

A analysis shows that teams winning the turnover margin have won 71.8% of SEC conference games since 2007
The SEC and Big XII will launch a new basketball challenge in the upcoming season.  All 10 Big XII teams will take part, while SEC teams Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee will be left out in this first year
Auburn has hired a consulting firm to help athletic director Jay Jacobs get the Tigers’ program turned around
The SEC and CBS have reworked their contract, but no increase in payment is expected for the league
CBS did wave its exclusivity to the Saturday afternoon timeslot, allowing the league to place an afternoon game on the new SEC Network starting in 2014
Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis told Gator fans that his former boss, Alabama coach Nick Saban, is “the devil himself”
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs on basketball coach Tony Barbee: “Now he’s got to produce… We’ve got to look for results.”
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SEC Headlines 5/5/2013

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1. Georgia coach Mark Richt on defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: ”I think Todd really embraced that we’re more than coaches.”

2. Why Tennessee fans should  “get ready for a busy National Signing Day in 2014. “

3. Alabama freshman running back Derrick Henry updates the status of his rehab from a broken fibula.  ”Progress.”

4. Nick Saban photobombs an Alabama grad.

5. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs on the review of the athletic department: “We welcome people looking at what we do…”

6. Spring storylines and must answer questions in August for every SEC team.

7. One take on the SEC and the NFL draft:  ”Vanderbilt by FAR had the worst rated incoming talent during this period, but they still doubled up Auburn in terms of their number of draft picks!”

8. SEC football flashback: In 1962, Kentucky had almost 60 players quit the team over treatment by their coach. Those that remained were known as the “The Thin Thirty.”

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9. Tennessee had one too many players on scholarship following Jarnell Stokes’ decision not to enter the NBA draft so Travon Landry has been released from his letter of intent.

10. Former Alabama guard Trevor Lacy could be headed to ACC country - reportedly visiting North Carolina State and perhaps North Carolina.

11. Forward Michael Kessens played his freshman year at Longwood University - he’s transferring to Alabama.

12. Coach Frank Martin is busy turning over the roster at South Carolina.  With Friday’s signing of guard Jaylen Shaw, the Gamecocks now have seven members in its 2013 recruiting class.


13. Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s horse finished 17th at the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

14. Highest-rated TV markets for the Derby included Knoxville and West Palm Beach.

15. The state of journalism at the four-letter network.  “ESPN is losing our trust.”


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Wow Weekend Headlines 4/6/2013

In the NCAA Tournament semi-finals, Louisville defeats Wichita State 72-68…
Michigan defeats Syracuse 61 to 56…
Louisville and Michigan meet Monday night in the championship game
Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs says school will review charges of multiple NCAA violations…
Auburn is accused of fixing players’ grades and of paying players money to bypass the NFL and stay in school
ESPN investigation claims a dozen players on Auburn’s 2010 football team failed tests for synthetic marijuana
Investigation claims schools officials knew results but kept it secret
Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the rest of spring practice after having knee surgery
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Wow Headlines 4/5/2013

Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs says school will review charges of multiple NCAA violations…
Auburn is accused of fixing players’ grades and of paying players money to bypass the NFL and stay in school
ESPN investigation claims a dozen players on Auburn’s 2010 football team failed tests for synthetic marijuana
Investigation claims schools officials knew results but kept it secret
Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the rest of spring practice after having knee surgery
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