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SEC Headlines 6/24/2012

1. Should SEC East and West become North and South? “Everything else in college football is being turned upside down. Why not strike while the iron’s hot and make things right?”

2. “Missouri, placed in the SEC East though it lies farther west than all but two SEC teams (A&M and Arkansas)…”

3. Top 10 conference games on the SEC schedule?  Let the debate begin.

4. Why Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is one of the top players in the SEC.

5. The Tennessee athletic department employs 195 people at a cost of more than $20 million. Salary breakdown by sport.

6. A college football playoff: Who, what and why.

7. “The final straw came this past season, when the national championship game rematch between LSU and Alabama produced the lowest overnight television rating of the BCS era…”

8. Why Jacksonville makes sense as a host city for a college football title game.

9. Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is ready to start his NFL career.

10. Southern Miss guard LaShay Page played against Frank Martin in the NCAA Tournament.  Now he’ll play for him after transferring to South Carolina.

11. Mizzou basketball coach Frank Haith on recruiting in the SEC: “I don’t think I would let that affect us and not trying to recruit anywhere, but we’ve become more attractive to those kids in the southeast region.”

12. Missouri guard Kim English projects as a potential second-round pick in the NBA draft. Predicts title for Tigers.

13. Kentucky’s Darius Miller could go in the first or second round.

14. Questions and answers about Kentucky’s class of 2012.

15. Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan agrees to a bankruptcy settlement.  Required to repay $7.35 million.


16. Will Florida State last another 20 years in the ACC?

17. Standouts from the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

18. Sleepers to watch in this week’s NBA draft.

19. This draft is more about potential than it is can’t miss prospects.

20. Women’s sports spending in the SEC.

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SEC Headlines 7/2/2011

1. Two years of secondary violations released at Alabama.

2. Florida tight end Michael McFarland will transfer.  He’s the sixth player to leave since Will Muschamp took over.

3. Andy Staples: “Like Jim Harbaugh at Stanford before him, Franklin has turned his school’s sterling academic reputation into a recruiting tool.” More here.

4. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on the graduation-transfer rule, abolishing basketball divisions, the Cam Newton saga and much more.

5. Did SEC athletic directors snub Cam Newton?

6. Alabama safety Mark Barron – one of the top 25 players in the SEC. Alabama at Mississippi State in November – one of the top 25 games in the conference this fall.

7. Keep your eye on a couple of Georgia defensive backs this fall.

8. Isaiah Crowell and the critical freshman class for the Bulldogs.

9. Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan files for bankruptcy.

10. Tennessee’s showing in the Directors’ Cup standings – third worst since 1994.

11. Rivals ranks the Vols football program.

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The Debate Over Richt Heats Up

Mark Bradley is back at it.  Each day it becomes more evident that The AJC columnist/blogger believes it’s time for the Mark Richt era to end in Athens.

In his latest post, Bradley compares Jim Donnan’s five-year tenure at Georgia to the last five seasons of Richt’s tenure.  The results are similar.  And while the writer admits that Richt had a good share of successes during the first half of his term, he wraps his post as follows:

“Understand: I’m not suggesting Donnan was as successful at Georgia as Richt has been.  The Old Coach, as Donnan liked to call himself, never achieved the needed breakthrough.  But if five seasons without an SEC title provided enough of a sampling for Adams to change coaches — a change with which I disagreed, I must add — isn’t it worth noting that the incumbent has gone five barren years with a similar record?  And that the incumbent’s players keep getting arrested?”

Tony Barnhart, also of The AJC, disagrees with those who feel Richt should get the boot.  In his words, “… when you take emotion out of the equation and focus only on the facts at hand, Mark Richt should remain as the head coach at Georgia for the 2011 season.”

His best argument for keeping Richt revolves around the ending of Saturday’s 34-31 overtime loss to Florida. 

“If Georgia’s Blair Walsh kicks the winning field goal in overtime intead of Florida’s Chas Henry, are we even having this discussion today?  If Georgia wins that game is everybody saying that Richt has things back on track and he’s good to go for the future?  If the answer to that question is yes, if the line between keeping a coach and letting him go is that fine, then you have to keep him.”

The fact that Barnhart feels the need to defend Richt reveals just how serious things are in the Peach State.  Richt — who I was told was untouchable just a few months ago — is indeed sitting on a scalding hot chair.  The debate no longer seems to be “Will he have to win big next year?” but “Should he even get a next year?”

As for the coach, well, he believes brighter days are ahead.  Last night on his radio show, Richt said “We are going to turn this thing around.”

He needs to.  Quickly.  Because time is starting to run out.

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