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South Carolina Snaps Losing Streak To Razorbacks, Tigers Beat Vols In Four Overtimes, Florida Escapes With Victory

South Carolina 38 – Arkansas 20

1. Gamecocks beat the Razorbacks for the first time since 2008.  Steve Spurrier:  ”They obviously have some issues, but it’s still good to beat them.”

2. Marcus Lattimore honored – delivers a message to fans on the video board.

3. Down 7-0, Arkansas fumbles needing a yard for a first-and-goal. John L. Smith: “That would have made the complexion of the first half totally different.”

4. Three turnovers from the Arkansas offense. Smith: “We made a lot of mistakes,”

Missouri 51 – Tennessee 48 (Four Overtimes)

5. 51 points from Mizzou offense one more than three previous games combined.

6. Mizzou fan to quarterback James Franklin in third quarter: ”James, you’re horrible!” Responds with four touchdown passes.

7. Tennessee becomes first team in SEC history to allow 38 points or more in six straight games.

8. John Adams on Derek Dooley’s future: “What’s the point of waiting any longer?”

Florida 27- Louisiana-Lafayettte 20

9. Blocked punt and touchdown with two seconds left give the Gators the victory. Will Muschamp: “We certainly make it interesting.”

10. “(M)ay have been the best finish in Florida football history.”

11. Louisiana-Lafayette lost to Oklahoma State by 41 points, Arkansas State by 23 – led Florida 20-13 with under two minutes to play.

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NCAA Officiating Coordinator Makes It Clear UK’s Calapari Isn’t Up To Speed On The Block/Charge Rule

Yesterday we told you that Kentucky’s John Calipari was upset with the way officials were handling block/charge calls in Wildcat games.  For the season, UK has gotten nine charge calls to go their way… while they’ve been whistled for charging 39 times.  No wonder the coach was upset:

“If I’m in the act of shooting, but I haven’t left my feet, can (the defender) then slide in there,” Calipari asked.  “Because that’s what they’re doing.”

Well, uh, yeah.  The defender can.

Speaking to The Lexington Herald-Leader yesterday, John Adams — the NCAA national men’s basketball officiating coordinator — said what Coach Cal described could be “a legal defender.”

“Most people will tell you, ‘He was moving!’  It’s irrelevant. … There’s no standard of being set at the time of the contact.

To draw a charge, all a defender has to do is face his opponent (and) have both feet on the floor for an instant.  After which, he can move to maintain legal guarding position.”

According to Adams, the defender can move left, right or backward depending on the movement of the ball-handler.  He cannot, however, move forward into the man with the ball. 

Adams has more to say about the block/charge call here… and it’s an interesting read. 

But regardless of the rule itself we still believe that when a block/charge goes in your team’s favor it’s a good call.  When it goes against your team, it’s bad call.  Pretty simple in our view.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 12/27/11

1. Here’s the latest on the recruitment of defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard from Shelby, N.C.

2. Vanderbilt’s recruiting is affecting Tennessee’s recruiting, writes John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel.

3. Could Florida’s appearance in the Gator Bowl help its recruiting in Jacksonville?

4. South Carolina is still in the picture for Ole Miss running back commit I’Tavius Mathers.

5. Georgia Tech is pursuing a few players targeted by SEC schools.

6. See which SEC classes are “moving and shaking” according to Bryan Fischer of

7. Illinois is a new suitor for athlete David Perkins from South Bend, Ind.

8. Will Missouri be able to recruit in the SEC?

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SEC Headlines 7/31/2011

1. Arkansas running back Knile Davis can bench press 430 pounds, squat 550 pounds and run a 40-yard dash in 4.29 seconds.

2. Expect a better running game from Tennessee this year.

3. John Adams on Tennessee sports: “What else can the NCAA do that won’t qualify as overkill.” Take solace, Vol fans, at least you’re not North Carolina.

4. Tennessee defensive end Malik Jackson has delivered some bulletin board material for SEC opponents.

5. Jadeveon Clowney: “I’m ready to have a big season…”

6. ESPN wants South Carolina and Vanderbilt to kick off the 2012 season.

7. Big expectations for LSU football this fall. Archie Manning noticed a big difference in Jordan Jefferson this summer.

8. Putting the Iron Bowl rivalry in perspective - from Afghanistan.

9. Beyond the quarterback competition, five key questions Alabama needs to answer as its roster continues to churn.

10. As an  overhauled Georgia football team starts practice this week, here are five key questions facing the team with practice starting Thursday.

11. A preseason view and ranking of the Bulldogs.

12, A Level 1 secondary violation for Georgia over an inadvertent text message.

13. Open practices this first week for Missisippi State and Ole Miss.

14. Don’t forget State’s Vick Ballard when discussing the conference’s running backs.

15. Want to win a national championship? It starts with the defensive line.

16. Will Muschamp says recruiting in Florida is tougher than Texas. The SEC is full of rivalries for the new Gators coach.

17. The city of Memphis is a SEC melting pot.

18. The genius of John Calipari was on display this week.


19. What would you do?  Go to college or take $7.5 million?


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