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SEC Headlines 1/17/2013

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1. Looks like Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the next head coach at Vanderbilt.  Reportedly had second interview this morning.

2. Georgia won’t have a single assistant coach on defense returning next season – first time that’s happened in half a century. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson apparently had some second thoughts, but is leaving for USC.

3. Turnover is the norm on almost every coaching staff in the SEC – except Missouri.

4. “Did anybody really expect (James) Franklin to keep his hands off all of Vanderbilt’s commitments? That’s naïve.”

5. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will be 73 when his current deal expires – he has the option to become a “special advisor” at the school when he does decide to retire.

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6. Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the first three games of next season - part of the same suspension that forced him to sit out the Gator Bowl.

7. Here’s a list of SEC players to keep your eye on during the 2014 season. And some  potential Heisman candidates from the conference.

8. Who will replace Jay Prosch in the Auburn backfield?

9. And quarterback AJ McCarron at Alabama? “The race is as wide open as Megatron in a middle-school secondary.”


10. Juniors have three days to rescind their NFL draft decision and retain college eligibility.  That’s apparently what Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri is pondering.

11. Alabama senior cornerback Deion Blue projects as an NFL talent but dealt with turf toe all season.

12. Perspective on AJ McCarron missing the Senior Bowl: “This is the biggest name from Mobile turning down his one opportunity to participate in Mobile’s biggest annual sporting event.”

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13. Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison  threw a ball into the scoreboard at the end of their overtime loss at Bud Walton arena this week.  Arkansas plans to keep it there.

14. South Carolina guard Tyrone Johnson fractured his foot against Texas A&M Wednesday night – will require surgery.

15. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson says he can’t remain calm.  ”I can’t do it anymore. I’m sorry. I’m going back to me, because we need it.”

16. Florida much better at close games this year - Gators 0-6 in games decided by single digits a year ago.

17. Is Tennessee a “desperate” team this weekend as it travels to Kentucky? UK knows it will need to stop Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon.

18. John Calipari is already thinking ahead to next year’s Christmas break and including UK fans in “Camp Cal.”

19. Suspended for Saturday’s game against Auburn, Missouri forward Tony Criswell returned to action last night.  Scored five points in losing effort.

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SEC Headlines 10/4/2013

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1. How much impact will Tropical Storm Karen have on the game at Auburn Saturday night? Storm weakens.

2. What’s the biggest difference right now between Auburn and Ole Miss? “Simply put, Ole Miss is more consistent.”

3. Both teams call a lot of plays – 295 for Ole Miss this year, 290 for Auburn.

4. The mystery of Kentucky’s starting quarterback.  Coaches won’t say but a source said it’s Jalen Whitlow.

5. South Carolina is a heavy favorite against Kentucky but will Steve Spurrier “try not to embarrass a Stoops”? Spurrier is common link to many Kentucky blowout losses.

6. Quarterback Tyler Murphy will make his first career start at The Swamp Saturday when Florida hosts Arkansas.

7. Javontee Herndon is Arkansas’ top receiver and a Florida native but he wasn’t recruited by the Gators out of high school.

8. Travis Dickson is a tight end for LSU.  He grew up a Mississippi State fan and is a third-generation SEC player.

9. How dominant has LSU been in this matchup?  Tigers have won 13 straight and 20 of the last 21.

10. Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is coming off a 15-tackle performance against LSU: “It’s the biggest game I’ve ever played in.”

11. Big reason why Bulldogs have won three straight?  Line of scrimmage play on both sides.

12. Will Tennessee make a bowl game this year?  MrSEC’s Josh Ward is among those with an opinion.

13. Missouri is healthy and undefeated  heading to Vanderbilt: ”Right now, we’re not taking anything for granted. Going into SEC play, we’re 0-0 and we’re just trying be 1-0.”

14. Tigers linebacker Andrew Wilson leads the team in tackles.  Thirty years ago, his father did the same for Mizzou.

15. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews: “He’s really an impact player.”

16. Alabama freshman offensive lineman Grant Hill expected to make his debut Saturday against Georgia State.

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17. Who are the most “volatile” fans in the SEC?  Study says it’s LSU, Ole Miss and Georgia.

18. Pat Forde on the controversy over behavior at a play on the Ole Miss campus that involved freshmen football players: “The apology is certainly welcome and needed. But there has to be action behind it.”

19. NCAA facing its third concussion lawsuit.  Helmet-manufacturer Riddell and its parent compan are also named in the suit.

20. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoades was not a happy man last night after losing to Texas.

21. A rivalry no more but a new book chronicles Missouri-Kansas battles.

Injury Reports

22. Florida guard Jon Halapio is playing with  ”80 percent tear” in his pectoral.

23. Vanderbilt kick returner Darrius Sims practiced this week with a cast on his right wrist and thumb.

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24. Wendell Lewis booted from the Mississippi State basketball team. Second player removed in the past 20 days.


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SEC Headlines 9/6/2013

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1. Kentucky has a new starting quarterback this week against Miami of Ohio.  Max Smith replacing Jalen Whitlow.

2. What do teammates think of Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who’ll make his 2013 debut Saturday?  ”Josh may be the most physical defensive back we have.”

3. “I don’t know that Georgia would have beaten Clemson with Harvey-Clemons, but it’s not a crazy thought.”

4. Is South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw the key to the game? “His legs were the difference (last year)…and if Georgia lets him do that again, it will lose again.”

5. When Florida plays Miami Saturday, it will be an emotional homecoming for Gators wide receiver and Miami native Quinton Dunbar.

6. Matt Hayes on the sellout in Miami: “Florida only received 12,500 tickets, which means more than 60,000 Canes fans might just make Sun Life feel like the Old Lady Orange Bowl of years past. ”

7. Home-opener for LSU this weekend against UAB.  Quarterback Zach Mettenberger: “It’s huge; I love playing in that stadium, love being in that environment.”

8. Arkansas fullback Kiero Small logged about 50 snaps last week - most in his Razorbacks career.

9. How many times has Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott watched the replay of his 75-yard touchdown run against Vanderbilt?“Probably close to 100 times, maybe.”

10. South Carolina sophomore safety T.J. Gurley is a Georgia native and will get the start against his home-state team Saturday.

11. New England quarterback Tom Brady’s message to Johnny Manziel? “So when you look across the ball you have respect for those guys, and you treat them with respect because football’s a physical game.”

12. Alabama is off this week – work has started on next week’s Texas A&M game.

13. Five true freshmen saw action for Auburn last week – even more could play against Arkansas State.

14. Alabama writer picks Arkansas State to beat the Tigers.

15. Missouri opens the season with four straight non-conference games. “Missouri’s schedule is perfect for a team looking to build momentum and create an identity.”

16. Austin Peay game for Vanderbilt part of “what the numbers indicate is by far the weakest nonconference schedule in the SEC.”

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17. Alabama redshirt freshman defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson will have surgery on his knee after injuring it in practice.

18. Who will replace the injured Devrin Young in the return game for Tennessee?  ”We’ve got a number of guys that we feel very confident with…”

19. Dak Prescott will get the start at quarterback in place of the injured Tyler Russell for Mississippi State but the offensive scheme remains the same.

20. Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines will be a game-time decision.

21. What’s the status of LSU running back Jeremy Hill? “Looming return…which could very well happen this week…”

22. Jeremy Fowler on an all-violation of team rules squad: “Florida and A&M had a combined 11 players suspended last week..”

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23. NCAA subcommittee discussing the idea of an early signing period in college football.  Growing trend of early commitments.

24. NCAA wants to be more like the United Nations.

25. Should it really be up to the NCAA to decide on hardship waivers?

26. After Notre Dame got blown out by Alabama, coach Brian Kelly turned to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick for advice.

27. 80-year former coach Don James hospitalized.

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28. Vanderbilt releases their full schedule for 2013-2014.

29. Missouri freshman forward Jonathan Williams showed up to campus weighing less than 200 pounds. He’s now up to 218.

30. Antonio Barton is a better fit in Cuonzo Martin’s system at Tennessee than former point-guard Trae Golden.


31. Following his seven-touchdown performance, Peyton Manning has a future – as a sports broadcaster.  ”I would think all the networks would be tripping over each other if Peyton Manning wanted to do this.”


32. Is that Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin imitating his quarterback?


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Richt Confirms UGA Safety Harvey-Clemons Will Miss Opener

mrsec-breaking-newsSpeaking from Destin, Florida and the SEC spring meetings, Mark Richt has confirmed that starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will not be on the field for Georgia’s season-opening game at Clemson.  Harvey-Clemons was caught smoking marijuana in a UGA dorm room on May 15th.

Georgia’s drug policy requires a first-offender to miss 10% of his team’s competitions.  Richt addressed the matter today, but he didn’t say much:


“Here’s what I’ll say on that: Josh Harvey-Clemons is going to miss the first game of the season.  That’s all I’m going to say.”


Harvey-Clemson — a rising sophomore — played in eight of Georgia’s 14 games last season.

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SEC Headlines – 2/3/12 Part One

1.  Florida’s now won six in a row after a 74-66 win over South Carolina last night.

2.  Will Muschamp had more time to work on this year’s signing class… and it showed.

3.  Georgia will actually have to report a secondary violation in the case of Josh Harvey-Clemons.

4.  This writer says Kentucky has some positive momentum… in football.

5.  Carolina fell to 1-6 in the SEC with last night’s loss and Kentucky comes to town next.  Uh-oh.

6.  Tennessee has hired Derrick Ansley – a former grad assistant at Alabama — as a secondary coach.

7.  This columnist says Derek Dooley’s fate will depend on wins, not recruiting rankings.

8.  Vanderbilt’s 2012 signing class should bolster the team’s lines.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 1/18/12

1. Andy Staples of believes the SEC’s new 25-player signing limit provides a safety net for prospects.

2. Alabama has reached its limit on commitments but is still pursuing defensive tackle Korren Kirven. He isn’t the only one.

3. Defensive end JaMichael Winston insists his commitment to Arkansas is solid but he still plans to visit Clemson and North Carolina.

4. Auburn recruits are getting to know defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

5. Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy is a solid commit to Auburn, according to his high school coach.

6. has released its final Rivals100 list for the 2012 class. Here’s a breakdown of the moves.

7. Alabama early enrollee T.J. Yeldon was named Mr. Football in Alabama.

8. Alabama coach Nick Saban has been busy recruiting in Atlanta.

9. Why didn’t defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson visit Georgia this past weekend. Michael Carvell of the AJC has an answer for you.

10. Will it be a “photo finish” between Florida and Georgia for linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons?

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