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SEC Headlines 3/11/2014

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1. SEC officiating coordinator Steve Shaw said rule changes need to be about what’s best for the game in the long run.

2. Former Alabama lineman Kellen Williams called the Paul Finebaum Show to defend Nick Saban.

3. Here’s a look at what Alabama has to work with in its secondary this spring.

4. Auburn will have to replace defensive end Dee Ford this season. Here’s a look at how the Tigers will do it.

5. LSU’s quarterback battle continues as the Tigers look for Zach Mettenberger’s replacement.

6. Ole Miss players Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche, who are brothers, have filed counter suits against their accuser in an alleged assault.

7. Tennessee sophomore quarterback Josh Dobbs discussed his work on and off the field with Bruce Feldman.

8. The Vols will need defensive end Corey Vereen to step up this year.

9. Vanderbilt has a few players changing positions as the Commodores transition into a base 3-4 defense.

10. Dave Matter addresses several questions regarding Missouri as it prepares for spring practice.

11. What’s life at Texas A&M going to be like now that Johnny Manziel is gone? George Schroeder takes a look.

SEC/NFL

12. Tre Mason showed his toughness playing running back for Auburn. He hopes that impresses NFL teams.

13. Tape of the 2013 Alabama-Texas A&M game will show plenty of NFL prospects.

SEC Basketball

14. So you’re saying there’s a chance? SEC teams with double-digits losses in conference play have won the tournament before.

15. Auburn is a double-digit loss team in the SEC that is preparing for the tournament while coach Tony Barbee is on the hot seat.

16. Billy Donovan wants an extra day off for teams playing conference title games on Sunday.

17. Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin will likely be named the SEC player of the year.

18. Florida’s seniors are motivated heading into the SEC tournament. The Gators could be the first 21-0 SEC team.

19. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant hasn’t announced his future plans but says he feels “ready” for the NBA.

20. SEC coaches raved about the job done by Georgia coach Mark Fox.

21. Georgia will need to win the SEC tournament to reach the NCAA tournament. An NIT invitation looks like a sure thing.

22. Kentucky keeps talking about trying to get its “mojo” back. It better hurry.

23. South Carolina senior guard on coach Frank Martin’s behavior around players: “We don’t take it personally at all.”

24. Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said guard Josh Richardson is defending on an “elite” level.

25. Forward Tony Criswell won’t be with Missouri in the SEC tournament.

Extra

26. A back injury will keep Kansas’ star freshman center Joel Embiid out of the Big 12 tournament. His NCAA tournament status is in question.

27. Here’s a look at conference tournament schedules around the country.

28. Which college basketball teams are the most overrated? Brad Evans takes a look.

29. Athlon Sports has a list of the best SEC quarterbacks of the BCS era.

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Tennessee Offers Combo Guard

Tennessee has offered a scholarship to 2011 combo guard Quinton Chievous, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Vols have signed three 2011 prospects: point guards Chris Jones and Wes Washpun and shooting guard Josh Richardson. Jones is expected to attend a junior college this fall, according to his coach at Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose High School.

That’s one reason UT is interested in Chievous, who’s the son of Missouri’s all-time scoring leader and 1988 first-round NBA draft pick Derrick Chievous.

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Richardson Becomes Third Signee For New Tennessee Coach

Tennessee has signed basketball prospect Josh Richardson from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla.

Richardson is a combo guard who plans to enroll at UT in June. He joins point guards Chris Jones and Wes Washpun in the Vols’ 2011 signing class.

“Josh can play multiple positions and he’s a guy who has a real passion for playing defense,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said in a release.” He has a great work ethic and really attacks the basket offensively. He’s the type of young man we want in this program.”

Richardson also considered Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas Christian.

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Former UT Recruit Ware Meets With Pitino

Kevin Ware — the Georgia guard who asked for his release from Tennessee when Bruce Pearl was fired – continued his recruitment by meeting with Louisville’s Rick Pitino last night.

Ware has said that Louisville is now the frontrunner for his services while Georgia, South Carolina and Central Florida are playing catch-up.

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin can’t visit Ware because Pearl had used up UT’s in-home visits for Ware. Ware’s stepfather says they may still take an unofficial visit to Knoxville to meet Martin, but the Vol coach got a commitment from another guard — Josh Richardson from Oklahoma — over the weekend.

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