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SEC Headlines 3/14/2014

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1. The frenzy over Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Riley Ferguson. “He is Peyton Manning with quicker feet, Heath Shuler with more accuracy, Casey Clausen with a bigger arm.”

2. Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian on wide receiver and JUCO transfer Von Pearson: “Von’s very, very, very talented.”

3. High winds do some damage to Neyland Stadium’s Jumbotron.

4. Who will replace Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle for Alabama?

5. Jonathon Mincy will be expected to provide leadership in the Auburn secondary this fall.

6. Texas A&M and UCLA will play a home-and-home series starting in 2016. LSU and Syracuse working on a deal.

7. Nine SEC staffs had some turnover this offseason.  Here’s a rundown of who’s in and who’s out.

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8. Bruce Pearl’s top six programs in the SEC apparently don’t include Auburn.

0. Former Auburn coach Sonny Smith on the challenges the program faces: ”What makes the job somewhat difficult is the area that it’s located in.”

10. An argument to give Alabama coach Anthony Grant one more season.

11. LSU and Kentucky will meet for the third time this season. Tigers forward Johnny O’Bryant: “Oh, man, I can’t wait. Can’t wait.”

12. Would a signature victory over Florida be enough to push Missouri in to the NCAA Tournament?

13. Florida forward Casey Prather:  ”I feel like as long as we continue to stay on the path we’re going, then we’ll have no trouble.”

14. Atlanta-area starters a big part of Georgia’s success this season. Bulldogs beat Ole Miss by one point in their only regular season matchup.

15. Tennessee opens tournament play with South Carolina.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: ”I think the guys are loose.”

16. This breakdown of the NCAA Tournament says Arkansas’ loss yesterday has cost them a bid.

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17. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects three Texas A&M players going in the first ten picks of the NFL draft. Expects three Alabama players to go in first round.

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18. Brent Musburger out – Chris Fowler in as play-by-play announcer for  ABC’s Saturday night college football broadcast.

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19. Former chief executive of the Fiesta Bowl is headed to prison.

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SEC Headlines 12/20/2013

headlines-fri1. The “what-if” game at Alabama.  Quarterback AJ McCarron’s No. 2 school was Oklahoma.

2. Nick Saban has suspended linebacker Xzavier Dickson and running back Alvin Kamara for the Sugar Bowl.

3. Alabama is bringing in two more JUCO transfers for the defensive line.  That’s been a common occurrence in the Saban era.

4. Florida has a new special teams coordinator. Coleman Hutzler replaces Jeff Choate - who’s joining Chris Peterson’s staff at Washington. Just four coaches remain from Will Muschamp’s original staff.

5. How does Florida’s offensive line look heading into 2014?

6. Recognition for Georgia’s Mike Bobo - named Offensive Coordinator of the Year.

7. Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity thinks the school will end up selling about 7,500 of its 15,000 ticket allotment for the Gator Bowl.

8. The “what-if” game of Georgia’s secondary includes Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.

9. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on his team: “I think if you look at our entire schedule, I would like to think we are battle-tested.”

10. Auburn t-shirt “censors” loss to LSU.

11. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on threats his wife received after tweeting “#Karma” after Wisconsin lost to Arizona State:  ”The only thing I was concerned about her was just her safety. … People are today a little off. ”

12. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on recruiting efforts and expectations for 2014.  ”We cannot fix all of our deficiencies in a recruiting class. It takes time. ”

13. Running back Tom Smith, defensive back Tino Thomas and wide receiver Paul Harris leaving the Tennessee program.

14. Mississippi State defensive line coach David Turner on freshman Chris Jones: “He’s a freak. He can be as good as he wants to be.”

15. Ole Miss scout team doing cut-block drills to get the Rebels ready to face Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack.

16. Depth issues in the secondary at LSU have cornerback Jalen Mills ready to play safety.

17 There may be some title changes, but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops thinks his staff will stay intact. 

18. Missouri agrees to a home-and-home series with Purdue starting in 2017.

19. Mizzou wide receiver L’Damian Washington’s treatment for turf toe includes time in the cold tub, hot tub and five daily massages.

20. SEC Heisman sleeper candidates for 2014?  Here are five names to consider.

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21. Florida coach Billy Donovan on expectations for freshman Chris Walker: “Chris is going to be a very, very good player. But he has not played competitive basketball since February.”

22. More Donovan: “Scottie Wilbekin is as good as there is a defender on the perimeter in the country.”

23. It’s Missouri vs. Illinois Saturday in St. Louis Saturday - an annual game with a raucous atmosphere.

24. David Climer on Bruce Pearl and Tennessee: “Forget about him. He’s not coming back. Get over it.” MrSEC: “Coach Cunzo Martin is in trouble.”

25. Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison on the team’s less-than-stellar start.  “I think now we have a chip on our shoulder.”

26. Stephen Covey: “Begin with the end in mind.”  John Calipari: “You can change how you approach the end.”

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SEC Recruiting Headlines: Early Basketball Signings

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1. Alabama’s top 25 recruiting class features three four-star athletes.

2. Vanderbilt’s class features three recruits ranked in the top 100 by recruiting services.

3. Point guard Anton Beard signing with Arkansas today.

4. Ole Miss signs four - headlined by JUCO point guard Stefan Moody, who’s expected to replace Marshall Henderson.

5. Mississippi State signs three players - including another player from Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama.

6. Missouri signs Springfield, Georgia forward Jakeenan Grant - expected to sign one more.

7. Four players sign with Kentucky. Cats expected to add one more on Friday.

8. South Carolina signs one player this morning – Frank Martin expected to add one more tomorrow.

9. Florida’s class has three commitments.

10. Tennessee signs two big men – two guards expected to sign today.

11. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy gets the point guard  he’s been after – Alex Robinson: “He makes other people around him better with his ability to create offense.”

12. Verdict on LSU class? No, this class isn’t likely to land in the top 25 rankings assembled by recruitniks, but it did what it needed to do for coach Johnny Jones next season.

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SEC Headlines 8/11/2013

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1. A question about the Johnny Manziel investigation: “Will the NCAA expedite a case in order to deem its biggest star eligible? And why does it need to?” Former NCAA enforcement director recommends Aggies don’t play Manziel at the start of the season: “No one wants to play an athlete who’s later determined to be ineligible…”

2. New York Post writer on the Alabama – Texas A&M game: “On that day, a focused Alabama team will remove a distracted Manziel from Heisman consideration.”

3. A long day Saturday for Texas A&M coaches and players.  Aggies attend funeral of defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu in a Fort Worth suburb and then back to College Station for practice.

4. Three former Vanderbilt players have been booked on rape charges.  Search continues for 19-year Brandon Banks.

5. Investigation at Vanderbilt is ongoing.  ”Clearly, the case is not closed.”

6. Arkansas grants Mekale McKay his scholarship release. Sophomore wide receiver will transfer.

7. JUCO transfer Duron Singleton cleared by the NCAA.  Will start practice Monday at Missouri.

8. Is this the best group of cornerbacks at Florida since 2008?

9. Can wide receiver Travin Dural be a true deep threat for LSU?  Les Miles: “I think that Travin could easily be one of our best receivers.”

10. The race to replace Marcus Lattimore at South Carolina has grown by one – add sophomore Shon Carson to the mix.

11. Mississippi State is counting on JUCO transfer Jeremey Chappelle to make an impact at wide receiver.

12. Eligible for the first time in his career, Georgia’s Kolton Houston is battling John Theus for the starting right tackle offensive spot.

13. Georgia defensive linemen are making the adjustment from Rodney Garner to Chris Wilson.

14. Of Gus Malzahn’s last 10 quarterbacks, only two of them have rushed for more than 200 yards: Arkansas State’s Ryan Aplin and Cam Newton.

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15. Jadeveon Clowney sits out South Carolina’s Saturday scrimmage with a sore shoulder.

16. After an 85- play scrimmage Saturday, Auburn looking to narrown down the quarterback race.  Gus Malzahn: ”You can’t keep repping four guys at quarterback and properly evaluate them as it gets closer.” Freshman Jeremy Johnson not making the decision easy.

17. Tigers make the punt and kick game “live” and open to tackling Saturday.

18. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron suffers a bruised foot late in a scrimmage; some freshmen Crimson Tide defensive backs struggle.

19. Freshman Robert Nkemdiche sits out Saturday’s scrimmage at Ole Miss with a strained groin. Hugh Freeze not happy with the offense: “I don’t think we had our kids ready to go from the start.”

20. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops liked what he saw from his team Saturday night: “Offensively, much sharper, much more physical. They did a nice job all the way around.”

21. Tennessee coach Butch Jones liked what he saw Saturday from running back Rajion Neal: “Rajion ran with a purpose today.” Senior defensive tackl Mo Couch has a calf strain.

22. Arkanass coach Bret Bielema likes what he says from his Razorbacks: “I couldn’t be happier with their football IQ growth.”

23. Missouri quarterbacks coach Andy Hill on James Franklin’s performance Saturday: “He’s fully healthy this year. He’s sharp.”

24. Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels: “We have one of the top defenses in the country and I believe we have one of the top offenses in the country.”

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25. Missouri A.D. Mike Alden makes the argument for an extra division in college sports:  ”I think that there are 60-70 schools that are different than everybody else in Division I.”

26. Tony Barnhart on the commissioners of the Big Five conferences: “It has become pretty clear that they now have some leverage to get the kind of change they ultimately want.”

27. “If the women’s rowing team is cheating, who isn’t?”

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28. “There are only two situations: Roll Tide situations and not Roll Tide situations. It is bed time. Roll Tide.”

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SEC Headlines 7/14/2013

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1. Florida with the easiest SEC schedule since 1992?  Study also finds Vanderbilt has faced the hardest schedule.

2. Given the reports out about Johnny Manziel, here’s an interesting headline this weekend: Sumlin, not Manziel, will determine BCS title opportunity for Texas A&M.

3. Auburn signee Earnest Robinson headed to a JUCO after failing to qualify academically.

4. Gary Danielson on LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger: “He coasts sometimes…He needs to learn to go 100 percent of the time.”

5. As many as five former JUCO players could start for Tennessee this year.

6. Just how important is Arkansas for Auburn coach Gus Malzahan? “If he can’t outdo Bret Bielema, how’s he going to deal with Nick Saban?”

7. For the third straight year, more than 1,000 media credentials have been issued for SEC Media Days.

8. What will Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen say at SEC Media Days? “Smart money is on him saying something that will cause a stir.”

9. What kind of questions does Missouri wide receiver L’Damian Washington expect at this week’s media event? ”Just questions about Mizzou competing in the SEC, which is something I feel like we’re going to get a lot.”

10. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on his Youngstown, Ohio upbringing: “This is where we learned to watch film. It brings you back to your roots.”

11. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the most important piece back for LSU.  ”With new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and an experienced receiving corps, Mettenberger will face elevated expectations in 2013.”

12. There’s a buzz building around Georgia freshman safety Tray Matthews.

13. Quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel were roommates at the Manning Passing Academy.

14. Freshman Hunter Henry on being a part of Bret Bielema’s first class at Arkansas: “It’s a big honor.”

15. Who will backup quarterback Brandon Allen at Arkansas?

16. South Carolina with the best defensive line in the SEC and Texas A&M with the worst?

17. There’s more to the South Carolina defense than just Jadeveon Clowney.

18. When it comes to preseason award watch lists, Alabama players have twice as many mentions as any other SEC team.

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19. Columnist: “Expect the (college football playoff) committee to be on the low side of the 14 to 20 members that has been speculated.”

20. What the SEC is doing to try to prevent and treat head injuries.

21. “There are 650 student-athletes at Georgia...there are some that are open about their sexual orientation within their team.”

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22. Police report on Marshall Henderson’s May 4th arrest released.

23. Former Bruce Pearl assistants at Tennessee are learning about life post-NCAA penalties. “Second chances don’t come easy. ”

24. Former Missouri basketball player Negus Webster-Chan already causing a stir at Hawaii.

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SEC Headlines 5/8/2013

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1. SEC athletic directors are meeting Jacksonville.  Reports indicate no discussion of nine-game conference schedule for 2014.

2. LSU running back Jeremy Hill faces new probation restrictions - including a curfew.

3. Jeff Duncan: “Miles needs to make a statement here and a strong one.”  The MrSEC take from last week.

4. Georgia led the country with 10 early enrollees coming from high school this spring.  Counting JUCO and prep schools, Bulldogs had 13 early enrollees.

5. Recent history shows it tough for wide receivers to make an impact as freshman at Florida.

6. Auburn freshman quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Jason Smith are expected on campus next week.  Status of arrival date for JUCO transfer Nick Marshall still uncertain.

7. Coming out of spring practice, how does Auburn look at defensive tackle? With other SEC schools expanding stadiums, Jordan-Hare isn’t shrinking – it just feels that way.

8. Tennessee coach Butch Jones estimates he does three times the speaking engagements he did at Cincinnati.

9. Based on the early odds, South Carolina and Georgia look to be the favorites in the SEC East, Alabama the favorite in the West. Crimson Tide and Ohio State in BCS National Championship Game?

10. Andy Staples of SI has his post-spring Top 25.  Six of the top 13 teams are in the SEC, seven of the top 25.   Alabama No. 1, Texas A&M No. 2.

11. Alabama today or Nebraska of the 1990′s?  Former Cornhusker Tommy Frazier weighs in.

12.  The SEC Network doesn’t change the recruiting philosophy at Alabama.  Nick Saban: “We have a standard for what type of player we are looking for.”

13. New documentary film focuses on former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain.

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14. Trae Golden’s departure from Tennessee wasn’t his decision. He was reportedly forced to leave school over “repeated plagiarism.”

15. Cuonzo Martin on whether the Vols will add a point guard to their signing class. “We have some pretty good leads and we’ll see.”

16. NCAA meeting on possible rule changes to basketball.  Don’t expect a shorter shot clock.

17. Former Ole Miss star Murphy Holloway waived by the Baltimore Ravens.  ”Back to the hardwood…” Could be headed to Europe to play basketball.

Extras

18. In addition to Mississippi State and South Florida, former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench also considering North Carolina State.

19. “NCAA rules aren’t going to stop money from changing hands when there is this much value being discussed.”

20. Does a Sugar Bowl win over Florida make Louisville overrated?

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 4/17/2013

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1. The spring signing period is underway.  The nation’s No. 1 prospect has yet to make a decision.  Huntington Prep’s Andrew Wiggins is said to be choosing from four schools - Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.  Both of Wiggins’ parents attended Florida State. Here’s how Wiggins would fit in next year’s lineup at each of the four schools.

2. Kentucky is expecting  three signed letter of intents within the next week.  Even without Wiggins, that means Kentucky will have eight signees in its 2013 class.

3. Rutgers loss is Auburns’ gain.  JUCO forward Chris Griffin was set to sign with Rutgers but when the Mike Rice scandal hit, he decommitted and signed a letter of intent with Auburn today.  He’s one of three players the Tigers are expected to sign in the spring signing period.

4. Kenny Paul Geno, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound small forward from Booneville, Miss., sent his letter of intent to Georgia today. He’s planning on holding a news conference Thursday morning.  ”By the time that he leaves, they’re gonna be very proud that they gave him an opportunity to play at Georgia,” Bonneville head coach Michael Smith said. “He’s gonna play and contribute. He’s gonna play (next year).”

5. Murfreesboro, Tennessee native Darius Thompson signed with Tennessee today, becoming coach Cuonzo Martin’s fourth member of the class of 2013. “At 6-4, he’s got good size for a point guard. He’s a proven scorer who can shoot it with range, and I’m confident that he’s going to be able to help us in a number of areas.”

6. Alabama coach Anthony Grant has two experienced guards coming in next year.  Tulane transfer Ricky Tarrant and JUCO guard Algie Key signed with the Crimson Tide today.  Tarrant will have to sit out a year. He was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year for Tulane two seasons ago.

7. Tuesday night, Brian Bridgewater of Scotlandville High School (LA) said “it’s not LSU.”  Wednesday, the forward committed to the Tigers. He chose LSU over Wichita State and TCU.

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8. Jacksonville, Florida prospect Tyreke Johnson  is projected as a cornerback/wide receiver.  He’s also just 13 years old and is reportedly on the verge of getting some big-time college offers.  Here’s how his coach described him. ”He’s built and put together like a Greek God as a seventh grader.” Johnson’s brother De’Andre is a Florida State 2015 commitment.

9. Alabama picked up its fourth commitment of the 2014 class with the news that linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton picked the Crimson Tide.  The four-star linebacker chose Alabama over Auburn and Tennessee. He’s planning to graduate in December and enroll at Alabama in January.

10. Auburn’s first defensive commitment in the class of 2014 is linebacker Deshaun Davis. He chose Auburn over 10 other schools, including LSU, Florida State and Tennessee.

11. Thaddeus Snodgrass is the highest ranked wide receiver recruit ever to commit to Kentucky. The Ohio receiver says he’s working on bringing additional recruits to the Wildcats.  ”There will be a couple more commitments in a couple of days or maybe a week.”

12. Four-star running back Mike Horton from Ohio is on Kentucky’s radar.  He’s expected to make his college choice this weekend.

13. Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas will have recruiting responsibilities in the Dallas, Texas area. ”I’ll also have Arlington, Mansfield, Irving and I’ll work my way out to east Texas to Tyler and Longview,”

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SEC Headlines 3/27/2013

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1. Spring practice underway at Auburn. Tigers lack numbers at several positions, including quarterback. Coach Gus Malzahn: “The good thing is that they’re going to get a lot of reps.”

2. Observations from practice No. 1 - ”The Tigers are already working on the hurry-up, no-huddle, gone-in-sixty-seconds formations.”

3. Auburn safety Erique Florence no longer on the team. ” He’s taking care of some personal issues, and we wish him the best.”

4. He’s not the only one leaving.  “Blake Burgess will no longer be with the team.” Used as a fullback last year.

5. Since Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is not a “quarterback-by-committee guy,” either Brandon Mitchell or Brandon Allen will emerge as a clear winner in the QB battle.

6. Proposed rendering for the expansion and renovation of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium .

7. South Carolina redshirt freshman T.J. Holloman is impressing at a position the Gamecocks need help this fall – linebacker.

8. Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason on defensive end Ray Drew: “From what I noticed, Ray Drew was really unblockable today.”

9. With Aaron Murray away for a banquet, Mason takes snaps with first-team offense,

10. Jay Graham will make $275,000 at Florida State.  His replacement as Tennessee’s running backs coach – Robert Gillespie – will make $300,000.

11. Florida getting a boost from JUCO players along the defensive line.

12. Biggest void on the LSU defense is the defensive end position -Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter trying to fill big shoes.

13. 27 former LSU players taking part in Pro Day workouts today. 18 former South Carolina players doing the same in Columbia today.

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14. When Florida meets Florida Gulf Coast Friday night  - expect the capacity crowd to make life difficult for the Gators.

15. Did Florida turn down Florida Gulf Coast for a pre-season scrimmage?  Yes. Urban Meyer has a daughter on the volleyball team at Florida Gulf Coast.

16. Stats guru Nate Silver gives Florida a 21.3% chance to win it all. “The Gators are this year’s flash point in the debate between stat geeks and traditionalists.”

17. State of Florida with three of the Sweet 16 teams - is the Sunshine State now a basketball state?

18. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin reportedly expected to pursue extension and possible renegotiation of his contract.

19. Martin currently tied for 10th-highest paid coach in the SEC.

20. UCLA’s firing of Ben Howland could have an impact on Georgia basketball.

21. Three-point shooting one of the keys to advancing in the NCAA Tournament.

22. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel No. 1 on the draft board for ESPN’s Chad Ford.  Says UK’s other three freshmen should stay in school.

23. For the first time since 2003, Mississippi State will play a game in Tupelo next season.

24. The block-charge call - defensive players being rewarded too often?

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25. Majority of sports fans polled do not favor paying college athletes.

26. Cowboys Stadium favorite to host first major college football playoff championship game.  Arlington and Tampa thought to be only two cities that bid.

27. When Auburn removes the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner on April 20th, Harvey Updyke Jr.’s attorney will be in attendance.

28. Former Alabama A.D. Mal Moore needs a lung transplant.

29. The “old” Big East getting two new members - Tulsa and East Carolina.

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30. Sports-talk personality Paul Finebaum has a book deal.”Primarily, it’s about the culture of the show and how the culture of the show interacts with the SEC.”

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SEC Headlines 3/20/2013

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1. Florida five-star recruit and early enrollee Alex Anzalone has a torn labrum in his right shoulder -will miss the rest of spring practice.

2. Ole Miss defensive C.J. Johnson has reportedly broken his foot - out for the spring.

3. Tennessee senior defensive back Eric Gordon is dealing with personal issues - not practicing but on campus.

4. Defensive back Riyahd Jones once had a scholarship offer yanked by Kentucky – ended up going the JUCO route –  and is now at Tennessee.

5. How will Vanderbilt replace running back Zac Stacy?  It may take three guys.

6. South Carolina defensive backs coach Grady Brown on cornerback Victor Hampton: “If Vic was a sports car … he’d go from zero to 60 faster than any other sports car out there. He gets to his top speed fast.”

7. Running back Marcus Lattimore wants to show the progress he’s made coming off knee surgery at South Carolina’s pro day next week.

8. Pro day at Tennessee today - Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin in Knoxville.

9. On the job for a little more than 100 days, Gus Malzahn’s head-coaching style at Auburn is starting to emerge.

10. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on the type of defensive end he’s wants:  ”We still want big, physical guys, but there’s a premium now on the fast-twitch or first-step guys.”

11. Regardless of what changes the NCAA may make, recruiting budgets are going up at Ole Miss and Mississippi State.  Ole Miss increasing budget by $100,000 and MSU by $30,000.

12. An annual rite of passage at Alabama?  ”Saban bemoans his team’s lack of professionalism; his team responds.”

13. The cases of four dismissed former Alabama players will be heard by a grand jury.

14. JUCO transfer Cam Clear will compete for a starting tight-end job at Texas A&M this fall.  ”He’s one of the largest humans I have ever seen in my life.”

15. Texas A&M set to name a new president of its 12th Man Foundation.  The fund-raising arm of Aggie athletics busy raising money for the $425 million renovation of Kyle Field set to start later this year.

16. Auburn will remove the poisoned oak trees at Toomer’s Corner on April 23rd.

17. In this SEC football version of March Madness - Georgia beats Texas A&M in the final.

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18. What’s it like to be on NCAA Tournament-bound Ole Miss?  Murphy Holloway: “I got a standing ovation in math class.”

19. Did Marshall Henderson deserve a technical for doing the Gator Chomp Sunday? Henderson weighs in on Kentucky and the NIT.

20. Dennis Dodd wrote on Tuesday what we said on Sunday – when it comes to taunting, why do college football and college basketball play by different rules?

21. Florida opens NCAA Tournament play Friday against Northwestern State.  On just about any tournament opponent – Gators will have experience edge in both playing and coaching.  President Obama has Gators in Final Four.

22. Missouri plays Thursday night against Colorado State.  Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson is 6-foot-10, 261 pounds and has racked up 14 double-doubles for the Rams this year.

23. Mizzou has nothing to fear from playing St. Louis University every year – “Neither school has proved especially adept at keeping the state’s premium basketball talent within its borders.”

24. Tennessee plays Mercer tonight in the first round of the NIT. Can the Vols get over their NCAA Tournament snub?  Jordan McRae:  “I mean, everybody is still upset about it… But there’s no need to tuck our heads down now. It is what it is.”

25. Will LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant depart for the NBA?  Coach Johnny Jones -  “no indication or expectations” that Bryant will leave.

26. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings on this year’s 16-17 team.  “It might have been among my best (coaching jobs).”

Extras

27. Why are college athletic director salaries so high? “When you don’t have to pay competitive wages for your actual workforce, there’s a lot more cash available to shower upon high-level bureaucrats.”

28. Hundreds of college basketball coaches are in Hutchinson, Kansas to watch the JUCO tournament.

29. Former Kentucky football coach Hal Mumme lands at SMU as assistant head coach and passing game coordinator.

30. Quarterback Gunner Kiel offiically out at at Notre Dame –  not on spring roster – expected to transfer.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 2/22/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Top ranked basketball recruit Julius Randles recently blogged about a visit to Kansas but also admitted his days of meeting with teams and coaches are now over. “I think, at this point, I’m gonna shut all of my visits with coaches down. I’ve got all the information now I’m gonna take time to process it all. So I won’t be meeting with any more coaches.”  Randle has narrowed his list of schools down to six – including two from the SEC – Kentucky and Florida.

2. Offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman will greyshirt at Alabama this fall. He’s recovering from a recent surgery to repair a torn ACL. “I feel like by this time next year I’ll be in great shape and ready to hit the ground running at Alabama.”

3. New Auburn recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner on the incoming class: “I’m excited about our defensive line class. I think they definitely have an upside, we’re definitely looking forward to working with them, but it’s going to take time.”

4. Which SEC teams are off to the best start for the class of 2014? ”Florida, Texas A&M and LSU all have four four-star commitments. Florida has one of the better quarterbacks in the country, Will Grier.”

5. Mark Richt had this to say to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding the signing of 4-star JUCO defensive tackle Toby Johnson: “A lot of people may remember or may not remember, but a lot of people had him ranked as the No. 1 junior college player in the country. The ACL injury is one that almost everyone recovers from very well. There are some times when it’s not 100 percent. But we’re very confident that he’ll come back healthy and be the player he has been and maybe beyond, with our training, our nutrition and our coaching.”

5. Will this impress recruits?  ACC to open a restaurant in the Raleigh-Durham Airport.

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