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SEC Headlines 4/14/2014

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1.  Alabama coach Nick Saban appears to be very pleased with the spring performance of running back Derrick Henry.

2. Auburn defender Justin Garrett is back on the field and feeling healthier after dealing with foot injuries.

3. Auburn’s coaching staff expects a lot of the Tigers’ wide receivers this year.

4. Which Georgia players helped themselves this spring? Seth Emerson takes a look.

5. Quarterback Hutson Mason showed he’s ready to lead Georgia, writes Barrett Sallee.

6. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel following the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham: “I’ve got to protect the integrity of the program.”

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7. Bruce Pearl landed his first commitment at Auburn. The prospect was accused of eating marijuana during a January traffic stop.

8. Pat Dooley looks back at the top moments from Florida’s run to the Final Four this season.

9. Jerry Tipton is live tweeting John Calipari’s Monday media tour.

10. ESPN’s Chad Ford on Kentucky guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will go to the NBA, but “I don’t think either of those kids should leave.”

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11. An anonymous NFL personnel man called Jadeveon Clowney “spoiled” and “lazy.

12. Clowney goes No. 1 to the Houston Texans in Josh Norris’ latest NFL mock draft.

13. Peter King looks at the draft in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

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14. Dennis Dodd looks at Jameis Winston’s busy weekend, which included a 56-pass spring game and save in a baseball game.

15. Ohio State quaterback Braxton Miller poked fun at rival Michigan over its spring game attendance.

16. Where is outrage about college sports coming from? “Much of it comes from academia and the media, which doesn’t make it wrong.”

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SEC Headlines 11/13/2013

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1.What do Alabama officials think of the email exchange between Texas regents’ regarding Nick Saban’s agent’s comments?

2. What does South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier think of hazing freshmen?  “I don’t believe in any of that crap. None of it. ”

3. AJ McCarron may be “the best quarterback in Alabama history” but does he deserve the Heisman?

4. Did the LSU game reveal flaws in Alabama’s secondary? Can Crimson Tide avoid a letdown after LSU victory?

5. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on Georgia running back Todd Gurley: “He probably may be the most physical back in the league.”

6. Georgia coach Mark Richt on how familiar Auburn coach Rodney Garner is with the Bulldogs defense: “I’m sure he’ll have a lot of information to be able to talk to coach Malzahn about, but most everything you see is on film.”

7. In the decade before James Franklin, Vanderbilt had gone 3-32 in November.  Under Franklin, they’re 7-2.

8. Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief has at least 100 yards receiving in three of his last five games.

9. Meet senior Texas A&M wide receiver Travis Labhart -  ”the ultimate underdog story.”

10. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has some grass – from Kyle Field.

11. If LSU wins remaining regular season games and its bowl game – Tigers will have four straight 10-win seasons.

12. Tennessee’s defense has yet to hold a BCS opponent to less than 200 yards rushing.

13. At 3-7, what’s left for Arkansas?  “It’s about pride.”

14. Florida leads the SEC with 8.1 penalties per game.

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15. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy is day-to-day with a sprained right shoulder – could miss the South Carolina game. Linebackers Antonio Morrison and Jeremi Powell having knee surgery today.

16. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw expected to play without a knee brace against Florida.

17. Georgia receiver Chris Conley likely a game-time decision against Auburn.

18. Georgia running back Keith Marshall underwent ACL surgery Tuesday.

19. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a sprained ankle.  Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. simulated Johnny Manziel in practice.

20. Alabama freshman quarterback Cooper Batemen is playing the role of Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott in practice this week.

21. Special teams a focus this week at Mississippi State.  Four special teams miscues led to 16 Texas A&M points last week.

22. Ole Miss defensive tackle D.T. Shackleford is considering coming back for a sixth year.

23. Will Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett take a medical redshirt?  “It’s still up in the air.”

24. “Developmental practice” at Arkansas - Razorbacks looking to the future.

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25. Arkansas will start building a $25 million basketball practice facility next month.

26. Was Kentucky’s loss last night the best thing that ever happened for the team?

27. Approximately 70 NBA scouts and executives were in Chicago last night.

28. Early verdict on Tennessee?  Free-throws and defense need work.

29. In case you missed it, here’s our roundup of Tuesday night SEC basketball.

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SEC Headlines 9/16/2013

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1. Alabama remains the clear choice at No. 1 in the country. Oregon received one first place vote in each poll.

2. Bruce Feldman on Johnny Manziel: “I don’t know how anyone can honestly have watched what he did Saturday and not be wowed.”

3. An Alabama-Oregon battle would be a dream BCS matchup, writes Edward Aschoff.

4. It’s no surprise but Alabama’s statistics on offense and defense moved in different directions during the Texas A&M game.

5. The play of defensive back Jarrick Williams was one of the positives for Alabama’s defense on Saturday.

6. Auburn is preparing for a tough, physical game against LSU. “It’s going to be a box game,” Auburn DC Ellis Johnson said.

7. Bret Bielema’s wife tweeted “#karma” after the odd ending in Wisconsin’s loss at Arizona State.

8. LSU’s running game was back on Saturday, giving opposing defenses more to think about.

9. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said the Rebels’ win at Texas is “just one step” in the right direction. It was a big step.

10. Johnny Manziel: “Our season isn’t over. Anything could happen. This is college football.”

11. Florida can still win the SEC East despite its loss to Miami. Florida will need to start with a win against Tennessee on Saturday.

12. The Gators are going for their ninth straight win over Tennessee.

13. Georgia coach Mark Richt decided to be lazy on Sunday while also allowing some of his injured players to rest.

14. John Clay writes the No. 1 thing we’ve learned about Kentucky is “Mark Stoops is a football coach.”

15. Jadeveon Clowney’s injured foot didn’t require surgery last offseason, but it will after this season. The injury became more significant “just recently.”

16. No Tennessee group, including the coaches, earned a grade higher than a “C” in the Vols’ blowout loss at Oregon.

17. Special teams is a positive for Vanderbilt as it looks to overcome a 1-2 record.

18. Here’s a look at the focus on Missouri in the new book “The System.”

19. Athlon’s top three in the SEC: Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Click here to see the full list.

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20. Justin Garrett helped Auburn on Saturday as he’s still coming back from injury.

21. Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell continues to work with a spinal doctor as he recovers from a concussion.

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22. Oregon TE Colt Lyerla was “really upset” coach Mark Helfrich said “circumstances” is the reason Lyerla missed the Tennessee game.

23. How much does Texas coach Mack Brown have left? George Schroeder examines that tough question.

24. Here’s a ranking of quarterbacks on teams 11-25 in the Coaches Poll.

25. Blake Bell will continue to start at quarterback for Oklahoma after throwing for 413 yards against Tulsa.

26. Nebraska has climbed to No. 1 in the Misery Index after blowing a 21-3 lead at home to UCLA.

27. CBS saw huge ratings in the Alabama-Texas A&M game.  The biggest since 1990 in fact.

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SEC Headlines 9/11/2013

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1. Suspended Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd is due in court Friday.

2. In defense of Jadeveon Clowney: “To expect perfection every snap from a 20-year-old, no matter how athletically gifted, is to expect the unattainable.”

3. Between his time at LSU and Alabama, Nick Saban is 15-2 when facing a team a year after losing to them.

4. Jimbo Fisher, Will Muschamp and Derek Dooley were in the room when Kevin Sumlin interviewed for Nick Saban’s LSU staff back in 2002.

5. Matt Hayes on the “Johnny Cam” Saturday:  “And you people wonder why college athletes have an entitled attitude.”

6. Mark Bradley on Alabama-Texas A&M:  “I think Alabama wins in College Station without undue stress.”

7. Gene Stallings on the comparisons between AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel: ”A good question would be if you could just have one of them, which one would you take? That’s not a question I’m going to answer.”

8. Big question for Alabama – will the Tide see better play from the offensive line?

9. Behind the obvious Aggies-Crimson Tide matchup – you know what the second-most bet game is  this weekend?  If you guessed Kentucky-Louisville, you’re right.

10. Kentucky-Louisville and the battle for…Ohio?

11. Former Georgia quarterback David Greene on Aaron Murray: “It’s unfair how guys get labeled, because, honestly, a quarterback’s play doesn’t always correlate to a win.”

12. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall saw improvement in his play from Week 1 to Week 2:  ”Yeah I made some improvement, but there’s still room to get better.”

13. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen struggled in second half last week.  Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney: Allen was“pressing a little bit.”

14. Debate question: Is LSU a SEC title contender?

15. Message to South Carolina fans following the loss to Georgia: “Don’t buy those Music City Bowl tickets just yet.”

16. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on two assistants caught on camera screaming at each other: “We hashed it out. They know we’re not going to have any more of that.”

17. Could Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews be headed for a big weekend?  South Carolina’s secondary has some injury issues.

18. With Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane, Tennessee is establishing an effective tailback tandem.

19. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel wants his Tigers to play Kansas every year in Kansas City.

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20. Unclear if Auburn’s Dee Ford and Justin Garrett will be available for Mississippi State.

21. With Mississippi State starting guard Justin Malone out for the season with a broken foot, Ben Beckwith gets a chance to play on the Bulldogs offensive line.

22. South Carolina center Cody Waldrop ”very doubtful” to play Saturday – planning to see specialist about his sprained foot.

23. Texas A&M is focusing on tempo in practice as it prepares for Alabama.  ”We know it got on their nerves last year.”

24. Aggies safety Floyd Raven has a collar bone injury -won’t play Saturday.

25. Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders has been out since camp started with a broken collarbone.  He may play against Texas.

26. Texas quarterback David Ash hasn’t been ruled for the Ole Miss game but he didn’t practice Tuesday.

27. How is Tennessee getting ready for Oregon? By listening to the Ducks fight song.

28. Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell had ACL surgery Tuesday - expected to apply for a medical redshirt.

29. After giving up 68 points and 921 yards in the first two games, Georgia gets an off-week to fine-tune its defense.

30. Missouri also gets a bye week to get healthy – linebacker Kentrell Brothers and cornerback E.J. Gaines banged up.

31. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel not the only Gator hurt - “UF’s injury list is long and rather significant.” Most should be back for the Tennessee game.

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32. Booster T. Boone Pickens responds to Sports Illustrated’s investigation into the Oklahoma State program.

33. Coach Les Miles left Oklahoma State for LSU in 2004.  Former A.D. Skip Bertman: “We did an extensive background check on a personal basis…Nothing showed in terms of NCAA issues – nothing.”

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34. Football on Yom Kippur: What’s a Bama Jew To Do?

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SEC Headlines 4/2/13

headlines-tue1. Alabama right guard Anthony Steen is trying to develop into a leader for the Crimson Tide.

2. Alabama returned to practice Monday following spring break. It wasn’t a great practice.

3. Andrew Gribble and Don Kausler discuss Alabama’s return to practice following spring break.

4. Auburn’s LaDarius Owens is feeling more comfortable now that he’s playing linebacker again.

5. Justin Garrett is more comfortable, too. He’s playing the “Star” position for Auburn.

6. Those comments about Nick Saban? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says they were only a joke.

7. Columnist Kevin Scarbinsky reminds Bielema he’s not in the Big Ten anymore.

8. Florida has plenty of competition at running back as the Gators try to replace Mike Gillislee.

9. Florida’s basketball team is losing key contributors but returning guard Scottie Wilbekin believes the Gators will be deep.

10. One key player in that depth could be center Patric Young, who hasn’t decided if he will return for his senior year.

11. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford has provided a big boost for the Ole Miss defense.

12. Here some notes following Ole Miss’ Monday night practice.

13. Mississippi State finalized its 2014 non-conference schedule by adding Tennessee-Martin.

14. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s Texas Rangers game.

15. Chris Conley’s presence should help Georgia replace some departing wide receivers.

16. Center Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky. ESPN’s Chad Ford believes forward Alex Poythress should return, too.

17. Tennessee’s maturity will be tested as it returns to football practice following spring practice.

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18. The Pac-12′s head of officials has been investigated for comments he made about Arizona coach Sean Miller.

19. That head of official, Ed Rush, must be fired, writes Gary Parrish.

20. Southern California has hired coach Andy Enfield away from Florida Gulf Coast.

21. Former Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has been hired at Texas Tech.

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