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SEC Headlines 4/15/2011

1. Offense on parade at Georgia’s spring game – highest point total of the Mark Richt era. A neck and neck battle at the tailback spot.

2. With spring practice over and off-fields events dominating the news, what Georgia needs is a quiet summer.

3. Gene Chizik’s reaction to Auburn’s A-Day game? ”I wouldn’t pay attention to any of the stats today.”

4. Auburn’s starting quarterback? ”The writing appears to be on the wall…”

5. Who’s the bigger star at Auburn – Bo Jackson or Cam Newton?

6. What did Steve Spurrier think of the South Carolina spring game? “We obviously threw the ball and caught better than we have in any spring game. I thought our coverage could’ve been better.”

7. USC running back Marcus Lattimore on his injured leg:  “I have complete confidence in it [the knee] right now.”

8. Early enrollee running back T.J. Yeldon creates a buzz at Alabama’s A-Day game. Nick Saban likes what he sees from punter Cody Mandell.

9. Alabama will be good in 2012 – but how good?

10. Spring game fashion show at Mizzou – football field turns into a catwalk as new uniforms are revealed. Twelve players miss the game with injuries.

11. Can we expect the Wildcat formation to be a staple at Vanderbilt?

12. Arkansas running back Knile Davis on the Bobby Petrino firing: “Some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Is this really happening?’ 

13. Tyler Wilson on Petrino: He ”instilled the ideas and philosophies and if we can continue those we’re going to be a heck of a football team.”

14. Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders likes his collection of running backs.

15. Running back Marlin Lane reasserts himself during Tennessee’s Saturday scrimmage. The Vols also  liked what they saw from wide receiver Justin Hunter.

16. Keep your eye on Mississippi State’s Malcom Johnson – expected to be one of the centerpieces of the Bulldogs offense this fall.

17. Ole Miss quarterbacks stand out during Saturday’s scrimmage.

18. Who’s the favorite to win the quarterback job at Texas A&M?

19. What did we learn from LSU football this spring?  Some answers and some more questions.

20. Jon Gruden on the state of the game: “I talked to [former Miami Dolphins coaching legend] Don Shula a few months ago. He says he doesn’t even recognize the game anymore. The message is clear: Football’s changing. And if it hasn’t already, it will be coming to your high school this fall.”

21. Joe Dean on new LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones:  ”It’s a cultural thing, and Johnny understands that, having worked under Dale Brown. I think Trent didn’t understand the culture.”

22. Jones was not the first choice at LSU - but he could be the right one.

23. Tons of change at most basketball programs in the SEC but at Tennessee?  “(T)here’s barely a breeze.”

24. UK broadcaster Tom Leach on getting a championship call just right.  “Here’s how you count to eight. Three, two one …”


25. A longtime sportswriter in the Magnolia State says farewell.


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SEC Headlines – 4/19/11 Part Two

1.  This writer says Florida’s schedule in 2011 is tougher than “the gauntlet” the Gators faced in 2006.

2.  Here’s a breakdown of what was learned at Georgia this spring.

3.  This writer/blogger says there are still areas of lingering concern for the Dawgs.

4.  Injuries leave Kentucky with a thin roster for this weekend’s spring game.

5.  The Bluegrass State awaits word from Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones regarding their NBA plans.

6.  A good line: One UK faculty member got into the debate over a new arena and suggested a replacement for Rupp be built with “as many luxury boxes as can possibly be stuffed into the structure.”  He’d then like to see those luxury boxes used as state-of-the-art, high-tech classrooms.  “I see no other way for central campus to finally obtain a long overdue and much needed modern classroom building.” 

7.  This writer says some Tennessee fans are starting to buy into conspiracy theories involving the school’s president and chancellor… both of whom previously worked at Florida.  Gasp!

UPDATE — 8.  Cornerback Justin Coleman — an early enrollee — didn’t back down from star receiver Justin Hunter during the Vols’ spring game.

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