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SEC Headlines 2/16/2014

headlines-sun3-150x150HUNH/Proposed NCAA Rule Change

1. Tim Sullivan: “The fact is that hurry-up/no-huddle offense levels a playing field that some people would prefer remain tilted.”

2. Duke coach David Cutcliffe: “All of the coaches that I have spoken with, and there have been numerous, we felt blindsided by this.”

3. Hugh Kellenberger: “You would never know it’s the middle of February by all the commotion college football stirred up this week.”

4. Cecil Hurt: “There has been effusive commentary blaming the rule on one individual: Nick Saban.”

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5. Charges may have been droppped against Auburn signee Kalvaraz Bessent but an Auburn official Saturday said coach Gus Malzahn is still gathering information on the situation,

6. Alabama freshman Shaun Dion Hamilton was an AAU basketball teammate of five-star linebacker signee Rashaan Evans.

7. Auburn fan in Tennessee gets a “Kick6″ license plate.

8. Mark Richt’s son is joining the Georgia staff.

9. Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson’s playing days in college are over, but he’s still having an impact on younger players.

10. Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen helped bring football coach Dan Mullen to the school.  The two men have bonded ever since.

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11. Former President Bill Clinton along with former Arkansas coaches Nolan Richardson and Eddie Sutton were honored at halftime of the game against LSU on Saturday.

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12. Protests greeted with counter-protest.  “We Are All CoMoSexuals.”

13. Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski: “Our team was able to move past it and work together. Why shouldn’t a bunch of NFL players be able to?”

14. Sam and the Missouri football team accept the Cotton Bowl Trophy at halftime of Saturday’s Mizzou-Tennessee basketball game.

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SEC Headlines 2/9/2014

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1. Auburn signee Kalvaraz Bessent arrested on felony marijuana-related charges following a traffic stop Friday. If convicted on all charges, could face up to 11 years in prison.

2. Auburn coach Gus Malzhan “aware of the situation and is continuing to gather information.”

3. Tennessee players A.J. Johnson and Danny O’Brien arrested Saturday night – charges not described.

4. Coach Butch Jones: “We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information.”

5. Arkansas hires Robb Smith as defensive coordinator.  Smith spent 2013 in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

6. LSU looking at several candidates for special teams assistant coach with Thomas McGaughey leaving for the New York Jets.

7. With transfer Christian Morris sidelined with an injured achilles, Ole Miss looking for a right tackle this spring.

8. Profile of Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran. “His reputation is bigger than the athletes he trains.”

9. Quarterback battle at Kentucky? Don’t expect it to “drag on like it did last year.”

10. How was Tennessee able to sign eight defensive linemen in its 2014 class?  Opportunity to play.

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11. Tough year for Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant.  What will A.D. Bill Battle do?

12. Cecil Hurt: “The identity Alabama basketball built over the previous four years has vanished.”

13. “The LSU basketball team is starting to resemble the New Orleans Saints — win at home, lose on the road.”

14. Stat of the game from Arkansas-Vanderbilt Saturday.  Razorbacks got 40 points from their bench.  Vanderbilt got two.

15. Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson on the loss to Ole Miss Saturday.  ”We didn’t rebound the ball. They just out-toughed us.”

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16. Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart shoves a Texas Tech fan near the end of the game Saturday night.

17. “Am I the only one that realizes how lucky we were that this didn’t turn into some much, much worse?”

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Defensive Tackle Russell Headed To Auburn

Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell from Carrollton (Ga.) High School has committed to Auburn.

Russell wrote on Twitter: “If you really know me you would know that I will continue playing football at the University of……………………AUBURN!!!! #WDE”

Russell, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 13 defensive tackle by Rivals, decommitted from Georgia on Dec. 1.

Auburn has enjoyed a successful run on the recruiting trail in recent weeks. Defensive backs Kalvaraz Bessent and Stephen Roberts switched their commitments from Alabama to Auburn. Junior college defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert signed with Auburn last week after he originally committed to Tennessee.

Auburn has 21 commitments for the class of 2014.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/14/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Tennessee coach Butch Jones has landed a big one.  Five-star running back Jalen Heard took to Twitter this morning to announce that he’s committing to the Vols.  The Hendersonville, TN back becomes the fifth player in Tennessee’s 2014 class – the fourth in the last week.

2. New Orleans running back Leonard Fournette, considered the top back in the country, is paying a quick visit to Alabama and he’s bringing a few teammates with him  Cornerback Jermaine Roberts and lineman Joseph Paul both have offers from several programs.

3. Carrollton, Texas 2015 offensive line prospect Zach Rogers visited Arkansas over the weekend and came away impressed with new coach Bret Bielema.  ”He was a lot different than I thought he would be. I was more impressed than I thought I would be…”I could definitely see myself playing for him one day.”  Rogers also has offers from Texas Tech and UCLA. Razorbacks will have some prospects in attendance at football practice.

4. Kingsland, Georgia cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent is an Alabama commitment.  He grew up a Florida fan, so the move surprised a lot of people, including his high school coach. Jeff Herron.  ”I thought he would commit to Florida. He’d been a Florida fan all his life and was really leaning that way. But he went to Alabama for a junior day and was so impressed by every part of it.”

5. Opelika, Alabama cornerback Stephen Roberts has Alabama as his leader, with Auburn at No.2 on his list.

6. Georgia has 13 recruits that have enrolled early this spring.  Don’t expect this trend to go away anytime soon. Getting a jumpstart on a college career is an advantage that coach Mark Richt likes his athletes to have.   “We’ve never really had any kid come in at midyear and say that was a mistake for them.”

7. What do recruits think about proposed rules that would deregulate the process? ”The crazy thing is the nonstop text messages they can send you any time of the day. That is going to blow a lot of phones up.”

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/13/2012

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Four star cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent says he wants to play for the Crimson Tide. ”Alabama has the coaching staff, academics, weight room and history that I am looking for. Pretty much all-around it is a great school.” The Camdeon County (GA) player had Alabama and Florida in his top two before committing to the Tide on Tuesday. He becomes Alabama’s second commitment of the 2014 class.

2. Here’s what Bessent told AJC.com: “Me and my dad talked last night, and we decided that I definitely needed to go ahead and commit to a school. It was because my head coach (at Camden) was leaving and we didn’t know what kind of coach is coming in, and if it would change anything. Also, spring practice is coming up, and, in case I get injured, I need to be committed to a school.”

3. Fort-Worth, Texas running back Daniel Gresham is a Texas commitment but has an offer from Alabama.  With Longhorns coach Mack Brown imposing a “no-visit” policy for committed prospects, Gresham faces a decision and so, perhaps, does Brown if the Texas prospect decides to check out Alabama.  As Mike Herndon notes: “If you’re going to draw a line in the sand, you have to be prepared to stick to your guns when someone crosses it. Otherwise, the line means nothing. ”

4. He’s 6-feet-7, 345 pounds and the son of a former NFL tackle. Orlando Brown, Jr. has reportedly narrowed his list to seven schools, including Alabama. “Coach (Nick) Saban is a great coach and great recruiter and I am into winning championships.” The Sewanee, Ga. lineman’s list also includes South Carolina and Arkansas.

5. Auburn high school cornerback Antreal Allen was named the MVP among the defensive backs at the VTO Sports Prep 100 over the weekend. While he currently has just one offer (Arkansas State), he says he’s receiving interest from SEC schools, including Alabama and Auburn.

6. GoUpstate.com summarizes the incoming defensive end and offensive line class headed to South Carolina this fall.

7. Big weekend for Tennessee.  Vols land three 2014 commitments, including two Tennessee legacies.  Defensive back Todd Kelly, Jr is the son of former defensive end Todd Kelly and receiver Neiko Creamer is the son of former cornerback Andre Creamer.  Tennessee now has four commitments in its 2014 class.

8. Baylor commitment Davion Hall visited Arkansas over the weekend and came away impressed. ”I saw a lot of people tripping out at a baseball game I’ve never seen that before. At the track meet that was the first time to hear the pig sooie thing. I thought it was pretty cool.” Hall’s cousin is on the Arkansas track team.

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