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SEC Headlines 1/21/2013

headlines-mon1. Coaching rumors and a Twitter spat between Ole Miss and Mississippi State gets Ole Miss A.D. Ross Bjork involved.  Chris Kiffin rumors fueled when father Monte became Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator.

2. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema goes back-and-forth on Twitter with Wisconsin fans over the weekend.

3. New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann pulls his name from consideration for the Eagles defensive coordinator position.  Georgia’s Todd Grantham and Alabama’s Kirby Smart have been mentioned as possible candidates.

4. For the Senior Bowl on Saturday, with the exception of a center, the SEC could field an offense. The league also has 10 defensive players on the South roster.

5. He’s one of the first two non-seniors ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl, but Alabama lineman D.J. Fluker might not be able to play due to lingering injuries. Fluker has lost over an inch and gained twenty pounds.

6. Auburn’s Ontario McCalebb weighs in at the Senior Bowl at 164 pounds. Georgia’s  John Jenkins tips the scale at 359 pounds.

7. No one is losing more underclassmen to the draft than LSU. A number of them weren’t nearly as good in 2012 as they were in 2011. Another look at early SEC departures.

8. Jackson, TN newspaper: College coaches and recruiters take note. There’s talent in this part of the state.

9. More 3-4 defensive alignments in football?

SEC Basketball

10. How long have opposing fans disliked the way Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss has played basketball? “I’m pretty sure it started in seventh grade, whenever I started playing junior high basketball,”

11. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is getting better - seven blocked shots Saturday, 20 in his last three games. Did Saturday mark a breakthrough for the Cats?

12.  Henderson named SEC Player of the Week – Noel Freshman of the Week.

13. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein probably won’t make the trip to Alabama Tuesday night – had a procedure done on his knee last week.

14. Newsflash: Missouri misses Michael Dixon…badly.

15. Cuonzo Martin was glad to get Tennessee’s first conference win Saturday, but…”I still don’t think we played great basketball, I just think we were good enough to win the game,”

16. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray looks ahead to Arkansas and their press defense.

Manti Te’o

17. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his parents will sit down for an interview on Katie Couric’s syndicated television show.

18. The alleged mastermind of the hoax may tell his side of the story.

19. Even after Te’o found out the truth, the hoax continued two nights before the BCS National Championship.

20. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher: “I don’t know the situation with Manti and I’ll reserve judgment until the end, but there are so many things about social media that are dangerous.”

21. “(T)he residual effects of the Te’o story…will ripple through sports journalism for years to come…”

Extras

22. One year ago tomorrow – Joe Paterno died. Community residents organizing a vigil.

23. What was New York Jets coach Rex Ryan doing at Texas Tech over the weekend?

24. AJ McCarron’s girlfriend moving to New York to pursue modeling career – offered spot on “Dancing With The Stars”, according to New York Post.

25.  Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean is married to the sister of Jim and John Harbaugh.

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