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SEC Headlines – 8/11/11 Part Three

1.  Kentucky’s players describe new co-defensive coordinator Rick Minter as “mean,” “real aggressive,” and “in your face.”  (There aren’t many other fields where those traits would be considered positives.)

2.  Coincidentally (?) two UK defenders are leaving the program.

3.  The Wildcats’ young receivers are already pushing the vets in front of them.

4.  South Carolina is looking to improve its secondary in 2011.

5.  The strength and variety of the SEC’s offenses will test Tennessee’s young defense.

6.  Juco defensive tackle transfer Maurice Couch says being at UT is “a blessing.”

7.  The Vols’ coaches are keeping a close eye on the kicking game.

8.  Vanderbilt’s offense is deep at the tight end position…

9.  But the defense dominated in the offense in yesterday’s full-pads practice.

10.  Vandy’s basketball team will see some familiar faces on this year’s schedule.

11.  ESPN’s “College GameDay” show will be in Nashville for this year’s Kentucky/Vanderbilt game.  (And, yes, we’re talking about the basketball version of “College GameDay.”)

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Tennessee Benefits Twice From Fighting In UK-VU Game

It seems Alabama won’t be the only team to benefit from another squad’s fist-fighting ways.  Tennessee will be aided by the suspension of two players who tossed punches in last weekend’s Kentucky-Vanderbilt game.

This Saturday, Vandy receiver Umoh Udoh will sit out the first half against the Vols.  Then next week — thanks to Kentucky’s bye week — the Vols won’t see cornerback Martavius Neloms for the first half of their game with the Wildcats.  Udoh and Neloms both threw punches at one another during last Saturday’s UK win.

Alabama, of course, will face an Auburn team next Friday that will have to sit defensive linemen Michael Goggans and Mike Blanc for a half due to the punches they threw against Georgia last weekend.

I can’t remember another SEC weekend that produced four suspensions for fightings.

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Program note: It’s a triple Liveblog weekend

Content provided by John Clay’s Sidelines.

I will be liveblogging from three Kentucky games in the upcoming 36 hours.

  • Will liveblog the Kentucky-Morehead State women’s basketball opener, which starts at 11 a.m.
  • Will liveblog the Kentucky-East Tennessee State men’s basketball opener, which starts tonight at 7.
  • Will liveblog the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game on Saturday, which kicks off at 12:21 p.m.

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