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SEC Headlines 6/4/2013

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1. Athlon has released its SEC preview. An Alabama-Georgia rematch is the SEC championship game pick.

2. The SEC’s new coaches discussed the challenge of rebuilding in the nation’s top conference.

3. Watch out for Texas A&M’s wide receivers against Alabama, writes Barrett Sallee.

4. Here are seven things Florida has to do to be successful this season.

5. The kickoff for Kentucky’s season opener with Western Kentucky has been set. No other game has a kickoff time.

6. Ohio State president Gordon Gee has apologized to the presidents at Kentucky and Louisville.

7. New SEC money is helping bring in upgrades to Missouri’s facilities.

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8. Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is trying out for the Canadian Development Men’s National Team.

9. Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon says he should be “100 percent” by the end of July.


10. Sad news: Hall of fame defensive end Deacon Jones has passed away at 74.

11. You can vote on a prediction of the futures of former SEC quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow.

12. Which college basketball teams produce the most NBA talent? USA Today takes a look.

13. Coaches need to spend more time teaching and less time screaming, according to one sports psychologist.

14. A Miami football player has reported the NCAA to police.

15. Great news: Louisville guard Kevin Ware is back in the gym shooting jumpers.

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SEC Headlines 4/9/13

headlines-tue1. An All-Kouandjio left side of the offensive line could be a reality for Alabama this fall.

2. Dee Hart was back practicing with Alabama’s running backs on Monday. He spent eight practices at cornerback.

3. Auburn’s running backs are still adjusting to Gus Malzahn’s new (to them) offense.

4. Auburn’s offense will feature plenty of power, according to the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.

5. On the flip side, Auburn’s coaches have a better understanding of their personnel halfway through spring practice.

6. The Times-Picayune has a question: “Who is Les Miles’ best assistant coach hire?

7. Several Mississippi State players rested following Saturday’s scrimmage. That meant more reps for others.

8. Mississippi State is still learning the complexity of its defense.

9. Sophomore defensive end Channing Ward is still getting comfortable in his first spring at Ole Miss.

10. Many people paid their respects Monday to former Texas A&M Aggie Jack Pardee, who passed away on April 1.

11. What’s wrong with spring games? Pat Dooley tackles that question among other items.

12. Georgia’s offense should still be strong despite on off-performance in the final spring scrimmage.

13. Kentucky’s defensive coordinator sees plenty of potential in their new tandem of defensive ends.

14. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Missouri’s James Franklin are two quarterbacks on the hot, per Steven Lassan.

15. Did Florida fix its offensive line this spring? Barrett Sallee examines.

16. Tennessee’s Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes have applied for an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

17. Texas A&M had a great season in 2012. But the Aggies still have to climb over Alabama and LSU in the SEC West.

18. Phil Steele’s preseason No. 1 team in the country: Alabama.


19. Louisville raised the bar in the Bluegrass State with its national championship on Monday night.

20. Kevin Ware was able to cut down the nets with his teammates on Monday.

21. Here’s a look at the five biggest moments from Louisville’s national title win.

22.  While folks in Louisville are putting on championship t-shirts today, at least one guy in Lexington is removing his pants.  Illegally.

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SEC Headlines 4/1/13

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1. Michigan beat Florida 79-59 on Sunday. Florida G Kenny Boynton: “They were the better team.”

2. Boynton and seniors Eric Murphy and Mike Rosario had an emotional ending to their careers.

3. It was apparent early that Florida had no answers for Michigan, which jumped out to a 13-0 lead.

4. One scholarship has opened up in Lexington: point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring from Kentucky.

5. Meanwhile, Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer tweeted Sunday to say he is staying in Lexington.

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6. From Sunday: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema bragged on his Big Ten record compared to Nick Saban’s record.

7. Alabama is back from spring break and preparing for 11 practices in the next 20 days.

8. Auburn’s coaching staff is working on rebuilding the mental strength of its quarterbacks.

9. Ole Miss will return to the practice field tonight. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford is a big storyline.

10. Here’s an updated (and projected) depth chart for Georgia’s defense.

11. New Tennessee coach Butch Jones is “making the right moves,” writes David Climer.

12. Tennessee’s offense is adjusting to a quicker pace as spring practice resumes this week.


13. A love story you will want to read involving Mal Moore, who passed away on Saturday. By Don Kausler Jr.

14. It’s been one year to the day since Bobby Petrino had his motorcycle accident.

15. Louisville guard Kevin Ware had successful surgery Sunday night to repair the open fracture of his right tibia.

16. What’s the first thing Ware told his mother after the injury? “Calm down, mom. I’m OK.”

17. Here’s an early preview of the upcoming Final Four in Atlanta.

18. Texas is working this offseason to return to competing with the nation’s elite programs.

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Tuesday Afternoon Headlines

Here are some recruiting headlines for your Tuesday afternoon.

Basketball prospect Trevor Lacey is through with his visits. He’s considering Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Kansas.

Former Tennessee signee Kevin Ware will visit Georgia this weekend and Louisville next.

Former North Carolina State PG Ryan Harrow is visiting Kentucky today.

Arkansas fans: Want to see footage of some of your recruiting targets? Click here.

Florida is recruiting several prospects from the Rivals100. See the breakdown here.

This defensive duo could be an in-state “packaged deal” for Georgia.

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Thursday Afternoon Headlines

Here are some recruiting headlines for your Thursday afternoon.

Will Muschamp’s recruiting battles with Texas should be worth watching.

Find an update on basketball prospect Kevin Ware in this Georgia recruiting notebook.

Basketball prospect Trevor Lacey had a “great” visit to Kentucky last weekend.

Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton can help his younger brother going through the recruiting process.

Arkansas has gone to California to look for a quarterback of the future.

Running back Beniquez Brown is open to leaving the state of Alabama.

Running back Drew Harris has reached 20 offers, including several from the SEC.

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Kevin Ware Decommits From Central Florida

The recruiting saga of basketball prospect Kevin Ware has become more complex.

The former Tennessee signee from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last night that he’s no longer committed to Central Florida.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on right now, personal stuff that I don’t really want to speak about right now,” Ware said. “I spoke with my family about everything, and I decided it was time to back off on UCF.”

Ware, who was granted his release from UT following the firing of Bruce Pearl, insisted his decision has nothing to do with academics. He said he isn’t favoring any particular school.

“I’m interested in any college that’s interested in me,” Ware told the AJC.

That could include Georgia and Louisville, two schools that showed interest in Ware before he committed to UCF. Could UT enter the picture again?

“Tennessee hasn’t been in contact,” Ware said. “They’ve got other guards coming in.”

That’s true. UT coach Cuonzo Martin signed guards Wes Washpun and Josh Richardson after the Vols granted a release to Ware.

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SEC Headlines 4/23/2011

1. Les Miles sister killed in car wreck.

2. Ranking the football coaches of the SEC.

3. Kentucky Spring Game – time to let the footballs fly.

4. Nick Fairley says he’s no one-year wonder.

5. Tennessee opens up the playbook – for its defense.

6. Vanderbilt basketball – preseason Top 5?

7. Kevin Ware apparently keeping his UCF commitment.


8. Latest mock drafts from

9. Who will be the first non-Big Six player drafted?

10.  Court ruling on Final Four tickets.

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NCAA Rules Ware’s LOI With UCF DOA

Frankly, we’re too busy trying to post several other stories to go into the details on this one.

The gist:

* Former Tennessee recruit Kevin Ware has chosen to play ball at UCF.

* He asked UT for a release from his letter of intent after Bruce Pearl was fired.

* The NCAA prohibits players from signing two LOIs in the same year, so his LOI with UCF was DOA according to the NCAA.

* Ware’s stepfather says he’ll still be at UCF when school starts, but he’s taking a trip to Louisville just the same.

For the details, check out Michael Carvell’s work at The AJC.

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UT’s Martin Releases Signee Ware

New Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has released Bruce Pearl signee Kevin Ware from his letter of intent.  Ware is ranked as the #56 player in the nation by

Martin initially said he wanted to meet with Ware before releasing him, but to date the two have only been able to speak by phone.

The Georgia native said via Twitter yesterday:

i wanna thank Coach Martin and UT for releasing me, Im looking forward to the next couple of weeks and getting my recruiting process going.

Definately consider as Tennessee my #1 choice, I have not schools in my but all options are open.

All tweeted spelling and grammar errors are the author’s.

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Tennessee Signee Ware Still Asking For Release

Basketball prospect Kevin Ware is still requesting a release from the national letter of intent he signed with Tennessee in November.

“Yes I am,” Ware told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The AJC’s story, which was posted at 3:15 eastern time on Monday afternoon, stated that Ware had not yet spoken to new Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. Ware told the AJC he missed a call from Martin on Monday morning and then left a message with Martin when he missed Ware’s call later in the day.

Martin said Monday afternoon during his introductory press conference at about the same time that he had spoken to both Ware and point guard Chris Jones, who is UT’s other signee for the class of 2011.

It’s unclear if Martin and Ware have actually been able to speak. Both made it be known that they would like to speak soon, and Martin said on Monday that he would meet with Ware and Jones next week after the Final Four takes place in Houston.

Ware’s release doesn’t appear to have been granted to this point. He told the AJC that UT officials would like him to meet with Martin before a decision is made on Ware’s request for a release. Jones indicated the same last week during a conversation with MrSEC.

Ware has appeared anxious to find out more about Martin.

“He’s a good guy from what I’m hearing … good reputation, good background,” Ware told the AJC.

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