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SEC Headlines 3/20/2014

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1. Urban Meyer on Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin:  ”There has been a lot of publicity about Lane Kiffin and I having issues. There’s none. ”

2. Florida coach Will Muschamp on new offfensive coordinator Kurt Roper: “Just a really good teacher, very fundamental in his approach.”

3. What do Georgia players think of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt? “I think he might be a little more meaner than Coach Grantham,”

4. Why is Georgia restricting media access to spring practice when other schools open up to media and fans alike?

5. 61-year old David Kotulski is Vanderbilt’s linebackers coach – and an expert in the 3-4 scheme.

6. Alabama center Ryan Kelly: “This is a big spring.”

7. Auburn offensive lineman Shane Callahan has gained 29 pounds – up to 304. Dead heat in the left tackle race between Patrick Miller and Shon Coleman.

8. Big focus for the Auburn offense - cutting down Nick Marshall’s fumbles in the pocket.

9. Texas A&M will have its first spring scrimmage on Saturday.  

10. Focus at LSU’s Saturday scrimmage will be third-and-long situations.

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11. Mike DeCourcy: “Those who wonder where these supposed “upsets” come from… it’s often because the 12 seeds have no business being 12 seeds.”

12. Why did Florida struggle to win Thursday?  Perhaps because Albany is not your average David.

13. SEC NIT schedule.  Georgia hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday, Southern Miss at Missouri Sunday, Arkansas and LSU play Monday.

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14. In defense of Johnny Manziel: “He’s a tough, almost elastic dude, in fact the toughest guy I’ve covered…”

15. Could Jadeveon Clowney be reunited with safetey D.J. Swearinger in the NFL?

16. At Missouri’s pro day on Thursday, they came to watch defensive ends Kony Ealy and Michael Sam but a few others stood out.  Lineman Max Copeland has lost 50 pounds and wants to be a fullback.

17. Vanderbilt holding its pro day today.

Extras

18. NCAA recorded a nearly $61 million surplus for its 2013 fiscal year.

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SEC Headlines 12/24/2013

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1. Georgia suspends two defensive backs for the Gator Bowl.  Starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and cornerback Sheldon Dawson will miss the game due to violation of “team regulations.”

2. Georgia reserve quarterback Christian LeMay and former Bulldog safety Shaquille Fluker reportedly transferring to Jacksonville State.

3. Suspended Alabama defensive end LaMichael Fanning will reportedly transfer to Jacksonville State. Made news in 2012 for slamming Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough to the turf.

4. Former LSU running back Jeryl Brazil headed to East Mississippi Community College.

5. Florida coach Will Muschamp interviewed Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper on Monday. Roper began his coaching career at Tennessee.

6. More honors for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn – named on Monday as the Associated Press Coach of the Year.

7. Five former coaches at Tulsa have left and gone on to win national titles at other schools in the last 20 years. Gus Malzahn was Tulsa’s offensive coordinator in 2007.

8. South Carolina running back Mike Davis trying to get healthy for the bowl game.  ”I hope I’ll be 100 percent by the time we get to Florida.”

9. Will he or won’t he?  Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy weighs the pros and cons of leaving school early for the NFL draft.

10. Mike Davis and Missouri’s defense are among the groups with the most to prove in the bowl games.

11. The Liberty Bowl will be the last game at Ole Miss for backup quarterback Barry Brunetti: “With the opportunity I had, I fulfilled it.”

12. One way to gauge interest in bowl games? Look at hotel search data.

13. Some questions and answers about college football’s new playoff format that will start next season.

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14. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein on coming back after the Christmas break to play Louisville: “It’s the worst scheduling ever. That’s my opinion.”

15. Kentucky has had a heavy reliance on first-year players against Louisville in recent years.

16. When Arkansas returns from Christmas break, Razorbacks will have two more games before beginning conference play.

17. Seth Davis: “ I usually caution against overreacting to one bad game, but Tennessee’s loss at home to N.C. State was as bad as they come.”

Extras

18. Mack Brown was forced out at Texas after University of Texas president Bill Powers abruptly withdrew his support.

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South Carolina Rallies To Beat Missouri In Overtime

postgame-links-150x1501South Carolina 27 – Missouri 24 ( 2 overtimes).  Video Highlights

1. Down 17-0, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw sparks a rally that ends in a double-overtime victory.  Coach Steve Spurrier: “It was a game, I thought we were dead.”

2. Shaw converts a fourth-and-15 pass for a touchdown in the first overtime.  ”Busted play” according to Mizzou defensive end Kony Ealy.

3. Shaw: “This is a game we had to have.”

4. “The Gamecocks are in firm control of an unexpected SEC East free-for-all…”

5. Potential game-tying kick in second overtime by Missouri’s Andrew Baggett hits the left upright.

6. Tigers blow the lead - and their perfect record.

7. Sam Mellinger: “This is what a lot of Mizzou fans had been terrified would happen.”

8. Bryan Burwell: “The football gods once again found a way to whack Mizzou on the noggin.”

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SEC Headlines 8/7/2013

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1. Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan gets probation, community service and a fine for boating under the influence. Will he be suspended?  Mark Richt: “If you ask me at halftime of the first game, I’ll let y’all know.”

2. With ESPN’s College Gameday coming to town, the spotlight on the Georgia-Clemson game just got a little brighter.

3. Why Johnny Manziel should just turn pro now: The NFL “might be able to keep him from playing professional football until May 2014, but they can’t keep him from being a pro…” Autograph dealer with Manziel items also has several from Jadeveon Clowney.

4. What South Carolina coaches want from Clowney:  ”If he plays hard nine out of 10 snaps, I’ll be proud of him.”

5. What South Carolina coaches want from running back Brandon Wilds: ”Brandon needs to finish off his runs. I saw signs of progression with that during the spring. He was looking for contact instead of trying to avoid it.”

6. Does Steve Spurrier worry about football over the summer? “I’m not worried about the season during the summer. When I was in Ireland playing golf or when I was in the Bahamas?”

7. Kentucky is limiting the throws of quarterback Maxwell Smith - concerns about his shoulder.  ”Right now it seems fine, but we’re being a little bit cautious with him.” Sophomore cornerback J.D. Harmon won’t be on the team this fall.

8. An argument for Tennessee to consider starting a freshman quarterback: ”It is telling that (Justin) Worley has not yet been named the Vols’ starter.”

9. Vanderbilt wants running back Wesley Tate to be more than just a short-yardage back.  ”I have the speed to do it.” Commodores a sleeper team this fall?

10. Glenn Gilbeau on running back Jeremy Hill’s situation at LSU: “Call it Cajun Justice.”

11. Kevin Sumlin and staff are big fans of Texas A&M running back Ben Malena: “All he does is he does things right.”

12. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen is focused on being a leader. “Once I was named the starter, that was kind of something I took upon myself to be the leader of the team, or one of the leaders of the team.”

13. New Missouri wide receiver coach Pat Washington likes what he sees from junior Darius White, who transferred from Texas.   ”I’m very, very, very impressed with him.”

14. Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk was a reluctant redshirt last year but admits he benefited from it: “I look back at it and think about how much I learned from just watching and learning…”

15. Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley on advice he received from former NFL great Ray Lewis: “He was telling me about just take care of your core, just take care of your body. God will pretty much do the rest.”

16. Ole Miss explores backup possibilities to running back Jeff Scott.

17. Auburn sets up temporary wires at Toomer’s Corner.

18. Want to know what opposing coaches really think about your favorite SEC team?  Athlon Sports asked – and they answered (anonymously).

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19. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington missed Tuesday’s practice with a hamstring issue.  Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr: ”I haven’t heard a word from him. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed because I’d like to see him out here.”

20. LSU freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson was apparently injured in Tuesday’s practice.  Reportedly suffered broken ankle. Tigers will have three scrimmages with final two inside Tigers Stadium.

21. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin clarifies the suspension of defensive players Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven Sr., saying they were allowed to return to football activities about a week ago.

22. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has yet to grant Mekale McKay a scholarship release .  Wide receiver was apparently not happy with new Razorbacks offense.

23. Auburn cuts Tuesday night’s practice short – a focus on today’s first live scrimmage of preseason camp.

24. Alabama wide receiver Tyler Bass had ankle surgery – out of for the rest of the preseason camp. Freshman linebacker Reuben Foster has had his left hand heavily taped the past few days.

25. James Franklin’s assessment of Vanderbilt’s progress: “The D-line is kicking the O-line’s (butt)!”

26. Tennessee throws two freshmen wide receivers into the first-team mix. “I saw our receivers in the spring. I know what they can do. I’ve got 25 days to see if anybody else can help us out.”

27. Ole Miss practiced in full pads Tuesday and coach Hugh Freeze likes what he sees from his freshmen:  ”As they understand more, the confidence will get better.”

28. Senior Bowl executive director Phi Savage attends a Florida practice.  SEC Head of Officials Steve Shaw was there Monday.

29. The tunes Mississippi State players were listening to during practice.

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30. Kentucky coach John Calipari has his leaders for next season - three freshmen.

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