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Wow Headlines 7/21/2013

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison arrested for barking at police dog…
Second time Morrison has been arrested since the middle of June
Former Kentucky basketball player Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga
Former Tennessee basketball player Trae Golden is transferring to Georgia Tech
Six current college football players, including Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham, join lawsuit against NCAA
Record year for donations at Ole Miss…Rebels have also sold nearly 40,000 season tickets
SEC Media pick Georgia to win the West and Alabama to win the West…with the Crimson Tide predicted to be SEC Champ
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on what he’s doing to motivate  his team to play Alabama…
”Same thing we did last year. That seemed to work”
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Wow Headlines 7/20/2013

Former Kentucky basketball player Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to Gonzaga
Six current college football players, including Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham, join lawsuit against NCAA
Record year for donations at Ole Miss…Rebels have also sold nearly 40,000 season tickets
SEC Media pick Georgia to win the West and Alabama to win the West…with the Crimson Tide predicted to be SEC Champ
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on what he’s doing to motivate  his team to play Alabama…
”Same thing we did last year. That seemed to work”
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SEC Headlines 7/20/2013

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1. Defending Johnny Manziel – “the grim moralizers have no right to dictate who he is or what he should act like…”

2. AJ McCarron is “the antithesis of the antihero from Texas A&M, reigning Heisman Trophy winner and infamous oversleeper Johnny Manziel.”

3. All-SEC Teams.  One vote for AJ McCarron as quarterback. Here’s one for Johnny Manziel.

4. An endorsement of LSU coach Les Miles – “the most sensible rant this week?” MrSEC takes a different view.

5. Georgia writer and Clemson grad says the Bulldogs lose to Clemson – and then win every other game on the schedule.

6. As one of only four returning starters on Georgia’s defense, Garrison Smith will anchor the Bulldogs defensive line.

7. When it comes to setting the standard, everyone wants to emulate the Alabama model.

8. The great unknown at Tennessee.  Who will be the starting quarterback?

9. The new look at Kentucky?

10. Auburn center Reese Dismukes “has the talent to be one of the league’s top centers and a possible NFL prospect.”

11. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on the debate over tempo: “We all play within the rules. I know this: There’s not a lot of 15-play drives…”

12. Auburn would like to name its starting quarterback by the middle of fall camp.

13. Ole Miss has sold nearly 40,000 season tickets.

14. Missouri had the fewest All-SEC selections from the media this week than any team in the conference.

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15. Vanderbilt AD David Williams on linebacker Chase Garnham’s decision to join the lawsuit against the NCAA: “We support Chase’s right to join and will not interfere with his right in any way.”

16. With EA Sports and the NCAA parting company, what does that mean for the future of the video game?

17. Another NCAA lawsuit brewing?  Organization could face a class-action over concussions.  NFL currently battling a similar case.

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18. Former Kentucky player Kyle Wiltjer makes it official: “I’m choosing to transfer to Gonzaga because I feel they have a proven plan in place to help develop players similar to me, which has seen great results.”

19. John Clay on the hypocrisy in college sports – and the vastly different approaches taken under two different Florida basketball coaches.

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Report: Former Kentucky Player Kyle Wiltjer Headed To Gonzaga

mrsec-breaking-newsBack in June, Kentucky basketball player Kyle Wiltjer announced he was considering transferring to another school.  The decision has apparently been made.  According to CBSSports.com, which cites his father as the source, Wiltjer has decided to enroll at Gonzaga.  

Last month, Wiltjer said he wanted “to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be.” Wiltjer is an Oregon native.  He averaged 10.2 points and 23.8 minutes as a sophomore last season.  With the highly anticipated No. 1 recruiting class in the country headed to Lexington, Wiltjer was expected to have a reduced role in the upcoming season.

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SEC Headlines 6/30/2013

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1. University of Florida walk-on redshirt freshman punter Grant Van Aman arrested for DUI – on his scooter.

2. As of late Saturday, no arrests made in Nashville sex crimes investigation that’s led Vanderbilt to boot four guys from the team.

3. David Climer: “Like it or not, Vanderbilt football has joined the long list of programs that are on trial in the court of public opinion.”

4. Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell will reportedly decide between Kentucky and West Virginia.

5. Ranking the SEC receiving corps.  Alabama with the best, Kentucky with the worst?

6. “Sagging student attendance is an issue across the country — even at schools winning championships — but at Tennessee, the drop has been especially stark.”

7. Kevin Scarbinsky has an issue with SEC football coaches and their schedules: “They’ve been overdosing on cupcakes for years.”

8. What Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs has learned about coach Gus Malzahn: “Probably the most obvious thing I didn’t know was I’m not sure he ever sleeps.”

9. “There’s no better time than now to be a freshman defensive end at Auburn.”

10. Outgoing University of Georgia president Michael Adams will always be remembered for forcing out A.D. and former football coach Vince Dooley.  ”I did what I thought was in the best interests of the university, and I still feel that way today.”

11, Here’s a breakdown of over/under win totals for every SEC team.

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12. Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked about the possibility of Kyle Wiltjer returning.  ”I don’t know. He and I texted each other today. So I’ll probably text him to see where he is with things.”

13. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin sees increased confidence from Jordan McRae.  ”He feels like no one can guard him.”

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14. Phil Steele updates his list of college players out for the year.

15. Here’s how all the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences align starting tomorrow.

16. For many schools, the conference isn’t the only thing changing.  ”All told, there are a staggering 31 new head coaches at 125 FBS schools. That’s one of every four.”

17. Tomorrow is the first day of July which means we’re one day and one month closer to the start of college football.  The dancing gingerbread likes that idea.

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Wow Headlines 6/25/2013

Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer  is considering transferring to another school
Alabama forward Devonta Pollard has withdrawn from school following his arrest in connection to a child’s kidnapping
Tight end AJ Jackson will not be academically eligible to enroll at Ole Miss
Sportsbook places over/under on Alabama 2013 football victories at 11.5
Ex-Alabama footballer Brent Calloway will enroll at Arizona Western junior college
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If Wiltjer Leaves, UK’s Chances For Winning It All Decrease

Florida v KentuckyWith the greatest group of freshmen in the history of college basketball on its way to Rupp Arena — at least that’s what the pundits are calling Kentucky’s signing class — there’s probably not a lot of Wildcat fans wringing their hands over the possible departure of junior-to-be Kyle Wiltjer.  After all, if Wiltjer couldn’t crack the Cats’ starting lineup last year, how many minutes would he get this coming season?

Wiltjer — who it was learned yesterday is considering a transfer from UK – did average 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last year.  He also averaged 23 minutes per contest.  That was good enough to win him the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

John Calipari made it clear on his website in announcing the news that while he will support Wiltjer in any way he can, “I still hope he ends up back with us.”

Kentucky fans should hope for the same.

Calipari has done a remarkable job of rebuilding an NBA-raided program year after year in the Commonwealth.  He had an Elite Eight run, a Final Four team, and a national champion before last year’s disappointing NIT finish.  That’s a pretty good batting average considering the degree of difficulty in starting from scratch every year.

Ah, but there’s the rub.

Two years ago — when Kentucky cut down the nets in New Orleans — Calipari only had to start from near scratch.  The 2011-12 team had sophomore Terrence Jones and senior Darius Miller among its six top contributors.  And Miller’s leadership was viewed by many as the glue that helped hold such a young team together.

During his final season, Miller averaged a Wiltjer-like 26 minutes with 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  Those aren’t eye-popping numbers, but they were solid contributions on a team that featured a number of higher-profile stars.  And again, leadership can’t be quantified and listed on a stat sheet.

If Wiltjer does leave UK, does that mean the Wildcats can’t win it all in 2013-14?  Of course not.  There are no guarantees that he would provide for Kentucky’s next team what Miller provided for the 2011-12 Big Blue squad.

But we’d sure like Kentucky’s chances better if Wiltjer stuck around.

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Wiltjer To Explore Other College Options

mrsec-breaking-newsForward Kyle Wiltjer will not play on the Kentucky basketball team next season and is considering transferring to another school.

Wiltjer, who averaged 10.2 points and 23.8 minutes a game as a sophomore last season, announced in a letter he plans to spend the next year working to develop his body and improve his game.

“I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be,” Wiltjer wrote. “Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me.  It is difficult to put into words how hard it is to possibly leave BBN, yet I am confident that whatever I choose, I will give it my all. Regardless, I will always bleed blue and will never forget these amazing last two years at Kentucky.”

Wiltjer was expected to see a reduced role next season with the nation’s No. 1 signing class arriving in Lexington. But Kentucky will have to replace the outside shooting of Wiltjer, who made 36.7 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.

Kentucky coach John Calipari expressed disappointment in Wiltjer’s decision but left open the possibility of Wiltjer returning to the Wildcats.

“Kyle’s choice to explore options at another school disappoints me, but it’s his decision at the end of the day, and I fully support his decision,” Calipari wrote on his website. “I would love for him to go through this process and return to us, but I will support him and help him in any way I can. He’s a terrific young man, a great student, a tremendous basketball player and an excellent teammate. If he does choose to go somewhere else, that school will be very lucky.”

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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.

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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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Poythress Announces He’ll Return To Kentucky

mrsec-breaking-newsKentucky forward Alex Poythress announced Tuesday he will return for his sophomore season.

Poythress was Kentucky’s second-leading scorer (11.4 points per game) and rebounder (6.2 per game) during his first year in Lexington.

“This year didn’t end like we wanted it to,” Poythress said in a released statement. “I want to come back and do what we said we wanted to do and that’s win a national title. I want to develop more as a player and the competition coming in next year should help me do that.”

That competition will include six McDonald’s All-Americans as part of Kentucky’s 2013 class, which ranks No. 1 in the nation.

Poythress joins center Willie Cauley-Stein and forward Kyle Wiltjer in the decision to return to Lexington next season.

Freshman guard Archie Goodwin has already declared for the NBA draft while freshman forward Nerlens Noel has yet to announce his future plans. But Noel, who’s ranked the No. 1 overall draft prospect by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, is expected to turn pro.

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