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SEC Headlines 3/19/2014

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1. Why is former Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore lashing out at the Aggies athletic administration?

2. Spring practice gets underway today at Florida with a focus on the offense and new coordinator Kurt Roper.

3. Some players to watch and some questions to ask at Florida this spring.

4. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen appreciates having some depth at quarterback this spring. Bulldogs kicked off spring practice Tuesday.

5. Concern at LSU?  Tigers backfield lacks depth.

6. Those four Georgia players charged with  multiple counts of theft by deception on Monday were back on the practice field Tuesday but Mark Richt not ruling out any dismissals. Bulldogs potential national title contender in 2014?

7. Plenty of new faces and new roles along Missouri’s offensive line but center Evan Boehm will be the anchor in the middle. Is Tigers running back Russell Hansbrough one of the players poised for a breakout season?

8. Vanderbilt redshirt freshman C.J. Duncan is changing positions.

9. Germain Ifedi started every game at right guard for Texas A&M last fall.He could wind up playing tackle this fall.

10. Linebacker Trey DePriest will be a leader of the Alabama defense.

11. Auburn safety Trent Fisher, son of St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, may no longer be on the team.

12. South Carolina sophomore Jamari Smith trying to get the jump on five freshmen cornerbacks who will join the program this summer. A couple of South Carolina linebackers undergo arthroscopic surgeries.

13. Arkansas had to replace three assistant coaches in the offseason - but none of the changes came on the offensive staff.

14. Tennessee football is on spring break this week but here’s an updated look at the depth charts.

Bruce Pearl to Auburn reaction

15. Auburn’s new basketball coach meets the media.  ”When I made the mistakes that I made at Tennessee, I let a lot of people down.” Pearl gets six-year deal worth $2.2 million annually.

16. Pearl turned 54 Tuesday.  “Happy belated birthday, Bruce Almighty. Or should that now be Bruce Au-mighty?”

17. Pearl believes the hiring had the blessing of SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: ”I’m sure I wouldn’t be getting this second chance unless it met with his approval.”

18. “He will be a catalyst for change in the league, to the delight of commissioner Mike Slive.”

19. Pearl met with Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs at his Knoxville home Monday night - deal hashed out on the kitchen island.  One Tennessee reaction to Pearl’s hiring?  Relief.  

20. Kevin Scarbinsky: ‘A popular analogy already has started making the rounds...Pearl will be to (Anthony) Grant as Nick Saban was to Tommy Tuberville.

21. Paul Finebaum: (Alabama A.D. Bill Battle) “woke up today and found out his worst nightmare – at least from a basketball standpoint — has come true.”

22. Mike DeCourcy: “How many active coaches are better? Let’s just say they could all probably fit in one clown car.”

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23. Tennessee meets Iowa tonight.  Vols are 0-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Dayton, Ohio.

24. The 13-year old son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery will have surgery to remove a thyroid tumor just hours before tonight’s tipoff. Update: “Today’s surgery for my son Patrick went as planned.”

25. Georgia hosts Vermont tonight in the NIT.  Bulldogs going for their 20th win of the season.

26. LSU travels to San Francisco to meet the Dons tonight in NIT action.

27. Texas A&M plays Wyoming tonight in the CBI Tournament.  Coach Billy Kennedy:  ”Our guys have been good in practice, and it helps us more for next year more than anything, just playing another game, and practicing helps for the future.”

28. Freshman guard Shawn Smith still not with the Aggies.

29. With a win Tuesday night, Albany gets to play Florida in the first round.  Trivia question: Know their team nickname?

30. The President has Florida in his Final Four but picks Michigan State to win it all.

31. Florida Center Patric Young wants to become a minister after basketball.

Extra

32. Johnny Manziel and his “Fighting Ducks” Nike shoes. Merrill Hoge on Johnny Football: “He’s got bust written all over him.”

33. Here’s a look at the rings given to Florida State players and coaches for winning the BCS title.

34. Actor Vince Vaughn pays $6.5 million for Lane Kiffin’s California home.

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SEC Headlines 2/22/2014

headlines-saturday1. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason discussing suspended assistant Vavae Tata:  “In terms of coaching football with the Vanderbilt Commodores this year, it’s not going to happen.”  Later clarified: “I’ll just stick by my statement that he’s suspended right now.”

2. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on the proposed 10-second rule in college football: “I think it’s the equivalent of telling a basketball team you can’t full-court press.”

3. Charges of resisting arrest dropped against Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson in exchange for community service and good behavior in the next 90 days.

4. Perhaps the biggest surprise of an Alabama poll on SEC quarterbacks?  The love for Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk.

5. Just ONE -an interesting question for college fans to ponder.

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6. Gil Brandt on Johnny Manziel: “He might be 5-11 and 3/4 but he plays like he’s 10-foot tall.”

7. Mike Mayock on Manziel: “When he got frustrated with not being able to get out of the pocket quickly enough, his accuracy and decision-making would suffer.”

8. The St. Louis Rams found some bad resume tape on Auburn tackle Greg Robinson: “I told them you can look at my later film and I improved it.”

9. LSU’s Jeremy Hill sent a letter to every NFL team explaining his off-field incidents and attaching character references.

10. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington on his final performance as a Gamecock:  ”That was the game that kind of sealed the deal, if I was going to stay or come back.”

11. Breaking down the measurements on the Tennessee players at the NFL Combine.

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12. In football, 10 SEC coaches crack the top 25 highest-paid list.  In basketball, just five of them do.

13. MrSEC: Hold off on this firings…no one wants your school’s crappy job.

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Report: Vanderbilt Search Down To Two Names; (Update) Mason Hired

Search button 2Are Stanford’s Derek Mason and Clemson’s Chad Morris the two finalists for the head coaching job at Vanderbilt?  A report out Thursday by 24/7 sports indicated that Morris, Clemson’s offensive coordinator, was “gaining significant traction” and indicated that Mason, Stanford’s defensive coordinator, “was the name to beat.” The National Football Post agrees with the Mason assessment, calling him the “top choice” to replace Franklin. Other reports back Mason as the favorite – see here and herealso here.

Sentiment is not as uniform on Morris’ chances to land the job.   “After talking with a source in Nashville this morning, we don’t believe Morris is going anywhere,” says the Clemson Rivals site.

Meanwhile, in Nashville, Vanderbilt A.D. David Williams says the search is not over.  When will it be done? “I hope soon, but until we find a coach we still have some things we have to do and people to talk to.” In addition to Morris and Mason, other names linked to the search include St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and  Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.  Both Hamilton and Mason reportedly interviewed on Thursday. Bruce Feldman says Hamilton has taken his name out of consideration.

The man the new coach will be replacing has reportedly taken several of his assistants with him to Penn State.  Six of James Franklin’s assistants still on the payroll at Vanderbilt resigned Thursday morning, according to The Tennessean.  

Update: 24/7 Sports says Mason will be named the coach but “no details on when it will be announced.”  Citing sources, Bruce Feldman says job was offered to Pep Hamilton but he decided to stay with the Colts.

Update II: Vanderbilt has hired Mason.

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OC Yost Steps Down At Mizzou, Could UT’s Chaney Be In Play?

After Missouri’s mizz-erable 2012 campaign ended, head coach Gary Pinkel said there would be no changes to his coaching staff.  Fast forward a few days and that’s now changing.

Embattled offensive coordinator David Yost announced today that he’ll be stepping down after nearly two decades of coaching with Pinkel (the last 12 years in Columbia):

 

“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision.  I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else.  On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me.”

 

With injuries to quarterback James Franklin and just about every offensive lineman on the Tiger team, Mizzou finished the SEC 11th in total offense and scoring offense.

So who might replace Yost?  A look higher up the SEC stats chart will show that Tennessee finished 2nd in the league in total offense and fourth in scoring.  With Derek Dooley out in Knoxville, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney — a Missouri native who joined Tennessee’s staff from the St. Louis Rams in 2009 — is available.

Chaney had great success as Purdue’s offensive coordinator and helped turn Drew Brees and Kyle Orton into household names before heading to the NFL and then back to the college ranks.  For Missouri, a Chaney hire would also bring someone into the fold who’s had success in the East Division and who has already established some recruiting ties in the areas the Tigers hope to target.

In the end, two plus two might equal five, but the math on a Chaney/Mizzou marriage seems to add up.

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