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Bielema Says U-La-La Will Be A “Tremendous Challenge” For Arkansas

2788_louisiana_ragin_cajuns-alternate-2000OK, don’t laugh.

Arkansas has a new coach, new schemes, and an injury-riddled depth chart.  Their opponent is coming off a bowl game and actually finished 9-4 last season.

Still, when Bret Bielema suggested this week that Louisiana-Lafayette will be a “tremendous challenge,” that had to just be coach-speak, right?  He had to be kidding.  (Wait, we already know he’s not a comedian.)

 

“This is probably not your typical opener seeing as it is against a bowl-win team that won nine games (last season), won 10 games before that…

I don’t think anybody’s expecting a free pass.”

 

Don’t forget, the Razorbacks fell 34-31 to Louisiana-Monroe last fall.  You can ask the folks at Florida if Louisiana’s other directional school is similarly dangerous.  The Gators had to block a punt and return it for a TD with two seconds left to play in order to subdue the Ragin’ Cajuns 20-13 in Gainesville last season.

According to ULL — we at MrSEC.com prefer U-La-La — head coach Mark Hudspeth, that game at Florida has given his team some confidence heading into Arkansas.  “The way we at least played at Florida last year — we didn’t win the game, but we competed — I think gave our guys even more confidence that you know, we can compete on a bigger stage… They’re not by any means arrogant or cocky coming into this game, but they’re confident.”

So don’t chuckle, all you non-Hog fans, if you see Arkansas getting a little bit more from Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend than most expect.  Bielema’s already sounded the warning bell for fans and for his team.

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Wow Sunday Headlines 11/11/2012

Saturday SEC Football Finals
South Carolina 38 – Arkansas 20
Missouri 51 – Tennessee 48 (4 OT)
Florida 27 – Louisiana-Lafayette 20
Texas A&M 29 – Alabama 24
Georgia 38 – Auburn 0
LSU 37 – Mississippi State 17
Vanderbilt 27 – Ole Miss 26

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Wow Saturday Headlines 11/10/2012

Saturday SEC Football Schedule
Arkansas at South Carolina
Missouri at Tennessee
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida
Texas A&M at Alabama
Georgia at Auburn
Mississippi State at LSU
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss

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SEC Headlines 11/10/2012

Arkansas at South Carolina

1. Razorbacks have won three straight against the Gamecocks -all by double-digits.

2. Safety D.J. Swearinger may move to cornerback for South Carolina today – producing a domino effect of position changes.

Missouri at Tennessee

3. Mizzou will face a Tennessee defense under the control of Derek Dooley.

4. The Vols have one thing the Tigers envy; an explosive offense.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida

5. The only time a 7-1 Florida team didn’t make the SEC championship game was 1998.

6. The Ragin’ Cajuns want to be known as simply Louisiana.

Texas A&M at Alabama

7. Nick Saban wants Alabama fans to cheer loudly when the Aggies are on offense.  Texas A&M draws opponents offside an average of four times a game.

8. Today wraps up a stretch of five of six games on the road for A&M.

Georgia at Auburn

9. Georgia can clinch the SEC East unless Auburn can play the role of spoiler.

10. Since 1933, this game has decided the fate of a conference or division winner 20 times.

Mississippi State at LSU

11. If you can’t get excited about a matchup between two 7-2 teams: “You must not love football.”

12. Bulldogs offense struggling – only 13 points from first-team unit in last two games.

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss

13. Liberty Bowl or Music City Bowl a possibility for either school with a victory – but Vanderbilt has bigger bowl game aspirations.

14. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace: “I think it (becoming bowl-eligible) is everything,”

SEC Basketball

15. Georgia 68- Jacksonville 62. Coach Mark Fox: “It was just kind of an ugly game.”

16. Tennessee 76- Kennessaw State 67.  Volunteers led by as many as 27 points.

17. Troy 56 - Mississippi State 53.  Bucket with 1.6 seconds left beats MSU in Rick Ray’s debut as Bulldogs coach.

18. Arkansas 73- Sam Houston 68.  Razorbacks struggle without suspended guard BJ Young.

19. LSU 77- UC Santa Barbara 63. Tigers up-tempo style produces 16 steals and 23 turnovers.

20. Auburn 61- IPFW 50.  Tigers gets 26 points from Frankie Sullivan.

21. Kentucky 72 – Maryland 69.  Up by 15 early in the second half, Kentucky hangs on to win in Brooklyn. From walk-on to difference-maker for Jarrod Polson.

22. Florida – Georgetown.  Game cancelled at halftime due to condensation issues on the court. Florida was leading 27-23.

23. Texas A&M 71- Louisiana Tech 59.  Aggies outscore Bulldogs 32-14 in the paint.

24. Ole Miss 93 – Miss. Valley State 57.  22 points for guard Marshall Henderson.

25. Alabama 70- S. Dakota State 67.  Crimson Tide win the game on a buzzer-beater.

26. Mizzou opens against SIU-Edwardsville this afternoon. Don’t expect Missouri-Kansas anytime soon, even if the Big 12 and SEC agree on a hoops challenge.

SEC/College News

27. Auburn trustee on the future of Gene Chizik and A.D. Jay Jacobs: “No decision has been made about their future at the university and anybody who tells you something else is lying or just hoping,”

28. A Tennessee trustee says rumors of a rift between athletics and academics aren’t true.

29. Expect a 6-bowl rotation for the semi-finals in college football’s new playoff format

30. Kentucky fan Ashley Judd…for U.S. Senate?

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Wow Evening Headlines 11/9/2012

Saturday SEC Football Schedule
Arkansas at South Carolina. MrSEC Pick:  South Carolina 28, Arkansas 20
Missouri at Tennessee. MrSEC Pick:  Tennessee 34, Missouri 31
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida. MrSEC Pick:  Florida 42, Louisiana-Lafayette 17
Texas A&M at Alabama. MrSEC Pick:  Alabama 28, Texas A&M 17
Georgia at Auburn. MrSEC Pick:  Georgia 38, Auburn 10
Mississippi State at LSU. MrSEC Pick:  LSU 27, Mississippi State 17
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss. MrSEC Pick:  Ole Miss 24, Vanderbilt 23

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Mullen Wants His Team To Handle The “Adversity Of Success”

Open the coffin.  Put it in the coffin.  Put the coffin in the ground.  Shovel dirt on top of the coffin.

It’s time to bury the old “Dan Mullen’s never beaten an SEC West foe not named Ole Miss” line.  Congrats, Dog fans.

But with Saturday’s barrier-busting 28-10 thumping of Auburn comes a new set of issues.  And Mullen is aware of that fact:

 

“I certainly don’t know if we’re going to sneak up on anybody this year, but that’s a good feeling to have…

This is a very, very important week for our guys.  We’re in a position right now to do some good things this season.  We started off the season wanting to put ourselves in position.  How do we handle that adversity of success going to play a tough team on the road this Saturday.”

 

Leave it to a coach to come up with the “adversity of success,” but Mullen’s correct.  His team will be the hunted when it visits Troy on Saturday and his players had better focus on the game at hand.  Troy is 1-1 on the season — coming off a 13-point loss to Louisiana-Lafayette — so “tough team  on the road” might be a stretch.  Still, another Louisiana school — the one in Monroe — upset a highly-ranked Arkansas squad just last week.

That should be enough to get the Bulldogs’ attention as they deal with the “adversity of success” this week.

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SEC Headlines – 4/9/12

1.  Receiver Christion Jones is more than just Alabama’s class clown.

2.  Here’s a look at which players are making a move at Auburn this spring.

3.  The “Team Save Coach Petrino” support group is asking Arkansas fans to “ban together.”  (Look, I’m guilty of typos, too, but I type a million words a day.”

4.  Don’t forget North Texas head coach and former LSU player Johnny Jones when it comes to the Tigers’ coaching search.

5. To go along with toughies Texas, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Boise State, the Ole Miss football program has added dates with nonconference powderpuffs Louisiana-Lafayette, Presbyterian, UT-Martin and Wofford in future years.

6.  Texas A&M is one week into a switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense.

7.  Georgia’s Mark Fox has been in Athens for just three seasons, but with Trent Johnson’s departure there are now just three SEC coaches who are longer-tenured.  Wow.

8.  Kentucky will kickoff football season against Louisville on a Sunday.

9.  Despite obstacles, South Carolina is looking to build on its 11-win 2011 season.

10.  With 38 years of coaching under his belt, Tennessee’s D-line coach John Palermo has experience on his side.

11.  A number of SEC officials — as in football ref-type officials — dropped in to meet and greet Missouri’s coaching staff this weekend.

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Pelton Takes Rocker’s Old Job At Auburn

Looks like Auburn will replace one ex-Tiger on its coaching staff with another.  Last week, Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt announced that he was going to stay with the Cardinals and not take the defensive line coach’s position once held down by Tracy Rocker (who left AU for the NFL).  Now former Auburn lineman Mike Pelton will fill that slot.

According to The Opelika-Auburn News, Pelton “will be the Tigers’ next defensive line coach.” Pelton played at Auburn in the early-to-mid-90s.  He was on Gene Chizik’s staff at Iowa State.  The last two years he has been on the staff at Vanderbilt.  When the folks in Nashville cleaned house this offseason, Pelton landed at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Now he’ll be making a return to his alma mater.

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Report: MSU’s Hudspeth Takes The ULL Job

Mississippi State receiver and passing game coordinator Mark Hudspeth has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.

In late November, Hudspeth said he was not interested in the job.  Hudspeth said in the last 24 hours that he changed his mind when contacted by ULL officials.  Now, if FootballScoop.com is correct, he’s completed his flip-flop and accepted the ULL job.

Hudspeth had been the head coach at North Alabama from 2002 to 2008 before joining Dan Mullen’s first staff in Starkville.

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Report: Alabama RB Coach Burns A Candidate For La-Lafayette Top Job

FootballScoop.com — a site that often grabs info from other sites without giving credit or links — reported over the weekend that Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns is a candidate for the head coaching position at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“We’ve been told that a large number of high school coaches in Louisiana have endorsed” Burns, the site reports. 

Burns was a Louisiana high school coach before joining Tommy Bowden’s staff at Tulane.  He followed Bowden to Clemson before joining Nick Saban’s unit in Tuscaloosa.

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