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SEC Headlines 3/23/2014

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1. Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell out for the rest of the spring with another leg injury.

2. Georgia coach Mark Richt: “The good news is we think he’ll be ready by the summertime to be working and be 100 percent by the time camp starts.”

3. Injury to his right foot likely means Auburn defensive end LaDarius Owens will miss the rest of the spring.

4. Salary pool for Auburn assistant coaches will increase by nearly $1 million.

5. Auburn defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Montravius Adams taking reps at defensive end this spring.

6. Arkansas quarterback’s Brandon Allen’s shoulder has healed completely.

7. LSU coach Les Miles is counting on his incoming recruiting class.  ”The recruiting class will hit us just where we need to be hit. Some of those guys are going to get first (team) snaps.”

8. LSU wide receiver John Diarse’s ankle is 100% after being redshirted last season following a high ankle sprain.

9. Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack: “I love the energy of this team. The competition has been great.”

10. Alabama had two players put on more than 30 pounds in the offseason.

11. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins orchestrated an argument in front of the team.

12. About that Florida 4-8 season in 2013: “It seems inconceivable — and yet it happened.”

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13. Wichita State vs Kentucky: “The team chasing 40-0 against the team that was supposed to go 40-0. ”

14. Will Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison be ready to play today?

15. Tennessee and Mercer are survivors – not Cinderellas.

16. “UT athletic director Dave Hart might be wise to extend Cuonzo’s contract rather than paying another coach not to coach.”

17. Bruce Pearls’ show cause penalty expires in August.  ”It’s up to Auburn to get the exact details of what Pearl can and can’t do for the next five months. ”

18. “Right now, Pearl is speaking to more potential recruits through the tube than he could on the phone or in person.”

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SEC Headlines 3/20/2014

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1. Report:  Texas A&M sophomore defensive lineman Isaiah Golden has withdrawn from school.

2. Want to own your own LSU locker?  It can be yours for $3,950.

3. LSU defense shuffling its linebacking corps.

4. LSU A. D. Joe Alleva on the current scheduling format: “The ADs will not change their votes. “The only hope for change is for the (SEC) presidents  to realize it’s not an equitable schedule.”

5. Goal for Florida this spring? “We gotta get better on offense.” Quarterback Jeff Driskel made his return Wednesday.

6. Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest on hurry-up offenses: “It’s just something that you have to prepare a little bit harder for. That’s really it.”

7. Alabama gets in the first spring practice in pads.  Coach Nick Saban: “Some of the guys have to mature a little more…”

8. How are Alabama players adjusting to new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin?  “He pays attention to everything — every little thing.”

9. Full pads and full contact for Arkansas today.

10. Ole Miss offensive lineman Aaron Morris continues his recovery from a torn ACL.  Expected to totally cleared by August.

11. Big things expected this fall for Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson.

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12. Five reasons why Florida will win a national title – and five reasons they won’t.

13. Matt Hayes on the Florida program: “Embrace the beauty that is Billy Donovan, everyone.”

14. FiveThirtyEightSports says Florida has a 14% of winning it all, 2% chance for Kentucky, less than 1% for Tennesse.

15. Thursday and Friday NCAA Tournament TV schedule. Stuck at work?  You can watch online.

16. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery on Tennessee:  ”I was really impressed with those guys and the program that Cuonzo [Martin] has built there.”

17. Missouri will host Southern Miss in the second round of the NIT. Arkansas will travel to Cal. Bears beat the Razorbacks earlier this season.

18. Will new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl use the job as a springboard to another destination?  ”No way. No. Not happening,”

19. Auburn has received more than 500 ticket orders since Pearl was announced as the head coach

20. Pearl on Mike and Mike – “Still the craziest coach in the country.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Tennessee Gets OT Victory; Perfect Tournament Night For SEC

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Tennessee 78 – Iowa 65 (Overtime).  Video Highlights

1. Tied at 64, Tennessee dominates overtime, outscoring Iowa 14-1.   Jordan McRae led the Vols with 20 points.

2. Biggest win of Cuonzo Martin’s tenure?  Tennessee advances to play UMass Friday in Raleigh.


LSU 71 – San Francisco 63

3. With the victory, Tigers get their first 20 win season in five years.  LSU advances to play SMU Monday night in Dallas.

Georgia 63 – Vermont 56

4. Bulldogs rally from nine-point second-half deficit.  Charles Mann led Georgia with a career-high 29 points. Bulldogs now 20-13 and will play Louisiana Tech Saturday.


Texas A&M 59 – Wyoming 43. Video Highlights

5. Aggies dominate Cowboys with 41-27 rebounding advantage and outscoring Wyoming in the paint 26-14. Texas A&M will travel to Illinois State Monday night.

Thursday SEC Hoops Schedule

Albany vs Florida in the NCAA Tournament. Victory by the Gators will move the SEC to a perfect 7-0 in postseason play.

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SEC Headlines 3/18/2014

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1. Four Georgia football players, including safety Tray Matthews, were arrested and charged with theft by deception.

2. Georgia will begin spring practice today. Here are five things to know about the Bulldogs.

3. Nick Saban is happy with Alabama’s start to 2014. Veteran Tide players are, too.

4. Auburn will continue to have a “blue-collar, lunch-pail mentality,” coach Gus Malzahn said.

5. Mississippi State has some offensive holes to fill as spring practice gets started.

6. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze discussed the latest off-field issue involving linebacker Denzen Nkemdiche.

7. Tennessee’s defensive line still has plenty of work to do.

8. Four Missouri athletes – two play football, two play basketball – were arrested and cited for suspicion of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana.

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9. Florida wants to break its Elite Eight streak and finish with a national championship.

10. John Calipari still isn’t happy about Kentucky receiving a No. 8 seed in the tournament.

11. But Kentucky has to play where its sent. Here’s a look at what the Wildcats are facing.

12. Tennessee players scoffed at “play-in” criticism. Jordan McRae: “The whole tournament thing, ‘We’re in, but we’re not in,’ I’ve never heard of that. You’re either in or you’re not.”

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13. The Associated Press All-SEC team was released Monday. Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan. Player of the Year: Scottie Wilbekin.

14. What’s the latest with Auburn’s coaching search? Brandon Marcello checks in as a few other jobs have come open.

15. LSU forward Jarell Martin said he plans to return for his sophomore season next year.

16. The Tigers’ season isn’t over yet. LSU will play San Francisco in the NIT Wednesday night.

17. Ole Miss coaches have already started their offseason plans.

18. Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson still has plenty to prove as the Tigers prepare for the NIT.


19. Florida held its Pro Day on Monday. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley did not participate.

20. CBS Sports experts gave their predictions for the NCAA Tournament.

21. Scott Gleeson makes 10 bold predictions for the NCAA Tournament.

22. Teddy Bridgewater’s Pro Day reviews weren’t too good. Mike Mayock: “Most quarterbacks have good pro days. Today, I thought it was very average at best.

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SEC Headlines 3/15/2014

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1. Changes to alcohol policy for Georgia-Florida game “highly unlikely.”

2. Spring practice gets underway today at Alabama. Crimson Tide not just breaking in new players, but new coaches as well.

3. Big battle going on in the LSU camp at the right guard position. Coach Les Miles on his quarterback battle: “I think the quarterback position is a position of toughness.”

4. All four of Tennessee’s quarterbacks took reps in Friday’s first spring scrimmage.

5. With Tre Mason gone to the NFL, what are the running back options for Auburn this fall?

6. Missouri defensive end Shane Ray claims a 4.44 4o-yard dash this offseason.

7. SEC coaches divided on the idea of an early signing period for football.

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8. As Auburn looks to replace Tony Barbee, Tigers will have a search committee of 1 – A.D. Jay Jacobs. 

9. If Auburn calls, Bruce Pearl will listen.

10. Alabama coach Anthony Grant will return.  Has the backing of A.D. Bill Battle.

11. Will Florida freshman Chris Walker return or enter the NBA draft?

12. Improvement will be expected in Rick Ray’s third year at Mississippi State.

13. Adjusting postseason expectations at Arkansas. The Razorbacks “big game hunt withered to small potatoes.”

14. Arkansas, Georgia (if it doesn’t win SEC Tournament), LSU and Missouri all look to be better fit for NIT than Ole Miss.

15. CBI bid possible for Texas A&M?


16. Did you know?  The Big 12 will be the smallest FBS conference in the country this fall when the Sun Belt expands to 11 football teams.

17. When it comes to earnings, Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady is not that close.

18. New York Times: “One major college basketball participant with no chance of advancing to the national tournament: Las Vegas…”

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Conference Tourney Final Four

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 72 – Missouri 49. Video Highlights

1. Tied at 29 at halftime, Florida pulls away with 12-o second-half run.  Gators have now won 24 straight games.

2. Missouri scores only 20 points in the second half.  22-11 Tigers likely bound for NIT.

Tennessee 59 – South Carolina 44. Video Highlights

3. Tennessee gets 22 points and 15 rebounds from Jarnell Stokes – his 19th double-double of the season.

4. Vols get Florida today in a semi-final game.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “We came to win the tournament.”

5. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on Tennessee: ”I told our assistants last night I think they’re playing better than anyone in our league right now.”

Kentucky 85 – LSU 67. Video Highlights

6. 17 points and 16 rebounds for Julius Randle. James Young led all scorers with 21 points.

7. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant: “They just were the tougher team tonight when it really counted.”

Georgia 75 – Ole Miss 73. Video Highlights

8. Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 16 points in a game that featured 20 lead changes, 17 ties, 51 total fouls and 73 total free throws.

9. Last time Georgia played Kentucky, Bulldogs were beaten by 25 points in Rupp Arena.

10. Marshall Henderson scores 19 points for Ole Miss , but was just 5 of 21 from the field.  No NIT for the Rebels?

SEC Conference Tournament Saturday Schedule

Tennessee vs Florida

Georgia vs Kentucky

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SEC Headlines 3/14/2014

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1. The frenzy over Tennessee redshirt freshman quarterback Riley Ferguson. “He is Peyton Manning with quicker feet, Heath Shuler with more accuracy, Casey Clausen with a bigger arm.”

2. Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian on wide receiver and JUCO transfer Von Pearson: “Von’s very, very, very talented.”

3. High winds do some damage to Neyland Stadium’s Jumbotron.

4. Who will replace Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle for Alabama?

5. Jonathon Mincy will be expected to provide leadership in the Auburn secondary this fall.

6. Texas A&M and UCLA will play a home-and-home series starting in 2016. LSU and Syracuse working on a deal.

7. Nine SEC staffs had some turnover this offseason.  Here’s a rundown of who’s in and who’s out.

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8. Bruce Pearl’s top six programs in the SEC apparently don’t include Auburn.

0. Former Auburn coach Sonny Smith on the challenges the program faces: ”What makes the job somewhat difficult is the area that it’s located in.”

10. An argument to give Alabama coach Anthony Grant one more season.

11. LSU and Kentucky will meet for the third time this season. Tigers forward Johnny O’Bryant: “Oh, man, I can’t wait. Can’t wait.”

12. Would a signature victory over Florida be enough to push Missouri in to the NCAA Tournament?

13. Florida forward Casey Prather:  ”I feel like as long as we continue to stay on the path we’re going, then we’ll have no trouble.”

14. Atlanta-area starters a big part of Georgia’s success this season. Bulldogs beat Ole Miss by one point in their only regular season matchup.

15. Tennessee opens tournament play with South Carolina.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: ”I think the guys are loose.”

16. This breakdown of the NCAA Tournament says Arkansas’ loss yesterday has cost them a bid.


17. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects three Texas A&M players going in the first ten picks of the NFL draft. Expects three Alabama players to go in first round.

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18. Brent Musburger out – Chris Fowler in as play-by-play announcer for  ABC’s Saturday night college football broadcast.


19. Former chief executive of the Fiesta Bowl is headed to prison.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 3/14/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Missouri 91 – Texas A&M 83 (2 OT).Video Highlights

1. Missouri survives and advances in double overtime.  Tigers outrebound the Aggies 48-28 and make 40 of 53 free throws.

2. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy: “They shot 53 free throws. You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s too many free throws.”

South Carolina 71 – Arkansas 69. Video Highlights

3. South Carolina wins for the second straight day, getting 17 points from Sindarius Thornwell as the Gamecocks pull off the upset.

4. Did Arkansas blow its chance to make the NCAA Tournament?  Razorback senior Coty Clarke: I’m hoping for the NCAAs. But right now, I don’t know.”

LSU 68 – Alabama 56. Video Highlights

5. LSU freshmen trio of Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman combined for 31 points. 

6. Alabama ends it season at 13-19 – most losses for the Crimson Tide since the 1968-1969 season.

7. What’s the future hold for Alabama coach Anthony Grant?

Ole Miss 78 – Mississippi State 66. Video Highlights

8, Ole Miss rallies from 13-point second-half deficit.  Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson each score 21 points to lead the Rebels.

9. Mississippi State goes nearly 10 minutes in second half without a bucket. Bulldogs end the season losing 14 of last 15 games.

SEC Tournament Friday Schedule

Missouri vs  Florida

South Carolina vs Tennessee

LSU vs Kentucky

Ole Miss vs Georgia

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LSU 68 – Alabama 56

Video highlights of the LSU 68-56 win over Alabama Thursday at the SEC Conference Tournament in Atlanta.

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SEC Headlines 3/13/2014

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1. Is Florida the best coaching job in the SEC?  Athlon ranks all 128 college football jobs from a coaching perspective.

2. NCAA grants Florida wide receiver/returner Andre Debose a sixth year of eligibility.

3. Who will step up at wide receiver for LSU? 95-percent of receiver production for the Tigers is gone.

4. Will linebacker Kris Frost be a force in the middle for Auburn this fall?

5. South Carolina redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kwinton Smith no longer with the team.

6. Tennessee defensive tackle Danny O’Brien on his offseason arrest: ”I’m glad it happened. It taught me a life lesson that I’ll know forever.”

7. The Internal Revenue Service is auditing three bowls – one of them is the Gator.

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8. Expect to see a lot of Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer when the SEC Network launches in August.


9. Several NFL coaches on hand for Alabama’s pro day on Wednesday.

10. Does AJ McCarron think he’s the best quarterback in this draft?  ”Yeah, why not?”

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11. Texas A&M vs Missouri.  What’s the status of Aggies leading scorer Jamal Jones?  “If he can walk and chew gum, we will play him because we need him.”

12. Does Missouri need to win the SEC Tournament to reach the Big Dance?

13. South Carolina vs Arkansas.  Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade: ”I want to finish out with a bang.”

14. Alabama vs. LSU.  Tigers guard Andre Stringer: “I want that sense of urgency to come now.”

15 .Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss.  Rebels need big contributions from Anthony Perez if they’re to have any chance of repeating as tournament champs.

16. Could the SEC Tournament do more harm than good for Kentucky?

17. When Florida plays Friday, it will be the first time all season the Gators have played in a domed stadium.

18. Since 1979, Tennessee has gone one-and-done in the SEC Tournament 15 times.

19. Cutting former Auburn coach Tony Barbee no slack: “It wasn’t working. So it was time for him to go.”

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