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SEC Headlines 9/11/2013

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1. Suspended Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd is due in court Friday.

2. In defense of Jadeveon Clowney: “To expect perfection every snap from a 20-year-old, no matter how athletically gifted, is to expect the unattainable.”

3. Between his time at LSU and Alabama, Nick Saban is 15-2 when facing a team a year after losing to them.

4. Jimbo Fisher, Will Muschamp and Derek Dooley were in the room when Kevin Sumlin interviewed for Nick Saban’s LSU staff back in 2002.

5. Matt Hayes on the “Johnny Cam” Saturday:  “And you people wonder why college athletes have an entitled attitude.”

6. Mark Bradley on Alabama-Texas A&M:  “I think Alabama wins in College Station without undue stress.”

7. Gene Stallings on the comparisons between AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel: ”A good question would be if you could just have one of them, which one would you take? That’s not a question I’m going to answer.”

8. Big question for Alabama – will the Tide see better play from the offensive line?

9. Behind the obvious Aggies-Crimson Tide matchup – you know what the second-most bet game is  this weekend?  If you guessed Kentucky-Louisville, you’re right.

10. Kentucky-Louisville and the battle for…Ohio?

11. Former Georgia quarterback David Greene on Aaron Murray: “It’s unfair how guys get labeled, because, honestly, a quarterback’s play doesn’t always correlate to a win.”

12. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall saw improvement in his play from Week 1 to Week 2:  ”Yeah I made some improvement, but there’s still room to get better.”

13. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen struggled in second half last week.  Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney: Allen was“pressing a little bit.”

14. Debate question: Is LSU a SEC title contender?

15. Message to South Carolina fans following the loss to Georgia: “Don’t buy those Music City Bowl tickets just yet.”

16. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on two assistants caught on camera screaming at each other: “We hashed it out. They know we’re not going to have any more of that.”

17. Could Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews be headed for a big weekend?  South Carolina’s secondary has some injury issues.

18. With Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane, Tennessee is establishing an effective tailback tandem.

19. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel wants his Tigers to play Kansas every year in Kansas City.

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20. Unclear if Auburn’s Dee Ford and Justin Garrett will be available for Mississippi State.

21. With Mississippi State starting guard Justin Malone out for the season with a broken foot, Ben Beckwith gets a chance to play on the Bulldogs offensive line.

22. South Carolina center Cody Waldrop ”very doubtful” to play Saturday – planning to see specialist about his sprained foot.

23. Texas A&M is focusing on tempo in practice as it prepares for Alabama.  ”We know it got on their nerves last year.”

24. Aggies safety Floyd Raven has a collar bone injury -won’t play Saturday.

25. Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders has been out since camp started with a broken collarbone.  He may play against Texas.

26. Texas quarterback David Ash hasn’t been ruled for the Ole Miss game but he didn’t practice Tuesday.

27. How is Tennessee getting ready for Oregon? By listening to the Ducks fight song.

28. Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell had ACL surgery Tuesday - expected to apply for a medical redshirt.

29. After giving up 68 points and 921 yards in the first two games, Georgia gets an off-week to fine-tune its defense.

30. Missouri also gets a bye week to get healthy – linebacker Kentrell Brothers and cornerback E.J. Gaines banged up.

31. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel not the only Gator hurt - “UF’s injury list is long and rather significant.” Most should be back for the Tennessee game.

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32. Booster T. Boone Pickens responds to Sports Illustrated’s investigation into the Oklahoma State program.

33. Coach Les Miles left Oklahoma State for LSU in 2004.  Former A.D. Skip Bertman: “We did an extensive background check on a personal basis…Nothing showed in terms of NCAA issues – nothing.”

Extras

34. Football on Yom Kippur: What’s a Bama Jew To Do?

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A&M/Baylor/SEC Headlines – Lunchtime Edition

A few quick notes concerning Baylor, Texas A&M and the SEC at this lunch hour:

1.  Chaos in college athletics is now here according to The Wall Street Journal.

2.  Orangebloods.com says the SEC wants all remaining Big 12 schools to sign waivers stating that they will not sue… and that’s not going to happen.

3.  Baylor’s poor attendance, poor record and poor facilities are forcing it to throw out legal threats.

4.  This writer for the International Business Times can’t figure out why more Big 12 schools aren’t threatening to sue.

5.  Mark Bradley of The AJC looks at who might be next on the SEC’s dance card.

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Bradley: Richt’s Seat Isn’t Hot And Won’t Be… Until He Loses His Next Game

Wanted to pass along a funny nugget from Mark Bradley of The AJC today.  It sums up not only the feelings around the Peach State these days, but it would also hold true in most college towns as we wind toward the season.

July and August are the months hope rise.  In June, Game X looks like a probable loss.  By July, Game X starts to look like a toss-up.  By August, Game X — even if it’s against the Pittsburgh Steelers — “could go our way ’cause they’ll be overlooking us!”

Well, here’s Bradley’s take on how hopes are rising in Georgia:


“A disconnect was witnessed at the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.  People who live outside Georgia were wondering who will be the Bulldogs’ next head coach.  People who live in Georgia were wondering if Richt might be the 2011 SEC coach of the year.  Heat Index: (Mark) Richt’s job is not yet in question and won’t be until he loses another game.”


And that is the life of a millionaire football coach in a world dominated by instant media, instant analysis and expectations of instant success.

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SEC Headlines – 11/12/10 Part One

1.  Urban Meyer says his Gators learned from their midseason struggles.

2.  Back in action, Chris Rainey is gaining redemption on the football field.

3.  Shooting will be a priority for Billy Donovan’s team tonight.

4.  Mark Bradley of The AJC writes that Auburn University’s reputation is on the line if it allows Cam Newton to play tomorrow.

5.  If he does play, Georgia’s defense will have to stop him.  (I wouldn’t hold my breath.)

6.  Georgia’s basketball team is confident heading into tonight’s opener.

7.  Once again, Kentucky versus Vanderbilt lacks prestige.

8.  Several senior walk-ons have contributed to Kentucky’s football team this year.

9.  Freshman point guard Brandon Knight says it’s an honor to be John Calipari’s point guard… following John Wall, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose.

10.  To beat Kentucky, Vanderbilt will first need to survive tomorrow’s second quarter.

11.  Vandy’s Brad Tinsley is glad he’s running the point.

12.  It’s Festus Ezeli time in Nashville!  (And no that’s not a foreign holiday.)

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No New Facts, But Plenty More Talk About AU’s Newton This Morning

Facts?  You want facts?  Hell, nobody’s dealing in those, folks.  Not when it comes to Cam Newton.  Who needs new facts, an industry has been created in just chatting, speculating and tweeting about the Auburn quarterback’s status.

Here’s the latest chatter from across the internet:

* In an AP poll of 23 Heisman voters, 19 said that they would vote for Newton if he’s eligible when they cast their ballots.  Four, however, said that “allegations alone could be enough to dissuade them from putting Newton on their ballot.”  (LINK FIXED)

Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal said, “At this point, I can’t envision voting for him.  One Reggie Bush tainting the Heisman is enough.” 

Newton = Bush.  Oops.  Sorry.  That’s not the full equation. 

This is: Newton = Bush – Proof. 

But why wait for proof, right?

* Last year’s Heisman winner — Alabama tailback Mark Ingram — has a vote in this year’s race and he says the Newton allegations don’t factor into his vote.  “As a Heisman voter, I’m not paying attention to that right now.  At the end of the season, I’ll see who played the best football and come up with the best player in the entire country.  If it’s Cam, it’s Cam.  If it’s somebody else, it’s somebody else.”

Would Newton get Ingram’s vote if he cast it today?  “I know they’re undefeated and Cam Newton is playing better football than most everybody in the country right now.”

* Florida coach Urban Meyer tossed some support in the direction of Newton yesterday.  “Those stories have absolutely nothing to do with our team, our preparation for South Carolina.  Our entire focus is, and always will be, on our team.  I will say, however, that I was very supportive of Cam when he left here, and Cam and his family know this.  We wish him all the best.”

* Mark Bradley of The AJC says the Newton saga is bizarre… even by SEC standards.  “Does the SEC, shuddering over the possibility of its championship game matching Auburn and Chizik against Florida and Meyer, intercede?  Does the NCAA?  The FBI?”

* Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports writes that the Newton story is turning the SEC into a circus.  Speaking of Mike Slive’s attempt to clean up the league, Wetzel writes: “At one point Slive thought the entire league would be off probation for the first time in years.  It didn’t happen as the Arkansas track team got busted.  By now there are scandals at multiple schools in both football and basketball.  Worse for Slive, frustration appears to be boiling over and manifesting itself into dropped dimes to the media.”

* Tony Barnhart of The AJC believes Mississippi State did what it was supposed to do… and he’s not buying any conspiracy theories.  “I love you guys (and you know who you are) but nobody can dream up conspiracy theories like an SEC football fan.  Things don’t just happen in the SEC.  They are always part of a huge Master Plan to put the screws to your school — especially when it is having a good year.”

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SEC: Pelphrey signs impressive class at Arkansas

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SEC Headlines – 11/9/10 Part One

1.  Georgia’s Demarcus Dobbs is laughing at Florida player’s suggestion that he and the Dawg defense wore out against the Gators.

2.  Mark Richt says if his team can beat Auburn, people “might think Georgia is a pretty darn good team, too.”

3.  Meanwhile, Auburn is bracing for Georgia’s passing attack.

4.  Mark Bradley of The AJC writes that Cam Newton is not Reggie Bush.

5.  But the character assassination attempts continue.  Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News writes that “In 26 years in this business, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

6.  Paul Finebaum will still cast his Heisman vote for Newton.  (This might be the best column Finebaum has ever penned… and like him or not he’s a good writer.)

7.  Auburn will need to slow down AJ Green on Saturday.

8.  The basketball Tigers fell to Division II Columbus State 54-52 last night.

9.  Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy — the guy some Bama fans want benched — has been nominated for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year honor.

10.  The Tide is having a hard time dealing with Saturday’s loss to LSU.

11.  UA-Huntsville gave Anthony Grant’s basketball team a double-overtime scare last night.

12.  Kentucky shouldn’t look past Vanderbilt…

13.  Even though UK’s game with Tennessee will serve as its true bowl game.

14.  Don’t expect John Calipari to deck himself out in a bright suit anytime soon.

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SEC: More Newton allegations; Tennessee hoops lose

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The Seat Is Warming Again For Richt

Heading into the season, Florida was picked as the class of the SEC East.  They were expected to finish ahead of Georgia.

Then AJ Green got himself suspended.  His absence was the first snowflake in an avalanche of early-season woes.  The Dawgs began the year 1-4, 0-3 in the SEC.  Somehow — Green’s return, favorable schedule — Mark Richt turned things around.  UGA whipped up on underlings Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.  They found themselves favored over a Florida team that had just lost three games in a row (to ranked foes).  Things had really changed since Georgia lost at Colorado.

Only they hadn’t.  In reality, the same Florida team that was deemed a little better than Georgia at SEC Media Days was indeed a little bit better than Georgia on Saturday.  A field goal in overtime better, to be exact.

But the emotions surrounding Georgia’s three-game rise and Florida’s three-game stumble obscured the facts.  Quite simply: Georgia fans and media bought in. 

And now Richt is catching heat for not beating a Gator team that no one expected him to beat back in July.

Mark Bradley of The AJC — another of our fave SEC writers — wrote yesterday that there are no AJ Greens or Justin Houstons or Aaron Murrays or Orson Charles on Florida’s team.  Then who was suited up for Florida?  Duds?  Or players who had just underperformed for the past three weeks?  Players who hadn’t been coached well the last three weeks?

Florida must have someone decent on its roster or else it wouldn’t have been picked to win the SEC East — which by the way it likely still will.

“There’s still great talent at Georgia,” Bradley writes.  “The old (Steve) Spurrier knock on Ray Goff now attaches itself to this coach: ‘Georgia gets all these players; I don’t know what happens to them’ — but the coaching has fallen below SEC standards.”

He continues: “Georgia under Richt has become the toothless tiger — the team everyone respects but nobody fears.”

With Auburn and Georgia Tech still to come on the Dawgs’ schedule, the heat could still rise much higher for Richt.

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SEC: At Georgia, the problem is coaching

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