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SEC Headlines – 4/19/12

1.  While Alabama’s team enjoys its visit to the White House…

2.  Tide receiver DeAndrew White has been hospitalized with a concussion following an altercation on the Tuscaloosa Strip.

3.  There’s quiet optimism at Auburn as the Tigers head into summer.

4.  Quarterback Tyler Wilson and receiver Marquel Wade have been tearing it up for Arkansas this spring.

5.  “There are no real obstacles” to expanding LSU’s football stadium.

6.  The state college board has cleared MSU to issue up to $82 million in bonds to finance its own plan to expand Davis Wade Stadium.

7.  MSU hoopster Jalen Steele plans to stand strong… as the the Dogs’ last man standing.

8.  This writer says Ole Miss needs to create some positive vibes as summer nears.

9.  There’s still a long way to go in Texas A&M’s quarterback battle.

10.  Ex-Florida guard Erving Walker will wind up paying $301 for a $3 taco he tried to nab last month.

11.  Here’s one writer’s view of the 10 best players on Florida’s football team.

12.  Tony Barnhart says it’s a fact that Georgia has a good team… and that it’s getting a break in its SEC schedule.

13.  Kentucky linebacker Alvin Dupree is looking to perfect his game.

14.  In an “exit interview,” hoops star Anthony Davis says his decision to leave UK for the NBA was tough.

15.  Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the uncertain from South Carolina’s spring drills.

16.  Tennessee’s football assistants can make some big bucks by reaching a bowl game this year.

17.  With five starters leaving, no one’s quite sure what to expect from Vanderbilt basketball next season.

18.  There’s more to Missouri’s wide receivers than just numbers.

BONUS — Here at we cover football and men’s basketball.  That’s 28 teams and that’s plenty.  But we would be remiss if we failed to mention the retirement of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt.  She has been an ambassador for her school, the Southeastern Conference and her sport.  Her accomplishments are unlikely to ever be duplicated.

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Hogs’ Wade (And His Mom) Apologize To Dores’ Krause For Hit

When Arkansas freshman Marquel Wade apologized earlier this week for a hit that left him suspended, a number of people pointed out that his apology was to his program and Razorback fans… not to Vanderbilt’s Jonathan Krause, the player he hammered with a helmet-to-helmet blow last Saturday.

But Krause says he received an e-apology from both Wade and his mother.

“I got an apology from him and his mom… Facebook, Twitter.  It was his mom that sent the letter (via Facebook).  It was nice of her to take her time out and send the letter.”

Krause sounds ready to move on from the situation. 

“I remember the whole thing.  There was no concussion or anything.  It was just a hard hit.  I’m feeling a lot better.  The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Really? I was nowhere near the ball.’  It is what it is.  It happens.  It is football, you know?”

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Hog Assistant Says Wade’s “Really Sorry”

Freshman receiver Marquel Wade was suspended for Arkansas’ game with South Carolina by the SEC office yesterday.  Wade — who has eight catches on the season — launched himself helmet-first into Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause during last Saturday’s game while serving as a gunner on the Razorbacks’ coverage unit.

Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said last evening that Wade is “down” over the suspension:

“I know he’s really, really sorry.  One, for the act that he did to the kid, but that he’s not going to get to help us this weekend.  That’s the reason he’s down, but we’ve got plenty of people at that position.”

Wade has apologized for embarrassing Arkansas.  The league has suspended him for one game.  Bobby Petrino has said UA will comply with the league’s decision.  And Krause is healthy and ready to play again this weekend.

It’s time to hope Wade — and others — learn not to deliver intentional helmet-to-helmet shots.  It’s also time to move on.

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Arkansas’ Wade Apologizes For Hit That Led To Ejection

Freshman receiver Marquel Wade — ejected from Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt after delivering a helmet-to-helmet shot to a defenseless punt returner and then celebrating the hit — apologized during Bobby Petrino’s weekly press conference today.

According to Robbie Neiswanger of, Wade said, “I was wrong.  I thought he had the ball.”  When asked about the little hopstep he made as bobbed to the sideline post-hit, Wade said, “I thought I just made a good play.  That’s all I can say about that.”

Wade also apologized for any embarrassment he act may have caused the Arkansas program.

Wade’s apology is a step in the right direction.  We don’t believe the young man should be suspended for the remainder of the season, booted from the Arkansas team, or drawn and quartered as some have suggested.  (The drawing and quartering is an exaggeration, for you literalists out there.)

But we do feel — as we stated earlier today — that he should receive a full-game suspension from the SEC for his hit.  It was the kind of play that needs to be held up to all league players as an example of what not to do.

An inch or two this way or that way and we could be talking about a very serious injury today.  For Vandy’s Jonathan Krause or for Wade.  The league must crackdown on players launching themselves to make helmet-to-helmet hits.

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