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SEC Headlines 3/10/2014

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1. Here’s a look at Alabama’s wide receiver position, which loses Kenny Bell and Kevin Norwood.

2. Auburn has to replace left tackle Greg Robinson, but most of the offensive line will return in 2014.

3. Georgia has added four quality control assistants to the football program.

4. LSU coach Les Miles doesn’t see the link of hurry-up offenses and player safety concerns.

5. Miles addressed position battles on both sides of the ball. It starts at quarterback.

6. Senior Justin Worley has a sense of urgency in Tennessee’s quarterback battle.

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7. There will be plenty of desperate teams heading into the SEC tournament this week.

8. Marshall Henderson was still able to score points last week despite his shooting woes.

9. Mississippi State couldn’t be colder. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with 13 consecutive losses.

10. Pat Dooley looks at Florida’s undefeated season in SEC play.

11. Seth Emerson looks at how Georgia turned things around after a 6-6 start to the season.

12. Kentucky will need to get things turned around quickly as they try to make a run in March.

13. Criticism of coach Cuonzo Martin has helped bring the Vols together late in the season.

14. Missouri is hopeful it can win the SEC tournament. It won’t be easy for the Tigers.


15. Should the NCAA settle the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit? There are differing opinions.

16. Wichita State won the Missouri Valley tournament, improving to 34-0 on the season.

17. Running back Rashard Mendenhall explained why he’s leaving the game at 26 years old.

18. Nebraska upset Wisconsin last night, which should greatly help Nebraska’s NCAA tournament hopes.

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SEC Headlines 2/26/2014

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1. What’s happened to Bret Bielema? “The decline of Bielema’s reputation is a wholesale transformation from the public perception of him while he was at Wisconsin.”

2. Alleged victim in rape case that involves former Vanderbilt players is fighting the release of some records.

3. Marijuana possession and a noise violation get two Texas A&M players arrested over the weekend.

4. When spring practice starts at Auburn, it will be the first time in four years that Auburn’s defense won’t be learning a new system.

5. Former Auburn linebacker Travis Williams is returning to the Tigers as a defensive analyst.

6. When offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left Alabama for Michigan, his annual salary jumped by $150,000.

7. Is Missouri the SEC team most likely headed for a fall in 2014?

8. Renovation underway at Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium.

9. The future of recruiting? “It seemed like just yesterday that Nick Saban `accidentally’ walked in on me at my obstetrician’s office while I was getting my sonogram.”


10. Ron Jaworksi on Johnny Manziel: “I  wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.”

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11. If Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson makes a three-pointer tonight, he’ll set an SEC record – 61 straight games with a trey.

12. Is Auburn coach Tony Barbee worried about his future? “I don’t feel pressure at all.”

13. When it comes to Alabama basketball, there are reasons for hope but also reasons to lose hope.

14. “There are nine Division I basketball programs in Alabama. It’s the last week of February, and only two of them have winning overall records.”

15. Alabama guard Trevor Releford took a knee to the side of the leg in the win over Missouri Saturday.

16. Auburn wants to break a bad habit tonight against South Carolina – blowing a lead.

17. Texas A&M one of several teams battling for fourth place in the conference.  Important because it’s the last spot to get double-bye in SEC Tournament.

18. Mississippi State trying to snap a nine-game losing streak against Tennessee tonight. Vols just 2-5 in SEC road games.

19. Anyone experienced more  higher highs and lower lows this season than Arkansas sophomore Michael Qualls? Arkansas team confident heading into Rupp Arena Thursday night? 

20. Pat Forde: “How much coaching turnover will there be? There could be a lot, or there could be just one.”


21. Friday Night Lights for the Big Ten?

22. Reporter addresses high school team after game: “That was the worst exhibition of basketball that I’ve seen in about 30 years. ”

23. Beer and wine sales at Texas athletic events could begin as soon as tonight.

24. Johnny Cash would have been 82 years old today.

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Freeze Backs Ole Miss Players Facing Civil Suit; Witnesses Could Not Identify The Assailants

hugh-freeze-um-presserOle Miss student Matthew Baird believes he was knocked unconscious and pummeled by seven Rebel football players at a frat party last February.  The police at the time didn’t believe there was enough evidence to arrest anyone for the crime.  And UM officials believe the players were named only because they were the most recognizable persons attending the party.

Whoever’s right — and Blair has filed a $2 million civil suit against the players in the hopes that he’ll be found to be correct — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is backing his players.  Yesterday, he released a statement specifically supporting the two players whose names have become public — Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche:


“Having spoken with our players after the event occurred and reviewed the incident report, we are disappointed these unwarranted allegations are being directed at Denzel and Robert, and they have the full support of our team as they fight this matter.”


So why didn’t police arrest anyone in the immediate aftermath of the beatdown?  No witnesses at the frat party could identify the person(s) doing the beating.

University of Mississippi police captain Michael Harmon told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger: “A person was hit but he didn’t know who hit him.”  The police report stated that a number of Ole Miss athletes were present at the party (quarterback Bo Wallace and hoops star Marshall Henderson, for example), but there’s no mention of them being involved in the assault either.

The lawyer for the Nkemdiches has cut to the chase on the matter: “We deny all allegations.  My personal opinion after interviewing witnesses is that this is a classic case of misidentification.”

Denzel Nkemdiche is currently suspended from the team following a weekend arrest on charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and failure to comply with an officer.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/30/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Tennessee 86 – Ole Miss 70. Video Highlights

1. Tennessee scores 41 points in first half – matching output of entire game at Florida.  26 points for Vols guard Jordan McRae.

2. Rebels lose despite 26 points from Marshall Henderson. Coach Andy Kennedy: “We knew we catching a dangerous animal tonight.”

South Carolina 80-Texas A&M 52

3. First SEC win of the season for the Gamecocks.  South Carolina gets 19 points each from guards Duane Notice and Sindarius Thornwell.

4. Four straight losses for Texas A&M which started SEC play 3-0.  Coach Billy Kennedy:  ”Their guards out-physicaled us and made plays at the rim that we didn’t make.”

Vanderbilt 59-Georgia 54

5. Vanderbilt gets  16 points from Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker scores 15. Commodores made 15 of 21 free throws in the last two and a half minutes.

6. Bulldogs shoot 4-of-23 from three-point range. Three of those made came in the game’s last minute.  Georgia shoots a season-low 27.3 percent from the field.

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SEC Headlines 1/27/2014

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1. It’s finally official: quarterback Jacob Coker will transfer from Florida State to Alabama.

2. Coker has a “good plan in place” to get ready for the quarterback competition at Alabama.

3. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron shot down reports that he will join the Cleveland Browns.

4. Pat Dooley has winners and losers following college football’s silly season for coaches.

5. Georgia is waiting on the NCAA to clear up questions on non-coaching staff members working at football programs.

6. Missouri’s system president plans to ask for an independent review of the football program’s handling of an alleged sexual assault in 2010.

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7. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray apologized to Marshall Henderson for yelling at Henderson on Saturday. Ray: “I was totally at fault.”

8. Ole Miss suffered a “major blow” by losing guard Martavious Newby to a broken hand injury.

9. There are several SEC teams behind Florida and Kentucky with similar resumes. They aren’t overly impressive.

10. Florida is up to No. 4 in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one). Kentucky is the only other SEC team on the list.

11. Guard Michael Frazier II is providing plenty of versatility for Florida.

12. Tennessee’s basketball team is going to struggle when guard Jordan McRae is unable to score.

13. “Year 3 is a crossroads” for Vols coach Cuonzo Martin, writes David Climer.


14. Seniors have stolen from the spotlight from the highly-touted freshmen this college basketball season.

15. No. 1 Arizona beat Utah 65-56 on Sunday. The Wildcats improved their record to 20-0 on the season.

16. North Carolina’s hoops team beat Clemson on Sunday. The Tar Heels are 57-0 at home against Clemson.

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SEC Headlines 1/26/2014

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1. Alleged rape at Missouri reportedly involving members of the football team in 2010 gets spotlight treatment on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.”

2. Missouri responds with a statement and a critique: “It is important to point out this type of skewed and flawed reporting because it is dangerous.” ESPN responds to the response.

3. Former Auburn All-American Tracy Rocker will be the new defensive line coach at Georgia.

4. LSU special teams coach Thomas McGaughey is reportedly a candidate for the special teams coordinator job with the New York Jets.

5. Former LSU assistant Greg Studrawa is now the offensive line coach at Maryland.

6. Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Morrow gets raise and contract extension.  Has been an ace recruiter for coach Mark Stoops.

7. Why Vanderbilt fans want to brush off former coach James Franklin.

8. New Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell spent the past six years in the NFL including a stint with the Houston Texans: “He helped Matt Schaub make the Pro Bowl in 2012…”

9.  What does Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall have to do to earn a little respect?

10. Lou Holtz on his South Carolina legacy: ”We put the thing on a foundation, I felt, and we did a good job in that area,”

11.  Profile of Missouri strength and conditioning coach Pat Ivey -voted Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by his peers earlier this month.

12. Auburn strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell knows the demands the hurry-up, no-huddle offense.


13. Dee Ford’s NFL stock is rapidly rising.  Former Auburn defense end named MVP of Reese’s Senior Bowl. South wins the game 20-10.

14. ESPN names the SEC 2013 Super Seniors - a list that includes Ford and teammate Chris Davis.

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15. Next meeting of the new College Football Playoff selection committee will be in April. Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long on the group’s progress: ”As you might expect, with the quality of people in that room, it’s been great.”

16. Ron Morris on the “little secret that many head coaches choose to ignore when they talk about how college athletes live in virtual poverty…”

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17. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson and Mississippi State coach Rick Ray exchange words at the end of the game Saturday.

18. Missouri’s Jabari Brown has scored at least 22 points in four straight games - now leads the SEC in scoring at 19.5 points per game.

19. With games against Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida - Missouri about to embark on toughest stretch of its schedule.

20. Florida may not have super stars but it does have balance.  Coach Billy Donovan: “I think it’s critical. You want four to six guys in double figures.”

21. Snow and freezing temperatures can’t keep Kentucky fans away from Rupp Arena.  Announced attendance Saturday -  23,367.


22. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston - potential closer on the Florida State baseball team?

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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/10/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Ole Miss 65 – Auburn 62

1. Ole Miss held on to beat Auburn despite playing without suspended guard Marshall Henderson.

2. “Unforced turnovers” hurt Auburn the most, according to coach Tigers Tony Barbee.

Saturday’s Schedule

Florida at Arkansas

LSU at South Carolina

Missouri at Auburn

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Alabama at Georgia

Ole Miss at Mississippi State

Texas A&M at Tennessee

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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/1/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Tennessee 82 – Wake Forest 63. Third straight double-double for Jarnell Stokes – 21 points and 10 rebounds. Vols move to 5-2 on the season.

2. SMU 55 – Texas A&M 52. Aggies drop their second straight game - shoot just 34.7 percent from the floor.  Texas A&M now 6-2.

3. Ole Miss 79 – Penn State 76. Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson pace undefeated Rebels with 19 points each.  Ole Miss now 6-0.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines: Early Basketball Signings

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1. Alabama’s top 25 recruiting class features three four-star athletes.

2. Vanderbilt’s class features three recruits ranked in the top 100 by recruiting services.

3. Point guard Anton Beard signing with Arkansas today.

4. Ole Miss signs four - headlined by JUCO point guard Stefan Moody, who’s expected to replace Marshall Henderson.

5. Mississippi State signs three players - including another player from Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama.

6. Missouri signs Springfield, Georgia forward Jakeenan Grant - expected to sign one more.

7. Four players sign with Kentucky. Cats expected to add one more on Friday.

8. South Carolina signs one player this morning – Frank Martin expected to add one more tomorrow.

9. Florida’s class has three commitments.

10. Tennessee signs two big men – two guards expected to sign today.

11. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy gets the point guard  he’s been after – Alex Robinson: “He makes other people around him better with his ability to create offense.”

12. Verdict on LSU class? No, this class isn’t likely to land in the top 25 rankings assembled by recruitniks, but it did what it needed to do for coach Johnny Jones next season.

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NFL QB Flacco A Fan Of A&M’s Manziel

gfx - they said itTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has a new fan in last year’s Super Bowl-winning quarterback.  The Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco said this weekend that he’s suddenly jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon purely because of the controversies that continually swirl around the Aggie:


“Being hated is not a bad thing… I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after (saying) this: I (didn’t) know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel.  But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”


Ah, yes, the Robin Hood/Jesse James syndrome.  Flacco isn’t the first guy to pull for someone who refuses to be “tamed” by society’s expectations.  As we mentioned yesterday, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon became a star by refusing to act as others acted.  Ditto Dennis Rodman and John McEnroe.  Ole Miss basketballer Marshall Henderson fits that mold as well.

So whether you love Manziel or hate him, he’ll continue to be talked about all season long.  Even by last year’s Super Bowl champion quarterback.

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