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SEC Headlines – 11/30/10

1.  This writer wonders if Urban Meyer learned anything from Tim Tebow’s leadership.  (Meyer blew off his postgame interview after Saturday’s loss.)

2.  This writer gives five reasons why Mark Richt won’t leave Georgia (even though he believes the coach probably should go).

3.  Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is glad to be past Georgia Tech and its triple-option attack.

4.  Steve Spurrier has now proven that South Carolina can be a player in the SEC.

5.  Spurrier changed his Monday practice routine after a loss to Arkansas and Carolina is 3-0 since.

6.  Kicker Spencer Lanning says he’s never seen Spurrier happier than after the Cocks’ win at Florida this year.

7.  Kentucky’s loss to UConn in Maui has John Calipari asking for more passes in his dribble-drive offense.

8.  UK hosts Boston University tonight.

9.  Bruce Pearl says the next step for his basketball team will be handling the success of last week’s NIT championship… starting tonight against MTSU.

10.  A lot of AP voters still have Villanova ranked higher than Tennessee.  (Think folks are voting against Pearl for a reason?)

11.  Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper said yesterday that he has not been contacted by Vanderbilt.

12.  Houston Nutt says he has no regrets about bringing in Jeremiah Masoli.

13.  AD Pete Boone says Nutt’s contract will automatically be extended to 2014.  He also said he won’t force Nutt to make changes on his staff.

14.  The Rebel basketball team will be in Coral Gables to face Miami tonight.

15.  MSU’s bowl plans aren’t set in stone just yet.

16.  Receiver Chad Bumphis suffered a broken collarbone against Ole Miss and won’t be able to play in the Bulldogs’ bowl game.

17.  State hosts Florida Atlantic at The Hump tonight.

18.  LSU AD Joe Alleva says he won’t ask Les Miles to make staff changes.  (Which is big of him considering the Tigers went 10-2 this season… and, yes, I’m aware of their offensive struggles.)

19.  The Bayou Bengals struggled in all phases in last week’s loss to Arkansas.

20.  The Tiger basketball team will host Houston tonight.

21.  Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee can’t understand why Ryan Mallett is not up for more national awards.

22.  Folks in the Natural State are wanting to UA to give Bobby Petrino a new, longer contract ASAP.

23.  John Pelphrey sees progress with Marshawn Powell.

24.  Auburn cornerback T’Sharvan Bell has become a big play man for the Tigers.

25.  Gene Chizik says AU was still just learning how to use Cam Newton when they faced South Carolina back in September.

26.  If Auburn can knock off South Carolina, then an historic title shot will likely follow.

27.  Alabama tried to do the right thing by firing the guy whose songs went so wrong.  (Great read… couldn’t agree more.)

28.  Have a laugh and read some of the fan reaction from Saturday’s Iron Bowl.  (Bama and Auburn fans won’t find these musings funny in the least, but everyone else will.)

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SEC West Headlines – Thanksgiving 2010

For those of you heading to the computer to get away from family for a few minutes, we wanted to bring you a nice list of SEC headlines today. 

Enjoy this feast of SEC West news…

1.  Alabama has had some success with the no-huddle offense.

2.  A bigger, louder Bryant-Denny Stadium might help the Crimson Tide against Auburn.

3.  The Tide will be motivated to ruin Auburn’s season.

4.  Gus Malzahn is still working to perfect Auburn’s offense.

5.  Stadium expansion in Tuscaloosa put the kibosh on the Tiger Walk.

6.  Cam Newton vs. Nick Saban: Something’s gotta give.

7.  Tomorrow’s Iron Bowl will be just the sixth game since 1948 to feature both UA and AU in the Top 10.

8.  Bobby Petrino says LSU’s offense has definitely “gotten better and better as the year has gone on.”

9.  The Razorbacks are working on trick plays heading into Saturday’s matchup with The Mad Hatter.

10.  Marshawn Powell might be ready to suit up for John Pelphrey’s team on Friday.

11.  LSU plans to keep right on rotating its quarterbacks.

12.  Now those quarterbacks might be poised for a strong finish.

13.  This writer believes the 2010 season “has felt as much or more like a championship season than 2007″ in Louisiana.

14.  For all the talk, the Egg Bowl will come down to execution.  (Kudos to Brad Locke for his tinku reference.)

15.  Ole Miss has one more chance this year to record a big win.

16.  Bradley Sowell says Houston Nutt “really wants this one because he feels like he’s had it kind of rubbed in his face or whatever.”

17.  MSU is the hunted this year… not the hunter.

18.  Dan Mullen tells State fans not to worry about job speculation this offseason.

19.  Mullen is rumored to be on Minnesota’s radar.

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Powell Likely Out Tonight

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell isn’t dressed out in warm-ups tonight and it doesn’t appear the sophomore will play in the game against Florida Gulf Coast. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Powell ran with a limp for much of the second half in last Thursday’s win over Grambling State. He suffered a broken foot in August and played sparingly in one of the team’s two exhibition games.

Arkansas is also without forward Michael Sanchez, who will miss most – if not all – of the nonconference season with a foot injury.

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All-Nighter Inspires Coach, Team

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FAYETTEVILLE - All-nighters aren’t uncommon for college students, but not even the late study sessions could compare to Delvon Johnson’s rough Wednesday night.

A little more than 24 hours prior to the first game of his senior season, Johnson went down hard on the final play of Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. It was so severe he needed to be carried off the floor.

What the Chicago native did next defined the character Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey loves about his team this year.

“That young man went and got an X-ray and literally stayed here all night last night,” Pelphrey said following Arkansas’ 75-52 win over Grambling State. “He and (trainer) Dave (England) were here all night. They didn’t leave at midnight; they were here all night. They slept here and every two hours Dave got up and treated that kid, who had to be carried off the floor.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for that. I don’t know if we could have performed as well as we did without him. We lost Michael Sanchez the day before and Marshawn Powell is obviously not 100 percent, so it was a tough night for the ball coach last night because I didn’t know who was going to be able to play.”

Not only did Johnson play, he played well in his first action as the starting man in the middle. He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and added 5 blocked shots in the win.

“He had a lot of energy,” Arkansas forward Glenn Bryant said. “It felt like he had about eight blocks out there and I was like, ‘Woah!’ He played great defense and had a lot of energy. When you do that things are going to happen.”

Pelphrey said he had a moment of panic when Johnson came limping off the floor late in the contest.

“I asked him, ‘Did you turn your ankle again? Did you tweak it?’” Pelphrey said. “He said, ‘No, I got a cramp.’ I guess by them staying here last night they should have pushed him some fluids.

“People ask me all the time how I feel about these guys and I like these guys. That’s pretty cool for a kid to want to play that bad and a guy to stay here and treat him like that. That’s a special feat.”

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Powell, Peterson Will Play Thursday

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A year after opening the season with just six scholarship players in uniform, Arkansas will have a full roster when it hosts Grambling State on Thursday in Bud Walton Arena.

Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said Tuesday both forward Marshawn Powell (ankle) and guard Jeff Peterson (hamstring) will be available in the season opener. Both missed one of two exhibition games in the preseason and saw only limited action in the game they played.

“There’s no way either of them could be 100 percent and that may be a little bit longer here before we get to that,” Pelphrey said. “But it’s not going to be a case where they’re playing 40 minutes anyway. So with the time they’re out there, we want them to go as hard as they possibly can. We’re not afraid to use our bench. We’ve got some guys over there that are working very hard. So even though those guys, individually aren’t at 100 percent from a conditioning standpoint, they’re still able to help in limited, less time.

“We’re not worried about numbers right now with either one of those guys. They’re ready to go.”

Powell, an all-SEC selection in the preseason and the Razorbacks’ leading rebounder last year, played in Arkansas’ exhibition against LeMoyne Owen on Nov. 6, scoring seven points and grabbing four rebounds. He missed last week’s exhibition against Victory University, however, as Pelphrey elected to rest him as he recovers from a broken foot suffered in August.

“He’s doing well and he’s getting closer,” Pelphrey said. “I’m not sure the number they threw out there after the first exhibition game, 55 or 60 percent, or whatever. I would say he’s 80-plus right now.”

For Peterson, a transfer from Iowa, Thursday will mark the first in-season game played in nearly 21 months.

“I think any time you have something that important to you and have it taken away, you tend to appreciate it a little bit more,” said Peterson, who redshirted last season. “Coming out here, even last year going through practice and things like that, it just helped me work a little bit harder and play a little bit harder, and just things like that just to see how quickly something can be taken away from you. It helps you see you should appreciate something while you have it.”

“I’m excited to play with my teammates. We’ve got a great group of guys and are just ready to get started.”

Arkansas showed more of an up-tempo pace in the two exhibition games, forcing 32 turnovers in last week’s 109-74 win over Victory University. Peterson said he feels that tempo fits his style of play better than the slower pace he was a part of at Iowa.

“I’m used to pushing the ball up the court my whole life; just going up and down,” Peterson said. “I think my time at Iowa helped me learn some things and how to play. It’s important for a point guard to know when to push the ball and when not to, so it did help me in that aspect to know when to slow up and things like that.”

The Razorbacks and Tigers will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night.

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