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SEC Headlines 12/26/2011

1. SEC 2012 football schedule expected to be released today.

2. Alabama – LSU II is two weeks from tonight. LSU will go 37 days between games – 44 days for Alabama.

3. “There will be a lot more purple and gold and a lot less crimson in the stands than there was the last time.”

4. Meet Alabama first-year offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.  ”(W)ithout question, he has head coach written all over him.”

5. Auburn is a three-point favorite as game-week practice gets underway.

6. Mississippi State arrives in Nashville today with bowl week practice starting this afternoon.

7. After two years under center, just how good is Florida quarterback John Brantley?

8. Gator offensive lineman Matt Patchan carries on a family tradition – his dad was a lineman at the University of Miami.

9. Doesn’t sound like Ohio State fans have much enthusiasm for traveling to Florida and playing the Gators.

10. Top priority for the Georgia Bulldogs?  Fixing the special teams.

11. Does Derek Dooley need to start selling Tennessee football to the fan base?

12. Both Dooley and former Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton make this writer’s list of Christmas returns.

13. Tennessee has received input from Arkansas on merging separate male and female athletic programs.

14. The future of the Arkansas – Texas A&M neutral site game at Cowboys Stadium could be in jeopardy.

15. Coach James Franklin and intense workouts have Vanderbilt in a bowl game for only the fifth time in school history.

16. Vandy linebacker Chris Marve will finish his college career in front of a hometown crowd.

17. Nebraska alumni have spread their wings in Gamecocks country.

18. UTEP 83 – Auburn 76.  Coach Tony Barbee loses to his former team.

19. Ole Miss looks to rebound at Dayton this week after a disappointing double-digit loss to Middle Tennessee State.

20. John Calipari spent a lot of time this past week checking out high school recruits.

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Debose, Patchan In The Clear At Florida

There’s good news in Gainesville this morning as the University of Florida has announced that the two Gators mentioned in the Yahoo! Sports probe of Miami’s football program will not face eligibility issues.

“We have been in communication with the NCAA and there are no eligibility issues with Andre Debose and Matt Patchan as it relates to recent reports.  Andre, Matt nor the University of Florida will have any additional comments regarding this matter.”

Florida officials had already put out a statement backing receivers coach Aubrey Hill who was also named in ex-Miami booster Nevin Shapiro’s many, many claims.

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UF’s Patchan Out For The Season

Florida offensive tackle Matt Patchan underwent surgery on his wrist this week driving a final nail through his 2010 season.  Patchan was injured in preseason practice and did not play a down for the Gators this season.

According to The Florida Times-Union, Urban Meyer said the surgery went well and Patchan should be able to return in the spring… with at least limited contact.

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SEC Headlines – 11/10/10 Part Two

1.  It’s a challenge for Florida to get three quarterbacks practice reps.

2.  Matt Patchan’s season is likely over (before it began).

3.  Whoever leaked info about Cam Newton’s academic history at Florida likely violated federal law.  (Not sure why a Florida paper would even report on this since we all know no one at UF would ever be complicit in such an unsavory act.)

4.  Georgia hasn’t won five in a row against Auburn since the 1940s.

5.  UGA players know they’ll need to score big to win on The Plains.

6.  Basketball star Trey Thompkins is “a long way away from playing” on his high ankle sprain.

7.  Kentucky star Randall Cobb says he’ll consider leaving Lexington for the NFL after this season.

8.  Derrick Locke could return to the field this weekend against Vandy. 

9.  Dick Vitale told John Calapari that he doesn’t think he’ll “win a national championship with reloading a roster year after year.”

10.  Eloy Vargas is questionable for the Cats’ opener with ETSU on Friday.

11.  Steve Spurrier says some of his freshmen might not know that he played and coached at Florida.

12.  This writer says Carolina will win “and it might not be close.”

13.  The last time USC had a shot at a division title, Spurrier and his Gators whipped ‘em 41-21 in 2000.

14.  Tyler Bray’s instincts keep him out of trouble in Tennessee’s pocket.

15.  Bruce Pearl says UT’s basketball team isn’t “there yet.”

16.  This writer says the Vols shouldn’t be written off after this week’s loss to a Division II school.

17.  Vandy’s so banged up that a linebacker has been moved to second-string tailback.  (But he did play RB in high school.)

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