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SEC Headlines – 2/18/13

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1. There will be a lot of Kentucky reaction this week. John Calipari did his own reflecting.

2. Jeff Goodman predicted post-Noel success for Kentucky. He wants a do-over.

3. Kentucky has some growing up to do, which it better do quickly.

4. Tennessee PG Trae Golden looks headed in the right direction. Good timing.

5. LSU (15-8, 6-6) isn’t great, writes Scott Rabalais, but the Tigers are “pretty good.”

6. Could Florida receive the SEC’s only bid into the NCAA tournament?

7. Kentucky was a loser on ESPN’s weekend bubble watch. Who was the SEC’s winner?

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8. Meet Alabama’s new offensive lineman, Leon Brown, who arrived from junior college.

9. Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton has fit in nicely since arriving from Arkansas.

10. Auburn assistant J.B. Grimes wants his offensive line to “knock people around.”

11. Assistant coaches are receiving credit they deserve for their work in recruiting.

12. Here’s a look back at LSU’s recruiting sleeps in the last 10 years.

13. SI.com is the latest to ask: Can Butch Jones lead a turnaround at Tennessee?

14. Ready for football? Here are 10 intriguing matchups for the 2013 season.

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15. CBSSports.com has its Top 25 (and one) in college basketball.

16. Here are some risers and fallers following national signing day.

17. California basketball coach Mike Montgomery shoved a player during last night’s game.

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SEC Headlines 9/6/2012

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1. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw felt “good” after Wednesday’s practice but status for Saturday still unclear.

2. Medical clearance based on  “how much pain Shaw is willing to endure.”

3. Florida tight end Jordan Reed on recently-named starting QB Jeff Driskel: ”He’s more confident now and less worried about making mistakes…”

4. Alarming and hard to figure? Florida’s  ”offense actually made more plays than a UF defense that many promoted in the preseason as possibly being one of the best in the nation in 2012.”

5. The loss of Da’rick Rogers at Tennessee has been Jacob Carter’s gain.

6. Gary Pinkel on Sheldon Richardson’s comments regarding Georgia: “What Sheldon did was wrong and irresponsible and that doesn’t happen here.”

7. “(E)ven if no one else quite believes Missouri is ready for the rough-and-tumble SEC, Georgia players are saying all the right things to show they respect what the Tigers bring to the table.”

8.  Has Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seen anything like Mizzou’s spread offense?  ”No, they’re entirely new.”

9. Mizzou’s offense returns the favor. “Their defensive line is really tough.” Bernie Miklasz: “It’s time to play some big-boy football.”

10. Kentucky’s solution for bad defensive play?  Simplify things.

11. Joker Phillips: “We’ve got to put a better product on the field…”

12. Vanderbilt expects Northwestern to be ready this weekend: “They’re going to be amped up to play us because we’re an SEC team.”

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13. Alabama vs. Western Kentucky. How often does a 34-point underdog actually win the game?  Since 1980, it’s happened seven times – in 728 games.

14. Meet Alabama’s offensive line – “labeled by many as the best in college football”.

15. Missing two full seasons with knee injuries, Mississippi State tight end Marcus Green is in his sixth year of eligibility – and has never beaten Auburn.

16. Gene Chizik on the Auburn – Mississippi State matchup:“Every time we play them, certainly the last two, it’s come down to the wire, and it could very well come down to that again Saturday.”

17. Auburn lineman Shon Coleman’s long battle with cancer included two full years of chemotherapy treatments.

18. Here’s an advantage LSU has over Washington this weekend - familiarity with the heat and humidity.

19. Ole Miss has four running backs healthy and ready to go this weekend.

20. A cornerback battle at Arkansas.  “It’s up for grabs right now.”

21. Kevin Sumlin’s first year record of 7-5?

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22. Ron Higgins on Mike Slive, Mizzou and Texas A&M: “Yep Commish, you picked two jewels. They’re ready to play the feud.”

23. SEC football and a father’s influence.  Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin’s roots are in southwest Alabama. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin’s dad once preached in Alabama.

24. One game into the season, there’s a new generation of SEC stars.

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25. Gary Parrish: If the allegations against Billy Gillispie are true, “then he’s a man who didn’t learn from his downfall at Kentucky and probably shouldn’t be coaching college basketball anyway.

26. John Clay:” Each new accusation out of Lubbock only serves to make UK’s former hire look that much worse.”

27. Arkansas’ schedule – “challenges from start to finish.”

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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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