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SEC Headlines 6/19/2012

1. Can compromise be reached on a four-team playoff model?  ACC Commissioner John Swofford says yes. “Our preference is that the semifinals be incorporated into the bowl system, which seems to be in good shape,” Swofford said. “We’re comfortable with the championship game being bid out.”

2. Which new players will make an immediate impact at Auburn this fall?

3. “Go to Hell, Auburn” sticker sparks tension on a Southwest Airlines flight.

4. Arkansas lineman Jason Peacock will spend 10 days in jail for stealing a debit card to buy gas.

5. Bobby Petrino takes a bath on his Fayetteville home.

6. Potential jurors in the Harvey Updyke trial will be quizzed about their knowledge of Toomer’s Corner. Pool includes seven people employed by Auburn. Lots of questions about Auburn ties.

7. Georgia-Georgia Tech may be an annual rivalry but only the 5th most important game on the Bulldogs schedule this fall.

8. Kentucky safety Dakotah Tyler will be back on the Wildcats team this fall.

9. When Tennessee and Alabama play on October 20th – Peyton Manning will be in attendance.

10. Projected win totals for all 124 FBS teams. Top 10 easiest non-conference schedules – three SEC teams make the list.

11. An Orlando bowl game gets rebranded.

12. Gary Parrish: “Despite the departures of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller, nobody can match UK’s roster strictly in terms of talent.”

13. Ticket prices are going up for Kentucky basketball games. Cost of UK scholarships have nearly tripled since 2002. Kentucky football budget projected at $2 million less for 2012-2013.

14. Anthony Davis a darkhorse to make the USA basketball Olympic roster?

15. 22 points for Jarnell Stokes as Team USA moves to 3–0.

16. Tennessee’s Kenny Hall finally reemerges following a February suspension while Vol fans look for improvement from 6’9″ Yemi Makanjuola.

17. Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist work out for the Charlotte Bobcats.

18. Six newcomers mean more options for Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy.

19. The dumbest NCAA rules you’ve never heard of.

20. Nick Saban likes the new Pop Warner rules limiting contact.

21. Kevin Sumlin’s message to Aggie fans looking forward to travel in the SEC: “I bet you’ll have a different answer for me next year.”


22. Details of Urban Meyer’s contract at Ohio State are released.

23. The U.S. military spends millions of taxpayer dollars every year on sports sponsorships.  Should it be cut?

24.  Len Bias and 26 years ago today.

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UK-Louisville Headlines – 3/26/12

With Kentucky and Louisville shaping up as the biggest story at the Final Four, we thought we’d give that game its own set of headlines today.  Here goes…

1.  Kentucky-Louisville is a dream matchup for Bluegrass State residents.

2.  CBS’ Clark Kellogg says: “When you talk about Louisville and Kentucky playing, that goes to the stratosphere of intensity and history and tradition… This is way off the charts.”

3.  Get ready for a week’s worth of pregame build-up.

4.  While the media fuels up the hype machine, UK’s players will continue to enjoy the ride.

5.  The roles have reversed for John Calipari and Rick Pitino (who faced each other in the 1996 Final Four with Pitino at UK and Calipari at UMass).

6.  The Wildcats set up the matchup with a blowout win over Baylor…

7.  And big-game Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came up large again for UK.

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Calipari And Cats Dominate SEC Coaches’ Awards

In the end, an undefeated conference season was pretty hard to ignore.
The SEC announced yesterday that its coaches had named Kentucky’s John Calipari Coach of the Year and his dominant, freshman protege Anthony Davis as the league’s Player of the Year.  For good measure, they also awarded Davis Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.

Kentucky also had the Sixth Man of the Year in senior Darius Miller.

Florida Patric Young somehow managed to sneak away with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award before someone in blue and white made off with that, too.

We aren’t schocked by the multiple awards for Davis or the recognition for Miller.  Both are deserved.

So is the Coach of the Year award for Calipari, but that we are mildly surprised that he won it.  In past years, the AP has been the group that hands its award to the guy with the best record while the SEC’s coaches have been known to — as we wrote the other day — vote for the “best story.”  We expected Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin to grab at least a share of the coaches’ award.  That didn’t happen this time around.

What Calipari and UK accomplished this season was truly historic.  Only three times since the 50s has a team gone unbeaten through the SEC, including this year’s run.  Kentucky is also just a buzzer-beating loss to Indiana away from being undefeated overall.

For those who say, “Calipari just took the preseason favorite to the title, so what,” you miss the bigger picture.  UK’s coach didn’t just win the league title, he crushed the SEC and grabbed the grown a full six games ahead of anyone else.

As for the league’s All-SEC teams, here ya go:


First Team All-SEC
Bradley Beal, Florida – G, 6-3, 207, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 189, Jr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Anthony Davis, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 220, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 232, Fr., Somerdale, N.J.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Concord, N.C.
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State – F, 6-11, 249, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 215, Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, 225, Sr., Norkopping, Sweden

Second Team All-SEC
JaMychal Green, Alabama – F, 6-8, 228, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 180, So., Kansas City, Mo.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 175, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-8, 177, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 252, So., Portland, Ore.
Doron Lamb, Kentucky – G, 6-4, 210, So., Queens, N.Y.
Justin Hamilton, LSU – C, 7-0, 260, Jr., Alpine, Utah
Terrance Henry, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 210, Sr., Monroe, La.
Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee – F, 6-7, 265, Jr., Madison, Wis.

SEC All-Freshman Team
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 175, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.
Bradley Beal, Florida – G, 6-3, 207, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 200, Fr., Greenville, Ga.
Anthony Davis, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 220, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 232, Fr., Somerdale, N.J.
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 182, Fr., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Rodney Hood, Mississippi State – G, 6-8, 204, Fr., Meridian, Miss.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 250, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Anthony Davis, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 220, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 232, Fr., Somerdale, N.J.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 225, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
Damontre Harris, South Carolina – F, 6-9, 214, So., Fayetteville, N.C.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, Sr., 225, Norrkoping, Sweden

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UK’s Kidd-Gilchrist Says He Wants To Come Back, But Calipari Says He’ll Take Some Convincing

John Calipari isn’t a fan of the one-and-done rule in college basketball (a rule that’s actually driven by the NBA’s age limit).  But he does operate within that rule better than any other coach in the country:

“It’s not my rule.  I don’t even like the rule, one-and-done.  Whether it’s Carolina, Duke, Florida, we’re all in the same boat.  If a kid plays really well and that’s what he chooses to do, you can either try to talk him out of it or the (other) option is, don’t recruit good enough players that can be drafted.

They all come back and say, ‘Man, I wish I could have stayed three or four years.’  But there are opportunities that arise.”

Over the weekend, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — ranked as a consensus top five pick should he jump to the NBA after this season — joined those who’ve said they’d like to stay in the college game.  After UK knocked off Vanderbilt on Saturday, the freshman said: “I’m graduating here.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m staying at Kentucky.”

When reporters laughed, Kidd-Gilchrist said he was “dead serious” and that he didn’t know “why y’all laughing.”

Calipari’s take?

“I’ll be happy with him whatever he wants to do.  Obviously, if he wants to stay, I’m going to be very happy.  But in the same sense, it’s too early to tell what anyone is going to do right now.  He says, ‘I want to get my degree from Kentucky,’ and I agree.  I want him to also.  Basketball-wise, he’s got to wait until the year is out and figure out where everything is.”


“He has to come up with reasons why he’s coming back to convince me.  Here’s why: What if he gets hurt, and I’m out there convincing him to come back?… It’s hard to live with yourself.”

Love him or detest him, it’s very hard to make an arguement that Calipari doesn’t put his players’ best interests first.  Of course, being a multi-millionaire and coaching at the nation’s top basketball school help afford the man that luxury.

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SEC Headlines – 1/31/12

1.  Who is leading the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio?  Twelfth-ranked Florida.  Heck, the Gators lead the nation in that stat.

2.  Georgia’s got a culinary advantage when it comes to recruiting.

3.  When Tennessee travels to platinum-uniform-wearing Kentucky tonight, freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jarnell Stokes will be the stars to watch.

4.  Off to a 1-5 SEC start, South Carolina can’t afford to waste time moping.

5.  The numbers suggest the Vols are in for a tough night at Rupp Arena.

6.  Tonight, Vanderbilt will try to break Arkansas’ press as well as their 15-game home winning streak under Mike Anderson.

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