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SEC Headlines 2/21/2014

headlines-fri-150x150Hurry-Up Offenses & Proposed Rule Change

1. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier calls proposal “Saban rule.”  Tells USA Today - ”It’s ridiculous. Let’s let everybody keep playing the way they’ve been playing.”

2. Georgia coach Mark Richt: “I feel like if you can train offensive players to play five or six plays in a row, you can train defensive players to play that many plays in a row, too.”

3. Kevin Scarbinsky on comments by Arkansas coach Bret Bielema (earlier story here): “Bielema was wrong on so many levels… He actually made a case to ban the sport of football entirely.”

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4. Mark Richt on the Josh Harvey-Clemons dismissal: “Guys understand that there are certain rules everybody needs to abide by and if they don’t they could possibly lose their privilege to play at Georgia.”

5. With the exception of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, every Georgia coach will have some special teams responsibility.

6. That includes new inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler who is fired up to be in Athens. “They’re gonna have to take me out of here at gunpoint.”

7. Arkansas has hired Clay Jennings from TCU to coach defensive backs.

8. Tennessee defensive lineman Danny O’Brien gets community service in exchange for having charges related to possessing a fake ID, resisting arrest and underage drinking dropped.

9. Alabama is suing former wide receivers coach Mike Groh for breaching his employment contract – claims he owes the school $57,000.

10. ESPN’s Chris Low takes a stab at the top-5 offensive linemen in the SEC heading into the 2014 season.

11. With Michael Sam and Kony Ealy off to the NFL, how does Missouri’s defensive line shape up for 2014?

12. A look back at Florida’s loaded 2007 recruiting class that included Cam Newton and here’s a review of Nick Saban’s first full signing class in 2008.


13. Tom Brady to Johnny Manziel: “Ignore the noise.” Johnny’s official measurements - 5’11 and ¾ inches, 207 pounds –  but he has big hands.

14. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock on Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy: “He hustles, plays hard, has some natural edge ability and, in today’s NFL, that all adds up to a first-round pick for me.” Mel Kiper:  “Ealy is a guy, had he gone back, would have been a much higher pick…”

15. Likeliest first round picks from LSU are wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry

16. One take on former Georgia running back  Isaiah Crowell who’s entering the draft after his junior year at Alabama State – “extremely immature and has a history of off-field issues. Can be difficult to coach.”

SEC Basketball

17. With a win over Ole Miss Saturday, Florida will win its 19th straight and potentially vault to No. 1 in the polls.

18. Florida center Patric Young apologizes for calling Boston College “awful.”

19. Time to be optimistic or pessimistic on Auburn basketball?  Tony Barbee has a chance at his first winning season.

Headline of the day

20. Vomiting from car window, Oklahoma man hits head on mailbox.

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Report: Napier To Replace Groh At Alabama

mrsec-breaking-newsBilly Napier is leaving Florida State to become the wide receivers coach at Alabama, according to a report from

Napier will replace Mike Groh, who’s leaving for the Chicago Bears, according to the Noles247 report.

Napier’s decision to leave Florida State comes less than two months after his arrival in Tallahassee. He was hired as Florida State’s tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator on Jan. 15.

Napier, who served as Colorado State’s quarterbacks coach in 2012, was the offensive quality control coach on Alabama’s 2011 staff. He previously served on Clemson’s staff from 2006-10.

Napier, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiter, will be filling big shoes in that area. Groh was recently named the Rivals’ Recruiter of the Year after he helped Alabama sign such highly-touted prospects as defensive linemen Dee Liner and A’Shawn Robinson and running back Altee Tenpenny.

Napier was twice recognized by Rivals as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters during his time at Clemson.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 2/11/13

1. Another “Recruiter of the Year” award for Alabama assistant coach Mike Groh.

2. The Arkansas staff has begun work on the 2014 class.

3. Speaking of, Rivals has released its initial Top 100 for the class of 2014.

4. Auburn isn’t done pursuing prospects for the class of 2013.

5. Ole Miss is very interested in 2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett. Here’s proof.

6. Alabama and Florida are in the top 10 for defensive lineman Andrew Brown of Chesapeake, Va.

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SEC Headlines – 2/8/13


1.  LSU’s Johnny Jones has slowed his team down and perhaps turned its season around.

2.  The Tigers will try to snap an eight-game losing streak against Alabama tomorrow.

3.  Ole Miss will have to continue playing without injured reserve center Demarco Cox.

4.  Florida will have to bounce back from it’s first SEC loss without injured forward Will Yeguete.

5.  Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings on hosting an Arkansas team that held VU to 33 points last month: “We got very sped up and unsettled at their place, and so we’ll just have to settle in and play a better offensive game.”  (Ya think?)


6.  For you recruitniks out there, you can check out our view of the top signees and sleepers for each SEC signing class right here.

7.  Redshirt guard Jordan Diamond says he’s over his injury and ready to play for Auburn.

8.  Alabama assistant Kirby Smart: Scout’s Recruiter of the Year.

9.  Alabama assistant Mike Groh: 247Sports’ Recruiter of the Year.  (Kudos to Smart and Groh, but selling Bama and Nick Saban right now isn’t the toughest job in the world.)

10.  Report: Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will be the next O-line coach for the NFL’s Eagles.

11.  Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin: “What’s he rated?  Who’s recruiting him?  I don’t care.”

12.  Georgia’s Todd Grantham met with the Saints yesterday… so did UGA mislead any prospects about his plans?  “No comment,” says one mom.

13.  On signing day, Arkansas played to the Southern stereotype.

14.  10 ex-Florida players have been invited to the NFL combine… good thing the Gators keep adding and adding to this year’s signing class.

15.  How’d Hugh Freeze do it?  Here’s a look at how Ole Miss built its stellar signing class.

16.  Ole Miss assistant Chris Kiffin: FoxSportsNext’s Recruiter of the Year.

17.  Which signees will surprise for Mississippi and Mississippi State?

18.  Kentucky went the juco route on signing day.

19.  The Wildcats’ recruiting pitch: A great offensive system and a great defensive system will equal a great team.

20.  South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier: “Recruiting can be a little deceiving at times.  You never know what you’ve got until you really play it out.”

21.  Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek on the Vols’ new D: “You’re going to be proud of the product you come to watch every Saturday.”

22.  Has Missouri football stalled?

23.  Regardless of rankings, Gary Pinkel says he likes the Tigers’ signing class.


24.  The new college football playoff selection committee will seat between 14 and 20 members.  “If you don’t get that right, it’s hard to get the rest of it right.”

25.  That Super Bowl blackout?  Faulty equipment.

26.  Don’t believe the internet rumors… Duke students didn’t chant ugly comments at an NC State player who’d just lost his grandmother.

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Groh Officially Joins Bama Staff

The son of a former Nick Saban colleague has been hired to replace Curt Cignetti on Alabama’s coaching staff.  Mike Groh — son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh — was officially hired yesterday.  He served as Louisville’s quarterbacks coach last year… which followed a year as a grad assistant at Bama in 2009.

“We are excited to have Mike join our staff,” Saban said.  “He did an outstanding job here a year ago and when he left, he was one that I hoped we could bring back to Alabama at some point.”

Groh will take over Cignetti’s duties as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.  Cignetti left last month to become head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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No Offer From Bama to Croom Yet

According to The St. Louis Dispatch, Sylvester Croom was back at work as running backs coach for the NFL’s Rams yesterday… with no offer from Alabama in hand.

Croom interviewed this past weekend for the vacant assistant coach’s job on Nick Saban’s staff.  Curt Cignetti left his role as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator two weeks ago to take a head coaching job.

Alabama has interviewed Croom, is interested in Louisville quarterback coach Mike Groh, and was interested in Kentucky receivers coach Tee Martin.  Martin is staying at UK after receiving an extension and a new title — passing game coordinator.

The Dispatch believes Croom still might receive an offer from his alma mater. 

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SEC Headlines 1/30/2011

SEC Basketball

1. Arkansas 89 – Vanderbilt 78.  Rotnie Clarke scores 36 points for the Razorbacks.

2.  Clarke and Michael Sanchez combine for 56 points.

3. Alabama 70 – LSU 46.  Four losses in a row for the Tigers – all by 20 points or more.

4. The Crimson Tide are the new leaders of the SEC.

5. Auburn 79 – South Carolina 64.  Tigers shock the Gamecocks with their first SEC win of the season.

6. Tigers forward Rob Chubb plays on borrowed shoes - size 16 borrowed shoes.

7. Kentucky 66 – Georgia 60. A roaring start and a woolly finish for the Cats.

8. Did Larry Brown’s appearance in Lexington violate NCAA rules?

9. Tennessee 74 – Ole Miss 57.  Just five assists and 16 turnovers for the Rebels.

10.  Andy Katz: “Should Bruce Pearl return?”

11. Mississippi State 71 – Florida 64.  Bulldogs 19-23 from free-throw line, Gators just 9 of 19.

12. Florida comes up short, despite a solid effort from their bench.

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13. South beats the North 24-10 in the Senior Bowl game. Players that helped/hurt their cause.

14. Greg McElroy cracks a bone in his throwing hand

15. How the Senior Bowl players were ranked coming out of high school.

16. Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

17. Tee Martin is now Kentucky’s “passing game coordinator.”

18. George Whitfield, Jr. on Cam Newton: “No quarterback in the NFL has his physical attributes.”

19. Auburn’s mystery man – who is Tim Jackson?

20. St. Louis Rams running backs coach Sylvester Croom is a candidate for the coaching vacancy on the Alabama staff.

21. So is Mike Groh.

22. A rare interview with sports agent Jimmy Sexton.

23. Mike Bianchi: “Since 2000, 21 college football players have died – 19 of those while participating in offseason conditioning drills.”


24.  Totally agree.

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