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SEC Headlines 7/19/2013

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1. What’s Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin doing to motivate his team for the Alabama game?  ”Same thing we did last year. That seemed to work.” Also mentions a certain position. “At quarterback, we’re gonna be alright.”

2. Nick Saban and The Bear, Part 1: “It’s hard to imagine Alabama football ever being on a higher pedestal than it is today. ”

3. Nick Saban and The Bear, Part 2: “The Bear set the standard. Says here, however, that Saban has surpassed it.”

4. David Climer: “The last thing Alabama needs is a break via scheduling. But the Tide gets one just the same.”

5. Andy Staples on college football coaches and the morality business: ”Not one of them has kept a job because he graduated the most model citizens.”

6. One take on LSU coach Les Miles: “He is two years younger than Saban and surely looks more relaxed.”

7. LSU safety Craig Loston almost went to Texas A&M four years ago.  Chose LSU because it was in the SEC. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s mother works in the Georgia football administrative offices.

8. Is Austyn Carta-Samuels the answer at quarterback for Vanderbilt?  Wide receiver Jordan Matthews: “Our chemistry is getting a lot better.”

9. When it comes to impact players at South Carolina, don’t forget about wide receiver Bruce Ellington.

10. USA Todays says Ole Miss is the 47th best team in the country – “win no fewer than six but no more than eight games.”

11. Gus Malzahn, Mitch Mustain, Houston Nutt and the lost year at Arkansas.

SEC/College News

12. Six current college players – including Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham - join the lawsuit against the NCAA.  Garnham led Vanderbilt in sacks last season.

13. Mike Slive’s message to the NCAA.  It has to change its lousy ways. Or else.

14. Record year for donations at Ole Miss.

SEC Basketball

15. The new SEC hoops czar, Mark Whitworth, turned up at SEC Media Days this week.

16. With Shaq Johnson dismissed, Auburn returns only one starter from last year’s team.

17. Tennessee players get in a game of flag football this week.


18. Who’s better – Peyton or Eli?  Tiki Barber says Eli.

19. Jadeveon Clowney snaps a picture of the Head Ball Coach and is that really a dancing Bret Bielema?

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Arkansas Writer Rips Clarke Family

Jim Harris of believes Rotnei Clarke’s transfer from Fayetteville might be the most disappointing transfer in UA sports history.  With the jabs and right-crosses he aims at Clarke’s family, the author certainly sounds disappointed:

“Clarke, or his daddy or uncle or somebody decided to take the supposedly denied transfer request to the national media to force Arkansas’ hand.  So, we read, ‘Poor Rotnei is being denied his transfer, while two other guys were granted theirs…’ and so forth.

Even the Mitch Mustain debacle and transfer from Houston Nutt’s program wasn’t handled this poorly by the parties (player and families?) involved.

Now, we wonder about all those whispers that Rotnei was being ignored by certain other Hogs the past three years, that those players were in it for themselves and not passing the ball to poor ol’ wide-open Rotnei.  When the Clarkes needed them, they used the local media and clued-in superfans who would spread the whispers.  When it was time to bolt, notice that they ignored the local media and went national.

A real classy departing, and one that’s disappointing in that new coach Mike Anderson didn’t deserve to be toyed with by the Clarkes in his efforts to restore Arkansas’ basketball program to the level it enjoyed more than a decade ago.”

Wow.  Scorned much?

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