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SEC Headlines 6/1/2013

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1. SEC going to start taking more control over which SEC teams go to which bowls.  Mike Slive: “If people aren’t happy where they go to a bowl game now, they blame me…I might as well take some of the responsibility.”

2. LSU A.D. Joe Alleva on ending permanent cross-division opponents: ”We haven’t lost the battle so that’s a real win. Nothing has been finalized. It will continue to be discussed.”

3. Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin on the rivalry with Texas: “It isn’t relevant to us anymore.”

4. According to Ohio State president Gordon Gee, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez though current Arkansas and former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was a “thug.”  Alvarez:  ”I have never said that about Bret…” Bielema gets apology from Gee.

5. Aggies A.D. Eric Hyman on student-population growth and stadium expansion: ”The school is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s over 50,000 students so the number of alumni in the future is going to be astronomical.”

6. These bullish predictions about the Aggies include a repeat Heisman performance and a BCS bowl appearance. But can the defense hold up?

7. The father of Kentucky twins Daron and Zack Blaylock, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock,  involved in head-on collision – “guarded but critical condition.”

8. Senior cornerback Louis Covington has left the Ole Miss football team.

9. Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche: “I’m able to be more vocal because I have more confidence.”

10. Backup Auburn linebackers Harris Gaston and Chris Landrum reportedly transferring to Jacksonville State.

11. Backup Arkansas quarterback Taylor Reed transferring to Central Arkansas.

12. Missouri and Arkansas set to become new permanent rivals - “ Ozarkalypse” ?

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13. This year’s $20.7 million payout to each of the SEC schools is more than 100% jump since the league signed TV deals with ESPN and CBS in 2009-10.

14. Missouri and Texas A&M getting full shares from the SEC.  West Virginia and TCU received half shares from the Big 12.

15. Other conferences want SEC teams on their schedule: “Your brand exposure increases dramatically by playing an SEC team.”

16. District attorney wants Harvey Updyke to pay approximately $1 million in restitution for poisoning Toomer’s Oaks.

17. Alabama A.D. Bill Battle on adjusting to his new role: “In the last four weeks, I’ve been in more meetings than I have in the last 20 years,”

18. Look for Cam Newton’s line of shoes on Auburn cheerleaders this fall.

19. NCAA relaxing rules toward food and clothing for athletes?

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20. Making moonshine is legal in Tennessee and gaining in popularity around the country.

21. Ten reasons why people are moving to Texas.

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Blaylock Twins Headed To Kentucky

Daron and Zack Blaylock have committed to play football at Kentucky.

The twin sons of former NBA point guard Mookie Blaylock both play safety for Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.

Zach Blaylock is the more advanced player of the twins, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was the first to draw major college attention.

Both Daron and Zack told colleges they were willing to choose different schools. But that was just a test.

“We specifically told colleges that we were not a package deal just to see what would happen,” Zack Blaylock told the AJC. “But yes, we were always going to play on the same team together in college. We’ve just always been together, so doing anything different would be … kind of strange.”

Fans might be wondering if Daron or Zack could play basketball at Kentucky. Don’t count on it. Daron said he never found a passion for basketball. And Zack?

“I never was any good at basketball,” he said.

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