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SEC Headlines – 4/27/12

Hate to do this to you, but yours truly has an early doctor’s appointment today.  That means quickie headlines from across the league.  Thanks for your understanding and patience this week.  April’s a busy month for behind-the-scenes business work.  And a doc appointment is just the thing to make it all better.  (Sarcasm.)  Here are the big stories today…


1.  With a four-team playoff on the horizon for college football it can now be said that the BCS was killed off by SEC dominance.

2.  Courtney Upshaw surprisingly didn’t make the first round, but that didn’t spoil Alabama’s draft party.

3.  Under Nick Saban, Bama is dominating recruiting season, football season, and draft season.

4.  Gene Chizik says Auburn is just one recruiting class away from solidifying its foundation.

5.  Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith doesn’t want to “goof up” the Hogs’ coaching staff.

6.  New LSU hoops coach Johnny Jones is putting his staff together with some ex-mates from North Texas.

7.  Former Tiger corner Morris Claiborne was stunned the Cowboys traded up to get him.

8.  MSU’s Fletcher Cox is viewed as a “rare guy” by Philadelphia’s front office.

9.  The new faces at Ole Miss are still out drumming up support and pushing fan unity.

10.  Ex-Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is already dodging comparisons to Dan Marino in Miami.

11.  For the first time since 2006, no Florida Gators were picked in the first round of the NFL’s draft.

12.  Georgia O-lineman Cordy Glenn is still waiting to hear his name called in New York.

13.  So were the 2011-12 Wildcats the best Kentucky basketball team ever?

14.  John Calipari will be calling “Riders up!” at this year’s Kentucky Derby (much to Rick Pitino’s chagrin, I’m sure.)

15.  South Carolina had two picks in last night’s first round… the first time that’s happened since 1981.

16.  Derek Dooley says his Tennessee team’s GPA is now under control.

17.  Vanderbilt’s offensive line is still a work in progress.

18.  Missouri’s spread is about to meet the SEC’s defensive dread.

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SEC Headlines – 3/7/12 Part Two

1.  Eddie Lacy — Alabama’s top returning rusher — won’t take part in spring drills after undergoing surgery for turf toe.

2.  Here are five questions about Bama as the Tide prepare for spring.

3.  Auburn will unveil statues of its Heisman winners at its spring game.

4.  The Tiger hoops team is better with Rob Chubb on the court.

5.  Arkansas freshman BJ Young —’s “Mr. Offense” for the season — has won over the SEC’s coaches.

6.  The Razorbacks are locked in for the 2013 Maui Invitational along with Syracuse, Gonzaga, Baylor and others.

7.  Tharold Simon is ready to replace Morris Claiborne in LSU’s secondary.

8.  Tiger linebacker Kevin Minter is taking on a new leadership role this spring.

9.  Mississippi State’s Dee Bost has his eyes set on another NCAA Tournament trip.

10.  Things could be worse for Ole Miss’ NCAA tourney hopes.

11.  Hopefully the first year in the SEC will go better for Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy than his first year in the Big 12 did.  (If you’re unaware of why the Aggies disappointed this season, read this piece.)

12.  The SEC media did a good job of predicting this year’s basketball campaign (except for that whole Tennessee thing).

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Report: LSU Losing Claiborne, Brockers To The NFL

LSU was a young team in 2011 and the Tigers will have a lot of talent returning for their 2012 campaign.  But not everyone’s coming back.

Citing sources “close to LSU,” Jim Kleinpeter of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports today that All-American cornerback Morris Claiborne and All-SEC defensive tackle Michael Brockers will be leaving the school early for the riches of the NFL.

Both players are expected to reveal their plans officially this afternoon.

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