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WOW Headlines – 8/8/13

Ole Miss has announced that the NCAA found no evidence of violations relating to DE CJ Johnson
Tennessee DE Jacques Smith is expected to miss four to six weeks following surgery on a broken thumb
Tennessee DE Corey Vereen has undergone an MRI to determine the cause of a sore knee
South Carolina OT Mike Matulis is expected to have shoulder surgery and could redshirt this season
Alabama DL Dakota Ball is out of practice after undergoing an emergency appendectomy
Georgia coach Mark Richt on his team’s first scrimmage: “I thought the guys looked kind of tired.”
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SEC Headlines 2/28/2013

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1. Former Chicago Bears assistant Tim Spencer interviewed for the open running backs coach spot at Tennessee. Spencer also spent several years as an assistant at Ohio State, his alma mater.

2. Other remaining candidates at Tennessee are current coaches - search could be wrapped up soon.

3. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney on the cover of a spring football preview issue of Sports Illustrated (and what does that say when spring football gets an SI cover?). The famous hit at the Outback Bowl was “a last breath of football sanity for Clowney.”

4. 15,000 tickets already gone for spring game at Kentucky – “that’s abnormal.”

5. With Keith Marshall nursing a hamstring injury, Georgia will open spring practice with just one healthy recruited scholarship tailback on the roster, Todd Gurley.  

6. Alabama’s new $9 million weight room is 21,000 square feet on the bottom floor, 16,000 square feet on the second floor.  It was built in five months.

7. Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran: “It’s the biggest, baddest weight room in the country. There is no question about that.”

8. Spring practice at Alabama starts on March 16 – toe injuries likely to limit cornerback John Fulton and wide receiver Kevin Norwood.

9. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott likley to miss spring drills – had surgery on a toe this week.

10. We updated our story yesterday with a report about Mississippi State assistant Tim Brewster leaving for Florida State. MSU officials finally notified this morning.

11. With both starting safeties gone, how good will Florida’s secondary be in 2013?

12. Former Auburn player Kodi Burns is now a grad assistant at the school but he has higher aspirations.  ”I want to be an offensive coordinator one of these days here pretty quick, and soon after be a head coach. You want to run your own program.”

13. Lawyer for dismissed Alabama player D.J. Pettway releases statement:  ”DJ is committed to putting this incident behind him and to proving to all of those fans, coaches, and teammates that were disappointed by this incident that it is not a reflection of the man he is.”

NFL Scouting Combine

14. Why Tyrann Mathieu may have helped himself as much as any other prospect and why Dee Milliner is the most NFL-ready of the cornerbacks.

15. This mock draft has Milliner going fifth to the Lions, with former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo going next to the Cleveland Browns.

16. Former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope runs a 4.34 40-yard dash and the reaction is ”straight-line speed/acceleration are only average”?

17. Mel Kiper’s post-combine rankings of SEC players.

SEC Basketball

18. Ole Miss freshman forward Anthony Perez will have MRI today after injuring his knee last night.

19. Tennessee leading scorer Jordan McRae on the steady demeanor of coach Cuonzo Martin: “You guys see our practices, the way Coach Martin is, you would think we hadn’t won a game yet this year.” Dale Ellis’ jersey will be retired at Tennessee.

20. Missouri at South Carolina tonight – must-win game for the Tigers?  Phil Pressey: “If we don’t beat them then that’s where the problems start coming in to play.”

21. Frank Martin seems hesitant to put a timeline on rebuilding at South Carolina: “If I told you two years, and two years from now, we’re still not quite there, then you’re going to ask me that question, ‘I thought you said two years from now.’ ”

22. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford says four Kentucky players could go in the first round. ”Willie Cauley-Stein is the diamond in the rough.”

23. Kentucky’s 1996 team finally gets championship rings but what about Rick Pitino and the coaches?  John Calipari: “I don’t know what they did with that. But I do know (player) Scott Padgett, who takes every free lunch he can get, called and said, ‘Am I getting a ring?’ ” (He didn’t.)

Extras

24. After getting torched for 62 points by Oregon, former USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin told his son and head coach Lane Kiffin he was leaving at the end of the year.

25. Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro’s tab at the school - NCAA estimates he provided $170,000 in impermissible benefits. Ohio State A.D. on NCAA – “bureaucratic monster.”

26. Ever wonder why you always see those “big heads” at college basketball games? How it all got started.

27. Just how bad are these new Adidas basketball uniforms?

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WOW Headlines – 2/13/13

Former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino says his facilities at Western Kentucky are “way better than what we had at Arkansas”
Mississippi State has hired former Florida and LSU assistant Billy Gonzales
Georgia is cutting back on the number of football tickets allotted to students for each home game
Now with 14 schools, the SEC broke the seven-million mark in attendance for the first time ever
Kentucky C Nerlens Noel diagnosed with a torn ACL after twisting his knee last night against Florida
Florida pounded Kentucky 69-52 in Gainesville to break the Wildcats’ five-game winning streak
Alabama defeated Georgia 52-35 in Tuscaloosa to snap the Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak
Alabama has suspended four freshman football players who face charges of robbery and/or fraudulent use of a credit card
Georgia football coach Mark Richt will get pay raise boosting his salary to $3.2 million per season
SEC hoops action Wednesday night: Ole Miss at Texas A&M… Tennessee at Vanderbilt… Missouri at Mississippi State… Arkansas at Auburn
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More Misery For Hogs: Wright Done With Injury, Smith Arrested For Not Appearing In Court

Just when Arkansas had seen its first daylight of the season… dark clouds have started rolling back in over Fayetteville.  Hog fans are living out the final scenes of “The Perfect Storm.”  You know, the fishermen on the Andrea Gail think they’ve made it through the hurricane only to realize they’ve briefly been in the calm eye of the storm.

“She’s not gonna let us out,” George Clooney says in the flick.

 

The Perfect Storm – The Final Fight

 

Well substitute John L. Smith for Clooney and you’ve got the Razorbacks’ season.

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Hogs’ Leading Tackler Highsmith Done For The Season

Arkansas linebacker and leading tackler Alonzo Highsmith will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury according to John L. Smith.  The coach said Highsmith suffered ligament damage to the foot in the first half against Auburn and he’s had surgery done today.

So much for a positive bounce from the Razorbacks’ gritty 24-7 win over the Tigers on Saturday.  In addition to Highsmith’s injury, defensive end/linebacker Tenarius Wright is undergoing an MRI on his shoulder today and his status moving forward is also in question.

Add Arkansas to the list of teams — Kentucky, LSU, Missouri — who’ve simply been overwhelmed with injury issues this season.  For those who don’t want to see BCS-level schools play nine, 10 or 11 games against other BCS-level schools, here’s an argument for you to make — too many injuries.

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More Woes: Hogs’ Wright To Miss Auburn Game

The press is doing a deep dive into his financial status.  The team he’s coaching has become the nation’s worst in terms of per-game turnover margin (-2.6).  The fans are blaming him for all that’s wrong with Razorback football.  And his own mouth causes some sort of trouble every time it opens.

Pity John L. Smith.  Arkansas’ bankrupt interim coach can’t catch a break on or off the field.  Wednesday, UA announced that senior tight end Chris Gragg would miss this week’s game at Auburn with a bone bruise.  Yesterday, Smith revealed that senior defensive end Tenarius Wright will have an MRI on his shoulder and that he’s not expected to play either:

 

“That was part of the reason that we moved him back down to defensive end, to try and take some heat off of hurting that anymore than it has been.  So I think what we have to do, get him an MRI next week and find out exactly where that is as far as the injury goes.  So that’s what our process is going to be there.”

 

That’s bad new for Arkansas and good news for Auburn’s struggling offense.  Tomorrow’s loser will further solidify their candidacy for basement status in the SEC West come year’s end.

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UK RB Williams Lost For The Season With Torn Labrum

There’s more bad news for the Kentucky football program this afternoon.  Wildcat running back CoShik Williams has seen his senior season come to an end after an MRI revealed a torn labrum in his hip.  According to UK’s official website, Williams will undergo surgery “as soon as possible.”

The fifth-year senior started Kentucky’s final five games last season and earned a place in UK lore by scoring the game-winning touchdown last year in the Cats’ first victory over Tennessee since 1984.  This year, injuries limited him to just 66 yards.

Joker Phillips said of the former walk-on: “He’s out after playing a game and 14 plays.”

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UT’s Lathers Probable, Neal Now Just A Co-Starter, And Dooley Teaches MrSEC.com A New Word

Love him or hate him, it must be said that Derek Dooley gives good press conferences.

From his “Germans at Normandy” speech to his “watering bamboo” analogy, Tennessee’s coach always manages to come up with something entertaining or unique.

Today, he revealed a couple of actual news items before using a word that yours truly had never heard before.

First, Vol linebacker Herman Lathers — who left Friday’s win over NC State with a shoulder injury and had an MRI over the weekend — is considered “probable” for UT’s game with Georgia State this weekend.  Dooley said, however, that he would only play if he’s healthy enough to practice this week.

Second, Rajion Neal is no longer the stand-alone starter at running back for the Volunteers.  A three-headed monster now sits atop the list with Neal, Marlin Lane and Devrin Young all listed as co-starters.

Ah, but while speaking of Lane, Dooley said: “Marlin struggled a bit (in fall camp) and it could have been easy for Marlin to get the mulligrubs.  That’s how it is in sports.  You just keep sawing wood.”

Okay, I’ve heard the sawing wood cliche numerous times, but mulligrubs?  I can honestly say in 41 years I’d never heard of the mulligrubs.  So I looked it up.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, mulligrubs can mean either a) a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood or b) a griping of the intestines.

Here’s guessing Dooley was going with meaning a.

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