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SEC Headlines 4/1/2012

1. Kentucky 69 – Louisville 61.  UK heads to title game after school-record 37th victory.

2. Wildcat fans respond by setting fires in the street. State Street “filled with thousands of people, smoke and flying beer bottles.”

3. “Memo to Kentucky fans: Act like you’ve been there before. “

4. Give Darius Miller a lot of credit for the victory.

5. Anthony Davis is pretty good, too. Rick Pitino: “Anthony Davis is as fine a player as there is.” Most likely overall number 1 in NBA draft.

6. John Calipari – Bill Self rematch. UK opens as a 6 1/2 point favorite.

7. Mike Bianchi: “The only reason college basketball remains relevant is because of the spectacle, not the sport.”

8. Count Alabama coach Nick Saban as a fan of both Calipari and Pitino.

9. Alabama backup quarterback Phillip Sims is battling a sore shoulder. Scrimmage stats.

10. Thunder from down under.  Aussie defensive lineman Jessie Williams looks to be a leader for the Crimson Tide.

11. With as many as four starters facing suspension, Georgia’s first scrimmage overshadowed by off-field issues.

12. Reserve safety Marc Deas is transferring. Georgia secondary: “That’s four transfers, two dismissals and three facing suspension.”

13. “Georgia has incurred an alarming rate of attrition in 2012.”

14.Da’Rick Rogers returns to practice for Tennessee. Derek Dooley: “Glad he took care of what he had to do.”

15. Former Tennessee quarterback Nash Nance is headed to Hampden-Sydney.

16. Karl Malone’s son is headed to LSU to play football.

17. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger airs it out in the Tigers spring game. 30,000 fans give him loud ovation.

18. Second scrimmage of the spring for South Carolina on Saturday. Steve Spurrier: ”We had a pretty good session.”

19. Auburn QB Clint Moseley doesn’t play in the team’s first scrimmage.  Kiehl Frazier does.  And impresses. ”He’s getting that quarterback momentum going.”

20. Can LaDarius Perkins be an every-down running back at Mississippi State?

21. Uriah Grant looks to make an impact on the Ole Miss defensive line.

22. Vanderbilt applies pressure to its kickers to get them ready for game conditions.

Extras

23. NCAA president Mark Emmert:  ”The momentum seems to be toward an eight-team playoff.”

24. Is TV to blame for the dip in attendance in college football and basketball?

25. CBS misses the end of the Ohio State-Kansas game.

26. Crunching the numbers on athletic departments in the state of Kentucky.

27. Should New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton sue the NFL?

28. When reading today, remember the calendar.

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WR Rogers’ Tweets Raise Questions About His Status UT

Tennessee receiver Da’rick Rogers — an All-SEC selection last year — is in the news again.  And that’s got Vol fans worried.

First, some background.  Rogers was initially committed to Georgia until Derek Dooley — who’d just taken over at Tennessee — flipped his commitment late in the process in 2010 by signing a package deal with Rogers’ high school quarterback buddy and Vanderbilt target Nash Nance.

By July of that year, Rogers had been arrested for his role in a bar brawl involving a number of Tennessee teammates.  Since then, his attitude has come into question repeatedly.

Reporters saw him yelling at former UT receivers coach Charlie Baggett on the sideline of the Vols’ loss to Kentucky last fall.  Shortly after that game, Baggett retired (but was paid a severance package as though he’d been dismissed).

This offseason Rogers missed two weeks of workouts with Tennessee’s training staff.  It was reported at the time that he had had multiple altercations with the Vols’ strength and conditioning coaches.

During a pre-spring press conference on Sunday, Dooley said that Rogers had had a good offseason but he refused to discuss his suspension from workouts.  “He’s like the rest of the team.  He’s shown a lot of progress, he grew as a player emotionally, but he has a long way to go.”

The mercurial wideout was on the practice fields Monday and Tuesday of this week.

But Volquest.com — the Rivals site covering Tennessee — reported that Rogers was not expected to be at practice today.  InsideTennessee.com — the Scout site covering the Vols — confirmed that he is not on hand.  (That’s all behind paywalls, folks.)

All this follows two mysterious tweets from Rogers last night:


“Georgia State.  Wasup?”

And…

“I cannot wait to talk to the media tomorrow.  It finally comes out.”

Dooley is expected to address Rogers’ status with the Volunteer squad this morning after UT’s practice.  Until then, Vol fans must once again wonder if the player who had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns last season will indeed be wearing orange this fall.

Tennessee’s coach can’t afford another season of internal chemistry issues on his football team.  But with his job likely on the line this fall, Dooley might not be able to afford the loss of one of his most talented players, either.

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