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SEC Headlines – 3/19/12

1.  Alabama’s “intense” spring practice resumes today after spring break.

2.  New Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is looking for playmakers on the Plains.

3.  LSU’s backup quarterbacks are getting experience this spring.

4.  Ex-Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien and offensive lineman Max Garcia will reportedly visit Ole Miss tomorrow.  (Maybe Hugh Freeze can continue Houston Nutt’s string of one-and-done quarterbacks.)

5.  Texas A&M assistant AD for athletic training says marijuana is “the most prevalent” drug used by college athletes “and that’s not going to change anytime soon.”  (Somewhere Matthew McConaughey just said, “Alright, alright, alright.”)

6.  It looks like Florida has now adapted to the loss of Will Yeguette as Billy Donovan’s team rolls into another Sweet Sixteen.

7.  UF’s bench came up big yesterday.

8.  As we said this morning, the NCAA Tournament bracket is falling Kentucky’s way.

9.  Only one coach has made the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last five seasons.  Guess who.  (Hint: He wears expensive suits, slicks back his hair, lives in Kentucky, and isn’t named Pitino.)

10.  South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington is now reconsidering his decision to give up football for basketball.

UPDATE — Ellington’s high school football coach says he expects Ellington to play football this fall.

11.  Jeronne Maymon is probable for Tennessee’s NIT game with MTSU tonight.

12.  Vol basketballers would rather go to New York for the NIT semifinals than go on spring break.

13.  This writer says Vanderbilt’s veteran-heavy squad underachieved.

14.  Missouri’s Frank Haith will enter the SEC with this year’s Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award in his trophy case.

17.  According to Forbes magazine, Kentucky and Tennessee rank among the 20 “most valuable” college basketball programs.

16.  The world — and especially Southern sports fans — have lost a legend in Furman Bisher.

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