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Recruiting Guru: SEC Isn’t Ultimate Selling Card, But It’s A Good One

gfx - they said itNational recruiting expert Mike Farrell of knows what excites recruits.  And he can sum it up in three letters:


“SEC membership isn’t the ultimate trump card, but it’s a pretty good one.  The SEC is a great selling point.  A lot of kids choose the SEC not just because they have the best change to win a national title, but to pay against a better caliber of competition.”


New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops agrees.  “I’ve never seen anything like it.  That’s a big part of why I thought it was a great opportunity at Kentucky.  Almost the whole conference could be in the top 30 nationally (in recruiting).”


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SEC Headlines 1/13/2013

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1. Virginia Tech had interest in Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, expect him to get a nice raise.

2. New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on recruiting:  “I think it’s very important for us to get into Ohio...There’s tremendous football being played in Ohio. We want to treat that as home base.”

3. With the hiring of cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley and receivers coach Tommy Mainord, Stoops has filled out his coaching staff at Kentucky.

4. New SEC coaches are battling an accelerated recruiting process.  ”There are less official visits in January than there were a decade ago, because the process has accelerated so much.”

5. Former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost is joining Mike Leach’s staff at Washington State as wide receivers coach.

6. Brian Kelly will stay at Notre Dame and not leave for the NFL – working on extension and raise.

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7. Tennessee runing back Quenshaun Watson has left the team to deal with family and personal issues.  Return in doubt.

8. John Adams on the success at Vanderbilt: ”They’re suddenly a top-25 program trying to recruit another top-25 class. And, strange as it seems, Tennessee is the program trying to catch up.”

9. From LSU’s class of 2010, there are only five four-year seniors expected to start or be a regular contributor next season – just about everyone else is headed to the NFL.

10. Potential candidates to replace the three Alabama players leaving school early for the NFL.

11. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner speculates about a matchup with Alabama: “I think we would have been just fine against them as long as we stayed within ourselves and played Oregon football.”

SEC Basketball

12. Texas A&M’s victory at Rupp Arena was the first conference loss for UK under John Calipari. A&M coach Billy Kennedy. ”The message is Kentucky is really young,” Kennedy said. “That’s the big message.”

13. Ole Miss in line for a national ranking on Monday?

14. The league’s unbalanced schedule, those Thursday-Saturday turnarounds and calls for a “true” SEC champion.

15. A nearly two-year old NCAA investigation into the University of Miami may be nearing an end. University of Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith was the Hurricanes coach from 2004 to 2011.


16. Tim Tebow’s brother takes some enjoyment out of the Denver Broncos playoff loss Saturday.

17. College athletes and Twitter: “People spew some pretty vitriolic things to these players.”

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WOW Headlines – 12/20/12

Arkansas OL Alvin Bailey will leave early for the NFL
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson will leave early for the NFL
As many as five Florida juniors could jump to the NFL
New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says his first 18 days at UK have been “overwhelming at times”
Only four true freshman out of 22 played for Vanderbilt this season
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace has been resting his throwing shoulder in preparation for the Rebels’ bowl game versus Pittsburgh
LSU P Brad Wing has been suspended for the Tigers’ bowl game versus Clemson
Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Florida all won their basketball games on Wednesday
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SEC Headlines 12/20/2012

NFL Draft Prospects

1. Arkansas offensive guard Alvin Bailey will forego his final season and enter the NFL draft. Listed by one service as sixth-best offensive guard in draft.

2. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson - “definitely going to the NFL.”

3. Will LSU linebacker Kevin Minter make the jump early to the pros? “It’s kind of up in the air right now.”

4. With brother Alec rumored to be jumping early to the NFL, the Ogletree twins’ time as teammates at Georgia looks to be coming to an end.

5. Five Florida juniors may depart early for the NFL - but they’re not talking about it. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam projected as first-round picks

Coaching News

***Update*** Alabama’s Jeremy Pruitt announced as Florida State defensive coordinator.

6. New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on the first 18 days of his new job: “It definitely has been overwhelming at times. I don’t think there’s any way around that for anybody, whether you’ve been a head coach or not.” Transcript & Video of Press Conference.

7. Rated as one of the top 25 recruiters in the country, former Miami Hurricanes assistant George McDonald is joining Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas.

8. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has known Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin for a long time: “Heck, Kevin and I used to run around South Florida together recruiting when he was at Purdue and I was at Kansas State. We were chasing the same kids all the time.”

9. J.B. Grimes will coach the offensive line at Auburn.  He coached with Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State.

10. Butch Jones is a prolific Tweeter, Mark Richt not so much: “I don’t feel like you have to Twitter to recruit or to promote your program.”

SEC/College News

11. Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson has withdrawn from school. Coach Kevin Sumlin says Johnson may re-enroll or transfer.

12. With the offensive coordinator position vacant, A&M running backs coach Clarence McKinney will call plays in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.

13. Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and Damion Square Alabama team captains. Jones: “That’s probably the biggest award I’ve ever gotten, is being a team captain, because it’s elected by your teammates.”

14. Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt not at practice Wednesday - believed to be for personal reasons, not because he’s accepted a rumored job at Florida State. (see update above)

15. Alabama and Notre Dame - just five years ago, neither team finished the regular season was above .500.

16. Although Florida is a double-digit favorite over Louisville, don’t expect Gator veterans to take the Cardinals lightly – they’re familiar with coach Charlie Strong.

17. Only four true freshman – out of 22 -played this year at Vanderbilt.  All four contributed to Vanderbilt’s  best regular season in 30 years.

18. What will Jadeveon Clowney need to do to get more Heisman attention next year? “I’m going to go for more forced fumbles next year. And just more big plays – interceptions. Everything I did in high school.”

19. Marcus Lattimore’s advice to South Carolina freshman running back Mike Davis. 

20. With Bo Wallace resting his injured shoulder, quarterback Maikhail Miller is getting more practice reps this week. 

21. Thanks in part to a new practice routine, LSU receivers picked up the pace late in the season.

22. The economic impact of recent Mississippi State bowl games.

23. Five more players from the SEC accept invitations to the Senior Bowl - SEC contingent now up to 10.

24. Does college football need more bowl games?

25. Associated Press on steroids in college football: College football players are packing on significant weight — 30 pounds or more in a single year, sometimes — without drawing much attention from their schools or the NCAA in a sport that earns tens of billions of dollars for teams.

SEC Basketball

26. Alabama 66 – Texas Tech 62.  Crimson Tide nearly blow a 20-point lead but hang on to win.

27. South Carolina 74 – Appalachian State 69. One-possession game with 20 seconds left to play. Video highlights.

28. Ole Miss 73 – Loyola-Marymount 70. 16 points and 14 rebounds for Murphy Holloway.

29. Florida 82 – Southeastern Louisiana 43.  20 points for Mike Rosario – fourth straight game in double figures. Video highlights.

30. Arkansas faces Robert Morris tonight and coach Mike Anderson doesn’t want the Razorbacks to take them lightly. “They’re a very explosive team.”

31. Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi on learning about what to expect Saturday in St. Louis – 20,000 fans evenly divided between Missouri and Illinois. “I didn’t know it was like that. Daaaanng!”

32. The SEC is beating up on bad teams in non-conference play – not nearly as successful against the good ones.  No guarantees of a fourth NCAA Tournament bid?

33. Redshirt possible for Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon?


34. 2012 Studs and Duds from the sports media universe

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WOW Headlines – 12/10/12

Ex-Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has been hired by Western Kentucky
Atlanta is working to replace the Georgia Dome with a new football stadium
Report: Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is not a head coaching candidate at Southern Miss
Reports: Injured South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore will declare for the NFL draft this week
New Tennessee coach Butch Jones interviewed ex-Vol QB Tee Martin for a spot on his staff today
Missouri has unveiled plans for a renovation of Memorial Stadium that should be completed by 2014
New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is expected to hire Texas Tech’s Neal Brown as his offensive coordinator
The Boston Globe reports that the Cleveland Browns could try to hire Alabama’s Nick Saban
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SEC Headlines – 7/12/11 Part Two

1.  The Gainesville Sun says South Carolina’s Devin Taylor and Georgia’s Aaron Murray are pretty good football players.

2.  Also, Florida’s visit to Auburn is expected to be an entertaining game.

3.  UF’s Patric Young led Team USA’s U19 squad in rebounding in the FIBA World Championships.  (The Americans finished fifth in a sport we invented.)

4.  Georgia’s still appears to be deep and talented in its secondary.

5.  New Kentucky defensive coordinator Rick Minter has found a way to “coach” his players even when he can’t be “coaching” his players.

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