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Wow Saturday Headlines 2/9/2013

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham withdraws his name from consideration for position with New Orleans Saints
Father of Alabama signeee Reuben Foster apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Florida – had escaped from an Alabama jail in 1996
Saturday’s SEC hoops schedule:
Missouri 98 – Ole Miss 79
Vanderbilt 67 – Arkansas 49
Kentucky 72 – Auburn 62
Florida 83 – Mississippi State 58
Georgia 52 – Texas A&M 46
Alabama 60 – LSU 57
Sunday Afternoon…Tennessee at South Carolina
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Todd Grantham To Return To Georgia But Is He Done Flirting With The NFL?

todd-grantham-shoutingTodd Grantham will return to Georgia for his fourth season as defensive coordinator.  Friday night, Grantham announced in a statement he’s withdrawing his name from consideration for the same position with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

 

“I want to thank Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization for the opportunity to interview and get to know them. They are a first class organization in every respect. As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place, my family loves it here, and I do as well. This is where our heart is and today I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the position with the Saints. I’m excited to start preparations for another season and along with the rest of our defensive staff look forward to coaching some really good returning players as well as developing some very talented newcomers.”

 

Grantham had interviewed the Saints on Thursday. New Orleans is expected to hire former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out, don’t expect this to be Grantham’s last flirtation with the NFL.  He has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for an NFL coordinator’s job or a head coaching job in college without penalty. The Philadelphia Eagles had also reportedly expressed interest in Grantham this offseason.

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SEC Headlines 7/18/2012

1. Ole Miss announces a deal with Memphis and terminates one with Clemson.

2. Alabama assistant coach Kelvin Sigler was one of those injured in early morning shooting in Tuscaloosa yesterday.

3. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel remains on the team as he awaits a legal hearing.

4. Arkansas running back Knile Davis: “I’m ready to go.”

5. One man’s picks for All-SEC.

6. Teammates are taking note of Mizzou’s freshman class.

7. “A media guide can say a lot about a school. Missouri might not be ready for the SEC.”

8. Getting ready for football in College Station, Texas: “College Station in 2012 has been like New Orleans in 1967 – the first year of the New Orleans Saints.”

9. Orlando – college football capital?

10. Wondering what Florida’s nonconference basketball schedule looks like?  Wonder no more.

11. Tennessee’s team is gearing up for its  trip to Italy.

Update

12. Two-hundred million national title game?

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SEC Headlines – 3/26/12 Part One

1.  Auburn’s quarterbacks were taking some snaps under center this morning at practice.

2.  Safety Robert Lester sees promise in Alabama’s retooled secondary.

3.  Alas, there won’t be a Nick Saban High School in Montgomery.  (At least not yet.)

4.  With Spring Break complete, Arkansas will return to the practice field this week.

5.  It seems NFL scouts were “disappointed” Hog QB Tyler Wilson didn’t enter this year’s draft.

6.  LSU and New Orleans Saints fans have gone from Heaven to Hell over the last three months.

7.  Ole Miss’ Jamal Mosley — a seldom-used tight end a year ago — could become a valuable utility man for the Rebs.

8.  Hugh Freeze saw a slight drop-off as his team put on pads yesterday.

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Ex-UK Great Gigs UT Buddy Over Win; Joker A Streak-Buster For Cats

In the 1970s and 80s, Joe Federspiel and Bobby Scott were teammates with the New Orleans Saints.  Before that they became legends in their college days — Federspiel as a linebacker at Kentucky and Scott as a quarterback at Tennessee.

Saturday, just seconds after the Wildcats’ streak-snapping victory over the Volunteers, Scott received a good-natured — and pretty funny — text from his old teammate, Federspiel:


“Nobody comes into (our) house and beats us 27 times.”


It was that kind of day in the Bluegrass State.  The joy of finally ending the nation’s longest losing streak between annual opponents mixed with the bewilderment that UK had somehow managed to lose 26 in a row against UT in the first place.

But there’s still another streak that’s yet to be snapped by Kentucky.  With a defeat this season, the Wildcats dropped their 25th game in a row to Florida. 

Never fear, Cat fans, Joker is here.

Joker Phillips — the subject of job security rumors last week — is a Big Blue streak-stopper if nothing else.  Last season, his first squad beat Steve Spurrier… a coach UK had never beaten at Florida or at South Carolina.  Last weekend, he vanquished the Vols.  Might the Gators be next?  Having lost 11 games over the last two seasons — with a bowl game yet to play — Florida isn’t as imposing as it once was. 

Until Kentucky travels to Gainesville next fall, Cat fans and alums (like Federspiel) can at least enjoy the fact that — as UK broadcaster Tom Leach put it Saturday — “Ding, Dong, The Streak (against UT) is Dead.”

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Saban: Football Season Will Be A Relief In Alabama

In the past three weeks, the Alabama family has had to deal with devastating tornadoes that destroyed much of Tuscaloosa.  Most recently they have also had to deal with the shocking death of teammate Aaron Douglas.

Nick Saban says football season might be a welcome distraction from the tragedies, struggles and misery of the past month.

“I think they’re two different things and I think we should look at them that way,” Saban said this yesterday during a radio fundraiser.  “The season will be a lot of fun, and it will be an escape for a lot of people who have had a lot of heartbreak, through what they’ve been through with this storm, but we’ll still be supporting, rebuilding and trying to help those who need it.”

We aren’t the first — nor will we be the last — to draw a comparison between the Alabama football team in 2011 and the New Orleans Saints of two years ago.  The Saints provided a rallying point for a city that had dealt with a slow climb back from Hurricane Katrina.  Don’t be surprised to see and hear Bama’s team compared to the Saints time and again this fall.  Especially if the Tide turns out to be as good as projected.

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