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SEC Headlines 7/6/2012

1. A tale of two former SEC running backs. Isaiah Crowell will play. Mike Dyer will sit.    ”There are no better parallel exam­ples of the absolute absurdity of the NCAA system than (Gus) Malzahn and Dyer.”

2. An admission hurdle apparently cleared at Florida for one recruit.

3. The off-season buzz around the Arkansas football program: “It’s hard to find a team that went through a more disastrous off-season than the Razorbacks.”

4. One piece of good news for the Razorbacks?  The return of Knile Davis.

5. Top play of the 2011 season?  May have been that Joe Adams’ punt return against Tennessee.

6. Mississippi State tight end Marcus Green gets a sixth year of eligibility.

7. The pressure facing Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen: “Like it or not, there’s a monkey on Mullen’s back and it will remain there until he pulls off a win against one of the other five opponents in the division.”

8. The Orlando Sentinel says Mullen’s team is the 38th best in the country.

9. Toughest schedule this fall in the SEC?  It could belong to Ole Miss.

10.  Georgia linebacker Brandon Burrows has decided to transfer while another linebacker, Jarvis Jones, is a preseason All-American.

11. What the arrival of Cordarrelle Patterson means at Tennessee. ”That’s a lot of potential – and potential disaster.”

12. “A mere 54 days until the college football season gets under way…”

13. And when it does, Auburn vs. Clemson should be one of the better games.

14. From the regular season to the bowl games – the Gator Bowl will kick off coverage on New Year’s day.

15. The key to football success at Kentucky?  How the Wildcats fare against the “Benchmark Four.”

16. A response to editorial page flak for stadium expansion at the University of Missouri: “The logic, as I understand it, is that a crappy football team would make us all feel better about high tuition and low faculty salaries.”

17. Missouri may be in the SEC now but their battles with Kansas continue - this time over license plates.

18. Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl now does marketing work for a wholesale grocer. ”I’m proud to be the former coach at the University of Tennessee.”

19. The chief operating officer of the South Carolina athletic department is following Eric Hyman to Texas A&M.

20. SEC  Barbie dolls.


21. Ten playmakers to watch this year in college football.

22. Injuries have the U.S. Men’s Olympic team running behind.

23. “There’s something about marrying Erin Andrews with Fox Sports that’s got all the markings of a reality series heading for an unhappy ending. The beauty of it is everyone will want to watch it.”


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SEC Headlines – 6/8/12

1.  NCAA president Mark Emmert says a report that he could leave his current post to return as chancellor at LSU is “complete nonsense.”

2.  Work begins on a new weight room at Alabama.

3.  Auburn’s summer workouts are serious business for Scot Loeffler’s new offense.

4.  The status of three suspended Arkansas footballers hasn’t changed.

5.  Razorback AD Jeff Long says photos of black football uniforms aren’t “official” and he refutes Jackie Sherrill’s assertion that the SEC has talked about pairing LSU and Texas A&M on Thanksgiving.

6.  MSU’s in-house punishment for receiver Chad Bumphis — arrested on New Year’s day for disorderly conduct and pubic drunkeness — has “been handled.”  (The charges against him have been reduced.)

7.  Two basketball players are leaving Ole Miss’ program, but in the case of Jelan Kendrick, it could be addition by subtraction.

8.  Sherrill has told one writer he does not have first-hand knowledge that talks have taken place regarding an LSU-A&M Turkey Day matchup, but his experience tells him they probably have.

9.  LSU AD Joe Alleva — like Arkansas’ Long — has dissed Sherrill as well: “Well, that’s totally wrong.  I don’t think Jackie knows what’s going on.  I don’t think he’s been at SEC meetings and I don’t think he knows what’s up.”  Zing.

10.  Florida was in the black for its Gator Bowl trip.

11.  Georgia inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti got a new perspective on life when his 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.

12.  UGA D-coordinator Todd Grantham got a raise… but he’s actually dropped to fourth on the list of SEC defensive coordinators.

13.  When it comes to Kentucky, the NBA combine is Big Blue reunion.

14.  The Sporting News calls Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes “a star in the making.”  (Stokes is a Team USA U-18 finalist.)

15.  Missouri and Texas A&M are getting ready for Season #1 in the SEC.

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MSU Officially Kicks Off SEC Bowl Season Tonight

With a win tonight in the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest, Mississippi State will have its first back-to-back winning seasons since 1999 and 2000.  Lose and the Dogs will finish with a losing record… and Dan Mullen will have to deal with some offseason doubts for the first time. 

That’s the razor’s edge that now exists when 6-6 teams (and even 6-7 UCLA) can go bowling.

We at believe the Bulldogs will get their seventh win.  An undersized Wake Forest club cobbled together a 5-3 record inside the ACC, but outside the league they lost to seven-loss Syracuse in overtime, five-loss Notre Dame at home, and six-loss Vanderbilt absolutely thrashed them 41-7 in the season finale.

In that final game, the Commodores rolled up 481 yards of total offense including 297 on the ground.  If Vandy can run on the Demon Deacons, State should be able to run on them, too.  The Bulldogs and Commodores had nearly identical rushing stats on the season with MSU averaging 168 yards per game and Vandy averaging 167.

The Demon Deacons also lost five of their last seven games.

In the ACC, Wake Forest had a middle-of-the-pack offense and a below-average defense.  But what they have been able to do well is pass the football.  And pass defense hasn’t been a strong suit for Mullen’s squad this season.

But if the Bulldogs win the battles in the trenches — where they have a considerable size advantage — and if they avoid turnovers, State fans should enjoy a nice start to their New Year’s weekend.

A few headlines…

Wake Forest ready for physical State squad

Favored State is no lock vs. Wake Forest

Mullen, Grobe Speak on Eve of Game

One final fling: Big game could help Relf’s legacy

Mighty SEC confronts mild ACC in football culture clash

Wake Forest relishes SEC test of Mississippi State in Music City Bowl

Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen no stranger to job rumors

Mississippi State fans hear pride in cowbell clank

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No SEC Schedule Release Before Christmas

So much for Missouri AD Mike Alden’s assertion last week that the SEC would release its 2012 football schedule this week.  Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman have both come out this week to say that the schedule still isn’t quite complete, though it’s close and it should be released soon.

So if you were hoping to get a pre-Christmas glimpse of next year’s docket, tough break. 

Maybe by New Year’s…

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Meyer, 46, informed Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley over the weekend that he was…

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Meyer, 46, informed Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley over the weekend that he was contemplating resigning and the two finalized the plan Tuesday. Meyer told the Gators of his decision during a team meeting earlier this afternoon. UF has scheduled a press conference for 6 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where Meyer and Foley will address the media.

Meyer will remain Florida’s head coach through the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day.

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The New Year’s Eve basketball/football conflict

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As it stands now, provided it can become bowl-eligible, Kentucky looks headed to the Liberty Bowl for a Dec. 31 game against the Conference-USA champion.

There’s only one problem with that scenario.

There’s another little game going on that day.

Kentucky plays at Louisville in basketball on Dec. 31 at noon.

Would the UK administration go for a New Year’s Eve bowl game, on same day as the UK-U of L basketball game? Would the Cats have any choice, given that the SEC office has much to do in deciding which teams go to which bowls?

Of course, if Kentucky wins Saturday, beats Vanderbilt, but loses at Tennessee, the Cats could drop down to the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 8.

That could happen if Tennessee sweeps its final four games, beating Memphis, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and UK. And that could happen, which would make the Vols 6-6 and put Derek Dooley’s club in Memphis for the Liberty Bowl. UK would then drop down to Birmingham to play a Big East team.

Did someone say Louisville?


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