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SEC Headlines – 4/10/12 Part Two

1.  This Gainesville writer says he was not surprised by what emerged from The Sporting News’ hit piece on Urban Meyer.

2.  Never one to miss an opportunity to stir the pot, The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi jumps into the Meyer mess with both feet.

3.  UF hoops assistant Norm Roberts has taken a job at Kansas.

4.  Four members of Georgia’s strength staff have left this year.

5.  John Calipari isn’t really worried about today’s NCAA deadline for players to declare for the NBA draft… because the NBA’s date is still more than two weeks away.

6.  Could the Kentucky-Indiana basketball series really come to a close?

7.  South Carolina walk-on Blair Lowery is getting positive reviews as he fills in the gaps in a depleted running back corps.

8.  Tennessee intends to use more press coverage this fall.

9.  With John Jenkins leaving early for the NBA, Vanderbilt will have zero returning starters next season.

10.  Missouri defensive end Shane Ray is ready to rush the SEC’s quarterbacks.

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Hogs to Owe Pelphrey $420K This Year

In a bit of a surprise, John Pelphrey is not the highest-paid assistant on Billy Donovan’s rebuilt Florida coaching staff.  In fact, he’ll make $55,000 less ($180,000) than Norm Roberts ($235,000) this season.

Pelphrey — who previously served on Donovan’s UF staff — has been a head coach at South Alabama and Arkansas the past nine seasons.  Roberts served as the head coach at St. John’s for the past six seasons.

So why would a man with less head coaching experience bank more coin than a man with more head coaching experience?  Probably to turn the screws on Arkansas.

Pelphrey’s buyout for being fired topped out at $1.8 million over three years.  That’s $600,000 per season.  But any salary Pelphrey makes from another coaching job must be subtracted from that total.

Only making $180,000, Pelphrey can still collect $420,000 from the Razorbacks in 2011-12… even though he’ll be coaching against them in the same conference next season.

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