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North Carolina State 65 – Tennessee 58

Video highlights of the North Carolina State 65-58 victory over Tennessee Wednesday night.


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SEC Headlines 6/29/2013

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1. Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison gets deferred prosecution for punching a bouncer outside a Gainesville bar.  Record will be clean if he fulfills the terms of the agreement in six months. Altercation originated over a cover charge.

2. What’s it like to be the quarterback at Florida? ”It is a life lived, and a game played, under a microscope.”

3. Pat Dooley on Urban Meyer and Jeremy Hernandez: “Meyer played the role of the surrogate father.” MrSEC’s view: ”Can we officially defrock Coach Urban the Pious at this point?”

4. What Tennessee faces next year. “UT faces coaches with a combined 498-180-3 record and five national championships – and that’s just in the first half of its SEC schedule.”

5. More weeknight games coming to the SEC?  “It’s certainly something that we would look at.”

6. Two SEC title contenders not named Alabama? How about Georgia and South Carolina.

7. A focus for the South Carolina offense? Pass protection.  Gamecocks ranked 110th of 124 teams nationally with 38 sacks allowed last season.

8. One take on the Texas A&M offense: “I don’t think (former offensive coordinato Kliff) Kingsbury will be missed this fall because this is still Kevin Sumlin’s team and offense.”

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9. When it comes to improving SEC basketball, how much of an impact will strength of schedule have?

10. Speaking of the schedule, Tennessee adds a a home-and-home series with North Carolina State.

11. A critique of former Arkansas guard B.J. Young:  ”In two years he went backward in most every phase except his overall strength and muscle…”

12. The Detroit Pistons were impressed with the work ethic of former Georgia player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.  “He brought it every night.”

13. Former Florida Gator Erik Murphy’s reaction to being drafted by the Chicago Bulls: “It’s a dream come true.”

14. Former Missouri guard Phil Pressey will audition for the Boston Celtics during the NBA Summer League in Orlando. Laurence Bowers will play for the Memphis Grizzlies summer-league team.

15. Kentucky had two players selected in the first round of this year’s draft.  But 2014 could be John Calipari’s best draft night yet.

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16. The Canadian pipeline to American college football has been around for some time. “Steve Spurrier recruited quarterback Jesse Palmer to Florida from Nepean, Ontario.”

17. Police arrest an 18-year old in connection with the Howard’s Rock incident at Clemson – thought to be a Clemson fan.

18. Five SEC baseball stadiums rated in the top 10 in the country – Mississippi State No. 1,  South Carolina No. 2, Arkansas No. 3, LSU No. 7, Vanderbilt No. 9.

19. Tennessee’s billionaire Haslam family selling their ownership of a minor league baseball team.

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FYI: Ex-PSU QB Picks USF Over MSU

steven-benchFormer Penn State quarterback Steven Bench has picked a new school as his transfer destination, but that school’s not in the Southeastern Conference.  Today, Bench announced via Twitter that will attend South Florida, where he’ll be eligible to play immediately (due to Penn State’s NCAA penalties).

Bench had also considered Mississippi State and North Carolina State (before the Wolfpack landed ex-Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell via transfer earlier this week).  The Bulldogs’ starting quarterback, Tyler Russell, will be a senior this season.  Bench will be a sophomore this fall and would have been looking at a year on the bench and then a competition for the MSU starting spot in 2014.

South Florida has a new coach in Willie Taggart and an immediate opening quarterback in 2013.

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Buck Up, Expansion Fans, You Might Be Thankful For This Unanswered Prayer

disappointed 3Assuming that the just-announced ACC grant of rights agreement is as solid as a rock, there are going to be some very disappointed people around the US of A today.

In an effort to cheer the masses, we have a special dedication to make to…

 

*  The websites and talk radio shows that have thrived on expansion mania (It’s been good for business during summer downtimes.)

*  The messageboard operators who’ve seen traffic explode with every realignment rumor

*  Florida State fans who wanted to erase a 20-year-old mistake and finally jump to a football-first conference

*  West Virginia fans who wanted out of the Big East and moved to the Big XII expecting a few other regional schools to eventually jump in after them

*  Big XII fans who expected their league to swallow up Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and others in order to zip past the SEC as the nation’s best football conference

*  Anyone who wanted Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to not get his way for once

*  Proponents of super-conferences who wanted to see the creation of 18-, 20-, or even 24-school leagues

*  All of the folks who thought we’d wind up with four 16-school leagues and a nice, neat eight-team college football playoff to go along with them

*  Cincinnati and UConn fans who thought they’d finally find a way into the ACC, Big XII or Big Ten if expansion continued to boom

*  The makers of cocktail napkins (as there will be less need for sports bar chit-chatters to draw up explanations of their favorite realignment scenarios)

*  The folks who’d already penciled North Carolina State and Virginia into the SEC

*  The Big Ten which clearly had eyes on a few more Eastern and Southern schools for the purposes of dealing with population shifts and demographic changes

 

Yes, to all of those groups and more, here’s hoping Garth Brooks’ ol’ #1 hit from 1990 rings true.

 

Unanswered Prayers Garth Brooks

 

Just a great, surprising move by John Swofford.  On behalf of MrSEC.com, we’d like to thank him for doing his part to try and put a lid on three years of craziness.

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WOW Headlines – 1/17/13

Kentucky’s new football staff will make $720,000 more than last year’s staff
Ex-Florida QB Jacoby Brissett has reportedly transferred to North Carolina State
Florida OL Jessamen Dunker released from jail after allegedly stealing a scooter
Auburn FB Blake Burgess had his 2010 SEC and BCS championship rings stolen this week
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been tied to the defensive coordinator opening with the NFL’s Eagles
Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has left to take the DC job with the Seattle Seahawks…
Linebackers coach D.J. Durkin promoted at Florida to the defensive coordinator position
SEC Thursday Night Basketball…Florida 68, Texas A&M 47
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Wow New Year’s Day Headlines

New Year’s Day SEC Bowl Games
Gator Bowl – Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20
Outback Bowl – South Carolina 33, Michigan 28
Capital One Bowl – Georgia 45, Nebraska 31
New Year’s Eve SEC Bowl Game Results
Music City Bowl – Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24
Chik-fil-A Bowl – Clemson 25, LSU 24
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier will forego senior season and enter NFL draft
Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore will forego senior season and enter NFL draft
Former Iowa quarterback A.J. Derby will walk-on at Arkansas
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Vanderbilt Victory Completes Most-Wins Season Since 1915, LSU’s Offense Disappears Late As Clemson Rallies To Win

postgame-linksVanderbilt 38 – North Carolina State 24

1. Vanderbilt forces five North Carolina State turnovers, Zac Stacy runs for 107 yards. Seventh win a row for the Commodores, at 9-4 could crack final AP poll for the first time since 1948.

2. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: “When you get in the nine-game category,it is a completely different conversation you are in.”

3. “Good is not good enough. Franklin demands excellence.”

4. Commodores employ wildcat formation for 19-of-68 offensive plays.

5. Interception right before half proves crucial.

6. James Franking post-game news conference video.

Clemson 25 – LSU 24

7. LSU blows 11-point lead fourth-quarter lead – just 1 yard of offense in last 15 minutes as Clemson kicks game-winning field goal as time expires.

8. Clemson runs 100 plays – LSU just 48.  Zach Mettenberger sacked six times.  Les Miles: “He was under duress from the first series on.”

9. Les Miles “must take a serious look at the direction in which his offense is going, especially in its last three postseason games.”

10. Mark Bradley: “For all its success, LSU can sometimes outsmart itself, which is to say that LSU can leave you wondering if it knows what it’s doing.”

11. Jeff Duncan: “Bowl games are supposed to be a reward. This was cruel and unusual punishment.”

12. Les Miles post-game news conference video.

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Wow Headlines 12/31/2012

New Year’s Eve SEC Bowl Games
Music City Bowl – Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24
Chik-fil-A Bowl – LSU vs Clemson
New Year’s Day SEC Bowl Games
Gator Bowl – Mississippi State vs Northwestern
Outback Bowl – South Carolina vs Michigan
Capital One Bowl – Georgia vs Nebraska
Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore will forego senior season and enter NFL draft
Former Iowa quarterback A.J. Derby will walk-on at Arkansas
Sunday SEC Basketball
Tulane 53 – Alabama 50
Florida A&M 59 – Mississippi State 57
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Kentucky Lands Hoops Commitment

Center Karl Towns has committed to Kentucky and announced he plans to reclassify to the 2014 class and graduate from high a school a year earlier than planned.

Florida, Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina and North Carolina State were all in the mix for Towns. But Kentucky has long been considered the team to beat for Towns.

“Kentucky is such a great school,” Towns said. “I felt like Kentucky was just the right school at the end of the day.”

Towns should have an idea of what kind of coaching he’ll see from Calipari. Towns played for Calipari this past summer on the Dominican Republic’s National Olympic Team.

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The Good And Bad Of The SEC’s Bowl Matchups

As is usually the case the day after the bowl matchups are announced, outrage abounds on this first Monday of December.  Georgia shouldn’t have fallen out of a BCS bowl.  Florida shouldn’t have jumped into a BCS bowl.  LSU shouldn’t have fallen to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  Vanderbilt should be allowed to leave the state of Tennessee for a bowl game.

On and on and on.

But this is what the bowl system is and what it will always be, folks.  Now, maybe if there were a bowl selection draft based on bowl payouts we’d have better, fairer matchups.  But currently, it’s just the same ol’ mess every year.  The BCS bowls are locked into take certain small conference teams — like Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl! — if they finish above a certain point in the national rankings.  (This was done to fend off lawyers and politicians representing small-conference teams.)

Then you have all of the conference tie-ins that come into play.  The leagues realized long ago that the safest way to insure a nice chunk of Bowl-Revenue Pie each year was to cut deals with the games well in advance.  So before the season starts, we know where the SEC’s, Big Ten’s, Big XII’s, etc, etc, teams are heading.  It’s just a matter of who falls into which slot.

After you cut through all of that automatic stuff, you then get down to the nitty gritty.  Cities began hosting bowls in order to bring tourists to their hotels and restaurants in the winter.  Period.  That’s why bowl games came into being and that’s why the number of games has grown to the point that we barely have enough bowl-eligible teams each year.  (This year, 6-7 Georgia Tech will be heading to the Sun Bowl to face Southern Cal after getting a special waiver from the NCAA allowing it to go bowling with a losing record.)

With the explosion in television coverage, the committees now consider tourism for one week versus for the entire year when picking their combatants.  A committee can choose to bring in two schools who’ll bring fans to their city for a few days in December or January… or two schools who’ll get bigger TV ratings which will provide said city an opportunity to run spot after spot promoting itself as a tourism destination to millions of folks who might visit in February or June or October.

There’s no logic.  There’s no disrespect.  There’s only business.  And the business of the bowl system makes for some real ho-hum affairs.  Below is our take on the good and bad of each SEC bowl matchup for 2012-13:

 

BCS Championship Game — #2 Alabama vs #1 Notre Dame in Miami, FL

The Good:  There could not be a better marquee pairing for college football’s national title game.  Arguably the two most-storied programs in the sport’s history battling it out for a national crown?  Are you kidding?  Keep an eye on the television ratings records for cable programs (it’ll air on ESPN) when this one kicks off after a full month of hype.  The SEC will be going for its seventh BCS title in a row.  Nick Saban will be going for his second in a row, his third in four years, and his fourth overall in the last 10 seasons (two of which he spent in the NFL).

The Bad:  If you’re an SEC fan, the fact that Notre Dame isn’t the joke everyone makes them out to be.  Unlike the offense-first teams that SEC defenses have shut down in previous BCS title games, the Irish are an SEC-style club.  They’re led by their defense, they finished undefeated, ten of the 12 teams they beat finished bowl eligible and they won at Oklahoma and at Southern Cal (two traditional powers).  The Tide opened as 9.5-point favorites in Las Vegas, but that’s just a measure of how the casinos believe fans will place their bets.  Give Nick Saban a month to prepare and we’ll put our money on Bama every time, but we still don’t think this is going to be as big a laugher as most seem to believe.

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