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Wow Sunday Headlines 12/2/2012

SEC Bowl Game Lineup
BCS National Championship - Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Sugar Bowl - Florida vs. Louisville
Capital One Bowl - Georgia vs. Nebraska
Chik-Fil-A Bowl - LSU vs. Clemson
Cotton Bowl - Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
Outback Bowl - South Carolina vs. Michigan.
Music City Bowl - Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina State
Gator Bowl - Mississippi State vs. Northwestern.
BBVA Compass Bowl - Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh

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Report: VU’s Franklin Won’t Talk To NC State

North Carolina State head coach Tom O’Brien has his team at 6-4 and — at least publicly — he still has a job.  Unless the coach has been told behind the scenes that he’s finito, it wouldn’t be kosher for NCSU athletic director Debbie Yow to be making contact with any coach… not even the coach she once named Maryland’s coach-in-waiting before she left for Raleigh.

Still, — the Rivals site covering Vanderbilt — is reporting that Franklin has been approached by someone on behalf of NC State and that he’s shown no interest in the Wolfpack job:


“According to a source close to the Vanderbilt athletics program, VU head football coach James Franklin has turned down the opportunity to speak with North Carolina State about its head football coaching position.”


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As we noted yesterday, Franklin should think long and hard before leaving Vanderbilt (if he’s given that chance).  The knee jerk response from most folks is that a coach should jump on the first train out of Nashville the first time the first time a bigger program comes calling.  But the reality is that a coach who has any amount of success at a school like Vanderbilt, Northwestern or Duke can stay put and be a hero there for quite some time.

Gary Barnett left Northwestern and Gerry DiNardo left Vanderbilt only to find that the expectations are a lot higher elsewhere.  Steve Spurrier — who left Duke for Florida — is an example of how moving on from a school with high academic standards might work out in one’s favor.

At the very least, Franklin should — and, of course, would — weigh all his options before blindly hitting the eject button at Vandy.  He and Bobby Johnson before him have led the Commodores to three bowl games in five seasons.  That should prove that VU can be competitive even in the SEC.  How much easier/better would life be at a school like NC State where the Wolfpack has been bowl eligible five times in the last eight years?

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South Carolina Finalist For Hoops Standout

Guard Sindarius Thornwell from Oak Hill Academy has narrowed his list of schools to South Carolina and North Carolina State.

Thornwell told of his decision after visiting South Carolina this past weekend.

“Everything went real good,” Thornwell said. “We got down there and watched practice and talked with the coaches. Then we went over and watched the football game, which was pretty cool and a great game. It was really intense.”

Thornwell originally planned to sign with a school in the spring but has since decided to make it official this fall. He will visit his finalists again before he makes a final decision.

“I will go to North Carolina State the weekend of October 12 and then I have not set anything up with South Carolina but will probably go there on Oct 19,” he said.

Basketball prospects will be permitted to sign the national letter of intent between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21.

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Vols Expecting Big-Name Prospects This Weekend

Tennessee is hoping for a win against Florida this weekend to get a head start on play in the SEC.

The Vols, 2-0 this season after defeating North Carolina State and Georgia State, are confident as they prepare for the Gators. And Tennessee’s coaching staff plans to have several highly-touted recruits in attendance Saturday to see the Vols beat Florida for the first time since 2004.

Here are some notable visitors expected to visit Tennessee this weekend:

S Vonn Bell – Rossville, Ga.
DL Jason Carr – Memphis, Tenn. (Tennessee commitment)
RB Derrick Green – Richmond, Va.
RB Derrick Henry – Yulee, Fla.
S Kameron Miles – Mesquite, Texas (Tennessee commitment)
WR Marquez North – Charlotte, N.C.
ATH Jalen Reeves-Maybin – Clarksville, Tenn. (Tennessee commitment)
OL DeVondre Seymour – Suwanee, Ga.
RB A.J. Turman – Orlando, Fla.
LB Corey Vereen – Winter Garden, Fla. (Tennessee commitment)
CB Brian Walker – Charlotte, N.C.

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Chaney Says UT’s No-Huddle Attack Can Distort Some Values Of The Game

Last Friday against North Carolina State, Tennessee unleashed a new, faster-tempo offense that helped the Vols roll up 22 first-quarter points, more than 500 yards of offense in the game, and a 35-21 opening day victory.  Not too shabby.  Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney spoke about UT’s new attack yesterday, describing how it can potentially impact an opposing defense:


“The argument is that you can simplify the defense’s calls.  You can’t do a multiplicity of calls.  I would consider that if I’m on their side I can’t do a bunch of shifting and motioning.

The game of football still gets down to when it says, ‘Set, hut!’ can we block them, can they tackle us, can we throw and can we catch?  What happens when you’re going fast-paced is it distorts some of those values of the game a little bit.  You see that once in a while: They get a little fatigued, and they miss a tackle where they routinely might make that play.”


In building a halftime lead last week, Tennessee went almost exclusively with one- or no-back sets during the first stanza.  In the second half — with the lead — the Vols slowed things down considerably, using more two-back and two-tight end formations.

The idea of speeding up on offense to limit a defense’s calls and to wear said unit down is not new, obviously.  Many teams have been using the hurry-up for years.  But this year’s tempo in Knoxville is new.  Mainly because after years of instability and turnover, the Volunteers now have second- and third-year players who have learned one playbook taught by one offensive coordinator.  And that makes a difference in what a team can do and in how fast they can do it.

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Wow 3D Sunday Headlines

Sunday SEC Final: Louisville 32 – Kentucky 14
Saturday SEC Scores: Georgia 45 – Buffalo 23
Florida 27 – Bowling Green 14
Missouri 62- Southeastern Louisiana 10
Mississippi State 56 – Jackson State 9
Clemson 26 – Auburn 19
Arkansas 49 – Jacksonville State 24
Ole Miss 49 – Central Arkansas 27
LSU 41 – North Texas 14
Alabama 41- Michigan 14
Friday: Tennessee 35 – North Carolina State 21
Thursday: South Carolina 17 – Vanderbilt 13
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Wow Morning Headlines 9/1/2012

Saturday Finals: Georgia 45 – Buffalo 23
Florida 27 – Bowling Green 14
Missouri 62- Southeastern Louisiana 10
Mississippi State 56 – Jackson State 9
Clemson 26 – Auburn 19
Arkansas 49 – Jacksonville State 24
Ole Miss 49 – Central Arkansas 27
LSU 41 – North Texas 14
Alabama 41- Michigan 14
Tennessee wins in Georgia Dome for the first time since 1998
Friday Final: Tennessee 35 – North Carolina State 21
Thursday Final: South Carolina 17 – Vanderbilt 13
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Wow Evening Headlines 8/31/2012

Final: Tennessee 35 – North Carolina State 21
Georgia WR/CB Malcolm Mitchell will miss the opener against Buffalo because of a sprained ankle
Saturday SEC afternoon games: Buffalo at Georgia (Noon ET), Bowling Green at Florida (3:30 ET)
Saturday SEC evening games: Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri (7:00 ET), Central Arkansas at Ole Miss (7:00 ET), Jackson State at Mississippi State (7:00 ET), Auburn vs. Clemson (7:00 ET), Jacksonville State at Arkansas (7:00 ET), North Texas at LSU (7:00 ET), Alabama vs. Michigan (8:00 ET)
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Orlando Lineman Chooses Vanderbilt

Defensive end Landon Stokes from Lake Highland High School in Orlando, Fla., committed to Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

Stokes gave his commitment to the Commodores during a visit to Vanderbilt’s campus on Tuesday.

“I talked to coach (James) Franklin for a while and had some one on one time,” Stokes told 247Sports. “After that I told him I wanted to commit to Vanderbilt. We were both really excited.”

Stokes chose the Commodores over Clemson, along with offers from such schools as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State and West Virginia.

Stokes, who’s Vanderbilt’s 14th commitment for the class of 2013, said he believes the Commodores will continue to recruit at a high level.

“They told me I was a really big piece,” Stokes said. “This class is really starting to turn some heads. People are really starting to see what Vandy has to offer.”

Franklin offered his appreciation to Stokes via twitter after he committed to Vanderbilt on Tuesday afternoon. Franklin made it clear that finding defensive linemen is a priority in Nashville.

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USC’s Martin Says Letting Harris Transfer To UF Was The Right Thing To Do

New South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin won’t be happy to see former Gamecock Damontre Harris on the floor for Florida in the years ahead, but the coach said yesterday that letting the player go was the right thing to do:


“If that young man does not want to be at this school, then you shouldn’t hold him hostage.  Now we’ve got to compete against Damontre and I don’t like that.  But why should I block him from going to the school he wants to play at, as long as things were handled the right way?  I don’t believe in this whole thing that you should be able to recruit guys (at other schools) that’s crazy.  But as long as things are handled the proper way, as long as we all handle things like adults and educators and those kids and those families are up front and communicate with all the appropriate people, it’s no different than me getting out of my contract, if I handle things the right way.’’


Martin — who refused to let Harris transfer to North Carolina State (perhaps because he felt things hadn’t been handled in the proper way) — also said of his own program: ”Our challenge, our duty, is to elevate our program to the levels where Kentucky and Florida have been.  I know if we can compete with those two schools, we can compete with anybody in the country.”

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