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SEC Headlines 7/23/2013

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1. Is Jay-Z targeting Jadeveon Clowney as a client? The South Carolina defensive end posts the story on his Instagram account. ”You kno (sic) we about to turn up. Dream coming true.” Apparently, the Instagram was quickly deleted.

2. Toughest September in the country? In a four-week span,  Georgia will face Clemson, South Carolina and LSU,  Couple of Bulldogs signees are academic casualties.

3. Former Georgia trainer’s email about concussions is released as part of broader document investigation.  He says he wasn’t talking about the Bulldogs.

4. SEC player survey on the new targeting rule.  12 of them favor it – eight oppose it. We call it the most controversial rule change in ages.

5. LSU coach Les Miles likes his offense. “I think you’ll look forward to us throwing the football.”

6. Kevin Sumlin on Johnny Manziel: “The best thing I think that happened was us bringing him to SEC Media Days…”

7. A 10-2 season for Texas A&M? That’s the pick of five of six people at Athlon Sports – including MrSEC’s Josh Ward.

8. The same crew sees everything from 9-3 to 11-1 for the Florida Gators.

9. Tennessee tweaks its uniforms to include a state of Tennessee patch.

10. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen: “I know this: his last two weeks of spring ball were off the charts.” Analyzing the fighting side of the Arkansas coach.

11. South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson spent the weekend working with quarterback guru George Whitfield, Jr.

12. The night before a big SEC game, it’s easier for players to be on the road vs. home, according to Nick Saban. “Players are sequestered. Things are quieter for them. When we play at home, it’s pretty ravenous, it’s a lot for them.”

13. Phil Steele likes the Crimson Tide’s defense. “Clearly, Alabama has a better defense than last year. ” Thinks Alabama will beat Texas A&M “by double digits.”

14. Pat Dooley: “I think the loser of the Vandy-Ole Miss game is going to have a hard time recovering and won’t end up in a bowl game.”

15. Practice at Ole Miss starts August 3 with coach Hugh Freeze admitting he’s expecting incoming freshmen to contribute immediately.

16. The message to Auburn’s wide receivers:  ”We’ve got to have somebody step up and be the go-to guy.”

17. Auburn fullback Jay Prosch  ”is proof that the demise of the blocking back has been greatly exaggerated.”

18. With injuries to James Franklin, Corbin Berkstresser logged a lot of quarterback time at Missouri last year.  He’s now No. 3 on the depth chart.  ”It was a little reality check.”

19. Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel on wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham: “He’s a lot different player than he was coming straight out of high school.”

20. SEC Media Days last week.  “The wannabes get to share the spotlight this week.”

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21. Why would conferences like the SEC not cut ties completely to the NCAA?  ”Basketball is the main reason…”

22. Memphis transfer Antonio Barton looks to graduate in August and be eligible immediately at Tennessee.


23. Could former LSU football player Tyrann Mathieu played basketball for the Tigers?

24. Classy move. Kid names his cancer “Michigan”.  Wolverines coach Brady Hoke invites him to Ohio State-Michigan game.

25. Michigan with the most hardcore football fans in the country? Five of top 10 from the SEC.

26. New logo for the Big 12 conference and the league is adding an 8th official.

27. Will Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweet anything this time around about Ryan Braun?

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Orlando Writer Takes Aim At Ex-UF Coach Meyer… Again

Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel must have a clear-cut morning routine:


* Wake up.

* Drink a cup of coffee.

* Find a way to call out Urban Meyer as a liar.


No one takes shots at the ex-Florida coach like Bianchi.  (Well, okay, The Sporting News’ Matt Hayes is in the running, too.)  Today the Orlando writer has jumped all over Ohio State’s coach for something he said a week ago.

On May 24th, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer wrote that Meyer had this to say about college football’s drive toward a playoff:


“I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this, but I think the ideal setup is what we’ve had the last decade of football.  I can understand why [the change] is happening, but I was not one of the screamers or yellers saying it was broke before.”


Ah, but Bianchi went back through The Sentinel’s archives and found a Meyer quote from 2006.  At the time, it looked as though Florida might miss out on the BCS Championship Game — which it won, by the way — in favor of an Ohio State-Michigan matchup.  This was the coach’s take back then:


“If that (Ohio State-Michigan rematch) does happen, all the presidents need to get together immediately and put together a playoff system.  I mean like now, January or whenever to get that done… I do believe as time wears on and you kind of sit back and look, that the only thing justifiable is to (add a playoff).”


Bada boom bada bing, further proof that Meyer’s a liar.

We simply look at Meyer’s quotes and shrug our collective shoulders.  People change their minds over time.  One quote came from 2006 and the other from 2012.  Heck, this writer once favored an eight-team college football playoff before arriving at the conclusion that a four-team format would probably do a better job of protecting the sport’s regular season.

So perhaps Meyer sat beneath his own personal Bhodi Tree and achieved some form of playoff enlightenment.  (A little shout out to all our Buddhist readers.)  The more intriguing issue is why Bianchi continues to pen so many anti-Meyer pieces.

It’s one thing to repeatedly update one’s views regarding a playoff system, transfer policies, or — ahem — a nine-game SEC football schedule, for example.  But to consistently go after one ex-coach time and again?  The word vendetta comes to mind.

Perhaps this all traces back to the over-the-top tirade Meyer launched against former Sentinel writer Jeremy Fowler back in 2010.  Whatever the reason, it’s clear that any and every time Bianchi finds an opportunity to question Meyer’s honesty, he’ll take it.

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