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SEC Headlines 8/17/2013

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1. Texas A&M A.D. Eric Hyman addresses Johnny Manziel status in email to donors:  ”We are not in a position to speculate on a specific timeline.”

2. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was not happy Friday:  ”We got to have some more pride about what we do. We got to have some more leadership.”

3. Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow on senior Anthony Kendrick:  ”He should be a guy who can do something special out there.”

4. Freshman quarterback Riley Ferguson impresses coach Butch Jones. ”The individual who stepped up was Riley Ferguson.”

5. Does Florida have a game-breaking wide receiver? “I can name three receivers from Alabama and three receivers from Georgia off the top of my head that would be the No. 1 guy for Florida.”

6. And what about the receiver situation at LSU? “What LSU lacked last season was a stud No. 1 receiver…”

7. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on the decision to name James Franklin the starting quarterback: “We probably over-talk personnel compared to most staffs, but that’s my background.”

8. South Carolina hasn’t played a ranked team to open the season since 1999. 

9. Vanderbilt has 23 non-scholarship players this fall.

10. ESPN names nine SEC players to its all-freshmen team, including two each from Ole Miss and Florida.

11, Ole Miss wants to use running back Jeff Scott in its return game.

12, Florida expected to sell out four of six home games this year.

Practice Reports

13, A sprained knee has kept Georgia safety Corey Moore out of practice since August 7. Coaches continue to rave about freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd. “He’s relentless.”

14, With the quarterback battle almost over at Auburn, there are other spots up for grabs, including defensive tackle and safety.

15, Tennessee open practice tonight at Neyland Stadium. Butch Jones: “(Fans) are going to see some elements of practice that they don’t normally get to see.”

16, Saturday’s open scrimmage at Texas A&M should help answer questions about the backup quarterback and the defensive scheme. Kevin Sumlin: “Whenever you have 31 new guys, you try to get them involved and see where they fit in.”

17. Second scrimmage of camp today at Alabama.  Coach Nick Saban considers this one the most important.

18. Focus at Arkansas’ scrimmage – turnovers for the defense.

19. Florida had its final preseason scrimmage Friday, depth chart taking shape.

20. Ole Miss has started preparing for Vanderbilt.

SEC Basketball

21. Alabama drops to 3-1 in its European tour.  Crimson Tide finish up in Paris today.

Extra

22. Two North Carolina men arrested in connection with vandalism of Howard’s Rock at Clemson.

23. Wall Street Journal: In Defense Of Football

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Thought Of The Day – 3/12/13

The Southeastern Conference Tournament gets underway in Nashville tomorrow — be sure to grab a brew and some barbecue at Rippy’s across from the Bridgestone Arena if you’re goin’ — and we’ll have plenty of tourney projections for you today.

If you missed it, last night we posted as detailed a breakdown of the SEC’s bubble teams’ chances as you’ll find anywhere.  If you want to know what numbers the selection committee will be studying this weekend, click the above link.

As for our thought/lyric of the day, the Doors take center stage.  The MrSEC.com iPod spat forth an obscure one from the legendary band, but it’s still a good one.  It’s a personal favorite, actually.  “Hyacinth House” was released as part of the “L.A. Woman” album in April of 1971.  Jim Morrison died in Paris at age 27 less than three months after the album’s release.

Having been to Paris and to Morrison’s grave, this song captures — for me anyway — the mood and melancholia of a visit to Pere Lachaise Cemetery.  There’s a palpable sense within that yard of youthful promise and exuberance actually giving way to human frailty.  The dream is the Doors’ music.  The reality is the small grave marked “James Douglas Morrison” that’s nearly lost amidst row after row of overcrowded stones.

 

“I need someone, yeah, who doesn’t need me.”

 

The Doors – Hyacinth House [hd] music video (fantasy cut)

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RB Collins Signs, But Mom Hires A Lawyer

alex-collins-signsA day later than expected, Arkansas finally has the signature of South Florida running back Alex Collins on a national letter of intent.  But unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there.  While Collins had his father, Johnny Collins, sign the document, his mother is still out to block her son’s decision to play so far away from home.  Andrea McDonald made national news yesterday when she refused to sign her son’s letter of intent and — according to reports — grabbed it and made off with it, forcing her son to cancel his signing/announcement ceremony.  Today, she’s going a step further.

McDonald has hired legal representation.  

And not just any legal representation.  She’s hired Jack Paris of the Cochran Firm as her attorney.  Yes, the same Cochran Firm founded by famed “OJ Trial” lawyer Johnnie Cochran.  (Cochran died in 2005.)

Collins told WFOR-TV in Miami that his mother wasn’t able to attend today’s signing ceremony, but did approve of his decision.  He said that rather than trying to block his move to Arkansas, his mother wanted to make sure yesterday that her son had taken enough time to think through his decision to go so far away from home.

So what’s with the lawyer?

“Alex’s family has been overwhelmed with media inquiries regarding their impending decision,” Paris said. “They want to make a clean choice that is free of any outside influences. This is a very tough decision and they are weighing their options very carefully. In the meantime, they have requested The Cochran Firm’s assistance in clearing up any false or inaccurate statements in the press.”

So the story goes on.  Where it goes, no one knows.  But at least it appears Collins will be going to Arkansas just as he’d wanted all along.

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