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SEC Hoops Roundup: Vols, Wildcats Advance

gfx-hoops-round-up2Tennessee 86 – UMass 67

1. Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points while helping the Vols beat UMass.

2. Playing Iowa in the first round on Wednesday might have helped Tennessee be ready to play UMass.

3. Next up for Tennessee is No. 14 seed Mercer, which knocked off No. 3 seed Duke on Friday.

Kentucky 56 – Kansas State 49

4. Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein said the Wildcats believe they can still do something special.

5. A second win in the tournament would be more special. Kentucky will face unbeaten Wichita State in the next round.

6. Video: Kentucky coach John Calipari discusses the win over Kansas State.

Saturday SEC Hoops Schedule

Florida vs Pittsburgh – 12:15 ET. Florida is a 6-point favorite.

7. Florida knows it’s about to face a good Pittsburgh team. The Panthers beat Colorado soundly on Thursday.

8. Pat Dooley looks at the upcoming matchup for Florida, which had coach Billy Donovan “baffled” over its play in round two.

Georgia vs Louisiana Tech – 11 a.m. ET (NIT)

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SEC Headlines 1/30/2014

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1. Steven Pearl on the chances his father Bruce returns to coach at Tennessee: ”I don’t know that it would ever work out for my father to coach here again.”

2. Pat Dooley on the SEC and the NCAA Tournament:  ”In the last five seasons, the league has had 19 teams make the field. In the previous 10 seasons, it had 58.

3. Gary Laney: “The assumption the college game has been taken over by one-and-done stars is simply wrong.”

4. Mike DeCourcy on Kentucky: ”Nothing that’s failing with these Wildcats is unresolvable.”

5. Florida at Mississippi State.  Gators highest-ranked team to play at Humphrey Coliseum since Kentucky in 2012.

6. Gators riding an 11-game winning streak - best run since reeling off 17 straight to start 2006-2006 season.

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7. Expect Auburn’s receiving corps to be better this fall.  Every member returns for an encore.

8. Top 10 SEC defensive linemen of the BCS era?  Athlon Sports puts Georgia defensive end David Pollack at No 1.

9. College players pushing a union have a supporter in AJ McCarron.


10. A Twitterstorm erupts when Syracuse football coach Scott Shafer calls Atlanta “#softnosed.”

11. How bad will Fox’s red-carpet interviews be during the Super Bowl pregame? “As horrible as the worst dreams that invade your mind at night.”

12. The biggest open secret about the NFL?  Gambling is good for the league’s bottom line.  “If they wanted to stop gambling, they’d stop the injury report.”

13. Peyton Manning wears the perfect Peyton Manning outfit.

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LSU’s Defense Shuts Down Florida

postgame-links-150x1501LSU 17 – Florida 6

1. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: “The defense did a phenomenal job.” Florida managed only 240 yards of offense.

2. LSU’s running game was dominant against a Florida defense that had previously shutdown each opponent it had faced.

3. It was an old-fashioned, SEC-style win for LSU.

4. Florida’s offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Tyler Murphy, who averaged only 4.3 yards per attempt.

5. Florida’s offense received an “F” from Pat Dooley. The Gators’ overall grade: D.

6. Florida’s defense struggled to get stops to help its offense. “We’ve got to be more consistent,” coach Will Muschamp said.

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Urban Meyer On Aaron Hernandez: “Wrong And Irresponsible” To Blame Florida, Coach Or Staff

gfx - they said itThe investigation into the murder charge against Aaron Hernandez has put the spotlight back on his time at the University of Florida under former coach Urban Meyer.  The Ohio State coach addressed the situation, for the last time according to Pat Dooley, in a text he sent to the Gainesville Sun.


I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up by the Univ. of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true. Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.

“He was an athlete at Florida 4-to-7 years ago and there are some comments being made that our not correct. Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him. Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim. Relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”


Meyer says Hernandez was suspended for the 2008 opener against Hawaii because of a failed marijuana test but claims his former tight end didn’t fail another one.

He also addressed another Hernandez-related charge.  About the 2007 shooting incident in Gainesville in which several Florida players were questioned,  Meyer was told about it by an assistant coach. “I didn’t think about it again until a couple of days ago.”

Meyer’s wife and daughter recently took to Twitter to defend the coach with the coach’s daughter tweeting, “There’s this thing called self accountability. It exists, I swear. God Bless.”

Update: Reporter Kevin Brockway provides this perspective.

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SEC Headlines 7/2/2013

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1. Aaron Hernandez admitted to punching a man during his first semester at Florida in 2007. Police recommended a felony battery charge. Tim Tebow tried to break up the fight.

2. Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury believes Johnny Manziel will be a better player this season.

3. Auburn has released information on coach Guz Malzahn’s five-year, $2.3 million per-year contract.

4. Here is information on salaries for Auburn’s assistants. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is the highest-paid assistant.

5. Here are five questions and answers about Colorado State, one of Alabama’s opponents this season.

6. LSU isn’t receiving much preseason attention. Some of the reasoning is “incredibly lazy,” writes Barrett Sallee.

7. Take a look at Ole Miss punter Tyler Campbell, the Rebels’ No. 32 most important player.

8. Athlon Sports ranks the SEC’s offensive line units from 1-14.

9. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney is the nation’s top defensive Heisman candidate, according to Athlon.

10. Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson is the SEC’s 25th-best player, according to the Gainesville Sun.

11. Pat Dooley predicts every SEC team will win at least six games this season.

12. Georgia AD Greg McGarity sees room for improvement after a strong Directors’ Cup finish.

13. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles is the No. 6 most important player for South Carolina.

14. Chris Low ranks the top 10 quarterbacks in the SEC.

15. There isn’t a lot going on this time of year, writes Matthew Harris. (SEC football media days is two weeks away.)

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16. Kyle Wiltjer’s status is unknown. His father says Wiltjer is “still a Kentucky Wildcat” and isn’t fully committed to transferring.

17. Arkansas has plans for a basketball practice facility on campus, along with other athletic facility additions.

18. Parrish Alford writes about the summer for Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, who wants to become a better leader.

19. Tennessee guard Jordan McRae has earned an invitation to the LeBron James Skills Academy

20. The Tennessee-Vanderbilt rivalry has been strengthened by brothers Garry and Nicodemus Christopher.


21. Former Auburn running back is hoping to play football this year. The SEC doesn’t look like a possibility.

22. A fight broke out after someone spotted DJ Hernandez, the older brother of Aaron Hernandez.

23. The ACC has no plans to expand past 15 schools right now, according to the league’s commissioner.

24. The folks at CBS Sports predict win totals for the ACC.

25. Sam Amick with an update on the man dominating NBA free agency headlines, Dwight Howard.

26. Tommy Tubervile on Gunner Kiel choosing Cincinnati: “It’s huge.”

27. Real story: Stanford and Syracuse traded twitter handles.

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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.


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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