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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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Steele: Talent Level Between Bama, Auburn “Not A 49-0 Difference”

gfx - they said itLast season Alabama won the SEC title and another BCS crown (the school’s third since 2009).  Across the state, Auburn cratered to a 3-9 record and got its head coach — Gene Chizik — fired.  The final regular-season game for both squads was their rivalry game, a contest the Crimson Tide won 49-0.  It was one of the least competitive Iron Bowls in years.

But don’t let that score fool you when it comes to the 2013 difference between the two clubs.  At least that’s college football analyst Phil Steele’s take:


“The talent level is not a 49-0 difference.  Last year was an Auburn team just trying to get out of the season and an Alabama team that wanted to dominate its rival.  There’s not that big of a gap between the two teams talent-wise.  I think Auburn can play more competitive this year and once they get to that level of being more competitive in the game, then all of a sudden the recruits get better.”


Of course, top recruits also have to be coached up, as Auburn fans learned last year.  Between 2010 and 2012, the Tigers finished in the top 10 of most national recruiting rankings all three years.

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Fourth Of July 2013 Headlines

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1. $626.42.  That’s the average asking price for a ticket to the Alabama – Texas A&M game.

2. So what did Urban Meyer know about potential NCAA violations at Florida and when did he know it?

3. Florida with the toughest schedule in the country?  Arkansas and Kentucky also make Phil Steele’s top 10.

4. ESPN’s Chris Low says Alabama has the best receivers in the SEC, Tennessee comes in last. Alabama’s Amari Cooper rated No. 1 overall.

5. One take on LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger - “might be looking at his last shot at redemption.”

6. Matt Hayes on the warm seat at Missouri for coach Gary Pinkel: “Missouri isn’t nearly ready on the lines of scrimmage to compete in the SEC…”

7. Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson encountered former Missouri coach Woody Widenhofer at a Florida toll booth.

8. “I don’t believe there’s a discipline problem within the football program at Georgia.”

9. Georgia tight end Jay Rome on the duo with Arthur Lynch: “I really think we’re gonna be the best tight end duo in the country next year.”

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10. It will be the fall before Kentucky signees  Aaron and Andrew Harrison and James Young are enrolled in school.

11. Accusing of trying to fix a game while at Auburn, Varez Ward’s trial is postponed until November.

12. Last year’s 10-22 record has Mississippi State players inspired to hit the weight room this summer. Nine of the Bulldogs 13 non-conference games will be played at Humphrey Coliseum.

13. Missouri is counting on Keanau Post to fill the void left by the departure of Alex Oriakhi.


14. Aaron Hernandez had a secret apartment.  Police find ammunition and clothing that could prove helpful in their murder investigation.

15. Has realignment in college sports paused?  What comes next?

16. Butler is searching for a new basketball coach after Brad Stevens departs for the Boston Celtics. The news drew plenty of reaction.

17. Good news for Digger Phelps.  Doctors tell him he’s cancer free.

18. The most American brand in college sports?  What about the Great American Rifle Conference?

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SEC Headlines 6/30/2013

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1. University of Florida walk-on redshirt freshman punter Grant Van Aman arrested for DUI – on his scooter.

2. As of late Saturday, no arrests made in Nashville sex crimes investigation that’s led Vanderbilt to boot four guys from the team.

3. David Climer: “Like it or not, Vanderbilt football has joined the long list of programs that are on trial in the court of public opinion.”

4. Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell will reportedly decide between Kentucky and West Virginia.

5. Ranking the SEC receiving corps.  Alabama with the best, Kentucky with the worst?

6. “Sagging student attendance is an issue across the country — even at schools winning championships — but at Tennessee, the drop has been especially stark.”

7. Kevin Scarbinsky has an issue with SEC football coaches and their schedules: “They’ve been overdosing on cupcakes for years.”

8. What Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs has learned about coach Gus Malzahn: “Probably the most obvious thing I didn’t know was I’m not sure he ever sleeps.”

9. “There’s no better time than now to be a freshman defensive end at Auburn.”

10. Outgoing University of Georgia president Michael Adams will always be remembered for forcing out A.D. and former football coach Vince Dooley.  ”I did what I thought was in the best interests of the university, and I still feel that way today.”

11, Here’s a breakdown of over/under win totals for every SEC team.

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12. Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked about the possibility of Kyle Wiltjer returning.  ”I don’t know. He and I texted each other today. So I’ll probably text him to see where he is with things.”

13. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin sees increased confidence from Jordan McRae.  ”He feels like no one can guard him.”

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14. Phil Steele updates his list of college players out for the year.

15. Here’s how all the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences align starting tomorrow.

16. For many schools, the conference isn’t the only thing changing.  ”All told, there are a staggering 31 new head coaches at 125 FBS schools. That’s one of every four.”

17. Tomorrow is the first day of July which means we’re one day and one month closer to the start of college football.  The dancing gingerbread likes that idea.

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SEC Headlines 6/11/2013

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1. College football expert Phil Steele picks Alabama to win its third straight BCS championship.

2. Cost of tickets/donations was the biggest reason given for fans attending less college football games.

3. First-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn knows plenty about the Iron Bowl rivalry with Alabama.

4. Tree-poisoner Harvey Updyke has another case in Louisiana to deal with now that he’s out of jail.

5. LSU has the top stadium in the conference, according to Athlon. See the entire SEC list.

6. Which non-conference game among SEC teams will be the biggest this upcoming season?

7. The Texas A&M-UTSA game probably won’t make this list when they play each other in 2016.

8. Former Georgia Bulldog Joe Tereshinski Sr., whose son and grandson played at UGA, has passed away at 89.

9. Georgia has no plans to lessen its tough punishment for positive drug tests.

10. Running back Jabo Lee should be Tennessee’s only casualty from the class of 2013.

11. Tough to argue: Alabama voted to have the best offensive triple threat in the SEC.

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12. Missouri has released its non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 season.


13. Former Ole Miss head coach and Tennessee assistant Ed Orgeron keeps it classy on players attending class.

14. Athlon Sports has picked Oregon to edge out Stanford for the Pac-12 championship.

15: Report: Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will sign with the New England Patriots today.

16. Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops responds to his critics, which includes some former Sooner players.

17. Georgia Tech’s AD believes the college football selection committee should stay on the smaller side.

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SEC Headlines – 7/10/12

1.  College football stat man Phil Steele says Alabama, LSU and South Carolina are among a group of 11 teams that “fit the national championship mold” for 2012.

2.  As we suggested two months ago, Notre Dame is talking with the ACC about getting in on its Orange Bowl deal.

3.  Hooray!  The Mackey Award preseason watch list is out.  (Betcha don’t even know what the Mackey Award is for. )

4.  Add Auburn to the list of SEC schools that are scheduled to play Idaho in coming years (along with LSU, Ole Miss, and Florida).

5.  Arkansas’ point guard BJ Young says the Hogs will better “understand how to play” in Mike Anderson’s system this season.

6.  Ex-Razorback football coach Bobby Petrino is still living in the Fayetteville area (fueling speculation by some that AD Jeff Long might bring him back at some point).

7.  After just missing out on the Olympics, John Calipari isn’t sure if he’ll return as the coach of the Dominican Republic’s basketball team in the future.

8.  Is that Joker Phillips on bass guitar in a country music video?  Why, yes.  Yes it is.

9.  Missouri backup quarterback Ashton Glaser is transferring to Missouri State.

10.  Mizzou’s smallish defensive line could be an issue as they enter the SEC.

11.  Senior linebacker Cam Lawrence will be an important man for Mississippi State this fall.

12.  This writer believes the most important piece of Ole Miss’ 2012 hoops signing class is shooting guard Marshall Henderson.

13.  Texas A&M will unveil its new football uniforms Thursday afternoon with a live video stream.

14.  This writer says A&M and South Carolina are among the most underrated football head coaching jobs in the country.

15.  The Gamecocks’ Marcus Lattimore comes in at #7 on The Gainesville Sun’s “Top 25 Players in the SEC” list.

16.  Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes feels his summer with the US 18-and-under team has helped his game.

17.  Hey, Kentucky fans, turns out Billy Gillispie actually signed some talented guys while he was in Lexington.

18.  No surprise… four-star defensive tackle signee Dante Phillips has lost his appeal for admission to Florida.

UPDATE — NCAA basketball coaches open up about recent rule changes.

UPDATE — The 2012-13 bowl schedule is set and we’re only 158 days away from the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.  (Hell, yeah!)

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SEC Headlines – 6/21/11 Part Two

1.  Les Miles is going through the ESPN “car wash” today.

2.  A stretch of Highway 82 north of Starkville is now known as the “Jack Cristil Highway” in honor of the longtime MSU broadcaster who retired this winter.

3.  Phil Steele likes the Bulldogs’ defensive line and secondary.

4.  Huh-oh.  Looks like Florida counted five vacated basketball games from the Norm Sloan era in last year’s media guide.

5.  Here’s a ranking of the SEC’s top linebackers.

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SEC Headlines 5/26/2011 Afternoon Edition

1. Club seats at this year’s Florida-Georgia game will cost you a C-Note. Will a new Uga be in place by then?

2. Three former Auburn players accused of armed robbery apply for youthful offender status.

3. Mike Blakely’s high school coach confirms his transfer to Auburn.

4. Auburn Number One – in the Fulmer Cupdate.

5. Another Q and A with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

6. For those not in a correctional facility, Phil Steele’s preseason magazine begins shipping in a couple of weeks.

7. South Park targets the NCAA.

8. APR trends and SEC football.

9. And the Heisman Trophy chatter begins for 2011.


10. Andy Staples: “Did USC deserve the punishment it received? Maybe. We’ll know just as soon as the punishments come down in the Ohio State and North Carolina cases.”

11. USC is out of the Tate Forcier sweepstakes.

12. We hold players accountable – what about the fans?

13. College is a scam - let’s make money off it.

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Ahmad Black, Chas Henry, Janoris Jenkins earn more honors

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The postseason honors keep coming for a few Gators. Already, SS Ahmad Black and P Chas Henry were first-team All-SEC picks by the AP and Phil Steele. CB Janoris Jenkins was a first teamer by the AP and second team by Phil Steele.

All three picked up All-SEC honors from the coaches on Tuesday. Black and Henry were named to the first time, and Jenkins was named to the second team.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Here’s a look at the entire team:


Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class      Hometown
TE           D.J. Williams       Arkansas              6-2          251         Sr.           Little Rock, Ark.
OL           Derek Sherrod  Mississippi State (T)        6-6          305         Sr.           Columbus, Miss.
OL           Lee Ziemba         Auburn                 6-8          319         Sr.           Rogers, Ark.
OL           DeMarcus Love Arkansas (T)       6-5          315         Sr.           Lancaster, Texas
*OL        James Carpenter              Alabama (T)        6-5          300         Sr.           Augusta, Ga.
*OL        Clint Boling          Georgia (T)         6-5          315         Sr.           Alpharetta, Ga.
C             Ryan Pugh           Auburn (C)          6-4          297         Sr.           Hoover, Ala.
WR         Alshon Jeffery   South Carolina   6-4          233         So.          St. Matthews, S.C.
WR         Julio Jones          Alabama              6-4          220         Jr.           Foley, Ala.
QB          Cam Newton     Auburn                 6-6          250         Jr.           College Park, Ga.
RB           Marcus Lattimore            South Carolina   6-0          218         Fr.           Duncan, S.C.
RB           Stevan Ridley     LSU        6-0          226         Jr.           Natchez, Miss.
AP          Randall Cobb      Kentucky             5-11       186         Jr.           Alcoa, Tenn.

Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class      Hometown
TE           Orson Charles    Georgia                6-3          240         So.          Tampa, Fla.
OL           Larry Warford    Kentucky (G)     6-3          329         So.          Richmond, Ky.
OL           Barrett Jones     Alabama (G)       6-4          301         So.          Memphis, Tenn.
OL           Garrett Chisolm                South Carolina (G)           6-6          303         Sr.           Charleston, S.C.
OL           Joseph Barksdale             LSU (T) 6-6          318         Sr.           Detroit, Mich.
C             William Vlachos Alabama (C)       6-1          289         Jr.           Birmingham, Ala.
WR         A.J. Green           Georgia                6-4          212         Jr.           Summerville, S.C.
WR         Randall Cobb      Kentucky             5-11       186         Jr.           Alcoa, Tenn.
QB          Ryan Mallett      Arkansas              6-6          238         Jr.           Texarkana, Ark.
RB           Knile Davis          Arkansas              6-0          220         So.          Missouri City, Texas
RB           Mark Ingram      Alabama              5-10       215         Jr.           Flint, Mich.
AP          Trent Richardson              Alabama              5-11       220         So.          Pensacola, Fla.

Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class      Hometown
DL           Drake Nevis        LSU        6-2          285         Sr.           Marrero, La.
DL           Marcell Dareus  Alabama              6-4          306         Jr.           Birmingham, Ala.
DL           Nick Fairley         Auburn                 6-5          298         Jr.           Mobile, Ala.
DL           Pernell McPhee                Mississippi State               6-4          285         Sr.           Pahokee, Fla.
LB           Danny Trevathan             Kentucky             6-1          223         Jr.           Leesburg, Fla.
LB           Kelvin Sheppard               LSU        6-3          240         Sr.           Stone Mountain, Ga.
LB           Justin Houston  Georgia                6-3          258         Jr.           Statesboro, Ga.
DB          Patrick Peterson               LSU (CB)               6-1          222         Jr.           Pompano Beach, Fla.
DB          Mark Barron       Alabama (S)        6-2          210         Jr.           Mobile, Ala.
DB          Ahmad Black      Florida (S)            5-9          190         Sr.           Lakeland, Fla.
DB          Stephon Gilmore             South Carolina (CB)         6-1          189         So.          Rock Hill, S.C.

Pos.       Name    School   Ht.          Wt.         Class                      Hometown
DL           Jake Bequette   Arkansas              6-5          271         Jr.           Little Rock, Ark.
DL           Cliff Matthews  South Carolina   6-4          268         Sr.           Cheraw, S.C.
DL           Devin Taylor       South Carolina   6-7          249         So.          Beaufort, S.C.
DL           Jerrell Powe       Ole Miss               6-2          320         Sr.           Waynesboro, Miss.
LB           Dont’a Hightower            Alabama              6-4          260         So.          Lewisburg, Tenn.
LB           Chris White         Mississippi State               6-4          245         Sr.           Vancleave, Miss.
*LB         Chris Marve        Vanderbilt           6-0          235         Jr.           Memphis, Tenn.
*LB         Jerry Franklin     Arkansas              6-1          241         Jr.           Marion, Ark.
DB          Robert Lester    Alabama (S)        6-2          206         So.          Foley, Ala.
DB          Janoris Jenkins  Florida (CB)         5-11       184         Jr.           Pahokee, Fla.
DB          Casey Hayward Vanderbilt           5-11       188         Jr.           Perry, Ga.
*DB        Janzen Jackson Tennessee          6-0          187         So.          Lake Charles, La.
*DB        Dre Kirkpatrick  Alabama (CB)     6-3          190         So.          Gadsden, Ala.
*DB        Morris Claiborne              LSU (CB)               6-0          177         So.          Shreveport, La.

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Alabama Well Represented on Phil Steele All-SEC Squad

Alabama had 14 players selected to Phil Steele’s 2010 Postseason All-SEC Team, including four on the first team and three more on the second team it was announced on Friday.

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