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SEC Headlines 7/20/2013

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1. Defending Johnny Manziel – “the grim moralizers have no right to dictate who he is or what he should act like…”

2. AJ McCarron is “the antithesis of the antihero from Texas A&M, reigning Heisman Trophy winner and infamous oversleeper Johnny Manziel.”

3. All-SEC Teams.  One vote for AJ McCarron as quarterback. Here’s one for Johnny Manziel.

4. An endorsement of LSU coach Les Miles – “the most sensible rant this week?” MrSEC takes a different view.

5. Georgia writer and Clemson grad says the Bulldogs lose to Clemson – and then win every other game on the schedule.

6. As one of only four returning starters on Georgia’s defense, Garrison Smith will anchor the Bulldogs defensive line.

7. When it comes to setting the standard, everyone wants to emulate the Alabama model.

8. The great unknown at Tennessee.  Who will be the starting quarterback?

9. The new look at Kentucky?

10. Auburn center Reese Dismukes “has the talent to be one of the league’s top centers and a possible NFL prospect.”

11. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on the debate over tempo: “We all play within the rules. I know this: There’s not a lot of 15-play drives…”

12. Auburn would like to name its starting quarterback by the middle of fall camp.

13. Ole Miss has sold nearly 40,000 season tickets.

14. Missouri had the fewest All-SEC selections from the media this week than any team in the conference.

NCAA News

15. Vanderbilt AD David Williams on linebacker Chase Garnham’s decision to join the lawsuit against the NCAA: “We support Chase’s right to join and will not interfere with his right in any way.”

16. With EA Sports and the NCAA parting company, what does that mean for the future of the video game?

17. Another NCAA lawsuit brewing?  Organization could face a class-action over concussions.  NFL currently battling a similar case.

SEC Basketball

18. Former Kentucky player Kyle Wiltjer makes it official: “I’m choosing to transfer to Gonzaga because I feel they have a proven plan in place to help develop players similar to me, which has seen great results.”

19. John Clay on the hypocrisy in college sports – and the vastly different approaches taken under two different Florida basketball coaches.

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How Much Does Curfew Enforcement Cost? At Auburn, The Tab Came To About $75,000

ticking-clockCurfew for the Auburn football team last fall was 11 p.m.  The university paid a security firm just under $75,000 to check the off-campus homes at more than a dozen locations to make sure players were meeting the deadline.

AL.com’s open record requests produced the documents this week.  Auburn hired Events Operations Group (EOG) after center Reese Dismukes was arrested for public intoxication last summer. The security firm started checking homes in late August and the curfew invoices continued until late November, just before coach Gene Chizik was fired. EOG charged $13.50 an hour for a security officer, $18.35 for its security managers.

The invoices totaled $77,200 but Auburn paid a total of $74,884 after receiving a discount for prompt weekly payments.  At least the money was on time.

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SEC Headlines – 3/30/12

Quickies on the headline front today…


1.  The NCAA could create a separate model of governance for Division I programs.  (A wise first step, but not even all D-I schools are created equally.)

2.  Auburn center Reese Dismukes is adjusting to have the quarterback right behind him, rather than in the shotgun.

3.  This writer says Alabama and Florida are among the nation’s best football/basketball combo schools.

4.  Arkansas is ready for its first spring scrimmage.

5.  Les Miles was happy with “Student Appeciation Day” during LSU’s final spring practice.

6.  Receiver Donte Moncrief has been an early plus for Ole Miss this spring.

7.  Mississippi State has depth to spare at linebacker.

8.  Here’s a spring preview for Texas A&M.

9.  And here’s a position-by-position look at Florida this spring.

10.  Clemson’s AD now says he’s hopeful his school’s football games with Georgia will be played in 2013 and 2014 as scheduled.

11.  Malcolm Mitchell is now back to working with the wideouts at UGA.

12.  Brandon Shell looks to be South Carolina’s left tackle this fall.

13.  This writer says it’s time for Da’Rick Rogers to shape up or ship out from Tennessee.

14.  James Franklin says Jordan Rodgers is “much more comfortable” than Vanderbilt’s other quarterbacks this spring.

15.  Missouri’s Frank Haith has been named the AP’s Coach of the Year.

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