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SEC Headlines 7/23/2012

1. Why the nation’s No. 1 recruit is creating a buzz - at Ole Miss.

2. Even after committing, recruits still feel pressure.

3. Want a sneak peak of Mississippi State’s new unis?

4. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson on finding out the news that Bobby Petrino had been fired: The “one thing I really stressed was that it had already happened and that there were two things you can control in life, and that’s your attitude and your effort.”

5. Georgia running backs are forever in the shadow of Herschel Walker.

6. Tennessee is already watching film and getting ready for North Carolina State.

7. Where will the SEC and Big 12 play? “The Champions Bowl is on the clock to land a city.”

8. Lee Corso on college football playoffs: “There’s going to be complaining about the fifth team that doesn’t get in. The more controversy you have, the more the playoff will eventually grow to eight teams, 16 teams.”

9. “I’d just hate to see a day where we might play Florida, and whether you win or lose, you still go to the playoffs, no one thinks it’s that big of a deal,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It is a big deal every game we play. I don’t want college football to lose that.”

10. R.I.P. former South Carolina coach Jim Carlen - dead at 79.

11. Why incentivizing fans to come to the stadium is a priority: “Regular-season attendance fell in eight of the country’s 11 major conferences in 2011, including the SEC and Big Ten.”

12. Former Tennessee basketball player Renaldo Woolridge – now at USC – still likes the Vols.

 The NCAA and Penn State

13. Details on the penalties for Penn State.

14. Punishment from the Big Ten could be next.

15. “The N.C.A.A is 102 years old and this is the first time that something like this has happened.”

16. Players will be allowed an easier transfer process.

17. Dennis Dodd: The next decision at Penn State: Whether to play football at all for a period of years.

18. Pat Forde:  ”As I’ve stated repeatedly, this is no place for the NCAA and its manual.”

19. John Pennington:  ”This is 100% the wrong move by a governing body that so often makes the wrong move.”

20. Bobby Bowden is now the all-time wins leader in college football (Division 1).  Joe Paterno out of top 10 for all of college.

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SEC Headlines – 8/15/11 Part Three

1.  Kentucky hoopster Darius Miller scored 8 points and grabbed 5 boards for Team USA in the World University Games today.

2.  Past UK basketball stars are excited about returning to Rupp Arean for a game against John Calipari’s Dominican Republic national team.

(Does anybody in Lexington know that it’s actually football season right now?)

3.  Playboy ranks South Carolina #8 in the nation and tabs Steve Spurrier as the preseason Coach of the Year.

4.  Bruce Ellington is making a seamless transition from basketball to football in Columbia.

5.  This Charleston columnist predicts a 12-0 regular season record for the Gamecocks.  No.  Really.

6.  Tennessee fans are starting to become more optimistic.

7.  True freshman linebacker Curt Maggitt is turning heads in Knoxville.

8.  Apparently Vol basketball player Renaldo Woolridge isn’t giving up his rap career after all.

9.  Some undersized Vanderbilt running backs are gaining attention for themselves in practice.

10.  Vandy’s John Jenkins set a record for made 3-pointers in Team USA’s win yesterday in the World University Games.

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UT’s Woolridge Says Music Saved His Life; So Why’s He Giving It Up?

Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge has spent much of his college career making music.  The son of former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, “Swiperboy” — as he was called — has several videos of his songs posted on YouTube.

But Woolridge is walking away from his Swiperboy image.  Even though he says that image helped steer him away from suicide, as he recently wrote on his blog:


“I began doing music when I was eight (years old) as an emotional release.  I went through a lot of things in my life that have troubled me emotionally.  There have been times when I’ve contemplated things like suicide, going insane, or giving up all hope.

However, through faith, God was able to put Music into my life to keep me out of harm’s way.”


Woolridge — in typical rap fashion — went on to state that he’s “the best new rapper” in America.  So might new coach Cuonzo Martin be behind Swiperboy’s decision to put music on the back burner?

Mike Griffith of The Knoxville News Sentinel points out that Martin said way back on March 27th that “there’s a time and a place for it.”

Meanwhile, former UT assistant Tony Jones — now coaching at a Knoxville-area high school — seems to think it’s about time Woolridge put down the mic.

“Obviously, with the distraction of rapping, he hasn’t reached his full potential,” Jones said.  “Now we’ll see if his projected talents come to fruition.”

Bruce Pearl allowed Woolridge to do his thing.  Perhaps Martin isn’t as lenient when it comes to outside activities.

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SEC Headlines – 6/23/11 Part Three

1.  Georgia’s Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins hope to hear their names called tonight.

2.  There hasn’t been a first round NBA draft pick from Ole Miss or Mississippi State since 1996.  Ouch.

3.  MSU’s football program has earned the respect of many preseason magazine writers.

4.  Spot the theme: UT hoopster Cameron Tatum wants to be a better leader…

5.  And so does UT hoopster Renaldo Woolridge.

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Vols Have A Lot Of 4-Star Guys On The Bench

Mike Strange of The Knoxville News Sentinel makes an interesting observation today, pointing out that Bruce Pearl currently has five 4-star recruits on his “scout team.”

“I was telling Brian (Williams) and some other players, this is not like a regular practice,” said one of those 4-star backups, Kenny Hall.  “It’s like you’re playing a game against another D-I school.”  Pearl says the backup unit looks “like five guys who will be playing a lot for us next year.” 

But with his team struggling in the present — the Vols are just 9-10 after a hot 7-0 start — some UT backers might be wondering why Hall, Jeronne Maymon, Jordan McRae, Trae Golden and Renaldo Woolridge aren’t seeing more action this year. 

Truth be told, most of those players have failed to earn more minutes when they’ve been given playing time this season.  Which makes one wonder just how good they’ll be when they do play “a lot” for UT next year.

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UT Clears Woolridge In Rap Video Hubbub

The University of Tennessee’s compliance department has looked into Renaldo Woolridge’s free use of a Knoxville bar for a video shoot and has determined that no NCAA violation occurred.  The Vol basketballer shot a rap video at a Knoxville night club Saturday evening, just hours after UT’s loss to UConn in Hartford.

In other UT basketball news, Jordan McRae’s indefinite suspension over bad language used on team bus makes a bit more sense today.  The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a number of Tennessee donors were on the bus when McRae used salty language.

The story reads like something that would have been written about a fifth-grade field trip with coaches having to make trips to the back of the bus to ask players to keep it down.

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UT’s “Swiperboy” Probably Isn’t Helping UT’s NCAA Case

When he’s not playing hoops or shaving designs into his hair — that photo is from The Knoxville News Sentinel — Tennessee basketballer Renaldo Woolridge is dropping tracks as a wannabe rap star.  Unfortunately, his latest video might drop him in a bit of NCAA trouble.

Eight hours after Tennessee lost to UConn on Saturday, Woolridge was given exclusive access to the upstairs floor of a Knoxville bar.  A source at the bar told The Sentinel that Woolridge was given use of the room for free.  And that could be considered an extra benefit by NCAA investigators.

Woolridge has played a total of 72 minutes in eight of UT’s 19 games this season.

Normally this type of thing would be a small issue.  But the NCAA is still investigating the University of Tennessee program for a number of issues.  A letter of allegations was expected in December, but now it looks like that letter won’t arrive in Knoxville until February at the earliest.  Woolridge’s secondary violation — if it turns out to be a violation — might now be added to the NCAA’s list of grievances (which will be aired on Festivus as tradition dictates).

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton has repeatedly said that NCAA investigations into the Vols’ football and baseball programs turned up only secondary violations.  But in recent weeks, the NCAA has also learned that a number of Vol football players received free admission to another Knoxville bar as VIPs this summer.  Now the NCAA will hear of the Woolridge incident.  All this on top of the more serious violations committed by Bruce Pearl and his staff.  And the secondary violations already uncovered regarding football and baseball.

Now it’s possible the NCAA will still view the baseball, football and basketball issues as being separate.  And it’s possible that the NCAA will come down softly on the Vols for any “secondary” violations they find.

But…

The NCAA appears to be getting more serious about secondary violations these days.  Tom Izzo was suspended for a game this season due to a secondary violation.  Houston Nutt was warned that he might be suspended as well… for a secondary violation.  Nutt said last week that the NCAA is trying to prevent coaches from routinely, intentionally violating secondary rules.

The worst outcome for Tennessee, of course, would be getting hit with the dreaded “lack of institutional control” charge.  While Hamilton doesn’t seem to think that’s a possibility, new violations — secondary or otherwise — certainly won’t help UT’s case.

Enjoy a previous Swiperboy track as you exit:



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SEC Headlines 12/9/10 Part Two

1.  LSU’s Patrick Peterson is the SEC’s defensive and special teams player of the year.

2.  Ole Miss had nary a player on the SEC’s all-freshman team.

3.  Quarterback Barry Brunetti tweets that he won’t be back at West Virginia next year.  Will he be in Oxford instead?

4.  Houston Nutt is still weighing his coaches’ bodies of work versus last year’s results.

5.  This writer doesn’t believe money will lure Dan Mullen away from Mississippi State.

6.  But this writer believes Mullen will be out the door ASAP if he’s offered the Florida job.

7.  Mississippi State is about to start a stretch of five games in five days.  No, really.

8.  Nick Saban had some glowing things to say about Urban Meyer today.  Glowing.

9.  Georgia AD Greg McGarity — who came to UGA from Florida — put out a release praising Meyer last night.

10.  Mark Richt needs to take advantage of Florida’s transition period.

11.  The AJC’s Tony Barnhart says there is no joy in Meyer’s departure.

12.  Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart wants Wildcat fans to buy tickets for children, veterans and senior citizens if they’re not planning to travel to the BBVA Compass Bowl.

13.  Kentucky’s young guns proved too much for Notre Dame in a 72-58 win last night.

14.  The win helped UK stake claim to the city of Louisville.

15.  This Wildcat team is not to be taunted.

16.  Steve Spurrier has won his 7th SEC Coach of the Year award.

17.  Darrin Horn’s team will play in the Las Vegas Invitational next November.

18.  Jeronne Maymon’s debut will force Bruce Pearl to alter Tennessee’s line-up.

19.  Renaldo Woolridge injured his ankle this morning.

20.  Vanderbilt nearly upset #15 Missouri on its homecourt last night… losing 85-82 in overtime.

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