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SEC Headlines 3/4/2014

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1. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel reportedly has a new deal that will push his pay to or above $3 million.

2. Ole Miss begins spring practice today. Rebels need to find out who will backup quarterback Bo Wallace.

3. Texas A&M practices in full pads for two hours and 15 minutes.  Coach Kevin Sumlin: “All-in-all, I liked the energy.”

4. Gus Malzhahn doesn’t sound too worried about an upcoming vote that could impact tempo:  ”We’re going to put the ball down, we’re going to play fast and we’re going to flat get after it. You all OK if we play fast?”

5. “History hasn’t been terribly kind to the coaches that lost the national championship game in the BCS era.”

6. “The Saban Rule is not about protecting players. That is never the primary motive of the NCAA, no matter how its leaders spin it.”

7. Winning is contagious.  South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: “I think it’s somewhat contagious when one sport does well, then another one does well, and it just keeps going through.” Connor Shaw will be honored at halftime of tonight’s South Carolina basketball game.

8. Here are six players crucial to Missouri’s defense this fall.

9. Here are five Alabama players who need to step up their game in 2014.

10. The blame Lane Kiffin era begins at Alabama?

11. It’s good to be a public official in Alabama – free tickets to football games.

12. Position battles this spring at LSU.

13. Did you know? LSU got its purple and gold colors from Mardi Gras.  (Will Rust Cohle start an investigation?)

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14. South Carolina gets a $25,000 fine from the SEC after fans stormed the court after the win against Kentucky Saturday.

15 .Clearing up misconception about the one-and-done rule.  College basketball is at the mercy of the NBA.

16. Texas A&M guard Fabyon Harris checks out of a hospital two days after fainting in a pregame shootaround. Guard Shawn Smith still dealing with “personal issues.”

17. Ole Miss guard Jarvis Summers recognized as the best men’s college basketball player in the state of Mississippi.

18. Red-hot Razorbacks have won seven of their last eight games. Mike Anderson: “We’re playing some of our better basketball at the right time…”

19. Alabama at Kentucky.  Kentucky has lost two in a row for the first time this season but Alabama hasn’t won on the road since last year. Rare events at Kentucky these days - honoring four-year players at Senior Night.

20. Florida at South Carolina.  Gators developing potential nine-man rotation heading down the stretch. Florida two wins away from perfect SEC regular season.

21. Pat Dooley: . “I see so much me-first basketball in this league.”

22. Three of the 12 teams mentioned as bubble teams here are from the SEC.

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23. Something big coming at Arkansas?

24. Ready for a possible 43-yard extra-point attempt from the NFL?

25. Peyton Manning passes $34 million neck exam.

26. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has a little fun with the proposed 10-second rule in college football.

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SEC Headlines 6/21/2013

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1. The biggest losers at Tennessee? A breakdown of who has lost and gained the most weight.

2. Travel expenses are up and ticket revenue is down at Tennessee.

3. Praise for South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.  ”Only a matter of time…that he won’t be considered one of the top coordinators in the country.”

4. Stadium enhancements in Jacksonville not expected to impact seating capacity for the Florida-Georgia game.

5. What’s the outlook at inside linebacker for Georgia? “There’s going to be competition all the way up until the time we start getting ready for Clemson.”

6. One of the best games on the SEC schedule this year – LSU makes a rare appearance in Athens.

7. Does Missouri open with the SEC’s easiest schedule? “This first four will give coach Gary Pinkel a little job security. A very little.”

8. Future SEC Power Rankings: From No. 1 Alabama to No. 14 Missouri.

9. What’s the outlook in Fayetteville? “Arkansas needs to step up its game to keep pace in the West Division.”

10. Kicked off Vanderbilt’s team for a violation of team rules, defensive tackle Jared Morse has rejoined the Commodores.

11. Coach Hugh Freeze prefers to focus on the advantages at Ole Miss: “The same people that (talk about our disadvantages are also) writing that it’s in the top five of most beautiful campuses in the nation…”

12. As a wide receiver and punter for the 1989 Henderson State team, Gus Malzahn was the only married guy on the team.

13. A question mark for Auburn? ”Our punt return game in the past, that’s one area I haven’t been real pleased.”

14. Alabama lineman Cyrus Kouandjio had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.  

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15. Dueling reports dispute whether an arrest warrant has been issued for current New England Patriot and former Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez

16. Mike Bianchi: “When Hernandez was at UF, he was once questioned, along with three other Gator football players, about a shooting in Gainesville.”

17. Police release two videos that may provide clues to the Howard’s Rock vandalism at Clemson.

18. Judge orders lawyers in the Ed O’Bannon case against the NCAA to revise the lawsuit. Expected to get ruling in the next few weeks, then “we’ll get a better gauge of just how radically that business might change.”

19. Andy Staples: “The Curt Flood of major college sports is probably on a campus somewhere in America right now.”

20.  ”Larger athletics scholarships are not a part of the push for a new division…It is the entire issue.”

21. Missouri A.D. Mike Alden is the 2013-2014 president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

22. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez likes it fast. ”I’d like to have less stoppages and play faster.” See the MrSEC breakdown of what faster offenses do for defenses.

23. Former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell – before and after.

24. Texas A&M and Notre Dame join other schools in releasing their own fragrance lines.

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25. Agent for former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel responds to rumors and chatter of  ”massive, massive red flags.”

26. Texas A&M’s Elston Turner was the third-leading scorer in the SEC last season.  How does his game project to the NBA?

27. Does former Missouri center Alex Oriakhi have a shot at the next level?

28. Will Marshall Henderson be a leader for Ole Miss?

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SEC Headlines 7/6/2011 Afternoon Edition

1. Willie Lyles: I know Les Miles and he knows me.”

2. Alabama running back Dee Hart reportedly suffers a knee injury.

3. Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson is back in school.

4. The five dumbest responses in college sports this year.

5. Competition at the running back spot for the Georgia Bulldogs.

6. John Mackey Award watch list.  Alabama’s Michael Williams one of four SEC nominees.

7. Compared to its record against the SEC East, Florida struggles against the West.

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8. Rich Rodriguez selling his home for $1,895,000.

9.  Was baby oil involved?

 

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Miles: No Contact From Michigan

Jim Harbaugh was believed to be Michigan’s first choice to replace Rich Rodriguez.  In fact, if reports are to be believed, Harbaugh was offered $5.2 million to take the job… before Rodriguez was officially canned.

That 5.2 million number might sound pretty good to LSU coach Les Miles, but he said today that he hasn’t heard from his alma mater.

“I have received no contact from Michigan.  I’m really here to speak about no other school.  I’m here to speak about LSU.  Michigan will be fine.  There will always be Michigan.

“Speculation is not factual.  The only think I can say to you is my focus is complete.  We’re preparing to play a great (Texas) A&M team.  That’s my want and desire.

Speaking at a Cotton Bowl presser, Miles was asked if there are any similarities between this situation and the 2007 Michigan rumors that so bothered him.

“I have no real view of anything else but what I’m getting done right here, preparing your team, taking practice today, working in that event.  I very much enjoy where I’m at.  I don’t think anybody has any reason to be concerned in any way.  Let’s just go practice and enjoy this week and go on.

“If you look back at things, speculation was terrible.  Things were said without fact.  In my opinion, it does not benefit us to go back and talk about speculation which again is not based in any fact.  Let’s put that behind us and focus on the Cotton Bowl, please.”

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RichRod’s Out, Fire Up The Miles Rumors

Michigan has called a press conference for 12:30pm ET today and it’s believed AD David Brandon will announce the dismissal of Rich Rodriguez at that time.

Michigan will owe Rodriguez $2.5 million buyout.

LSU’s Les Miles — who will be on UM’s list of possible replacements — said today: “I have not heard a word from Michigan.”

Ah, but that could change.  Here’s the question: Do LSU fans want Michigan to grab their coach?

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Michigan Players Under Pressure In Game With MSU

Mississippi State will be playing in its first Florida bowl in nearly 70 years against the nation’s all-time winningest program.  The Bulldogs are trying to garner national respect as a program on the rise.

That’s pretty good motivation.

Michigan’s players might just be playing for their coaches’ jobs.  That’s bigger motivation.  Or more pressure, depending on how you look at it. 

Michigan officials have said they will evaluate head coach Rich Rodriguez after the Gator Bowl against Mississippi State.  This after a tear-filled football banquet in which RichRod got all gushy over a Josh Groban song.  (Even Groban poked fun at the coach’s actions.)


So it’s not a good time to be a member of Michigan’s staff.  In turn, that means it’s not a good time to be a member of Michigan’s team.  Advantage: Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

With such long layoffs, it’s impossible to predict which teams will show up in January and which ones won’t.  But the idea of — basically — putting a coach’s fate in the hands of his players for one mega-big game probably isn’t a wise one.

UM officials should realize the following:


* They hired a coach with a unique system who had to tear down the Wolverines’ program and build it up from scratch.

* This season was Michigan’s best (of three) under Rodriguez.

* Michigan boasts the nation’s sixth-best offense.


The coach deserves another year.  Period.  But Mississippi State fans should be glad that the power-brokers in Ann Arbor haven’t given it to him.  Because now their Bulldogs will face a team feeling some serious pressure.  And how many college teams do you remember that won a “must win” game to save their coach’s job?

Again, advantage: Mississippi State.

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LSU Fans Wanting Miles To Head To Michigan Get Some Bad News

LSU fans who’ve had it up to the top of Les Miles’ hat with their head coach got some bad news yesterday when the NCAA delivered good news to Michigan.

Miles can alleviate a lot of pressure on himself by besting Nick Saban on Saturday, but if he does not, there will be plenty of Tiger fans wishing he’d pack up and skip town.  With the size of Miles’ buyout — the Lousiana Purchase would be reversed and all those lands ceded to the coach — it’s unlikely that he can/will be fired by the school.  So if the best hope is for him to leave on his own, the job at his alma mater will probably need to come open.  That’s where the NCAA’s special delivery to Michigan comes in.

Current Wolverine coach Rich Rodriguez finally saw a glimmer of sunshine yesterday.  The NCAA reversed field on a recent allegation and decided that Rodriguez had not failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in Ann Arbor after all.  A school source called that word “positive news for Michigan football.”  And for Rodriguez.

So if the anti-Miles crowd in the Pelican State are to get their Christmas wish this year, they’ll need for Rodriguez to lose his job on the playing field.  Currently at 5-3 (1-3 in the Big Ten), the Wolverines close the season with games against:

Illinois (5-3)
at Purdue (4-4)
Wisconsin (7-1)
at Ohio State (8-1)

There’s a chance that Michigan could lose all four of those games.  After a 5-0 start, a 7-game losing streak, a third straight year with no bowl, and yet another loss to Ohio State could lead to Rodriguez’ ouster.  Especially if Michigan officials thought that they could lure Miles northward.

So if you want rid of the Mad Hatter, cross your fingers, Tiger fans, and start pulling against the Wolverines.  It turns out the NCAA isn’t going to do you any favors by piling on Rodriguez.

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