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SEC Headlines – 2/14/12 Valentine’s Day Edition

1.  Billy Donovan says Florida’s depth situation is “dire” rolling into Alabama.

2.  The Gator coach is warning his team it could be NIT bound if it continues to falter.

3.  Georgia could still finish 8-8 in the SEC with a red hot finish.

4.  John Calipari doesn’t want to talk about the odds of Kentucky finishing SEC play undefeated.  (UK has done it twice before… the only two times in league history it’s been done.)

5.  South Carolina has spent $150 million in facility upgrades over the last five years.

6.  Cuonzo Martin has tried a lot of different player rotations and combinations this season at Tennessee.

7.  Martin says he believes his Vols can reach the NCAA tourney by winning out.  (The numbers — as posted on the site today — would suggest otherwise.)

8.  There’s talk that Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien might transfer to Vanderbilt, but James Franklin is staying silent on the matter.  (Wonder if that means O’Brien’s not a man of honor, not a man of integrity?)

9.  It’s not a done deal yet, but dang near everyone in Alabama believes Willie Martinez will be reunited with Brian VanGorder as Auburn’s new secondary coach.

10.  Tiger tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen will likely miss spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.

11.  Backup Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell was ready when his number was called by the Razorback basketball team last weekend.

12.  This writer feels it’s time the Hogs give Nolan Richardson a permanent honor at Bud Walton Arena.

13.  LSU will try to avenge a close loss in Starkville when MSU visits Baton Rouge tonight.

14.  Freshman Johnny O’Bryant continues to come up big for the Purple and Gold.

15.  Mississippi State will play four of its next five games on the road.

16.  Rick Stansbury wants his Bulldogs to kickstart their defensive efforts.

17.  Ole Miss’ search for a new athletic director?  Still going.

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SEC Headlines – 1/30/12

Signing day is coming up on Wednesday and we’ll be prepping for our coverage of that event today.  We’ll also be putting together a special schedule-related piece for your viewing this week.

With less time on our hands, we jam the day’s headlines into a single post.  As usual, there will be a number of additional stories over on our Recruiting Page.  Here goes…

1.  SEC schools are learning to live with the league’s new soft 25-man signing cap.

2.  The SEC has named its basketball Players of the Week.

3.  Auburn got outhustled at Tennessee over the weekend.

4.  Gene Chizik’s seen a lot of attrition from two of his Tiger signing classes.

5.  ESPN will premier it’s documentary “40 Minutes of Hell” on February 11th after Arkansas plays South Carolina.

6.  Following a report yesterday that Renardo Sidney might leave MSU at the end of the season, Rick Stansbury says he’s not talked about the future with his controversial big man.

7.  Florida got an RPI boost by sweeping Ole Miss and Mississippi State last week.

8.  Is Georgia’s hoops team a bigger disappointment than Georgia Tech?

9.  Kentucky is still a clear-cut #1, but their RPI is hurt by the Cats’ strength of schedule.

10.  Cuonzo Martin says Tennessee is “a better team” as it prepares to face Kentucky for the second time.

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SEC Headlines – 11/29/11 PM Edition

1.  Two Florida footballers are transferring out of Gainesville.

2.  Billy Donovan’s 400th win was overshadowed by Urban Meyer’s move to Ohio State.

3.  Another Georgia player is saying the Dawgs’ defense is as good as LSU’s.  (Tip: Why don’t you pipe down and then go out and prove it… rather than talk about it and further motivate LSU?)

4.  The basketball Bulldogs fell 70-68 at Colorado last night.

5.  Kentucky fans are riding high after the end of a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee.

6.  Steve Spurrier and South Carolina have accomplished a lot in 2011.

7.  After a win in Rochester, Michigan last night, Oakland has now beaten Tennessee two years in a row.

8.  Will it be Vanderbilt or MSU for the Music City Bowl?  (We’ll put our money on State.)

9.  Nick Saban says no one has contacted him about Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart… yet.

10.  Gene Chizik says Auburn’s young quarterbacks were hurt by the youth surrounding them.

11.  This writer says Bobby Petrino’s sideline antics at LSU might hurt recruiting.

12.  LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa may be a candidate to join his old boss Meyer at Ohio State.

13.  Tiger safety Tyrann Mathieu says winning the SEC is important… regardless of the BCS.

14.  As MSU rises in the AP Poll, Rick Stansbury says he likes his team’s effort.

15.  The Ole Miss basketball team is preparing for an “important” week.

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SEC Headlines – 11/28/11 PM Edition

1.  Urban Meyer’s old Florida players have mixed reaction to his move to Ohio State.

2.  So how does Georgia compare to other big SEC title game underdogs?

3.  Kentucky has supplanted North Carolina as the top-ranked basketball team in the country.

4.  Here’s a report card from South Carolina’s win over Clemson.

5.  Tennessee’s Derek Dooley says “we’re going to begin our climb right now.”

6.  Vanderbilt will host 12th-ranked Xavier in Nashville tonight.

7.  The waiting game has begun for Alabama.

8.  Tony Barbee and Auburn are gunning for a 4-0 start tonight.

9.  Arkansas will likely go bowling in Orlando or Dallas.

10.  Mark Richt has been wowed by LSU’s power running game.

11.  LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery says Alabama would provide “the ultimate test” for the Tigers.

12.  This writer has updated his list of Ole Miss coaching candidates.

13.  Rick Stansbury has Mississippi State ranked in both hoops polls.

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MSU’s Stansbury Saying Good Things About Sidney

Could it be that Mississippi State big man Renardo Sidney has finally turned the corner?  To hear Rick Stansbury tell it, he’s at least making some positive steps… like making it all the way through the team’s conditioning drills for the first time:

“That doesn’t mean he was winning every race, but he made it through it.  For him, that’s a step in the right direction.  We’ve just got to keep stepping the right way and not step back…

We haven’t had any blow ups.  Call it maturity, call it whatever you want to call it; that’s what we want.  I don’t care what you call it.  That’s what we expect and need from him.”

Stansbury also told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger that Sidney — who spent much of the offseason working out with John Lucas in Houston — has been “a good teammate.” 

Well that certainly beats this.

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MSU’s Gardner Dismissed From Hoops Team After Profane Tweet

When will Rick Stansbury learn?  Last year he had two players question him and his decision-making on Twitter.  But he let his guys keep right on tweetin’.

Now he’s had to boot freshman guard DJ Gardner for… yep, a profane tweet.

It seems Gardner had issues with how news of his redshirt was reported.  And Gardner let the whole world know via Twitter:

“These b****es tried to f**k me over.. That’s y I red shirted .. But I wish my homies a great as* season.. I don’t know y I’m still here”

Well, he doesn’t have to wonder any longer, because he’s not still there and his dismissal is permanent according to the school.  Gardner was one of the top prospects in the state of Mississippi last year.

The player let loose with another tweet last night that said:

“Call em and tell more… I can’t stand liars and that’s all they did since I started being recruited.. R.I.p. To that contract I signed.”

Not sure how many more times we’ll have to say this, but every coach in America should ban their players from Twitter right this instant.  Ah, but they never learn.

(As always, you can follow our obscenity- and rant-free tweets right here.)

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SEC Headlines – 8/8/11 Part Four

1.  Juco transfer linebacker Alonzo Highsmith is already running with Arkansas’ first-team defense.

2.  This writer says running back Knile Davis “looks much quicker,” which if great news for the Hogs, bad news for the rest of the SEC.

3.  Bobby Petrino is ready to start mixing his newcomers with his veterans in practice.

4.  In case you missed it, LSU’s first full-squad practice was “sloppy as sin” over the weekend.

5.  Rehabbing a knee injury taught Tiger O-lineman Sam Montgomery discipline.

6.  The Ole Miss defense is showing signs of improvement in practice.  (For Tyrone Nix’s sake, it had better.)

7.  Despite signs — literal signs — to the contrary, Houston Nutt says his team’s defense is the 4-3, not a 4-2-5.

8.  Rick Stansbury was happy with the effort his newcomers gave in an exhibition game in Amsterdam this weekend.

9.  Dan Mullen is shaking up his team’s practice location.

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Ex-MSU Guard Johnson Says Suspension Helped Him

Former Mississippi State guard Ravern Johnson says he’s a better player now than he was during his senior season in Starkville.  In fact, he says his turnaround began with an in-season suspension from Rick Stansbury this past year:

“During the suspension, I had time to sit back and think about a lot of things.  I was wrong about the things that I did, and when I got back to the team I was just real happy and wanted to show them that I wanted to win as much as they did, and to try and do everything in my power to let us win.

Most of the (NBA) teams were talking about that, saying they really liked that.”

Johnson was briefly suspended in February after making negative comments about the coaching staff and the MSU program on Twitter following a loss.

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SEC Headlines – 5/20/11

1.  Mike Anderson is looking forward to taking his first Arkansas team to defending NCAA champ UConn in December.

2.  Les Miles likes having two-sport stars on his LSU roster.

3.  Rick Stansbury is trying to strengthen Mississippi State’s nonconference schedule.

4.  Will Muschamp is happy with his situation at cornerback… despite the dismissal of Janoris Jenkins.

5.  Georgia will face Cincinnati for the first time ever in next season’s Big East/SEC Challenge.

6.  Ex-almost-Kentucky Wildcat Enes Kanter isn’t wasting time at the NBA combine this week.

7.  Steve Spurrier says “Stephen Garcia, in all likelihood, will probably maybe be given another chance if he behaves himself.”

8.  Kevin Stallings says a game with Louisville helps Vandy’s efforts “to build a quality nonconference schedule.”

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MSU Hoops Roster “Loaded” Next Season

Mississippi State has officially signed Roquez Johnson to its 2011 basketball class, but the odds of Rick Stansbury adding anyone else seem to be diminishing.

According to Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the Dogs’ roster next season “will, frankly, be loaded,” even if no one else signs with State this spring… or departs this summer.

Stansbury’s class was ranked in the Top 25 pre-Johnson.  The four-man class includes a Parade All-American and one Mr. Basketball.  With Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney back, expectations will be high in Starkville again next year.

But don’t expect much wiggle room for the coach if he fails to meet them for a second straight year.

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