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SEC Headlines 7/5/2013

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1. Question asked at Vanderbilt after four players have been dismissed from the team: “Is this what winning football includes?”

2. SEC shifting styles? “Blame it on Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee…”

3. ESPN’s Brock Huard on what one defensive coordinator told him about Johnny Manziel: “He thinks he has a bull’s eye on him this offseason. That target will get bigger through the season.”

4. What does South Carolina need from running back Mike Davis? “To be both durable and productive if the Gamecocks are to have a legitimate offense.”

5. Linebacker Avery Williamson will play a key role in Kentucky’s switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense.

6. One reason to worry about LSU? Tigers lost six players from their defensive line.

7. Tennessee with the best offensive line in the SEC?

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8. Missouri had an extra $1 million in unanticipated athletic department travel expenses in its first year in the SEC.

9. Bill Schmidt signed Michael Jordan to be the spokesman for Gatorade and was CEO of Oakley.  He also twice applied to be athletic director at Tennessee.

10. Nebraska developing a sideline concussion assessment tool.

11. How former Florida assistant coach Steve Addazio is changing the recruiting culture at Boston College.

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12, The hype hasn’t waned at Tennessee for incoming freshman Robert Hubbs.

13. With all the talk about transfers in college basketball, here’s a stat for you.  Transfer rate among basketball players – 10% to 11%.  Transfer rate for all students – about 33%.

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14. Even in July, sideline reporting can be hazardous duty.

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UT Point Guard Golden To Transfer

mrsec-breaking-newsIf you’re a social media fan you’ve probably already seen numerous posts claiming that senior-to-be Tennessee point guard Trae Golden will not be back with the Volunteers next season.  Now it’s official according to head coach Counzo Martin, who confirmed the news to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Golden was expected to help a revamped Tennessee lineup — featuring a back-from-injury Jeronne Maymon and five-star incoming freshman Robert Hubbs — return to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.  Now, he’s done with the issue rumored to involve academics.

The timing is surprising as Martin got down to the 13-man scholarship limit by cutting loose committed Vol prospect Travon Landry over the weekend.  Landry plays the point guard position.

Unless Tennessee finds a juco point guard at this last date or a last-minute transfer from elsewhere, Martin will enter a potential make-or-break third year in Knoxville with only converted two-guards or true freshmen to run the point for his squad.

Golden averaged 12.1 points per game last season.

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ESPN’s Katz Has Praise For UT’s Martin

When Andy Katz tosses praise toward the SEC is usually flows in the direction of Lexington, Kentucky and John Calipari (and why not, all he does is win and sign the top class in the nation annually).  But in recent weeks he’s shown a little love to two ex-Purdue assistants… Rick Ray of Mississippi State and, today, Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee.

Katz had this to say just one day after the Vols and Martin landed a commitment from a five-star West Tennessee prospect whom Duke and Kentucky were also chasing:

 

“Cuonzo Martin is doing a tremendous job of increasing the talent and perception of Tennessee basketball.  Martin secured another commitment Monday for 2013 in landing 6-5 shooting guard Robert Hubbs.  The Vols will be just fine going forward in the SEC under Martin.”

 

After inheriting a messy situation from Bruce Pearl and the NCAA, Martin got off to a wretched start last season before his squad finally bought into his defense-first system.  When they did, he led Tennessee to a surprising #2 seed in the SEC Tournament in New Orleans before losing in the NIT.

In addition to securing a commitment from Hubbs in Monday’s daylight hours, Martin also got a commitment from the son of 13-year NBA vet Antonio Davis last night. 

He might not have Pearl’s style, flash and flair — and it seems some Vol fans miss that — but Martin seems to be doing everything else right.  Including “increasing the talent and perception” of the Vol hoops program.

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Vols Land Another Commitment

Monday was a productive recruiting day for the Tennessee basketball team.

It started with the commitment of five-star shooting guard Robert Hubbs from Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. Then came the pledge Monday evening from forward A.J. Davis of Buford (Ga.) High School. He announced his commitment via Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davis, the son of 13-year NBA veteran Antonio Davis, became Tennessee’s third commitment for the 2013 class. Point guard Travon Landry from Huntington (W.V.) Prep was the first prospect to commit to the Vols for 2013.

Hubbs and his family cited Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin as a key factor in the decision to choose Tennessee. Martin played a similar role in the recruitment of Davis, who also considered Clemson.

“That definitely was one of the main reasons why I committed,” Davis told Scout.com. “My relationship with Coach Martin and coach (Tracy) Webster, I talk to those guys a lot. He’ll help me on the court and off the court. I just feel like it was the best place for me.”

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WOW Headlines – 9/17/12

SEC suspends South Carolina FS D.J. Swearinger for one game for helmet-to-helmet hit versus UAB
South Carolina hosts Missouri in SEC East battle on Saturday
Steve Spurrier says QB Connor Shaw could play for Carolina despite small “fracture” in shoulder
Georgia’s Richt says focus is on Vanderbilt, not fireworks between coaches after last year’s game
Vanderbilt’s James Franklin won’t name a starting QB for Saturday’s game with Georgia
Alabama is a 51-point favorite over Florida Atlantic this weekend
Tennessee gets commitment from 5-star basketball recruit Robert Hubbs
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