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UK Roster Shuffle Begins As Goodwin Goes, Cauley-Stein & Wiltjer Stay

mrsec-breaking-newsYesterday, it was announced that sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow will transfer from Kentucky to Georgia State.   Today, UK has announced that freshman Archie Goodwin had declared himself eligible for the NBA draft while freshman Willie Cauley-Stein and sophomore Kyle Wiltjer have decided to stay put. 

With that, the reshuffling of Kentucky’s basketball roster has begun.  Today’s UK press release even added that “No announcement has been made by Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson regarding their future at Kentucky at this time.”  Noel has hinted that he will return to Lexington, but that’s doubtful.  Even after suffering a season-ending ACL tear, Noel is projected to be a top-five pick in the NBA draft if not the overall #1 pick.

In the release, Calipari said:


“’I’m excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season,’ John Calipari said. ‘When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his dreams. Willie and Kyle believe it is in their best interest to return to Kentucky next season to achieve those dreams, and I fully support their decisions.

‘Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court.

‘I believe, with another year of hard work and competition, they all can take their games to the next level. I look forward to seeing them all grow into young men.’”


Before next season the Wildcats will add what some are calling the greatest signing class in college basketball history.  As for where they’ll all fit, well, there are at least two new slots available with the departures of Harrow and Goodwin.


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SEC Headlines 4/1/13

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1. Michigan beat Florida 79-59 on Sunday. Florida G Kenny Boynton: “They were the better team.”

2. Boynton and seniors Eric Murphy and Mike Rosario had an emotional ending to their careers.

3. It was apparent early that Florida had no answers for Michigan, which jumped out to a 13-0 lead.

4. One scholarship has opened up in Lexington: point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring from Kentucky.

5. Meanwhile, Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer tweeted Sunday to say he is staying in Lexington.

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6. From Sunday: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema bragged on his Big Ten record compared to Nick Saban’s record.

7. Alabama is back from spring break and preparing for 11 practices in the next 20 days.

8. Auburn’s coaching staff is working on rebuilding the mental strength of its quarterbacks.

9. Ole Miss will return to the practice field tonight. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford is a big storyline.

10. Here’s an updated (and projected) depth chart for Georgia’s defense.

11. New Tennessee coach Butch Jones is “making the right moves,” writes David Climer.

12. Tennessee’s offense is adjusting to a quicker pace as spring practice resumes this week.


13. A love story you will want to read involving Mal Moore, who passed away on Saturday. By Don Kausler Jr.

14. It’s been one year to the day since Bobby Petrino had his motorcycle accident.

15. Louisville guard Kevin Ware had successful surgery Sunday night to repair the open fracture of his right tibia.

16. What’s the first thing Ware told his mother after the injury? “Calm down, mom. I’m OK.”

17. Here’s an early preview of the upcoming Final Four in Atlanta.

18. Texas is working this offseason to return to competing with the nation’s elite programs.

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Florida Loses To Kansas State, Missouri Gives Illinois Its First Loss, SEC Goes 6-6 Saturday

1. Kansas State 67 – Florida 61. Gators drop second game of the year.  Patric Young scores 19 and grabs 10 rebounds for fourth double-double of the year. Video Highlights.

2. Missouri 82- Illinois 73. Tigers dominate inside with 58-35 rebounding advantage and 44-24 points advantage in the paint. Video Highlights.

3. Arkansas 95 – Alabama A&M 68. Twelve players score for the Razorbacks, led by 20-points from Marshawn Powell.

4. Winthrop 74 – Auburn 67. Tigers make only 3-of-23 three-point shots.  Tony Barbee: “A huge step back.”

5. South Carolina 63 – Manhattan 57. Third win a row for the Gamecocks – Brenton Williams scores 17 points.

6. Kentucky 82 – Marshall 54. Career-high 23 points from Ryan Harrow. Video Highlights.

7. Indiana State 87 – Ole Miss 85 (OT). Rebels rally to tie game in second-half but lose in overtime despite 27 points from Marshall Henderson.

8. Southern 53 – Texas A&M 51. Aggies can’t hang on to late five-point lead. Video Highlights.

9. Mississippi State 79 – Central Arkansas 72. First career double-double for freshman Gavin Ware – 22 points and 13 rebounds.

10. Marquette 84 – LSU 80. Down by 21 points, Tigers make it close – season-high 20 points from Andre Stringer.

11. Mercer 66 – Alabama 59. Crimson Tide blows double-digit lead – outscored by 19 points in just over 10 minutes to end the game.

12. Georgia 64 – Southern Cal 56. 12-2 run for the Bulldogs to start second halfVideo Highlights.

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SEC Meetings Headlines (And More) – 6/1/12

How in the heck is it already June 1st?  It seems like yesterday I was standing out in the snow on New Year’s night.

At any rate, here’s what’s been creating a buzz in Destin over the last 24 hours.


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1.  Former CBS president Neal Pilson says a new SEC Network “is not a slam dunk” yet.  ”The SEC has two issues.  One is they granted a lot of those rights to their broadcast carriers.  Second, some of the SEC schools are already exploiting their third-tier (broadcast) rights.”



1.  This writer fears — as yours truly does — that SEC presidents today could “go away from what turned a regional collection of mostly state institutions into the most powerful intercollegiate athletics conference in the country.  They want to forget where the SEC came from.”  (For the record, here’s our take on the same topic from yesterday morning.)

2. Former Tennessee AD Doug Dickey says the SEC tried to put three “haves” and three “have nots” in each division when it expanded in 1992… and that’s in part also how the permanent cross-divisional rivals were formed.

3.  If Texas A&M is about to replace Arkansas at the end of LSU’s football schedule, it’s news to Razorback AD Jeff Long.

4.  Regardless of when the teams play and in what sport, this writer thinks LSU — not Arkansas — will be Texas A&M’s new top rivalry.

5.  It’s still expected that the 6-1-1 football schedule will be adopted today.



1.  This writer — like most folks, it seems — believes a “best four” model is the right way to go with a new playoff.

2.  This scribe says everyone must be willing to compromise to make a playoff fly.

UPDATE — We’ve pushed a 3+1 compromise for a while now so it’s no surprise that we agree 100% with what’s Stewart Mandel has penned here.  The facts show such a system would work and work well.  Good stuff.


Other News

1.  The SEC is looking at a 6% jump in the amount of cash handed out to league members this year.

2. tabs Alabama as their preseason #3 team in America.

3.  The football coaches at Missouri and Texas A&M expect an adjustment period as they enter the SEC.

4.  Both of Steve Spurrier’s big proposals at this week’s SEC Meetings were shot down.

5.  Arkansas’ John L. Smith isn’t making a return to the team easy for three Razorbacks arrested for burglary and suspended last month.

6.  This writer’s picking Georgia to win the SEC in 2012

7.  Kentucky’s John Calipari likes new transfer point guard Ryan Harrow.

8.  Projected starting defensive back Izauea Lanier won’t be eligible at Tennessee this fall.

9.  Here’s more on James Franklin’s comments about coaches’ wives — and his backtracking from those comments — at Vanderbilt.

10.  Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton won’t be on hand for today’s SEC Meetings in Destin due to “an undisclosed matter on campus.”

11.  As we told you earlier this week, Kansas City is one of seven cities being considered to host the 2017 SEC basketball tournament.  ”They, like every other city, need to put their best foot forward and give our people a chance to evaluate it,” said Mike Slive.  (Translation: They need to pony up big dollars and woo us real nice.)

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Harrow – Not Woods – Transferring To UK

For the past month there has been much speculation that former Wake Forest big man Tony Woods will transfer to Kentucky.  Well, John Calipari has landed a transfer, but it’s not the controversial Woods.

Former NC State guard Ryan Harrow will join the Wildcats after sitting out the 2011-12 season.  Harrow averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists for the Wolfpack last year.

“Ryan has tremendous ball-handling skills and offensive awareness and is a great addition to our team,” Calipari tweeted yesterday.  “He’s a great student of the game as well as in the classroom.  He’ll have a year to grow in our system and should be ready to be a major contributor in 2012-13.”

It appears that Woods — who carries the baggage of an assault arrest — is likely to land at Texas, not Kentucky.

We can debate which player would have been the better “get” for the Cats, but there’s no argument over which player is less controversial.  And that’s the guy Calipari has already landed.

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SEC Headlines – 4/27/11

With storms and power outages rolling across the South today — and probably coming soon to Headquarters — we’re going to run through as many quicky headlines as possible for you.

Here goes…

1.  Alabama could have three juniors taken in the first round of tomorrow’s NFL draft.

2.  The Iron Bowl rivalry even extends to said Draft.

3.  Cam Newton’s lack of leadership skills will haunt him in the NFL…

4.  Or not.

5.  A pair of Arkansas O-linemen want to keep UA’s run of good fortune in the draft rolling.

6.  Hog QB candidates Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell sound off about their leadership skills.

7.  Due to a lack of size — he’s 6-1, 305 — former LSU D-tackle Drake Nevis is expected to be a third-round pick at best.

8.  Derek Sherrod could be MSU’s first first-round draft pick in 14 years.

9.  Receiver Chris Smith’s jaw surgery went well.

10.  Quarterback Barry Brunetti’s clearance by the NCAA is another win for Ole Miss.

11.  Here’s more on Will Muschamp’s decision to boot Janoris Jenkins from Florida’s team.

12.  Did Justin Houston fail a drug test while at Georgia?

13.  Peter King of says the Atlanta Falcons are trying to trade up for AJ Green.

14.  Joker Phillips has confidence that Kentucky will soon be competing for an SEC title.

15.  NC State point guard Ryan Harrow might have visited UK’s campus yesterday.  And maybe he didn’t.

16.  Ex-South Carolina O-lineman Jarriel King could go in the first round of tomorrow’s NFL draft.

17.  Former Tennessee offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw is just hoping to get drafted.

18.’s Seth Davis says UT’s hire of Cuonzo Martin was the smartest basketball hire this offseason.

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