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WOW Headlines – 3/28/13

Starting Kentucky DE Donte Rumph may be out for a while after suffering “a fairly significant injury” in spring practice
Mississippi State practiced in pads for the first time yesterday
Unlike Gene Chizik, new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn isn’t slowing things down in practice so his defense can catch its breath
Arkansas FB Kiero Small is back to full strength after missing 11 games with a broken foot last season
31 NFL franchises sent scouts to South Carolina’s Pro Day where RB Marcus Lattimore returned from a gruesome knee injury
The cities of Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Diego are vying to join New Orleans, Miami, and Pasadena in the new college football playoff rotation
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Kentucky Writer Notices That Bama’s Counting Saban’s Vacated Wins

And away we go. 

John Clay of The Lexington Herald-Leader has noticed that Alabama’s media guide and official website credit Nick Saban for five wins in 2007 that were actually vacated by the NCAA in 2009 due to a multi-sport text book scandal at the school.

By getting involved in the John Calipari situation, the NCAA has opened itself up to dozens of these types of issues.  While the Michigans and Southern Cals of the world are abiding by NCAA rules, several schools like UMass, San Diego State and — apparently — Alabama are not.

Unless the NCAA wants Kentucky fans and a bevy of anti-NCAA media types blistering the governing body for favoritism, it will have to start sending out letters to Tuscaloosa, Amherst, San Diego and various points in between.

It looks like Calipari’s record can also be referred to as “Pandora’s Box.”  And the NCAA opened it.

Ironically, the vacation of old victories is really a pretty light sentence when you think about it.  Fans don’t like the measure, but it beats the heck out of recruiting restrictions, scholarship limitations or postseason bans.

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Newton Wins Over ESPN’s Dilfer At Workout

Cam Newton’s workout for the media in San Diego today was impressive enough to win over ESPN’s Trent Dilfer.  Granted, Dilfer is just one man, but if more people — people who actually have a say on draft day — eventually see what Dilfer saw today, Newton figures to be a very rich man whenever the NFL starts playing football again.

“That was phenomenal,” Dilfer told fellow ESPN’er Bruce Feldman.  “If scouts saw this they’d have been slobbering.”  Dilfer has become one of the network’s top analysts and is credited with being Jawoski-esque in his film studies.  So when he says Newton’s “mechanics are so sound” and “The ball just jumps off his hands” and “He made 30 big time throws,” it’s a very good sign for the Newton camp.

“It was really one of the most phenomenal personal workouts I have ever seen.” 

Okay, Trent.  We get it.

“He cut the ball through the wind.”

We get it.

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NFL Teams Take Note Of Cecil’s Involvement With Cam

When you see “Newton” and “NFL” in the same sentence, you probably think of Cam… the possible Top 10 quarterback pick.  But it’s Cecil — father of Cam — who continues to draw attention.

ESPN.com is reporting that Cecil has scheduled a media workout for his son on February 10th in San Diego.  Newton has been in California this week working with quarterbacks coach Georgia Whitfield to perfect his drop from under center.  His coach has been “blown away” by the results so far.

“Cam is ready arm-wise and footwork-wise,” Whitfield told ESPN’s Bruce Feldman.  “We’ve had a heckuva regimen, but has really made some giant strides in getting this routine from under center down.  His dad is seeing that, and saying ‘let’s go public before the (NFL) combine.’”

Every story concerning Newton at some point turns to “his dad.”  And that’s a concern for some NFL teams.  Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reported earlier this week that some teams “are still wondering about that relationship (between Cam and Cecil).”  Front office personnel are “not just evaluating these young men, it’s their families and everyone around them that NFL teams are taking stock of as they decide whether to invest millions.”

Small tip — Since Newton doesn’t always know what his father’s up to, perhaps someone should make sure he’s aware of this workout his papa has set up for him.

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Baseball Releases 2011 Schedule

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas released its 2011 baseball schedule Tuesday.

The schedule features seven games against teams that made the College World Series a year ago, including defending national champion South Carolina. In addition to the Gamecocks, Arkansas will play LSU and Georgia – all three of which have played for the national championship the last three seasons.

Arkansas begins the season with 11 consecutive games at Baum Stadium, including weekend series against Delaware State, Utah and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

There aren’t a lot of marquee nonconference match-ups this year, though Oklahoma does come to Baum Stadium for a midweek game in April. Arkansas also returns to playing regional games in Tulsa against Oral Roberts and Springfield against Missouri State. The Razorbacks didn’t play those games last season.

Arkansas returns to Dickey Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock for the second consecutive year with a game against Memphis over Spring Break. The two teams will meet again the next night at AutoZone Park in Memphis.

Originally thought to be playing in a tournament at Petco Park in San Diego, the Razorbacks will play a four-game series against San Diego State in March. The Aztecs are coached by National Baseball Hall of Fame member Tony Gwynn.

While the full TV schedule hasn’t been released, the Razorbacks will face Florida on May 5 in the ESPNU SEC Baseball Thursday Night Game of the Week.

2011 Arkansas Baseball Schedule

Feb. 18         Delaware State

Feb. 19         Delaware State

Feb. 20        Delaware State

Feb. 25        Utah

Feb. 26        Utah

Feb. 27        Utah

March 1      McNeese State

March 2     McNeese State

March 4     Wisconsin-Milwaukee

March 5     Wisconsin-Milwaukee

March 6     Wisconsin-Milwaukee

March 10      San Diego State

March 11       San Diego State

March 12       San Diego State

March 13       San Diego State

March 15    Kansas

March 18      Auburn

March 19      Auburn

March 20      Auburn

March 22      Memphis#

March 23      Memphis%

March 25    Vanderbilt

March 26    Vanderbilt

March 27    Vanderbilt

March 29    Oklahoma

April 1            Alabama

April 2           Alabama

April 3           Alabama

April 6        Texas State

April 8        LSU

April 9        LSU

April 10      LSU

April 13         Missouri State

April 15       Mississippi State

April 16       Mississippi State

April 17       Mississippi State

April 19         Oral Roberts

April 22         Kentucky

April 23         Kentucky

April 24         Kentucky           

April 26      Saint Louis

April 29         Georgia

April 30         Georgia

May 1             Georgia    

May 3           SE Missouri State

May 4           SE Missouri State

May 5           Florida

May 6           Florida

May 7           Florida

May 13           South Carolina

May 14           South Carolina

May 15           South Carolina

May 17         Tennessee-Martin

May 19         Ole Miss

May 20        Ole Miss

May 21         Ole Miss

May 25-29     SEC Tournament^

June 3-5         NCAA Regionals

June 10-12     NCAA Super Regionals

June 18-29     College World Series

Bold denotes home games.

# Game played at Dickey Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock

% Game played at AutoZone Park in Memphis

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