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SEC Headlines 9/17/2011 Part Three

1. Jordan Jefferson’s attorney files motion to dismiss charges against the suspended LSU quarterback.

2. New York Times: Syracuse and Pitt are talking to the ACC.

3. Both the University of Texas and Oklahoma Board of Regents are scheduled to meet Monday.

4. ESPN: “New buyout increase will make it almost impossible for ACC teams to leave conference. Rumors. Squashed.”

5. Mississippi State loses right guard Tobias Smith for the year.

6. LSU’s offensive line showed its depth on Thursday night.

7. Scott Rabalais on the LSU offense: It’s straightforward, old-fashioned football, and unapologetically so.

8. “You sure you want a slice of this, A&M?”

9. Top college football market in America? Birmingham.

10. Breaking down the postgame handshake.

11. Shaking hands with a recruit may have gotten John Calipari into some (minor) trouble.

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LSU’s Chancellor Wants Proof That An Expanded SEC Would Be Better

Over the weekend, Scott Rabalais of The Baton Rouge Advocate caught up with LSU chancellor Michael Martin to talk about expansion.  And unlike most of his fellow presidents, Martin had plenty to say:

“It isn’t all about money.  I want to know about travel for all student-athletes and if that school really fits into our mix, whether they share the same values that we do. … I’ve always thought a 12-team league for the SEC is a good one.  It’s fairly easy travel and we’ve been successful competitively.  Prove to me a new model is better than what we have and we’ll put it to a vote.”

The chancellor also provided yet another clue that the SEC is thinking about adding two teams at the moment, not four.  “It doesn’t make sense to add one school, to be a 13-team league,” he said.  “If Texas A&M, then who else?”

As we’ve said before, the final call on expansion — who gets in… if anyone gets in — will be made by academicians and many, many factors will influence their final votes.

Look at Martin’s photo at left.  Now you tell us if you think that gentleman is going to make such a major decision based solely upon who plays dynamite football.

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SEC New Year’s Day Headlines

1. Kentucky 78 – Louisville 63.  A double-double for Josh Harrellson.

2. John Clay: “Louisville had the glitz.  Kentucky had the grit.”

3. College of Charleston 91 – Tennessee 78.  Vols drop to 9-4.  Pearl ejected.

4. Florida 71 – Xavier 67.  Gators snap the Musketeers 30-game home winning streak.

5. Arkansas 87 – UT Arlington 74.  Razorbacks win fourth straight.

6. Auburn 63 – Grambling 45.  Tigers improve to 6-7.

7. Georgia 64 – Eastern Kentucky 57.  Streaking Bulldogs have won eight in a row.

8. Jeff Schultz: Does anybody believe Mark Richt can still get it done?”

9. Scott Rabalais on LSU football: “These last 10 years — 2001 to 2010 — can’t be topped.”

10. LSU’s “Mr. Reliable” gets set for his final college kicks.

11. Justin Wilcox is staying put at Tennessee.

12. Expect the NCAA Rules Committee to take a look at the final play in regulation from Thursday night’s Music City Bowl.

13. One of the perks of a big-time college football coaching job?  Use of a private plane for personal use.

14. An eventful year in South Carolina sports.

15. Greg McElroy originally committed to Texas Tech.  Alabama is glad he changed his mind.

16. How Auburn’s receivers stack up against Oregon’s defensive backs.

17. A memorable one-year anniversary for Auburn.

18.  The big story at Ole Miss in 2010? Black Bear.

19.  Month by month – what SEC fans were talking about in 2010.

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Little News, Lots More Talk About Newton Case

The Cam Newton story is back in the news today, though no new shoes have dropped.  Here’s a quick update on the latest:

* The NCAA spoke with former Mississippi State graduate assistant Jody Wright — now at Alabama — yesterday.  Wright was at State during Newton’s recruitment and could possibly be one of the two “recruiters” referenced in Joe Schad’s story for ESPN.  (Actually, that’s quite likely.)

* The FBI met yesterday with former MSU quarterback John Bond.  Bond’s attorney said that he “has been interviewed by a state regulator and federal law enforcement.”  No one is completely clear why the FBI and Mississippi authorities are interested in this case, but it’s a safe bet that both agencies have a possible money trail on their minds.  If money did change hands, they want to know how it was moved, if it was laundered and if taxes were evaded.

* MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin declined comment yesterday when asked if State officials had been contacted by NCAA investigators in recent days.

* Alabama officials are quiet, too.  They would not comment on Wright’s involvement in the NCAA investigation.

* Kenny Rogers — who first denied and then admitted to hearing Cecil Newton’s request for $100,000 to $180,000 for his son’s services — met with NCAA investigators yesterday.  Rogers’ attorney told USA Today: “Nobody’s pointing a finger at Mississippi State for doing anything wrong.  And Kenny has said, ‘I had no discussion with Auburn regarding Cam Newton or anybody affiliated with him.’  He said, ‘I don’t know if Auburn has or has not done anything wrong.’  He’s not pointing a finger at them.  He’s pointing a finger direct squarely at the father.”

* Meanwhile, Scott Rabalais of The Baton Rouge Advocate writes what everyone is thinking – this mess needs a quick resolution.

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Monday Press Lunch: Week 12 v Ole Miss

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Content provided by And The Valley Shook.

The Monday press conference and the Full ULM Game Replay after the break.

 

LSU Release [PDF Link]

Ole Miss Release [PDF Link]

Football Regular-Season Finale Set for 2:30 p.m. – LSUSports.net

LSU Gains Points, Remains 5th in BCS, 6th in Polls – LSUSports.net

LSU SID Michael Bonnette says the school will distribute 50,000 pom poms at Saturday’s Ole Miss game.

-Scott Rabalais, The Advocate

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Again, no depth chart this week due to it not being updated, but note that Les Miles expects both Hurst and Blackwell to play this week.

Lunch with Les for November 15th, 2010

 

LSU v ULM – November 13th, 2010 – Full Game Replay


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