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SEC Headlines 1/24/2014

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1. New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason filling out his staff - indications are that defense could switch to 3-4 scheme.

2. Auburn close to completing pay raises for the football staff.

3. Of the five FBS schools in Alabama, four of them are led by former high school coaches.  Only exception is Alabama’s Nick Saban.

4. Missouri wide receiver Levi Copelin arrested for a misdemeanor peace disturbance.

5. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden – the makings of being a star in the SEC?

6. Former Florida tight end Kent Taylor is reconnecting with Charlie Weis at Kansas.

7. Two former LSU players headed to Southeastern Louisiana.

8. Mississippi State fans will get the chance to put their finger prints on the renovation of Davis Wade Stadium.

9. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney cross paths at a Georgia high school.

SEC/NFL

10. Nick Saban on the record number of underclassmen entering the NFL draft:  ”I don’t think the NFL really wants this, I don’t really think the colleges want this.”

11. Alabama’s Kevin Norwood out to prove at the Senior Bowl that he can a 40-yard dash faster than 4.6 seconds.

12. Auburn’s Cody Parkey will kick for the South team at the Senior Bowl. His holder will be Alabama punter Cody Mandell.

13. Former Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins making an impression in Mobile this week.

14. Players at the Senior Bowl have plenty of opinions about a variety of topics including hiring of coaches and Johnny Manziel’s chances in the NFL.

SEC Media

15. ESPNU’s signing day coverage will feature reporters at five SEC schools - Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

SEC Basketball

16. Kentucky basketball assistant strengh coach Brian Shorter arrested Thursday morning.  Accused of shoving his wife into unheated garage and pouring water on her.

17. Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long on the Razorbacks 1-4 start to SEC play.  ”You know, if there was a magic formula I would utilize it now, but we’re close. I think our fans can see we’re close.”

Extra

18. Super Bowl in the snow?  Latest weather forecast says there’s a 30% chance.

 

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SEC Headlines 1/27/2013

headlines-sunSEC Coaching News

1. Steve Spurrier poses trivia question to reporters – hands out envelopes with $100 bills inside to the two who got the correct answer.

2. Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has a new job – wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

3. Ole Miss makes a lump-sum payment of $4.35 million to former coach Houston Nutt - contract buyout completed.

4. Ole Miss A.D. Ross Bjork on reworking Hugh Freeze’s contract after one season: “Yes there have been programs that have been burned by doing something maybe too soon, but I think we have the right guy here.” And on 2013 expectations: “I think we want to be in the hunt for a divisional title.”

5. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has made Memphis a recruiting priority.

6. Former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme is leaving McMurry University in Abilene, Texas – where he’s been the head coach the past four seasons.

College Football

7. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Leave it to the NCAA to relax the rules and stress out everyone involved.”

8. If President Obama had a son, would he let him play football? Would “have to think long and hard” about it.

Expansion

9. Dallas columnist: What if Big Ten grabbed two more teams?  “SEC counterpart Mike Slive would likely respond by adding two more, Virginia Tech and one other.”

Senior Bowl

10. South wins the game 21-16.  Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel named the game’s MVP.

11. Florida’s Mike Gillislee led the South team in rushing - 10 carries for 46 yards.

12. Kentucky guard Larry Warford helped himself this week - Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb did not.

13. Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter didn’t play because of an injury.

SEC Basketball

14. Alabama reporter on the end-of-game play involving Trevor Lacey and Jarnell Stokes.  ”If this play had taken place at any other point in the game, chances are a ref blows a whistle.”

15. Despite the loss to Ole Miss, improved play by Auburn on Saturday.  Coach Tony Barbee: “We stopped worrying about petty stuff that every team goes through at some point in the middle of the year.”

16. Regular visitor at Auburn basketball games?  Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn.

17. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on winning the rebounding battle against Arkansas 42-26.  “That’s pretty good, because we emphasize it. As a coach, when the players do the things that you emphasize, it tells you they’re listening

18. Florida coach Billy Donovan on Rick Ray’s Mississippi State team:  “He has a really good nucleus with those young kids. Those young kids are going to be really, really good players.”

19. Is Florida basketball equivalent to Boise State football?

20. Missouri forward Laurence Bowers missed his fifth straight game Saturday with a sprained MCL.  Frank Haith: “I think if we pushed it, he probably could have got out there a little bit today.”

21. Mizzou fan hit a half-court shot at halftime – won $5,000.

Extras

22. Gatorade removing an ingredient.

23. More than 120 hours of radio and TV coverage originating from the French Quarter for ESPN leading up to the Super Bowl.

24. Treasure trove of Mean Joe Greene items found in Phoenix furniture vault.

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SEC Headlines 1/25/2013

headlines-friCoaching News

1. Should newly-hired running backs and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia leave Auburn for the Dallas Cowboys, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn has apparently found a replacement in Arkansas State assistant Casey Woods.  Hiring of Woods a “possibility at this point.” Update: Auburn announces Bisaccia’s departure.  Some coaching switches on the staff.

2. “It’s absolutely worth mentioning that Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas have released the financial terms of their coaching staffs.” But Auburn hasn’t. Some coaching $ off the books.

3. New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says when he told A.D. Jeff Long the most important hire was strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert, Long “looked at him a little crazy. ”

4. Some details on Les Miles new contract.  If he’s terminated without cause in the first three years, he receives $15 million. Under his old deal, it was $18.75 million in years one and two.

5. Texas A&M officially welcomes two new assistants - co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital and special teams/tight ends coach Jeff Banks. Indiana coach confirms assistant Mark Hagen leaving Bloomington to become linebackers coach for the Aggies.

6. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will be studio analysts for ESPNU’s coverage of National Signing Day.

7. Offensive coordinator James Coley becomes the sixth assistant to leave Florida State in the past five weeks.  Why is everyone jumping off Jimbo Fisher’s ship?

SEC Football

8. Kicked off Tennessee’s team following an arrest, Nu’Keese Richardson is giving football another shot – this time at the University of Pikeville (Ky).

9. Could five Alabama players be taken in the first round of the NFL draft?

10. At the Senior Bowl, former Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson on former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen: ”I told him this today, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves as a player.”

11. Senior Bowl is tomorrow afternoon- players are signing autographs today. Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope is out – LSU’s Russell Shepard is in.

12. Two SEC players – Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden – recognized at Thursday night Senior Bowl banquet for outstanding performers in practice this week.

13. From trick shots inside the stadium to duck hunting in Arkansas, Johnny Manziel is a busy man.

NCAA/Miami Investigation

14. The attorney for the man for the man at the heart of the NCAA investigation at the University of Miami insists she did nothing wrong:  ”I’m not an employee of the NCAA. I’m not bound by NCAA rules.”

15. Source tells ESPN latest development is a “huge mess” - but also claims it will likely not jeopardize the NCAA investigation.

16. Sam Mellinger on on the implications for Missouri coach Frank Haith: “My favorite part of all of this: even going full-on shady like this, the NCAA admits it STILL could not prove anything against Haith.”

17. Haith: “Here’s the deal: I’m going to say even less than I’ve said before…”

18. The troubles facing the NCAA: ”Who would want to enforce that rulebook for a living?”

19. Kevin Scarbinsky: The NCAA should give itself the death penalty.

20. What about those new NCAA rules regarding recruiting?  ”It’s insane. It’s bad on both ends.”

SEC Basketball

21. Auburn coach Tony Barbee admits Chris Denson and Jordan Price returned from injuries too soon.  ”I probably shouldn’t have played them these last two games.”

22. Missouri forward Laurence Bowers will dress for tomorrow’s game against Vanderbilt – still uncertain if he can play.

23. Florida junior forward  Will Yeguete – SEC’s sixth man of the year?

24. Florida coach Billy Donovan on having two former Gators – David Lee and Joakim Noah – in the NBA all-star game. “I’m proud of those guys.”

25. Mike Strange on Tennessee’s 1-4 SEC start:  ”They won one big and lost one big. The other three were there for the taking. Tennessee couldn’t take any of the three.”

26. ESPN ranks the SEC from No. 1 Florida to No. 14 South Carolina.

Sports Media

27. The book and movie made them famous - A Blind Side family reunion in New Orleans.

28. How Deadspin beat ESPN to the Manti Te’o Scoop. (Interesting nugget  - ESPN had originally been put onto the story by Teo’s agent).

30. Mike Bianchi on David Faherty: “The coolest, hippest, funniest man on TV has a show on – wait for it – The Golf Channel.”

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SEC Headlines 1/24/2013

headlines-thuCoaching News

1. Les Miles set to become only the fifth coach in college football to be paid more than $4 million a year.   His contract extension and raise going before LSU Board of Supervisors on February 1.  Joins Nick Saban, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer in the $4 million + crowd.

2.  For the third time in four years, Nick Saban is the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year. 

3.  Tennessee courted Charlie Strong before hiring Butch Jones - the Louisville coach now one of the 10 highest paid coaches in college football. Eight-year contract extension will pay him a base salary of $3.7 million annually.

4. A former Joker Phillips’ staff member at Kentucky linked to two secondary violations.

5. Birmingham attorney Don Jackson on the screwup in the NCAA investigation at Miami and the implications for Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith: “I do know that now every aspect of this case is in question.” The MrSEC view.

6. Bryan Burwell: “Where does Frank Haith go to get his reputation back?”

SEC Football

7.. More publicity for Johnny Manziel – mentioned on NBC sitcom and hangs out with Rick Ross.

8. Mel Kiper on Manziel teammate, offensive lineman Jake Matthews, who decided to stay for his senior year. “He could be in the conversation as a top-10 pick in 2014.”

9.  Texas high school coach on the Aggies: “The kids recognize what the SEC is all about, and now it’s close to home.”

10. Georgia offensive tackle John Theus had surgery on his foot Wednesday – will miss part of spring practice.

11.  Former Tennessee lineman Dallas Thomas will miss the Senior Bowl because of an injury. Ex-teammate Cordarelle Patterson, leaving school early for the NFL draft, is headed to Texas for the All-Star Football Challenge. 

12.  Former Alabama safety Robert Lester has substituted his area code for his jersey number at Senior Bowl practices.

13.  Athlon ranks the 15 best SEC teams of the BCS era - from the 2009 Alabama team to the 2007 Georgia Bulldogs.

14.  ESPN is listing the 25 best players in the SEC – today is Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

SEC Basketball

15. Tennessee at Ole Miss.  Tad Pad tickets are suddenly a hot item.Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway: “People are jumping on the bandwagon and riding it.”

16. But the Tad Pad is also knows as the “Sad Pad” - a new basketball arena is front and center in a $150 million fundraising effort at Ole Miss – halfway to goal.

17. Ole Miss beat Tennessee in Knoxville but now - “It’s payback week,” says Vol guard Josh Richardson. Vols are 0-4 this season in true road games.

18. Tough couple of games for Texas A&M’s Elston Turner following his 40-point outburst against Kentucky.

19. Season-high 19 steals for LSU last night against the Aggies - fourth-highest single-game total in program history.

20. John Clay on this year’s Kentucky team: The roster is short a player. It’s a recipe minus ingredients.

21. Classy gesture by former UK guard John Wall.

22. Joe Walljasper on Missouri without Laurence Bowers: “They’re lost without him.” (Could be back Saturday for Vanderbilt, though).

23. Andy Glockner looks toward the NCAA Tournament: “At this point, pretty much anything seems possible as we start to glance toward March.”

Extras

24. He was the mastermind of the hoax – and also the voice of the girlfriend? On all those long-distance calls, Manti Te’ o was apparently talking to a man.

25. Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s transition to wide receiver is underway at Senior Bowl practices.

26. Super Bowl starters - back when they were college recruits.

27. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sends a guy $8,500 for correctly predicting the Ravens-Patriots score Sunday.

28. Apple’s Macintosh Computer and the famous 1984 commercial debuted 29 years ago – the ad was almost canceled.

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Ex-Gamecock Lattimore Says He’ll Be Back And “Better Than I Was”

marcus-lattimore-carolinaWhen star South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered the second major knee injury of his college career back in late-October, many wondered if the popular player would ever return to the game.  From the horrifying looksof the injury, it wasn’t too far-fetched for people to wonder if he would ever walk the same again… much less play football.

But as an observer at this week’s Senior Bowl practices, the ex-Gamecock said yesterday that he would be back.  All the way back:

 

“I’m going to continue to go to work until I’m back at 100% and better than I was.  That’s my goal and it is realistic…

If you don’t do your rehab, if you keep asking yourself ‘why me?’ your knee reacts to that.  You have to stay positive or you’re not going to come back…

I know it can be done.  It can be done and I will do it.”

 

Lattimore also said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in that rehab work.

Had he been able to avoid injuries during his three-year career, Lattimore quite possibly could have etched his name alongside SEC greats like Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson.  Here’s hoping we see him reach his full potential in the NFL.

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Wow Headlines 1/21/2013

Internet reports indicate Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance
Three SEC teams in AP Top 25 – Florida 8, Missouri 22, Ole Miss 23
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson SEC Player of the Week
Kentucky center Nerlens Noel SEC Freshman of the Week
23 SEC players are on the South squad roster for this weekend’s Senior Bowl
23 players from SEC teams dot the rosters of the two Super Bowl teams
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SEC Headlines 1/21/2013

headlines-mon1. Coaching rumors and a Twitter spat between Ole Miss and Mississippi State gets Ole Miss A.D. Ross Bjork involved.  Chris Kiffin rumors fueled when father Monte became Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator.

2. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema goes back-and-forth on Twitter with Wisconsin fans over the weekend.

3. New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann pulls his name from consideration for the Eagles defensive coordinator position.  Georgia’s Todd Grantham and Alabama’s Kirby Smart have been mentioned as possible candidates.

4. For the Senior Bowl on Saturday, with the exception of a center, the SEC could field an offense. The league also has 10 defensive players on the South roster.

5. He’s one of the first two non-seniors ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl, but Alabama lineman D.J. Fluker might not be able to play due to lingering injuries. Fluker has lost over an inch and gained twenty pounds.

6. Auburn’s Ontario McCalebb weighs in at the Senior Bowl at 164 pounds. Georgia’s  John Jenkins tips the scale at 359 pounds.

7. No one is losing more underclassmen to the draft than LSU. A number of them weren’t nearly as good in 2012 as they were in 2011. Another look at early SEC departures.

8. Jackson, TN newspaper: College coaches and recruiters take note. There’s talent in this part of the state.

9. More 3-4 defensive alignments in football?

SEC Basketball

10. How long have opposing fans disliked the way Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss has played basketball? “I’m pretty sure it started in seventh grade, whenever I started playing junior high basketball,”

11. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is getting better - seven blocked shots Saturday, 20 in his last three games. Did Saturday mark a breakthrough for the Cats?

12.  Henderson named SEC Player of the Week – Noel Freshman of the Week.

13. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein probably won’t make the trip to Alabama Tuesday night – had a procedure done on his knee last week.

14. Newsflash: Missouri misses Michael Dixon…badly.

15. Cuonzo Martin was glad to get Tennessee’s first conference win Saturday, but…”I still don’t think we played great basketball, I just think we were good enough to win the game,”

16. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray looks ahead to Arkansas and their press defense.

Manti Te’o

17. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his parents will sit down for an interview on Katie Couric’s syndicated television show.

18. The alleged mastermind of the hoax may tell his side of the story.

19. Even after Te’o found out the truth, the hoax continued two nights before the BCS National Championship.

20. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher: “I don’t know the situation with Manti and I’ll reserve judgment until the end, but there are so many things about social media that are dangerous.”

21. “(T)he residual effects of the Te’o story…will ripple through sports journalism for years to come…”

Extras

22. One year ago tomorrow – Joe Paterno died. Community residents organizing a vigil.

23. What was New York Jets coach Rex Ryan doing at Texas Tech over the weekend?

24. AJ McCarron’s girlfriend moving to New York to pursue modeling career – offered spot on “Dancing With The Stars”, according to New York Post.

25.  Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean is married to the sister of Jim and John Harbaugh.

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SEC Headlines 1/20/2013

headlines-sunSEC Football

1. Kevin Sumlin is getting a raise and contract extension at Texas A&M. Assistant coaches will also get a bump in pay.

2. CBS Sports says three NFL teams and one major university pursued Sumlin in the past month.

3. Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy translated into $37 million of media exposure for the Aggies, according to a study.

4. Alabama’s national championship celebration parade ends on the steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium with a speech from Nick Saban: “I’ve never been prouder of any group than this group right here.”

5. Alabama A.D. Mal Moore on Saban: “He is the best coach, in my opinion, in the United States. Thank God he’s on our side.”

6. South Carolina’s football team honored at halftime of Saturday’s basketball game.  Steve Spurrier confirms quarterback Connor Shaw won’t participate in spring practice after having surgery for sprained foot.  Return a “four- to six-month deal.”

7. Early assessment of Jadeveon Clowney’s 2013 Heisman chances: “The door is as wide open as ever for a dominant pass rusher, and Clowney is the one guy coming back this fall with enough juice to walk through it.”

8. Gus Malzahn at halftime of the Auburn-Kentucky basketball game: “I promise you this, we’re going to get our edge back and we will start playing good, hard-nosed Auburn football.”

9.  Malzahn confirms quarterback Clint Moseley has left the team but remains in school.

10. New message at Kentucky under new coach Mark Stoops. The days of ”We’re going to lift you and run you until you puke or whatever,” are gone.

11. Mississippi State A.D. Scott Stricklin on coach Dan Mullen: “When Dan was hired, we were 5-7 and people were giddy and they were excited. Five-and-7 doesn’t cut it right now because Dan has changed the expectations of our fans.”

12. Alabama lineman Chance Warmack explains what “Warmacking” is: ”Basically you just lift your stomach up and take a picture of it and put it on some social media.”

College News

13. Limits on text message and phone calls between recruits and coaches are going away under new rules adopted by the NCAA.

14. “The NCAA has all but admitted it can’t ensure an equal playing field…”

15. University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the same capacity.  He’s a Florida grad.

16. When Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o thought he was sending flowers to Lennay Kekua, they were going to an address once occupied by the ringleader of the dead girlfriend hoax.

17. ESPN releases edited transcript of interview with Te’o.

18. Notre Dame officials give a chronology of the timeline and decision-making process.

19. Former South Carolina pitcher Michael Roth was a “Catfish” target.

20. New head coach at Oregon will be the Ducks offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

All-Star Games

21. Game-high 13 carries for 42 yards for Texas A&M’ s Christine Michael at the East-West Shrine Game.

22. Big star of the Raycom College All-Star Classic – running back Michael Hill from Division II Missouri Western.Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington and former Georgia running back Washaun Ealey also have nice days.  Former Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson has an interception. 

23. Senior Bowl releases rosters. 23 SEC players are on the South squad – Georgia has the most on the active roster with six.

24. Non-seniors allowed to play in Senior Bowl for the first time.  NFL gives clearance to Alabama’s D.J. Fluker and Justin Pugh of Syracuse.

SEC Basketball

25. Mississippi  State guard Jalen Steele scored 15 points in his hometown of Knoxville Saturday.  Wanted to play for the Vols: ”I would have been glad to stay here and play for the home team.”

26. Kevin Scarbinsky on Auburn: “Point guard remains as big an issue for the basketball team as quarterback has been for the football program.”

27. Auburn retires Mike Mitchell’s jersey.

28. In a pre-game ceremony, Charles Barkley welcomed Kentucky fans Saturday – Auburn fans booed.

29. Ole Miss senior Murphy Holloway on Saturday’s power outage: “When you go to Ole Miss, a lot of stuff don’t work right sometimes around here.”

30. Missouri guard Keion Bell suffered an apparent ankle injury against Florida. Coach Frank Haith seemingly didn’t like some of Bell’s postgame comments.

31. NBA scouts from 12 different teams attended the Missouri-Florida game.

32. Gary Parrish: Is Florida just going to run through the SEC?

33. South Carolina’s Lakeem Jackson is proof you don’t have to shoot well to contribute.

Extra

34. RIP – Baseball’s Perfect Warrior.  Stan “The Man” Musial – the greatest Cardinal of all – dead at the age of 92. His final day at the plate.

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SEC Headlines 12/27/2012

headlines-thu1. Nose guard John Jenkins has played his last game for Georgia.  He won’t play in the Capital One Bowl because of an “academic-related” issue. Leaves a big hole in the Bulldogs defense.

2. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on possibly leaving early for the NFL:  “I’m not making any decision or saying anything until after this game and want to sit down with my parents and discuss it from there.”

3. Priority number one for Mark Richt and Bulldogs  following the bowl game?  Hiring a replacement for Rodney Garner.

4. Alabama will likely return to Cowboys Stadium to open the 2015 season.

5. Alabama’s senior class has won 60 games over the past five seasons -tied with the 1993-1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers for the most in major college football history.

6. Alabama defense end Damion Square on Notre Dame’s offense:  ”It’s sort of like our offense. They don’t do a lot of things, but the things they do, they do well.”

7. LSU’s secondary will be a point of emphasis in bowl practice leading up to Clemson game. Counting the final drive from Alabama, Tigers have given up over one-thousand passing yards in just over three games.

8. As if anyone has been wondering, Zach Mettenberger will return to LSU for his senior season.  “I don’t know too many teams that would want to draft a guy who threw for 2,400 yards and 11 touchdowns.”

9.Two Florida players leaving the program - sophomore safety De’Ante Saunders and junior offensive tackle Matt Patchan.

10. Florida freshman wide receiver Latroy Pittman has caught the eye of quarterback Jeff Driskel: “He’s had great bowl practices and I expect him to make some plays during the bowl game.”

11. First Tampa practice for South Carolina took place this morning.  Steve Spurrier is impressed with Michigan’s defensive front. “Their front guys sort of jump out at you.”

12. Mississippi State is tied with Rutgers for the nation’s longest active bowl winning streak.  Northwestern hasn’t won a postseason game since 1949. Bulldogs started practice in Jacksonville this morning.

13. Expect new offensive coordinator Josh Henson to shake up the Missouri offense next year - Tigers were just 13th in rushing offense and 9th in passing offense in 2012.

14. Why did Vanderbilt coach James Franklin wait to give his players the bowl game per diem? “We were going to give it to them before Christmas break. We vetoed that, changed it, because they would have no money when they got back.”

15. With plenty of young stars returning – including Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Georgia’s Todd Gurley - expect more offense in the SEC in 2013.

16. Another award for Manziel – named the Texas Sports Personality of the Year.

17. There are now 70 players who’ve accepted invitations to play in the Senior Bowl - 17 of them are from the SEC.

SEC Basketball

18. Former Villanova point guard Ty Johnson is transferring to South Carolina. He’ll be eligible in December 2013.

19. Kentucky-Louisville on Saturday a defensive battle?  Cardinals are rated best defensive team in the country – UK is No. 8.

20. No Coke. Pepsi.  A new year will mean a new drink at Rupp Arena.

Extra

21. USC more than 90 minutes late to Sun Bowl dinner – Georgia Tech leaves.  Lane Kiffin spotted in sombrero.

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SEC Headlines 1/29/2012 Part Two

1. Arkansas, Missouri and the border battle for the nation’s #1 recruit. Action on the court a sideshow to the main act in the stands. “M-I-Z-D-G-B”

2. Lane Kiffin and the lost recruiting class at Tennessee.

3. John Adams: “The player attrition — resulting, in part, from two head-coaching changes — has been stunning.”

4. A hard 25-man signing cap could mean  an “absolute public relations nightmare” on signing day.

5. “Between now and sign­ing day, nobody has more to gain than Florida, Au­burn, FSU and Georgia,” said ESPN’s Tom Luginbill.

6. Could be a dramatic signing day at Georgia. Here’s what could be the most pivotal piece of the Bulldogs class.

7. “A perfect storm of events” for the class at LSU.

8. Vanderbilt forced to play defense. Team focuses on keeping existing commitments.

9. National signing day and ESPNU.  “This has become a bit of a Christmas morning type of day for college football fans.”

10. Get ready to crank up the fax machines and remember those 900-number recruiting hotlines?

11. Wednesday’s signing day doesn’t mean the process is over for some players.

12. Razorbacks’ Joe Adams named South MVP but North wins Senior Bowl 23-13.

13. Georgia’s Brandon Boykin leaves with an injured leg.

14. “On the Gulf Coast, whether you’re a big football fan or not, you know that the most important event on the social calendar between the end of college bowl season and the beginning of Mardi Gras is the Senior Bowl.”

15. More than 49-million people attended college football games in 2011 - a new record.

16. Auburn long-snapper Josh Harris is a NFL prospect.

Extras

17. Recalling the day the New England Patriots played a home game – at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

18. The outsized influence of quarterbacks on the NFL game.

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