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D-Tackle Quarles’ Father Says Son Will Leave Carolina For NFL Draft

hi-res-185975394-defensive-tackle-kelcy-quarles-of-the-south-carolina_display_imageWell, at least Gamecock fans won’t get their hopes up.

In the middle of a stretch run that’s seen South Carolina jump back into the SEC East race and gain steam as it heads toward a big finale with Clemson, the father of Kelcy Quarles has thrown a little cold water on the USC party.  Buddy Quarles said his defensive tackle son is likely to leave Columbia early and turn pro at year’s end:


“I think (the coaches) all came to that conclusion.  They had a good assumption that he’s going to be leaving.”


The assumption part?  Steve Spurrier — figuring that Quarles would leave — invited the junior to take part in the team’s Senior Day activities prior to the aforementioned Clemson game.

Quarles has taken advantage of the double-teams to Jadeveon Clowney.  He leads South Carolina is sacks (seven) and in tackles-for-loss (11).  He was the SEC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week following the Cocks’ upset win at Missouri last month when he recorded six tackles (five solo).

Quarles father said of his son’s NFL draft chances: “I’m thinking in the first three (rounds), but I don’t know right now.”

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Redshirt Juniors Departing, VU’s Franklin Responds To Tweet Suggesting He’s Running Guys Off

College football is a cold, cruel world to athletes.  If a school recruits you and signs you only to learn that your upside really isn’t as good as they initially thought… you’re adios’ed so fast your head spins.

Ah, but if you do all that you can for the school, find yourself unhappy, and want to transfer out… good luck getting clearance to do so.

That’s the lay of the land in this, the year of our Lord two-thousand-and-twelve.  And it’s the same all over.  Even at Vanderbilt.

Wait, what?  Even at Vanderbilt?

If there were any doubts that James Franklin is turning around the Commodores program, this next wee bit of controversy should put them to rest.

Following the Liberty Bowl, senior tight end Brandon Barden tweeted the following message:

“If you go to Vandy now, you seriously sign a ONE year scholarship #dirtygame #gladtomoveon”

Sour grapes from one disgruntled player in serious need of some gruntling?  Maybe.  But Franklin also told The Tennessean yesterday that a number of redshirt juniors have decided not to return for their senior years.

“A lot of guys walked for Senior Day and a large number of those guys decided (not to return),” Franklin said.  “That’s not based on our decision, but guys graduating and guys who haven’t been playing or not playing a significant role who are going to go get jobs or may go play at smaller schools.”

More players leaving means more spots are open on the VU roster.  And that means Franklin can better cash in on the positivity created during his first season in Nashville which ended with a 6-7 record and a bowl trip.

But like every other football coach on the face of the planet, Franklin is shocked by the suggestion that he might have encouraged some of his players to look elsewhere.

“I would put our record of what we’ve done this year and what our athletic department and university have done for a long time against anybody.  Most new coaches come in and there’s all kinds of new turnover in the program.  I find (Barden’s twee) really interesting.

When you have 105 guys on a team and you’ve just suffered a tough loss, here’s going to be some things said.  There are decisions made where guys don’t know the whole story behind it.  It’s like I told the team, I have no problem with them coming in and talking to me and I’ll explain it to them.”

Our take?  Franklin has Vandy in a position where it can act like other big-time football programs.  And if a coach — any coach — can run off a few guys to open up more slots on signing day, he’s going to do it.

That doesn’t make it right, of course.  But Franklin’s not doing anything at VU that isn’t being done elsewhere.  The surprising part is that he’s got Vandy in this position after just one season.

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SEC Headlines – 3/4/11 Part Two

1.  Auburn spent $2.9 million on the BCS Championship Game leaving the school with a $614,106 deficit for the trip.  (Worth every penny, I’m sure.)

2.  JaMychal Green says Alabama will bounce back from Tuesday’s blowout loss at Florida.

3.  Les Miles says “there’s some confidence here” heading into spring practice 2011.

4.  The Tigers will spend a lot of time on their passing game during spring drills.

5.  Dan Mullen says his team was “baby-stepping” as MSU’s spring practice got underway yesterday.

6.  Here’s a look at the major issues facing State this spring.

7.  And remember, depth charts don’t mean much in March.

8.  Nathan Stanley is ready to go through yet another quarterback battle at Ole Miss.

9.  Left tackle Bradley Sowell says UM has been working “to clean up the act around here” during the offseason.

10.  Tomorrow will be Senior Day in Oxford for Chris Warren and Zach Graham.

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Alabama Set for Iron Bowl on Friday

Alabama concludes the 2010 regular season with the 75th Iron Bowl on Friday, November 26, at Bryant-Denny Stadium on CBS. The ninth-ranked Crimson Tide square off with the No. 2/2 Tigers at 1:30 p.m. CST on Senior Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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SEC Headlines 11/21/2010 Part One

South Carolina 69 – Troy 24

1. Steve Spurrier: “We’ve got the two biggest games of the season coming up.”

2. A bragging rights game one week before a conference championship game.  That was Clemson last year – it’s South Carolina this year.

Florida 48 – Appalachian State 10

3. Jordan Reed throws for one touchdown – runs for three more.

4. A feel-good performance on Senior Day for the Gators.

5. Mike Bianchi on John Brantley: “Win or lose, fabulous day or rotten day, he remains the same: Gracious. Classy. Positive.”

LSU 43 – Ole Miss 36

6. A new script for the Tigers - the offense comes to the rescue.

7. LSU Quarterback Jordan Jefferson: “I’ve been waiting on a game like this.”

8. Scott Rabalais: ” ‘Corn dogs’ is a reference to the smell some Southeastern Conference rival fans say LSU fans have.”

9. Rebels pay the price for a diving touchdown.

10. “A boneheaded celebration penalty.”

Arkansas 38 – Mississippi State 31 (2OT)

11. MSU coach Dan Mullen: “That was obviously a very disappointing loss for us. I put that one on our coaches.”

12. Bulldogs defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: “We gifted them too many points.”

13. Representatives from the Capital One, Chick-Fil-A and Autozone Liberty Bowl were in attendance.

Tennessee 24 – Vanderbilt 10

14.  Tennessee keeps its bowl hopes alive.

15. Derek Dooley: “We found a way to win, and that’s what matters.”

16. That’s now 27 out of 28 for Tennessee against Vanderbilt.

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Florida Tops Appalachian State, 48-10, on Senior Day

The Florida football team celebrated its 23 seniors in style on Saturday with a 48-10 victory over Appalachian State in front of 90,119 fans at The Swamp. The match-up was the first ever between Florida and FCS powerhouse Appalachian State.

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It’s GameDay: Football Host Ole Miss on Senior Day

BATON ROUGE – LSU will go after its 10th win of the season on Saturday and in the process remain in the running for an at-large berth in a BCS bowl as the fifth-ranked Tigers host Ole Miss in the home finale in Tiger Stadium

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SEC Headlines – 11/17/10 Part One

1.  LSU’s national championship hopes are very slim according to one BCS guru.

2.  Saturday could be the final home game for LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Richard Murphy.

3.  This writer thinks Peterson has done enough to be honored on Senior Day… even as a junior. 

4.  The LSU basketball team is reeling after last night’s home loss to Nicholls State.

4.  Some of Alabama’s young players may hit the field against Georgia State.  (Ya think?)

5.  A few Tide players are looking forward to reconnecting with Star Jackson who is now a backup QB for Georgia State.

6.  Alabama’s pass rush is coming to life.

7.  NFL scouts aren’t sold on Cam Newton.  (“Sold” is a funny word to use in Newton’s case.)

8.  Josh Bynes’ dad finally got a chance to see his son play at Auburn.

9.  Bobby Petrino’s team isn’t worried about cowbells at Mississippi State.

10.  The Razorbacks aren’t having to worry much about third down situations either.

11.  Marshawn Powell and Jeff Peterson will be ready for Arkansas’ basketball opener tomorrow.

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BBL: Why weren’t more there for Senior Day?

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Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger: “But why were there fewer than 20,000 fans in the stadium when UK’s 16 seniors were honored Saturday before the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt That’s a topic we debated on WLAP during our Sunday Morning Sports Show and I asked for fans to let us know what happened. Some suggested the early start. Some suggested lack of interest in a team that was not entertaining enough. Some suggested UK had done too many things to alienate fans by raising ticket and parking prices.”

Steve Brandon of the Portland Tribune: “The Kentucky-UP matchup came about after the Wildcats landed the 6-8 Jones, who on Monday was named Southeastern Conference freshman of the week. Jones blistered East Tennessee State with 25 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 35 minutes last Friday in the opener for Kentucky (1-0). “They wanted to have a game back here in Terrence’s hometown,” Reveno says. “For our program, building our reputation in Portland and competing against the best in the country and preparing ourselves for the tough West Coast Conference, we thought it was the perfect fit.”

Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel: “The crowd wanted Jarrod Polson to shoot the ball. The swelling noise was urging him – imploring him – to hoist up a shot. Polson was one step inside the halfcourt line. “I could hear it,” Polson said of the Rupp Arena crowd after the Dillard game. “It kind of makes you a little more nervous. But it was pretty cool.”

Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader: “Without citing sources, a national sports blog reported Sunday night that University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart is a finalist for the same position at the University of Kansas. In a statement released through UK, Barnhart, a Kansas native, said he has not been formally contacted by the University of Kansas.”

Brett Dawson of the Courier-Journal: “University of Kentucky cornerback Martavius Neloms will be suspended for the first half of the Wildcats’ season finale at Tennessee per an NCAA ejection rule, but he will not face further punishment from the Southeastern Conference. Neloms and Vanderbilt wide receiver Udom Umoh were ejected from the Wildcats’ 38-20 win against the Commodores after a fourth-quarter altercation.”

Ken Howlett of A Sea of Blue: “In the ever-changing world of college football, where the trend in desirable talent is heading toward the bigger, faster, stronger player, Cobb stands out as a man unblessed with the physical attributes most sought after by today’s college football coaches — Perhaps that is the reason the University of Tennessee, only 14 miles from Cobb’s hometown, opted not to recruit the homegrown star until it was too late.”

Paul Jordan of Wildcat Blue Nation: “As we know, Enes Kanter was declared ineligible by the NCAA. And he still has the opportunity to appeal the decision. Whether Kanter plays or not this year, he is more than likley a one year player for UK. Even if he is able to play for UK later this year, he is expected to be a one and done player. So in effect, as of now, it looks as if UK has one more scholarship for 2011. So who is going to fill that slot?”

Michael Lee of the Washington Post: “The probability that John Wall will miss his first NBA game Tuesday against Toronto seemed more likely on Monday as he moved around the halls of Verizon Center on crutches, unable to apply any pressure on the left foot he sprained two days before in Chicago. The crutches were an escalation from the protective walking boot he wore as he left United Center, weary from chasing around Derrick Rose during a 103-96 loss to the Bulls.”

Wildcat-Den writes: “If Kentucky coach John Calipari wants to know about Portland, he could give former UK coach Tubby Smith a call in order to find out more information on the Cats’ first opponent. Smith, now the coach at Minnesota, was one of 21 teams the Pilots defeated last season. Also included in a stack of school-record 21 wins was a win over UCLA. Portland has won its first three games of the season this year, including an 89-75 victory over Florida Atlantic last weekend.”


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Video: Mike Hartline on his Senior Day emotions

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Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline talks about the emotions experienced over Senior Day weekend.


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