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SEC Headlines – 3/23/12

1.  Here are some first impressions from Day One of Auburn’s spring drills.

2.  Two new coordinators are giving the Tigers a different look.

3.  Mike Anderson wants his Arkansas basketball team to be tougher next year (and he hopes a trip to Italy will help).

4.  The UAB football program hired an Arkansas assistant for its head coach this offseason… and now Arkansas hoops assistant TJ Cleveland is in the mix for UAB’s open basketball job.

5.  A lighter Spencer Ware is part of a crowded backfield at LSU.

6.  This writer believes Andy Kennedy would be a smart choice for UAB.

7.  Kennedy’s new boss — at least for now — is Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork who was introduced yesterday in Oxford…

8.  And none other than Archie Manning called for the Rebel fanbase to unite behind him.

9.  UM also has quite a few questions to answer on the football front as spring practice opens today.

10.  Mississippi State’s Arnett Moultrie will announce his NBA decision on Monday.

11.  Florida wants to create more turnovers on defense in Will Muschamp’s second year.

12.  New offensive coordinator Brent Pease likes what he’s seen from wideout Quinton Dunbar.

13.  Backup quarterback Hutson Mason is happy he didn’t transfer from Georgia.

14.  Mark Richt thinks O-lineman Kolton Houston — sidelined all last year with an “NCAA issue — will be eligible to play this fall.

15.  John Calipari and Tom Crean — buddies off the court — will battle for a spot in the Elite Eight tonight when Kentucky and Indiana meet.

16.  Forbes Magazine says John Calipari is the most overpaid college basketball coach in America.

17.  So is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going pro or not?

18.  Tailback Kenny Miles is looking good this spring, but he’s still not told South Carolina coaches if he’ll definitely play ball this fall.

19.  Ohio’s DJ Cooper — who along with his parents claimed last week that ex-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was one of several coaches who tried to lure him into a transfer — has now backtracked completely.

20.  There’s now optimism in the UT basketball program under Cuonzo Martin.

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SEC Headlines – 3/8/12 Part One

1.  Alabama’s basketball team has been on a roller-coaster of emotions this season.  (Beats being trapped in a glass case of emotion.)

2.  Anthony Grant wants to see some postseason passion from his squad.  (Hong Kong, Tokyo… passion.)

3.  Auburn is feeling pretty good heading into the SEC tourney.

4.  Tony Barbee talks about his team’s progress in Year Two.

5.  Arkansas wants to avoid another “quick trip” to the SEC Tournament.

6.  Julysses Nobles expects to play on a sore ankle today.

7.  Joe Dean of LSU and Joe B. Hall of Kentucky will go into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in the same class.  (The voters played a little stufferino with their nominations.)

8.  LSU needs to beat Arkansas today to help its postseason chances.

9.  Could Tiger running back Spencer Ware become Tiger receiver Spencer Ware?

10.  Freshman Jarvis Summers has emerged as a leader for Ole Miss.

11.  The Rebels are on a mini-roll heading to New Orleans.  (It’s easier to take a bus.)

12.  Naturally, the SEC’s coaches talked up Mississippi State on the eve of the tourney.  (What are they supposed to say about a rival team?)

13.  The last time State played Georgia — and lost — UGA was red hot from 3-point land.

14.  Kevin Sumlin is giving Texas A&M football an energy boost.

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SEC Headlines – 12/13/11

1.  While a number of Alabama juniors might consider an early jump to the NFL, right tackle DJ Fluker says he’ll be back in Tuscaloosa next year.

2.  Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb might think about turning pro early.

3.  Tony Barbee hopes his team’s light early-season schedule — the Tigers have played just five games to date — will pay off in the long run.

4.  New Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes thinks his philosophy meshes well with Bobby Petrino’s.  (Looks like a really sharp hire by the Razorbacks, by the way.  If UA gets a defense… look out.)

5.  LSU tailback Spencer Ware hasn’t been as involved in the Tiger offense since his suspension for the Auburn game.

6.  It’s official, Matt Luke is returning to Ole Miss to coach the Rebels’ offensive line.

7.  Seventeenth-ranked MSU will be aiming for revenge when they face Florida Atlantic tonight… a team that beat the Dogs last season.

8.  This writer has five tips for how Florida can improve its chances of winning the Gator Bowl (and avoiding the school’s first losing season since 1979).

9.  Senior center Ben Jones was voted Georgia’s most valuable player this season.

10.  From the folks in the stands to Dick Vitale, everyone’s wondering what was wrong with Kentucky’s Terrence Jones in Saturday’s loss to Indiana.

11.  The battle over Rupp Arena rolls on… and now there’s a debate over who’ll pay for whatever is finally done on that site.

12.  This writer believes Bruce Ellington should pick basketball over football at South Carolina next year.

13.  A look at the contracts of Tennessee’s assistant football coaches reveals that coordinators Justin Wilcox and Jim Chaney each have million-dollar buyouts.

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Report Confirmed: LSU Suspends Ware, Mathieu And Simon For AU Game

The Associated Press is following up on a report by LSU’s student newspaper with claims that the Tigers will be without three suspended players for their game with Auburn this weekend.

“A person familiar with the decision” told the AP that Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and defensive back Therold Simon have been suspended.  And LSU spokesperson said that the three players are involved in an internal matter that Les Miles “will handle accordingly.”

As we noted about an hour ago, LSU has been able to weave its way around and through numerous obstacles already this season.  Now they’ll have to deal with the loss of three key players who’ve combined to record 512 yards rushing, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, three interceptions, 71 tackles and 8 total touchdowns.

As for Auburn, the Tigers seem to be the kings of good timing in 2011.  They faced a struggling Stephen Garcia in Columbia right before Steve Spurrier pulled the plug on him.  Last week they battled a Florida team trying to use two true freshman backup quarterbacks.  And now they’ll face the top-ranked team in the country without — arguably — their best players on offense and defense.

Gene Chizik must be livin’ right.

If LSU survives this weekend’s contest, all eyes will be on Miles to see if he reinstates this trio prior to the Tigers’ “game of the year” matchup with Alabama.

The AP did not go into details regarding the suspensions, but The Daily Reveille claimed Ware and Mathieu were suspended due to failed drug tests.

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SEC Headlines – 4/6/11 Part Two

1.  T-Bob Hebert would rather be a starter at center than a backup all across LSU’s line.

2.  Projected starting tailback Spencer Ware is splitting time between football and baseball in Baton Rouge.

3.  Mississippi State is unveiling plans for a new football complex today.

4.  MSU’s defense had a better day of practice yesterday.

5.  Dan Mullen wants “some high-level performance” as spring practice winds down in Starkville.

6.  A pair of redshirt freshmen are vying for starting slots on Ole Miss’ defensive line.

7.  The Rebels worked on their two-minute offense yesterday.

8.  Which freshman will contribute at Florida this fall?

9.  Statues of Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow will be unveiled at halftime of Saturday’s spring game.

10.  Here are the rules for UF’s glorified scrimmage.

11.  Georgia’s Trey Thompkins says he’s definitely gone, but Travis Leslie might decide to return.

12.  UGA will have more “interchangeable parts” on defense this season.

13.  Senior center Ben Jones isn’t above an occasional tirade if it helps the Dawgs get “back on the right foot.”

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