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SEC Headlines 1/25/2013

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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 1/9/2012

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1. Circle the date – September 14th, 2013. The national champs vs. the Heisman Trophy winner - Alabama travels to Texas A&M.

2. One columnist’s 2013 rankings put Alabama No. 1 and Texas A&M No. 4.

3. Nick Saban is looking forward to building an offense around AJ McCarron: “I think AJ can be a really good player, maybe the best quarterback in the country next year.”

4. Alabama center Barrett Jones is having surgery on his foot today.  He signed with agent Jimmy Sexton on Tuesday.

5. Because of disciplinary or academic issues, three true freshmen at Tennessee won’t be coming back. Vols unofficial tally is 62 scholarship players returning.

6. Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett won’t visit Tennessee but is considering Arkansas, according to his high school coach.

7. Former Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley reportedly headed to Kentucky for the same position.

8. LSU offensive lineman Chris Davenport will transfer to Tulane for his senior year.

9. Three Florida players had minor surgeries this week - all expected back for spring practice.

10. What’s the status of Florida heading into 2013?  ”This is a Florida team that will be very much in transition as it moves forward into Will Muschamp’s third season.”

11. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on his decision to return for his senior year: “I pretty much knew all along, deep down inside, that I wanted to come back.”

12. Backup quarterback Hutson Mason “frustrated” but “not giving up on dreams.”

13. Thanks to Ole Miss fans, the BBVA Compass Bowl made the largest single-season attendance jump of any bowl this year – moving from 30th place to ninth.

14. Mississippi State fans give the team a C+ after an 8-5 season.

15. Because you can never have enough postseason awards – the USA Today all-bowl team is headlined by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

16. College football fans say South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney is the All-American Player of the Year.

17. Confirmed – Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl as sites for college football’s first semifinal playoffs. An announcement on the location of the final (expected to be Cowboys Stadium) will come no later than April.

18. BCS Championship game dates through 2026.

19. What we learned from the SEC bowl games.

BCS Title Game

20. Notre Dame fans react to the thumping in the BCS Championship Game - blame it on the refs.

21. Mike Herndon: SEC is “still the best football conference in the country. And it’s got the crystal footballs to prove it.”

22. Columnist: “What’s scary for the rest of college football are the signs that Alabama football under Nick Saban could become what Wooden’s UCLA teams were to college basketball more than 40 years ago.”

23. Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne: “This machine is not slowing down.”

24. What the good news is for SEC haters.

25. Amidst the clamor and furor over AJ McCarron’s girlfriend comes a job offer from Donald Trump. New York Post puts Katherine Webb on cover - “Real winner of college football’s title game”

Sports Media

26. Alabama-Notre Dame came in 10th place in television ratings among 15 BCS title broadcasts but had the second-largest audience of any program in cable history.

27. ESPN’s broadcasts of five BCS bowl games averaged just over 15 million viewers this year.

28. The Catholic basketball schools that broke away from the Big East are talking television deals with Fox.

29. ESPN parts ways with Rob Parker following his comments on Robert Griffin III.

SEC Basketball

30. Missouri 84 – Alabama 68.  With team-high 22 points from Jabari Brown, Tigers mark their SEC debut with a victory.  Laurence Bowers suffers apparent sprained MCL in his right knee will miss next two games. Kansas City native Trevor Releford scores 26 for the Crimson Tide. Video Highlights. 

31. South Carolina vs. Mississippi State.  Gamecocks could get two players back. With a win tonight, South Carolina eclipses victory total for all of last year.

32. Mississippi State’s Gavin Ware has gone from 290 pounds to a rock-solid 265.

33. Ole Miss vs. Tennessee. Rebels RPI is 66 - that’s fourth best in the SEC. Tennessee is shooting 29.1 percent from 3-point range, that’s 307th in the country.

34. Georgia vs. Florida. Gators Kenny Boynton on his team’s chances in the SEC: “I think we’re right up there at the top.” Georgia coach Mark Fox on the Gators:  “They’ve got a terrific team. Probably the best Florida team that I think they’ve had.”

35. LSU vs Auburn.  LSU’s Anthony Hickey and Charles Carmouche give the Tigers one of the better backcourts in the SEC. Forward Allen Payne a key for Auburn.

36. Arkansas vs Texas A&M.  Razorbacks look to make statement with road win.  Only one win on the road all of last year. A&M coach Billy Kennedy: “There will be no excuses on Wednesday. … We’re ready if we’re ever going to be ready.”

37. Kentucky plays at Vanderbilt Thursday night – always a big game for Vandy guard Kedron Johnson.

38. A lot has changed in the 10 months since Kentucky and Vanderbilt met in the SEC Tournament championship.

39. Two UK boosters paid for most of the $3.1 million in renovations for locker rooms at Rupp Arena.

40. “One reason the league’s profile has sunk in 2012-13? The flagship is taking on water.”

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