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SEC Headlines 2/21/2014

headlines-fri-150x150Hurry-Up Offenses & Proposed Rule Change

1. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier calls proposal “Saban rule.”  Tells USA Today - ”It’s ridiculous. Let’s let everybody keep playing the way they’ve been playing.”

2. Georgia coach Mark Richt: “I feel like if you can train offensive players to play five or six plays in a row, you can train defensive players to play that many plays in a row, too.”

3. Kevin Scarbinsky on comments by Arkansas coach Bret Bielema (earlier story here): “Bielema was wrong on so many levels… He actually made a case to ban the sport of football entirely.”

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4. Mark Richt on the Josh Harvey-Clemons dismissal: “Guys understand that there are certain rules everybody needs to abide by and if they don’t they could possibly lose their privilege to play at Georgia.”

5. With the exception of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, every Georgia coach will have some special teams responsibility.

6. That includes new inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler who is fired up to be in Athens. “They’re gonna have to take me out of here at gunpoint.”

7. Arkansas has hired Clay Jennings from TCU to coach defensive backs.

8. Tennessee defensive lineman Danny O’Brien gets community service in exchange for having charges related to possessing a fake ID, resisting arrest and underage drinking dropped.

9. Alabama is suing former wide receivers coach Mike Groh for breaching his employment contract – claims he owes the school $57,000.

10. ESPN’s Chris Low takes a stab at the top-5 offensive linemen in the SEC heading into the 2014 season.

11. With Michael Sam and Kony Ealy off to the NFL, how does Missouri’s defensive line shape up for 2014?

12. A look back at Florida’s loaded 2007 recruiting class that included Cam Newton and here’s a review of Nick Saban’s first full signing class in 2008.

SEC/NFL 

13. Tom Brady to Johnny Manziel: “Ignore the noise.” Johnny’s official measurements - 5’11 and ¾ inches, 207 pounds –  but he has big hands.

14. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock on Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy: “He hustles, plays hard, has some natural edge ability and, in today’s NFL, that all adds up to a first-round pick for me.” Mel Kiper:  “Ealy is a guy, had he gone back, would have been a much higher pick…”

15. Likeliest first round picks from LSU are wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry

16. One take on former Georgia running back  Isaiah Crowell who’s entering the draft after his junior year at Alabama State – “extremely immature and has a history of off-field issues. Can be difficult to coach.”

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17. With a win over Ole Miss Saturday, Florida will win its 19th straight and potentially vault to No. 1 in the polls.

18. Florida center Patric Young apologizes for calling Boston College “awful.”

19. Time to be optimistic or pessimistic on Auburn basketball?  Tony Barbee has a chance at his first winning season.

Headline of the day

20. Vomiting from car window, Oklahoma man hits head on mailbox.

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SEC Headlines 1/17/2013

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1. Looks like Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the next head coach at Vanderbilt.  Reportedly had second interview this morning.

2. Georgia won’t have a single assistant coach on defense returning next season – first time that’s happened in half a century. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson apparently had some second thoughts, but is leaving for USC.

3. Turnover is the norm on almost every coaching staff in the SEC – except Missouri.

4. “Did anybody really expect (James) Franklin to keep his hands off all of Vanderbilt’s commitments? That’s naïve.”

5. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will be 73 when his current deal expires – he has the option to become a “special advisor” at the school when he does decide to retire.

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6. Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the first three games of next season - part of the same suspension that forced him to sit out the Gator Bowl.

7. Here’s a list of SEC players to keep your eye on during the 2014 season. And some  potential Heisman candidates from the conference.

8. Who will replace Jay Prosch in the Auburn backfield?

9. And quarterback AJ McCarron at Alabama? “The race is as wide open as Megatron in a middle-school secondary.”

SEC/NFL Draft

10. Juniors have three days to rescind their NFL draft decision and retain college eligibility.  That’s apparently what Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri is pondering.

11. Alabama senior cornerback Deion Blue projects as an NFL talent but dealt with turf toe all season.

12. Perspective on AJ McCarron missing the Senior Bowl: “This is the biggest name from Mobile turning down his one opportunity to participate in Mobile’s biggest annual sporting event.”

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13. Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison  threw a ball into the scoreboard at the end of their overtime loss at Bud Walton arena this week.  Arkansas plans to keep it there.

14. South Carolina guard Tyrone Johnson fractured his foot against Texas A&M Wednesday night – will require surgery.

15. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson says he can’t remain calm.  ”I can’t do it anymore. I’m sorry. I’m going back to me, because we need it.”

16. Florida much better at close games this year - Gators 0-6 in games decided by single digits a year ago.

17. Is Tennessee a “desperate” team this weekend as it travels to Kentucky? UK knows it will need to stop Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon.

18. John Calipari is already thinking ahead to next year’s Christmas break and including UK fans in “Camp Cal.”

19. Suspended for Saturday’s game against Auburn, Missouri forward Tony Criswell returned to action last night.  Scored five points in losing effort.

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SEC Headlines 12/27/2013

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1. Another speeding ticket for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.  Was going 84 mph in a 55 mph zone.

2. Steve Spurrier on Clowney: “He needs to go to driving school doesn’t he?”

3. Will suspensions for safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and cornerback Sheldon Dawson carry over to the 2014 season at Georgia?  Coach Mark Richt won’t say.

4. What will new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper bring to Florida?  Expect a fast-paced offense.

4. Quarterback Will Grier is a Florida commit – spent two summer camps with Roper at Duke.

5. Gus Malzahn doesn’t want a repeat of Auburn’s slow start from the last time the Tigers battled for a national title. “Hopefully we can learn from that experience, and get off to a faster start.”

6. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on coaching quarterback Nick Marshall: “There was no ego, there was no laziness, he wants to work hard…”

7. Is wide receiver Sammie Coates one of the keys to Auburn beating Florida State?

8. Florida State receiver has advice for Auburn’s defense: “I’d be more of a zone guy to try to cover us.”

9. Nick Saban on former Alabama assistant and current Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt: “Doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s doing extremely well there with their defensive players because he did a fantastic job here.”

10. The appearance by Dick Butkus at Alabama’s team banquet made linebacker C.J. Mosley’s parents happy.  They grew up in Chicago.

11. Alabama, Oklahoma and the star power of the 1962 Orange Bowl. It included President John F. Kennedy.

12. Only once in the past eight games did South Carolina’s defense allow a 100-yard receiver – happened against Tennessee and Marquez North.

13. Oklahoma native and Missouri wide receiver Levi Copelin will see some familiar faces when the Tigers face Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

14. Tigers also have plenty of Texas natives excited to be coming home.

15. Ole Miss is in Nashville for practice.  Players will board a boat and eat ribs after practice.

16. Iowa preparing for trick plays from LSU and coach Les Miles. Another wildcard for the Hawkeyes – LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings.

17. Did LSU and Iowa players really combine to eat more than 5,000 pounds of food at Outback? (Simple math suggests not likely).

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18. When was the last time the SEC didn’t win the BCS Championship? “Johnny Manziel had just turned 13 years old. Jameis Winston was about to celebrate his 12th birthday. Tim Tebow had yet to play a down in college.”

19. Tennessee – Florida and Steve Spurrier’s last home game in the Swamp back in 2001.

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20. Breaking down the Kentucky-Louisville matchup. Who runs a better athletic department - Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart or Louisville’s Tom Jurich?

21. Is Kentucky still a national title contender?

Extra

22. Sad story. Bobby Bowden’s grandson killed in one-car accident. Second Bowden grandson to die in a car accident.

23. Former Tennessee and current Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox reportedy taking the same job at Southern Cal.

24. Budget hotel rooms in New Jersey will cost about a $1,000 a night for the Super Bowl.

24. It’s good to be Michael Jordan.  Hasn’t played basketball in over 10 years – makes about $80 million a year.

26. New York Times: ESPN has received about $260 million in state tax breaks and credits over the past 12 years.

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Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn Gets Raise And Contract Extension

gus malzahnOn the eve of the SEC Championship Game, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is getting a raise and an extension.

Auburn has given Malzahn a six-year contract extension that will see his salary jump from $2.3 million to $3.85 million.  In addition, he’ll get a quarter-million dollar raise each subsequent year.  By 2019, the final year of the contract, Malzahn will make $5.1 million.

The new deal jumps Malzahn from 11th place in SEC coaches pay to sixth place – ahead of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. The announcement comes on the heels of an article this week that linked Malzahn to the University of Texas. Sports Illustrated’s Peter Thamel wrote that “Malzahn has told friends privately that coaching the Longhorns is his dream job.”

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SEC Conference Call: Steve Spurrier Talks Coastal Carolina

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier talks Coastal Carolina – Week 13 SEC coaches conference call.

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Carolina’s Shaw Back At Practice After Illness

connor-shaw-helmet-offTwo weeks ago, Connor Shaw injured his left knee in a loss at Tennessee.  Then he braced the knee up and fought through illness to lead South Carolina to an upset win at Missouri last weekend.  His illness kept him off the practice field on Monday and Tuesday.

Yesterday, the Gamecocks’ talisman was back on the practice field, prepping for Saturday’s date with Mississippi State in Columbia.  Steve Spurrier’s take:

 

“He should be fine (for Saturday), but it is unusual you haven’t seen your starting quarterback since last Saturday night.  He’s had a bug that is hard to shake…

Hopefully, he’s got an idea of what we’re doing (gameplan-wise).  He’s played an awful lot so he doesn’t have to practice too much.”

 

Quarterbacks coach GA Mangus agreed that Shaw should be “ready to go” this weekend.  “He’ll get a good night sleep and hopefully get a bunch of (the reps on Thursday.”

South Carolina’s offense immediately came to life when a less-than-100% Shaw entered the game at Mizzou.  Down 17-0 with less than 13 minutes to play, the Cocks rallied to tie and then won 27-24 in overtime.

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SEC Conference Call: Steve Spurrier Talks Mississippi State

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier talks Mississippi State – Week 10 SEC Coaches Conference Call.


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Carolina’s Spurrier On Upset Of Missouri: “It Was Meant To Be”

gfx - they said it‘Tis a rare occasion indeed when Steve Spurrier chalks a South Carolina win up to the fates and good fortune.  But that’s exactly what the Ol’ Ball Coach did when talking yesterday about the Gamecocks’ improbable 27-24 overtime win against previously unbeaten Missouri:

 

“It’s hard to explain.  The only way you can explain it is it was meant to be.  We all realize we were very fortunate last night.  It seems like a lot of good fortune came our way, especially in the fourth quarter.  Somehow or another we won the game.”

 

There you have it… Steve Spurrier at a loss for words.  Too bad the coach didn’t just paraphrase Lloyd Bridges from the movie, “Airplane!” and say: “I can sum it up in just one word: courage, dedication, daring, pride, pluck, spirit, grit, mettle, and G-U-T-S, guts.  Why Connor Shaw’s got more guts in his little finger than most of us have in our large intestine, including the colon!”

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Carolina’s Spurrier A-OK With New Targeting Rule

gfx - they said itThe growing uproar over college football’s new targeting rule has yet to gain the support of one of the sport’s most vocal coaches.  South Carolina head man Steve Spurrier is in favor of much-discussed penalty and — impressively — he had no complaints about his own player being ejected from last Saturday’s game in Knoxville:

 

“I think it’s a rule we have to have.  Sometimes the referees miss it a little bit, but when there’s a helmet-to-helmet hit and the tackler could avoid it, the 15-yard penalty and an ejection is something to think about.  We had one last week at Tennessee and I told our safety, JJ Marcus, ‘JJ, you can’t tackle like that anymore.  I know you’re used to that.’…

You’re getting a few more knees maybe getting knocked out in some places because of this.  Hopefully players will tackle around the chest area.  That’s the safest for all concerned and keep their heads out of it.”

 

SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw says the strengthening of the penalty to include player ejections has helped cut down on the number of flags thrown for targeting.  “We’ve actually seen players’ reactions change on these type hits.  Last year, a lot of times we’d have a big hit and the player would be chest-bumping and high-fiving his teammates.  Now, it’s almost, ‘Uh oh,’ hands on the helmet or whatever.  So I think players are getting it.  We still have a long way to go.”

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SEC Conference Call: Steve Spurrier Talks Missouri

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier talks Missouri – Week 9 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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