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Muschamp Plays Down Friendship With Fisher

When was the last time two rival coaches at two big-time football factories shared ownership of a beach house?  Before Florida hired Will Muschamp, it had probably never happened.  But Muschamp and his old friend Jimbo Fisher — Florida State’s coach — have shared ownership of a beach house in Panama City for about 10 years.

Just don’t think their old friendship is going to get in the way of the Sunshine Showdown.

“Who?” Muschamp answered when asked about Fisher by a fan at a Gator Club rally last night. 

“We won a lot of football games and competed every day,” he said of Fisher.  “Somebody said, ‘What’s it gonna be like competing?’  I said, ‘Well, we competed every day for about five years.’”

The two coaches worked together on Terry Bowden’s staff at Auburn in the 1990s and then served as Nick Saban’s offensive (Fisher) and defensive (Muschamp) coordinators at LSU from 2001 to 2004.

Both coaches have their own programs, their careers, and millions of dollars on the line these days.  They may have competed in the past, but their friendship has never had to withstand the competition they’re about to kick off in 2011.

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SEC East Headlines – Thanksgiving 2010

Looking to spend some time away from the kids and the uncle and the crazed Grandma?  Then dive into this cornucopia of SEC East news…

1.  Urban Meyer says cornerback Janoris Jenkins will be back from his concussion and ready to play against Florida State.

2.  Saturday’s game will feature two quarterbacks who didn’t live up to high expectations.

3.  Gator defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is looking forward to his first Sunshine Showdown.

4.  It’s steady as she goes for Mark Richt.

5.  A 13-year bowl streak is on the line for UGA when the Dawgs face Georgia Tech on Saturday night.

6.  Georgia faces Notre Dame in the Old Spice Classic tonight.

7.  Kentucky will have to slow down Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray to snap a 25-year losing streak.

8.  John Calipari says his team was “selfish” in a blowout loss to UConn yesterday.

9.  This writer provides five quick thoughts on “UK’s Maui meltdown.”

10.  Steve Spurrier wants better special teams play from his team.

11.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first year Clemson hosted South Carolina.

12.  The Tiger-Gamecock rivalry seems bigger to the fans than to the players.

13.  Tennessee will have more to worry about than just Randall Cobb this weekend.

14.  Freshman Zach Fulton has been a “strong dude” on UT’s offensive line.

15.  Punt return woes still haunt Derek Dooley.

16.  Vanderbilt has shown slight improvements under new offensive coordinator Des Kitchings.

17.  Kevin Stallings team bounced back after Grambling State “slapped us pretty good at the start.”

18.  Vandy’s Jeffery Taylor left last night’s win with what might be a scratched left eye.

19.  The AJC’s Tony Barnhart has penned a pretty darn good “I’m thankful” column today.

20.  And Mike Strange of The Knoxville News Sentinel has inked a Thanksgiving column that puts our sports highs and lows in proper perspective.

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SEC Headlines – 11/23/10 Part Three

1.  Florida’s already challenged passing game will have to withstand the nation’s second-best pass rush against Florida State on Saturday.

2.  FSU should expect to see all three Gator signal-callers.

3.  This year’s Sunshine Showdown is bigger than ever.

4.  Carl Moore won’t face additional punishment after being booted from the first half of Florida’s game with Appy State last weekend.  (What the hell is going on with so many SEC players suddenly throwing punches?)

5.  Billy Donovan may rest Vernon Macklin’s ailing right knee against Florida Atlantic tonight.

6.  Georgia’s Todd Grantham actually faced Paul Johnson’s option in 1995 when Virginia Tech beat Navy 14-0.

7.  Jeff Schultz of The AJC says Mark Richt deserves another year to fix Georgia’s current mess.

8.  The Dawgs’ bowl prospects aren’t very clear.

9.  It looks like UGA will be without Trey Thompkins for this weekend’s Old Spice Classic tournament in Orlando.

10.  The Ole Miss football team needs no reminders of what happened in last year’s Egg Bowl.

11.  Kentrell Lockett and Jerrell Powe could be building blocks for the Rebels in 2011.  (Of course, that’s what folks said going into 2010, too.)

12.  Houston Nutt says MSU’s winning ways to back “to they’re winning the turnover margin.”

13.  UM forward Reginald Buckner is day-to-day with a knee injury.

14.  Even the new faces in Starkville understand the importance of beating Ole Miss.

15.  An AP writer says Dan Mullen and Bobby Petrino are among six coaches who deserve credit for doing good work in 2010.

16.  Mississippi State survived Detroit 82-76 in front of just 4,221 fans last night.  (Pathetic.)

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