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SEC Headlines 2/3/2014

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1. An expanded dead period in January has created a busy schedule for  coaches and recruits the last few weeks.

2. Kentucky football put together a regional ad that ran during the Super Bowl.

3. Here’s a look at the SEC as signing day is only two days away.

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4. Alabama is trying to fight through adversity after consecutive blowout losses to Auburn and Tennessee.

5. LSU was very efficient on offense in its win over Arkansas on Saturday.

6. Mississippi State will try to bounce back this week after losing to Florida and Vanderbilt last week.

7. Ole Miss is preparing for a difficult week. The Rebels will play at Kentucky before returning home to face Missouri.

8. Television has helped make the back end of Florida’s schedule tougher on a yearly basis.

9. “Team transfer” is playing well for Missouri. But they need more help around them.

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10. The Seattle Seahawks were dominant in their win over the Denver Broncos.

11. Former Gator Percy Harvin showed he’s still a dazzling playmaker in helping the Seahawks beat the Broncos.

12. Peyton Manning had a miserable night at the wrong time for the Broncos.

13. Seattle and Denver are two of the top three favorites to return to next year’s Super Bowl.


14. Florida is No. 4 in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one). Syracuse is No. 1.

15. Kansas is No. 1 in the updated RPI. Florida (No. 5) and Kentucky (No. 13) are the SEC’s highest-ranked teams.

16. Arizona lost forward Brandon Ashley for the rest of the season because of a foot injury.

17. The SEC has four teams in the NCAA tournament in the latest bracket projection from USA Today.

18. Did Mack Brown encourage Texas football recruits to consider other schools?

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NFL QB Flacco A Fan Of A&M’s Manziel

gfx - they said itTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has a new fan in last year’s Super Bowl-winning quarterback.  The Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco said this weekend that he’s suddenly jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon purely because of the controversies that continually swirl around the Aggie:


“Being hated is not a bad thing… I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after (saying) this: I (didn’t) know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel.  But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”


Ah, yes, the Robin Hood/Jesse James syndrome.  Flacco isn’t the first guy to pull for someone who refuses to be “tamed” by society’s expectations.  As we mentioned yesterday, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon became a star by refusing to act as others acted.  Ditto Dennis Rodman and John McEnroe.  Ole Miss basketballer Marshall Henderson fits that mold as well.

So whether you love Manziel or hate him, he’ll continue to be talked about all season long.  Even by last year’s Super Bowl champion quarterback.

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Franklin Credits Fan Interest As What Sets The SEC Apart

VANDERBILT MEDIA DAYSAsked if there is more pressure to win in the SEC, James Franklin said that there’s pressure everywhere.  But then he pointed to fan interest as being the thing that truly sets the SEC apart from other leagues:


“The biggest difference is just the emphasis on football in this part of the country.  I think today is a perfect example of that.  I heard today that there’s more media at this event than at the Super Bowl.  That just shows you how people feel about football in this part of the country and how people are so prideful of the SEC and their specific institution.”


Now, fan interest is a huge part of what sets the SEC apart.  However, the NFL doesn’t say “yes” to everyone who requests a Super Bowl media credential.  I’m starting to wonder if the SEC feeds that particular comparison line to each coach before they face the media.  It’s been repeated a number of times.

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Les Miles On Twitter Rumors: “I Don’t Pay Much Attention To Those Kinds Of Things”

gfx - they said itA rumor about Les Miles that started on an Alabama messageboard quickly spread to Twitter over the weekend.  But it took a few days before the LSU coach even heard about it. He was unfazed. Miles told, “Yes, I don’t pay much attention to those kinds of things. “It’s just one of those things, I guess.”

Miles, who counts more than 100,000 Twitter followers, does occasionally find time for new technology.


“I’m an inconsistent tweeter, in general. For instance, the Super Bowl and the Miami Heat game, those were two events where I had nothing to do but watch. Know what I mean? The time before that was the College World Series when South Carolina was playing Arizona, and I tweeted a couple of innings from one of those games.

“What I do when I do it, this Twitter thing, it’s a self-entertaining piece for me. I certainly enjoy the acknowledgements, letting people know spring ball is getting start and that Johnny Jones is doing a great job in basketball. Those kinds of tweets are the real information but the fun stuff for me is pretending to call a game a live. I think Twitter for that is a little self-entertaining.”


Miles was asked about Twitter’s impact on recruiting.


“I got to be honest, I don’t know what role Twitter plays in recruiting. I really don’t. I can only tell you it’s entertaining, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of other things you’re doing. If you’re consumed by getting onto your electrical Social Media, it can be a problem.”


You can find Miles on Twitter @LSUCoachMiles.  

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WOW Headlines – 2/5/12

Former Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley has been officially named receivers coach for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys
Dooley’s new job will not impact his $5 million buyout from Tennessee
Ex-Mississippi State WR Chad Bumphis has angered some Ole Miss fans via Twitter by telling prospects “DON’T go with the money!”
Ole Miss stands to finish with a top 10 recruiting class leading to rumors of rule-breaking
Reports out of New Orleans say Georgia defensive defensive corodinator Todd Grantham will interview for the same position with the Saints
In SEC hoops action Tuesday night, Arkansas beat Florida 80-69 and Kentucky beat South Carolina 77-55
Tennessee’s Kenny Hall will not be suspended after getting arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license
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SEC Headlines 2/5/2013

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1. How good a job has Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze done recruiting this offseason? ”You might have to go back to Michigan signing the Fab Five in basketball (in 1991) to find anything comparable.”

2. “Of course, when any school lands a huge recruiting class – much less a school like Ole Miss – the word-association test automatically pops up CHEATER CHEATER CHEATER.”

3. LSU – Texas A&M and the budding rivalry along the Gulf Coast.

4. Big sporting event, lots of celebrities.  Expect plenty of Johnny Manziel pictures to surface.

5. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on his star quarterback’s behavior: “Who’s to say how he’s supposed to react? It’s never been done before. How do you know how he’s supposed to react? Have you ever been in his shoes?

6. Mock draft has Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel going first overall to the Kansas City Chiefs - five of the top 10 from the SEC.

7. Bret Bielema on why he left Wisconsin to come to Arkansas:’In my mind, the reason I made the jump was I wanted to prove something more.”

8. Kevin Scarbinsky on the circus that’s become college football recruiting:” This is what recruiting has become, adults allowing, no, encouraging teenagers to turn the most important decision in their lives into reality-TV programming…”

9. Mike Lopresti on signing day: “Prepare for a wave of 18-year-olds saying yes, while adults high-five. Happy National Signing Day.”

10. Recruiting rankings: “The evidence is overwhelming: Despite some obvious, anecdotal exceptions, on the whole recruiting rankings clearly are useful for creating a realistic baseline for expectations.”

11. Athlon’s  2013 recruiting all-name team features a Bonaparte, Lars Blix and Mike Tyson.

UPDATE: Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham set to meet with media on Wednesday.

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12. Arkansas hosts the No. 2 ranked Florida Gators tonight. Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson: “I think that gets lost when people talk about Florida that they shoot the basketball, but Billy has them playing at a high level on defense, and to me that’s what wins championships.”

13. Arkansas has won its four SEC home games by an average margin of 17. 5 points.  Billy Donovan: “They’re a very good home team.”

14. Florida center Patric Young on the Gators No. 2 ranking: “Getting more recognition means that we have to be ready for everybody bringing their best shot at us,”

15. Mike Bianchi on how the Gators would stackup against the NBA’s Orlando Magic: “I think the Gators would actually stand a chance against the Magic. Not a great chance. Not even a good chance. But a chance.”

16. Florida “is as tough defensively as any team we’ve seen in the last decade.”

17. South Carolina travels to Kentucky.  Gamecocks coach Frank Martin on matching up against Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel: “When you see a crack, you better have your eyes on that target and let it go, and know that he’s coming, because he comes every time.”

18. Kentucky a sleeper team that can make a deep tournament run? And do the Cats have an identity crisis?

19. When John Calipari talked Monday about his team playing “soft”, who was he talking about?  “(Ryan) Harrow’s ears probably should have been burning.”

20-. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray on lessons his Bulldogs team can learn from the Super Bowl: “The reason the Ravens ended up winning that game is two-fold: The turnovers, they won the turnover battle, and then their special teams, which is comparable to free throws.”

21. Auburn coach Tony Barbee on a struggling Frankie Sullivan: “It’s not so much what Frankie’s doing, but what other teams are doing to him.”

22. Declining playing time for Tennessee forwards Quinton Chievious and D’Montre Edwards.  The message from coach Cuonzo Martin? No defense, no minutes.

23. Tennessee plays Georgia Wednesday night.  The Peach State is the leading producer of SEC basketball players.

24. Georgia on pace for its lowest home attendance average since the 1977-1978 season – averaging just under 5,600 people through 13 games.

25. Missouri heads to Texas A&M Thursday night where a priority will be stopping the Aggies Elston Turner.  Coach Frank Haith: He can shoot the ball, he’s good off the deck.”

26. Missouri was 18-2 at this time a year ago under Haith, 16-5 this year. “Last season’s team, I don’t think they gave him as much heartache as we have this year.”

27. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant has had five straight double-doubles – averaging 15.4 points and 11.7 rebounds in that span.


28. Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million on the Super Bowl at Nevada casinos.

29. After they won the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens lost the Lombardi Trophy for several hours.

30. NCAA hammers Southern Miss for cheating….in tennis.

31. A controversial call and a mid-court melee. Welcome to Memphis basketball – middle-school style.

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SEC Headlines – 2/4/13


1.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

2.  As Anthony Hickey goes, so goes LSU.

3.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be trying to snap losing streaks when they meet on Wednesday.

4.  Kentucky’s team is finally developing an identity.

5.  Tennessee isn’t just looking for its first road win… the Vols are looking to become mentally tough.


6. has ranked all the FBS recruiting classes — as of today — in a conference-by-conference breakdown.

7.  When it comes to other leagues battling the SEC long-term, this writer says: “Give up.”

8.  Nick Saban has mastered the art of getting new players on campus early.

9.  Georgia has had some comings and at least one “going” with regards to its roster this month.

10.  South Carolina is set to ink a good crop of offensive linemen… if only projecting O-linemen were easy.


11.  So what happened with that Super Bowl outage?

12.  The NFL rakes in a whole lotta cash, but Division I NCAA athletic department have some big revenue numbers, too.

13.  The Jets won’t be cutting Tim Tebow… but they do hope to trade him.

14.  There’s a massive match-fixing scandal brewing in global soccer.

15.  Muhammad Ali’s family is denying reports that the legendary boxer is near death.

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Congrats To 11 Ex-SEC Super Bowl Champs

harbaugh-lombardiWith the Baltimore Ravens win over the San Francisco 49ers last night, 11 ex-SEC players will be getting Super Bowl rings in the coming months.  Congratulations to:


Josh Bynes (Auburn)

Terrence Cody (Alabama)

Emanuel Cook (South Carolina) (Is on Ravens’ IR list)

Morgan Cox (Tennessee)

Dannell Ellerbe (Georgia)

Pernell McPhee (Mississippi State)

Michael Oher (Ole Miss)

Deonte Thompson (Florida)

DeAngelo Tyson (Georgia)

Courtney Upshaw (Alabama)

Bobbie Williams (Arkansas)

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Wow Headlines 1/21/2013

Internet reports indicate Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance
Three SEC teams in AP Top 25 – Florida 8, Missouri 22, Ole Miss 23
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson SEC Player of the Week
Kentucky center Nerlens Noel SEC Freshman of the Week
23 SEC players are on the South squad roster for this weekend’s Senior Bowl
23 players from SEC teams dot the rosters of the two Super Bowl teams
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Nearly Two Dozen Former SEC Players On Super Bowl Rosters

SuperBowlDogs The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday.  On the rosters of those teams are nearly two dozen players from teams represented in the conference – 12 from the 49ers and 11 from the Ravens.Even after backing out three players from Missouri and Texas A&M (who played their college ball in the Big 12) – that still leaves 20 guys with SEC roots.

Here’s the entire breakdown:

San Francisco

Carlos Rogers – Auburn

Ray McDonald – Florida

Demarcus Dobbs – Georgia (reserve/injured)

Ricky Jean-Francois – LSU

Curtis Tayler – LSU (practice squad)

Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State

Aldon Smith – Missouri

Justin Smith – Missouri

Patrick Willis – Ole Miss

Chris Culver-South Carolina

Parys Haralson – Tennessee

Tony Jerod-Eddie – Texas A&M

Baltimore Ravens

Terrance Cody – Alabama

Courtney Upshaw – Alabama

Bobbie Williams – Arkansas

Josh Bynes – Auburn

Deonte Thompson – Florida

Dannell Ellerbe – Georgia

DeAngelo Tyson – Georgia

Pernell McPhee – Mississippi State

Michael Oher – Ole Miss

Emanuel Cook – South Carolina (reserve/injured)

Morgan Cox – Tennessee

The two Mississippi State players represented here – Anthony Dixon of the 49ers and Pernell McPhee of the Ravens – are featured in a new billboard campaign across Mississippi.  MSU announced the billboards (click the icon up top for a larger version)are launching in Tupelo, Jackson and Columbus.

One year ago, Ole Miss did a billboard campaign before the Super Bowl featuring Eli Manning of the Giants and BenJarvis Green-Ellis of the Patriots. This year, Ole Miss has Michael Oher of  the Ravens battling Patrick Willis of the Niners. The lineman and linebacker will no doubt be staring each other down at some point during the game - maybe a little like this.

With two former Auburn players headed to the Super Bowl - San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers and  Baltimore linebacker Josh Bynes – this makes the 29th time out of 47 Super Bowls a former Tiger has made it to the championship game.

Former Georgia Bulldog and current Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe got a shoutout on Twitter last night from Mark Richt after intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the fourth quarter.

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