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SEC In The NCAA Tournament… Sunday results
Florida advances to Sweet 16 with 78 to 64 victory over Minnesota…
Ole Miss lost to LaSalle 76 to 74
Alabama 66, Stanford 54 in Saturday NIT Action
Three Alabama reserves are no longer on the Crimson Tide football team as Nick Saban whittles his roster down to the 85-man scholarship limit
Harvey Updyke – the Toomers Oaks poisoner – was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray reported for spring practice eight pounds lighter than he weighed last season
Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork has been given a raise and a contract extension after his first year on the job
Ole Miss will spend $6 million on architects to design a new 10,000-seat basketball arena to replace the Tad Smith Coliseum
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Wow Sunday Headlines 3/24/2013

SEC In The NCAA Tournament…
Ole Miss will play LaSalle Sunday….Florida plays Minnesota
Alabama 66, Stanford 54 in Saturday NIT Action
Three Alabama reserves are no longer on the Crimson Tide football team as Nick Saban whittles his roster down to the 85-man scholarship limit
Harvey Updyke – the Toomers Oaks poisoner – was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray reported for spring practice eight pounds lighter than he weighed last season
Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork has been given a raise and a contract extension after his first year on the job
Ole Miss will spend $6 million on architects to design a new 10,000-seat basketball arena to replace the Tad Smith Coliseum
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WOW Headlines – 3/22/13

Missouri fell 84-72 to Colorado State in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament
In postseason play the SEC is now 1-3 in NCAA and NIT action this year
Three Alabama reserves are no longer on the Crimson Tide football team as Nick Saban whittles his roster down to the 85-man scholarship limit
LSU will hold its first spring scrimmage tomorrow
Georgia QB Aaron Murray reported for spring practice eight pounds lighter than he weighed last season
Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork has been given a raise and a contract extension after his first year on the job
Ole Miss will spend $6 million on architects to design a new 10,000-seat basketball arena to replace the Tad Smith Coliseum
Today’s SEC action in the NCAA Tournament: Ole Miss vs Wisconsin at 12:40pm ET and Florida vs Northwestern State at 7:27pm ET

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WOW Headlines – 3/7/13

SEC Thursday Night Basketball…Georgia 72, Kentucky 62
A USA Today report shows that two SEC athletic directors make more than $1 million in salary: Florida’s Jeremy Foley and Vanderbilt’s David Williams
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been given a $240,000 raise to take his salary to $575,000
All of Georgia’s football assistants have received raises this offseason
The NCAA has decided to further discuss a controversial plan to deregulate recruiting
Ole Miss has raised $13.6 million to replace the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford
Saturday SEC Basketball Schedule…
Florida at Kentucky…South Carolina at Vanderbilt…Ole Miss at LSU…Texas A&M at Arkansas…
Georgia at Alabama…Missouri at Tennessee…Auburn at Mississippi State
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SEC Headlines 3/7/2013

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1. Tennessee starts spring practice on Friday.  Here are three areas the Vols must repair or improve.

2. Arkansas starts spring practice Sunday. Spring game set for April 20th. Coach Bret Bielema says practices will be closed to the public.

3. South Carolina started spring practice this week.  Here’s the pre-spring depth chart (PDF).

4. Some changes in store for the media when it comes to spring practice at Missouri - reporters no longer able to watch all of non-scrimmage practices.

5. Texas A&M assistant coach Clarence McKinney may be new to the offensive coordinator role, but not to the Aggie’s offense.  ”This will be my sixth year of installing this offense. So I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. It’s pretty natural for me.”

6. Ole Miss makes the hiring of Jason Jones official.  He’ll coach cornerbacks and be co-defensive coordinator.

7. Former Florida International player on new Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal: “Coach Cristobal is everything you need. He’s vocal, however you need him to coach, whatever coach (Nick) Saban wants him to do, he’ll be on it.”

8. Not even surgery can get Alabama off the mind of a Virginia Tech defensive back.

9. With A.J. McCarron firmly entrenched at quarterback at Alabama, this streak seems likely to stay intact.  ”A true freshman quarterback has never seen the field during Saban’s tenure at Alabama.”

10. McCarron tells Dan Patrick he had no interest in going pro early - even as a top 10 pick and he won’t be signing up for online classes: “You get some extra stares, but I love our student base and all the fans we have on campus.”

11. Johnny Manziel coming to grips with Johnny Backlash? “Once a prolific tweeter, @jmanziel2 has recently slowed to a crawl.” Autographed Manziel trading cards?

12. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will spend his spring break in Norman, Oklahoma working with QB guru George Whitfield.

13. More people coming around to the idea that former Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd should be the first pick of the NFL draft.

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14. Florida’s three seniors not the only Gator players thinking about the NBA.  Junior Patric Young has a decision to make: “ I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and whatever makes me happy, honestly.”

15. Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes recorded his 13th double-double of the season last night at Auburn.

16. NIT selection committee member was a no-show at the LSU-A&M game last night, but the Tigers victory last night puts them in a good spot for a bid.

17. In bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s first four out – three are from the SEC: Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss. Some other thoughts on Alabama’s tournament chances.

18. Kentucky will face a Georgia team tonight that plays good defense.  Bulldogs holding opponents to a 38.6 percent field goal percentage, on pace to be the best in program history (records kept back to 1959-1960).

19. Kentucky coach John Calipari: “I’d like to tell you that we’re still a pretty good road team. It’s just the last two road games, we’ve been abysmal.”

20. More than $13.6 million has been raised to replace Tad Smith Coliseum at Ole Miss.  Tad Pad opened in 1966, 11 of 13 other SEC teams have built new arenas since then.

21. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson still puzzled by the bitterness surrounding his departure at Missouri. ”I don’t know what the regrets would be about.”

Extras

22. With Georgetown’s loss last night, all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament are up for grabs. Six ranked teams lost Wednesday night.

23. Who’s the player of the year in college basketball?  Vegas has some ideas. So does Mike DeCourcy.

24. A slimmed-down athletics board at Tennessee will cut the number of members from 41 to 18.

25. Long before the Manti Te’o incident, some colleges were giving their athletes social media training. Think before you accept that “friend” request.

26. Here’s how a recruiting text specialist might spend his day.

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Plans For A Tad Pad Replacement Developing At UM

The University of Mississippi appears to finally be moving forward with plans to replace the Tad Pad.  Having a basketball game called due to rain in the gym will do that for you.

According to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, later this summer it’s expected that Ole Miss will announce plans for a $125-150 million fund-raising campaign “aimed primarily at replacing aging Tad Smith Coliseum.”

“There’s been so much done as a university to improve athletics facilities as a whole, they realize this is the last bastion for us and next hurdle that needs to be cleared,” said Andy Kennedy.

The building is expected to seat 10,000 and will likely bear some similarities to Auburn’s new arena which opened this past season.

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UM Reps Fly To Auburn To Tour AU’s New Arena

Just one week after a women’s basketball game was rained out — yes, rained out — at the 45-year-old Tad Smith Coliseum, several Ole Miss officials flew to Auburn yesterday to tour the Tigers’ brand new Auburn Arena.

You don’t think the rain out helped Pete Boone kickstart talk of a new roundball arena in Oxford do you?

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that Boone told the paper that conversations regarding a new arena are “positive.” 

“Right now, we’ve got a pretty strong vision as to what we need to do,” UM’s AD said.  “There’s no question we need a new arena.  No question.  By the time you build one, it could be three to five years from now, if you start and go through the process.”

The paper also asked Boone about plans to create “new dining and student recreation facilities” as part of a new arena complex.  He said a consultant would like be brought onboard to coordinate those ideas, “But it’s on, as far as those things are concerned,” he said.  “It’s on full speed.”

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SEC Headlines – 2/28/11 Part One

1.  Yet another writer believes Atlanta is the perfect spot for the SEC Championship Game.

2.  Ryan Mallett’s arm made an impression at the NFL combine.

3.  People in Louisiana are ready to start talking LSU spring football.

4.  Wondering what makes Tad Smith Coliseum so bad?  Let this writer give you a breakdown.

5.  Mississippi State controls its own destiny in the SEC West.

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Rainout At The Tad Pad Shouldn’t Affect Ole Miss-Bama

Ask members of the SEC media which basketball arena is the worst in the league and 99.9% will say this: Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford.  Small, cramped, old, dark, the Tad Pad is in major need of a refurbishing (or a razing).

In case you missed it, last night’s Ole Miss-Tennessee women’s game was rained out at the Tad Pad.  No, really.  A college basketball game was rained out.

According to Kyle Veazey of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger: “… high winds from last night’s storm drove rain into the air vents at the top of the coliseum’s roof.”  With water falling inside the building, the game was called between UM and UT with just over five minutes left to play.   And now the debate over building a new arena will once again move front and center in Oxford.

On the bright side, Ole Miss AD Pete Boone told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the unusually strong storm was the problem, not the roof.  So unless a massive storm hits during tomorrow afternoon’s game with Alabama, all things should be peachy at the Tad Pad.

“If you have sideways blowing rain that can make a difference, but you can’t just hope that that never happens.  It’s one of those things that have to get fixed, and the University will get it done.”

Which means it’s game “Game on!” tomorrow for the Rebels and Tide.  Unless the rain starts blowing sideways.

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SEC Headlines – 12/28/10 Part Two

1.  Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof sees similarities between Oregon’s offense and the Tigers’ offense.  “… They score a lot of points and they go up and down the field real fast.”

2.  Defensive tackle Zach Clayton didn’t get a lot of pub… and he’s fine with that.

3.  These beatwriters believe Oregon’s offensive line gets the edge over Auburn’s defensive line.

4.  Nick Saban moved yesterday’s practice indoors due to high winds.

5.  Receiver Julio Jones is still weighing his NFL options.

6.  On Saturday he’ll test an eager Michigan State secondary in the Capital One Bowl.

7.  Alabama’s basketball team will host Pepperdine tonight.

8.  Arkansas is getting ready for its biggest bowl game since 1989.

9.  John Pelphrey says Marshawn Powell escaped a car accident on Christmas Day without injury.

10.  Meanwhile, forward Michael Sanchez is expected to return from a foot injury for the Hogs’ SEC schedule.

11.  Forward Malcolm White came off the bench (for a change) to lead the Tigers to victory.

12.  The LSU basketball team pulled away from Southern U. 62-41 last night after another slow start.

13.  Job One for Ole Miss?  Find a quarterback for 2011.

14.  The Rebels did get some good news with tailback Brandon Bolden’s decision to return for his senior season.

15.  Cool the basketball arena talk… UM AD Pete Boone tells this writer that Tad Smith Coliseum won’t be replaced for five or six years.

16.  The Rebels’ weak schedule could come back to bite them come tournament time.

17.  Dan Mullen needs to continue to improve Mississippi State’s offense.

18.  Mullen said his team looked rusty in its first Florida practice for the Gator Bowl.

19.  Surprisingly, a few tickets still remain from MSU’s original allotment.

20.  This writer says, “It appears the (Renardo) Sidney experiment — a calculated risk to begin with — has failed.”

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