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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/13/12

1. Robert Nkemdiche will visit LSU next while his trip to Vanderbilt looks to be on hold.

2. Florida will try to be out in-state schools for Tampa Bay wide receiver Richard Benjamin.

3. This Swedish quarterback could be a top prospect in the 2015 class.

4. Here’s a look at the nation’s top guards and centers in the 2013 class.

5. North Carolina recruits don’t seem affected by the penalties handed down by the NCAA.

6. Auburn has offered a scholarship to Crete, Ill., wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

You’ll notice Treadwell, who also has offers Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California and others, is a pretty good athlete.

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SEC Headlines – 5/2/11 Part Two

1.  Safety Ahmad Black will only have to go from Gainesville to Tampa Bay to begin his pro career.

2.  Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley helped prevent legislation in his state that would have made student-athletes even easier targets for unscrupulous sports agents.  Kudos.

3.  Here’s a look at where some Georgia footballers might go in next year’s NFL draft.

4.  Kentucky’s broadcasting rights have changed hands… but Cat fans won’t experience any changes in the broadcasts or stations.

5.  Which Tennessee players might be drafted into the NFL next year?

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Brunetti In The Mix At Ole Miss, But Why Are The Rebels Scrambling At QB Again?

I blame Jevan Snead.

I blame him for the merry-go-round that’s become the Ole Miss quarterback situation.  Nathan Stanley to Jeremiah Masoli back to Stanley and/or Randall Mackey to whoever’s next wouldn’t have been half as crazy had Snead simply stayed at Ole Miss for his senior season.

Following a disappointing junior year, Snead surprisingly departed Oxford for the NFL sugarplums that danced in his head.  Unfortunately for Snead, NFL personnel men saw 20 junior-season interceptions when they looked at tape of him… not sugarplums.

Snead went undrafted, signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent, and was then promptly cut.  Now he’s back with Tampa Bay.  Just not with the Buccaneers.  He signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League earlier this week. 

By leaving early, Snead opened the door for his backup Stanley to take over the QB role in Oxford last season.  Incoming transfer Randall Mackey was expected to compete for reps as well.

But Houston Nutt never put his full trust in Stanley.  And Mackey turned out to be more of an athlete than a quarterback.  As the season drew near, Nutt sullied his reputation by chasing, landing and playing dismissed Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

With Masoli’s rent-a-player year done, it was expected that Stanley would get the first shot at the Rebels’ quarterback job in 2011.  Mackey would somehow be in the running, too.  Ditto recent juco signee Zack Stoudt. 

Well now you can add former West Virginia quarterback Barry Brunetti to the mix.  Maybe.

According to Kyle Veazey of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Brunetti said that he had a “good meeting” with Nutt in his family’s Memphis home last night.  But he said he still isn’t sure where he’ll transfer now that he’s leaving Morgantown after a single season.  Memphis and Arkansas State are two other options. 

A car accident involving his mother may lead the NCAA to grant Brunetti a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately at his new school this fall.

Currently, the Rebels have three quarterbacks to choose from.  If they land Brunetti, there would be four options.

But if Snead had stayed for his senior year, he might have rebounded from a bad junior year and improved his own draft stock.  And Ole Miss might have had more time to plan ahead for its 2011 quarterback situation.

Oh, who am I kidding? 

Nutt’s the coach.  It’s his job to sign and develop quarterbacks.  Whether Snead left early in Spring 2010 or not, the Rebels shouldn’t be scrambling for a quarterback for the second year in a row.

Sorry, Reverend.  I tried.  But this mess is on you.

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