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Team Updates: SEC WEST

Below are listings of signees and early enrolles already in the fold for each school, unless otherwise noted.

The number beside each player is his star-rating from



  DE Jonathan Allen 5   ATH Anthony Averett 3   QB Cooper Bateman 4
  OL Leon Brown 3   DB Jonathan Cook 3   WR Raheem Falkins 4
  LB Reuben Foster 5   WR Robert Foster 4   RB Derrick Henry 4
  OL Brandon Hill 3   OL Grant Hill 4   TE OJ Howard 5
  WR Eddie Jackson 3   RB Tyren Jones 4   LB Walker Jones 3
  DE Dee Liner 4   OL Cole Mazza 3   QB Parker McLeod 3
  DT Darius Paige 4   DB Maurice Smith 4   ATH ArDarius Stewart 4
  RB Altee Tenpenny 4   DE Tim Williams 4   RB Alvin Kamara 4
  DT A’Shawn Robinson 5



  QB Austin Allen 3   DE Tevin Beanum 3   DB Alex Brignoni 3
  DB Tiquention Coleman 2   DB De’Andre Coley 2   ATH DJ Dean 3
  LB Brooks Ellis 3   RB Denzell Evans 3   DB Melvinson Hartfield 2
  TE Hunter Henry 4   K Sam Hill 2   OL Denver Kirkland 4
  OL Reeve Koehler 4   DT Ke’tyrus Marks 2   RB Korliss Marshall 3
  OL John McClure 3   QB Damon Mitchell 3   WR Drew Morgan 3
  OL Dan Skipper 3   LB Martrell Spaight 3   LB Myke Tavarres 3
  DB Carroll Washington 3   RB Alex Collins 4*

* Committed but unsigned; His mother wants him to attend Miami, but Collins expects to sign with Arkansas by Thursday



  DT Montravious Adams 5   DB Mackenro Alexander 3   RB Cameron Artis-Payne 4
  RB Peyton Barber 3   DT Ben Bradley 4   K Daniel Carlson 3
  DE Elijah Daniel 4   OL Devonte Danzey 3   ATH Marcus Davis 3
  LB Kenny Flowers 3   RB Johnathan Ford 4   DB Khari Harding 3
  QB Jeremy Johnson 4   DB Brandon King 3   DE Carl Lawson 5
  QB Nick Marshall 3   DB Kamryn Melton 3   OL Deon Mix 4
  WR Earnest Robinson 4   ATH Jason Smith 4   WR Tony Stevens 4
  LB Cameron Toney 3   WR Dominic Walker 3

K Jimmy Hutchinson will be asked to grayshirt



  DT Maquedius Bain 3   ATH Kendell Beckwith 4   OL Josh Boutte 4
  DE Tashawn Bower 4   DB Jeryl Brazil 4   WR John Diarse 4
  OL Andy Dodd 4   DT Greg Gilmore 4   DE Frank Herron 5
  DB Rickey Jefferson 4   QB Anthony Jennings 4   WR Avery Johnson 3
  LB Melvin Jones 3   DE Christian LaCouture 3   WR Quantavius Leslie 4
  OL KJ Malone 3   DE Lewis Neal 3   DE MJ Patterson 3
  OL Ethan Pocic 4   QB Hayden Rettig 4   LB Duke Riley 3
  DB Rashard Robinson 4   TE DeSean Smith 4   WR Kevin Spears 4
  TE Logan Stokes 3   DB Tre’Davious White 5   OL Fehoko Fanaika 3

DT Tevin Lawson has been asked to grayshirt but will visit Kentucky this weekend

DB Jeremy Cutrer did not qualify academically and will head to a junior college or prep school



  WR Jeremey Chappelle 3   WR Shelby Christy 3   OL Jamaal Clayborn 2
  DB Tolando Cleveland 3   DB Kivon Coman 3   DB Justin Cox 3
  OL Kent Flowers 3   ATH Donald Gray Jr. 3   WR BJ Hammond 3
  ATH Dezmond Harris 2   DE Chris Jones 5   ATH Gabe Myles 3
  WR Fred Ross 4   TE Artimas Samuel 3   QB Cord Sandberg 4
  ATH Ashton Shumpert 3   OL Jake Thomas 3   WR Brandon Wells 3
  QB Damian Williams 3   WR De’Runnya Wilson 3   DB Jahmere Irvin-Sills 3

DL Trent Simpson has been asked to grayshirt

DL Ulric Jones did not qualify academically and will head to a junior college



  WR Quincy Adeboyejo 4   ATH Trey Bledsoe 4   OL Daronte Bouldin 3
  DB Nickolas Brassell 4   RB Eugene Brazley 3   QB Ryan Buchanan 4
  DB Antonio Conner 4   RB Mark Dodson Jr 4   TE Evan Engram 3
  OL Austin Golson 4   DB Bobby Hill 3   DT Lavon Hooks 4
  TE Arshad Jackson  3   OL Davion Johnson 3   WR Derrick Jones 3
  DB David Kamara 3   QB Devante Kincade 3   WR Quadarius Mireles 3
  DT Herbert Moore 3   RB Kailo Moore 4   TE Christian Morgan 3
  DE Robert Nkemdiche 5   LB Rashawn Smith 3   WR Laquon Treadwell 5
  OL Laremy Tunsil 5   RB Jordan Wilkins 4   LB Marcus Robinson 3
  K Andy Pappanastos 2



  OL Joas Aguilar 3   DE Jay Arnold 3   LB Reggie Chevis 3
  LB Darian Claiborne 3   TE Cameron Clear 3   DB Victor Davis 3
  DB Noel Ellis 4   DB Tavares Garner 4   DT Isaiah Golden 4
  ATH Laquvionte Gonzalez 4   DE Daeshon Hall 4   QB Kenny Hill 4
  WR Sebastian Larue 4   DT Justin Manning 4   LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni 3
  DB Kameron Miles 4   WR Kyrion Parker 4   DE Jordan Points 3
  LB Tommy Sanders 3   ATH Ricky Seals-Jones 4   ATH Alex Sezer 2
  QB Kohl Stewart 4   OL Jeremiah Stuckey 3   WR Jeremy Tabuyo 3
  LB Brett Wade 3   DT Hardreck Walker 4   ATH Shaan Washington 3
  RB James White 3   DB Jonathan Wiggins 3   WR JaQuay Williams 4
  OL Ishmael Wilson 4

WR Derrick Griffin did not qualify academically and was not given a letter of intent by A&M

OL JJ Gustafson has been asked to grayshirt

LB AJ Hilliard has been removed from this list, he is transferring in directly from TCU


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Report: Patterson Leading Candidate At Arkansas (As We Told You Last Month)

Syndicated Arkansas radio host Bo Mattingly thinks he knows who Arkansas’ next football coach will be… and if he’s right, we won’t be surprised:











Other sources are now claiming that they’re hearing the same thing (though it’s hard to trust a man who’s in the business of helping coaches land jobs because you never know when he might just be pimping his own guys).

Look, we’re not going to do a victory lap just yet, but we wrote that Arkansas AD Jeff Long was targeting TCU’s coach back on October 23rd, on October 25th, and again on October 29th.

Now, negotiations could still break down, Patterson could lose the rest of his games this season, or TCU could throw big dollars at him to stay.  Nothing is over until it’s actually over.  But if nothing else it’s evident that our sources on Arkansas’ search were about two weeks ahead of everyone else’s sources.

Stay tuned…

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Long Wants An Employed Coach For Hogs, We’re Told It’s TCU’s Patterson

Arkansas AD Jeff Long confirmed on Bo Mattingly’s Arkansas radio show yesterday that he is interested in coaches who are currently employed:


“I think they’ll be a coach who is coaching and working in college or professional football.”


That would seem to rule out Butch Davis, the ex-North Carolina coach who’s been cleared — so far — of NCAA wrongdoing in the Tar Heels’ scandal that led to his ouster.  Davis is an Arkansas native.

Instead, it’s believed that the top man on Long’s list is TCU head coach Gary Patterson (photo at left).

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WOW Headlines – 9/26/12

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier is speaking with the media again…
He said yesterday that Carolina is “better than” Kentucky who the Gamecocks play Saturday
Texas A&M is planning a 3-year, $425 million renovation of Kyle Field, but they want help from the local government
Kentucky S Mikie Benton will not be suspended for a violent hit against Florida TE Jordan Reed
After a one-game suspension, South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger says he’ll target opponents lower
S Bacarri Rambo and LB Alec Ogletree will play for Georgia against Tennessee, according to their teammates
Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith reportedly felt “pretty good” at practice yesterday
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been banned from off-campus recruiting for 30 days due to a rules violation
LSU and TCU will open the 2013 season against one another at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Keep up with all the day’s SEC news at

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Be Prepared, The New Playoff Will Lead To Even More Bickering

Sorry for the slow start to the day.  Had some radio work to do this morning in Missouri and also had a little business to attend to after that.

But in between I started to make a mental list of all the issues that will now be argued and debated regarding college football’s new playoff.  Already today we looked at the possibility that a team ranked #4, #3, or even #2 in the human polls might not make the playoff field.  But that’s going with an obvious controversial topic.  We all know that any fanbase whose school is ranked in the Top 10 will squawk about “selection committee bias” if their school’s not invited to take part in a given playoff.  That’s easy.

But what about all of the following sore spots?


1.  Who’s selected for the playoff?

That’s obvious, see here.


2.  Who will be on the selection committee, how will that committee be chosen, what factors will they use in making their decisions, and how much bias will exist?

We’ll just lump 95% of the selection committee issues into one blurb.  All of the above will now be up for the Skip Bayless Vs. Stephen A. Smith, point-counterpoint treatment.


3.  Will the process be transparent?

For some reason, many people are saying a committee will be more transparent than the old BCS (polls and computers).  Have I missed the broadcasts when television cameras have taken us inside the NCAA Tournament selection committee meetings?  That seems to be a process shrouded in mystery.  Depending on how things are actually handled, this new process could be even less transparent than what we’ve had in the past.


4.  How consistent will the committee be year-in and year-out?

Every March some team gets red-roped at the door of the Big Dance when a team with a similar record from a similar conference made it into the same tourney the year prior.  This ties into the transparency issue, but will we have any idea from year-to-year what to expect from the selection panel?


5.  How will the money be divvied up?

No need for an explanation here.  This one will be very hotly debated.  The powers-that-be need to hope that the little guys of the world will be happy to get the same size slice — small — of a much larger overall pie.  If not, expect threats of lawsuits and legislation just as we’ve experienced in the BCS era.


6.  Will the playoff field truly be open to all?

Utah and TCU have moved into power leagues, but I’m still going to use them as an example here, based on past history.  I think a very, very strong argument could be made that non-traditional powers like Cincinnati, Boise State and TCU and Utah (in their small conference days) would have had a better shot at making a playoff with a combination of human polls and computer rankings.  A selection committee will be more likely to ask, “Yeah, but who did you really play?”


7.  Which bowls will be part of the rotation?

That’s still to be determined at this point.  Heck, we don’t even know if the SEC/Big 12 “Champions” Bowl will be its own bowl or whether it will be rolled into an existing game.  But you can be sure Big Ten and Pac-12 fans won’t be happy every third year — at least that’s the current assumed rotation — when the Rose Bowl becomes a semifinal game that might not involve a team from either of those conferences.  You can also be sure Big Ten and Big East fans would like to see a bowl in the Midwest or Northeast — good luck finding one — in the rotation, too.


8.  How will the seeding and bracketing work?

For television purposes, you can expect any rematches between teams or any in-conference battles to be played out in a semifinal as opposed to the championship game.  If 2011 were to be repeated and the top four-ranked teams were chosen (see: Point One above), then it’s likely #1 LSU would have played #2 Alabama in one game while #3 Oklahoma State faced #4 Stanford in the other… in order to set up a fresh title game to drive up television ratings.  Folks won’t just argue over who’s selected for the playoff.  They’ll argue over how they’re seeded.


9.  Which bowls will get which teams?

There was talk of “anchor bowls” tying conferences to their traditional bowl partners, but with a rotation of bowls now in the works, that’s likely dunzo.  So, in a given year, which teams will be sent to Pasadena and which teams will be sent to, let’s say, New Orleans?  Will a team be allowed to play close to home?  Will teams be bracketed so that both schools are as equidistant as possible from a given bowl site?  People won’t just argue over who’s selected for the playoff or over how the teams are seeded.  They’ll also argue over which teams are sent to which sites and how much travel is involved.  The bowls will be keeping a close eye on that one, as well.  The Rose Bowl wouldn’t want Florida State and Alabama in Pasadena if Southern Cal and Michigan were available.


10.  What about the kickoff times?

Reportedly, the Rose Bowl isn’t going to budge from it’s afternoon kickoff time on New Year’s Day (it’s big concession was apparently losing its yearly Big Ten/Pac-12 matchup, though it had already given that up as part of the BCS rotation).  As part of this new playoff consortium, the Rose likely won’t be forced to go head-to-head with a semifinal game in years that it’s not hosting one of those games.  Because of that, we’ll have semis on New Year’s Day some years and New Year’s Eve on others.  Is there anyone who doesn’t think the playoffs should be held on New Year’s Day each and every season?  And God help us if/when one semifinal is played on December 31st and the other is played on January 1st.  There will be some serious cries of bias from the January 1st group.   They won’t like the fact that their championship game foe will have had an extra day to travel, sell tickets, watch tape, practice, rest and/or heal.


That’s just a quick Top 10 list.  There are many, many other controversies that I’m sure I didn’t think of while driving around speaking notes into my iPhone this morning.

But here’s one last nugget just for kicks (that we also mentioned yesterday).  This new playoff is not run by the NCAA.  It’s not the NCAA Tournament of football or the College World Series of football.  It’ll be run by the schools themselves.  So while we’ll all know who the national champion is at the conclusion of the title game, that champ still won’t technically be “official” when it comes to the NCAA record book.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I like the idea of a playoff.  I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about that.  But anyone who thinks this new system will start fewer arguments and fistfights than the old system is beyond bonkers.

At, we believe the new system will lead to even more bickering.


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SEC Headlines – 4/10/12 Part One

1.  Gene Chizik says Auburn has a lot of work to do to develop depth at linebacker.

2.  Alabama’s offensive line is providing stability this spring.

3.  Star point guard BJ Young will return to Arkansas for his sophomore season.

4.  Trent Johnson traded a better job for more security by leaving LSU for TCU.  (Always smart to restart the coaching clock every four or five years.)

5.  Rick Ray has completed his coaching staff at MSU… but with six players leaving, he’s still got some work to do on the roster.

6.  Ole Miss has announced seven future home football opponents.

7.  Kevin Sumlin thinks his quarterback competition is going well at Texas A&M.

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SEC Headlines 4/7/2012

1. The Bobby Petrino investigation: 911 call released.  What did state trooper Lance King know about the crash?

2. The couple that transported Petrino and Jessica Dorrell go into hiding?

3. Is this a  problem for Arkansas or just for the coach?

4. Former NFL safety Lawyer Milloy: “Just because he knows X’s and O’s doesn’t mean he’s a nice person.”

5. Has acting head coach Taver Johnson spoken to Petrino since the revelation: “I really haven’t had much contact with Coach.”

6. Instant impact on the gridiron?  Keep your eye on these early enrolling freshmen on SEC campuses.

7. Why is today’s Florida spring game a must-see scrimmage?  The battle at quarterback. Some other storylines to watch.

8. Will Muschamp wants a power running game.

9. Running backs impress during Friday’s scrimmage at Tennessee.

10. Linebacker Herman Lathers wants to be in the middle of the Tennessee 3-4 defense this fall.

11. Vol offensive lineman Antonio Richardson is 6’6″ and 325 lbs.  ”An NFL team would be tempted to draft Richardson on looks alone.”

12. One week from their spring game – more questions than answers at Georgia.

13. Georgia’s assistant strength and secondary coach is leaving to train special forces for the U.S. military.

14. With the spring game over at LSU, what have we learned about the Tigers?

15. Expect to see South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney move between tackle and end this fall.

16. Mississippi State defense looks to be deep and talented or is this the offense just bad?

17. Auburn defensive end LaDarius Owens going from clogging mode to attack mode. Full steam ahead for quarterback Clint Moseley.

18. Nick Saban on spring practice at Alabama: ”We’re not disappointed in where we’re at, but we’re certainly not satisfied, either.”

19. Offense sets the pace. A few minor injuries after the latest scrimmage. Depth a concern.

20. Kick-return candidates at Alabama.

21. Trent Johnson could be named the new basketball coach at TCU on Monday.

22. If the Johnson to TCU rumors are true – that could turn out to be a good thing for both the coach and LSU.

23. South Carolina forward Anthony Gill may transfer.

24. Mark Bradley: “Has one-and-done cheapened the college game? Absolutely.” 


25. How do you evaluate top high school football talent across the country? If you’re Tom Lemming, you drive between 55,000 and 60,000 miles in a four-month span.

26. Tiger Woods blows up at Augusta: ”I think we can safely say Tiger has lost his game … and his mind,” CBS analyst Nick Faldo said on air.

27. Former NFL lineman Warren Sapp files for bankruptcy – but he does have 240 pairs of Air Jordan shoes.

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Report: TCU Targeting LSU’s Johnson For Hoops Opening

According to Jeff Goodman of, TCU is targeting LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson to fill its own coaching vacancy:

“Sources told that TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has, after failing to get Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon to return to his alma mater, has targeted Johnson — who has spent the past four years in Baton Rouge.”

Johnson is 58-59 at LSU with an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT appearance bookending a pair of 20-loss seasons.  In his first year on the Bayou — with John Brady’s roster — Johnson led the Tigers to a surprising regular-season SEC championship.

Despite a solid track record at Nevada and then Stanford, there have been rumors that Johnson is not a perfect “fit” personality-wise with the Baton Rouge establishment.  Also, remember that TCU is now moving to the 10-team Big 12.  The Horned Frogs will have more money to kick around.  And a 10-member league would figure to be easier to win than a 14-team SEC that’s adding Missouri and Texas A&M (from the Big 12).

We’re big believers in coaches restarting their coaching clocks every five or six years.  With seven-foot star Justin Hamilton announcing yesterday that he was heading to the NBA early, now might be a good time for Johnson to restart his clock.

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Welcome To The Big 12: TCU Drug Bust Nets Some Footballers

For the past few months, Big 12 officials have been trying to convince the world that they’d actually improved their league by replacing Texas A&M and Missouri (major combined media markets and AAU-member schools) with TCU and West Virginia respectively.  Wonder how happy interim commish Chuck Neinas is today with the news that a major drug bust has resulted in the arrests of 17 students and our Horned Frog football players at Texas Christian?

The six-month sting operation caught students selling marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and prescription drugs.  Yikes.

Ultimately, we’re talking about four members of an 85-man football squad.  It’s 17 students on a campus of 9,500-plus.  And to be honest, this kind of thing could have happened at any institution… including Mizzou, A&M or any other SEC school.

But it didn’t.  It happened at TCU.  It happened on the campus of the Big 12′s shiny, new toy.  It happened at the school that’s supposed to be the perfect replacement — the perfect upgrade! — to Texas A&M.

Nope.  Neinas probably isn’t too pleased to see this story in the day’s news cycle.  Not at all.

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Weekend SEC Hoops Round-Up

Looking for a quick recap of this weekend’s SEC hoops action?  Look no further:

Alabama (5-0) — Beat Wichita State 70-60 on Friday and then topped Purdue 65-56 yesterday to capture the championship of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.  Next game: versus Alabama A&M on Wednesday

Kentucky (4-0) — John Calipari’s squad knocked off Penn State 85-47 on Saturday and Old Dominion 62-52 yesterday to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Connecticut.  The Cats survived ODU’s slow-down tactics on Sunday.  Next game: versus Radford on Wednesday.

Georgia (3-0) — No games last weekend.  Next game: versus #22 California tonight.

Auburn (2-0) – No games last weekend.  Next game: versus Nicholls State on Friday.

Tennessee (2-0) — No games last weekend.  Next game: versus #6 Duke this afternoon.

Mississippi State (4-1) — The Bulldogs upset #16 Arizona 67-57 on Friday — a night after knocking off #18 Texas A&M — to win the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.  Next game: versus Louisiana-Monroe tonight.

Ole Miss (3-1) — Ole Miss slipped past Drake 63-59 on Friday and then were thumped by #19 Marquette 96-66 at the Paradise Jam in the Virginia Islands.  Next game: versus TCU this evening.

Vanderbilt (3-1) — Kevin Stallings’ team snuffed out NC State 86-79 on Saturday.  Next game: versus Oregon State tonight in the title game of the Legends Classic in New Jersey.

Arkansas (2-1) — The Razorbacks fell to Houston 87-78 on Friday night.  Next game: versus Utah Valley tomorrow.

Florida (2-1) — No games last weekend.  Next game: versus Wright State tonight.

LSU (3-2) — Trent Johnson got a pair of needed wins over Western Kentucky (76-57) on Friday and Georgia Tech (59-50) on Saturday.  Next game: versus South Alabama on Wednesday.

South Carolina (1-2) — The Cocks dropped their second game this season to a small school when Tennessee State bested Darrin Horn’s team 64-63 in Columbia last night.  Next game: versus Mississippi Valley State tomorrow.

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