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WOW Headlines – 10/22/12

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier says QB Connor Shaw will likely start against Tennessee on Saturday
The mother of Auburn football coach Gene Chizik passed away today
Dan Mullen says his Mississippi State team expected to be unbeaten going into this week’s game with Alabama
Kentucky’s Joker Phillips says QB Patrick Towles will play against Missouri on Saturday if he can practice this week
Tennessee’s Derek Dooley says QB Tyler Bray will be benched if he’s “loose with the football” against South Carolina
Alabama and Florida remain #1 and #2 in the latest BCS rankings
A media panel has picked Kentucky to finish 1st, Florida 2nd, Missouri 3rd, and Tennessee 4th in SEC basketball
Missouri guard Phil Pressey is the SEC’s preseason Player of the Year in basketball
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Wow Evening Headlines 9/27/2012

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he would rather “head to the beach” than continue feuding with a local newspaper columnist
Florida running back Mike Gillislee added to the Maxwell Award Watch List
Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith is expected to play against South Carolina Saturday with a separated shoulder
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is expected to play against Alabama on Saturday with a shoulder injury
Georgia S Bacarri Rambo tweeted that he might not play vs Tennessee Saturday, but he’s expected to
Les Miles says starting LSU RB Alfred Blue could be lost for the season due to a knee injury
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw will play Saturday against Kentucky with a hairline fracture in his shoulder
Tennessee’s Derek Dooley says “This is probably the best (Georgia) team they’ve had in a while.”
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WOW Headlines – 9/27/12

Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith is expected to play against South Carolina Saturday with a separated shoulder
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is expected to play against Alabama on Saturday with a shoulder injury
Georgia S Bacarri Rambo tweeted that he might not play vs Tennessee Saturday, but he’s expected to
Arkansas AD Jeff Long says that interim coach John L. Smith will not be let go before the end of the season
Les Miles says starting LSU RB Alfred Blue could be lost for the season due to a knee injury
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw will play Saturday against Kentucky with a hairline fracture in his shoulder
Tennessee’s Derek Dooley says “This is probably the best (Georgia) team they’ve had in a while.”
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Coaches Speak – Week 3 SEC Roundup

 

 

RB Bourque Leaves UT Over “Broken Promises”

Tennessee fans hoping that four-star signee Davante Bourque might change his mind and return to the Vol football program can forget about that one.  According to Bourque’s father, Kirk Landry, his son will enroll at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi following an abrupt departure from Knoxville last week.  (Think that town was named after the tree… or was that just a twangy way of saying Popularville?)

Over the weekend it was learned — again, through Landry — that Bourque was dealing with homesickness and personal issues involving his girlfriend/mother of his child.  But Landry has since said:

 

“There were just a lot of broken promises.  You know, he was homesick and they didn’t help it any by not being truthful when they were recruiting him…

But I told him things in life are tough, things in life aren’t going to come easy.  (I told him) people are going to lie to you and such, but you just have to suck it up and take another route to get where you want to get.”

 

The father didn’t say what he meant by “untruthful,” but one can assume a lack of playing time was probably involved.  Bourque was not expected to earn much on-field duty for the Vols this fall, barring injury.

While it doesn’t make it right that coaches on the recruiting trail often say anything and everything to land a prospect, most top prospects should know by now — with so many stories like this getting media attention — that a promise in January likely won’t mean squat come August.  For that matter, there are no guarantees the coaches making the promises will even be around to keep them when the player arrives on campus.

So as we’ve said a few million times over the past five years — Recruits, pick a school for the school and trust nary a coach’s “word.”

The broken promise part of this equation was not brought up by Tennessee’s Derek Dooley when he was asked about Bourque’s take-off late last week: “I don’t think it has anything to do with us, or us not liking him or him not liking us.  He’s got a lot of personal, family problems that he’s working through.”

Pick your sides, but it sounds like somebody — either a UT coach or Bourque — has done crossed over to that thar Broken Promise Land…

 

Mark Chesnutt – Broken Promise Land

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SEC Headlines – 8/3/12

1.  Athlon Sports lists the 10 biggest SEC storylines of fall practice.

2. Will Muschamp says he feels good about Florida’s quarterback battle.  (Ever heard a coach say, “I really hate our quarterback situation?”)

3.  Georgia opened practice yesterday.

4.  UGA has released its 2012-13 basketball schedule.

5.  Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders thinks his squad will be better than last year.  (That shouldn’t be too tough.)

6.  Here are five questions for South Carolina this fall.

7.  Tennessee’s Derek Dooley has a lot more players to choose from and use this fall.

8.  Quarterback Jordan Rodgers is now the clear leader of Vanderbilt’s football team.

9.  Missouri quarterback James Franklin looked “pretty darn good” yesterday as he comes off of shoulder surgery.

10.  The first report of Alabama’s first fall practice has been filed.

11.  Auburn no longer has Mike Dyer at tailback but the Tigers do have depth.

12.  Only two players were absent from Arkansas’ first practice session.

13.  LSU players know better than anyone that the only ranking that matters is the one you have after the final game.

14.  Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen says he’s not going to answer injury questions anymore.  (Childishly, he even stood up and threatened to leave the room when asked about a specific player.)

15.  Ole Miss started fall practice without two key freshmen yesterday.

16.  No shock, quarterback tops the list of questions at Texas A&M.

17.  A 5-7 bowl team?  An FCS bowl team?  Sure, why not?  (I used to be against all the bowls, but if some kid gets to play in a postseason game in Hackensack, good for him.  No one will try to make me watch it.)

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SEC Headlines – 5/24/12

1.  Several Southern newspapers are cutting staff and cutting back their print days.  Yes, it’s a sign of the times, but it’s not good for the future of journalism.

2.  One of our favorite writers points out how quickly things can change in college football by reminding everyone that just seven years ago, people were wondering if the ACC could challenge the SEC.

3.  Two receivers and a tight end arrested for burglary this month are “not a part of (Arkansas’) football team until this thing gets cleared up or they may never be a part.”  (They’re also not enrolled in school at the moment.)

4.  Backup guard John Isaac won’t return to LSU next year because he “failed to meet the institutional and NCAA requirements” for eligibility.

5.  Mark Richt’s new contract won’t include a salary bump, but he will get bigger incentive bonuses.  (This writer thinks that means AD Greg McGarity believes Richt still has more to prove.)

6.  AthlonSports.com ranks Georgia as its preseason #8 team in the nation.

7.  While a national group questions his program’s “professional model,” John Calipari says he wants to create “experiences, not just games” by scheduling mega-events at neutral sites.

8.  South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney talks about his freshman season.

9.  Tennessee’s Derek Dooley once again says, “All the anchors that have been weighing our program down the last three or four years are gone.”

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SEC Headlines – 5/5/12

1.  Wanna buy Nick Saban’s $10.95 million lakefront Georgia mansion?  It’s being listed.  And, yep, that’s it at left.

2.  It’s being reported that Auburn O-lineman Thomas O’Reilly will transfer to Georgia Tech.

3.  LSU’s basketball team is adding 6-8 forward Calvin Godfrey who is transferring from Iowa State.  (Justin Hamilton — the last Tiger hoopster to transfer in from Ames – turned out pretty well.)

4.  New Tiger coach Johnny Jones has announced the hire of assistant coach Tom Kelsey.

5.  The top fundraiser for the Ole Miss athletic department is headed to Buffalo as that school’s new AD.

6.  New MSU coach Rick Ray is quickly restocking the Bulldogs’ hoops roster.  (The turnover in Starkville this year will be Calipari-esque in terms of numbers.)

7.  Outgoing AD Bill Byrne oversaw a whole lot of success at Texas A&M.  (Link fixed.)

8.  Florida will head into the fall with two quarterbacks running neck-and-neck for the starting job.  (That’s rarely a good thing.)

9.  Mark Fox continues to put this season’s basketball schedule together at Georgia.

10.  Steve Spurrier and Frank Martin hit the road to Myrtle Beach to meet with South Carolina fans yesterday.

11.  Tennessee’s Derek Dooley will be holding his breath until he sees the results of his team’s work in the classroom this spring.

12.  6-4 point guard Eric McClellan is transferring from Tulsa to Vanderbilt.  (VU’s yet another program that’s going through Calipari-esque turnover this offseason.)

13.  This writer says the addition of ex-UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi will make Missouri Kentucky’s biggest SEC hoops threat next season.

14.  6-4 guard Jordan Clarkson — who scored 16.5 points per game for Tulsa last season — will also transfer to Mizzou… though he’ll have to sit out a year.

15.  If you’re looking for a full wrap up of SEC spring drills, complete with notes on all 14 squads, the SEC’s media wing has got you covered.

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SEC Headlines – 5/7/12

1.  Ex-Florida football coach Charley Pell is proof that clinical depression can be treated.

2.  From snapping a long losing streak to Tennessee in football to capturing a national title in hoops, Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart realizes the Wildcats have had a special year.

3.  This writer believes South Carolina’s hire of Frank Martin was the best basketball pickup of the offseason.

4.  Tennessee’s Derek Dooley needs to win games… and sell more tickets.

5.  Hey, SEC fans, here’s an interesting look at a slice of Missouri’s football history.

6.  The Tigers are keeping on keeping on with its multi-state billboard campaign.

7.  Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson hopes to return to the Manning Passing Academy this summer.

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Three SEC Coaches Aren’t Ready To Back (Fully) Dooley’s Stance On Oversigning

Last month, Tennessee’s Derek Dooley made a passionate case for the benefits and necessity of oversigning in college football.  At the time, the former Nick Saban aide said, “I know Nick Saban feels the same way I feel.”  (I’m sure Saban appreciates his former protege speaking for him.)

Well, Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution set to see if any other current SEC coaches would back oversigning — and back Dooley — so strongly.  The results?  Not really.


Georgia’s Mark Richt: 

“I don’t want to get into that discussion.  It really is a moot point.  It doesn’t matter.  We know what the rules are now, so let’s go by them and get after it.”


Kentucky’s Joker Phillips:

“I know some of the positives with oversigning.  But you had a couple of negative things that happened.  And those negative things happened to 18-year-olds.  It didn’t happen to us coaches.  The thing the school presidents got upset about were happening to 18-year-old kids.  It was not their fault, you know?  When college coaches negatively affect the lives of a couple of 18-year-olds… that’s why it was blown up because of who it was.”


Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin:

“If everything is handled upfront the right way… and it’s explained to a young man where he is in the pecking order and he has not qualified… then I agree some (with Dooley)… It’s the communication that comes along with oversigning or the lack of communication that can get you in trouble.  It was never a problem for us at Houston and it won’t be a problem for us here… because all those issues will be communicated upfront with a player, his parents, and his coaches.”


Saban did not respond to Carvell’s request for an interview.

Now, in fairness to Dooley, all 12 SEC coaches voted last spring in favor of keeping oversigning as it was.  And even Phillips — if you read The AJC’s full piece right here — said that he really liked the old rules, even though he’s now ready to move on under the new one.

But in terms of perception, you have one SEC coach — Dooley — who’s still strongly defending oversigning while the rest of his fraternity seems to be moving on.  Even if they agree with him, they’re not making a similar case with similar gusto:


* Richt says he’s ready to make the new rule work. 

* Phillips says an 18-year-old kid should come first and that it wasn’t coaches who were being hurt by the rule. 

* Sumlin says it’s all about communication and that’s not a problem for him. 

* And Saban has been wise enough — at least so far — to not speak out loudly in favor of something that so many others are flatly against.


For now, Dooley remains the league’s — and therefore the nation’s — loudest proponent for oversigning.

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