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SEC Headlines 4/28/2013

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1. LSU and Wisconsin in discussions about a neutral-site football game.

2. Quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron headed to the beach together in May. “We’re either going to Key West or Cancun and will hang out with our other friends.”

3. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier – 68 years old and still can’t sit still.

4. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on linebacker JaViere Mitchell: ”I think he’s got a shot to be a starter.”

5. What we know now about Auburn’s offensive line, quarterbacks and special teams after spring practice.


6. Marcus Lattimore’s support group includes a fraternity of elite running backs.

7. Texas A&M running back Christine Michael was Seattle’s first draft selection.  ”If the Seahawks weren’t so successfully weird, you would overreact now.”

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8. Turns out Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes was ready to leave – but then changed his mind.  Stokes’ decision part of a nice weekend for Tennessee sports.

9. According a story related by Missouri coach Frank Haith – don’t expect John Calipari and Kentuck to return to Maui anytime soon.


10. Looking for a list of all undrafted free agent signings by NFL teams?  Here you go. A list of the best names not drafted includes former Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and several former SEC players.

11. How much money did USC quarterback Matt Barkley lose by staying in college another year?  (A lot).

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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.”


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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SEC Headlines 11/11/2012

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1. Former Kentucky basketball Joe Hall on Bobby Petrino: “He was not out chasing jobs and would not have left Louisville if he had not been approached about jobs.” And what about the Atlanta Falcons? “He was not going to walk out. But they changed the locks on the door so he could not get back to the locker room. There was a lot more to that story.”

2. “The key to having a long and successful coaching career is taking the right jobs at the right time and right now Kentucky’s got an athletic director you want to work together with.”

3. Tennessee had the ball and two timeouts in the final minute of regulation against Missouri Saturday.  Why didn’t they use them?

4. Derek Dooley: ”I just had confidence we could go beat ‘em in overtime.”

5. Auburn coach Gene Chizik talks to A.D. Jay Jacobs on a “daily basis” – not so university President Jay Gogue: ”I don’t typically have a lot of contact with Dr. Gogue until the end of the season, anyway.”

6. Columnist: Common sense tells me “Gene Chizik is done here.”

7. Jeff Schultz: “While Georgia is ascending, Alabama is sputtering (relatively speaking).”

8. Look ahead to next week - time running out on bowl hopes for Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

9. Aggies produce a victory t-shirt

10. Matt Hayes on Johnny Manziel: “Where is the national championship race headed, and can a freshman really win the Heisman Trophy?”

11. Andy Staples on the significance of the A&M victory: “It probably ended the SEC’s BCS title streak at six seasons.

12. Manziel and South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger Walter Camp National Players of the Week.

13. Jerry Palm bowl projections.

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14. Grade changing investigation at a Memphis high school remains open.

15. Does Tommy Tuberville deserve a suspension? Slaps a graduate assistant’s headset and cap off after a fourth-down penalty. Tuberville: “I was trying to get him off the field.”

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16. Missouri 83 – SIU-Edwardsville 69.  Laurence Bowers leads the Tigers with 20 points.

17. Vanderbilt 80 – Nicholls State 65. Career-high 25 points for Kedren Johnson.

18. Frank Martin era at South Carolina gets underway today.

19. Florida gets a second chance at a season opener.

20. 1-0 Alabama hosts West Alabama today.

21. Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes may be 6’8″ and 255 pounds, but he’s quite adept at passing the ball.


22. Jon Gruden a possibility…in Philadelphia?

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SEC Headlines 6/20/2012

1. “So the future of the nation’s second-most popular sport will be decided by academics descending from their high-minded thrones to take a multiple-choice test…”

2. The BCS Band and their farewell show.

3. Incoming Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: ”For the Big 12, the highest-ranked four is a good thing.”

4. Mark Richt likes the idea of a 4-team playoff but not any bigger. “If you had a 16-team playoff, there would be too many games in my mind.”

5. Harvey Updyke: “Did I do it? Yes.”  Attorney denies confession – newspaper sticking by story. Prosecutor wants a gag order. Now in effect for everyone but attorneys.

6. Former Auburn player Antonio Goodwin gets 15 years in prison for an armed home-invasion robbery.

7. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Auburn has witnessed crime and punishment and tragedy on a rare scale.”

8. Sophomore Sam Gibson and redshirt freshman David Jenkins, both backup defensive backs, have left the LSU football team.

9. Blogosphere buzz on LSU’s #2 ring.

10. Les Miles: “The idea that we carried the No. 1 tag for 11 straight weeks and the best record in all of college football, we needed to put something on there that said the reality of that on the ring and said we didn’t get it all done.”

11. Miles’ LSU plane is for sale for $1.25 million.

12. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and the recruiting gap in the SEC.

13. Some informal chatter about ESPN Gameday at the Ole Miss-Texas game but visit seems “unlikely.”

14. What does the Auburn game mean for Georgia? “This game has sneaky big implications for Georgia, whose fans are tending to focus on the road trips Missouri and South Carolina.”

15. The Liberty Bowl will honor Lee Corso.

16. Mike Bianchi: “Invasion of the Buckeye Snatchers.”

17. Former Virginia Tech forward Dorian Finney-Smith is transferring to Florida.

18. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin still doesn’t have a formal contract.

19. Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes scores 11 points, undefeated Team USA goes for the gold against Brazil.

20. Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Hornets and one of the world’s worst-kept secrets.

21. Mock draft - top three from the SEC.

22. Members of the 1996 championship Kentucky squad are reuniting this weekend.

23. The University of Kentucky athletic department is giving $3 million to the school’s academic scholarship fund.

24. David Patrick will join Johnny Jones staff at LSU.

25. Athlon’s preseason 2012 SEC all-conference football teams.


26. “Is frog juice the next big drug scandal in horse racing?”

27. Have you ever considered eating a fish from Lake Michigan?  Don’t.

28. MLB announcer pulled from air after mentioning “henchmen” and “botched robbery” in broadcast description. Blames migraine headaches, will undergo evaluation.

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