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SEC Headlines 4/2/13

headlines-tue1. Alabama right guard Anthony Steen is trying to develop into a leader for the Crimson Tide.

2. Alabama returned to practice Monday following spring break. It wasn’t a great practice.

3. Andrew Gribble and Don Kausler discuss Alabama’s return to practice following spring break.

4. Auburn’s LaDarius Owens is feeling more comfortable now that he’s playing linebacker again.

5. Justin Garrett is more comfortable, too. He’s playing the “Star” position for Auburn.

6. Those comments about Nick Saban? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says they were only a joke.

7. Columnist Kevin Scarbinsky reminds Bielema he’s not in the Big Ten anymore.

8. Florida has plenty of competition at running back as the Gators try to replace Mike Gillislee.

9. Florida’s basketball team is losing key contributors but returning guard Scottie Wilbekin believes the Gators will be deep.

10. One key player in that depth could be center Patric Young, who hasn’t decided if he will return for his senior year.

11. The return of linebacker D.T. Shackelford has provided a big boost for the Ole Miss defense.

12. Here some notes following Ole Miss’ Monday night practice.

13. Mississippi State finalized its 2014 non-conference schedule by adding Tennessee-Martin.

14. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s Texas Rangers game.

15. Chris Conley’s presence should help Georgia replace some departing wide receivers.

16. Center Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky. ESPN’s Chad Ford believes forward Alex Poythress should return, too.

17. Tennessee’s maturity will be tested as it returns to football practice following spring practice.

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18. The Pac-12′s head of officials has been investigated for comments he made about Arizona coach Sean Miller.

19. That head of official, Ed Rush, must be fired, writes Gary Parrish.

20. Southern California has hired coach Andy Enfield away from Florida Gulf Coast.

21. Former Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota coach Tubby Smith has been hired at Texas Tech.

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SEC Headlines – 7/11/11 Part Two

1.  This writer doesn’t think playing in the Georgia Dome has benefited Alabama as much as expected on the recruiting trail.

2.  In case you missed it over the weekend, Arkansas offensive tackle Anthony Oden was arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance.  (He was arrested for a DWI last July as well.)

3.  Here’s a look-ahead to LSU’s game with Western Kentucky.

4.  Here’s a preview of Mississippi State’s game with Tennessee-Martin.

5.  And here’s a breakdown of Georgia’s linebacking corps.

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Yo-Yo Vols Bounce Back To Whip Memphis

Let’s try to sort this one out, shall we?

Tennessee loses an exhibition game to Indianapolis in November.  At that point, the new-players-all-over-the-court Vols are viewed as a potential dud for 2010-11.

Then the Vols hand Top 10 Villanova their first defeat of the year and win the preseason NIT tournament (or whatever it’s called these days).  They follow that up by spanking Top 10 Pitt in Pittsburgh… catapulting themselves to #1 in the RPI ratings.

At that point, everyone jumps on the UT bandwagon and says Bruce Pearl has his best-ever team in Knoxville.

But stunning losses to Oakland, Charlotte, Southern Cal and College of Charleston come next.  The only victories in that stretch are nailbiters over Belmont and Tennessee-Martin.

And at that point, everyone jumps back off the UT bandwagon and says the Vols are falling apart under the weight of the NCAA cloud hanging over their heads.

So of course they dismantle #21 Memphis 104-84 in Knoxville last night.  So much for talk of the NIT.  Ready to jump back on the Vols’ bandwagon?

No, thanks. 

It appears that the yo-yo Volunteers are one of those dreaded teams that plays up or down to the level of its competition.  That can be great at tournament time when good teams line each bracket.  But it can be murder actually trying to make said tourney.  This year’s SEC is littered with so-so to bad basketball teams.

Assistant coach Tony Jones will be calling the shots for the Vols at Arkansas on Saturday.  If he’s smart, he’ll stress the Razorbacks’ 10-3 record to his team and not the Hogs’ #140 RPI.  Better his Vols go into Fayetteville believing they’re underdogs.

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SEC Headlines – 11/19/10 Part Two

1.  Anthony Grant’s Alabama basketball team will face Seton Hall in the Virgin Islands this afternoon.

2.  Here’s yet another wrap of what Cam Newton’s attorney said yesterday.

3.  And in case you missed it… it looks like Cecil Newton’s church hasn’t been used in months.  Hmmm.

4.  Auburn will try to recover from a loss to UNC-Asheville when they face Samford tonight.

5.  A “really healthy” Ryan Mallett is ready for Mississippi State.

6.  John Pelphrey’s team rambled to a 75-52 season-opening win over Grambling State last night.

7.  But just 6,000+ fans showed up… the third-smallest crowd in the history of Bud Walton Arena.  (Weak.)

8.  LSU fans need to hope the Newton situation blows up in Auburn’s face.

9.  Les Miles is already LSU’s third winningest coach ever… in just his sixth season.

10.  Trent Johnson was happy with his team’s 79-56 win over Tennessee-Martin last night.

11.  Ole Miss’ Brandon Bolden is on the verge of a 1,000-yard season.

12.  LSU may attack the Rebels’ secondary… just like everybody else.

13.  MSU’s young wideouts are still learning on the job.

14.  On defense, State can’t forget about Arkansas running back Knile Davis.

15.  Appy State will visit the Bulldogs in basketball tonight.

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Men’s Basketball Back in Action Against UT-Martin

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men's basketball team tries to get back on the winning track Thursday night when it hosts the University of Tennessee-Martin at 7 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
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