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SEC Headlines 5/23/2013

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1. Georgia tight end Ty Flourney-Smith is transferring.  Played eight games last year without a catch. Could he return to the team?

2. Indoor practice facility not a priority right now at Georgia.  Mark Richt: “Do we have to have it? I don’t think we have to have it, but like I said it would be nice to have it.” UGA athletic board approves $92.3 million budget.

3. Will Georgia have the best offense in the SEC in 2013?  MrSEC has an opinion. What about Florida State/Georgia in 2016 – “long, long shot.”

4. Alabama coach Nick Saban on high school all-star games.  ”We don’t think football’s a dangerous game, so we don’t worry about guys getting injured.”

5. CBS will kickoff its SEC coverage this fall with Alabama at Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon, September 14th. How the SEC bowl schedule shapes up for 2013.

6. LSU closing 2014 season with Texas A&M?

7. South Carolina A.D. Ray Tanner on non-conference scheduling: “I was very much involved in doing the deal with North Carolina for the 2015 opener in Charlotte.”

8. Why South Carolina “has a chance for a special season.”

9. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin with some Twitter advice.

10. The future is now for senior Ole Miss defensive back Brishen Matthews.

11. Andy Staples on SEC scheduling models: ”The SEC has tossed tradition before, and sometimes with happy consequences.”

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12. Former Alabama A.D. Mal Moore posthumously honored as Athletic Director of the Year.

13. Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium listed as one of the nine most unique fields in sports.

14.  Email from University of Tennessee’s vice chancellor for student life - “intolerable situation.”

15. Tim Tebow’s name brought up in connection with the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA.

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16. LSU guard Corban Collins leaving, looking to play at another school.

17. None of Kentucky’s freshmen will take part in the U19 World Championships this summer (neither will sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein). John Calipari: “Most of it is, they didn’t want to play. I’m not forcing kids to do anything,”

18. Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes and Florida’s Michael Frazier II get invited to the training camp.  Bill Donovan is the coach of the team.

19. Florida’s Will Yeguette underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday.

20. Harvard assistant coach Yanni Hufnagel joining the staff at Vanderbilt. Dan Wolken: “Big -time move”

21.  NBA scout on former Missouri guard Phil Pressey. “I like his energy, he’s a good passer, he just has to realize he’s not Nate Robinson.”

22.  Cleveland has the No.1 pick but it doesn’t mean former Kentucky player Nerlens Noel is headed there.

Extras

23. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.  European Tour CEO tries to defend Sergio Garcia:  ”Most of Sergio’s friends are coloured athletes in the United States…”

24. Auburn one of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

25. The cheapest 25 pro sports teams to watch in person.

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Report: A&M To Expand Kyle Field To 102,000

They say everything’s bigger in Texas.  Well with Texas A&M’s successful move into the mega-wealthy SEC, the Aggies’ home football stadium is about to get a whole lot bigger.

According to multiple reports, Kyle Field’s expansion project is on the verge of getting final approval and the plans — according to Billy Luicci, senior writer for TexAgs.com — will raise the stadium’s capacity to 102,000 fans.

 

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Kyle Field currently seats 82,589 which would mean a 25% bounce in capacity if the above numbers are correct.  At 102,000, Texas A&M’s stadium would challenge Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium for the title of largest in the conference.  Neyland currently holds 102,455 while Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium has room for 101,821.

Projections for A&M’s expansion project last fall listed the total cost at $450 million.

This is just further proof of what we wrote way back in 2010 — Of all the potential expansion partners for the SEC, Texas A&M would be the no-doubt-about-it, guaranteed best fit.  The Aggies proved that on the football field last fall.  It looks like they’ll prove it with their field moving forward.

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