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SEC Headlines – 1/14/13

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1.  Someone’s put together a pretty slick infographic for Alabama’s BCS title game win over Notre Dame.

2.  This writer believes kids have a right to do some waffling when it comes to their commitments.  (Agreed… so long as it’s not just done for attention in this made-for-ESPN age.)

3.  New AD Eric Hyman is reviewing Kevin Sumlin’s first year at Texas A&M and it could mean some more greenbacks for the coach.

4.  Kliff Kingsbury is taking Aggie linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt with him to Texas Tech as the Red Raiders’ new defensive coordinator.

5.  New assistant Steve Stripling will be Tennessee’s sixth defensive line in as many years.

6.  Here they are – the most memorable moments of the 2012 SEC football season.

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7.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

8.  There were a number of ugly records set during Arkansas’ 56-33 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

9.  Once more depth is an issue for the LSU basketball program…

10.  But the Tigers “aren’t concerned” about their recent shooting woes.

11.  Mississippi State “got a monkey off (their) backs” with a road win on Saturday.

12.  Ole Miss is a different team with a different chemistry this year.

13.  Tennessee freshman Armani Moore is angling for more playing time.

14.  Vanderbilt could be without leading scorer Kedren Johnson tomorrow against Ole Miss due to a partial dislocation of his shoulder.


15.  Four NFL teams have made a run at Jon Gruden.  (Has any coach ever aided his resume more without actually coaching?)

16.  Expect “shameful” coaches’ salaries to keep right on rising.  (Got to keep on rising.)

17.  The Sporting News ranked four SEC stories among the 10 worst for the 2012 college football season.  (Question: How can a kid being paralyzed on the field rank as less horrible than the Bobby Petrino scandal?  Ridiculous.)

18.  The Big Ten might just rename its Legends and Leaders divisions.  (Two years too late.)

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Woulard ‘Could Commit’ During Kentucky Visit

Former South Florida quarterback commitment Asiantii Woulard is scheduled to visit Kentucky on Jan. 11.

Woulard is prepared to commit to the Wildcats, according to his father.

“If he likes what he sees on his visit, I think he’ll be ready to commit to Kentucky,” Michael Woulard told

Asiantii Woulard, who attends Winter Park (Fla.) High School, has been impressed by new Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown. He joined head coach Mark Stoops after serving as Texas Tech’s offensive coordinator from 2010-12.

“We really liked the new offensive coordinator,” Michael Woulard said. “We looked at the Texas Tech offense a lot and knew (Asiantii) would like to run that offense. He is wanting to be more of a pro-style quarterback, but he’ll do whatever fits with the team.

“He has talked to Coach Brown several times and I have talked to coach Brown. We really like him.”

Woulard would join quarterback Reese Phillips from Signal Mountain (Tenn.) High School in the class of 2013. Phillips is scheduled to enroll in classes at Kentucky for the spring semester next week.

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Danzey Signs With Auburn

Offensive lineman Devonte Danzey from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College has signed with Auburn.

Danzey also considered Baylor and Texas Tech. It was Danzey who told the story of Tommy Tuberville abruptly leaving dinner while hosting official visitors at Texas Tech on Dec. 7. Tuberville was announced as Cincinnati’s new head coach the following day.

Danzey is the second junior college prospect to sign with newly-hired Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, joining running back Cameron Artis-Payne.

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Wow Evening Headlines 12/12/2012

Former Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers will bypass his senior season at Tenneessee Tech to enter NFL draft
Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury leaving to become head coach at Texas Tech
Former Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is taking the same position at Arkansas
Both South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore and Arkansas RB Knile Davis are leaving school early, declaring for 2013 NFL draft
Alabama QB AJ McCarron will return for his senior year
Georgia QB Aaron Murray said his NFL decision will come after the Capital One Bowl
Mississippi State running back Nick Griffin has torn his ACL, will miss Gator Bowl
Nine of the top 11 highest-rated ESPN college football markets were in states with SEC schools – Birmingham 1, Knoxville 3, Nashville 9, Memphis 10
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WOW Headlines – 12/12/12

New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema will bring defensive coordinator Chris Ash with him from Wisconsin
LSU coach Les Miles is the most popular college football coach… on Twitter
Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury remains a frontrunner for the head coaching job at Texas Tech, his alma mater
South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore is expected to announce his plans to turn pro this afternoon
Draft analyst Mel Kiper says Georgia QB Aaron Murray and Tennessee QB Tyler Bray could both use another year in college
Arkansas RB Knile Davis is expected to leave early for the NFL
Sources say the SEC, Big Ten, Big XII, ACC and Pac-12 will earn an average of $75 million per year more than smaller conference in new playoff revenue
Rumors continue to tie Alabama coach Nick Saban to the Cleveland Browns, but there appears to be little substance to the talk
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UK To Hire Brown As Offensive Coordinator

Last week, new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops announced that former Florida State assistant DJ Eliot would join his program as the Wildcats’ new defensive coordinator.  Now he’s on the verge of hiring former UK receiver Neal Brown as his offensive coordinator.

Brown — who played under Hal Mumme at Kentucky before transferring to UMass — served as Tommy Tuberville’s O-coordinator at Texas Tech last season.  The Red Raiders were second in the nation in passing offense, averaging 362 passing yards per game.  They were also #16 in the nation in scoring offense (37.8 points per game).  During his three seasons in Lubbock, Texas Tech finished 15th, 13th, and 12th in total offense, improving in national rank each year.

Brown is a native of Danville, Kentucky.

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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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Cornerback Jones Schedules Visit To Ole Miss

Cornerback Riyahd Jones from Garden City (Kan.) Community College has scheduled an official visit to Ole Miss.

Jones, who attended Columbus (Ga.) Carver High School, has offers from Kentucky, Kansas State, Texas Tech and others. Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma State have expressed interest but haven’t made an offer.

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Mizzou’s Richardson Takes Some Shots At UGA And Their “Old Man” Style Of Play

All offseason Missouri players have bowed their backs and complained of a lack of respect coming out of the national and SEC media.  But on Saturday night, Tiger defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson opened his trap and proved that his team could be just as guilty of not dishing out proper respect.

Asked by a Columbia Tribune writer if he watched Georgia’s game with Buffalo, Richardson made it clear he wasn’t impressed by the Dawgs — Mizzou’s next opponent — or their style of play:


“I watched that game.  I turned it off, too.  It’s like watching Big Ten football.  It’s old man football…

They got a Heisman candidate at quarterback.  OK.  So we’re going to get some and do what we’re supposed to do.  We create our own pressure.  That’s it, man.  Don’t nobody put no pressure on us.  We come out there for every game.  We do what we’re supposed to do.  If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us.  Period.”


Let’s pause so you can digest all that.  Georgia plays “old man football?”  Worse, “Big Ten football?”  And “nobody in this league can touch” Mizzou?

Here’s guessing Mr. Richardson just got every SEC fan to pull for the Bulldogs on Saturday.  And as we’ve said before, it’s just too darn bad that both teams won’t come in at full strength due to injuries, suspensions, etc.  It would be fun to see if UGA could “touch” Missouri with its full compliment of defenders.

Oh, but Richardson wasn’t done.  Asked again if the Tigers’ transition to the SEC has been overhyped he said:


“Way overhyped.  They make it seem like we came from the WAC or something or never played against Oklahoma or Texas Tech and everyone else who plays for national championships.  It’s about that time we show them who we are…

We could have played Alabama today.  It don’t matter, man.  We’re coming out here every game like this, high-intense football.”


Missouri may well roll through the SEC with the greatest of ease including a date later in the season with Alabama, but I’m pretty sure the Tide — which whipped Michigan 41-14 on Saturday — won’t be intimidated by Mizzou’s “high-intense” football.  After all, Richardson’s comments were made after a 62-10 win over, ahem, Southeastern Louisiana.  That’s hardly Michigan.  Or even Buffalo, for that matter.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked about Richardson’s comments and reacted just as you’d expect him to… with class.  “Well, did he say ‘old man’ or ‘old school,’ or what did he say?”  Then The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer says the coach laughed and stated: “I don’t know what he meant by that.  You know botttom line is we’ve got to get after it and do what we do well, and they’ll trying to stop everything we’re trying to get accomplished.”

Whatever Richt and his Bulldogs plan to do on Saturday, MU’s Richardson would likely remind them: “Don’t nobody put no pressure on us.”  (Much to the chagrin of every University of Missouri English professor.)

Saturday in Columbia a UGA team with a thinned out secondary will carry the SEC banner into Faurot Field and attempt to provide Richardson with a taste of what “high-intense” football really means in the SEC.  Missouri and Richardson will come in with a banged-up offensive line and an “us against the world” attitude.  It should make for a heckuva “hello/how are ya?” between these new SEC rivals.

And we’ll see who’ll be barking loudest afterwards — Richardson or the Dawgs.

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SEC Helps Texas A&M Land Cornerback Ellis

Texas A&M received a commitment on Thursday from cornerback Noel Ellis from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans.

The Aggies benefited from their presence in the SEC, according to Karr coach Jabbar Juluke.

“(Texas A&M) moving to the SEC really helped out,” Juluke told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He wanted to play in the SEC.”

Other SEC schools to offer Ellis include Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Florida State and Nebraska are two other schools to offer a scholarship.

Ellis gave his commitment to Texas A&M on the same day as cornerback Tavares Garner from Manvel (Texas) High School. Garner had previously been committed to Texas Tech.

“It feels like family here, Garner said of Texas A&M, according to “I like that. That was what I was looking for.”

The Aggies have 20 commitments for the class of 2013.

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