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WOW Headlines – 5/29/13

Alabama backup QB Phillip Ely is transferring to Toledo, leaving the Tide with no proven backup behind starting QB AJ McCarron
Georgia starting S Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the Bulldogs’ season opener at Clemson due to a marijuana incident
LSU AD Joe Alleva doesn’t want to start playing Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is expected to begin throwing the football next month following offseason shoulder surgery
The SEC office will begin reviewing its teams’ non-conference basketball schedules in order to create better strength of schedule for the league
The SEC will stay with an eight-game football schedule in 2014…
Mike Slive says there will “probably” be an eight-game schedule in 2015 as well
The SEC is exploring a “primary” site for its men’s basketball tournament and Nashville appears to be the most likely host city
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SEC Headlines 5/29/2013

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1. Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely transferring to Toledo.  Reportedly considered Vanderbilt.

2. Seth Emerson on the Josh Harvey-Clemons suspension at Georgia: “If Georgia is going to keep its drug policy.. then it would probably be a good idea to stop scheduling Clemson and Boise State to start the season.” Tajh Boyd licking his chops?

3. Mark Wiedmar on the inconsistency of drug laws across the country and how it could impact college sports. “Imagine the financial opportunities if pot is legalized far beyond Colorado and Washington.”

4. Why Georgia junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera is one of the 10 most important Bulldogs this season.

5. Auburn recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner on his 15 years at Georgia: “There’s a bunch of good guys on that staff, there’s a bunch of good guys on that team.”

6. LSU A.D. Joe Alleva considers a season ending game against Texas A&M – but not on Thanksgiving Day. “I’m not a big fan of (playing on) Thanksgiving Day. Not in Tiger Stadium, any way.”

7. Dennis Dodd on the outlook at Ole Miss: “There is almost no margin for error. None of the five starters on the offensive line missed a start last season. Three got injured in the spring.”

8. Recovering from shoulder surgery, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace expected to start throwing to teammates next month.

9. There will be future opportunities at linebacker for Ole Miss redshirt freshman Temario Strong.

10. Ole Miss a trap game this fall for Texas A&M?

11. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on the Vols’ rivalries with Alabama and Florida: ”Believe me, there isn’t anybody who’s more educated than I am on those rivalries and what those games mean to our program…”

12. John Adams on the Tennessee coach: “Jones always looks so accessible, almost as if he’s waiting for fans to drop by.”

13. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was asked if the SEC was a step up from the Big Ten:  “Anything I say in reference to that question is going to be taken badly.”

14. If Arkansas improves this year, former Tennessee assistants will play a role.

15. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney honored by the state’s General Assembly.

16. David Climer on the situation with Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, who wants to transfer.  ”It’s lame to steer Lunt clear of the SEC and Pac-12.”

17. Jon Solomon on the dispute over permanent cross-divisional opponents.  ”Only in the SEC would the NFL be a reference point for two completely opposite arguments.”

18. LSU coach Les Miles: “Tradition is giving way to a more fair and right way to make a champion.”

19. Andy Staples on Nick Saban’s push for a nine-game conference schedule: “If Saban really wants to put his schedule where his mouth is..(he should) make sure the Crimson Tide never schedule teams such as Chattanooga or Georgia State beyond this season.”

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20. Former South Carolina guard  Damien Leonard is transferring to Furman.

21. Missouri finalizing a couple of non-conference matchups against North Carolina State and Long Beach State.

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22. Former Arkansas coach John L. Smith reaches a settlement in his bankruptcy case.

23. Emails show proposed recruiting rule changes by the NCAA sent Big Ten coaches into a tizzy.  

24. Penn State and Paterno family suing NCAA.

25. ACC members took in an average of $16.9 million per school during the 2011-2012 school year.

26. Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt wants broadcasters to stop mentioning the word “Redskins” when it comes to Washington’s NFL team.  ”Mr. Snyder can call the team whatever he wants…but you all do not have to use derogatory names in your broadcast.”

27. Critique of ESPN’s Mark May: “Unbearable analyst.”

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Egg Bowl Moving Back To Thanksgiving Night In 2013

EggBowl1Turkey and eggs.  In Mississippi, nothing goes better together.

ESPN has announced that the Egg Bowl game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State this fall will be moving back to Thanksgiving night for the first time since 2003.  From 1998 through ’03, the rivalry game was a regular part of ESPN’s Turkey Day schedule.

This year’s game will be played at 7:30pm ET on November 28th.  It’s the 110th meeting between the two squads.

MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for our state’s largest football game to be played on the largest stage of a crowded football weekend.  Some of the most memorable games in Egg Bowl history have come on Thanksgiving night, and hopefully more great memories can be made for Bulldog fans on this holiday evening.”

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze shared his feelings as well: “I think it’s great for this storied rivalry to return to Thanksgiving Day.  There were so many memorable moments from our meeting on that holiday in the past, and I hope to see a big Rebel turnout in Starkville this year.”

Mississippi upset State in last year’s game 41-24 to snap a three-year Bulldog win streak in the series.

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Thanksgiving Day Feature Video

See how the Gamecock men’s basketball team spent its Thanksgiving Day this year!
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Vanderbilt Lands Pensacola Teammates

Vanderbilt has received commitments from quarterback Shaun White and running back Marquis Sumler from Catholic High School in Pensacola Fla.

The two players gave their commitment to Vanderbilt on Thanksgiving Day.

It just seems like the best time,” White told the Pensacola News Journal. “Everybody’s happy. Everybody’s enjoyin’ life. Why not today?”

Vanderbilt, which is officially searching for a new head coach, now has 13 commitments for the 2011 class.

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UK plans return home 1 a.m. Friday

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The UK traveling party plans to travel home Thanksgiving Day. The Cats have a late-morning flight off Maui.

If the schedule holds, UK will touch down at Lexington’s Bluegrass Field at 1 a.m. Friday.

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