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Wow Morning Headlines 1/10/2013

SEC Wednesday Night Basketball
Ole Miss 92 – Tennessee 74
Mississippi State 56 – South Carolina 54
Auburn 68 – LSU 63
Texas A&M 69 – Arkansas 51
Alabama coach Nick Saban says QB AJ McCarron can become “maybe the best quarterback in the country next year”
Tennessee has lost three true freshmen due to academic or disciplinary issues and now has just 62 scholarship players returning for 2013
Florida backup QB Jacoby Brissett is considering Arkansas as a transfer destination
Georgia QB Aaron Murray says he “pretty much knew all along” that he would return for his senior season
Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne on Alabama’s recent football run: “This machine is not slowing down.”
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WOW Headlines – 1/9/13

Alabama coach Nick Saban says QB AJ McCarron can become “maybe the best quarterback in the country next year”
Tennessee has lost three true freshmen due to academic or disciplinary issues and now has just 62 scholarship players returning for 2013
Florida backup QB Jacoby Brissett is considering Arkansas as a transfer destination
Georgia QB Aaron Murray says he “pretty much knew all along” that he would return for his senior season
Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne on Alabama’s recent football run: “This machine is not slowing down.”
Missouri won its SEC basketball opener over Alabama on Tuesday, but F Laurence Bowers reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in his knee
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Sources: Tanner To Be New USC Athletic Director

According to multiple sources and reports from the Palmetto State, South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner will be hired as the school’s athletic director on Friday.  At 54, Tanner has made it clear that his future lies in administration.  Now the Gamecocks will give him that chance, but it comes at a price.

Tanner — who came within a whisker of leading Carolina to a third-straight national title this season — will step down immediately as the Cocks’ coach.  He will not double-dip as both coach and AD.

Earlier this week, the man Tanner will replace said that anyone moving from the coaching ranks to the ranks of administrator might have a tough early transition.  According to Eric Hyman (who’s heading to Texas A&M at the end of the month):

 

“(The board of trustees) needs to decide what they think is in best interest of the school and if Ray’s it, he is certainty capable.  He is a very,very talented baseball coach and he’s got talent and it is going to be a learning curve for him, and so what he needs to do, is have a strong staff to be able to support him and assist.”

 

Well, according to folks in Columbia, the board and USC president Harris Pastides have indeed made their decision.  And it’s Tanner.

While the day of the ex-coach as AD has for the most part died away, there are still a few exes running big time programs — Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin and Tom Osborne at Nebraska come to mind.  Still, Hyman is right.  There will be a transition involved.  Carolina could have gone out and grabbed an experienced AD.  The program’s coffers, fan support, and excellent stable of coaches would have made the job very enticing to anyone.

Instead, the powers-that-be felt more comfortable with the man they knew.  If Tanner is as successful in the boardroom as he’s been on the baseball diamond, Carolina fans will be happy with that decision for years to come.

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UT Has An Opportunity To End A 20-Year Feud

For the past 20 years, the University of Tennessee athletic department and fanbase have been doing an awful lot of infighting.  Instead of the Hatfields and the McCoys, the folks in the Volunteer State aligned and battled like the Fulmers and the Majors.

For you “Twilight” tweeners out there, it’s been “Team Phillip” versus “Team Johnny” in Big Orange Country.

When Majors was forced out as UT’s football coach in 1992 and replaced by his offensive coordinator, Fulmer, the Vol fanbase suffered a massive split.  Those loyal to Majors who felt he was backstabbed or simply forced out unceremoniously never forgave the man who replaced him.

Fulmer backers said that their guys rescued the program from Majors.  The successes under Majors were thanks to Fulmer’s work in the background.  The failures of the Majors era, well, those were all Johnny’s fault.

But when Fulmer’s program collapsed in the late 2000s and he was ousted, Majors suddenly had an in with the UT program again.  Lane Kiffin — who threw barbs in the direction of Fulmer regarding the talent level he’d left behind — welcomed Majors into the fold with open arms.  Naturally, “Team Johnny” liked Kiffin while many a member of “Team Phillip” were irked by the young upstart.

When Kiffin left, yet another rift occurred.  Wisely, Derek Dooley reached out to both Majors and Fulmer when he arrived in Knoxville, bringing both groups into his camp as though the King of England had just married his son to the daughter of a French king.

Still “Team Johnny” hates Fulmer and “Team Phillip” hates Majors.

With Mike Hamilton now exiting as the Vols’ athletic director, there’s a push among the Fulmerites to return their guy to power in Hamilton’s old office.  But from a fanbase perspective, that would likely be the worst move possible for Tennessee. 

Fulmer could do the job.  Don’t think he couldn’t.  While ADs are rarely ex-coaches these days, Tom Osborne has done well at Nebraska.  With the right accountants and marketers around him, Fulmer could succeed as Tennessee’s athletic director.

But the University of Tennessee finally has a chance to heal a gaping maw of a 20-year-old, infected wound.  For the first time in decades, the UT administration could be free of “Team Johnny,” “Team Phillip” and all the ridiculous petty bickering that those factions bring with them.

An outsider could reach out to both parties.  Heck, someone with Tennessee ties — but not tight ties to Majors or Fulmer — could do likewise.

If Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek wants to heal the fanbase as Hamilton suggested yesterday, then the first step is to disappoint the Fulmer backers and not pursue the ex-Vol coach.  Then maybe Cheek can win them — and the Majors backers — back into the fold with the inspired hiring of someone who isn’t stained with the blood and stink of Tennessee’s” 20 Years War.”

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SEC Headlines 5/23/2011

1. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: “”The First Amendment will be alive and well in Destin.”

2. Just how big a problem is oversigning?

3. An incoming freshman who could be South Carolina’s starting left tackle by fall.

4. Kevin Scarbinsky likes the idea of an Alabama/Auburn alumni scrimmage game to raise money for storm victims.

5. What motivates the top running back recruit in the state of Alabama.

6. How much are schools willing to pay for recruiting information? Alabama doled out $218,000 to recruiting services over the past three years.  At Auburn, the bill came to $99,000.

7. What’s the cost of an Auburn scholarship?

8. Cam Newton channels Justin Bieber.

10. The Rivals All-Senior basketball team. Two of the players are from the SEC.

11. A clean sweep for the Florida Gators this year.

Extras

12. More expansion talk – from the Big East conference

13. “I miss it to this day,” – 74-year old Tom Osborne on his love for coaching.

14. Is Atlanta a lousy sports city?

15. The 10 states where Wal-Mart is everywhere.  No surprise – five of the 10 are in SEC country.

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