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SEC Headlines – 12/10/12

General Stuff

1.  Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports are teaming up.

2.  Atlanta is one step closer to replacing the Georgia Dome.

3.  Tony Dungy says Peyton Manning could “absolutely not” become a coach because “it would frustrate him to death” that every player isn’t Peyton Manning.  (Listen and you can hear the sobs of Tennessee fans who’ve always pictured their alum back on the Knoxville sidelines… once Jon Gruden retired, of course.)

4.  West Virginia’s Mountaineer mascot has been told to stop hunting bears with his university-issued musket.

 

SEC Football

5.  New Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will stick with Arkansas State through the Red Wolves’ bowl game.

6.  Alabama will begin practice for the BCS Championship Game on December 18th.

7.  Report: Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is not a candidate for the head coaching job at Southern Miss and has not interviewed.

8.  New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema appears to be taking his time in filling out his staff.

9.  Which LSU team will show up for the Chick-fil-A Bowl?

10.  Mississippi State will close bowl practices to prying eyes after an open scrimmage on Sunday.

11.  Johnny Manziel’s Heisman win is yielding a whole lotta positive pub for Texas A&M.  (Yeah, but can he repeat?)

12.  Georgia’s coaches will make a little more cash from the Capital One Bowl than they would have elsewhere.

13.  Looks like Kentucky will be hiring former Wildcat John Schlarman as its new O-line coach.

14.  Whether Marcus Lattimore turns pro or not, South Carolina’s Mike Davis should be the Gamecocks’ first choice at tailback next season.

15.  Tennessee needed a fresh start… and Butch Jones provides it.

16.  During bowl season, Vanderbilt’s players get to play tourists in their own hometown.

 

SEC Basketball

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

18.  Andy Kennedy doesn’t believe “hunger” had anything to do with his team’s loss to MTSU over the weekend.

19.  Florida will have a whole week off before facing Arizona in Tucson on Saturday.

20.  This year’s Missouri team is an offensive mess.

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Dungy Talks Up UGA’s Murray, But Murray Not Ready To Talk NFL Yet

Ex-Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy set off a Twitter-lanche which his comment when asked earlier this week who the Kansas City Chiefs should select with their first-round draft pick next spring.  His take: “I would take Georgia QB Aaron Murray if he comes out.”

Naturally, Dungy’s tweet got back to Georgia’s junior signal-caller who was asked about his plans:

 

“I don’t know.  I’m not thinking about that.  I mean I’ve had friend and everyone ask me.  I’m like, ‘I don’t know,’ I’m not worrying about that until after the season, and then I’ll sit down with my family and make the best decision for myself and for my future.

But I’m having too much fun right now.  This season has been awesome.  We still have so much ahead of us and so much excitement, I don’t have time to thing about anything else.  I’m just living in the moment.”

 

Asked if winning a championship this season might lead him to jump to the pro ranks, Murray said no.  “Multiple championships, I wanna get as many as I can.”

Georgia closes the regular season with Georgia Tech on Saturday and will then battle Alabama in Atlanta for the SEC title.  Win both of those games and it’s likely the Bulldogs will find themselves in Miami in January fighting someone for the BCS crown.

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Fulmer Not Interested In Minnesota

You can scratch the name Phillip Fulmer from the list of candidates at Minnesota.  Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams of WNML-AM/FM has reported that Fulmer told him that the job in Minneapolis was “not a good fit” for the former Tennessee coach.

No kidding.  Fulmer has never coached north of the Mason-Dixon line and trying to rebuild a program amidst traditional powers like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska doesn’t sound like a good way to start.

Fulmer was reportedly contacted by Minnesota alum Tony Dungy to gauge his interest in the job.  Fulmer would not confirm who spoke to him or how serious the discussions got.

Earlier this week, Fulmer told The Knoxville News Sentinel that a coach could recruit to Minnesota and have success thanks in part to the school’s new facilities.  It’s likely that those comments — as we suggested at the time — had more to do with the coach wanting to be wanted… than actually wanting the Golden Gophers’ job.

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Fulmer A Candidate At Minnesota

Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has emerged as a candidate for the vacant University of Minnesota job, according to Tom Dienhart’s Twitter feed.

Dienhart is the national college football writer for Rivals.com and Yahoo!

Fulmer last coached at Tennessee in 2008.  He has done some media work with CBS Sports the past two seasons.

Minnesota would certainly add some big name clout to its program by hiring the former national championship-winning coach.  And they would be rolling the dice that Fulmer could use his long-standing Southern recruiting ties to pull talent northward.

How strong a candidate Fulmer might be is anyone’s guess.  Having just turned 60, the former Vol coach will likely have to overcome some amount of ageism to land the job.

If Fulmer did land the job, it would set up an interesting race for all to watch.  Who could reach a bowl faster: Fulmer at Minnesota or Derek Dooley at Tennessee?

Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy — a Minnesota grad — recently turned down the Gophers.

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