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SEC Headlines 3/5/2014

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1. Ole Miss All-SEC linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche suspended for season opener against Boise State.  Will also not participate in spring arrest after recent arrest. Bobby Hill no longer on the team.

2. Georgia will face a short-handed Clemson team in its opener.  Tigers suspend four players – including two returning starters. “That’s a nice change for the Bulldogs, who have been mocked before by certain SEC coaches for almost always having multiple players suspended early in the season.”

3. Tennessee wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard taking a leave of absence from team. Coach Butch Jones says he’s ”dealing with some personal circumstances.”

4. Tennessee fifth-year senior defensive tackle Gregory Clark won’t be on Vols roster this fall - imoving on with his post-college career. Are  A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt one of the best linebacking duos in the conference?

5. Five players who won’t be returning to Missouri this fall.

6. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on proposed 10-second rule: “I’ve heard they’ve hopefully tabled it, but I’m not sure.”

7. There are several ways to impact safety in college football that have nothing to do with tempo.

8. Five SEC quarterback battles to watch this spring.

9. The majority of Florida’s spring practices will be open to the public this year.

10. Auburn hires a high school coach as director of high school relations.

11. Matt Hayes gives us 68 reasons why college football is better than college basketball.

12. Who gets back on top first - Alabama football coach Nick Saban or Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari?  ”The smart money would be on Saban.”

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13. Pro day today at Arkansas - 14 former Razorbacks participating.

14. List of players that participated in Texas A&M’s pro day this morning – Johnny Manziel will have a separate workout later this month.

15. At Auburn’s pro day on Tuesday, 17 players took part. Former player Demetruce McNeal explains the circumstances of his dismissal prior to the season.

16. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: “Each year, we’ll have guys that go to the next level.”

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17. As Florida goes for conference perfection Saturday, ticket prices reportedly skyrocketing.

18. Texas A&M at Missouri.  Aggies have won just one true road game all year - at Tennessee.

19. Can Missouri’s Keanau Post build of his breakout game against Mississippi State Saturday?  “It has been a lot more difficult than I thought.”

20. Mizzou’s Senior Night won’t feature a single player who’s spent his entire career with the Tigers.

21. Mississippi State at Georgia.  MSU hasn’t won a road game since last January - and it came at Georgia.

22. Georgia a game ahead of Tennessee and Arkansas in SEC standings - what happens if they end in a three-way tie?

23. Ole Miss at Arkansas. Bud Walton Arena tough place to play for most - but Andy Kennedy’s teams have won four straight there.

24. Tennessee at Auburn.  Expect a close game. None of the four teams to win at Auburn did so by more than eight points

25. Final home game for Georgia’s Donte’ Williams.

26. C.M. Newton on Trevor Lacey’s transfer from Alabama to North Carolina State: ”The Lacey kid leaving the Alabama program was a mistake on everybody’s part, in my opinion. The kid should have stayed right here.”

27. Our earlier roundup of Tuesday night SEC hoops action.

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28. Dementia and 83-year old Dean Smith.

29. Jay Bilas on playing professionally in Italy: “At halftime I went in the locker room and three of my teammates were smoking cigarettes. It was different.”

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Trevor Lacey Granted Release From Alabama

mrsec-breaking-newsAlabama sophomore guard Trevor Lacey has decided to transfer and has been granted his release, the school announced Tuesday.

Lacey called the move a “family decision” in a statement released by the school.

“This definitely was not an easy decision to make,” Lacey said. “It’s been great at Alabama during my two years. It was tough my freshman year coming off surgery and having to work my way back. I wanted to improve during my sophomore season and I thought I did that. I want to thank the coaches and staff, my teammates and all the fans for their support.”

Lacey was a key all-around contributor for Alabama last season, averaging 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The Huntsville, Ala., native was the only player to start all 36 games for the Crimson Tide.

 

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SEC Hoops: Alabama’s Season Ends With One-Point Loss

basketballsMaryland 58 – Alabama 57

1. Alabama’s season ends when Trevor Lacey’s shot at the buzzer missed.  Crimson Tide finish 23-13.

2. Lacey: “I think if I shot it again, I’d probably lean into him and try to draw the foul.”

3. Reason for the miss - the ghost of Jarnell Stokes?

4. Kevin Scarbinsky on Alabama basketball: “Better than it used to be. Not as good as it needs to be.”

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SEC Headlines – 2/14/12

1.  Alabama won at Arkansas last night without three of its best players.  (Anthony Grant’s tough disciplinary stance seems to be paying off or his suddenly tough Tide.)

2.  Trevor Lacey went down just 10 minutes into last night’s game with an ankle injury.

3.  Arkansas is just 1-5 during its current late-season slide.

4.  LSU players know their tournament future is riding on a road trip to Ole Miss tomorrow.

5.  Florida’s Will Yeguete will have a screw inserted into his broken left foot today.

6.  Gator footballers are going from speed-first training to Olympic-style power work.

7.  Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell will “experiment” at cornerback this spring.

8.  Mitchell’s expanded role is part of Mark Richt’s focus on versatility.

9.  Kentucky’s mission tomorrow: Defend super Vandy shooter John Jenkins.

10.  Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon stepped up his effort against Ole Miss on Wednesday.

11.  Think Maryland regrets bringing in Randy Edsall instead of promoting James Franklin as was initially the plan?  

12.  Vandy’s Kevin Stallings says Kentucky’s second half at MSU this week was “about the most impressive thing I’ve seen in college basketball this year.”  (Guess he doesn’t read Thayer Evans.)

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SEC Headlines 12/4/2011

1. Report: Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze expected to be offered Ole Miss job today. Also here. He’s expected to accept.

2. Report: Texas A&M hires Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.  Sumlin denies report.  Push for former Florida assistant and current Louisville coach Charlie Strong  is “surging.”

3. Kentucky 73 – North Carolina 72. Blocked shot in final seconds preserves the victory for the Wildcats.

4. John Clay: “The Rumble in Rupp was 120 glorious minutes of everything we hoped it would be.”

5. Connecticut 75 – Arkansas 62.  Razorbacks drop to 5-2 as the Huskies win their 38th straight non-conference game at home.

6. Pittsburgh 61 – Tennessee 56.  A late chance to tie for Tennessee gets all tied up.

7. LSU 55 – Rutgers 50. Tigers now 3-0 on the season when scoring less than 60 points.

8. Mississippi State 75 – West Virginia 62.  21 points and 13 rebounds for Arnett Moultrie.

9. Freshman guard Trevor Lacey may not be starting at Alabama, but he is making quite an impression.

10. Holding on to leads a priority at Ole Miss as the Rebels prepare to take on Penn State.

11. A struggling South Carolina team faces Clemson today.

12. When is the 2012 SEC football schedule coming out? “Very soon,” according to Mike Slive.

13. Looks like Vanderbilt is headed to the Liberty Bowl against a Big East team.

14. Florida a favorite for the Gator Bowl.

15. Matt Roark – genuine Kentucky folk hero.

16. Keeping tabs on Trent Richardson’s Heisman competition.

17. Post season autopsy on the Tennessee football season, the report cards, and the highs and lows

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18. 13 fans injured - two critically – after Oklahoma State fans storm the field Saturday night.

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SEC Headlines – 5/19/11

1.  Florida basketballer Scottie Wilbekin will tour Macedonia and Kosovo this summer as a member of the Athletes in Action team.

2.  Kentucky lost out on Trevor Lacey, but at least one report has the Cats landing ex-Wake Forest big man Tony Woods (and all the bad pub that will come with his signing).

3.  This writer says signee Trevor Lacey shouldn’t be made into the savior of Alabama basketball.

4.  Crimson Tide officials say they lost about $400,000 on this year’s Capital One Bowl trip.

5.  Bama’s Trent Richardson and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are workout warriors.  (They ain’t too bad on the field, either.)

6.  Mississippi State announced today that it’s one step closer to expanding Davis-Wade Stadium.

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Trevor Lacey Still Scheduled To Announce Decision

Shooting guard Trevor Lacey is scheduled to announce his college decision at 3 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday.

The original plan was for Lacey to announce his choice in the library at Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala. Instead, Lacey will be in the auditorium to accommodate the large crowd expected to attend the event.

Lacey is considering Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Kansas.

There’s the possibility that Lacey could postpone his decision. He appeared to still be undecided on Monday, according to a report from Steve Jones of Cat’s Illustrated.

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Calipari Visited Prospect Lacey Last Night

John Calipari was in Alabama yesterday to visit that state’s reigning Mr. Basketball selection — Trevor Lacey.  Lacey led his high school to its third state championship in four years this past season.

Lacey is deciding between Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama — where he took in the A-Day festivities on Saturday — and Kansas.  Jayhawks coach Bill Self is expected to visit Lacey today.

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Lacey Chased By Bama, Auburn And UK

The two-time Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama, Trevor Lacey, is expected to narrow his college decision down to the Crimson Tide and Kentucky.  But Auburn, Kansas and national champ UConn are interested in the 6-4 guard as well.

With good reason.  Lacey averaged 31.3 points per game at his Huntsville high school last year.

If he signs with Anthony Grant, he’ll join a signing class already ranked #16 in the nation by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com.  If he inks with John Calipari, he’ll make the nation’s #1 rated class even better.

UK’s coach is expected to visit Lacey tomorrow morning, before the player heads to Tuscaloosa for a visit.  Tony Barbee, Bill Self (Kansas), Jim Calhoun (UConn) and Mark Gottfried (NC State) are all expected to visit Lacey next week.  (Gottfried?)

Lacey is expected to make a final decision after playing in Louisville’s Derby Festival Classic game on April 22nd.

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Recruiting Headlines – 2/11/11

1.  Alabama basketball signee Rodney Cooper is making a name for himself.

2.  Alabama and Auburn are battling for Trevor Lacey who “might be the best unsigned high school senior basketball players in the country.”

3.  Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson is happy with the Razorbacks’ recruiting haul.

4.  LSU signee Johnny O’Bryant will play in the McDonald’s All-American game next month.

5.  John Calipari has recorded another UK recruiting first: Every member of the Cats’ 2011 signing class has been named a McDonald’s All-American.

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