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SEC Headlines 6/7/2013

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1. What could boost the fortunes of Tennessee football over the next five years?  The retirements of Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier would help.

2. Running back Marlin Lane not officially reinstated at Tennessee but an announcement is expected soon.

3. Last national title for Georgia was 1980.  Is this the year they can finally get over the hump? Vegas has Georgia as the favorite in all 12 regular season games.

4. Similar story at Alabama – Tide favored in every contest.  In SEC action, favored by an average of 20.9 points.

5. Auburn an underdog in every SEC game this year, according to the Golden Nugget.

6. Lines on 10 of the biggest games this fall. Ten not enough? Here’s 250 point spreads  from the Golden Nugget.

7. Departures at Kentucky include sopohomore receivers receivers DeMarcus Sweat and Bookie Cobbins. UK will add four receivers this fall.

8. Why Kentucky needs to be dialed in for the season opener against Western Kentucky.

9. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the league’s head coaches: ”You don’t see many former players from the league coming back [to the SEC] to be head coaches anymore.”

10. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel set to debut in a country music video this afternoon.

11. If professional baseball doesnt’ work out for Kohl Stewart, Kevin Sumlin says he can always play football for the Aggies. See our recruiting notebook from earlier today for more on Stewart.

12. What does Auburn coach Gus Malzahn want to see in his starting quarterback?“Thinking like a coach out on the field, as far as the reads go and everything that goes within a play.”

13. Football tickets, sideline passes and Nick Saban’s lake house – all up for sale to the highest bidder.

14. Saban: “To me, everybody always asks, ‘Why aren’t you happy about this or that?’ (and it’s) because I am thinking about the next thing,”

15. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel likes the potential of his defensive line: ”It’s a league where you’ve got to be good up front.”

16. 96 percent of football players at Missouri in the last five senior classes have earned their degrees.

SEC/College News

17. Who owns the images of college athletes? Former Alabama player Tyrone Prothro wrote a  book and wanted to use a photo from a famous catch in 2005.  Alabama told him he would have to purchase it.

18. Search firms typically cost universities about $75,000 to identify coaching candidates.  Are they worth the money?

19. College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta under construction and selling commemorative bricks.

20. Miami commit on turning down Urban Meyer. “It looked like he was a baby about to cry. It was so funny.”

SEC Basketball

21. Trial for former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward set for July 22.  Pleads not guilty to charges of trying to fix a game in 2012.

22. Kevin Scarbinsky on Ward: “He may be the worst thing to happen to Barbee and Auburn basketball in a string of bad things that have plagued the program.”

23. Byron Samuels is Georgia’s new operations coordinator. Former assistant to Jerry Green at Tennessee.

24. The debate over former Missouri guard Michael Dixon, now with Memphis.  Should he be allowed to play next season?

25. New players will look a lot like the old players at Missouri – at least when it comes to their jersey numbers.

26 .ESPN’s Chad Forde on the odds Nerlens Noel is taken No. 1 overall in the NBA draft: “60-65 percent.”

Extra

27. Brett Favre on his departure from the Green Bay Packers.  ”I was at fault.”

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SEC Headlines – 1/5/12 Part One

1.  Bowl attendance is down across the country.

2.  A number of ex-players — including former Alabama footballer Tyrone Prothro — are trying to get their hands on SEC contracts as part of their lawsuit against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company and EA Sports.

3.  Tony Barbee said Auburn’s schedule was about to get “really real.”  How’s this for real: AU lost to Florida State 82-56 last night after trailing 50-16 — yes, 50-16 — at the half. 

4.  Special teams will play an important role in Arkansas’ Cotton Bowl date with Kansas State.

5.  The two quarterbacks in tomorrow’s game have earned respect with their toughness.

6.  It’s been smooth sailing for Mississippi State basketball so far (aside from that early Akron hiccup).

7.  Andy Kennedy has challenged Ole Miss’ upperclassmen to be more productive.

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Clothier Albetar Gives “No Comment” When Asked About Ties To Bama

Yesterday, when asked to comment on the cease-and-desist letter he received from Alabama, Tuscaloosa clothier Tom Albetar told reporters, “I can’t talk to you.”  Pressed further, he let loose a “no comment.”

Izzy Gould of al.com notes that at Albetar’s menswear store a sticker has been placed on the front door stating: “Bama Memorabilia; DISPLAY ONLY; NOT FOR SALE.”

According to a source, Gould reports that the school did not file a report with the SEC or NCAA upon initial investigation late last year and still has not done so.  Meaning the school believes it is in the clear.

That won’t stop the questions from coming.  Kevin Scarbinsky of al.com writes that “this story seems a long way from a conclusion.”

“Why did so many Alabama players, from Tyrone Prothro to Terrence Cody, sign so much stuff, from jerseys to helmets to gloves to photos, for Albetar,” asks the columnist.

Tide fans dismiss the situation and ask for proof.  Funny, when Auburn dismissed accusation after accusation regarding Cam Newton, many Bama fans weren’t worried about waiting for proof. 

We’ll open ourselves up to ugliness from both fanbases later today when we tell you why the Iron Bowl rivalry is flat-out bad for the SEC.

Until then, we await the next shoe — or suit — to drop in the UA/AU War.

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Hogs’ Childs Out For The Season

On Saturday, Bobby Petrino had his starters in the game up 35-14 over Vanderbilt in the fourth quarter.  Unfortunately, his team’s leading receiver — Greg Childs — suffered a patella tendon injury as the Razorbacks attempted to stretch their lead.

The good news: Arkansas scored and went up 42-14 and eventually won 49-14.

The bad news: Childs is out for the season.

One of those stories far outweighs the other.

Petrino was defensive when asked about Childs.  “That was the second play of the fourth quarter.  Every starter on both sides were in the game.

Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean they should have been.

In 2005, Alabama receiver Tyrone Prothro suffered an horrific, season-ending injury while still playing in the fourth quarter of a Tide game against Florida.  Bama was leading 31-3 when Prothro broke both is tibia and fibula.  Mike Shula’s decision to leave Prothro (and his other starters) in the game damaged the young coach’s reputation.

We’ll see how much heat Petrino takes for a similar call.  (And before someone sends me an email, being up 21 points on Vandy is equivalent to being up 75 on Florida.  Vandy was not coming back on Saturday night.)

Now the Razorbacks will head into this weekend’s game at #19 South Carolina looking for other receivers to step up. 

“We’ll definitely miss him,” Petrino said.  “You’re not going to replace his productivity, competitiveness, toughness with just one person.  We feel we do have good depth and different guys we can get the ball.”

Childs led Arkansas in just about every receiving category.  His injury is severe enough that he will likely be unable to go through contact drills in the spring.

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