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SEC, Nashville Make Future Tourney Plans Official

Nashville-PosterToday in Nashville officials for the Southeastern Conference and Bridgestone Arena announced a long-term partnership that will see Music City, USA host the SEC’s men’s basketball tournament nine times between 2015 and 2026.  The league will also toss in some women’s hoops tourneys to ensure that Nashville will host one tournament or the other in 12 consecutive seasons.

“Nashville has long been a valued partner of the Southeastern Conference and we are pleased to establish this long-term agreement that will benefit our men’s and women’s basketball tournaments,” Mike Slive said.  “Nashville, as a proven host, provides SEC teams and fans with a wonderful experience.”

As we noted several months ago when the league started looking for a semi-permanent home for its hoops event, Nashville is really the perfect location.  It’s arena is smack in the middle of Nashville’s downtown entertainment district with hotels, restaurants, clubs and live music at every turn.  It’s airport makes travel easy as does its centralized location.  Also, it’s just close enough to Kentucky to guarantee that the league’s best-traveling fans will attend in droves and snatch up plenty of ticket packages.  Money is always the main factor, as we pointed out when guessing Nashville back in May.

We give the league’s selection a big thumbs-up.  If you can’t have fun in Nashville, you’re probably incapable of having fun at all.  And holding the tourney in an actual arena — rather than in a half-empty dome — is an added bonus.

Several reports guessed at dates and locations for the league’s men’s tournament yesterday, but most of those guesses turned out to be wrong.  Officially, here’s how the SEC’s men’s tournament rotation will work between this season and 2026:

 

2014 — Atlanta

2015 — Nashville

2016 — Nashville

2017 — Nashville

2018 — To be determined (St. Louis is the favorite)

2019 — Nashville

2020 — Nashville

2021 — Nashville

2022 — To be determined (Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa or a city in a new state — ya never know — might be the choice)

2023 — Nashville

2024 — Nashville

2025 — Nashville

 

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WOW Headlines – 6/19/13

First-year coaches Mark Stoops and Butch Jones have Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively, ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the country in recruiting
Report: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel might have transferred last summer had a suspension for an arrest not been overturned
NFL Scout Gil Brandt lists Alabama QB AJ McCarron as his Heisman Trophy favorite for 2013
Ole Miss has been granted NCAA permission to monitor the progress of QB Bo Wallace this summer as he rehabs from shoulder surgery
Florida G Michael Frazier and Tennessee F Jarnell Stokes have made the USA 19-under team
Former Alabama G Trevor Lacy is transferring to NC State
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SEC Headlines 6/17/2013

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1. Here’s more on the simple battery charge for Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, a projected starter.

2. Pat Dooley has seven keys to success for Florida’s football team.

3. In case you missed it: Johnny Manziel tweeted he “can’t wait to leave College Station” during the weekend.

4. South Carolina wide receiver Damiere Byrd is among the nation’s fastest players, writes Chris Huston.

5. Former Vol Eric Berry on Tennessee coach Butch Jones: “He’s trying to do things the right way.”

6. Bruce Feldman discusses Kevin Sumlin’s future at Texas A&M as well as the recruiting surge of Kentucky and Tennessee.

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7. Florida guard Michael Frazier II is a finalist for the USA 19-under basketball team.

8. So is Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes, who is among the 16 finalists.

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9. AL.com continues its series on college football hits and safety concerns.

10. Alabama and Georgia picked up quarterback commitments during the weekend.

11. Here’s a national view of the USA 19-under basketball team.

12. Athlon Sports has released its Big Ten All-Conference team.

13. The fallout continues at Penn State following the trial of former coach Jerry Sandusky.

14. The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from winning their fifth NBA title.

15. This Jay-Z commercial during the NBA finals has received a lot of attention.

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MrSEC.com 2012 SEC Preview: Blue Horseshoe Loves Alabama

Oh, you know the scene.  Twenty-five years ago Micheal Douglas’ Gordon Gekko stands up and defends his raid on a paper company in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street.”

 

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good.  Greed is right.  Greed  works.  Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Greed, in all of its forms — greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind.  And greed — you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.”

 

While one can debate whether the greed of the go-go ’80s was really good in the long run or not, there’s no debating that the SEC is the new Gordon Gekko on the block.  How greedy is Mike Slive’s empire?  Greedy enough to bring home six consecutive BCS Championship trophies.  And the only SEC team to lose a BCS Championship Game during that run… obviously lost to an SEC rival.  Now that’s greed.

As a result, the little guys of the sports world got together after last season’s SEC versus SEC title clash and demanded change.  Suddenly the playoff that would never come, came.  “Details, shmetails, give us some system that might help crack the SEC’s safe,” seemed to be the cry from commissioners across the country.

Well, their new playoff — which in a sign of ultimate power looks a lot like the four-team playoff Slive himself suggested years ago — won’t become a reality until the 2014 season.  That means the SEC’s perceived strength and proven track record will continue to benefit the league for two more seasons in the voters-plus-computers BCS system.  (It also means you can get ready for “what if we had a playoff this year” hypotheticals from ESPN all season long.)

So if the game’s the same in 2012, who’s to say the SEC’s avarice and gluttony won’t lead to another national crown and another crystal football being gobbled up come January?  Here’s a better question, who in the Southeastern Conference is most-likely to capture #7 in a row?

Our feelings regarding each SEC squad heading into the season can be found by clicking the “rest of this entry” link below.  The best case scenarios and the worst.  Our predictions.  Which coaches will surprise and which ones will get the boot at year’s end (or before)?

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SEC Headlines 8/14/2011

1. Expansion, realignment and a mini-playoff format for college football?

2. Pat Forde: “Texas A&M could shove the entire nation into another round of mercenary mergers and acquisitions.”

3. Clay Travis: “Florida State and Clemson will not be added to the SEC.”

4. Mike Bianchi: “1. FSU doesn’t want the SEC. 2. The SEC doesn’t want FSU.”

5. John Adams: “Virginia Tech would be a more likely choice.”

6. Texas lawmaker says A&M isn’t going anywhere until it appears before a state legislative committee.

7. Don’t expect the Aggies to leave the Big 12 without a fight.

8. The LSU chancellor would like some questions answered before he supports expansion.

9. Joker Phillips: “If we expand, I’m all for it.”

10. Culture and academics.  Why Oklahoma isn’t looking to the SEC.

11. Seth Emerson: (A)fter a while culture and geography will once again create factions within the conference — and probably result in breakups.

12. New York Times: (I)t is painfully obvious that no one is looking out for what is best for all of college sports.”

13. Mike Strange on Tennessee’s place in college football:  ”Clemson, more or less. Or, if you prefer, maybe Louisville, BYU or Georgia Tech.”

14. Derek Dooley likes what he saw from Tyler Bray Saturday night and his defense,too.

15. Gary Danielson: “Tennessee is going to make a vast improvement this year. That’s a team to really watch.”

16. Who won the first scrimmage for Kentucky?  Call it a draw. Coach finds a silver lining in injuries.

17. Still no sign of Duron Carter at Alabama’s camp. What were the stats from Saturday’s scrimmage? Nick Saban is keeping it secret. Running game struggled.

18. Gus Malzahn on Auburn’s quarterbacks: “We have three quality guys.” Decision doesn’t appear  imminent.

19. Still a lot of questions at quarterback for Ole Miss.

20. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen credits his strength coach for no major injuries at camp thus far.

21. Bulldogs have a potent backfield duo in Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins.

22. Isaiah Crowell is not the only Georgia running back banged up at the moment.

23. The Bulldogs’ Brandon Smith is creating a buzz in practice.

24. Without Knile Davis around, Arkansas explores options in the backfield. It’s a big opportunity for Ronnie Wingo.

25. Razorbacks offensive guard Grant Cooks returns to practice as Arkansas looks for the right combination along the line.

26. Steve Spurrier liked how South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw performed Saturday but he’s still Stephen Garcia’s backup.

27. 12-0 season for the Gamecocks?

28. The Florida Gators “Big 3″ fizzled last year but say they’ve learned from the experience.

29. Trey Burton adds fullback and slot receiver to his position list while tight end Jordan Reed may return some punts for the Gators

30. Will Muschamp likes the depth building along his offensive line.

31. LSU goes indoors for a scrimmage. Les Miles: “We’re not ready to play a game.”

32. Couple hundred fans show up to watch Vanderbilt practice.

33. What’s the state of college football?  Dirty but popular.

34. How to fix it.

35. Alabama’s JaMychal Green makes the most of his time on the court as Team USA beats Mexico.

36. Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins had eight points.

37. Darius Miller scores nine as USA beats Hungary.

38. Never early enough in Lexington to get a Kentucky-Vanderbilt basketball preview.

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Bama 72 USA 50

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We started off sluggish, and trailed the first 8 minutes of the game. Ronnie Arrow had a good defensive gameplan for us, playing a lot of zone and switching to a soft man to try to limit our ability to penetrate. Thankfully, Charvez Davis came in and starting making some perimeter shots to open things up. Davis, Hillman, and Mitchell all had good games, and Chris Hines was solid in the post.

We continue to have way too many turnovers, especially in the first half of games. This will kill us against good teams on the road. Hankerson struggled again on offense, with 2 turnovers and no assists or points. His defense has improved. Obviously Coach Grant sees practice everyday and I do not, but based upon what I am seeing in the games my starting lineup right now would be: 1. Releford 2. Davis 3. Hillman 4. Mitchell 5. Hines.

We gave up a disturbing number of baskets in the first half because we got beat in transition. We finished the half strong and were able to take a 10 point lead into the half. In the second half, things started clicking and we forced a number of turnovers with the 2-2-1 press which led to some easy layups and dunks. Tony Mitchell had one incredible dunk on alley oop pass from Ben Eblen that appeared to be heading to the top of the backboard, but somehow Mitchell got up, caught the ball, and slammed it home. There was one sloppy spell in the 2nd half where we allowed them to cut the 20 point lead down to 13, but for the most part we were in control of the game.

JaMychal Green was still nowhere to be found. We are very thin in the post right now. We switched to a zone everytime Engstrom came into the game, presumably because it’s easier for him to guard the general area under the basket than risk being isolated on someone one on one. He did make 2 free throws, which is better than most everybody else from the line. Jason Carter made a couple of nice plays while he was in there, but these guys just aren’t ready to be significant contributors in big games at this point. It was good to see Jason Carter back after his injury in the last game. Unfortunately, I will be surprised if Andrew Steele plays again this year. He is on crutches and not moving very good.

The crowd was surprisingly decent for a Wednesday night game, probably close to 6,000 or so. There was a strong student turnout, likely due to a promotion featuring an Ipad giveaway. Up next, our first true road game, and it will be a tough one as we go to West Lafayette, IN on Saturday to take on the 18th ranked Purdue Boilermakers. Tip off is 3:30 Eastern, 2:30 Central.

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Five-star guard Bradley Beal signs LOI with Florida

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G Bradley Beal (right) signed his LOI to play for Florida on Wednesday. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida got one commitment from the class of 2011, and the Gators got that lone Letter of Intent on Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.

Five-star guard Bradley Beal from St. Louis, Mo. signed his LOI, giving the Gators the second-ranked shooting guard prospect in that class.

“Clearly, I feel like we signed one of the best guards in the country,” said coach Billy Donovan. “We’re extremely excited about adding Brad, we believe he’s a special player and a winner, and excited that he’s going to be a part of our program.”

Beal, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Chaminade College Prep School, was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri last season after averaging 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

Beal is rated a five-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Beal earned MVP honors for the United States in the inaugural U17 FIBA World Championship this summer. He averaged 18.3 points per game and shot 47.7 percent on 3-pointers to lead the USA to a gold medal.


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