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SEC Headlines 3/6/2014

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1. NCAA rules committee votes unanimously to withdraw proposal aimed at slowing down hurry-up offenses.

2. Jeremy Fowler: “Now officials and coaches can exhale, stop making movie parodies and have a sensible, year-long discussion about what’s best.”

3. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Give the short-lived 10-second proposal its due. It now has become the blueprint of how not to get a new rule passed.”

4. Nick Saban: “Look, I had nothing to do with the 10-second rule.”

5. “By the time (Saban and Bret Bielema) finally did speak, their villainous motives had widely been accepted as fact.”

6. Church marquee message: “Support the ban on slingshots.” — Goliath.  So was that a shot at Saban?

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7. Vavae Tata will not be a position coach at Vanderbilt this year- pleads guilty to drunk driving charge. Long-term status remains unclear

8. New deal official for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel - $3.1 million a season, extended through 2020. Now nine SEC head coaches making more than $3 million a year.

9. Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper’s contract at Florida will pay him $590,000 a year through 2016.

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10. Safety Kameron Miles reportedly dismissed from Texas A&M - goes on Twitter to apologize.

11. Could Johnny Manziel’s time at Texas A&M “turn out to be the low point of the Kevin Sumlin era”?

12. Georgia safety Damian Swann on new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt: “He’s going to be a great coach.”

13. Georgia running back Todd Gurley a Heisman front-runner?

14. LSU pushes the start of spring practice back to Saturday.  No clear favorite at quarterback for the Tigers.

15. Nick Saban on the quarterback battle at Alabama: ”We’re not going to be in any hurry to decide who the quarterback is.”

16. Was Tim Tebow the greatest SEC quarterback of the BCS era?

17. Ole Miss has four players who have never taken a college snap competing to be Bo Wallace’s backup.

18. JUCO stars expected to a play key role on the line for both Tennessee and South Carolina.

19. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on his 2014 team: “We only have 13 seniors, so we’re extremely youthful,”

20. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on sexual orientation and college football:  ”In our world, we treat people by their performance.”

21. SEC plans to review its alcohol policy for neutral-site games and home games off campus. Time to “enhance the fan experience”?


22. Texas A&M linebacker Nate Askew runs a 4.45 40 at the Aggies pro day on Wednesday.

23. NFL analyst Mike Mayock now believes Auburn’s Chris Davis could be an early-round pick.

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24. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla on Kentucky: ”I just think they look like a team not having any fun.”

25. Missouri has three more transfers lined up to play next season.

26. LSU at Vanderbilt tonight.  Tigers look to be on course for NIT bid.

27. Tennessee’s new “Made in March” smokey gray basketball uniforms.

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SEC Headlines 3/3/2014

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1. Alabama’s consecutive losses to end the 2013 season could help the Crimson Tide heading into 2014.

2. Former players heaped praise on Lane Kiffin and predicted he will have success at Alabama.

3. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall won’t be working with George Whitfield Jr. or any other outside quarterback coaches.

4. Gus Malzahn hasn’t watched the BCS championship loss to Florida State. That hasn’t kept him from thinking about it.

5. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital says the Aggies will continue to have a dynamic offense.

6. Athlon Sports has ranked the nation’s top rosters heading into 2014. Alabama is No. 1.

7. Tennessee will replace its entire offensive line when spring practice begins this week.


8. Do Saban’s Alabama players come with injury risks for NFL teams?

9. Defensive end Kony Ealy should be Missouri’s next first round pick.

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10. Arkansas was able to stay focused this time around after its win at Kentucky.

11. Pat Forde on John Calipari following Kentucky’s loss at South Carolina: “When the going got tough, Cal got out.”

12. Kentucky’s offense needs a quick fix, writes John Clay.

13. The SEC standings are a mess behind Florida, which is still undefeated in conference play.

14. A win at Vanderbilt this week could give LSU some momentum heading into the SEC tournament.

15. Mississippi State’s RPI continues to plummet after another 0-2  week for the Bulldogs.

16. The last few games have not gone well for Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson.

17. Tennessee can’t allow a slip up after beating Vanderbilt by 38 points on Saturday.

18. SEC basketball needs to break out of its slump, writes David Climer.


19. Mark Cuban doesn’t like the “one-and-done rule.” For some reason he thinks that rule was created by the NCAA.

20. Florida is No. 1 in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one). No other SEC team makes the list.

21. Arizona clinched the Pac-12 championship with a home win over Stanford.

22. March is here. And there’s still plenty of uncertainty in college basketball.

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Home Teams Go 7-0 Saturday

gfx-hoops-round-up2Tennessee 76 – Vanderbilt 38. Video Highlights

1. Tournament statement victory for Tennessee? Vols double up Vanderbilt  - largest margin of victory over their in-state rivals in the 185-game history between the two schools.

2. Memphis transfer Antonio Barton hits five three-pointers, scores 21 points.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “It’s never too late to get better,”

3. Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker: “It’s embarrassing to the program and to our coaching staff.”

Missouri 85 – Mississippi State 66. Video Highlights

4. Mizzou gets 14 points and seven rebounds from center Keanau Post.  Tigers shoot a season-best 62.3 percent from the floor.

5. Mississippi State connects on season-high 10 three-pointers but its not enough as Bulldogs drop 11th straight.  Coach Rick Ray: “Missouri has the most lethal backcourt combination in this league.”

6. Craig Sword misses game for Mississippi State to attend grandmother’s funeral.

Alabama 73 – Auburn 57.

7. Levi Randolph scores 24 points and grabs nine rebounds to lead Alabama to the victory.

8. Statement game for coach Anthony Grant?

9. Is Auburn coach Tony Barbee worried about job security? ”No. I’m worried about coaching against Tennessee the next game.”

Florida 79 – LSU 61. Video Highlights

10. No. 1 Gators keep rolling - make a season-high 13 three-point shots.   Florida now 16-0 in the SEC and 27-2 overall.

11. LSU guard Anthony Hickey on the Gators: “They be locked in.”

Arkansas 87 – Georgia 75. Video Highlights

12. Forward Coty Clarke scored a career-high 23 points and Michael Qualls added 20 points. Razorbacks win for the seventh time in their last eight games.

13. Georgia hit 13 of their first 16 shots but can’t keep up the pace.  Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs with 25 points.

Texas A&M 71 – Ole Miss 60. Video Highlights

14. Short-handed Aggies get the win at home.  Guard Fabyon Harris passed out in pre-game shootaround and had to be hospitalized. Guard  Shawn Smith was out for personal reasons.

15. Former Ole Miss Rebel Jamal Jones scores 21 points for Texas A&M. “This game means a lot to me.”

South Carolina 72 – Kentucky 67. Video Highlights

16. South Carolina gets 24 points from Brenton Williams as Gamecocks stun Kentucky.  Fans storm the court after the game.

17. Kentucky’s James Young, Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle make only nine of 35 shots. Coach John Calipari ejected from game.

18. John Clay:  ”In the end, the coach who preaches accountability was nowhere to be found.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/26/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 57 – Vanderbilt 54. Video Highlights

1. No. 1 Gators survive challenge at Vanderbilt.  Florida clinches share of regular season SEC title with 20th straight win behind team-high 19 points from Dorian Finney-Smith.

2. “This is a different team with a different feel, a grinding, blue-collar group that wins with defense and resolve. “

3. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings: “The game came down to one or two possessions, and (Florida was) able to make the plays they needed to make.”

Georgia 71 – Missouri 56. Video Highlights

4. With victory, Georgia ensures it will finish above .500 in league play – something only five other Georgia teams have accomplished in past 26 years. Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

5. Did Mizzou’s NCAA bubble just pop?  Guards Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson combined to make just nine of 29 shots and turned the ball over seven times.

Wednesday SEC Hoops Schedule

Texas A&M at LSU

Alabama at Ole Miss

Tennessee at Mississippi State

South Carolina at Auburn

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/23/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 75 – Ole Miss 71. Video Highlights

1. Florida positioned for No. 1 ranking in polls after 19th straight win.  Tied at 59 in the second half, Gators took control of the game with a 7-0 run.

2. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson scores 22 points in the first half.  Shutout in the second half.

Georgia 73 – South Carolina 56

3. Georgia matches its victory total for all of last year.  Bulldogs get a career-high 27 points from guard Kenny Gaines.

4. Tied at half, South Carolina starts second half with an 0-for-16 stretch from the floor.

Texas A&M 68 – Tennessee 65 (OT). Video Highlights

5. For the second time this year against Tennessee, Antwan Space is the hero.  His 3-pointer with four seconds left in overtime delivers the win for the Aggies.

6. Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon: “It was kind of heartbreaking, the way we lost in Knoxville, [to] come down here to lose the same way.”

Kentucky 77 – LSU 76 (OT). Video Highlights

7. Kentucky gets the win after Julius Randle scores with 3.9 seconds left in overtime. “That was the basketball gods.”

8. Kentucky native Anthony Hickey scored 20 points and had eight assists for LSU.

Arkansas 73 – Mississippi State 69

9. Arkansas sophomore guard Anthlon Bell scores a career-high 19 points.  MSU coach Rick Ray: “He wasn’t on the scouting report.”

10. Late rally falls short for the Bulldogs.  Colin Borchert led Mississippi State with 21 points.

Vanderbilt 67 – Auburn 59

11. Vanderbilt rallies from 16-point deficit.  Commodores get a career-high 21 points from Dai-Jon Parker.

12. Auburn’s scoring duo of Chris Denson and KT Harrell combine to shoot just 7-of-30 from the field.

Alabama 80 – Missouri 73. Video Highlights

13. Alabama gets a career-high 33 points from Levi Randolph.  Previous high was 20 points.

14. Missouri coach Frank Haith: “We didn’t defend at all. The leaders of our team — Jabari (Brown) and Jordan (Clarkson), those guys have got to defend.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/21/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Texas A&M 63 – Alabama 48. Video Highlights

1. Texas A&M generates 19 assists on 24 baskets.  Jamal Jones leads the Aggies with 19 points.

2. At 10-16 and 4-9 in SEC play, Alabama guaranteed to finish with first losing regular season in 14 years.  Coach Anthony Grant: ”If you think you’re going to trade baskets and win the game, that’s idiotic.”

Saturday SEC Hoops Schedule

Florida at Ole Miss

Georgia at South Carolina

Tennessee at Texas A&M

Arkansas at Mississippi State

LSU at Kentucky

Vanderbilt at Auburn

Missouri at Alabama

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/20/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Arkansas 71 – South Carolina 64. Video Highlights

1. Michael Qualls scores 20 points to lead the Razorbacks.  Arkansas has won four of its last five games.

2. South Carolina has now lost 17 straight road games.

LSU 92 – Mississippi State 81

3. LSU gets a career-high 20 points from Jarell Martin as Tigers break two-game losing streak.

4. Mississippi State loses eighth straight game despite a career-high 33 points from Craig Sword.

Missouri 67 – Vanderbilt 64. Video Highlights

5. Missouri bounces back in second half after scoring season-low 20 points in first half.  Jordan Clarkson scores a game-high 21 points.

6. Vanderbilt gets 19 points and seven rebounds from Damian Jones.  Commodores drop to 6-7 in SEC play.

Florida 71 – Auburn 66. Video Highlights

7. School record 18th straight win for Florida.  Gators remain perfect in SEC play as Patric Young scores all 17 of his game-high points in the second half.

8. Mistakes in the game’s final minute prove costly to Auburn.  Guard Chris Denson: “The No. 2 team, we just took them down to the wire. We beat ourselves at the end.”

Thursday Night SEC Hoops

Alabama at Texas A&M

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SEC Headlines 2/19/2014

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1. Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons booted from the team – “violation of team rules.”  Speculation on what’s next: “Would Harvey-Clemons reunite with Louisville and Todd Grantham?”

2. List of Georgia football players in the past five years that have been dismissed or transferred for reasons other than playing time:

3. New Georgia linebackers coach Mike Ekeler had plenty of help landing the job - including an assist from Tom Osborne.

4. Arkansas running back Alex Collins reinstated after one-week suspension.

5. Former Florida defensive back Cody Riggs is headed to Notre Dame.

6. Reports: Kentucky assistant football coach Bradley Dale Peveto will be the new special teams coordinator at LSU.

7. Auburn coach Gus Malzhan has some vacancies to fill - five analysts have departed this offseason.

8. “Florida could finish 4-8 or 11-1 in 2014, and neither result would be surprising.”

9. Alex Mortenson – son of ESPN’s Chris Mortenson - is reportedly joining the staff at Alabama as a graduate assistant.

10. Are South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and Frank Martin the best football/basketball coaching tandem in the SEC?

11. Some Auburn players will not participate in full-contact drills when spring practice begins in March.

12 LSU with the No. 1 student section in the SEC? But in general, fewer students are showing up at college football games.  What can be done?

Hurry-up Rule Proposal

13. Air Force coach Troy Calhoun chairs the rules committee: ”If there is no medical data that can support it, then there’s no way. There should not be a rule. ”

14. Matt Hayes on Nick Saban and hurry-up, no-huddle offenses.  ”Saban is the best defensive coach in the game. Do you really think he won’t adjust?”

15. Kevin Scarbinsky on who is making the rules in college football:  “A lot of people from a lot of schools that aren’t among the big boys of college football.”


16. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Jadeveon Clowney: “So from a physical skill set, this kid is as freaky as they come.”

17. LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry on the NFL Scouting Combine: ”It’s the biggest job interview of my life.”

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18. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy has contacted the SEC about a jump-ball call near the end of regulation of Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt.

19. Auburn is playing better but no team in the SEC is playing as well as Florida right now.  The two teams meet tonight in Gainesville as Gators go for school record 18th straight win.

20. Something gives tonight. Perimeter defense is hurting LSU. Mississippi State is the worst three-point shooting team in the conference.

21. Perimeter defense also the focus at Missouri.  Tigers killed by Vanderbilt’s three-point shooting last time these two teams met.

22. Arkansas forward Coty Clarke wants to avoid foul trouble as the Razorbacks host South Carolina tonight.

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How Not To Start A New Job: Vandy’s Tata Suspended For DUI Arrest

vavae tataOn the job for less than a month, Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata has already been suspended by his new employer.  This after multiple DUI-related charges were made against the Commodore assistant Sunday.

According to a release by the school:


“Based upon information received Tuesday, Vanderbilt assistant coach Vavae Tata has been suspended indefinitely by Head Football Coach Derek Mason stemming from an incident that occurred Feb. 16 in Nashville.  Vanderbilt University will continue its investigation into the matter.”


The Tennessean newspaper reports that Tata’s car struck two parked vehicles prior to his arrest.  He then fled on foot to try and avoid police.  He was discovered several blocks away and admitted to crashing his vehicle.  He then did poorly on a field sobriety test, and was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and property damage.

He is scheduled to appear in court on March 5th.

Tata came to Vanderbilt from Stanford along with Mason, the Dores’ new head coach.  The Tennessean has learned that Tata was convicted of a DUI in 2000 which was tied back to a serious incident in 1997.  Then a football player at UCLA, Tata was charged with felony DUI when he “caused a wreck in Torrance, injuring himself and UCLA teammates Billy Pieper and Brendon Ayanbadejo after his vehicle overturned several times.”

Tata joined the Vanderbilt staff on January 24th.  If he retains his job, this week’s arrest will most definitely be used against him and the Commodores on the recruiting trail.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/16/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Vanderbilt 57 – Texas A&M 54 (OT). Video Highlights

1. Vanderbilt rallies from 11-point second-half deficit. Key jump ball with 6.6 seconds left in regulation  and the possession arrow favoring Vanderbilt.

2. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy on the unique end zone benches at Memorial Gym -  “the best home-court advantage I’ve ever played against.”

Auburn 92 – Mississippi State 82. Video Highlights

3. Auburn gets 30 points from Chris Denson and 26 from KT Harrell.  ”We have to play like that all the time.”

4. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray: “We had a lot of bad combinations out on the floor. We just couldn’t find a way to score.”

Missouri 75 – Tennessee 70. Video Highlights

5. Missouri shoots 56. 5 percent from the field. Team-high 24 points for Jabari Brown.

6. Vols lose despite 31 points from Jordan McRae.  Tennessee just 4-of-21 from three-point range.

Georgia 61 – Ole Miss 60.

7. Fourth straight victory for Georgia – now 8-4 in SEC play.  Charles Mann’s free throw with 1.5 seconds left the difference in the contest.

8. Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss with 24 points despite not starting the game. Coach Andy Kennedy: “I was just trying to change his mojo.”

South Carolina 67 – Alabama 66.

9. Tip-in with 16.6 seconds left puts South Carolina up for good.  Coach Frank Martin: ”I guess the good Lord was looking down on the Gamecocks tonight.”

10. Trevor Releford keeps Alabama in the game – scores 25 of his 27 points in the second half. 46 points for Releford in the second half of last two games – teammates have scored just 35.

Arkansas 81 – LSU 70. Video Highlights

11. Arkansas finishes game on a 27-10 run.  Game-high 21 points for guard Ky Madden.

12. LSU gets a team-high 20 points and career-best 16 rebounds from Johnny O’Bryant.  

Florida 69 – Kentucky 59.Video Highlights

13. Game of the day in the SEC sees Florida snap six-game losing streak at Rupp Arena and win 17th straight game. Coach Billy Donovan: “I still think we can continue to grow and get better.”

14. Florida outscored Kentucky 31-14 down the stretch.  UK drops to 9-3 in SEC play.

15. “It’s time to talk about Florida as a true title contender, and perhaps the most complete team in the country…”

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