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SEC Headlines 1/17/2013

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1. Looks like Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the next head coach at Vanderbilt.  Reportedly had second interview this morning.

2. Georgia won’t have a single assistant coach on defense returning next season – first time that’s happened in half a century. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson apparently had some second thoughts, but is leaving for USC.

3. Turnover is the norm on almost every coaching staff in the SEC – except Missouri.

4. “Did anybody really expect (James) Franklin to keep his hands off all of Vanderbilt’s commitments? That’s naïve.”

5. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will be 73 when his current deal expires – he has the option to become a “special advisor” at the school when he does decide to retire.

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6. Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the first three games of next season - part of the same suspension that forced him to sit out the Gator Bowl.

7. Here’s a list of SEC players to keep your eye on during the 2014 season. And some  potential Heisman candidates from the conference.

8. Who will replace Jay Prosch in the Auburn backfield?

9. And quarterback AJ McCarron at Alabama? “The race is as wide open as Megatron in a middle-school secondary.”


10. Juniors have three days to rescind their NFL draft decision and retain college eligibility.  That’s apparently what Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri is pondering.

11. Alabama senior cornerback Deion Blue projects as an NFL talent but dealt with turf toe all season.

12. Perspective on AJ McCarron missing the Senior Bowl: “This is the biggest name from Mobile turning down his one opportunity to participate in Mobile’s biggest annual sporting event.”

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13. Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison  threw a ball into the scoreboard at the end of their overtime loss at Bud Walton arena this week.  Arkansas plans to keep it there.

14. South Carolina guard Tyrone Johnson fractured his foot against Texas A&M Wednesday night – will require surgery.

15. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson says he can’t remain calm.  ”I can’t do it anymore. I’m sorry. I’m going back to me, because we need it.”

16. Florida much better at close games this year - Gators 0-6 in games decided by single digits a year ago.

17. Is Tennessee a “desperate” team this weekend as it travels to Kentucky? UK knows it will need to stop Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon.

18. John Calipari is already thinking ahead to next year’s Christmas break and including UK fans in “Camp Cal.”

19. Suspended for Saturday’s game against Auburn, Missouri forward Tony Criswell returned to action last night.  Scored five points in losing effort.

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UT’s Sunseri Prepared To Go To Bat For Bama’s Sunseri

As we noted last week, the closer we get to football season — especially the Alabama-Tennessee game this October — the more you’ll be hearing about new Vol defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri and his relationship with his son, Tide linebacker Vinnie Sunseri.

Another dose of The Suneris was published today, this time with the father explaining just how difficult it was for him to leave his son in Tuscaloosa for a better job title in Knoxville:

“When I made this decision, I sat in that office down there, and both of us looked at each other, and we both cried.  And it was hard.  It was really hard.  But the bottom line is everybody has to go and do what they’re supposed to do in life and fulfill their dreams.  He’s fulfilling his dream, and I always wanted to be a coordinator, and I’m thankful that Derek Dooley gave me this opportunity to come up here…

(My son and I) love each other to death.  And it doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing orange or you’re wearing crimson and all that — that’s my son… I’m a parent first before I’m a coach on another team.  That’s what everybody has to understand.  That’s my son.  I will got to bat for him.  I’ll do everything I need to do.”

No fans on either side should hold one thing against either the father or the son in this case.  The son loves life at Bama.  The father got career advancement at Tennessee.

Life trumps football.

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