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Purdue’s Painter Praises UK’s Miller

After coaching Darius Miller in this summer’s World University Games, Purdue head coach Matt Painter had nothing but praise for the Kentucky guard:

“That (UK) staff has done a great job with him because he’s really made improvements in all areas of his game. … He’s a great teammate and a good person.  I think Kentucky’s got an unbelievable chance to go far this year, if not win it all.  If Darius Millers is one of your guys in the mix, with a lot of young talent, he’s going to do a great job helping to piece things together because he’s that quintessential teammate.”

That right here is pretty much the definition of effusive praise.

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SEC Headlines – 8/29/11 Part One

1.  Alabama’s quarterbacks are still pushing one another.

2.  Tide hoopster JaMychal Green says  his World University Games experience showed him he can compete with anybody.

3.  Auburn’s players are excited to show people what they can do.

4.  Gene Chizik says the Tigers still have a lot of “polishing” to do this week.

5.  Arkansas is looking to build linebacker depth.

6.  If the Hogs want to achieve the unexpected, the defense will have to step up.

7.  Despite a wide range of recent distractions, LSU players say they’ve been focused on Oregon “since the day after the last game.

8.  Nonconference games with Oregon and West Virginia make this year’s Tiger schedule a doozy.

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SEC Headlines – 8/22/11 Part One

1.  Expect a run-first offense from Charlie Weis and Florida this fall.

2.  Former Florida defensive end and linebacker Chris Martin has transferred to Navarro College in Colorado.

3.  Alec Ogletree is adjusting well to his move from Georgia’s secondary to its linebacking corps.

4.  This veteran UGA writer says it’s hard to figure out what to expect from this year’s Dawgs.

5.  His teammates call fifth-year Kentucky linebacker and team leader “the old man.”

6.  There’s a crowded battle for playing time at the tight end position.

7.  UK’s Darius Miller scored just three points as Team USA wrapped up a disappointing fifth-place finish in the World University Games.

8.  South Carolina AD Eric Hyman has already popped up in talk about Tennessee’s current athletic director search… and now he’s being connected to UNC’s vacancy as well.

9.  All eyes may be trained on Jadeveon Clowney, but fellow defensive end Melvin Ingram continues to impress.

10.  Asked about his team’s #12 preseason ranking, Steve Spurrier said, “I tried to tell our guys we’re probably an overrated bunch of dudes right now.”

11.  The Ol’ Ball Coach is ready to use a trio of slot receivers in 2011.

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SEC Headlines – 8/18/11 Part Two

1.  Alabama safety Mark Barron is looking to cap a stellar collegiate career.

2.  Nick Gentry uses speed — not size — at his nose guard position.

3.  Tide basketballer JaMychal Green scored 16 in Team USA’s last World University Games win.

4.  Auburn’s Mike Dyer was back at practice after missing more than a week or work due to an undisclosed injury.

5.  T’Sharvan Bell says he and his defensive mates are starting to jell.

6.  True freshman Kiehl Frazier is gaining confidence at quarterback.  (So we’ll continue to say that he’ll be the Tigers’ starter by October.)

7.  Arkansas is using a no-huddle attack in practice… to help its defense.

8.  The Razorbacks have wrapped up two-a-days for another year.

9.  New Hog hoops coach Mike Anderson is now on Twitter.

10.  LSU will be looking for intensity at this afternoon’s scrimmage.

11.  The Tigers have been dealing with a rash of injuries on the offensive line… but Les Miles sees a silver lining.

12.  Australian punter Brad Wing says none of his Tiger teammates can correctly mock his accent.

13.  Right tackle Addison Lawrence is Mississippi State’s silent leader.

14.  This writer wonders if it is possible for MSU to regress this season?

15.  Construction on State’s new football facility could being next month.

16.  Gunter Brewer is happy with the effort, but “working on the execution” of his Ole Miss receiving corps.

17.  Here’s a UM practice report.

18.  Rebel greyshirt freshman quarterback Maikhail Miller pled guilty to possession of marijuana earlier this month.

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SEC Headlines – 8/17/11 Part Two

1.  True freshman Jeff Driskel has moved into the #2 slot on Florida’s quarterback depth chart.

2.  Will Muschamp says Urban Meyer left him “really talented players here.”

3.  Here’s a look at the Gators’ basketball schedule.

4.  Greg McGarity is looking back on his first year in the Georgia AD’s office.

5.  Back from an injury UGA linebacker Cornelius Washington feels like he’s been paroled from prison.

6.  Through an open records request, some light is shed on last Sunday’s secret SEC expansion meeting.  (The one that told you on Friday would be held Sunday and would feature only 11 of the SEC’s 12 presidents… as turned out to be the case.)

7.  Kentucky is deep at safety with plenty of youth.

8.  Randall Burden says fielding punts is harder than it looks.

9.  Joker Phillips needs to get the Wildcats to the 8-win mark.

10.  UK’s Darius Miller and the US men’s team are rolling into the quarterfinals of the World University Games.

11.  South Carolina will open up tonight’s scrimmage to the public.

12.  Melvin Ingram led the Cocks with nine sacks last year, but his teammates are getting all the spotlight.

13.  Steve Spurrier is releasing a new wine called “Gamecock Garnet” from Spurrier Vineyards.  (I’ve got a bottle of one of his wines.  Not bad.  But it’s no Night Train.)

14.  Derek Dooley is a bit nervous about the new practice schedule he’s cooked up at Tennessee.

15.  Austin Johnson will be a man of many roles in UT’s linebacking corps this fall.

16.  New Vol punter Matt Darr has been training with the UT’s legendary punting family — the Colquitts.

17.  Vanderbilt will be using the fullback more this season.

18.  Commodore coach James Franklin isn’t getting to let his team hit a lull during the dog days of preseason camp.

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SEC Headlines – 8/17/11 Part One

1.  A pair of juco transfers are making an impact at Alabama.

2.  The Tide’s defense wants to force more fumbles this fall.

3.  Here’s a UA practice report.

4.  Bama hoopster JaMychal Green scored 21 against Finland in the World University Games.

5.  Low of numbers this year, Gene Chizik has rewarded eight walk-ons with scholarships.

6.  Gus Malzahn wants to name a starting quarterback in the “near future.”

7.  Starting spots are also still open along Auburn’s offensive line.

8.  Folks in Fayetteville expect improved depth and strength on the D-line to help Arkansas this fall.

9.  Receiver Greg Childs isn’t quite all the way back from a knee injury that cut short his 2010 season.

10.  Bobby Petrino is using a new camera angle to evaluate his quarterbacks in practice.

11.  There’s no looking back for LSU offensive lineman Will Blackwell… after a horrible injury in last year’s season opener.

12.  But Blackwell and a few other Tiger O-linemen have missed practice time due to injuries in preseason camp.

13.  Receiver Rueben Randle needs to be a leader on The Bayou.

14.  Tyler Russell and Dylan Favre are battling to be Chris Relf’s backup in Starkville.

15.  Here’s an MSU practice report.

16.  Cornerback Senquez Golson turned down $1.4 million from the Boston Red Sox in order to play football at Ole Miss.  (Here’s hoping he stays healthy.)

17.  Quarterback candidate Randall Mackey got a shot to run with the first team in practice yesterday…

18.  But the QB race is still wide open in Oxford.

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SEC Headlines – 8/16/11 Part 2

Just a heads-up that you can catch us on the radio in Louisville (KY), Florence (AL), Columbia (SC), Chattanooga (TN), Nashville (TN), Bowling Green (KY), Huntsville (AL) and Lexington (KY) today and this evening.

So if our post seems a bit sporadic, now you know why.

On with the headlines:

1.  Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks (yes, that’s the correct spelling) could play some offense this fall.

2.  Dan Mullen was angry yesterday about his offense’s “sloppy, lazy play.”

3.  Ex-Clemson transfer Brandon Maye isn’t having the expected impact in State’s linebacker corps.

4.  Meanwhile, juco transfer Uriah Grant is making a quick impact on Ole Miss’ defensive line.

5.  UM freshman O-lineman Aaron Morris’s physical play has earned him first-team status for the moment.

6.  Houston Nutt believes the Rebels had their “best work day” yesterday.

7.  Larry Smith once again holds the edge in Vanderbilt’s quarterback derby.

8.  Wesley Tate has moved from running back to wide receiver.

9.  Commodore hoopster John Jenkins continues to contribute in the World University Games… despite the death of his grandfather.

10.  Tennessee receivers Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers see plenty of room for improvement

11.  UT defensive lineman Ben Martin is “Father Time.”

12.  The Vols will count on some new faces to help in the return game this year.

13.  This longtime SEC sportswriter thinks Texas A&M and Virginia Tech make the most sense for the SEC.

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SEC Headlines – 8/15/11 Part Three

1.  Kentucky hoopster Darius Miller scored 8 points and grabbed 5 boards for Team USA in the World University Games today.

2.  Past UK basketball stars are excited about returning to Rupp Arean for a game against John Calipari’s Dominican Republic national team.

(Does anybody in Lexington know that it’s actually football season right now?)

3.  Playboy ranks South Carolina #8 in the nation and tabs Steve Spurrier as the preseason Coach of the Year.

4.  Bruce Ellington is making a seamless transition from basketball to football in Columbia.

5.  This Charleston columnist predicts a 12-0 regular season record for the Gamecocks.  No.  Really.

6.  Tennessee fans are starting to become more optimistic.

7.  True freshman linebacker Curt Maggitt is turning heads in Knoxville.

8.  Apparently Vol basketball player Renaldo Woolridge isn’t giving up his rap career after all.

9.  Some undersized Vanderbilt running backs are gaining attention for themselves in practice.

10.  Vandy’s John Jenkins set a record for made 3-pointers in Team USA’s win yesterday in the World University Games.

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SEC Headlines – 8/12/11 Part One

1.  Former Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson — now on UK’s staff — has plenty of praise for current QB Morgan Newton.

2.  Here’s more on the Cats’ new “in your face” D-coordinator.

3.  Linebacker Qua Huzzie is transferring to Murray State.

4.  Shaq Wilson’s return gives South Carolina a boost at linebacker.

5.  Derek Dooley was using a copy of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” to teach his Vols that one small mistake can bring down a whole team.  (Dooley is quickly becoming the SEC’s version of “The Most Interesting Man In The World.”)

6.  Sophomore Alex Bullard is Mr. Versatility on UT’s offensive line.

7.  The Vols’ defensive lineman have been getting the best of the team’s offensive linemen this week.

8.  James Franklin has his Vandy players cooling off between practice sessions in five jumbo tubs of ice water.

9.  Commodore players worked out with players from nearby Tennessee State this summer during unsupervised workouts.  (Not sure it’ll help much as the teams combined to go 5-18 last season.)

10.  Senior quarterback Larry Smith is starting to “separate himself a little bit from the pack.”

11.  VU gunner John Jenkins poured in 24 points for Team USA in the World University Games yesterday.

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SEC Headlines – 7/29/11 Part Two

1.  Kevin Scarbinsky does a nice job of explaining how overzealous fans can love their programs to death.  A good read if you’re wondering about the hubbub regarding T-Town Menswear.

2.  Alabama needs to restock its backfield.

3.  Tide hoopsters Ja’Mychal Green and Tony Mitchell are trying to make Team USA for the World University Games.

4.  At Auburn, folks are asking how important returning starters are anyway.

5.  It looks like Arkansas will face Michigan in basketball this season.

6.  This fall, the expectations are high for Razorback players and coaches.

7.  Ole Miss fans can set their preseason football calendar.

8.  Could it be that MSU’s Renardo Sidney is more interested in himself than his team?

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