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SEC Headlines 5/21/2013

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1. LSU coach Les Miles will go Destin next week with a message on banning permanent opposite division rivals.  “The most important thing the conference has to do is pick a champion in a fair, straightforward way.”

2. Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell will play his final season at North Carolina State. ”Bottom line is I want to win, and I want to win now.”

3. Alabama receiver Danny Woodson, Jr. transferring to South Alabama.  Former four-star recruit was suspended for violation of team rules during the spring.

4. Why is former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt being restricted from transferring to certain schools, including Tennessee and Vanderbilt? One reason –  ”The belief that at least some coaches at some interested schools improperly contacted Lunt.” MrSEC weighed in on transfer limits Monday.

5. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel can complete a pass blindfolded.  Here’s the video proof and a picture.

6. Why wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is one of Georgia’s 10 most important players this year. Ten breakout candidates in the SEC this fall.

7. A look at freshman Evan Engram and the tight end position at Ole Miss.  Rebels don’t return a scholarship player to the roster from the tight end spot.

8. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis on a defense that lost seven starters. “We’re not afraid to play freshmen. We’ll do everything we can to get our best 11 on the field.”

9. In Auburn’s new defensive alignment, only two linebackers will be on the field.  They will have to cover a lot of ground.

10. Tennessee sports publicist Gus Manning on coach Butch Jones: “I’ve been here for 11 football coaches. Butch Jones is the best public-relations man of all of them.”

11. Remember that Alabama BCS trophy that was accidentally shattered?  Broken trophy fetched $105,000 at an auction.

12. Rimington Trophy watch list includes nine SEC centers.

13. Do you realize college football kicks off in exactly 100 days from now? Here’s an SEC checklist.

14. ESPN’s Ted Miller on why so many predictions about college football this fall will be completely wrong.

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15. Florida wins the SEC All-Sports Trophy for the 23rd time.  

16. Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity has made four head coaching moves in the athletic program since he was hired.  Latest move was firing the baseball coach.

17. Towson A.D. Michael Waddell joining the athletic department at Arkansas.

18. Jon Solomon on the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit: “Collegiate Licensing Company had licensing agreements with more than 80 former college athletes from 1995 to 2010.”

19. Stewart Mandel projects how the bowls will lineup for college football’s major conferences in future years.

20. Mountain West Commissioner doesn’t think college football playoffs will stay at four teams.

21. Dan Mullen and Urban Meyer - Parrotheads?

22. Interview with former Alabama and Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione: “We had a lot of great memories of Alabama and the fans and that program. I wish it could have been under different circumstances.”

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23. Former Baylor player Deuce Bello transferring to Missouri.  Will have two years of eligibility after sitting out this next season. Sixth Division I transfer to join MU’s program since Frank Haith arrived two years ago.

24. Staff moves announced Monday at Alabama include Antoine Pettway promoted to assistant coach. Team also getting new strength and conditioning coach.

25. Former Tennessee center Yemi Makanjuola enrolls at UNC Wilmington.


26. How Pac-12 schools divvied up the cash.

27. Former Memphis forward Tarik Black will play his senior year at Kansas.

28. ESPN reportedly laying off hundreds of people.

29. The 20 types of unhappy sports fans.  I think I’ve done about 14 of these.

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Wow Headlines 5/18/2013

More than 3,500 people have signed an online petition supporting suspended Georgia player Kolton Houston…
The offensive lineman has been banned since testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone as a freshman
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin received more than $1.8 million in compensation in 2011
Quarterback Wes Lunt is leaving Oklahoma State but the school won’t let him transfer to Tennessee or Vanderbilt
Tennessee basketball player Yemi Makanjuola reportedly transferring to UNC-Wilmington
Vanderbilt forward Sheldon Jeter has decided to transfer
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Vols Add Junior College Forward To 2011 Class

The Tennessee basketball team has signed forward Dwight Miller from Midland (Texas) College.

Dwight is a guy who competes and plays hard,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He has the tools to really help us from an experience and physical standpoint.”

The Vols sure hope so. UT will return Kenny Hall, Jeronne Maymon and Renaldo Woolridge next season, but none of the three players have proven themselves as effective post players. Miller is expected to compete right away for playing time.

“It will require me to work hard to get the best opportunity to do something special,” Miller said, “I think my strength is my versatility and being able to create mismatches wherever I’m at on the floor.”

UT also has a commitment from post player Yemi Makanjuola.  The Vols also signed guards Quinton Chievous, Josh Richardson and Wes Washpun for the 2011 class.

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Big Man Commits To Tennessee; Vols Officially Add Combo Guard

Tennessee has addressed depth issues within its post position by accepting a commitment from Yemi Makanjuola.

Makanjuola, who attends Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is expected to be the fourth and final member of UT’s signing class.

Makanjuola transferred from Oak Hill Academy to Word of God before the 2010-11 year began. He arrived in the United States from Nigeria in 2010.

Makanjuola will join a class that includes guards Quinton Chievous, Josh Richardson and Wes Washpun.

The signing of Chievous became official this week. Chievous is a combo guard from Notre Dame Prep School in Niles, Ill.

“Quinton has a lot of characteristics coaches love,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He’s a hard worker who’s dedicated to putting time in to continue to enhance his skills. He’s very athletic and is a great competitor. He has the tools to be a really good player because he can do a lot of different things.”

UT also signed point guard Chris Jones from Memphis, Tenn., but Jones is expected to enroll at Northwest Florida State Junior College this fall.

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