SEC West News
1. New Auburn D-line coach Rodney Garner has never worked with new AU D-coordinator Ellis Johnson… but they should mesh well together.
2. The Tiger hoops team should expect a real challenge from Winthrop tonight.
3. Alabama offensive tackle DJ Fluker says in the middle of the season: “My teammates got on me, so I had to step up.” (Also, he’s yet to decide whether to jump to the NFL.)
4. Alabama’s roundball team faces another weak non-conference foe in Mercer tonight.
5. Mike Anderson doesn’t want his Arkansas team to lay an egg tonight against Alabama A&M in North Little Rock.
6. Les Miles says his LSU football team is “itching to get home for Christmas.”
7. The Tiger hoops team closes out a three-game road stretch at Marquette tonight.
8. Mississippi State fans aren’t gobbling up Gator Bowl tickets this year.
9. A banged-up Bulldog basketball squad will face Central Arkansas in Jackson today.
10. Ole Miss juniors Charles Sawyer (cornerback) and Jeff Scott (running back) want to get their NFL draft grades before deciding whether to stay or go.
11. The Rebel basketball team is looking to make the most of its trip to Hawaii.
12. Texas A&M has picked a contractor for the construction project at Kyle Field.
SEC East News
14. Florida’s Billy Donovan says Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder “may be the player individually that we’ve faced this year.”
15. Where will Georgia turn to replace defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner?
16. Georgia’s basketball team wants to keep its momentum going against Southern Cal today.
17. Kentucky’s John Calipari on the Wildcats new calorie-counting plan: “I’m not going to talk about what we did because it’s really interesting, outside the box.”
18. Here, have a by-the-numbers preview of today’s UK-Marshall game.
19. True freshman running back Mike Davis is learning as he plays at South Carolina.
20. Gamecock forward Lakeem Jackson is trying to make the most of his senior season.
21. Tennessee needed an 18-2 run to take down Western Carolina 66-52 in Knoxville last night.
22. They’re as good as gone, but Vol quarterback Tyler Bray and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson haven’t made their departures for the NFL official yet. (Though new coach Butch Jones said earlier this week that Patterson is “definitely going.”)
23. MTSU knocked off Vanderbilt 56-52 last night at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.
24. Missouri’s athletic department has received a $6.4 million gift from an anonymous donor. (If it came with a prize turkey, here’s betting the donor was a Mr. E. Scrooge.)
25. Illinois will test the chemistry of Mizzou’s hoops team this afternoon.