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SEC Headlines 10/18/2013

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1. Should Auburn consider slowing down the tempo against Texas A&M Saturday?

2. Gus Malzahn on the role Auburn freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson will play: ”You will see his role and it’ll make a lot more sense as we move forward.”

3. Texas A&M won last year 63-21.  ”That game feels like ancient history now.”

4. Ole Miss will likely be without leading rusher Jeff Scott against LSU.  Sophomores Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers will get the carries.

5. Seven of the last 11 games in the LSU-Ole Miss series have been decided by a touchdown or less.

6. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger says his knee is fine but “I just got a deep shin bruise.”

7. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on border states and recruits: “It has helped us not to lose South Carolina athletes to Tennessee the way it probably happened prior to ‘04 or ’05, somewhere in there.”

8. More Spurrier: “I’ve coached more there (Neyland Stadium) than some of their head coaches.”

9. After an off week, will Tennessee “get wacky” against South Carolina? Tennessee’s schedule and the “slim margin for error.”

10. Facing a run-first Arkansas offense means Alabama will get more opportunities to play out of its base 3-4 defense.

11. Before his first-ever college start, Missouri freshman quarterback Maty Mauk gets a text message from former Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel.

12. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy: “Nothing would be worse than losing to Missouri going into a bye week.” Rumor. Update: Reported shoulder injury but will play.

13. Georgia coach Mark Richt on whether conditioning could help prevent injuries: “With the ACL, I don’t think there’s anything to do with conditioning.”

14. Georgia has won the games but playing at Vanderbilt hasn’t been easy in recent years.

15. Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews just 103 receiving yards away from the setting the all-time SEC mark.

16. Does the second half of the schedule get easier for Mississippi State?  First six opponents have a 29-10 record.  Last six are a combined 23-14.

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17. Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward is accused of point-shaving.  Potential witnesses include current Auburn player Chris Denson and former players Kenny Gabriel and Frankie Sullivan.

18. Big Blue Madness tonight.

19. Kentucky coach John Calipari on Auburn coach Tony Barbee: ”He’s really excited about his team.”

20. Florida coach Billy Donovan is the dean of SEC coaches – starting his 18th year in Gainesville -

21. Alabama point guard Trevor Releford  at SEC Media Days: ”We’re really motivated as a team. We don’t want to play in the NIT this year.”

22. Mississippi State forward Gavin Ware: “I wanted to be Dwight Howard as a younger player, but then quickly realized I can’t jump like that.”

23. Will Tennessee be able to solve zone defenses this season?

24. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin: “We’ve got competitive practices; we’ve got healthy bodies. That helps.”

25. South Carolina coach Frank Martin: “I’m not the big grizzly bear everybody thinks I am.”

26. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson: “The Fastest 40 Minutes will get faster this year.”

27. Vanderbilt will have competition at the power forward position.

28. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant: “We think we can be No. 1. Being picked fourth is nice, but we’re going to keep trying to get better.”

29. Rule changes coming to college basketball - including a change to the always controversial block/charge call.

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30. Oregon students sell “We Want Bama” t-shirts.

31. Ole Miss never loses a party. ”The worst part is that I look, like, stupid and I look drunk.”

32. Early signing period for football?

33. Ticket prices likely going up at LSU.

34. Arkansas AD Jeff Long on possible conflicts with his role as chairman of College Football Playoff selection committee: “I have a very strong staff and they’ll be able to pick up anything that I may have to step away from.”

35. Misstep for Condi?  “You don’t have a single league where everyone plays off against each other, like in professional leagues..” (Big 12 does)

36. Cecil Hurt on playoff committee: “What the Committee could do….is create a big mess when circumstances are right.”

37. The Missouri-Kansas rivalry lives on…with a license plate.


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Ole Miss Blasts Pittsburgh In BBVA Compass Bowl

postgame-linksOle Miss 38 – Pittsburgh 17

1. Record attendance for the bowl watches the Rebels dominate - roll up 38 first downs and 387 yards of offense.

2. Rebels end the season 7-6 in front of 59,000 at Legion Field.  Hugh Freeze: “This advances our journey to be relevant in the SEC West.”

3. BBVA Compass Bowl MVP Bo Wallace completes 22 of 32 passes for three touchdowns. “This is a great offense with so much energy.”

4. Jeff Scott’s pulled hamstring gives freshmen running backs a chance to shine.

5. Ole Miss defense holds Pitt to just 266 yards of offense - 11 tackles for loss.

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Mackey, Scott Suspended At Ole Miss

You can probably go ahead an pencil in a couple more losses for Ole Miss as Houston Nutt makes his way to the exit.  The team was expected to lifeless against Louisiana Tech and it was in a 27-7 homefield loss on Saturday.

Now, on top of the emotionally-draining coaching change, Nutt’s team will have to soldier on without two key players.

Starting quarterback Randall Mackey and running back Jeff Scott have been suspended along with backup receiver Korvic Neat for Saturday’s game against LSU and possibly for the Egg Bowl, too.  The oft-cited “violation of team rules” was given as the reason for the punishments.

“I hate it,” Nutt told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger last evening.  “Got to learn how to handle change and it’s tough for a lot of them.  Especially when the season doesn’t go just right, it’s easy to let go.”

As for the suspensions carrying over to the Egg Bowl, Nutt said, “It looks like two (games) right now.”

Zach Stoudt will start at quarterback and Barry Brunetti will see some time against LSU’s suffocating defense, too.  Congratulations.

Mackey and Scott ranked first and second on the Rebel team for total offense.

Credit Nutt for asking the UM administration for the right to go down with his ship, because that vessel is most certainly going down fast at this point.

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SEC Headlines – 8/9/11 Part Three

1.  Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson — back on the Vol football team after a lengthy break — wouldn’t discuss yesterday what personal issues had kept him away from Knoxville since January.

2.  Jackson remained in contact with Derek Dooley throughout his absence.

3.  Juco transfer Maurice Couch has a “long way to go” at defensive tackle.

4.  This afternoon’s scrimmage will have “a big impact” in who Dooley spends time with moving forward.

5.  Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is already working on gameplans for the ‘Dores first three games.

6.  Franklin’s youth is helping him connect with Vandy’s players.

7.  Defensive back Brandon Taylor has been honored with the #18 jersey at LSU this fall.

8.  The intensity is already high in Baton Rouge.

9.  LSU players are digging the “Big Cat” drill.

10.  Matt Derenbecker — who is transferring from the Tiger basketball team — was dealing with off-court issues.

11.  Dan Mullen says Mississippi State’s goal is to win the West and reach Atlanta.  (If he leads MSU past Alabama, LSU and Arkansas… Mullen will be the favorite for the Ohio State job, not his old boss Urban Meyer.)

12.  Here’s an MSU practice report.

13.  Tomorrow will be a big day for State’s freshmen.

14.  Rick Stansbury’s Bulldogs are 2-0 on their European hoops tour.

15.  Ole Miss coaches are praising quarterback Barry Brunetti’s courage under fire.

16.  Rebel tailback Jeff Scott will have a bigger role in UM’s offense this fall.

17.  The D-line is making a good impression in Oxford.

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