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SEC Headlines 4/11/2014

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1. Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

2. Little Rock, Arkansas prosecutors say they’ll drop Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny’s drug possession charge if he doesn’t get in trouble in the next year.

3. Arrested in January for resisting arrest, Alabama freshman Tony Brown was granted youthful offender status Thursday.

4. With no charges filed against Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham – is this a defining decision for  Gary Pinkel? “Does the Missouri coach stand on his stated principle or side with expediency?” MrSEC:  ”Pinkel now sits in Coaching Hell.” 

5. Zach Price kicked off Missouri basketball team by coach Frank Haith.   Louisville transfer – who never played at Mizzou – was arrested twice after former teammate Earnest Ross had filed a restraining order against him.

6. Seven Mizzou football and men’s basketball players have been arrested eight times since January.

7. A former intern in the Vanderbilt athletics department files a lawsuit in federal court – says he should have been paid.

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8. Thanks to Vanderbilt moving the game to LP Field, Ole Miss will play three straight games in NFL stadiums. 

9. Florida coach Will Muschamp on the impact of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper: “I think there’s a lot of confidence level on our offensive side of the ball for the first time in a while. Quarterback Jeff Driskel has lost 15 pounds.

10. Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt doesn’t have a lot of patience for mistakes in the secondary.  “You mess up a couple of plays, you’re out.”

11. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: “I want to make it very clear, we’ve not made any changes to our offensive line.”

12. Texas A&M running backs coach Clarence McKinney likes no longer having offensive coordinator responsibilities.  “I can focus on some technical things with those guys we kind of got away from last year.”

13. Brandon Allen on the quarterback battle at Arkansas: “My mindset is I’m the starter and I need to go out and prove to everyone that I’m still the starter.”  A.J. Derby moving to tight end.

14. Tennessee defensive end  LaTroy Lewis getting reps at tight end.

15. In addition to unveiling new uniforms, Mississippi State signs extension with Adidas - seven-year deal worth $17.5 million.

16. Economic study on the impact of LSU football: “Over a 7-game home season, total spending by fans from outside the metro is $62.8 million in Louisiana, with $47.7 million of that spent within Baton Rouge metro.”

17. Daniel Bush spent the past three years working on Alabama’s player personnel staff.  He’s now Arkansas’ new Assistant Recruiting Coordinator/Director of Personnel.

SEC/NFL

18. Johnny Manziel reportedly had the highest Wonderlic score among quarterbacks.

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19. Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes expected to announce he’s entering the NBA draft.

20. For Kentucky basketball fans “no one in recent years — not Duke, not Louisville, not North Carolina, certainly not Tennessee — has been responsible for more heartache than the Connecticut Huskies.”

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SEC Headlines 4/4/2014

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1. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on Lane Kiffin’s return to Knoxville when Alabama comes to Tennessee: ”He’s a great football coach, but we’ll worry about that game.”

2. Tennessee freshman cornerback Emmanuel Moseley has been practicing with the first team for much of the spring.

3. Did Vanderbilt sacrifice home-field advantage by moving its game against Ole Miss to LP Field?

4. LSU’s spring game on Saturday expected to attract 20,000 to 25,000 fans.

5. Heading into the second scrimmage of the spring, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is not a happy man.  “There’s a lot of guys to me… have to understand how serious it is if they want to get on the field and go play.”

6. Georgia’s J.J. Green on learning to play the nickle back position: “Coach wants everybody to learn a different position just in case he has to throw somebody out there because of injuries.” Lot of spring injuries in the Georgia offense.

7. Anticipating the December day when the fifth-best team in the country is left out of the playoffs.  ”It’ll make college basketball’s Selection Sunday look like a garden party.”

8. An argument for why Bruce Pearl’s arrival as Auburn’s basketball coach is a good move – for Auburn football.

9. Is Auburn defensive back Josh’s Holsey’s recovery from a torn ACL nothing short of remarkable?

10. Auburn receiver Tony Stevens on quarterback Nick Marshall: “His leadership is very strong.”

11. Marshall one of just three SEC quarterbacks that started double-digit games last fall and returning this year.

12/ Defensive line depth a concern at Florida?

13. Big change upfront at Arkansas.  Center Luke Charpentier replacing departed four-year start Travis Swanson.  

14. Texas A&M renovating its football complex.

SEC/Final Four

15. One of the storylines for Saturdays semi-final games. Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin vs. UConn All-American guard Shabazz Napier.

16. Pete Thamel on Billy Donovan: “Donovan sits on the precipice of joining some of the most elite company in college basketball.”

17. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein walking without crutches - still unlikely to play Saturday.

18. If Kentucky wins it all -  ”the cumulative total of the seeds Kentucky defeated in this year’s NCAA Tournament would be 19.” Record is 20- set by Villanova in 1985.

19. Kentucky coach John Calipari on ending one-and-done: ”What I propose isn’t that radical, nor should it be difficult.”

20. X-factors on Saturday.  Does Final Four success hinge on the performance of these guys?

21. The no-booze rule at NCAA events has been around for 40 years.

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22. Missouri basketball player Zach Price arrested a second time for assault - accused of ramming alleged victims’ car from first incident.

23. If Jabari Brown follows through and enters NBA draft, Missouri will have a returning roster that averaged 18.1 points per game last season.

24. The Wall Street Journal on the not-so-shining NCAA Tournament moments.  ”The Missouri Tigers have the dubious distinction of turning up five times in our 10-year sample.”

25. Rupp Arena - the best in college basketball?

26. Georgia working on ways to improve attendance.

Extras

27. Florida State under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education in connection with case involving Jameis Winston.

28. Texas paid a search firm almost $267,000 to find Charlie Strong. Or as College Football Talk notes, “It cost Texas $266,900 to not get Nick Saban.”

29. Johnny Manziel trademark filing - “The House That Johnny Built”

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SEC Headlines 3/31/2014

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1. Would coach Cuonzo Martin leave Tennessee for Marquette?

2. Mark Wiedmar: Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart “secretly hopes Martin will jump to Marquette or elsewhere, and the sooner the better, since his buyout dips from $2.6 million to $1.3 million on Tuesday.”

3. Martin may not be the only one leaving.  Will Jarnell Stokes enter the NBA draft?

4. Could former Louisville guard Kevin Ware be headed to Auburn?  

5. Detroit columnist: “Michigan’s Fab Five changed the look and feel of college basketball. Kentucky’s Fab Five is just a collection of AAU stars…”

6. Money for Rupp Arena renovation left out of a Kentucky state budget deal.

7. Missouri coach Frank Haith: “We have to want to make it to the NCAA Tournament every year.”

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8. LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers wants to transfer to Vanderbilt. “I took a visit there and really enjoyed it.”

9. Hospitalized on Thursday, Auburn defensive tackle Tyler Nero attended practice Saturday but did not participate.

10. Weather forced Auburn inside for its first scrimmage of the spring.

11. Kentucky-Louisville in basketball is just a warmup for what could happen in football if Alabama and Auburn meet in a playoff game.

12. Five areas where Alabama needs to improve before its spring game.

13. Tight end Malcom Johnson impresses at Mississippi State’s first scrimmage.

14. Georgia coach Mark Richt on the Bulldogs first spring scrimmage: “There’s always something good happening, there’s always something bad happening I guess you could say.”

15. Butch Jones at Tennessee’s scrimmage: “What happens when Alabama comes in here and runs the ball?”

16. LSU coach Les Miles on the Tigers second scrimmage of the spring: “Hard-hitting.” Tigers put their young quarterbacks to the test.

17. The core of the Ole Miss team is its sophomore class.

Extras

18. Johnny Manziel to Texas coach Charlie Strong: “Sorry Charlie…”

19. Arizona fans throw bottles and firecrackers at police.  Cops respond with pepper spray.

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SEC Headlines 3/29/2014

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1. Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill suspended indefinitely. 19-year old arrested for public intoxication early Friday morning. ”Hill was passed out in a planter full of rocks and plants…”

2. Stolen but recovered.  More than $16,00 worth of gear and memorabilia from the Auburn locker room at Jordan-Hare Stadium,  including Bo Jackson and Cam Newton football memorabilia. Three Auburn men arrested this week.

3. Auburn’s football team accounted for 81 percent of athletic department revenue in 2012-2013.  Department ran a deficit approaching $900,000 for fiscal year 2013.

4. Surplus at Missouri for the first time since 2009 - 50 percent jump in operating revenue for the 2013 fiscal year.

5. What do Vanderbilt players think about the union ruling? “I don’t think it’s really an issue for us right now.”

6. “Somehow, I can’t see Johnny Manziel writing, “U-n-i-o-n,” on a piece of cardboard and jumping on a table in the middle of the Texas A&M locker room.”

7. “The notion peddled by the NCAA that it has the interests of the athletes foremost in its thinking is laughable.”

8. Florida’s holds its first big scrimmage of the spring today.

9. Targeting rule had a big impact on a Georgia game last season.  Bulldog players glad to see it tweaked.

10. One service ranks Mississippi State’s Chris Jones the top defensive tackle prospect in the NFL class of 2017.

11. South Carolina projects to have two seniors in its starting offensive line but they could also lose redshirt junior Brandon Shell if he elects to declare for the NFL Draft. 

12. Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin speaks.  Or at least tweets – for the first time in 193 days.

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13. Is the fourth time the charm for Florida?  Heavily-favored Gators face Dayton tonight with a Final Four bid on the line.

14. Kentucky will face Michigan Sunday.  Willie Cauley-Stein’s status uncertain due ankle injury.  ”It’s not a good ankle injury.  Let’s put it that way.”

15. John Calipari gets called “Rick” at end of press conference last night. Kentucky fans celebrated overnight – put a match to “anything that would burn.”

16. Louisville’s Russ Smith went to the Kentucky locker room after the game last night to congratulate UK players.

17. Texas A&M A.D. Eric Hyman on the direction of the basketball program under Billy Kennedy: “You need time, and two years no matter where you are is just very difficult, unless your program is at the top.”

18. Marshall Henderson in a Florida Gators sweatshirt.

Extras

19. AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb, a love story. Proposed at a Gulf Shores restaurant with a ring he designed himself.

20. The Cleveland Browns have bigger things to worry about than not showing up for Johnny Manziel’s pro day.

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SEC Headlines 3/9/2014

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1. Who will fill C.J. Mosley’s “alpha-dog” role at Alabama? That’s a key question this spring.

2. Here’s a breakdown of Alabama’s linebackers.

3. Here’s a look at Auburn’s tight ends/H-backs this spring.

4. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema likes the “new flavor” of the Razorbacks’ secondary.

5. LSU’s quarterback derby is wide open at the start of spring practice.

6. There’s plenty of competition for the Tigers on offense and defense.

7. Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton isn’t resting on his successful freshman season.

SEC/NFL

8. Auburn’s Dee Ford wants to prove he fits into any NFL defensive scheme.

9. Johnny Manziel looks like a boom-or-bust quarterback prospect, writes Michael Schottey.

SEC Basketball

10. Here’s a look at the full SEC tournament bracket with the schedule and TV times.

11. The future of Auburn coach Tony Barbee is in serious doubt as the Tigers enter the SEC tournament.

12. Tennessee appears to be peaking at just the right time. The Vols have won four straight games.

13. Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon defended coach Cuonzo Martin, who’s received plenty of criticism this season.

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14. Jerry Palm’s latest NCAA tournament projection has Arkansas and Tennessee among the “last four teams in” the tournament.

15. What a Senior Day for Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who scored 45 points in his final home game.

16. Freshman Jabari Parker scored a career-high 30 points for Duke in the Blue Devils’ 93-81 win over North Carolina.

17. Oregon upset No. 3 ranked Arizona on Saturday. The win greatly helps Oregon’s NCAA tournament resume.

18. Iowa State students flopped en masse when Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was introduced.

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SEC Headlines 3/8/2014

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1. Report: Dan Mullen and Mississippi State in contract talk extensions.

2. Texas coach Charlie Strong wants to renew the rivalry with Texas A&M.  ”When there’s been so much tradition there, you’d like to see it continue on.”

3. No Johnny Manziel but still plenty of options at quarterback for the Texas A&M.

4. John Theus is moving from right tackle to left tackle for Georgia.

5. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on competition at the quarterback spot:  ”That competition, that’s how you get better, that’s how you grow.”

6. Plenty of options at running back for Ole Miss.

7. Early signing period for college football?

SEC/NFL

8. Couple of NFL draft analysts now have Johnny Manziel going fourth overall to the Cleveland Browns.

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9. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: “One of the primary focuses that we have is changing the perception of our basketball over the next several years.”

10. Andy Staples on Florida: “These Gators won’t overwhelm anyone with their athleticism, but they might overwhelm a team with their defensive stubbornness.”

11. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs will sit down with coach Tony Barbee at the end of the season.  Is his job in jeopardy?

12. An argument to keep South Carolina coach Frank Martin suspended until he cleans up his “expletive act.”

13. If LSU beats Georgia today, Tigers will clinch the sixth seed in the SEC Tournament. And if Georgia loses and Tennesse wins, Vols claim third place in the SEC.

14. Missouri has received more points and rebounds from this freshmen class than any of the past four seasons.

15. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on the future of his program: “I’m really high on some of our young guys.”

16. Jerry Palm on bubble teams and potential bid stealers.

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17. Paul Finebaum’s book on the SEC goes on sale in August.  Here’s a look at the cover.

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SEC Headlines 2/28/2014

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1. The post-Johnny Manziel era begins today at Texas A&M as spring practice gets underway.

2. Biggest storyline of the spring at Tennessee?  The four-man quarterback competition.

3. Bruce Feldman: : “I don’t know how much Mizzou pays strength coach Pat Ivey, but I’m pretty sure whatever it is, the school is getting a bargain.” (last item)

4. Should college football limit the amount of full-contact practices during the season?

5. Linebacker Kris Frost could be a key cog in Auburn’s defense this fall.

6. It’s official.  Bradley Dale Peveto is back on Les Miles’ staff.  Was special teams coordinator and a defensive assistant on LSU’s 2007-08 national championship team.

7. Georgia coach Mark Richt is…pure evil?

SEC/NFL

8. Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray will participate in Jon Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPN.

9. Forget “Johnny Football” – how about “Mr. Football?”

10. Mel Kiper on Auburn tackle Greg Robinson: “He shined as an athlete in Indy and is now a challenge to go No. 1 overall.”

11. Dismissed from team last summer after failing to become academically eligible for the second straight season, Nick Brasell is one of 19 scheduled participants for Ole Miss’ Pro Day Monday.

12. Former Ole Miss Rebel Greg Hardy: “If my hand was broken, I’d say I wasn’t playing. And they’d say it was a sprain and I’d be like, Nah, I’m getting my own opinion. They hated that with a passion.”

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13. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings on speculation over Cuonzo Martin’s job status at  Tennessee: “I think for people to speculate on his job is absurd.”

14. Florida guard Kasey Hill’s status for Saturday against LSU is uncertain. Been bothered by a strained groin. Gators clinched SEC title for second straight year when Arkansas beat Kentucky Thursday night.

15. What do the computers think about Kentucky’s loss to Arkansas?

16. Did college football kill college basketball in the state of Alabama?

17. Missouri knows what it needs to do to get to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.  Coach Frank Haith: “You’ve got to win.”

18. Georgia is one six conference schools where attendance has gone up this year.

19. Why was Auburn fan Chris Hardin ejected Wednesday night?   ”I told him ‘you got to blow your whistle (against South Carolina).’ He didn’t like that.”

Extras

20. Phillip Fulmer and the rebirth of East Tennessee State football.

21. Barry Switzer: ““I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback.”

22. Players and fans get into a fight at the end of the New Mexico State and Utah Valley basketball game Thursday night. New Mexico State player suspended after instigating brawl.

23. $60 million high school stadium in Texas closes over structural concerns.

24. Las Vegas bookmaker sets the odds for the Oscars – 12 Years a Slave overwhelming favorite for Best Picture.

Headline of the day

25. Mississippi man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

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SEC & NFL: Who Impressed At The Combine?

Did former Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans have a better NFL combine than former teammate Johnny Manziel?  Boomer Esiason breaks down the reasons why he believes he did.




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SEC Headlines 2/24/2014

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1. Student attendance at Florida and other SEC stadiums will be a hot topic this offseason.

2. Georgia has a recruiting coordinator for the first time since December 2012.

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3. Levi Randolph was the first Alabama player not named Releford to score 30 points in a game since 2008.

4. LSU used a lot of emotion in its overtime loss at Kentucky on Saturday.

5. Florida won’t benefit from being ranked No. 1, writes Pat Dooley.

6. There’s a lot to consider before Tennessee decides if it will buyout coach Cuonzo Martin, writes David Climer.

7. Former Vols coach Bruce Pearl – who many fans want to return to UT – said fans should support Martin and the team.

8. Missouri is on the bubble but still in the NCAA tournament, according to Jerry Palm.

SEC/NFL

9. Johnny Manziel impressed NFL folks with the way he carried himself at the NFL Combine. “He did a really nice job in there,” one GM said.

10. AJ McCarron didn’t run particularly fast, but he impressed in all other areas.

11. What’s the worst part about being named HaHa Clinton-Dix? “The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinsky,” Clinton-Dix said. 

12. Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford says Jadeveon Clowney “plays like a blind dog in a meat market.”

13. Tre Mason posted a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. His goal was 4.4 or lower.

14. Former Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins had a productive day when he posted a 4.46 40.

15. Victor Hampton called Connor Shaw the “toughest quarterback in the SEC” and said he should get more NFL consideration.

Extra

16. Michigan beat Michigan State on Sunday, pulling off a season sweep over its rival.

17. Don’t sleep on defending champ Louisville, writes Scott Gleeson.

18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500. “I was like, ‘We just won,’ ” he said. “Holy cow, man!”

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SEC Headlines 1/14/2014

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1. Nick Saban on hiring Lane Kiffin: “All his issues come from something we’re not asking him to do.”

2. Bo Davis is returning to Alabama to coach the defensive line. He was hired at Southern California just a few days earlier.

3. Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee should play a key role next year. “Oh man, Dillon Lee is something else,” cornerback Deion Belue said.

4. Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson is hoping to return this summer. He’s applied for a medical redshirt.

5. There will be plenty of unknown with LSU’s offense next season.

6. Florida coach Will Muschamp believes the Gators need more tempo on offense.

7. Alabama’s Kirby Smart and Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt are two names to watch as Georgia searches for a defensive coordinator.

8. James Franklin leaving Vanderbilt could be good news for the rest of the SEC.

9. Vanderbilt AD David Williams is in the middle of the search to replace Franklin.

10. Dave Matter has handed out grades following Missouri’s 12-2 season.

SEC/NFL Draft

11. LSU running back Jeremy Hill started the run of LSU players to the NFL draft on Monday.

12. Hill is the top running back prospect in the draft, according to Gil Brandt.

13. Johnny Manziel has hired a law firm to handle his business matters.

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14. Ole Miss will have to adjust as the Rebels welcome back guard Marshall Henderson.

15. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray is pleased with the Bulldogs’ progress.

16. Florida isn’t worried about its home winning streak. The Gators are more worried about Georgia.

17. Marcus Thornton is playing a key role for Georgia after dealing with injuries during his career.

18. Kentucky coach John Calipari is still trying to get his team to work hard and improve.

19. Avoiding early foul trouble is a key for Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes.

20. Seth Davis on Tennessee: “The Vols are easily the most disappointing team in the country thus far.”

Extra

21. College football sells its soul year after year by hiring bad-guy coaches, according to George Diaz.

22. Report: Ohio State plans to hire longtime Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson.

23. Mike DeCourcy looks at college athletics and the academic crisis.

24. ESPN put together an All-BCS era team.

25. The topic of concussions came up again Monday during an AFCA conference in Indianapolis.

26. Kansas has more talent than just Andrew Wiggins, who recorded 19 points and 17 rebounds on Monday.

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