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SEC Headlines 11/1/2013

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1. Weather could play a role in the Florida-Georgia game.  Who benefits from rainy,wet conditions?

2. What about Florida running back Kelvin Taylor? Georgia allows the most yards per carry outside the tackles in the SEC

3. Only six people have both played and coached in the Florida-Georgia game.

4. Georgia receiver Justin Scott-Wesley – out for the year with a knee injury - arrested on a marijuana charge.

5. Auburn-Arkansas and Gus Malzahn’s return to his home state.  ”He’s coming into town to do a job. It’s not a welcome home party, it’s not a social event.”

6. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on what he and Malzahn will talk about before the game.  ”I have no idea.”

7. Will the Razorbacks defense be up to the challenge?  Defensive coordinator Chris Ash: “I like our plan.”

8. An appreciation for South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw: “All he does is grit his teeth and play understated, yet almost perfect, football…”

9. South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry checks his blood sugar about eight times a day - has Type 1 diabetes.

10. Mississippi State’s offense has scored 10 second-half points in the last three games.

11. One view of Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk: “Mauk is a kind of high-risk, high-reward proposition at quarterback.”

12. Tennessee tackle Ja’Wuan James on freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs:  ”I don’t want to say perfect, but there’s nothing really bad about the kid.”

12A. Update: NCAA declares Maurice Coach permanently ineligible.  UT will appeal.

13. Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders keeps thinking about the potential game-winning touchdown he almost broke against Mississippi State.  ”It’s been a chip on my shoulder.”

14. Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladlar leads the SEC in solo tackles and forced fumbles.

15. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on scheduling in the SEC: “I think the thing that’s different about the SEC that people aren’t used to is nonconference opponents late in the year.”

16. Criticized earlier in the year, the Alabama offensive line is starting to click.  Nick Saban: ”We have improved. ”

17. Recalling the 2011 Alabama-LSU regular season game. “It was a festival all week.”

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18. Don’t expect a decision on Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall until right before kickoff.

19. Good news for Missouri.  Cornerback E.J. Gaines expected to return to the lineup Saturday against Tennessee.

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20. Ole Miss gets a chance to see its lineup without suspended guard Marshall Henderson - Rebels play an exhibition game against USC-Aiken.

21. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork: “There are a lot of things in place to monitor him, and as he goes through this he’s getting better every single day.”

22. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson: “The biggest question mark as we move past the Red-White game is will we be able to stop somebody?”

23. Kentucky coach John Calipari on a less-physical approach this year: “It’s not football. And I’m glad it’s not football with us having to be in the SEC playing football.”

24. Missouri needs production from its newcomers in the front court this year.


25. Are Florida State Jameis Winston and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel polar opposites?

26. Storm clouds for Major League Baseball?  Average viewer of the World Series this year is 54.4 years old.

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SEC Headlines 10/31/2013

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1. Florida’s defense has allowed 100-yard rushers in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2011.  How will they fare against Georgia and Todd Gurley?

2. With Gurley in the lineup, Georgia has recorded 33 plays greater than 20 yards.  Without him – just nine.

3. Auburn coaches are paying special attention to Arkansas defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith. Gus Malzahn: ”We’ve faced some good defensive fronts, but getting after the passer, this may be the best one.”

4. Auburn is averaging 37 points a game.  Arkansas is allowing 44.8 points per game in conference play.

5. The Auburn game is the last of the year in Fayetteville.  Arkansas 20-man senior class will be honored before the game.

6. Texas A&M’s defense took a step in the right direction against Vanderbilt.  Can it build on the momentum?

7. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin apologized to ESPN/SEC sideline reporter Cara Capuano after being short with her in a halftime interview.

8. A report card for South Carolina heading into November.  Best grade goes to Mike Davis and the running game.

9. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen on facing Jadeveon Clowney: “What we have to do is do a good job of making sure we limit the amount of plays he can make.”

10. Tennessee coach Butch Jones knows all about Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk .  Recruited the Ohio native when he was coaching at Cincinnati.

11. Tennessee will attempt to do something at Missouri it hasn’t done in over 1,000 days – win a true road game.

12. Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney on the battle upfront between the Vols and the Tigers. ”They’ve definitely got our attention from last year in hearing the guys talk about it. ”

13. Quarterback AJ McCarron on Alabama’s scout team defense: “You can’t say enough about about those guys, and I respect those guys more than anybody.”

14. With a bye week, LSU in no rush to start preparations for Alabama.  Jeremy Hill: “You just can’t let it overwhelm you.”

15. Ole Miss wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan has been on a roll.  13 passes thrown his way last two games – he’s caught all 13 of them.

16. Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette: “I just wasn’t always ready to go from the start in the A&M game.”

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17. Florida has eight players out for the season , two more either doubtful or questionable for Georgia plus D.J. Humphries out two-to-four weeks.

18. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall splitting reps with freshman Jeremy Johnson.  Still recovering from an injury to his throwing shoulder. Could be game-time decision.

19. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn confirms safety Joshua Holsey had ACL surgery Friday. “It went very well.”

20. Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow has a sprained ankle and a sprained AC joint in left (non-throwing) shoulder but he “seems ready to go” Saturday against Alabama State.

21. Georgia coach Mark Richt says starting safeties Josh-Harvey Clemons and Tray Matthews will be available to play against Florida.   Bulldogs need a punt-snapper.

22. Alabama cornerback Deion Blue has some turf toe issues.  Fellow cornerback Bradley Sylve bothered by a strained left ankle.

23. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye may not be available for Alabama.  Injured in warmups for the Furman game.

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24. Texas A&M guard J-Mychael Reese suspended for violating athletic department rules.  Expected to last two to three games.

25. This is a make-or-break season for Aggies coach Billy Kennedy.


26. The Missouri-South Carolina game got the highest rating for any game on ESPN2 this year.

27. Mizzou-South Carolina got better ratings in Knoxville than St. Louis (the World Series had a little something to do with that).


28. 16 college players who are “football smart.” Only Georgia’s Aaron Murray makes the list from the SEC.

29. A 21-point spread for the Florida State-Miami game?

30. Is Houston Nutt interested in the Connecticut job?

31. Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain: “I felt like Aaron Hernandez, like I just wanted to kill somebody.”

32. Behind the scenes with Tennessee football’s new “Bulletproof” video.

33. Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday, Nick Saban! 

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SEC Headlines 10/25/2013

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1. Biggest surprise in the SEC this year - Auburn or Missouri?

2.  One of the keys to the Auburn turnaround? “(G)lut of new faces making big-time impact all over the field..”

3. Auburn coaches want to focus on Florida Atlantic.  Auburn fans are thinking ahead to Alabama.

4. Is Alabama-Tennessee still an intense rivalry? Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio: ”A lot of people even on campus, they take this game pretty seriously.”

5. “Of the SEC’s permanent cross-divisional pairings over the past 10 years, only the Auburn-Georgia series has favored one team more than Alabama-Tennessee…”

6. CBS analyst Gary Danielson on Tennessee:  ”I don’t think they have a talented enough team to win a championship, but I think they have a talented enough team to compete now.”

7. With Dylan Thompson getting the start at quarterback for South Carolina, what’s the status of Connor Shaw? “This week, Shaw could be a backup. He could play sparingly. He could watch all four quarters from the sideline.”

8. Missouri presents some matchup problems for the Gamecocks.

9. With successive victories over Georgia and Florida, Missouri became the first SEC team to do that since Tennessee in 1992.

10. Mizzou backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser has surgery for a leg injury.  Tigers left with Maty Mauk and a true freshman.

11. Life as a Missouri fan.“Missouri has been cursed. I hope it doesn’t happen again this year.”

12. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on wide receiver Donte Moncrief: “He’s ready to have the best part of his year moving forward.”

13. What was the mood like in LSU practice this week?  The word “anger” was used.

14. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on five straight losses: “There comes a day when Groundhog Day isn’t entertaining.”

15. “This class of quarterbacks in the SEC is so good it’s making us finally question how good SEC defenses are.”

16. Georgia and Vanderbilt tied for first among SEC teams in graduating its players.

17. Of the top five most popular college football coaches on Twitter – four are in the SEC.

18. The case for optimism around the SEC.  “It doesn’t look like this parity will end anytime soon…”

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19. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Saban always has been quick to show his gratitude to the fans, so it was surprising to hear him come across as ungrateful…”

20. Cecil Hurt; “How about a big-time home-and-home series, one that rewards the loyal diehards by giving them a nonconference opponent that would be worth sticking around for?”

21 .MrSEC; “Is this the kind of thing that could drive a man to leave Alabama for Texas?  (Pause for gasps.)  Probably not.”

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22. Alabama cornerback Bradley Sylve has a high-ankle sprain.  Cyrus Jones likely to get the start against Tennessee.

23. 24 players on Georgia’s injury report – 13 of them have started games.  The good news is that Todd Gurley is getting healthy.

23. Georgia linebacker Reggie Carter suffered a knee injury in practice Tuesday - status uncertain.

24. Freshman offensive tackle J.P. Vonashek has left South Carolina’s football team.

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25. Texas A&M forward Kourtney Roberson treated for rapid heart rate – “hopeful that he will be back on the court for us very soon,”

26. Injuries already having an impact at Florida.  Gators practiced with just six guys on Sunday. Will face Georgia Tech in “secret” scrimmage tomorrow.

27. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson likes his forwards.

28. Missouri opens exhibition play tomorrow and will honor the 1994 Big Eight champs.


29. Is former Texas A&M baseball player Michael Wacha now the greatest young pitcher in postseason history?

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SEC Headlines 10/3/2013

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1. Why was Steve Spurrier’s TV show pulled?  He felt he was “too negative” toward some coaches and the team’s performance. “I’m going to be more positive.” Some background on a story that generated some buzz.

2. Will Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell start against LSU?  Dan Mullen: “That’s the plan. ”

3. LSU coach Les Miles says he needs more cowbell.

4. Gus Malzahn vs. Hugh Freeze -  ”believed to be the first game between two successful longtime high school coaches in a BCS conference.”

5. Will Auburn freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson redshirt this year?

6. Southern Miss transfer Anthony Alford is imitating Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall in practice this week for Ole Miss.

7. Opponents converting just 17.8 of the time on third down against Florida’s defense.

8. We know Florida’s defense is good but their offense is struggling – ranks ahead of only Kentucky in scoring points.

9. Florida coach Will Muschamp is impressed with Arkansas running back Alex Collins: “He’s a heck of a football player.”

10. Collins one of many Arkansas players with Florida ties.

11. Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended for the Vanderbilt game last year - but he’s ready for this year’s game: Has emerged as Tigers top target.

12. Playing Georgia this week, Tennessee assistant coaches John Jancek and Willie Martinez downplay their connections to the Bulldogs program.

13. This one seems to come up just about every year.  What would happen if Alabama played an NFL team?

14. Will weather play a role in the Ole Miss-Auburn game? Tropical storm Karen expected to make landfall in Alabama.

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15. Tennessee running back Marlin Lane “50-50″ for the Georgia game.

16. Georgia safety Tray Matthews didn’t practice Wednesday (hamstring).  Running back Todd Gurley still sidelined (ankle). Wide receiver Michael Bennett’s knee was bothering him.

17. One Kentucky quarterback is getting the majority of reps in practice, but coach Mark Stoops isn’t saying who it is.

18, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis not listed on the depth chart but could play Saturday.

19. “60 Minutes” crew at the Alabama practice. Crimson Tide change some player uniform numbers in order to prevent having two players with the same number on the field at the same time.

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20. Anticipation running high at Kentucky -record number of campers for Big Blue Madness.

21. Kentucky forward  Alex Poythress: “The sky is the limit for this team, so why not aim at 40-0?”

22. Rutgers transfer Eli Carter will be sidelined for the start of practice at Florida.

23. Until Bud Walton Arena is repaired from flood damage, Arkansas will workout in the PE building.

24. Missouri coach Frank Haith likes his backcourt.


25. NCAA data obtained by shows SEC generates more of its total athletic department revenue from football than any other conference.

26. Would SEC Commissioner Mike Slive support the “Olympic” model - where athletes can receive money off their own name?

27. By moving to the Big Ten, Rutgers expects an additional $200 million over 12 years.

28. Who’s going to serve on the selection committee for the College Football Playoff?  Reportedly West Virginia A.D. Oliver Luck will.

29. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops loves to talk about the SEC. Steve Spurrier asked about it.

30. Ed Orgeron’s opportunity at USC.


31. Did Texas coach Mack Brown get a sideline reporter for the Longhorns radio network fired?

32. Rick Pitino’s brief appearance on Boston radio.

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SEC Headlines 10/1/2013

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1. What is it about James Franklin and Southern Cal?  “I wonder if Franklin will remain a candidate if he’s 0-6 in the SEC in a month?”

2. Vanderbilt coach asked about the speculation Monday.  “I mean, for once I’d like to sit in this press conference and talk about either the game before or the game we’re playing this week.”

3. Missouri lost to Vanderbilt last year 19-15.  Tigers want revenge: “I’d be lying if I said that feeling wasn’t there, because it is.”

4. Missouri is the first team to have two players ejected under beefed-up targeting rule.

5. Georgia safety Tray Matthews says he was warned by referees during the LSU game to be mindful of the new rule.

6. Main issue with the Georgia defense is the secondary - “against LSU, there was often mass confusion in Georgia’s secondary.”

7. Similar story at LSU.  Les Miles: “Well, certainly we can’t have blown coverages.”

8. Florida coach Will Muschamp on Arkansas: ”Defensively, we have not seen a team like this.” But do the Razorbacks know about the Gators nature walk?

9. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has only lost more than two straight just once in his career. He’ll need a victory over Florida to prevent it from happening again.

10. Matt Hayes on Florida: “Clearly has the SEC’s — and probably the nation’s — best defense.”

11. It’s a story of good friends and similar backgrounds when Gus Malzahn and Auburn face Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss Saturday.

12. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on the message to his team: “The biggest thing we’re preaching to them…is the urgency.”

13. Jackie Sherrill on Texas A&M’s defense: “Lacking depth and experienced players needed, especially up front.”

14. Kevin Scarbinsky on Alabama playing Georgia State: “The best program in college football has no business playing what is quite possibly the worst team in the sport.”

15. Nick Saban on  associate director for player personnel Tyler Siskey’s role in the Ole Miss game: “He wasn’t on the headset, didn’t talk to anybody during the game.” The MrSEC view? Much ado about something that goes on every week.

16. With the 13th worst rushing defense, Kentucky will have its hands full with the South Carolina running game.

17. Mississippi State is in the midst of a stretch of five straight games of 6 p.m. or later kickoffs.

18. Ten Heisman candidates on this watch list.  Four of them are SEC quarterbacks. Three SEC QBs on this list.

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19. Nick Saban on giving players an extra day’s rest: “Two days rest does 10 times more good than one. It doesn’t do two times more good, it does 10 times more good.”

20. Ole Miss freshman Robert Nkemdiche has a broken finger and wide receiver Donte Moncrief has a sprained shoulder – neither one expected to miss any time.

21. Florida tight end Kent Taylor still battling ankle injury – yet to play this year. Gators cornerback Marcus Roberson and running back Valdez Showers are expected to play this weekend.

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22. Tennessee guard Jordan McRae added nearly 15 pounds of muscle over the summer.“I can feel that I’ve gotten bigger and stronger.”

23. Kentucky coach John Calipari likes his team. “I went home singing to myself.”

24. Vanderbilt opens practice today with a revamped roster.  Four underclassmen left the program for various reasons.

25. Alabama returns five of the top seven scorers return from last year’s NIT quarterfinal team.


26. Could the Navy-Air Force game be a victim of the federal shutdown?

27. From phenom to flop – the coaching career of Lane Kiffin.

28. “Karma Is A Butch”


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