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SEC Headlines 4/7/2014

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1. Report: Alabama cornerback Eddie Jackson suffered a torn ACL during Saturday’s scrimmage.

2. Here are five storylines to watch entering the final two weeks of Alabama’s spring practice.

3. Alabama’s running backs “have really had good springs so far,” according to Nick Saban.

4. Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones needs to stay healthy to be able to help the Tigers.

5. Talented wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones is the latest Texas A&M player to be arrested.

6. Athlon Sports put together an All-SEC team from the BCS Era.

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7. The script for Kentucky to reach the finals has been unlikely. The Wildcats can still have a happy ending.

8. Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein said it’s “heartbreaking” that he won’t be able to play against UConn.

9. It will be a tale of two backcourts going into tonight’s matchup.

10. Seth Davis is certain Kentucky will beat UConn. He thinks.

11. A rebound by Saint Joseph’s could have prevented UConn’s incredible run from ever happening.

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12. The disappointing finish doesn’t define the journey for Florida, writes Pat Dooley.

13. There are plenty of questions to be answered now that Florida’s season is over.

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14. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is preparing for LSU’ Pro Day on Wednesday.

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15. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik doesn’t appear too impressed with his daughter’s prom date in this photo.

16. “Why are all student-athletes still being considered equal?” That’s what Dan Wetzel wants to know.

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SEC Headlines 4/1/2014

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1. Alabama coach Nick Saban believes players “should have a voice” when it comes to their rights.

2. Here’s a report from Alabama practice with depth updates at several positions.

3. Auburn center Reese Dismukes has set his own goals to improve this offseason.

4. Set your calendar: LSU and UCLA will play a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2024.

5. LSU’s Ronald Martin and Jalen Mills are battling to hold onto the Tigers’ starting safety positions.

6. C.J. Hampton enrolled this semester at Ole Miss so he can help the Rebels this fall.

7. Kevin Sumlin says Texas A&M has programs in place to educate the school’s athletes off the field.

8. Freshman Will Grier has moved into the No. 2 quarterback role for Florida behind starter Jeff Driskel.

9. Georgia wide receiver Reggie Davis is focused on football and not track as he gets ready for his sophomore season.

10. Marc Weiszer has eight takeaways at the midway point of Georgia’s spring practice.

11. Athlon Sports ranks all 14 head coaches in the SEC. No. 1 will not surprise you.

12. Dylan Thompson is ready to become South Carolina’s full-time starter at quarterback.

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13. Florida will look to avenge its December loss to UConn when the two teams play on Saturday.

14. A Florida-Kentucky championship game matchup is inevitable, writes Pat Dooley.

15. Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t expected Willie Cauley-Stein to play in the Final Four.

16. This run by Kentucky isn’t like any we’ve ever seen, writes Mark Story.

17. CBS Sports expects lean toward a Florida-Kentucky matchup in the championship game.

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18. Cuonzo Martin has reportedly pulled his name out of the running for the Marquette job.

19. Bruce Pearl is in the process of filling out his staff. His son will move to a strength and conditioning position.

20. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant is likely to announce his future plans sometime today.

21. Guard Jordan Clarkson is leaving Missouri early for the NBA Draft.

22. Tony Criswell’s father was critical of Missouri coach Frank Haith when he called into the Paul Finebaum Show. Criswell called in to defend Haith.

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23. Vanderbilt has consulted lawyers on player unionization.

24. Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is working to improve his team’s level of toughness.

25. Here are 11 amazing facts about the Final Four.

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Kentucky Advances To Final Four

gfx-hoops-round-up2Kentucky 75 – Michigan 72

1. It was another thriller for Kentucky, which advanced on a last-minute three by guard Aaron Harrison.

2. Kentucky was playing without Willie Cauley-Stein. So freshman Marcus Lee stepped up in a big way.

3. Kentucky has looked down and out several times. But the Wildcats never stopped believing in themselves.

4. Michigan lived by the three and died by the three all season. That held true until the very end.

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Final Four Florida; Kentucky Gets Its Shot

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 62 –  Dayton 52

1. Florida final-four bound.  Gators get 23 points, three assists and three steals from Scottie Wilbekin; named South Regional’s Most Outstanding Player.

2. Gators break through after three straight Elite 8 losses.  Coach Billy Donovan: “I think those experiences maybe helped us be a better team this year than maybe we would have been if we’d gotten to a couple of Final Fours earlier with these guys.”

3. Pat Forde: “The ghosts of Butler, Louisville and Michigan had been exorcised.”

4. The SEC is now 10-1 in the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky vs Michigan. 5:05 ET.  Kentucky a 2 1/2 point favorite

5. A Kentucky victory would make UK  the first team with an all-freshmen starting lineup since Michigan in 1993 to make the Final Four.

6. Mike DeCourcy on John Calipari’s NCAA Tournament success: “Since 2004, when he was at Memphis, he has coached in nine tournaments. He has yet to lose to a seed lower than No. 3.”

7. Calipari on Willie Cauley-Stein’s ankle injury: “He’s still in a boot. He’s doubtful.”

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Kentucky Rallies To Victory; Tennessee Rally Falls Just Short

gfx-hoops-round-up2Michigan 73 – Tennessee 71

1. Down 72-71, Tennessee’s chances at a game-winning shot evaporate when Jarnell Stokes is whistled for a charging foul.

2. Coach Cuonzo Martin: “I thought he made a good move. The official called a charge.”

3. David Climer: “It was a big one that got away. And it was hard to accept.”

4. Michigan’s Jordan Morgan:  ”We’re not really soft around here…We lift a lot of weights.”

Kentucky 74 – Louisville 69

5. Down seven points with four minutes to go, Kentucky gets the win.  Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson score 15 points each.

6. James Young fouled out, Willie Cauley-Stein injured his ankle seven minutes in.  How did Kentucky win that game?

7. Gregg Doyel: “Kentucky is here, the rampaging team that in the preseason its fans were envisioning and its detractors were fearing.”

8. Mike DeCourcy: “Kentucky now is 16-2 in NCAA Tournament games in the Calipari era…”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/5/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Kentucky 80 – Ole Miss 64. Video Highlights

1. Season-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for Willie Cauley-Stein.   Coach John Calipari: “We’re the most analyzed team in the history of any sport.”

2. One-point game at halftime turns into second half blowout.  Ole Miss outscored 44-24 in the paint.

Florida 68 – Missouri 58. Video Highlights

3. Freshman Chris Walker makes his Florida debut.  Scottie Wilbekin scores a team-high 19 points and Michael Frazier II scores 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

4. Up by three points at half, Missouri fades down the stretch.  Tigers score fewest points of the season and drop to 4-5 in conference play.

Wednesday SEC Hoops Schedule

Auburn at South Carolina

Alabama at Arkansas

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Mississippi State at Texas A&M

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SEC Headlines 2/1/2014

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1. Quarterback Jacob Coker on his decision to transfer from Florida State to Alabama: “I didn’t really consider any other schools.”

2. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs knew former coach Gene Chizik’s fate was sealed during a blowout loss to Texas A&M in 2012: “I knew then there was no return there.”

3. Jordan-Hare Stadium and  Amazing Spiderman 2?

4. The full board of trustees at Kentucky give approval to a project to build new privately funded $45 million football training facility.

5. Two former Georgia Bulldogs with NFL experience want to join Mark Richt’s program.

6. “Georgia’s defensive staff, outside of Wilson, wasn’t exactly made up of world beaters on the recruiting trail.”

7. Arkansas confirms departure of wide receiver Melvinson Hartfield. Redshirted in 2013.

8. Which schools have signed the most four and five star prospects the last four years in the SEC?

9. Jon Solomon on some questions and answers regarding a college players union.

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10. Add Missouri coach Frank Haith’s name to the list of coaches who’d like to get rid of one-and-done.

11. Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein and assistant coach Kenny Payne had an exchange at LSU this week.  John Calipari says he didn’t see it.

12. Georgia has missed Kenny Gaines the last two games - hoping the injured guard is back today.

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13. Are the Colquitts the Mannings of punting?

14. Setting the lines for sporting events isn’t really a mystery. “It’s not rocket science. We’re not doing brain surgery here.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 12/11/2013

gfx-hoops-round-upKentucky 70 – Boise State 55. Video Highlights.

1. With his hair dyed blonde, Willie Cauley-Stein blocks nine shots for the second time in three games. James Young led UK with 21 points.

2. Boise State had to bus to Lexington after getting stuck in Chicago.

Florida 67 – Kansas 61. Video Highlights.

3. Gators hang on to win following 21-0 first-half run. 18 points, six assists and four steals for guard Scottie Wilbekin.

4. Florida and Kansas reportedly talking about rematch next year at Allen Fieldhouse.

 

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“Chasing Perfection”, Calipari Best “When The Gun Is To My Head”

John-calipari-smiling-relaxedHe may have lost the nation’s No. 1 recruit to Kansas but Kentucky coach John Calipari isn’t backing down on high expections for next year’s team.  One day after Andrew Wiggins announced he won’t be joining the consensus No. 1 recruiting class at Kentucky, Calipari indicated he”s pretty pleased about the ones he did get and is expecting great things in return.

 

‘We’re chasing perfection. We’re chasing greatness. We’re chasing things that have never been done in the history of our game.’ What I like about that, people say, ‘Pressure!’ Man, pressure brings out the best. ‘You’re gonna be fired if you don’t get this done! You’re not going to make it if you don’t get this done!’ Wakes you up earlier in the morning. I don’t mind a little pressure. I’ve had it my whole career.

“I’ve had the gun to my head for 20-something years. And you know what? I’m at my best when the gun is to my head versus, ‘OK, I’m good, I can kick back.’ I’m not as good. And you know what? Players are the same. Now, I’m not sitting there saying, ‘If we lose a game, it’s not a successful season.’ No. But you’re chasing greatness. What’s wrong with that? ‘Well, we want to talk moment to moment and we’re not putting that on the kids.’ Well, we are. Any pressure on these kids when they come here? It’s on us. Now, it won’t be on us that’s the forefront thing we’re talking about, but there’ll be things out there that they’ll see.”

 

Calipari describes  incoming freshman Julius Randle as “ an alpha beast who will drive the team,” and says returning center Willie Cauley-Stein  ”has a chance to be one of the better players that I’ve ever coached.”

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Poythress Announces He’ll Return To Kentucky

mrsec-breaking-newsKentucky forward Alex Poythress announced Tuesday he will return for his sophomore season.

Poythress was Kentucky’s second-leading scorer (11.4 points per game) and rebounder (6.2 per game) during his first year in Lexington.

“This year didn’t end like we wanted it to,” Poythress said in a released statement. “I want to come back and do what we said we wanted to do and that’s win a national title. I want to develop more as a player and the competition coming in next year should help me do that.”

That competition will include six McDonald’s All-Americans as part of Kentucky’s 2013 class, which ranks No. 1 in the nation.

Poythress joins center Willie Cauley-Stein and forward Kyle Wiltjer in the decision to return to Lexington next season.

Freshman guard Archie Goodwin has already declared for the NBA draft while freshman forward Nerlens Noel has yet to announce his future plans. But Noel, who’s ranked the No. 1 overall draft prospect by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, is expected to turn pro.

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