SEC SPRING GAMES 2013
SEC SPORTS REPORT--
April 6--Florida, Georgia
April 13--Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vandy, Texas A&M, Kentucky
April 20--Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Missouri, Miss State
SEC Bowl Games
SEC SPORTS REPORT-
12/31 Music City: Vandy vs NC State
12/31 Chick Fil-A: LSU vs Clemson
1/1 Gator: Miss State vs Northwestern
1/1 Outback: South Carolina vs Michigan
1/1 Capital One: Georgia vs Nebraska
1/2 Sugar: Florida vs Louisville
1/4 Cotton: Texas A&M vs Oklahoma
1/5 BBVA Compass: Ole Miss vs Pittsburgh
1/7 BCS National Championship: Alabama vs Notre Dame
Week 13: SEC Football Odds
SEC SPORTS REPORT-
LSU at Arkansas.....Tigers by 12
GA Tech at Georgia....Bulldogs by 13
Kentucky at Tennessee....Vols by 13
Florida at Florida $tate.....$eminoles by 8
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest....Dores by 11.5
Auburn at Alabama....Tide by 31
Miss State at Ole Miss....Rebels by 1
South Carolina at Clem$on.....Tiggers by 3.5
Mizzou at Texas A&M....Aggies by 22
UGA Vasser and Commings Reinstated
cornerback Sanders Commings
and outside linebacker Chase Vasser
have been reinstated from their two-game suspensions and will be back in the rotation Saturday against Florida Atlantic
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Week 1: SEC Football Games and Schedule
Buffalo 23 Georgia 45 final
Bowling Green 14 Florida 27 final
Auburn 19 Clemson 26 final
Alabama 41 Michigan 14 final
Jacksonville State 24 Arkansas 49 final
North Texas 14 LSU 41 final
Central Arkansas 27 Ole Miss 49
Jackson State 9 Miss State 56
Southeastern Louisiana 10 Missouri 62
Sunday, September 2
Kentucky at Louisville 3:30 pm ESPN
Chick Fil-A Kick- Off: TENNESSEE 35 NC State 21..... FINAL
CBS SPORTS-Coach Derek Dooley says he knows Tennessee fans are eager to grasp any sign that the Vols are ready to return to glory.
The coach said his team's opening win wasn't such a sign. It was just a good first step.
Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns -- one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run -- and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night in the opening game for both teams.
SEC Football Rocks in Week 1
South Carolina at Vandy......gamecocks favored by 6.5
Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech....postponed due to weather
Friday, August 31
Tennessee vs NC State (Georgia Dome).....vols favored by 3.5
Saturday, September 1
Auburn at Clemson....clem$on favored by 3
Alabama at Michigan.....Tide by 14
Sunday, September 2
Kentucky at Louisville.....Cardinals by 14
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Joker Pleased with First Wildcat Scrimmage
NATION OF BLUE- On Friday, Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips said he was looking for intense competition during his team’s first preseason scrimmage and that’s what he got Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.
“(It was) Really competitive,” Phillips said afterward. “We had an old-school scrimmage, 140-something plays, just wanted to put the ball down and get as many snaps as we possibly could, reason being a lot of guys needed snaps.”
Another De-Commit for Gators
THE GAINESVILLE SUN- After wavering on his verbal commitment to Florida all summer, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson is officially out of its 2013 class.
On Sunday night, Johnson confirmed to The Sun via text message that he spoke with UF coach Will Muschamp earlier in the evening and decided it was best to part ways.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder from Delray Beach...
Florida Coach Hill Resigns
SCOUT.COM- Coach Aubrey Hill has resigned as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for the Florida Gators. Hill came from Miami in 2011 and the school is being investigated....
Georgia O-Lineman Ruled Ineligible for Use of Banned Substance
ATLANTA JOURNAL- Georgia Bulldog Kolton Houston has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for testing positive for norandrosterone....
RECRUITING: 2013 SEC Football Verbals--Early May
Georgia 15 Alabama 11
Florida 15 LSU 9
South Carolina 9 Auburn 8
Vandy 7 Ole Miss 6
Tennessee 5 Miss State 2
Kentucky 1 Arkansas 1
Missouri 12 Texas A&M 12
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll
College baseball has Florida #1, South Carolina #2, Texas A&M #5...developing
To see full rankings, click on link.
SEC Mens Basketball Tournament--New Orleans (Updated)
|Thursday, March 8
#8 LSU 70 #9 Arkansas 54
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|Thursday, March 8
#5 Alabama 63 #12 South Carolina 57
||3:30 pm ET
|Thursday, March 8
#7 Ole Miss 68 #10 Auburn 54
||7:30 pm ET
|Thursday, March 8
#6 Mississippi State 61 #11 Georgia 71
||10:00 pm ET
|Friday, March 9
Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Kentucky
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|Friday, March 9
Winner Game 2 vs. #4 Florida
||3:30 pm ET
|Friday, March 9
Winner Game 3 vs. #2 Tennessee
||7:30 pm ET
|Friday, March 9
Winner Game 4 vs. #3 Vanderbilt
||10:00 pm ET
|Saturday, March 10
Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
||1:00 pm ET
|Saturday, March 10
Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
||3:30 pm ET
||1:00 pm ET
SEC East Committed Recruits Class of 2013--End of February
South Carolina 1
Charlie Weiss leaving Florida for Kansas
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SEC Early Lines
Florida at South Carolina....Gamecocks by 3.5 pts
Auburn at Georgia....Bulldogs by 13.5 pts
Alabama at Miss State....Tide by 17 pts
Tennessee at Arkansas....Hawgs by 14 pts
Kentucky at Vanderbilt....Dores by 12.5 pts
Western Kentucky at LSU....Tigers by 41.5 pts
La Tech at Ole Miss....Tech by 2.5 pts
SEC Early Lines Week 9
Georgia at Florida.....Dawgs by 2.5
South Carolina at Tennessee....Gamecocks by 4
Arkansas at Vandy.....Hawgs by 10
Ole Miss at Auburn....Tigers by 10.5
Miss State at Kentucky...State by 10
Vols QB Tyler Bray Out 4 Weeks with Fractured Thumb
ESPN-Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray will miss a minimum of four weeks after suffering a fractured right thumb against Georgia on Saturday.
A statement released by the school Sunday said Bray's estimated recovery time is six weeks.
Head coach Derek Dooley hinted after the game that Bray may have suffered a fracture to his right hand after speaking with him following the Vols' 20-12 loss to the Bulldogs. Matt Simms, who started eight games last season, backed up Bray in the second half.
In relief of Bray, Simms completed four of six passes for 39 yards.
South Carolina Defense Dominates Vandy 21-3 Final
ASSOCIATED PRESS- For the first time in his seven years at South Carolina, Steve Spurrier team is 4-0. But like most of his Gamecocks teams, he can't get the offense where he wants it.
No. 12 South Carolina (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) beat Vanderbilt 21-3 on Saturday night. But Stephen Garcia threw four interceptions, Marcus Lattimore was held under 100 yards rushing and all-SEC receiver Alshon Jeffery caught just two passes for 34 yards.
"I apologize to Gamecock fans for such a putrid offensive performance," Spurrier said. "But we won the game."
Florida Gators Kill Kentucky 48-10 Final
ASSOCIATED PRESS- Plenty has been made about Florida's speed. Turns out the 15th-ranked Gators can score pretty quickly, too.
Florida scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span of the first quarter, and Jeff Demps iced the game with an 84-yard touchdown run as No. 15 Florida routed Kentucky 48-10 on Saturday night for the Gators' 25th straight win in the series.
"We have that quick strike ability to flip the field and score," said Will Muschamp, who became the sixth Florida coach to start his career 4-0. "All those things are deflating to a (opposing) team."
SEC Football Lines for Week 3
LSU @ Miss State (Thurs) Tigers favored by 4 points
Tennessee @ Florida ....Gators favored by 9.5 pts.
Auburn @ Clemson....Clemson favored by 3.5 pts
Ole Miss @ Vandy....Rebels favored by 2 pts
Navy @ South Carolina...Gamecocks favored by 17
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Muschamp Prepares for UAB
THE GAINESVILLE SUN- After a comfortable win against overmatched Florida Atlantic, UF head coach Will Muschamp cautioned his Gators and their fans that tougher opponents are coming up on the schedule.
Like Alabama-Birmingham this Saturday at 7 p.m.
"I told the guys that we got to switch gears, totally different offense," Muschamp said of UAB in his Monday news conference.
Unlike the Owls, who averaged one yard per rushing attempt and totaled 137 yards against Florida, the Blazers can challenge the Gators with senior quarterback Bryan Ellis, senior running back Pat Shed and all five starters returning on their offensive line.
Breaking....Lots of Tension in Mark Richt Press Conference
AJC- Just three days after Georgia’s season-opening loss to Boise State, Georgia’s Mark Richt is already getting the type of questions reserved for November of a horrific season. Twice Richt was asked during his weekly press conference Tuesday if he felt Saturday’s game was critically important to him as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Phrased a different way by two different reporters three minutes apart, Richt gave the same terse answer.
In the first case, Richt was asked if he viewed the South Carolina game as “pivotal for you and your program.”
“I view it as a very important game,” he said, without further elaboration.
A short time later, a reporter from a South Carolina newspaper asked if Richt felt like it was “a must-win game.”
“Didn’t I just say it was a really important game?” Richt snapped back.
“But is it a must win?,” the reporter repeated.
“I think it’s a really important game,” Richt said, now glaring. “You want to ask me again? Because you can, and I’ll answer it the same way.”
SEC Football APP Has Big Labor Day Download
We had a big weekend of downloads for the Best SEC football app. We have radio appearances, on-line stories and word of mouth.
We had our standard downloads from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida. But this weekend we got Texas, Califormia, Washington and some states that are definitely not in the SEC footprint.
Either way, welcome aboard. Hope you will tell your friends to download the SEC Football News App. Listed under your favorite SEC head football coach.
Franklin Bringing Welcome Change to Vandy
THE TENNESSEAN- It didn’t take us long to find out that James Franklin indeed has brought a different approach to Vanderbilt football.
Conventional wisdom called for a punt that would pin Elon deep in its own territory.Right?
Franklin never flinched. Without the slightest hint of any second thought, he kept his Commodores offense on the field.“We’ve talked about being aggressive since I got here, and I felt comfortable with that,” Franklin said. “…
Tennessee Finds Athletic Director
KNOXVILLE NEWS- Dave Hart, the University of Alabama's executive director of athletics, has accepted Tennessee's offer Monday to become the school's new vice chancellor of athletics.
The 62-year-old Hart, considered by many as the No. 2 to Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore, has been at Alabama since 2008. He spent the bulk of his career as the athletic director at Florida State (1995-2007).
“I am very pleased to have Dave as our new vice chancellor and director of athletics,” University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said. “He has extensive experience as an athletics director, and he has the passion and drive to lead our great athletics program.”
Mark Richt Comments After Boise State Game
Here’s what Georgia coach Mark Richt had to say after Saturday night’s 35-21 loss to Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.
Q: Opening statement:
A: “Congratulations to Boise State. They just beat us tonight. They were better than we were and my hats off to them. Our players understand understand that and our players understand that we’ve got to get a lot done before we play next week and open Southeastern Confewrence play. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We know that everybody’s 0-0 in league play. Our goal is to win the Eastern Division and that’s not changing. So we have to get ready for that. Boise State did a great job tonight and I congratulate them. Questions? . . .
South Carolina Game Much Bigger for Bulldogs than Boise State
ATLANTA JOURNAL- There’s a reasonable case to be made that Georgia could lose to South Carolina on Saturday and still have a fruitful season. Trouble is, a loss to South Carolina will render reason inoperative. For the Bulldogs to fall to 0-2 after an offseason of brave talk could turn kneejerk reaction — “He’s lost his first two, so Mark Richt is a goner” — into a feeds-on-itself reality.
Florida Gator Sharrif Floyd Declared Ineligible
Sophomore defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd was declared ineligible, UF announced in a statement before the game.
"He is not eligible to compete until his eligibility is reinstated by the NCAA," the release said. "We have been and will continue to work with the NCAA until this matter is resolved. This is an issue that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida. We will not have any additional comment on this matter until it is resolved."
Bulldogs Lose LB Ogletree
Our sources indicate that the Georgia Bulldogs will be without inside linebacker Alec Ogletree for 4-6 weeks. Injured right foot.
Garcia Rescues Gamecocks
ESPN- The fifth-year senior quarterback didn't start the game, but came off the bench in the second quarter to put a charge into the lethargic Gamecocks.
Connor Shaw started the game at quarterback, and South Carolina bungled its way through the first quarter and fell behind 17-0.
The game changed when Garcia took over South Carolina's offense in the second quarter. He had a couple of touchdown runs and threw a touchdown pass, and the Gamecocks showed just how explosive they can be.
In a flash, they went from being down 17-0 to leading 49-31 with a little more than 10 minutes to play in the game.
The poor start wasn't all on Shaw. Each team has lost four fumbles, and the Gamecocks were particularly bad on special teams early. Two of their fumbles came when they mishandled kicks.
Final: Georgia Loses to Boise State 35-21
Crowell showed a few flashes of his potential but wasn't much of a factor, finishing with 60 yards on 15 carries. Murray took quite a beating at quarterback and, appropriately enough, took the last of his six sacks on Georgia's final offensive play. He went 16 of 29 for 236 yards, including touchdowns of 36 yards to Orson Charles and 51 yards to another freshman, Malcolm Mitchell.
All those did was make the final score a little more respectable.
There was no doubt about the better team.
Final: South Carolina 56 East Carolina 37
Stephen Garcia came off the bench to run for two touchdowns and throw for another as he rallied the 12th-ranked Gamecocks past East Carolina 56-37 on Saturday night.
Marcus Lattimore added 112 yards and three TDs.
Final: Vanderbilt 45 Elon 14
Larry Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and Vanderbilt beat Elon 45-14 Saturday night in coach James Franklin's debut with the Commodores.
Franklin showed his willingness to gamble with the team considered the worst in the Southeastern Conference, going for it on fourth down three times to keep drives alive scoring 17 points. Smith converted the second on fourth-and-3, running 16 yards for a TD.
The win snapped a seven-game skid for the Commodores who scored more points than they did in all but two games last season. When Trey Wilson picked off a pass and ran it 21 yards for a TD after Smith's second score, Vandy had almost as many points in 14 seconds as the Commodores averaged (16.9) per game in 2010.
Elon outgained the Commodores 323-309 in total offense and held the ball for more than 35 minutes. But Vanderbilt forced three turnovers and turned each of them into touchdowns.
Final: Florida 41 Florida Atlantic 3
John Brantley looked comfortable leading Florida's revamped offense, Chris Rainey scored three different ways and the 22nd-ranked Gators opened the Muschamp era with a 41-3 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.
"It was exciting," Muschamp said. "I was excited for our players. It's about players to me, about seeing those guys see their work come to a conclusion."
Brantley completed 21 of 30 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown, showing marked improvement in Charlie Weis' pro-style offense. He threw two interceptions, but the first was tipped at the line of scrimmage.
Final: Tennessee 42 Montana 16
Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns as Tennessee beat Montana 42-16 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.
Justin Hunter grabbed six receptions for 146 yards, and Da'Rick Rogers had 100 yards on five catches to become the Volunteers' first pair to each have more than 100 yards receiving in a single game since 2007. Both players had a touchdown catch.
Bray finished 17-of-24 with no interceptions. The touchdown pass to Rogers marked his seventh consecutive game with two or more TDs, tying a record set by Peyton Manning during his senior season in 1997.
Media Complaining about Lack of Access to Vol Football
DNJ.COM- Given the veil of secrecy coach Derek Dooley has drooped over his Tennessee football program, providing Vol fans with a reliable description of the team's progress has become an art form.
Reporters are not allowed to see the scrimmages and contact drills, so they have no first-hand knowledge of what goes on behind the curtain. They must rely on hand-outs from the Vol propaganda machine.
Following Saturday's scrimmage, for example, all the media got was a narrative (containing coach and player quotes) and a statistics sheet. Can you imagine the news media not being allowed to be present for congressional deliberations?
We think we know Dooley's mind-set with the 2011 opener against Division I-AA Montana just 12 days off.
"I'm a little nervous because of our youth and inexperience, but I feel like that we have a competitive talent level," Dooley said in a PR news release.
Despite improvements across the board, Dooley said, "that doesn't mean we're going to win more games. ...Well, the other teams are improving too, so we better improve just to keep up."
Georgia Gets New Uniforms--Fan Reaction Not So Positive
ATLANTA JOURNAL- I had to step away from work fairly quickly this past Saturday, not long after I posted my practice update. That update, of course, included a brief report on the new Nike Pro Combat uniforms Georgia is going to wear in the opener against Boise State.
Well, it wasn’t until late Sunday that I got to review what some of the reaction was to that piece. There seemed to be more than a few folks bothered by me using the phrase “generally negative” to describe fan reaction to the new uniforms. A few people, in comments on the blog, asked me to what poll was I referring and accused me of just trying to “stir up trouble” between UGA and its fans without having any real data to support it.
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Spurrier Gives His Annual Pre-Season Gripe Press Conference
GAMECOCKCENTRAL.COM- Thirteen days to go and South Carolina is right on schedule. Know how I know?
Because Saturday was Steve Spurrier's Seventh Annual Gripe About The Offense In Preseason Camp press conference.
He hit them all again on Saturday. All four. I couldn't pat myself on the back because I was hastily writing down what he said, since I overslept and left my tape recorder at the house.
Step one: "The offense didn't do much at all. It was a little disappointing that the offense couldn't do much. That's where we are right now. We hit a few here and there, but nothing much at all."
Step two: "You all watched (Garcia). You were here. That's why I like for you guys to be here. Everybody thinks I'm critical of him. I'm not going to say anything." (Note: While he never said Garcia's name, the question was about Garcia, and while he didn't critique him, he sure didn't praise him.)
Step three: "We had another high snap again. It's embarrassing we can't snap the ball in the shotgun." (Note: This was followed by a decree that will banish centers T.J. Johnson and Travis Ford to The Land of Extra Practice for the foreseeable future, as each will be snapping 50 times after every session.)
Step four: "I told our guys today that we're probably an overrated bunch of dudes right now, and an overrated bunch of coaches right now. We don't look very good."
These have obviously been versed before. Happens every year.
Georgia's Big John Goes Down
Big John goes down
The Bulldogs got a big scare Friday when nose guard John Jenkins had to be helped off the field during the full-contact practice. But it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Jenkins suffered what was described as a “mild hamstring pull,” according to Ron Courson, UGA’s director of sports medicine. Jenkins’ recovery time was called “day-to-day” but Georgia has said in the past the injuries generally take seven to 10 days to heal.
Jenkins is a 6-foot-4, 350-pound junior college All-American who transferred to Georgia from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was expected to step in as the starting nose guard but thus far has been unable to unseat 6-6, 350-pound sophomore Kwame Geathers.
SEC East RECRUITING: By the Numbers Mid-August
As of August 15, 2011, here are the number of verbal commits for the SEC East for the class of 2012:
1) South Carolina 18...
2) Kentucky 18...
3) Florida 17...
4) Vanderbilt 15...
5) Tennessee 14...
6) Georgia 12...
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Gamecocks Secondary Simplifying
ANDERSON INDEPENDENT MAIL- It’s not easy deciphering how and why the Gamecocks’ secondary took a major step back in 2010.
“I can’t even explain what happened last year,” said Auguste, who started at free safety last season. Things just didn’t go our way. It was frustrating because a lot of games were lost because of us.”
The 2010 Gamecocks allowed six teams to throw for over 300 yards against them. They finished 10th in the 12-team SEC in passing yards allowed (241.9 per game), ninth in interceptions (10) and gave up the third-most passing touchdowns (23). Opponents had the third-best passing percentage in the league against the Gamecocks.
“We all felt like we could’ve played lot better,” Auguste said, “but on Saturdays it didn’t show.”
Talent, by many accounts, wasn’t the issue. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, a former Mr. Football in South Carolina, was All-SEC last year. Highly rated recruits DeVonte Holloman, Auguste and Swearinger played meaningful minutes for a secondary that dominated in 2009.
“Every week we wanted to take that next step and prove everybody wrong,” safety D.J. Swearinger said. “We didn’t do that, and we said no matter what that’s not going to happen this year.”
Georgia Bulldogs Practice Notes
ATHENS BANNER HERALD- Some tidbits from the Richt news conference:
On practicing in sweltering heat: “It’s certainly smoking hot right now.”
He said the team will add “an extra break or two. …If a kid is in a drill…student trainers are right there with water, powerade. They can hydrate.”
The team will stop practice for five minutes four times.
–Having the grass practice fields available instead of FieldTurf will help.
“There is a breeze up there more than on the FieldTurf,” he said.
–On No.22 ranking in coaches’ poll: “I didn’t know. That came out today? …It’s nice to be mentioned in the preseason polls without any doubt. It’s more important where you are at the end, no doubt about it.”
–On a speech he gave to the team last night that quarterback Aaron Murray told us was his favorite in his three years at Georgia.
Thousands Show for Gamecocks First Practice
POST AND COURIER- Football is again back at South Carolina, where expectations and the talent level have perhaps never been higher. That's why more fans than usual -- maybe as many as 2,000 people -- lined the sideline of the Bluff Road fields for the first practice of preseason camp.
So many fans cluttered the area where Clowney went through drills that it became impassable to those trying to get from one side of the field to the other. It sounded as if the freshman defensive end, the nation's top recruit by every service, was certainly eager to make an impression in his first night on a college field.
"He plays too fast out here," Spurrier said, laughing. "We've got to teach him the practice speed. He was going right around (offensive tackle) Will Sport faster than we could (slow him down). We try to let the quarterbacks throw the ball in these drills with no pads down.
SEC East Temperatures
Here are the temps around the SEC East at 5 pm ET as the first days of practice begin:
Columbia, South Carolina 103....
Athens, Georgia 99....
Nashville, Tennessee 101....
Knoxville, Tennessee 94....
Gainesville, Florida 94....
Lexington, Kentucky 87...
SEC EAST: South Carolina Leads Recruiting for 2012
Below are the number of verbal commits through July 31, 2011 for the 2012 signing class:
1) South Carolina Gamecocks 18
2) Florida Gators 15
3) Kentucky Wildcats 13
4) Georgia Bulldogs 12
5) Vanderbilt Commodores 12
6) Tennessee Volunteers 12
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Spurrier Believes Garcia Will Be Reinstated Soon
GAMECOCKCENTRAL.COM- Based on the way he's handled himself this summer, quarterback Stephen Garcia is moving closer to being fully reinstated back to the South Carolina football team.
In fact, head coach Steve Spurrier says it will likely happen.
Speaking Wednesday at SEC Football Media Days, Spurrier told hundreds of reporters that Garcia "in all likelihood" will return to the Gamecocks because "he's done everything we've asked" and complied with the guidelines established by the USC administration.
"He's certainly behaved very well and gone to all the workouts from what I understand," Spurrier said. "He's changed."
Georgia Bulldogs Lose RB Carlton Thomas for Boise State Game
ATLANTA JOURNAL- There’s another reason Georgia felt the need to move Richard Samuel to tailback. Carlton Thomas is suspended for at least the first game of the season.
The rising junior from Frostproof, Fla., violated team rules back in the spring, three persons familiar with the situation confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As per Georgia Athletic Association student-athlete policy, Thomas has to sit out 10 percent of scheduled games this season.
Impact Freshman: SEC East
Isaiah Crowell, RB: He arrives in Athens with a ton of hype. Georgia has yet to find its feature back and Crowell has all the talent to be that player. Some think he could start by the midpoint of the season. He was the nation’s top running back and in 2010 he rushed for 1,721 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR: Mitchell played both sides of the ball in high school, but Georgia’s staff really likes what he could do at receiver. He’s a tremendous athlete and will get a chance to earn playing time for the fall, especially with some unproven receivers already on Georgia’s roster.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE: Clowney will enter preseason camp with a mound of expectations. He was the country’s top high school player last year, and even though there is a lot of talent on South Carolina’s defensive line, it will be hard to keep him off the field with his freakish ability. He recorded 162 tackles, including 29 tackles for loss, 29.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, six recovered fumbles and scored five touchdowns last fall.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Vandy Eliminates North Carolina 5-1
With the win, Vanderbilt advances to face Florida at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPN. SECSPORTS.COM- Vanderbilt will need to beat the Gators twice in order to advance to the CWS championship series.
Gators Fielding Young Team in Fall--Only 73 Scholarships Too
GATOR SPORTS- Florida will have only 73 scholarship players on its roster when preseason camp opens in August — 12 below the NCAA allotment of 85. And that's if there is no further attrition between now and then.
Florida will have only eight scholarship seniors this fall.
Florida's junior class is not all that much deeper than the senior class. The Gators will have only 15 junior scholarship players this fall. Add that to the eight seniors, and UF will have a mere 23 upperclassmen on this year's team.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Gamecocks Gouge Virginia 7-1
SEC SPORTS.COM--South Carolina scored three times in the top of the first and never looked back as they handed top-ranked Virginia a 7-1 setback Tuesday night in a winner's bracket game at the 2011 College World Series.
More of Richt in Honduras--1400 Miles from Athens
ATLANTA JOURNAL- Sunday, Mark Richt celebrated Father’s Day at his Lake Hartwell home, enjoying the place while he can. That’s the same $2 million home he put up for sale in May, after deciding there were far more egalitarian uses for his money than supporting a second home.
Twenty-four hours later, he was flying into the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Monday was a big travel day before visiting some of World Vision’s projects in the mountainous western part of the country.
Georgia Gets Gilbert Added to Strength Staff
ATHENS HERALD BANNER--Georgia is beefing up its football strength and conditioning staff with the addition of former Bulldogs linebacker Tony Gilbert to a full-time position.
Gamecocks Re-Instate Victor Hampton
Our sources indicate that Victor Hampton has been reinstated to the South Carolina football team. Hampton was dismissed from the team last week for violating team rules.
Hampton will be the back up to cornerback Stephon Gilmore. All the information available at this time.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Florida Beats Vandy 3-1
Rain stopped game Monday night, had to resume Tuesday at 11 am
Vandy plays North Carolina on Thursday---Winner plays Florida
BREAKING.....Tennessee Loses Another Defensive Lineman--Academics
KNOXVILLE NEWS- The Vols now have two less defensive tackles than they had at the end of spring. Montori Hughes, listed as a backup on the post-spring depth chart, was kicked off the team because of academic reasons earlier in the month.
Senior Rae Sykes, who went through the junior college route out of Alcoa to land a scholarship with the Vols, is not with the team “at this time” because of academic reasons, UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed Monday.
Georgia Coach Mark Richt to Honduras on Christian Mission Trip
ATLANTA JOURNAL- Georgia Coach Mark Richt has left on a Christian mission to Honduras....
Ranking the Defensive Lines in SEC
ESPN- Here's how the ESPN staff ranks the SEC defensive lines:
1) South Carolina
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Gamecocks Beat Texas A&M 5-4
The SEC goes 3-0 in opening round. SEC is 28-9 in NCAA tournament play this season, most wins by any conference this year.
Gamecocks Starting Safety Devonte Holloman Arrested---DUI
WLTX-TV--USC strong safety DeVonte Holloman was arrested late Friday night on charges of driving under the influence, that according to a South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman.
USC automatically suspends any player arrested.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: Muschamps Path Shaped by His Father
GATOR ZONE- Will’s path back to Gainesville is largely shaped by his dad, who spent his working career as a teacher and coach.
They lived in a split-level home along Hogtown Creek, and if they weren’t at school, at practice or in bed, the Muschamp boys were usually in the backyard handing out bruises to each other as they pretended to be their favorite Gator football players.
PREDICTION: Athlon Sports Picks SEC East
3) South Carolina
Gamecocks Dismiss Victor Hampton
WLTX-TV--Victor Hampton was a highly recruited player in the class of 2010, and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He initially committed to Florida, but switched to South Carolina before National Signing Day.
It is believed that he had academic issues.
Kentucky Loses Two Defensive Lineman
UK confirmed to The Lexington Herald-Leader last night that defensive end Nermin Delic and defensive tackle Brice Laughlin are no longer Wildcats.
Delic played in eight games last season, but he has decided to quit football altogether. Laughlin redshirted last season, but he is not academically eligible and has not enrolled for UK’s fall semester.
Delic was a three-star signee out of Dalton, Georgia. Laughlin was a three-star prospect from Summerville, South Carolina.
ESPN: SEC Rebound Teams for 2011
ESPN- There are four teams that had some rough bumps in 2010 that are likely to make a rebound in 2011. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Vandy.
Georgia Self Reports NCAA Violations--Richt Texted Too Much
ATLANTA JOURNAL- In Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s letter of explanation to the SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, dated May 27, he explains that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of football prospect Jordan Jenkins of Harris County on May 26th (text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school).
In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168.
Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidently replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation.
Vandy Quarterback Transferring---High School Parade All-American
THE TENNESSEAN- Charle Goro (6-2, 205) went through spring practice as the No. 2 quarterback behind Larry Smith, but that was because Jordan Rodgers was unable to scrimmage due to recent shoulder surgery. Rodgers is now throwing again and expects to be at full strength by the start of August camp.
Franklin also added three quarterbacks in his 2011 signing class.
Tennessee Could Be Thin at Linebacker
KNOXVILLE NEWS- UT will also have a pair of talented freshmen vying for playing time early with A.J. Johnson and Christian Harris on campus, and sophomore Raiques Crump will also be in the mix after leaving spring with a spot on the two-deep.
It's Official: Stephen Garcia is Back with Gamecocks
CBS- Voluntary summer workouts start this week and Stephen Garcia is playing for now.
If eligible, Garcia is the SEC's returning leader in yards passing with 3,059 in 2010. He completed more than 64 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Garcia was instrumental in last season's Eastern Division title and may have had his best game in a 35-21 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama, South Carolina's first victory over a top-ranked team.
RECRUITING: SEC EAST Update --Dawgs/Gators Lead
Verbal commitments thru June 14, 2011:
South Carolina 6
RECRUITING: Gators Land Big Corner
GATOR SPORTS- Brian Poole, a self-described physical corner at 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, joins Hallandale's Willie Bailey to give UF two defensive backs in the growing class of 2012.
The class, which was recently given an early rating of No. 5 in the nation by ESPN, is sure to improve with Poole's pledge. He is rated a four-star player by Rivals and Scout, the latter having him pegged as the No. 2 cornerback in the nation.
BRADLEY Prediction: Georgia Bulldogs Go 10-2 and Win SEC East in 2011
ATLANTA JOURNAL- Georgia’s schedule sets up beautifully. The Bulldogs open against a team that figures to be ranked among the nation’s top five, but the team is Boise State (meaning: less talented than Georgia) and the game is in the Georgia Dome.
The next week South Carolina comes to Athens. After winning those two games, the Bulldogs will find themselves in the Top 10...
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83 Days Til Kick-Off: Can Weiss Resurrect John Brantley?
PRESS REGISTER--Florida's offensive coordinator Charle Weiss is trying to get better production out of John Brantley, who threw for 2,061 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first year as a starter last season and considered transferring before Weis came to Gainesville.
Weis believes Brantley is better-suited for his pro-style offense than the spread-option attack he ran under Urban Meyer.
ALL EYES ON CROWELL--Herschel Walker Says Enjoy It
LEDGER ENQUIRER- All the pressure is on Isaiah Crowell to return glory to the Georgia Bulldog football program. Herschel Walker says his freshman year was the best of his life because of the togetherness on the team. The national championship didn't hurt....
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SEC BASEBALL: South Carolina 8, UConn 2 FINAL
South Carolina advances to College World Series for second straight season...
Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl Endure NCAA Questioning
ESPN- Lane Kiffin spent 4 hours answering questions. Bruce Pearl spent 5 hours. We won't know an answer from the NCAA for 8-12 weeks.
SEC BASEBALL: Miss State Beats Florida 4-3--Next Game Sunday
Game 3 of the Super Regional puts Florida vs Miss State 12 pm central time on Sunday.
Tennessee Faces NCAA Committee on Infractions
KNOXVILLE NEWS- The facts laid out in 12 major violations presented in the Notice of Allegations UT received in February are thorough and clear.
How the defending parties explain their roles and perceived culpability for those violations, though, promises to elicit at least a few disagreements at today's closed-door hearing, which, according to former COI members, will go as late as it has to.
RECRUITING: Georgia Signs In-State Fullback
Our sources indicate that the Georgia Bulldogs got a verbal commitment from Quayvon Hicks from Blackshear, Georgia.
Hicks is 6'2" 245 lbs and has offers from Tennessee and Vandy and ACC schools.
BASEBALL: Florida Pounds Miss State 11-1
CLARION LEDGER-- MSU (37-24) must now beat Florida Saturday and Sunday to advance to the CWS for the first time since 2007 and ninth overall.
The Gators (49-12) can make it to Omaha for the second consecutive season with a win Saturday in this best-of-three series set to continue at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
RECRUITING: Kentucky Picks Up Cornerback
INDY STAR- The opportunity to fulfill a dream of playing Southeastern Conference football was too good for Jonathan Reed to pass up.
The 5-10, 180-pound Pike High School cornerback committed to Kentucky a week after receiving a scholarship offer from the school.
He also had offers from Bowling Green, Marshall, Temple, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Phillip Fulmer Interested in Tennessee AD Job
ESPN- Once again, Phillip Fulmer is putting his hat in the ring for a sports job. As always, he doesn't need the job but if he can help out. Check out the full story on how Phillip Fulmer is positioning himself to be the next athletic director at Tennessee.
Dooley Dismisses Hughes--
Coach Derek Dooley has dismissed Montori Hughes from Murfreesboro Tennessee. Hughes was suspended for the final regular-season game of the 2010 season because of academic reasons. Hughes played defensive tackle.
Hughes started the first five games of the 2010 season and played in all 12 games. He recorded 17 tackles, and tied a career high four tackles in his first career start against Tennessee-Martin.
MLB Draft: 86 SEC Players Drafted
|ROUND 1 |
|18 ||Oakland Athletics |
|Sonny Gray |
|RHP ||Vanderbilt |
|23 ||Washington Nationals |
|Alex Meyer |
|RHP ||Kentucky |
|31 ||Tampa Bay Rays |
|Mikie Mahtook |
|OF ||LSU |
|SUPPLEMENTAL FIRST ROUND |
|37 ||Texas Rangers |
|Zach Cone |
|OF ||Georgia |
|40 ||Boston Red Sox |
|Jackie Bradley, Jr. |
|OF ||South Carolina |
|59 ||Tampa Bay Rays |
|Grayson Garvin |
|LHP ||Vanderbilt |
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Crowell Arrives on Athens Campus--
ATLANTA JOURNAL- The 5-star tailback from Carver-Columbus High School was the crown jewel of UGA’s heralded “Dream Team” recruiting class.
He is projected to compete immediately for the starting position in Georgia’s offensive backfield.