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SEC NOTEBOOK: Missouri looking for staying power

Half of the teams in the Southeastern Conference are ranked in this week’s Associated Press poll. Missouri isn’t one of them. (October 3, 2013, Page 9)

SEC NOTEBOOK: Targeting rule, ejections draw mixed reviews

In light of football’s ever-growing concussion crisis, the game is taking precautions at all levels to increase the safety of players.
College football did its part this past offseason to enhance the safety of its players with the introduction of the targeting penalty, where defensive players who hit, or “target,” defenseless ball carriers in the head with the crown of their helmet will automatically be ejected from the game in addition to costing their team 15 yards. (September 26, 2013, Page 8)

Visor to visor: Spurrier’s endorsement boosts Freeze

COLUMN: HOOVER, Ala.—Hugh Freeze could have walked away from his second SEC Media Days without speaking a single word and his reputation would’ve still been enhanced. (more…) (July 17, 2013, Page 8)

Shaw pushing himself to be better

HOOVER, Ala. — South Carolina was one win away from playing in Atlanta at the Southeastern Conference’s championship game for the second straight season in 2011. Nobody is more aware of that fact than junior quarterback Connor Shaw, who started nine games for the Gamecocks.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Shaw had his ups and downs last season in his first big chance to lead the USC offense. While he completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns, and added another eight scores and 525 yards on the ground, Shaw felt like he could have done more to help the Gamecocks earn a spot in the SEC title game despite the loss of standout tailback Marcus Lattimore. (more…) (July 18, 2012, Page 6)

Nutt focused on Rebels’ future

HOOVER, Ala. — Excitement for the start of a new season, rather than talk about last year or Mississippi State, is what Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt tried to emphasize during his visit to Southeastern Conference Media Days on Friday.

Whether it was his few minutes spent talking with media based from Mississippi and Memphis or his time spent answering questions from a room filled with reporters from all over, Nutt clearly wanted to talk about the future rather than the past. (July 25, 2011, Page 6)

Spurrier wants more from his Gamecocks

Starting the season fast hasn’t been a problem for Steve Spurrier while he’s been at South Carolina. The Gamecocks have been one of the Southeastern Conference’s best teams in the months of September and October during his five-year tenure, but when the season hits the last month of the season, the Gamecocks have routinely fallen on hard times. (September 1, 2010, Page 6)

New-look UGA has high hopes

Ten offensive starters returning from last year, plus the installation of a new defensive scheme, have helped turn the Georgia Bulldogs around in the view of many prognosticators eyes heading into the 2010 season.

Georgia, under the direction of Mark Richt, always seems to have lofty preseason expectations placed on them. But after having a sub par 2009 in which the defense was much maligned and the offense grew stagnant in key situations, some changes had to be made by Richt.

The hiring of former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Todd Grantham and his installation of a 3-4 scheme has been well received according to Richt, while those 10 returners on offense and the best punter and place-kicker in the league give the Bulldogs a lot to be excited about heading into the year. (July 23, 2010, Page 7A)

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