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SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« on: May 28, 2018, 05:52:44 pm »


Michael Carvell
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2 SEC teams among 15 to appear in postseason for three major sports


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After being named to the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Auburn and Texas A&M will be among the 15 schools to participate in postseason action in FBS football, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and baseball during the last calendar year.

Auburn earned a No. 2 seed in the Raleigh Regional during the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday and will face No. 3 seed Northeastern. The Tigers had previously defeated the Howlin’ Huskies in two out of three games in March, which included a no-hit performance by ace Casey Mize.

Texas A&M earned a No. 3 seed in the Austin Regional and will face No. 2 seed Indiana.

Auburn football — which defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game last December — appeared in the Peach Bowl against UCF in January, which resulted in a 34-27 loss.

Texas A&M football lost 55-52 to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl last December.

The Tigers men’s basketball team earned a share of the SEC regular-season title with Tennessee before being eliminated by Clemson in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in March.

The Aggies men’s basketball defeated Providence and North Carolina before being defeated by Michigan — which was defeated by Villanova in the National Championship Game — in the third round of the March Madness tournament.


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15 schools sent teams to an 🏈 FBS Bowl, the 🏀 #NCAATournament, and the ⚾️ #RoadToOmaha:
• ACC: Clemson, Duke, FSU, NC State
• Big 12: Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech
• Big Ten: Ohio State, Purdue
• Pac-12: UCLA
• SEC: Auburn, TAMU
• Other: Houston, NMSU, San Diego St
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018, 06:48:51 pm »

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Georgia baseball not ‘turned around,’ but back where it should be https://sptz.us/2LsSOIU

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ATHENS — It has been interesting to witness the reaction the last couple of days to Georgia’s baseball team getting knocked out of the NCAA Tournament. The eighth-seeded Bulldogs (39-21) were upset by Duke in back-to-back games on Monday, thus losing a home regional for the first time in school history and sending the Blue Devils to the Super Regionals for the first time ever.

As for the 2018 season abruptly ending, I don’t believe the home-regional ouster should taint the good work done over 60 games by coach Scott Stricklin and his team. It was a great season by any measure, and it far exceeded expectations.

It’s when we get into the realm of expectations, though, that I might feel a little differently than did Stricklin. He was very adamant in emphasizing afterward that he had “turned this program around.” I’m not sure that I agree with that completely.
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jbcarol

Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 05:22:00 pm »

Auburn baseball 'ahead of the game' in Year 3 under Butch Thompson


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Thompson has the Tigers somewhere they've been just one before nearly two decades ago. Following a sweep through the Raleigh Regional last week, Thompson has Auburn heading to a Super Regional for the first time since 1999, the year the NCAA introduced that format. Auburn (42-21) will take on top overall seed Florida (45-18) this weekend in Gainesville, Fla., with a berth in the College World Series on the line.

"Sometimes it takes two or three years to get a regional-type team built, so in some ways I feel like we're ahead of the game," Thompson said.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2018, 08:52:46 am »

Tyler Cleveland
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That'll do it. Tennessee Tech plays its way out of the loser's bracket and advances to the super regional round with back-to-back wins over No. 4 national seed Ole Miss: 15-5 in the matinee and 3-2 in the nightcap.


End of season for the SEC "That's Baseball" Tournament champs
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 10:10:49 am »

Kentucky gets a national championship in something other than Men's Basketball:


Joe Mussatto
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Kentucky's Sydney McLaughlin wins the 400-meter hurdles title at the NCAA championships.


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At her best time, 52.75 seconds, the race is over. For an 18-year-old with festering doubts and nerves, whose coach considers it a challenge to train her, 52.75 seconds isn’t just good — it’s the best women’s 400-meter hurdles time recorded in 2018. Not just in the NCAA, but in the world.

The conundrum of Sydney McLaughlin is one that plagues geniuses across all fields, sports or not. What is there to chase when greatness has already been achieved?

McLaughlin, an Olympian at 16, might very well be the future face of U.S. Track and Field. The Kentucky freshman has 245,000 Instagram followers — more than the combined total of Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, two soon-to-be first round NBA draft picks from Kentucky.

In the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, she became the youngest American track athlete to compete in the Olympics since 1972. She failed to qualify for the finals, but two years later, McLaughlin owns the collegiate 400-meter hurdles record by nearly half a second. She set the mark last month at the SEC Championships.

Most of McLaughlin’s races aren’t close. The camera often has to pan down the stretch to include her competitors.

“It’s a balance between good and bad, having somebody there [challenging you],” McLaughlin said. “That’s why the 400 hurdles is such a gamble sometimes. You never know what’s gonna happen.”

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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 05:17:41 pm »

Auburn baseball 'ahead of the game' in Year 3 under Butch Thompson



— On Auburn’s season ending:


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After twice robbing Austin Langworthy of extra-base hits on highlight-reel diving plays earlier in the game, the Tigers couldn't come up with a third web gem. Langworthy hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th, the ball caroming off the glove of a leaping Steven Williams at the right-field wall, to give Florida a 3-2 win in the final game of the Gainesville Super Regional, ending Auburn's season just shy of Omaha.

Once the immediate gravity of the home run washed away, the Tigers' entire dugout and bullpen emptied onto the field to console Williams, the Freshman All-American who helped the team accomplish so much this season --

It was a gesture that Thompson found befitting of his team, a close-knit group that was projected to finish sixth in the SEC West this season but outperformed expectations, sweeping its way through a regional and coming within a run of unseating the defending champs -- a team that spent the entire season ranked first or second in the country.

"Yeah, we get our hearts ripped out, but at the same time, this is living," Thompson said. "This is awesome to be a part of."
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 07:26:16 pm »

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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2018, 08:30:37 am »

Gators baseball closed the season going 9-10 with 23 errors during that span.

Peaked at 40-12 in mid-May. 
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2018, 07:52:47 am »

MS Bulldogs end season at 39-29.

Gary Henderson stepped in as interim to guide State to college baseball’s Final Four.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2018, 01:55:04 pm »

SEC 2017-18 Superlatives and Subpar Performances in Football, Mens Basketball, and Baseball

National Champion - Alabama, Football

National Runners-up - Georgia, Football; Arkansas, Baseball

College World Series Semifinalists - Florida, Mississippi State

NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 - Kentucky, A&M

Super Regional Runners-up - South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt

New Year's Six Bowl Game - Auburn lost to UCF

Other Jan. 1 Bowls - South Carolina and LSU

Other Bowl Participants - A&M, State, Kentucky, Mizzou

NCAA Basketball Tournament Round of 32 - Auburn, Tennessee, Bama, Florida

NCAA Basketball Tournament Round of 64 - Arkansas, Mizzou

Other College World Series - LSU, A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss


SEC Football Champion - Georgia

SEC Regular Season Basketball Champion - Auburn

SEC Tournament Basketball Champion - Kentucky

SEC Regular Season Baseball Champ - Florida

SEC Tournament Baseball Champ - Ole Miss


Participated in Bowl Game, NCAA March Madness, and CWS - Auburn and A&M

Failed to make Bowl Game and NCAA March Madness - Vandy and Ole Miss


SEC Signature Wins

Football - Bama over #1 Clemson in CFP semi-final

Basketball - A&M over UNC;   UNC had the most quality wins by far in '17-18

Baseball - Arkansas over Champ Oregon State in Game 1
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2018, 06:16:32 am »

Number Fourteen:

tnsports
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Vanderbilt sports had year to forget, unless it leads to better in future https://tnne.ws/2N2VoH4


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The past year for Vanderbilt’s highest profile sports was not memorable.

In fact, the Commodores would be best served if 2017-18 was largely forgotten, or at least faded as better years followed.

On the field and court, three of Vanderbilt’s four revenue sports finished next-to-last in the SEC standings, and each fell short of preseason expectations.

Vanderbilt football, coming off a 2016 bowl year, posted a 5-7 record. Men’s basketball went 12-20 for its least number of wins in 15 years.

Here’s a quick look at how 2017-18 affects Vanderbilt’s future in each sport, just as the 2018-19 athletic year nears.

Vanderbilt wins outlasted Butch Jones

Vanderbilt football beat Tennessee again. Even in a season when the Commodores had gone 1-7 in their previous eight games and fallen out of bowl contention, they still rolled over the Vols 42-24 in the season finale.

The big victory glossed over an otherwise disappointing season and eased fans’ frustrations toward coach Derek Mason. It also gave Vanderbilt four wins over UT in the past six meetings —

Basketball recruiting overshadowed losses

Vanderbilt men’s basketball team was fun to watch in 2017-18, but the scoreboard often soured that feeling.

So what was the biggest headline of the past year? Vanderbilt reeled in the best recruiting class in program history.

Five-star point guard Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy), five-star forward Simi Shittu, four-star wing Aaron Nesmith and Syracuse transfer Matthew Moyer made up a class that rivaled the top teams in college basketball.

Curiously, the positive recruiting news kept many Vanderbilt fans content during a season when the team posted a head-scratching 1-13 record away from Memorial Gym.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2018, 09:12:56 am »

Number Thirteen:

Jimmy Hyams
‏@JimmyHyams
 May 2

BREAKING NEWS: Sources: UT chancellor Beverly Davenport has been fired by Dr. Joe DiPietro. She was hired Dec. 15, effective Feb. 15. She made the controversial hire of John Currie as athletic director, then fired him Dec. 1 and hired Phillip Fulmer as AD.


Rick Barnes and his team, picked next to last in the preseason SEC poll, kept Tennessee out of the No. 14 spot.


The University of Tennessee football saga

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Tennessee football achieved some humiliating program firsts in 2017 with the Vols losing eight games and going winless in eight SEC games. Coach Butch Jones was fired on Nov. 12, the day after the Vols were routed at Missouri, 50-17.

Jones’ firing began a coaching search that dragged on for 26 days and played out like the Vols’ season. Athletic director John Currie was called back to Knoxville in the midst of the search and was suspended by UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport, pending an investigation or decision to terminate Currie’s employment agreement for cause. He was replaced by former football coach Phil Fulmer, who hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on Dec. 7 as the new football coach.


Picked 13th in the preseason poll, Tennessee Mens Basketball were in the discussion for the school's first Final Four appearance on March 11

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On the brink of another NCAA tournament, it’s an appropriate time to review Tennessee’s Final Four history in men’s basketball.

Just kidding. Tennessee has no Final Four history.

But that could change in the next few weeks.

Could Tennessee make the Final Four? As strange as that might read, the question isn’t far-fetched. It’s only strange if you can’t discount UT’s basketball history or can’t shake those preseason projections that it was close to being the worst team in the SEC.

They tied Auburn for the SEC regular-season championship and reached the championship game of the SEC tournament before losing to Kentucky 77-72 on Sunday.

Next stop: Dallas, where the third-seeded Vols (25-8) will play 14th-seeded Wright State (25-9) on Thursday in the South Regional of the NCAA tournament.

The regional is loaded with outstanding teams, including No. 1 overall seed Virginia and No. 2 Cincinnati. It also includes two hot teams – No. 4 Arizona, which has won eight of its past nine games, and No. 5 Kentucky, which has won seven of its past eight games.

But the Vols should be ready for this.

They didn’t just prove themselves in the SEC. They beat second-seeded Purdue, which has spent the regular season in the top 10. They had Villanova, a No. 1 seed, down by 12 points before faltering in the second half.

Consider the general landscape of college basketball, too. There’s no super team –

Round of 32: Vols Last Stand

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DALLAS -- Loyola-Chicago's Sweet 16 dreams bounced on the front of the rim, lightly touched the backboard, and rattled a couple times before slipping through the net.

Another prayer answered in the waning seconds, and now Sister Jean's Ramblers are heading to Atlanta.

Clayton Custer's jumper got that friendly bounce with 3.6 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Loyola beat Tennessee 63-62 in a South Region second-round game Saturday night.


At 12-18 the Volunteer baseball finished T-6 in the SEC-East with Mizzou.  Their last loss of the season to Missouri was a play-in game for the SEC Tournamen. The Vols did not get a chance to improve their resume' and make the NCAA Tournament.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2018, 01:15:06 pm »

Number Twelve:

Hugh Freeze has stepped down as Ole Miss head coach, the school announced Thursday.

Assistant head coach Matt Luke has been named interim head coach


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A January 2016 call between Freeze and a number tied to a female escort service was “raised as a potential issue” to Ole Miss by the lawyer of former head coach Houston Nutt in the lawsuit surrounding the school’s severance of Nutt. According to USA Today, Nutt’s attorney emailed Ole Miss’s general counsel and mentioned a “phone call Coach Freeze made that would be highly embarrassing for all of you and extremely difficult to explain.”

In the press conference announcing Freeze’s resignation Thursday night, Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork said that the January 2016 call, initially attributed as a “misdial,” led the athletic department to look into Freeze’s phone records, where they found a “concerning pattern” that led to Freeze’s eventual resignation. Bjork said that had Freeze not resigned, the university would have exercised the moral turpitude clause in his contract and fired him, and that no settlement or buyout was involved in his departure.


Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis did appear at the Ole Miss hearing in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Monday. And he did testify.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde, Lewis, a sophomore, became the first active student-athlete to ever appear at a COI hearing.



Egg Bowl Exit Survey

Rebels' 31-28 upset win over Mississippi State.


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After a year of bad news, something positive finally happened for Ole Miss.
Ole Miss is awaiting its NCAA sanctions and is going through a coaching search.

Luke had a 12-game audition and his interview for the job was scheduled for Friday. So Bjork has a decision to make. The players were vocal in their support of Luke after the game and rightly so; he just guided them through tough circumstances and did a great job of keeping things together.

But this is a decision that needs to made with logic, not emotion.

Ole Miss stayed with Matt Luke after going 6-6 with no bowl game due to self-imposed sanction.


The "Dean of SEC Mens Basketball Coaches", Andy Kennedy announced that, effective immediately, he will be stepping down as the head coach at Ole Miss. Tony Madlock will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

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Kennedy wanted to “relieve any external pressure being felt by our current players” and he did not believe that last week’s announcement that this would be his final season in Oxford accomplished that.

“It has become readily apparent to me that my continued presence as the head coach is proving detrimental to these players finishing the season in a fashion that is representative of The Standard for this program that has been clearly established and maintained for over a decade,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Yherefore, I believe that it is in everyone’s best interest that I exit my role as head coach effective immediately. We all know that “clean breaks” are always best, and I should have realized this last Monday. My apologies.”

On Saturday, Ole Miss lost by 17 points at Mississippi State. That came two days after Kennedy went viral for a brutally honest criticism of what his team was going through.

“I can’t get to them,” he said. “I can’t reach them.”

It’s sad that this is the way that it had to end for the best basketball coach that Ole Miss has ever had. But it had to be done.


Next Game: Mizzou falls to lowly Ole Miss in overtime

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COLUMBIA, MO. • A road loss against an occasionally potent Louisiana State team is one thing.

A home loss to last-place Ole Miss and its lame duck interim coach is another.

In Missouri’s first chance to cleanse its palate from Saturday’s one-point defeat at LSU, Cuonzo Martin’s team put a damper on its postseason profile with Tuesday's 90-87 overtime loss to the Rebels at Mizzou Arena.

The coaching change seemed to ignite some effort from the Rebels (11-17, 5-10) rarely seen during the seven-game losing streak they carried to Columbia. Ole Miss scorched the nets early, making 6 of 13 3-pointers in the opening half and feasted on Mizzou turnovers. The Rebels turned nine first-half giveaways into 13 points and outscored MU in transition 8-0.

At 5-13, Ole Miss was last in the SEC during the regular season and finished 12-20 overall.  Kermit Davis, Jr. was hired to lead the Rebels.


Ole Miss baseball won the SEC Baseball Tournament and finished as co-champ of the SEC West with Arkansas.

Ole Miss lost Game 7 of the Oxford Regional to Tennessee Tech 3-2 ending their season one game short of a Super Regional hosting assignment.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2018, 06:06:26 pm »

Missouri points to lopsided loss to Auburn as turning point of 2017 season


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The prospects seemed bleak in the wake of a 51-14 home loss to Auburn on Sept. 23 -- a game that dropped Missouri to 1-3, well on its way to a meandering 1-5 start to the season.

Missouri lost its next two games before rattling off six straight wins to close the regular season and finish the year 7-6 following a Texas Bowl loss to Texas, yet many on the team point to that lopsided loss to Auburn and Odom's emotional postgame presser as one of the key turning points of their 2017 campaign.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2018, 07:21:50 am »

Number Eleven:

Decisions by the Porter and Lock families helped Mizzou move from the cellar.

Post-season futility yielded the lowest ranking of any SEC team that made the NCAA MBB Tournament and a bowl game.

Record players: Lock, Schweizer headlined intriguing year for Mizzou sports

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Lock’s 2017 season didn’t end with any championships, but he guided the Tigers to their first bowl game in three years and did it with his right arm, setting an SEC record with 44 touchdown passes, enough to earn him first-team all-conference honors. His offense came up short in the Texas Bowl loss to Texas — Longhorns coach Tom Herman rubbed it in, mocking Lock’s celebratory dance on the UT sideline — but by the numbers it was one of the all-time great seasons for a Missouri quarterback.

After the season Lock continued to delight fans, teammates and coaches when he decided to pass on the NFL draft and return to Mizzou for his senior season — on a mission to craft a legacy beyond a seven-win season and a mid-tier bowl appearance.

“The last thing I’m worried about is stats this year,” he said this spring.

Coach of the Year
• CUONZO MARTIN, Men’s basketball

Soon after he left the West Coast to return closer to home, Martin created a national buzz when he stockpiled recruit after recruit, raising expectations that he could pull off a one-year resurgence at a program that had decayed over time. First, though, the roster broke apart in bits and pieces with injuries and departures. By March, Martin had guided the Tigers through one obstacle after another and delivered the program back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. The 20-win Tigers were one and done in the bracket, but Martin’s debut season saw fans return to Mizzou Arena to witness the program’s first competitive team in years.

Mizzou baseball stumbles in SEC tournament, season likely done

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Technically Missouri made it to the second day of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament but only because its first game didn’t end until 1:30 Wednesday morning in Hoover, Ala.

By then, fifth-seeded South Carolina had eliminated the Tigers from the bracket with a 4-2 comeback win, likely ending Mizzou’s season.

The Tigers (34-22) came into the conference tournament 27-0 when leading after six innings, but South Carolina rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the seventh, all coming off usually sturdy reliever Andy Toelken (6-3).

Tigers haven’t played in the NCAA tournament since 2012, their final season in the Big 12. The other 11 SEC teams that came to Hoover were projected as NCAA regional teams when the day began.

NCAA tournament bracket [was] revealed Monday. Tigers [were] kept off the bracket for a sixth straight season.

Mizzou to rent out vacant dorm rooms to the public during football weekends

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In what appears to be a means for helping the Residential Life budget amidst declining enrollment numbers, the Tigers are going to open up vacant dorm rooms to the public for usage during home football weekends this fall. For $120 per night, a two-bedroom suite with four beds could be yours while taking in a Tigers game this season.

Mizzou met with NCAA in academic fraud case; former tutor plans to reveal more names

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Yolanda Kumar — a former tutor or Mizzou athletes who claims to have been “groomed” to help at least a dozen Tigers athletes commit academic fraud and triggered a NCAA investigation — sent off a series of tweets on Monday. Kumar announced that she plans to “release the full list of students, classes, and coordinators” on Wednesday at 1839, or 6:39 p.m. The University of Missouri was founded in 1839. She also tweeted that she will reveal “new allegations.”

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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2018, 01:29:03 pm »

https://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/blog/au-blog-mailbag-when-was-the-last-time-auburn-had/article_49c6bb16-70b9-11e8-98f6-a3110f16d91c.html

AD was fired. Head football and basketball coach on hot seat. Chuck Person under FBI investigation. Steven Pearl is not retained. Best Year Ever.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2018, 03:28:01 pm »

Number Ten:

Punt, Pass, & Pork: Inside Jim McElwain's Florida Exit, a Split at Least a Year in the Making

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They hadn’t even signed the buyout agreement yet, but Florida officials and Jim McElwain had gone far enough down a bad road by Sunday afternoon that they agreed McElwain wouldn’t spend another day as the Gators’ head coach. A day after a 42–7 loss to Georgia that probably came after the real final straw, the only coach in SEC history to win division titles in his first two seasons would not finish his third at Florida.

So how did this happen? It wasn’t only because the Gators lost their last three games. It wasn’t only because a coach hired to fix a struggling offense couldn’t develop a reliable starting quarterback by year three. It wasn’t only because of blowout losses to Florida State and Alabama to end McElwain’s first two seasons. It wasn’t only because of an odd press conference last week. It was an amalgam of factors that all swirled into one giant ball of mess in the past six days, and suddenly there was only one plausible move: Fire McElwain and make defensive coordinator Randy Shannon the interim coach for the remainder of the season.


McElwain’s Florida team had just whipped Iowa 30–3 in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2, and Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi served up an easy question about how much positivity the win might inject into the program...

“We’ll look for the commitment that we get from the administration moving forward, see where that’s at,” McElwain said.

When McElwain said this, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin—who had been on the job about two months at the time—was already working on a contract extension for the coach that would be announced a few months later. This is how some people high in the Florida athletic department viewed McElwain’s sentiment. Here’s a guy who has heard the word “Yes” more than Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook, Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp combined, who is about to get more money despite a second year with an offense ranked in the 100s, and he’s questioning the administration’s commitment?

Do not be fooled into thinking that one bizarre week turned McElwain from two-time SEC East champion into fired two-time SEC East champion. The implosion at Florida was at least a year in the making. The above incident is one of several that erased the kind of benefit of the doubt the Gators exercised when retaining Will Muschamp after he went 4–8 in 2013. But make no mistake, last week hastened an exit that might not have happened until next year. “This was more than just wins and losses,” Stricklin said Sunday night, “and I'll leave it at that."

Florida coach Jim McElwain said his family and Gators players have received death threats this season.

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The Gators have lost two straight games against SEC rivals LSU and Texas A&M. Florida entered the season ranked No. 17 nationally, but have sputtered to a 3-3 start behind an inconsistent offense and a controversy-filled locker room.

When asked Monday about his coaching staff "hanging in there" through the season, he revealed many of them, including him and his family, have received death threats from angry fans.

"I think it's a pretty good lesson for the way things are," McElwain said on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "There's a lot of hate in this world. A lot of anger, and yet, it's freedom to show it. The hard part is, obviously, when the threats are against your own players. Death threats to your families. The ill-will that's brought upon out there...In this business, we're the ones who you take the shots at, and that's the way it is."

Florida finished 4-8 playing in the SEC-East in a year Tennessee was way down and second place was pickings.

Denied in Dallas: Florida’s season ends in heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech

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DALLAS — Florida tried to keep its season alive before a raucous crowd in its Round of 32 NCAA Tournament matchup with Texas Tech at the American Airlines Center.

But senior All-American Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans and the three-seeded Red Raiders had other plans Saturday.

Evans scored 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining, lifting Texas Tech to a 69-66 win over the sixth-seeded Gators.

After coming up with a steal off a Texas Tech in-bounds play with 14 seconds left, Florida had two chances to tie. But senior guard Egor Koulechov missed an open 3-point attempt. Then, off a loose ball scramble, junior guard KeVaughn Allen was able to get a 3-point attempt off that clanged off the back iron before time expired.

The loss ended UF’s up-and-down season at 21-13 and ended a string of five straight NCAA Tournament appearances in which it at least made the Elite Eight.

Note: Florida is now 44-17 (.721) all-time at the NCAA Championships.

TEXAS TECH 69, FLORIDA 66
FLORIDA (21-13)
Hayes 2-4 0-0 4, Chiozza 4-12 2-2 11, Koulechov 5-13 0-1 12, Allen 2-11 2-2 7, Hudson 8-16 5-8 23, Stone 3-5 1-2 7, Bassett 0-0 0-0 0, Gak 0-0 0-0 0, Ballard 0-0 0-0 0, Okauru 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-63 10-15 66.

Updated: Florida eliminated from CWS with 5-2 loss to Arkansas

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OMAHA, Neb. — Florida made a go of it, but couldn’t get out of the hole it put itself in with last Sunday’s loss in the College World Series opener.

The same can be said for Friday’s bracket final. The Gators, last year’s national champions, spotted Arkansas a 4-0 lead, made it interesting at 4-2 before being eliminated with the 5-2 loss.

Florida, which ousted Texas and Texas Tech in elimination games this week, sees its season end with a 49-21 record. Florida lost for the first time in eight NCAA elimination games. The Gators were looking to get to the finals for the fourth time since 2005.

Arkansas (47-19) advances to the CWS championship series Monday with a 3-0 record here. The Razorbacks allowed only three hits and had control of the game from the start.

Florida’s loss means the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed has fallen short of winning the national championship every year since 1999 —

FAQ: In two words or less why is Florida ranked below Arkansas in the year end listing of three SEC men's sports?

Isaiah Campbell

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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2018, 07:26:45 am »

The mid-pack men's programs in the SEC for '17-18 had similar characteristics. The schools ranked six through nine all played in a bowl game, and qualified for either the NCAA men's basketball or baseball tournament but not both.  None of these teams played in a National Title game in CFP, March Madness or Omaha.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2018, 07:39:02 am »

Number Nine:

Had to expect that South Carolina would need to rebuild after becoming the seventh SEC program to make the NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four in 2017.

In Year 2 under coach Will Muschamp, there were plenty of memorable moments for the South Carolina football team, which finished with an 9-4 record.

They finished the season 9–4, 5–3 in SEC play to finish in second place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl, where they defeated Michigan.

2017-18 season was undeniably a brutal crash back down to Earth for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Coming off that magical Final Four run, expectations and excitement were running high. But most observers figured the Gamecocks were due for a step back with the loss of stars like Sindarius Thornwell and PJ Dozier, as well as reliable role-players like Duane Notice and Justin McKie. What most of those same observers likely didn’t realize, though, was just how much of a step back it would be.

Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from this season, which ended with a 17-16 (7-11 SEC) record and no postseason action:


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A six-game skid that hit in late January, starting with a narrow 70-63 loss to a top-15 Texas Tech squad in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and snowballing from there. There was a disappointing 81-76 loss against Mississippi State that represented a blown opportunity, and two thumpings at the hands of Texas A&M (83-60) and Arkansas (81-65). But an unholy 65-41 beatdown that Florida administered in Columbia was the true piece de resistance. The 70-67 heartbreaker at Tennessee was the final blow, and mercifully the Gamecocks channeled that “improved” play — such as it was — to bust their slump and net the upset over Auburn.

Unquestionably, the 84-75 upset of then-No. 10 Auburn is at the top of this list. It was an incredible way to snap a six-game losing streak — South Carolina led 46-25 at the half —

Baseball Falls to No. 5 Arkansas, Ending 2018 Season

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South Carolina baseball team saw its season come to a close in the third game of the Fayetteville Super Regional, falling 14-4 to No. 5 Arkansas on Monday night (June 11) at Baum.

Gamecocks end the 2018 season winning its final five SEC series, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, winning the Greenville Regional and taking Arkansas to a third game of the Super Regional.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2018, 11:59:35 am »

Number Eight:

Led by Ed Orgeron, the Tigers put forth a 9-4 year that concluded with a heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.

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Tigers opened the season as they defeated BYU in New Orleans. The first loss to Mississippi State in September brought forth a skeptical situation as the offense had trouble capitalizing when it mattered most. Who can forget the crushing homecoming defeat to Troy? The Tigers’ offense was puzzled by Troy’s hurry-up offense in that game. It seemed as if Troy was more prepared to leave Baton Rouge with a historic win. And that’s just what they did. LSU lost that game 24-21.

Undefeated October
LSU traveled to Gainesville to take on the woeful Florida Gators. It was a back and forth defensive battle, but the Tigers left with a 17-16 win. The following week, the Tigers hosted Auburn and somehow managed to erase a 20-0 deficit and get the 27-23 win.

Tigers finished out their final three games with wins, and finished the regular season 9-3, with a Citrus Bowl berth against Notre Dame.

LSU had the 17-14 lead late in the game, but Notre Dame threw a touchdown pass with just over one minute to go that sealed the deal. Offensively, it was an average showing at best. The Tigers failed to capitalize on numerous drives where they should have scored. This would be Matt Canada’s final game as offensive coordinator in the purple and gold. Notre Dame won the game 21-17 and LSU fell to 9-4.

Orgeron was able to retain Aranda, who is perhaps the best defensive coach in the country.

Utah hits 14 3-pointers, eases by LSU 95-71 in NIT second round

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Facing off against No. 2 seed Utah in the second round of the 2018 NIT, LSU couldn’t keep up with a scorching Utes offense, leading to a 95-71 Tigers loss. LSU trailed by as many as 27 points midway through the first half as Utah shot 58 percent for the game and made 14 3-pointers, the team’s most in a single game since Dec. 20.

Year 1 of the Will Wade era of the LSU basketball program came to a sobering but optimistic end on Monday night.

LSU finished with an 18-15 record for the 2017-18 season, an 8-win improvement over 2016-17. And the future only looks brighter for as Wade has built the No. 4 recruiting class in college basketball for 2018, bringing in 5-star forwards Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams as well as 4-star guard Ja’Vonte Smart and 4-star forward Darius Days. That’s not to mention the likely return of freshman phenom point guard Tremont Waters as well as regular starters Skylar Mays and Daryl Edwards.

What went wrong for LSU basketball?

How The Mighty Have Fallen Fast - LSU is not ranked in any poll for 1st time since 2011

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BATON ROUGE - In just 10 months, the LSU baseball team has fallen from being one win away from playing for a seventh national championship to not being ranked in the top 25 of any poll for the first time since 2011.

LSU (24-17, 9-9 Southeastern Conference) does not have a number in front of it for the first time in 124 weeks of a season after getting swept under the rug by non-ranked South Carolina over the weekend, 11-0, 11-4 and 8-6 after leading that last one, 6-0, through five innings of three-hit pitching by new Sunday starter Nick Bush. LSU has lost four straight for the first time since 2014 when it fell at Tulane, then was swept at Florida.

SEC Baseball Championship 2018: Ole Miss Crushes LSU to Capture 3rd-Ever Title

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LSU came into Sunday's SEC Championship Game with hopes of repeating.

Ole Miss had other ideas.

Nick Fortes had four hits, and Michael Fitzsimmons and Tim Rowe each had home runs, leading the Rebels to a 9-1 victory over LSU. It's Ole Miss' third conference tournament championship in school history and first since 2006.

LSU baseball eliminated in Corvallis Regional

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It was a tough weekend for the LSU baseball team as the Tigers lost twice to the hometown Oregon State Beavers and were eliminated in the 2018 NCAA tournament.

Entering as a two seed in the tournament in Corvallis, inconsistent pitching and a failure to get base runners home, plagued the team.

The weekend started well for the Tigers, knocking off three seed San Diego State 6-4...

...LSU would go on to lose 12-0, ending the 2018 campaign in forgettable fashion.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2018, 12:44:55 pm »

Number Seven:

STARKVILLE — New Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead will not coach in the Bulldogs' bowl game next month

Mississippi State (8-4) was No. 23 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, released on Monday night.


TaxSlayer Bowl score: Mississippi State holds off Louisville, Lamar Jackson, 31-27

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It likely was Lamar Jackson's farewell performance.

It definitely was Keytaon Thompson's coming-out party.

Thompson, a highly touted freshman making his first start in place of injured quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 24 Mississippi State beat Jackson and Louisville 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday.

"He was phenomenal," Bulldogs interim coach Greg Knox said.

Mississippi State: New coach Joe Moorhead will have a chance to win games early thanks to what Mullen built in Starkville.

NEW YORK — Penn State routed Mississippi State 75-60 in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals

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Mississippi State (25-12) wasn't able to get within 20 until there was 7:56 left in the game. Abdul Ado's dunk made it 65-47, but that was the closest the fourth-seeded Bulldogs got before the waning moments.

State: With just one senior on the roster, the Bulldogs will return most of their team and have something positive to build off as they try to move up the rankings in the rugged SEC next season.

State's season ends with loss in College World Series

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OMAHA, Neb. — Several Bulldogs lingered on the field long after the game ended, embracing fans, family and each other and reflecting on a season that started the forced resignation of former head coach Andy Cannizaro — a situation the man who replaced him and got MSU here, Gary Henderson, called "humiliating and "total nonsense."

"One-hundred and 23 days ago, we started on a journey with these guys," said Henderson, who brought his entire staff to the post-game press conference. "... It's been an unbelievable time in my life, for a guy like me who has coached as long as I have and never been close to anything like this."

But they couldn't get past Oregon State (53-11-1). The Beavers, loaded with talent on the mound and in the lineup, were just too good.

Beaver freshman pitcher Kevin Abel's stellar performance would have been impressive in April against a run-of-the-mill Pac 12 opponent. Instead, his best start of the year came against the SEC schedule-hardened Bulldogs on college baseball's biggest stage. He limited the Bulldogs to one run on three hits over seven innings, walking three and striking out five.

"You've got to give them a lot of credit for the way they pitched the last two days," Henderson said.

It was a disappointing finish, but as junior center fielder Jake Mangum pointed out, the team came a long way to just be in this position.

"It's a story that's unbelievable," Mangum said. "You kept thinking we're so close to the school's first national championship. It sucks to fall short, but it was an unbelievable ride and this team was a lot of fun to play with."
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2018, 12:56:20 pm »

Number Six:

Following a 24-23 loss to Northwestern in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Friday, Kentucky's 2017 football season is officially in the books.

Wildcats finished with a bowl loss to end the year 7-6 for the second consecutive season.


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– Kentucky won seven games and finished .500 in the SEC in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 40 years (1976-77).

– For the first time in school history, the Wildcats threw and rushed for over 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

– After starting the 2016 season 2-3, Kentucky won five of its final eight games to finish 7-6. After starting the 2017 season 5-1, the Wildcats lost five of its last seven games to finish 7-6.

– Despite playing only two seasons, senior quarterback Stephen Johnson finished ninth in school history with 4,342 passing yards.

– Johnson also finished his UK career second in yards per completion (13), second in pass attempts to interception radio (48.4:1) and fourth in completion percentage (57.5 percent).

– Sophomore running back Benny Snell finished 2017 with a single-season school record 19 rushing touchdowns. He is also Kentucky's career-leader in rushing touchdowns with 32.

– Snell's 1,333 rushing yards were the third-highest single-season total in school history and most-ever by a sophomore. His 2,424 career rushing yards already ranks eighth on the school's all-time rushing list.

– Freshman wide receiver Lynn Bowden set a new school single-season record for most kickoff return yards by a freshman (869).

Kentucky defeats Tennessee to win fourth straight SEC tournament title

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Round 2: Thursday, March 8
Game 3: No. 9 Alabama 71, No. 8 Texas A&M 70

Game 4: No. 12 Georgia 62, No. 5 Missouri 60

Game 5: No. 7 Mississippi State 80, No. 10 LSU 77

Game 6: No. 6 Arkansas 69, No. 11 South Carolina 64

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9
Game 7: No. 9 Alabama 81, No. 1 Auburn 63

Game 8: No. 4 Kentucky 62, No. 12 Georgia 49

Game 9: No. 2 Tennessee 62, No. 7 Mississippi State 59

Game 10: No. 6 Arkansas 80, No. 3 Florida 72

Semifinals: Saturday March 10
Game 11: No. 4 Kentucky 86, No. 9 Alabama 63

Game 12: No. 2 Tennessee 84, No. 6 Arkansas 66

Championship: Sunday, March 11
No. 4 Kentucky 77, No. 2 Tennessee 72

Kentucky's Sweet 16 loss to Kansas State, Final Four failure is a missed opportunity

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Uninspired. Embarrassing. Sad.

Pick a word to describe Kentucky's upset loss to Kansas State in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. 

The best way to summarize it is by putting it bluntly: Kentucky blew it, big time.

The No. 5 Wildcats, the remaining best seed in the shattered South Region, had a red carpet rolled out to get to the Final Four — facing No. 9 seed Kansas State and, had they won, No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. No. 1 Virginia was gone. No. 4 Arizona was out. And so was No. 2 Cincinnati. All these teams were a part of coach John Calipari's overall complaint heading into the NCAAs about his team's bracket fate by the selection committee.

Calipari warned his players about overlooking Kansas State, and an argument could be made that this batch of freshmen didn't heed their coach's advice.


Kentucky didn't want it as bad as Kansas State. There's really no way around that. In the Wildcats' Elite Eight exit last year,  players De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo sobbed in the locker room. That same passion wasn't here with this group.

So much is made up of veteran teams vs. inexperienced teams. But the real difference was Kansas State imposed its defensive will. Kansas State has allowed 51 points a game, the fewest of any team left in the tournament.


Kentucky baseball: Wildcats miss out on 2018 NCAA Tournament bid

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A stumble down the stretch and a 13-17 regular season SEC record did not play well in the selection committee’s eyes as Kentucky baseball missed out on an NCAA Tournament bid Monday.

The Wildcats were on the bubble for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament, but most projections had them as a tournament team.

Kentucky (34-22) was swept by Vanderbilt in its final SEC series and the Cats entered the SEC Tournament as the No. 10 seed. Coach Nick Mingione’s squad dropped their conference tournament opener 4-3 to Auburn in extra innings.

That bumpy finish put Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament aspirations in jeopardy, and the worries materialized on Monday. Starting pitcher Justin Lewis was held out of the SEC Tournament with an injury and fellow starter Zack Thompson dealt with an injury for much of the season.

Kentucky hosted a regional last year in Mingione’s first season in Lexington. The Wildcats, in dramatic fashion, won the regional and advanced to the super regionals for the first time in program history.

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So we went 63-for-64 in our final projection. The one miss: Northeastern gets in over Kentucky. UK only 13-18 in the SEC… but five really, really good weekends, and Northeastern didn’t win a single series over a regional team. 16-16 vs. top 50, compared with 3-9 vs. top 50.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2018, 01:56:30 pm »

Number Five:

Arkansas fires AD Jeff Long; football coach Bret Bielema likely on shaky ground

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Jeff Long was fired on Wednesday, with the school's chancellor saying Long had "lost the support of many of our fans, alumni, key supporters, and members of the university leadership."

Julie Cromer Peoples, the school's associate vice chancellor for athletics and senior associate athletics director, was named Long's replacement on an interim basis.

Arkansas said it will honor the provisions of Long's contract, which runs through June 30, 2022.

"The decision to change leadership in our Athletics Department is not an easy one, and was made after great deliberation, discussion and thought, after consultation with the Board of Trustees and President [Donald] Bobbitt," chancellor Joseph Steinmetz said in a statement.

Arkansas fires football coach Bret Bielema moments following Missouri loss

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has fired coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing season [sic], moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday.

The loss left Arkansas with a 4-8 record, capping only the second losing season of Bielema’s 12-year career. It also left him with a 29-34 record in his five seasons with the Razorbacks, including 11-29 in the SEC.

It was a shockingly poor performance from a coach who led Wisconsin to three Rose Bowl appearances before being hired at Arkansas from Wisconsin after the 2012 season.

DETROIT — Arkansas picked a bad day for a poor shooting performance. The Hogs’ season came to an end Friday as they shot just 35.7 percent — 22.2 percent from 3-point range — during a 79-62 loss to Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas — the No. 7 seed in the East Regional — ends its season at 23-12.


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This closes the book on Arkansas’ 2017-18 season. The Hogs came up one win short of advancing as far as they did in the NCAA Tournament last season.

It’s also the final game for standout senior guards Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford.

OMAHA, Neb. – For the second time in program history, the University of Arkansas baseball team will finish as the national runner-up after Thursday evening’s 5-0 loss to No. 3 Oregon State in Game 3 of the College World Series finals. The finish equals the standard set by the 1979 team that was runner-up in the program’s first-ever trip to Omaha.

The Razorbacks’ appearance in the College World Series finals caps the program’s ninth trip to Omaha, and its fifth under head coach Dave Van Horn. Arkansas ends the season with a 48-21 record, good for the highest win total in the Van Horn era.


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All-Tournament Team
Five Razorbacks were named to the 2018 College World Series All-Tournament Team. Arkansas was represented by senior Jared Gates, junior Blaine Knight, sophomore Dominic Fletcher and freshmen Heston Kjerstad and Casey Martin.

What DVH Said
“First, I’d like to thank the city of Omaha and this incredible tournament by the NCAA…was so well run. We’re so appreciative of everything you’ve done for us. Tonight, will be our 15th night in a hotel and it’s been a great experience to be here for so long.”

“I figured it would take eight or nine (runs) today and I thought we’d score some runs. I thought we’d break loose but they didn’t give us that opportunity. (Oregon State) pitched us extremely well for three days in a row so hat’s off to them. In a two-out-of-three series this week, they were the better team.”


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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2018, 02:21:16 pm »

Number Four:

A&M plans to fire Kevin Sumlin after LSU game

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A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be fired following the Aggies' regular-season finale at LSU on Saturday night, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said.

Sumlin is expected to be dismissed in the day or days following the A&M game against the Tigers. The Aggies are a double-digit underdog to the Tigers, and an A&M victory wouldn't save his job at this point, the sources said.

At his weekly news conference on Tuesday, a resolute Sumlin said he expects to be A&M's coach next season.

Aggies have been good but not great under the sixth-year coach, failing to reach double-digit victories in the last five seasons after finishing 11-2 in Sumlin's first season and A&M's first year in the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

Even that season, A&M finished third in the SEC West behind Alabama and LSU, and the Aggies haven't come close to competing for a division title since. Sumlin has two years left on a contract that pays $5 million annually, and the two sides are expected to negotiate a buyout in the range of $10 million.

The Aggies (7-4, 4-3 SEC) have finished 8-5 in each of the last three seasons and would need an upset of LSU and a bowl victory to better that mark by a game this season. LSU has won all five of the teams' prior meetings as SEC opponents, a tidbit particularly irking to A&M's fan base, as the Aggies have tried establishing the Tigers as division rivals.

More than 100 points later, Wake Forest beats Texas A&M in wild Belk Bowl

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After Matt Colburn scored the go-ahead touchdown on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 2:18 left, Wake Forest's defense rose up and finally put a halt to Texas A&M's offense to hold on for the 55-52 win.

Aggies quarterback Nick Starkel's 499 yards and four touchdowns through the air just weren't enough. Neither were Christian Kirk's 189 receiving yards and three touchdowns.


A&M hands UNC its first in-state NCAA tournament loss in 39 years

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No. 7 seed Texas A&M added another log to the bracket fire with a 86-65 drubbing of No. 2 seed North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the second round.

The 2017 champs are going home, a little sooner than expected, and after their first loss in a tournament game played in this state since 1979.

"There's a hundred things I could say and yet there's not a lot to say," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "We got beat by a team that played better than we did."

Tar Heels (26-11) had won 30 straight NCAA tournament games in the state — and had a 17-0 mark under Williams — since an infamous loss to Pennsylvania on “Black Sunday” in Raleigh in 1979. UNC had never lost an NCAA tournament game (12-0) in Charlotte before Sunday.

Two days after No. 1-seeded Virginia lost in the same building, shocked by 16th-seeded Maryland-Baltimore County, the Heels were knocked out, too.

Texas A&M forward Tyler Davis made sure of that and so did an ill-timed poor shooting performance from the 3-point line by UNC. Davis, a 6-10, 264-pound Mack truck disguised as a college basketball player, scored 18 points and helped the Aggies (22-12) take control of the game midway through the first half.

UNC’s undersized lineup, which it rode to get to this point, had no answer for Davis inside. When the Heels did collapse, it left A&M’s shooters open. Wing D.J. Hogg (14 points) and point guard T.J. Starks (21 points) took advantage of the open looks to help the Aggies make 10 3-pointers.

"We just stuck to the game plan, played to our strengths," said Davis, who had nine rebounds and helped the Aggies finish with a 50-36 advantage on the glass.

A&M loses to Michigan in Sweet 16

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A&M didn’t make its first 3-point attempt until there was 4 minutes left in the first half. By that point in time, the game, and the Aggies 2018 NCAA Tournament run, was pretty much over.

The Michigan Wolverines combined a defensive effort with a barrage of 3s to establish a commanding first-half lead that allowed them to cruise to a 99-72 win, sending the Wolverines to the Elite Eight and the Aggies back to Texas.

A&M team looked nothing like the one that held North Carolina, the defending champion, to a 6-for-31 effort from 3-point range in the second round. The Wolverines knocked down 10 of their 16 first-half 3-point attempts.

This is the fourth time that Texas A&M has made it to the Sweet 16 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams and all four times, the Aggies have lost in this round.

With the loss, the Aggies finish the season at 22-13. They were one of two SEC teams to make it to the Sweet 16, with the Kentucky Wildcats being the other.


Aggies bounced from NCAA Austin Regional with 9-7 loss to Indiana
A&M's comeback bid falls short after trailing 9-0 after top of first


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AUSTIN — Officially, Texas A&M’s season ended with a double-play ball off the bat of Allonte Wingate.

Essentially, the Aggies were eliminated three hours earlier when Indiana sent 13 hitters to the plate and scored nine first-inning runs to win 9-7 in an NCAA Austin Regional elimination game.

“I don’t know what to say other than you wake up and you come to the baseball field and you think you have seen it all, and just like that you haven’t,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “For them to score nine runs, Indiana was certainly ready to go, and with the exception of the leadoff walk we did nothing to help that. They did it all. For us to even have an opportunity it’s going to take a heroic performance out of everybody, and we got about as close as you can be to perfect and you had to be perfect to have a shot.”

A&M, which finished the season 40-22, chipped away at the margin throughout the game and in the eighth inning sent the tying run to the plate and in the ninth had the winning run at the plate.

No. 25 Aggies had nine doubles and 17 hits overall in their attempt to erase the deficit but also hit into three double plays, had a runner thrown out at home and ended an inning with a strikeout, caught stealing double play. Two of the double plays came with a runner on third.

NOTES — A&M was the first Southeastern Conference team knocked out of the NCAA tournament. …

A&M allowed more runs (9) in the first inning against Indiana than they did in 36 innings (5) at the SEC tournament. …
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2018, 02:44:06 pm »

Number Three:

A year in review: Ranking the top UGA sports teams of the 2017-2018 school year

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Two different teams won national championships, and another team made it to the national championship game and lost on the final play. Two teams won SEC championships. Three teams hosted the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on their home fields or home court...

3. Football

The Georgia football team lost just one game heading into the national championship, a 40-17 loss to Auburn that it would later avenge on the way to an SEC championship. Off the field, Georgia picked up the No. 1 Recruiting class for the Class of 2018. They combined that with their performance on the field, as the Bulldogs picked up wins over Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia Tech and South Carolina before eventually falling to Alabama in overtime on the sport's largest stage.

8. Baseball

The Bulldogs earned their first winning season under head coach Scott Stricklin in 2018. Led by the bats of senior Keegan McGovern and junior Michael Curry, Georgia went 18-12 in conference play before losing in the championship game of the regional it hosted. The Bulldogs were swept by Duke in a double-header in which they only needed to win one of the games to advance to the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament.

Not ranked: Mens Basketball

Georgia issues official statement confirming it has parted ways with Mark Fox

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Fox had run the program for the last nine seasons, compiled a 163-133 record and had two NCAA Tournament appearances. Fox had been the school’s coach since 2009, making him the second-longest tenured coach in SEC, behind only Kentucky’s John Calipari.

Bulldogs went 18-15 this past season, and that’s with having the SEC Player of the Year in Yante Maten. The Bulldogs have not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2014-15 season.

Some of the names mentioned as a viable replacement for Fox include former Indiana coach Tom Crean.

Georgia’s season came to an end on Friday with a loss to Kentucky. The Bulldogs have been invited to participate in the NIT Tournament.

They would not participate in the NIT.

The side of Mark Fox, and coaching changes, the public doesn’t see

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Frankly, after nine years and just two NCAA Tournament appearances, and zero wins in that tournament, it was apparent that a change was appropriate. A new voice and a fresh approach are certainly warranted.

It’s also not a cause for celebration.

Was Fox a good coach? Debate if you want. Was it time for Georgia to make a change? Most would say yes.

Did Fox represent Georgia with class for nine years? That appears inarguable.

His players graduated. He ran a clean program. His players rarely appeared in the police blotter. He was generally a good ambassador for the program, whether it was schmoozing with boosters, dealing out quotes to media members or doling out advice to former players.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2018, 02:55:42 pm »

Number Two:

After latest scandal, it is time for Jay Jacobs to go as Auburn athletic director

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Too many scandals. Too many bad hires. Too much embarrassment.

It is now time for Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs to either step down or be fired after the latest shame has come to both the athletic department and university.

While the details of the bombshell are still being sorted out, here is what we do know: Auburn men’s basketball assistant Chuck Person has been arrested on charges of fraud and conspiracy. Bribes of upwards to $91,500 were accepted by Person to steer student-athletes toward certain agents and advisors.

If this were a lone misdeed by a rogue assistant coach, it still would be a bad look for Jacobs. However, this falls into a shameful list of actions that have happened under his direction.

The obvious one to point at is the allegations of player mistreatment by the Auburn softball coaching staff and sexual misconduct by former assistant softball coach Corey Myers and reported administrative cover-up. When first asked about the allegations in April, Jacobs denied any knowledge of it, eventually reversing course in September by stating, “I could have been more forthcoming about the investigation.”

In 2006, the New York Times broke a story on the regularity of football players taking sociology courses, some even majoring in the subject, without attending one class. Virgil Starks, the director of Student Athlete Support Services at the time, helped set up the student-athletes into these courses.

There have been some bad — and risky — hires under Jacobs’ watch as well.

Tony Barbee came and went without making any impact at all in four years with the basketball program. Jeff Lebo, the coach before him, only got the Tigers to the NIT once.

Bruce Pearl, who hired Person? Well, let’s withhold judgment right now, but it isn’t looking good.

Sunny Golloway was fired after two seasons...

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person was arrested Tuesday on six federal counts of conspiracy and fraud.

The U.S. attorney’s office filed a 32-page complaint against Person, who is one of 10 people charged in a probe into college basketball.



Auburn fans find plenty to be upset about in Peach Bowl loss to UCF

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Auburn fans were frustrated this season with inconsistent performances and the loss Monday to UCF in the Peach Bowl did nothing to cure that problem.

The Tigers looked lifeless in the first half, then broke out early in the third only to fall back into familiar patterns in the fourth quarter of their 34-27 loss.

Still, Auburn knocked off two No. 1 teams — rivals Georgia and Alabama — reached the SEC Championship Game and finished with 10 wins. Good, but frustrating it wasn’t better. Just listen to what the Tiger fans had to say...


Rewinding Auburn's 84-53 loss to Clemson in NCAA Tournament

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No. 4 seed Auburn lost to No. 5 seed Clemson 84-53 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament tonight.

Seven of Auburn's last nine games have featured shooting performances under 40 percent. Auburn is 20-2 when it shoots over 40 percent from the field and 6-6 when it doesn't, including tonight.

HALFTIME: AUBURN 19 CLEMSON 43

Auburn was a 1.5-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.com.


Auburn basketball claims third SEC title in school history with tough win over South Carolina

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AUBURN, Ala. — Four years ago to the month, Bruce Pearl won his first press conference by saying Auburn basketball would compete for championships. On Saturday, what had been long viewed as an exaggerated claim was validated.

No. 14 Auburn claimed a share of its first SEC regular-season title since 1999 and only its third all-time with a 79-70 home win over South Carolina. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tigers, which had struggled with consistency since a loss at South Carolina last month. The Gamecocks led by as many as 14 in the first half before a surge from Bryce Brown.

“South Carolina came in winning three out of four,” Pearl said. “When they score 70, they win. And they scored 70 tonight. We hung in there early when they were playing great and we were playing awful. We finally started to attack out of some spacing. Bryce Brown got back to doing what he does, and that’s if he can see it, he can make it.”

Auburn basketball won the SEC title Saturday with what got it that far — 3-point shooting that could heat up at any moment, surprising rebounds from smaller players and a spirit that never gave up. It was perfectly fitting for the Tigers to win with another double-digit comeback in SEC play.

Auburn is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 15 years. It has an SEC title for the first time in 19 years. This program hadn’t finished in the top half of the conference since it expanded to 14 members and did away with divisions.

“Winning a championship at Auburn means a lot,” Pearl said. “Because when I got here, we were winning championships in everything. And we still are. And I just looked at men’s basketball as just not quite holding up our end. Whether it be in the classroom with our APR, with our graduation rate, with our service to the community, our relationship with FCA or certainly with being competitive in the SEC.”

The Tigers will have a tough road in the NCAA Tournament without Anfernee McLemore and what has been an inconsistent jump-shooting offense as of late. But with all the program went through this season —


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Needing one more win to advance to the College World Series, Auburn battled Florida for 11 tension-filled innings Monday before losing 3-2 in the decisive third game of the Gainesville Super Regional.

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"An unbelievable college baseball game," Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. "I'm proud of my eight seniors and my entire ballclub for battling their heart out."

The defeat ended an historic season for Auburn (43-23), one in which the Tigers won a super regional game for the first time in program history, along with two SEC Tournament games and an NCAA regional.
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Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2018, 03:13:59 pm »

Number One:

The 24-6 pounding of top-ranked Clemson took on the feel of Alabama's 2011 BCS championship win over LSU on the same Superdome turf. These Tigers were overwhelmed from the start -- unable to get any of the magic from the last two championship showdowns in which they scored 75 total points.

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Clemson managed just 188 yards. After wearing down the Tide with 99 plays in last year's championship, the Tigers ran just 70. Time of possession was more than four minutes in Alabama's favor.

Just about everything that went wrong in January flipped in Alabama's favor Monday.

"Were we angry? It's a focused drive," said Alabama defensive back Tony Brown. "Playing with a focused drive. Playing football, you have to play with a certain kind of aggression. I wouldn't call it anger. You just have to know how to focus."

The Crimson Tide (12-1)  intercepted two of the four passes that hit defenders in their hands.

Alabama beats Georgia 26-23

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ATLANTA  — It didn’t look very promising for Alabama.

Alabama failed to produce any points in the first half. Coach Nick Saban knew he had to do something.

And then, he inserted freshman Tua Tagovailoa into the lineup.

The result was Saban’s sixth national championship and his fifth at Alabama in the last nine seasons.

The pride of Hawaii delivered a game-winning 41-yard pass to DeVonta Smith for a wild 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

But to do it, the Tide had to win the game the hard way. Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a potential 36-yard game-winning field goal at the end of regulation. Pappanastos’ pivot foot appeared to slip and his kick sailed left.

But even after that disappointment, the Tide rebounded in overtime.


Bama played with three players for 10 minutes and almost won

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NEW YORK — Alabama coach Avery Johnson didn’t flinch in the timeout huddle.

Neither did freshman Collin Sexton.

Or freshman Galin Smith.

Or senior Riley Norris.

The Tide, faced with one of the most surreal situations seen in college basketball, had to finish a high-level, top 25 game against Minnesota with only three players for the final 10:41.
They were down to five players, with no bench, with 13:39 left due to all five players leaving the bench to react to a scuffle.

They were down to four after Dazon Ingram fouled out with 11:37.

They were down to three after John Petty injured his right ankle after missing a 3-pointer.

And yet Alabama went from down 13 points to within just three with 1:39 remaining.

Sexton, the superb freshman, scored 19 of his 40 when Alabama was down to three.

The No. 25 Tide ended up losing 89-84 to No. 14 Minnesota in the Barclays Center Classic Saturday night in a game that showed the Gophers could be a Big Ten title team for 27 minutes, and put on display Sexton’s pro-ready skills for a frenzied final 10 minutes.

Crimson Tide makes 2018 NCAA Tournament

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

After dropping its last five games of the regular season, Alabama needed a couple of wins in the SEC Tournament to feel comfortable about its chances. The Crimson Tide picked up two victories, starting with a buzzer-beater over Texas A&M before blowing out Auburn in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Alabama is coming off a 86-63 loss to Kentucky in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats shot 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the field in the second half including 8-of-9 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes of play. Freshman Collin Sexton recorded his 15 th 20-point performance of the year, scoring 21 points to become the Crimson Tide’s all-time leading scorer in the SEC Tournament with 79 points. The former record of 77 points was set by James “Hollywood” Robinson in 1992.


Alabama destroyed by Villanova

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Crimson Tide should be hungry to return to March Madness, especially after the way top-seeded Villanova took them out Saturday afternoon.

“We’ll be back next year,” Alabama junior guard Avery Johnson Jr. said after the 81-58 loss.

Alabama (20-16) should keep this one fresh in its memory bank.

Tide won’t have Collin Sexton next season.


Bohannon, Vance reflect on Alabama baseball's 2018 season

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama baseball’s 2018 season ended Saturday in a 10-8 loss to No. 4 Ole Miss. The defeat dropped the Crimson Tide’s overall record to 27-29 (8-22 SEC).

In the first year of Brad Bohannon’s tenure as head coach, Alabama saw its wins increase by eight, including three more in conference play from last season’s 19-34-1 (5-24-1) mark.

“Brad’s been super,” Byrne told BamaOnLine. “He is everything I thought he would be and more. Really have enjoyed working with him. The guys on the team are playing extremely for each other, for the team, for our program, and it’s a good, healthy environment. He’s laying the foundation with the team now and the job they’re doing with recruiting for future success..."
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