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

Michael Carvell
‏ @Michael_Carvell

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

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


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

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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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

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.


Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2018, 08:52:46 am »

Tyler Cleveland
‏ @TylerCleveland
Jun 4

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


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
‏Verified account @joe_mussatto

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

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:

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 #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. 


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.


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


Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2018, 06:16:32 am »

Number Fourteen:

‏ @tnsports

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

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.


Re: SEC 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2018, 09:12:56 am »

Number Thirteen:

Jimmy Hyams
 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

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

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

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.


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

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.

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.

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

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.


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

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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