SEC: More off-field news gives LSU a kick to the head

Les Miles (AP photo)

SEC links for Friday:

  • LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard has been suspended indefinitely, reports Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “The violation stems from the relationship between Houston native Shepard, LSU and Houston-based scouting service owner Willie Lyles,” says the report.
  • Meanwhile, details are emerging about that fight and LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s infamous kick to the face of one victim, reports Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times.
  • Texas A&M served official notice to the Big 12 that it is looking into changing its relationship status, reports Mark Passwaters of Aggie Yell.
  • Star basketball signee Trevor Lacey is eligible and ready to play at Alabama, reports Greg Ostendorf of the Tuscaloosa News. Lacey had been considering UK in the recruiting process.
  • Urban Meyer put the pressure right on his successor, Will Muschamp, by saying the Florida Gators are “loaded this year,” reports Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Rick Stansbury insists it was his decision for Renardo Sidney to go to Houston instead of Europe with Mississippi State basketball team, reports Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger.
  • David Climer of the Tennessean writes that Tennessee made the right move booting talented defensive back Janzen Jackson from the squad. “You don’t rebuild a program around players you can’t count on from one day to the next.”
  • Paul Finebaum is suing the company that carries his popular radio show, reports Bob Carlton of the Birmingham News. At same time, Cox announces it will start 24-hour sports station and is interested in running Finebaum’s show.
  • Alabama coach Nick Saban hints there has been progress made in getting former Ohio State receiver Duron Carter on the Tuscaloosa campus, reports Izzy Gould of the Birmingham News.
  • Hard knocks have motivated Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to beef up this season, writes Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald. He’s added about 10 pounds of muscle.
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