SEC links for Friday:
Hugh Kellenberger of Clarion-Ledger: The Tennessee Volunteers had one goal and one ulterior motive coming into Thursday’s game against No. 23 Ole Miss: Shut down high-scoring, fast-talking Marshall Henderson and, in the process, shut him up. But Henderson said he was made aware of the plan via Twitter, and came to a decision prior to pouring in 28 points for the Rebels in their 62-56 comeback win at Tad Smith Coliseum. “I think I’ll take a game off from talking, let the game talk this time,” said Henderson, who scored 24 points in the second half, igniting a Rebel rally.
Mike Strange of Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee needs a closer to bring in out of the bullpen and get the ground-out to end the game. The Vols need that sure-footed veteran who can trot out on the field and boot the ball dead between the uprights from 40 yards as the clock hits zeroes. Excuse the mixed-sports metaphors, but I don’t know how else to describe what’s missing from this UT basketball team. You want a team that can go in a hostile arena and fight the good fight, call the Vols. But if you want a team that makes the winning plays at crunch time, well, call somebody else.
David Climer of Tennessean: The Stare was missing from Memorial Gym on Thursday night. For the first time in the history of the UT-Vanderbilt women’s basketball series, Summitt was not on the Lady Vols’ bench. She made the transition into the role of head coach emeritus last April after 38 years as coach, walking away as a concession to the daunting diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. On Thursday night, Summitt watched the game from the first row of seats behind the visitors’ bench, with Gov. Bill Haslam to her side.
Steve Walentik of Columbia Daily Tribune: The NCAA investigation into rules violations at the University of Miami — and potential charges made against Missouri Coach Frank Haith — is on hold after the college sports governing body uncovered an issue of improper conduct within its enforcement program. NCAA President Mark Emmert has commissioned an external review of the NCAA’s enforcement program after learning that former investigators worked with and paid the criminal defense attorney for disgraced Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information for the purposes of the NCAA investigation. Because the NCAA does not have subpoena power, it cannot compel testimony through procedures outside of its enforcement program.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Now that NCAA president Mark Emmert has shown the guts to finally admit publicly that his organization — whose sole existence is supposed to be to uphold this pie-in-the-sky ideal of truth and justice in intercollegiate sports — just might be as contemptible as the alleged scoundrels it is supposed to be investigating, I have but one annoying question lingering in my head: Where does Frank Haith go to get his reputation back?
Edward Aschoff espn.com: LSU athletic director Joe Alleva announced on Thursday that an amendment to extend the Tigers’ head coach’s contract and increase his annual salary will be presented to the LSU Board of Supervisors on Feb. 1. Under the terms of the new contract amendment, Miles will receive $4.3 million per year for seven years, which is an increase from the $3.751 million he was making annually in his contract that was set to expire in December 2017. The amendment would be effective on Jan. 1, 2013 and extend to Dec. 31, 2019.