SEC links for Thursday:
- Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin apologizes for calling the Alabama football coach “Nicky Satan,” reports the AP. What can no one joke around in this league anymore?
- Florida held South Carolina to 10 first-half points on the way to a 75-36 win over the Gamecocks, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun. The Gators are now 7-0 in the league.
- Texas A&M earned its first win since beating Kentucky in Rupp Arena. The Aggies rallied to beat Mississippi State 55-49 in overtime, reports David Brandt of the AP.
- LSU jumped to a big lead then held off Missouri 73-70 in Baton Rouge, reports Matthew Harris of The Advocate. The Tigers have played better under Johnny Jones than their record to this point.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores 20 points as Georgia holds off Auburn 57-49, reports Seth Emerson of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Georgia improved to 3-4 in the SEC.
- Arkansas’ full-court press will test Alabama tonight, reports Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News.
- Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was right. Aaron Jones suffered a torn ACL against Kentucky on Tuesday night and is lost for the season, reports Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger.
- Tennessee has lost point guard Trae Golden to a hamstring injury, reports Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
- Former Arkansas coaches say John L. Smith’s contract and seniors who “hung it up” did in Razorbacks, reports Mark Heim of Birmingham News.