– More upheaval in Gainesville, this time on the women’s basketball side. John Boothe of the Gainesville Sun reports that three players have left the Lady Gators, including All-SEC Freshmen Sydney Moss, the former Boone County Star who was Kentucky’s Miss Basketball. Moss averaged 11.8 points per game last season. “Sydney wants to be close to her mom and home. We wish her, Chandler and Vicky the best,” sixth-year coach Amanda Butler said in a statement.
– UPDATE: In this story from Florida student paper, Moss and Florida coach Amanda Butler are (were?) at a standoff about where Moss would be allowed to transfer.
– John Cohen and Mississippi State take on Oregon State today at 3:05 in the College World Series in Omaha. Oregon State must beat the Bulldogs twice to advance to the finals. North Carolina knocked out N.C. State in the other bracket. The Tar Heels must beat UCLA twice to advance. Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger says MSU and OSU are kindred spirits.
– Former Alabama star Tony Mitchell, who was eventually dismissed from the team, has hopes of making it in the NBA after being the D-League Rookie of the Year, Don Kausler reports for the Birmingham News. Mitchell was the second-leading scorer in the league.
– Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel writes that Tennessee and other SEC schools face same dilemma. Ticket sales are down, but SEC travel expenses keep going up.
– Georgia plans on sinking $10 million into giving its baseball stadium a facelift. This is announced after the Bulldogs fired their coach and hired former Kent State coach Scott Stricklin. Seth Emerson of the Ledger-Enquirer reports that Stricklin said in a statement: “What we are going to do next is going to wow people. At some point, when a recruit is on this campus, we need them to say wow. And that is what Foley Field is going to be in the very near future.”
– ESPN’s Tom Luginbill looks into his crystal ball and predicts 10 future stars from the SEC. Floirda and Georgia each have two players on his list.
– Former Connecticut and Missouri power forward Alex Oriakhi is trying to convince NBA scouts he is draft material, writes Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily-Tribune.