SEC links for Friday:
Vanderbilt shot its way past Missouri, reports Nick Cole of the Tennessean. “After dropping its first two SEC games, Vanderbilt shot its way into the win column against Missouri on Thursday night. The Commodores attempted a season-high 32 3-point shots, making 12 of them, in a 78-75 win over Missouri in front of a crowd of 8,478 at Memorial Gym.”
Alabama responds to a report involving football players and memorabilia, reports Michael Casagrande of the Birmingham News. “We are aware of the story produced today,” Alabama athletics director Bill Battle said. “As part of our ongoing compliance efforts, our compliance department looks into everything that warrants concern. That effort is diligent and all-encompassing, and requires constant communication and education regarding all potential issues.”
Josh Harvey-Clemons suspension carries three more games at Georgia, reports Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph.
Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson releases his inner rebel after returning from a suspension, reports Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger. “He did not truly snap Wednesday during Ole Miss’ 88-74 overtime win against LSU, but after making a 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining he made a chainsaw motion, screamed and started beating his chest in the direction of the student section. After a teammate made a shot a moment later, he high-stepped down the court. And with time running out, Henderson threw an alley-oop to forward Aaron Jones.”
Former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin may be right, but his recruiting actions are not, says David Climer of the Tennessean. “In a perfect world, coaches who change jobs would not flip recruits from one school to another. While it’s not against the rules, it is on shaky moral ground. But it happens all the time. Franklin is just proving to be a better flipper than most. He is using the relationships he built while employed at Vanderbilt to fortify his first recruiting class at Penn State.”
That Vandy class is shrinking without Franklin, reports Edward Aschoff of espn.com. “Since Franklin left Vanderbilt to become Penn State’s head coach last Saturday, the Commodores have lost seven commitments and are down to just 12 verbals in their 2014 class. On Jan. 9, Vandy ranked 29th in the ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings. As of Thursday, they are out of the rankings altogether.”
Penn State says that Franklin intends to pay for ad thanking Vanderbilt fans.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier gets a contract extension and a $700,000 raise, reports the AP.
Despite progress, it still comes down to wins and losses for LSU, says Matthew Harris of The Advocate. “In October, preseason buzz — both by national pundits and some in the LSU locker room — hinted LSU’s veteran core and a top-10 recruiting class had ingredients to end a four-year absence from March Madness. Now, two weeks in January, LSU (10-5, 1-2 SEC) finds itself slipping to the back of the chase pack for a place on the NCAA tournament bubble.”
Vandy shot down Mizzou from long range, says Steve Waltenik of the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But from the earliest moments of an early evening start, as the Commodores jumped out to a 12-point lead with a flurry of lightly challenged 3-pointers, there was a sense that Missouri’s opportunity would be missed. The Tigers showed enough resolve to fight out of that early hole and inch ahead more than once in the second half. But they let too many details — like closing out on shooters, settling for quick jumpers or missing layups and defensive rebounds — slip by without getting done.”
Photo from Vandy-Missouri by Mark Humphrey/AP
Links of interest
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- Bruising Tennessee duo faces tall task against Kentucky
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