SEC: Is Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin in trouble?


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Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is on shaky ground, says David Climer of the Tennessean.

I wonder if Cuonzo Martin is starting to feel the influence of the Dooley Effect. Remember, Derek Dooley was Tennessee’s football coach for only three seasons before it was determined that mediocrity was unacceptable and he was fired. For those keeping score, Martin is in his third season as Vols basketball coach, and his team simply is not playing up to expectations.

Former Florida State backup quarterback Jacob Coker is transferring to Alabama, reports Andrew Gribble of the Birmingham News.

Coker played in seven games last year as the backup to freshman Jameis Winston, and saw action in four games in 2012 and redshirted in 2011. He signed with Florida State after leading St. Paul’s to the state playoffs and a 10-2 record as a senior. “I was very impressed with everything on my visit to Tuscaloosa,” Coker said in a news release. “I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players, and I’m looking forward to getting started at Alabama and competing.”

Mississippi State coach Rick Ray apologized for exchanging words with Marshall Henderson on Saturday, reports ESPN’s Andy Katz.

As Henderson is walking off the court, video from the game shows Henderson talking to his teammates in a dramatic manner as he heads to the bench with six seconds remaining. As he passes by the Mississippi State bench, the video shows Ray mouthing something back to Henderson. “I responded inappropriately to an Ole Miss player [Saturday] in our game,” Ray said in a statement he texted Sunday. “I reached out to [Ole Miss] coach [Andy] Kennedy immediately to apologize and subsequently to the player too.”

Florida’s Michael Frazier is showing his versatility, writes Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

Using shot-fakes throughout the game to keep opposing defenders off balance, Frazier scored eight of his team-high 17 points against the Vols on drives to the basket and trips to the free-throw line. Frazier has been working on shot-fakes in practice with Florida assistant coaches John Pelphrey and Rashon Burno. “Coach Pel told me that I can use my shot fake to make plays for my teammates,” Frazier said. “And anytime I can do that, it’s good for our team, good for me.”

Parents say system failed at Missouri, writes Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star.

For all the trauma they’ve absorbed and haunting questions unanswered about the suicide of their daughter, former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, her parents’ quest now is simple: To ensure that the disturbing, complicated circumstances that preceded her death, as outlined Sunday on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” don’t mean she died in vain.

Despite losses, South Carolina’s freshmen are as good as advertised, writes David Cloninger of The State.

He wasn’t the first commitment to Frank Martin’s second recruiting class at South Carolina, but he was the first to make the country snap its head around and say, “What?” Sindarius Thornwell could have gone almost anywhere, with a suitor’s list featuring N.C. State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia and Missouri. Instead, the national top-50 recruit and top-ranked player in South Carolina chose the Gamecocks. Despite playing his senior year at NBA breeding ground Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, the Lancaster native stayed close to his roots and returned home.

Photo of Cuonzo Martin by Phil Sandlin/AP

SEC men’s basketball games this week

  • Tuesday – Missouri at Arkansas 7:00 PM ESPNU
  • Tuesday – Kentucky at LSU 9:00 PM ESPN
  • Wednesday – Texas A&M at South Carolina 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday – Vanderbilt at Georgia 7:00 PM CSS
  • Wednesday – Alabama at Auburn 8:00 PM SEC TV
  • Wednesday – Ole Miss at Tennessee 8:00 PM SEC TV
  • Thursday – Florida at Mississippi St. 7:00 PM ESPN/2

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