SEC: Reaction to the Missouri protests, results

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Last few days at Missouri have college administrators worried, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. The organized boycott by Missouri football players helped bring down the school president, who resigned amid criticism over his handling of racial issues.

Missouri protest exposes NCAA’s greatest fear, writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. “This is what I’ve believed could happen for 30 years and what I think is the deepest fear for the NCAA – athletes control what happens on campus,” said Sonny Vaccaro. “This is an unbelievable step forward for athletes.”

We’ve seen Missouri mess too many times before, writes Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “I am not an African-American. So for me even to pretend to know what it’s like to be black — especially what it’s been like to be a black student on the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia the past few months or years — would be to display stupidity and ignorance of the first order.”

Dak Prescott missing a win over Alabama, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger. The Mississippi State quarterback has set all kinds of records but hasn’t conquered the Crimson Tide. He gets his last chance this Saturday when Nick Saban and Company visit Starkville.

Alabama’s Derrick Henry returns to the national spotlight, reports Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News. Henry’s 210-yard performance in the Tide’s 30-16 win over LSU has the running back at or near the top of Heisman Trophy lists again.

Will Muschamp likes what he sees, reports Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser. The Auburn defensive coordinator is starting to see progress from his unit, which struggled early in the year. Auburn held Texas A&M to 10 points last Saturday in College Station.

Jeremy Johnson had a solid start for Auburn, reports Sam Khan of Benched after starting earlier in the year, the quarterback led the Tigers to their win over Texas A&M.

Offensive line switch gave Georgia a boost, reports Cody Pace of the Macon Telegraph. “In Georgia’s three games prior to facing Kentucky, it had 354 rushing yards and was struggling to get anything going on the ground. So Saturday’s 300-yard performance definitely stood out, and the changes the coaching staff made on the offensive line didn’t go unnoticed.”

Butch Jones says focus was missing against South Carolina, reports Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. The Tennessee coach said the “Neyland focus” wasn’t there in the 27-24 win over the Gamecocks.

Florida’s injuries are mounting, reports Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun. “Florida’s defensive depth, especially on the line, might be severely tested Saturday at South Carolina. There’s a chance that three starters — tackle Jon Bullard, tackle Joey Ivie and safety Keanu Neal — could miss the game due to injuries. A third defensive lineman, end Jordan Sherit, has to sit out the first half after being ejected for targeting in the second half of the win over Vanderbilt.”

Saturday’s SEC football games

  • 12:00 – Georgia at Auburn (CBS)
  • 12:00 – Florida at South Carolina (ESPN)
  • 12:00 – North Texas at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 3:30 – Alabama at Miss State (CBS)
  • 4:00 – Kentucky at Vanderbilt (SEC)
  • 7:00 – Western Carolina at Texas A&M (ESPNU)
  • 7:15 – Arkansas at LSU (ESPN)
  • 7:30 – BYU at Missouri (SEC)

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