Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Cyrus Kouandjio, Tennessee, Georgia, and more


(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC  news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.) 

Lighten up.  A columnist tells Auburn and Alabama fans to chill out after streams of nastiness resulting from Cyrus Kouandjio comitting to Auburn. (The Gasden Times)

Headlining. Alabama's Nick Saban will be the headliner at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.  And no, Auburn's Gene Chizik won't be there. Nike seems to take Auburn's Under Armour deal a little personal. (al.com)

Time to Groh. Alabama hires former Louisville quarterbacks coach Mike Groh as its new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. (RollTide.com)


The waiting is the hardest part. South Carolina fans are waiting to see if top prospect Jadeveon Clowney will choose between the Gamecocks and Clemson. (The Post and Courier (Charleston,SC) 


Points of departure. Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson has withdrawn from classes for spring semester due to personal matters. Three other players have also left or have been dismissed from the football program. (GoVolsXtra)

Points of departure, part deux. Tennessee defensive line coach Chuck Smith is leaving Derek Dooley's coaching staff. (GoVolsXtra)

Cherry Bomb. Georgia head football coach calls the commitment of JUCO nose guard John Jenkins as "the cherry on top (of the recruiting class)." (Athens Banner Herald)

Mark Richt's new best Friend. Georgia has hired former UAB offensive lines coach Will Friend as its new offensive lines coach. (Athens Banner Herald)

Dawg hater. 680 the Fan radio personality and ChuckOliver.net contributor Chadd Scott levies heavy criticism on the Georgia program, and calls the Bulldog Nation's obsession over the late Uga VIII "bordering on absurd." Shut up, Chadd. (ChuckOliver.net)

BASKETBALL

Back in the Saddle Again. Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl returns to coaching the Vols in SEC conference play following his eight game suspension. Pearl's return is just in time for the Vols' road game against Kentucky.  (GoVolsXtra)

Bubblicious. Alabama is starting to look like an on-the-bubble team for the NCAA Tournament. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

Freshman honors. Alabama guard Taylor Releford has been named SEC Freshman of the Week. (RollTide.com)

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