Football

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky baseball picked up home win No. 20 of the season in a 6-0 shutout victory against Xavier on Wednesday night behind the arm of freshman left-hander Zack Thompson. The Wildcats lead the SEC in a number of batting categories such as team batting average and runs, but it was the pitching that secured the midweek win. Kentucky (29-13, 12-6 SEC) went 3-1 last week, and got off to a perfect start this week against Xavier (24-18, 6-3 Big East). The Wildcats broke into the to...
Talk about a true SEC fan. Tattoos are a cool way to show how much of a die-hard fan you are. Fans throughout the SEC have been known to place ink on their body to represent their favorite school. It takes commitment, sure. And a free spirit. Well, this guy took the whole loyalty thing to another level. Check out the short clip below, courtesy of Old Row Sports, that shows someone who had tattoos of each SEC school’s logo placed on his legs. Simply incredible. Have you seen anything ...
There won’t be any SEC teams in action this weekend, but numerous players from around the conference will still likely be on display at the 2017 NFL Draft according to Mike Mayock. The NFL Network draft analyst released his final 2017 mock draft with about 24 hours left before the real draft begins, and his first round is littered with talent from the SEC. Mayock selected 12 players from the SEC in the first round, including six in the top 10. Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garr...
No matter the age level, the competition or the setting, there’s always deep satisfaction for U.S. soccer in defeating Mexico. For the second time in two months Wednesday, an American junior squad knocked off the Mexicans in a CONCACAF championship. In February, it was the under-20s. This time, it was the under-17s with a 4-3 […]
As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, 1 of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.  Priority target Tyreke Johnson visited Florida twice in recent months, with the latest trip coming on April 7 for the Orange & Blue Debut. The Gators returned the favor Wednesday by sending one of their ass...
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan delivered great advice to Jonathan Allen. On Wednesday, The Players’ Tribune published of video that featured Strahan, a former New York Giants great, sitting with the former Alabama defensive lineman in a pre-draft discussion. It’s an interesting give-and-take, and the two men touch on a variety of topics. On Thursday, the 2017 NFL Draft begins, and Allen is expected to learn his professional destination after a successful care...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide Podcast with Ryan Fowler. Today, we talk with John McClain about the upcoming NFL draft and how the former Alabama players fit into the process.   Topics Discussed: Veteran NFL Writer, John McClain from the Houston Chronicle shares a few Nick Saban stories from his days in Houston and talks about the upcoming NFL draft Where will the Alabama players go in the upcoming NFL draft? Nick Saban is not happy with the media’s Alabama q...
Auburn entered Lagoon Park in Montgomery having never lost to Alabama State on Wednesday night. The Tigers (40-8) needed to add one more victory to their overall record. And after a week of off-the-diamond distractions and a Game 3 loss in South Carolina, Clint Myers team needed a win quickly and with as little nonsense as possible. That wasn’t a problem for Auburn as it swatted the Lady Hornets 14-1, ending its non-conference schedule with a run-rule win. The victory marks the fourth-str...
Welcome to SEC Country’s weekly mailbag, a question-and-answer forum between readers and LSU team and recruiting reporter Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we touch on the LSU coaching staff’s decision to offer out-of-state recruits before in-state recruits, when the offensive booms will come and reaction from Saturday night’s spring game. To submit a question for Spiegelman, send a message to @SamSpiegs on Twitter or email it to sam.spiegelman@coxinc.com. With LSU offering out-of-...
Conference realignment, national television deals and more bowl games have been all about one thing. Well, ok money and one other thing – spreading each university’s reach. The SEC Commissioner’s office is now reportedly considering changing the location of the football media days for likely same reason. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on possibly moving FB media days to different cities: "I would not foreclose that opportunity to move around." — Chuck Carlton (@C...
SEC football produces more NFL draft picks than any other conference. That trend should hold true in 2017, with 24 early-entries and 12 players projected to go in the first round by SEC Country. When they get to the NFL, SEC players often contribute right away. Just last year, one notable SEC quarterback was a Pro Bowl player as a rookie. Several others proved they have that kind of ability. Two former SEC stars started on the NFC conference champs. Here is a selection of the best picks from SEC...
When Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett gets selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, he will become the second first-round draft pick in his family. His brother, Sean Williams, was selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. However, his career was derailed by various mistakes that he made off the court. Garrett talked about what he learned from his brother on Wednesday. “There’s certain ways to handle things,” Garrett said on ESPN’s Highly Questionable. ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Derek Barnett starred at defensive end from Tennessee and is projected by most to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Barnett is among the top pass rush specialists in the nation, and he is expected to make an immediate impact upon arriving in camp for whatever NFL team chooses him in the draft. Barnett will attend the NFL draft with Vols coach Butch Jones. The NFL draft begins on Thursday in Philadelphia and runs through Saturday night — rounds 2 and 3 taking...
Auburn softball earned an important series win in South Carolina over the weekend despite the absence of a couple of key players. Before the Tigers move on to the next opponent on the SEC schedule, welcoming Mississippi State to Jane B. Moore Field this weekend, Clint Myers’ team will finish out its non-conference schedule by taking on Alabama State ( 6 p.m. CT/ 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+) at Lagoon Park. After two-straight victories in Columbia, Auburn faltered in its final appearance again...
Attorneys representing Eli Manning in a fraud lawsuit that alleges the New York Giants signal-caller fabricated game-used memorabilia have filed emails between Manning and equipment manager Joe Skiba that attempt to show Manning had no plan to mislead anyone. Three memorabilia collectors are suing the former Ole Miss quarterback, the Giants and others after arguing Manning allegedly asked a Giants equipment manager in an email for helmets that could be passed off as game-used items to satis...
A skilled Georgia prospect has released an SEC-heavy top 10. Caleb Tannor, a 3-star defensive end from Lithonia, Ga., included eight SEC teams in his top 10 published on Twitter. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State and South Carolina made the cut. The only non-SEC schools featured are Clemson and Ohio State. With long thought I have decided to narrow my decision down to a top 10 ❗️……(no order) @ChadSimmons_ @DaGroveFootball @Keith247Sports pi...
There’s another twist in the Aaron Hernandez saga. On Wednesday, TMZ Sports reported that one of Aaron Hernandez’s three suicide notes was addressed to his attorney, Jose Baez, not to an alleged prison boyfriend. As with previous reports, TMZ Sports cited sources that said the other two notes were for the former Florida tight end’s daughter and fiancée. TMZ Sports reports that what’s written in the letters is “being kept under wraps for now.” Earlier, th...
Arden Key is promising a return. On Wednesday, the LSU defensive end tweeted that he will not sit out his junior season. Earlier in the offseason, it was reported that Key was stepping away from the field indefinitely. At the time, LSU coach Ed Orgeron cited personal reasons for Key’s absence. Orgeron said Key would have a place waiting for him on the team upon the player’s return. “In consultation with our staff and his family, Arden Key has decided to take some time away from foo...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — You look at the numbers for tight end O.J. Howard, and they aren’t the kind that usually translate into a player being considered a top NFL draft prospect: 114 catches, 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns. Those weren’t his receiving statistics for last season; they were for his four years at Alabama. Being named a third-team All-American and second-team All-SEC don’t scream elite status either. Yet those aren’t the numbers and honors that have NFL scouts and team offic...
NEW ORLEANS — Incoming LSU wide receiver Racey McMath didn’t play games. He just played football. A 6-foot-3, 213-pound receiver out of Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, McMath wasn’t the type of recruit who put himself out there for the sake of hype. He didn’t go to recruiting showcases or roll with the national all-star game circuit. All he did was play football. And he did it well. But three years into high school, his plan wasn’t working. His size and speed we...