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According to multiple outlets, five-star basketball player Zion Williamson will be in New York on Friday when South Carolina plays Baylor in the Sweet 16. Phil Kornblut tweeted that Williamson would attend the game at Madison Square Garden. #STRecruiting: 6-7 Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day is headed to NYC for Sweet 16 games tonight per source on his flight. — SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) March 24, 2017 Wes Mitchell of GamecockCentral later confirmed. I was just told the same thing. ...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Minkah Fitzpatrick made the minor gaffe when telling reporters that he was back at cornerback with the University of Alabama football team this spring. “There was not a conversation,” said Fitzpatrick, who made a midseason switch to safety last year following Eddie Jackson’s leg fracture. “There was the depth chart in our film room and it was 29 at corner. That was it.” Wait, depth chart? The thing that Nick Saban says doesn’t exist (yet)? “Coach Saban call...
BATON ROUGE, La. — Offensive coordinator Matt Canada thinks the LSU football team has the best wide receivers in the country. And that’s the standard that D.J. Chark and the LSU receiving corps want to live up to. Matt Canada: "We have the best receivers in the country." I was standing next to @MalachiDupre, who agreed. #LSU pic.twitter.com/DyN5ML92be — Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) March 15, 2017 “We pride ourselves in being the best offense in the country this...
The NCAA is awarding a one-time cash supplement of $200 million to its Division I schools. The money will be divided up to each school based upon how many athletic scholarships the school gave out during the 2013-14 school year. Schools are set to receive anywhere from $165,000 to $1.3 million based on the measure. Davidson College received the smallest check from the NCAA while Ohio State received the largest, collecting over $1.3 million for handing out the equvialent of 404 scholarships that ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is adding Eric Lewis to work with its linebackers as a defensive quality control assistant coach, according to a source with knowledge of the staff addition. Lewis comes to the Vols from Georgia State, where he served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator. The son of NFL coaching great and Michigan State All-American Sherman Lewis, Eric Lewis is expected to make an immediate impact at a rebuilding position of need for Tennessee. Veteran linebackers coach...
AUBURN, Ala. — The top-ranked Auburn equestrian team welcomed Texas A&M, Georgia and South Carolina to the Auburn University Horse Center for the 2017 SEC Championship on Friday morning. Then the Tigers started the two-day weekend tournament off by defeating the Aggies in the day’s opening semifinal meet. Though Auburn concluded its regular season with a road win in College Station, Tex., in early March, another back-and-forth meet unfolded on the Plains. Similarly to the last meeti...
NEW YORK CITY — The questions are inescapable, especially as Florida moves further along in this NCAA Tournament, and all Gators basketball coach Mike White can do is keep reiterating the same point. He’s never been caught up in the pressure of following his legendary predecessor, Billy Donovan, and he’s not going to start now. “I mean, someone had to follow him,” White said earlier this week back in Gainesville. “Again, he made it a better job. It’s the Univ...
AUBURN, Ala. — Heading into spring practice, Auburn football already had a good-sized list of potential replacements for Carl Lawson at Buck — Jeff Holland, Nick Coe, Paul James III and future incoming freshman Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant. But the Tigers opened spring camp with an extra addition into the race in Tre’ Threat, a sophomore linebacker who mostly played on special teams in 2016. The change has worked for him, as teammates and coaches say he’s a perfect fit...
SEC basketball has earned a magnificent March curtain call. Still, bold action must come after the bow. Savor the satisfaction of the five NCAA Tournament invitations. Love each second of the three Sweet 16 berths. Mark this moment, hold it close to the heart and hope the roll has only begun. The SEC can claim victory no matter what happens to Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina in the rest of the fight to reach the Final Four. But a major test will come next season, when the chest will thump a...
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If you only know Frank Martin from watching the passionate coach during South Carolina basketball games, your image of him could easily be one-sided. The fiery coach has used his demonstrative demeanor to extract the most out of a Gamecocks club which will look to continue its magical NCAA Tournament run tonight in the Sweet 16 vs. Baylor. During games and practices, Martin’s soul piercing stares and emphatic yelling are an unmistakable sign of his tough love. However, off the court Marti...
The tension is building ahead of the much-anticipated opening round of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship next weekend (March 31 – April 2) at Donington Park as some of the world’s best riders prepare for the first clash of the season. The 2017 grid The rivalry has never been more intense before the opening races of the season; the grid featuring 2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli and five-time MCE BSB title-winner Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, who is ready...
MotoAmerica is proud to announce Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. as an Official Manufacturer Partner of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series, marking a third successive season of Yamaha support of the road racing series. “Yamaha is proud to support the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, as an Official Manufacturer Partner, and also with the continued, active involvement of our official factory and Yamaha bLU cRU-supported racing teams and riders,” said Mike Doughty, ...
The 2017 NCAA men’s swimming championships start up again on Friday, March 24, with the competition continuing in Indianapolis, Indiana. Texas, winner of the last two team titles, enters Friday in first place after a big Thursday in which it overtook N.C. State for the team lead. Below find information on how to follow and watch the 2017 NCAA men’s swimming championships online. 2017 NCAA men’s swimming championships live updates, results Sidearmstats.com has all the live results you’l...
NEW YORK CITY — As Wisconsin seniors Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes fielded question after question from reporters Thursday, about their considerable NCAA Tournament experience, about their social media practices and whatever else, redshirt sophomore forward Ethan Happ waited next to them. Eventually the moderator asked if anyone could please direct a question to Happ. “First off, thank you for the pity question,” he said, beginning his response. But while Koenig and Hayes are st...
The LSU baseball team is set to face its biggest road challenge of the season this weekend. No. 4 LSU (16-5, 3-0 SEC) travels to Gainesville, Fla. for a three-game series versus No. 12 Florida (13-8, 0-3 SEC) beginning tonight. As two of the top three rated teams in the SEC according to the USA Today Coaches Poll, this series between LSU and Florida isn’t just a rematch of last year’s SEC Championship, but also one with major postseason implications. Here’s all the information ...
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball is losing two players to transfers, Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson announced Friday. Sophomore guard Brandon Austin and junior forward Nick King are leaving the program for other opportunities. Both players missed time this season due to injuries. Austin played in just six games during the 2016-17 season. He earned minutes in 36 games throughout his career in Tuscaloosa. Austin, a native of Montgomery, Ala., averaged 1.4 points and 8.7 minutes per ga...
Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Florida quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask met with the media this week and revealed their unique relationship off the field. Despite being friends, their personalities are not alike and they would lead the team in different ways as the starter. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Abolverdi and Cardozo discusses the redshirt freshmen and preview the Flor...
For Oregon, a cross-country trip to LSU paid positive dividends. Ducks defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and his staff headed down to Baton Rouge as they studied one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. With a new staff under head coach Willie Taggart, the visit was a good way to pick the mind of LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as the Ducks develop their defensive approach. According to The Oregonian’s Joel Odom, Taggart was quoted as saying Leavitt, “is a good friend...
On July 1, Canadians from coast to coast will celebrate the 150th anniversary of our great country. Every week until then, Olympic.ca will take you on a trip through time, decade by decade, of key moments in Canadian Olympic sport since confederation. In this first installment are the highlights from the first 13 years of Canada, from 1867 to 1879. And while these pre-date the modern Olympic Games by a couple of decades, they represent some pretty important sporting “firsts”. 1867 – The Pa...
It has long been suggested that Becky Hammon could become the first female head coach in the NBA. But before she can accomplish that, she may end up being the next Florida women’s basketball head coach. Hammon, who is a WNBA legend and currently a San Antonio Spurs assisstant coach, is mulling over a ‘lucrative’ offer from Florida according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Per Wojnarowski, the offer would be a considerable raise from what she makes now but Hammon is grapp...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Daniel Fennell doesn’t have to look very far to find out why he played in only six games for South Carolina as a redshirt freshman. Coming out of spring practice a year ago, Fennell was listed atop the Gamecocks’ depth chart at the Buck position. Snaps were few and far between once the season kicked off against Vanderbilt. “Last spring was an intense spring camp and then fall camp, coach said, and I can see it myself, that I fell back with my intensity. I just need ...
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It’s been assumed that former Texas A&M standout Myles Garrett would be selected with the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and it’s becoming more apparent that will be the case. According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns, who own the top pick in next month’s draft, have conducted private workouts with several players, including Garrett. Garrett is the No. 1 pick in most mock drafts with a little more than a month to go ...
While it looks like Alabama basketball is ready to make a big leap next season, two members of this year’s team will not be apart of it. According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Nick King and Brandon Austin will both transfer from the school. King appeared in only seven games and Austin in just six. Alabama’s Nick King and Brandon Austin both transferring, sources confirmed to ESPN. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 24, 2017 The Alabama basketball roster should be able to withstand t...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we look a busy day for unofficial visitors during Auburn spring practice, which resulted in a few new offers. A critical few days are ahead on the Auburn recruiting trail. The Tigers will return to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday for a scrimmage, which means visits galore in the recruiting world. It’ll be an opportunity for several top targets to see Auburn in l...
Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here.   “The only thing between [Baylor] and Phoenix is a South Carolina team that was 2-5 in its seven games before the NCAA Tournament and either a Florida team that went 1-3 in its four games before the NCAA Tournament or a Wiscons...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football will hit full stride this spring with Saturday’s closed practice, the first time the Vols have put on full pads. Coach Butch Jones enters his fifth season at Tennessee looking to raise the bar yet again after back-to-back Top 25 seasons, and it starts with the competition within the team. The quarterback battle between redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano and junior Quinten Dormady has the offense engaged, while young players compete for playing time at ...
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Frank Martin has helped elevate the South Carolina basketball program to a place it hasn’t been in a long time. And Martin has made sure to thank the South Carolina fans for the support along the way.. The Gamecocks take on the No. 3 seed Baylor Bears on Friday night at Madison Square Garden for chance to advance to the Elite Eight And while Martin has been largely responsible for the talent improvements with the program, he’s also made sure to note the growth in fan support with th...
NEW YORK — South Carolina basketball is back in a city that mattered so much to its success decades ago. It’s New York City that produced legendary coach Frank McGuire, who led the Gamecocks to a long stretch of great seasons in the 1970s, and many of the players on those teams. And it’s fitting that as the Gamecocks return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1973 that it comes in New York and more fitting yet that many of the players from that team and era will be on hand. “They de...
After a perfect 11-0 round robin record, Team Canada won the 1-2 page playoff on Friday morning to advance directly to Sunday’s final at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Beijing. Team Homan (skip Rachel Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney, lead Lisa Weagle) defeated Russia, skipped by three-time world bronze medallist Anna Sidorova, 7-3 in nine ends. Canada started the game with the hammer. After blanking the first end, they had to settle for a single point in ...
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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss why a visit to LSU changed the landscape of one Alabama prospect’s recruitment. NEW ORLEANS — Andres Fox held an offer from LSU when he released his top 6 schools. The Tigers didn’t make the cut. LSU’s late offer put it on the outside looking in at in-state favorites Alabama and Auburn, as well as UGA, Florida, Florida Sta...
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football could return as many as 17 starters for the 2017 season. That’s a huge amount of experienced talent — arguably the most the Tigers have had in a dozen years. But Auburn coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t want his established team to get comfortable inside all that familiarity. Malzahn has made it clear that every player, regardless of experience, still has a ways to go in terms of development this offseason. “We need our best players to improve,...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss three of Arkansas’ top defensive back targets in the 2018 class. Arkansas has increasingly become a popular destination for highly-touted defensive backs. The Razorbacks had no players in the position group on their 2016 roster rated as a 3-star or better recruit according 247Sports’ composite rankings. In 2017, they signed two such prospects — 4-star cornerback Chevin Calloway and 4...
For the first time in 44 years, South Carolina basketball is in the Sweet 16 and chasing more. The Gamecocks are riding high into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, winning a pair of games last weekend but with the biggest remaining as they chase a potential Final Four berth. What time is the South Carolina vs. Baylor game? Time: 7:29 p.m. ET Date: Friday, March 24 Location: Madison Square Garden in New York RELATED: Sindarius Thornwell goes from playing on mailboxes to SEC’s b...
Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Tuesday, Tennessee extended an offer to 3-star Tucker (Ga.) inside linebacker Michael Harris according to 247Sports’ Alex Gleitman. The offer is really nothing out of the ordinary. The nation’s No. 15 inside linebacker already had 18 offers under his belt before the Vols came in, including ones from Alabama, Ohio ...
SEC baseball got its weekend started early Thursday night with Ole Miss and Kentucky kicking off their 3-game series one day earlier than everyone else — and it was an exciting one. The Rebels scored 6 runs with two outs in the sixth inning en route to a 9-6 victory agains the Wildcats. Grae Kessinger was 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his second home run of the season for the Rebels. On Friday, two teams will look to continue considerable winning streaks. Missouri owns the nation’s-lon...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, football focuses on squad goals and Tigers gear up for a busy weekend.  Squad goals  Goals are important. They help keep you focused and striving for success. But when you’re surrounded by a group of close friends or people who are also chasing a similar aim? That’s even more motivating. If Gus Malzhan’s football team ...
With your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points. There is no place like it on the Web. Whatever the reason, the Arkansas Legislature has reneged on its allowance of firearms at state university sporting events. A day after Governor Asa Hutchinson signed HB1249 into law, Natural State senators drafted and passed an exemption to the bill. The exem...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with Alabama DE Andres Fox and in-state ATH Maurice Robinson.  In-state athlete’s perception of Tide changes after talking to coaches NEW ORLEANS — Maurice Robinson didn’t grow up an Alabama fan. He didn’t like the Crimson Tide until visiting last June for one of the team’s summer camps. “...
The 2017 NCAA Tournament continues on Friday when the No. 1 seed in the South Region, North Carolina takes on No. 4 seed Butler on Friday, March 24. The Tar Heels will be led by point guard Joel Berry II and forward Justin Jackson. North Carolina squeaked by Arkansas in the round of 32 to advance, while Butler took care of No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee State. This is the first time since the 2011 season that Butler has been to the Sweet 16. That year, the Bulldogs went on to play for the national...
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football, with LSU beat writer Nick Suss. Today, in Briefing we discuss LSU’s running back situation, preview a busy weekend, catch you up on the latest news and much more. Enjoy! LSU football’s running backs: Who’s got next? LSU superstar running back Derrius Guice is out of practice for the moment with a swollen ankle. He says he feels fine, but it’s probable that LSU is going to pl...
British Superbike contender and 2016 BSB runner-up, Leon Haslam will once again form part of Kawasaki’s Official ‘Team Green’ line-up for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race. As well as racing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, Haslam will travel to Japan for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race which takes place on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July. Following the huge success for the Team Green outfit in 2016 – finishing the race in second position – and his strong...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee will look to continue its softball dominance over Ole Miss this weekend and stay ranked in the Top 25. The No. 19-ranked Lady Vols (22-5, 3-3 SEC) play host to the Rebels (21-6, 0-3 SEC) at 6 p.m. tonight in the first of a three-game series at Sheri Parker Lee Stadium. Tennessee is coming off a 9-2 win over No. 25 North Carolina on Wednesday, while Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State in a contest that didn’t count toward either teams’s SEC record. UT’s wi...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks podcast with Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid. On this episode, we take a look at the Razorbacks’ offense as the beginning of spring practice approaches. SEC Country launched the Borderline Erotic Podcast on Aug. 29, 2016. It is named after the colorful way Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema described how he felt after beating Texas in the 2014 Texas Bowl. Here is a quick rundown on some of the topics we discuss...
Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting. Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily SpursUp Surveillance recruiting notebook right here. More on Tindall For the last year or so, Channing Tindall has been learning how to play football without his hand on the ground. The 2018 prospect from Columbia, S.C.. began his caree...
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a position change for Minkah Fitzpatrick. There are two units that emerge from spring practice with position switches every season without fail: offensive line and the secondary. Players lost to the NFL or graduation aren’t replaced by freshman plug-and-play players, but by more experienced and versatile players who plied their trade at other spots. This year, the biggest of those position ch...