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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn took the series against the Gamecocks last weekend and dominated Alabama State at home earlier this week. Now the Tigers welcome Mississippi State to Jane B. More Field for their final home SEC series of the regular season. After this weekend’s three-game series, Auburn will head to Tuscaloosa to face in-state rival Alabama before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., the SEC Tournament. RELATED: 3 Auburn softball players remain suspended but will be in uniform vs. Missis...
The SEC had a big night during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Even if the first Alabama player didn’t come off the board until Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens, the conference still sent 12 players to the professional ranks on Thursday. The meme makers wasted no time jumping in on the action, creating a Myles Garrett Crying Jordan. We compiled some of the best memes from throughout the SEC this week. Special thanks go out to the members of the Fac...
Reuben Foster was almost a member of the New Orleans Saints. Then the San Francisco 49ers called. Foster, the former Alabama linebacker, was taken with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 49ers had to trade up from the No. 34 slot in the second round to get him. The Saints had plans to take Foster with the No. 32 pick and were actually on the phone with him. But then, as Foster recounted at his introductory press conference, he had to end his call with the Saints once it ...
Alabama led all schools with 4 players taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. And yet Colin Cowherd is still finding a way to tweak Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide program. A day after Marlon Humphrey, Jonathan Allen, O.J. Howard, and Reuben Foster all went in the first round Cowherd took the time to explain why Alabama players are falling in the draft. Allen and Foster went much later than they were originally pegged to go, as most had them as top 10 picks. Cowherd brings up that Alaba...
There seems to be something about the number worn by football legends Eddie George, Steve Atwater, Rodney Hampton and others that captivates former LSU players. On Friday, Leonard Fournette announced at a media conference that he decided to wear No. 27 for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn’t have a specific reason for choosing the number, only that it looked good and he couldn’t get No. 7. No, it isn’t because quarterback Chad Henne won’t give up No. 7. It’s be...
The 2017 NFL Draft continues on Friday, April 28 with the second and third rounds. And fans can expect a number of talented wide receivers to come of the board fairly early. The first round saw 3 wide receivers drafted in the first 9 picks, as Corey Davis went to Tennessee at No. 5, Mike Williams went No. 7 to Los Angeles and John Ross went No. 9 to Cincinnati. As for guys expected to be drafted early on Friday night are Zay Jones of East Carolina and Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington. But big ...
After seeing 3 quarterbacks go in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, a number of talented signal callers should hear their names called on Friday night. Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson all came off the draft board in the first 12 picks, but there wasn’t a quarterback picked the rest of the night. So that means that the likes of DeShone Kizer and Joshua Dobbs, should be called early on Friday night. Below are a number of draft experts top 5 quarterbacks remaining,...
The 2017 NFL Draft continues on Friday, April 28 with the second and third rounds of selections. Coverage of the Friday draft rounds begins at 7 p.m. ET on the NFL Network and ESPN. The first round saw a number of trades, as well as three teams trading up to draft quarterbacks. The 2017 NFL Draft will end Saturday with Rounds 4-7. Selections begin at noon ET. Here’s a list of trades that affect the 2017 NFL Draft. This list will be updated with trades leading up to the start of Friday. ...
After his difficult start to 2017 a determined Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) stated his intentions on Friday at Assen by topping the free practice timesheets on the first day of the Acerbis Dutch Round. The Turkish rider’s 1’38.950 in FP2 put him at the head of the combined timesheet, in front of PJ Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team). Sofuoglu missed the first two rounds of the season due to injury and then finished out ...
Friday’s action at the Acerbis Dutch Round saw Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) set a marker for his rivals with a 1’35.383 lap to top the FP2 timesheet as he rode consistently fast around the TT Circuit Assen. He was joined by Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the top three on the combined Friday timesheet, with Davies trailing the World Champion by +0.112s and Sykes being +0.149s behind his teammate. Rea has an excellent record at the D...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — There was no pop. There was no pain. There was no arm tingling and there was no swelling. There was only tightness, slight discomfort and no alarming indication that anything had gone awry for Clarke Schmidt. But days later, Schmidt sat on a couch with fellow South Carolina pitcher Wil Crowe seated next to him and got the news: An MRI revealed his season was over thanks to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow requiring surgery. “It has been devastating for me,...
He was the best high school player in the country. He was a college All-American. And, as of last night, Leonard Fournette is a top 5 draft pick. But he’s never let all those accolades feel like pressure. “The hype never got to me,” Fournette said in his introductory press conference with the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday afternoon. “The pressure never got to me either. My job is to come out here and play football. The individual stuff is going to take care of itself.”...
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The Florida-Georgia game is one of the biggest on Florida’s football schedule every year. And the SEC teams’ tradition of playing Jacksonville, Fla., will continue. Per a report from the  Jacksonville Business Journal, a contract has been drawn up for the schools to sign and awaits approval from the Jacksonville City Council. Over the course of the five-year deal, Florida and Georgia will receive $2.75 million in incentives. A new provision is that each school will get a $125,...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Josh Malone is a wide receiver from Tennessee who offers great size and speed on the perimeter. Malone surprised observers by declaring himself eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft, but he backed it up by running a 4.40-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Malone is from Gallatin, Tenn. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Malone has ideal size for an NFL receiver. The NFL draft held its first round Thursday in Philadelphia and continues with Rounds 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. ET Fr...
In his All-American junior campaign, former LSU safety Jamal Adams’ was to shut down tight ends. The No. 6 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, Adams faced off against two fellow first-round tight ends in 2016. Adams limited Alabama’s O.J. Howard, the No. 19 pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to one catch for negative-3 yards. And he kept Evan Engram, the No. 23 pick of the New York Giants, to three catches for 15 yards. For both men, those marks were season lows. But now,...
Leonard Fournette is synonymous with the No. 7 at LSU. Like Tyrann Mathieu before him, Fournette wore the jersey as a tribute to the neighborhood where he grew up, New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. “My environment made me who I am,” Fournette said. “I grew up in a tough environment, but I didn’t let that outcome change me into another person.” There’s just one problem moving forward. The NFL has strict rules about what jersey numbers can be worn at each positio...
Jamal Adams earned a lot more than just a hefty rookie contract when he went No. 6 overall to the New York Jets in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday. The former LSU safety also won two high-stakes bets with his father and Florida CB Teez Tabor. His dad now owes him at least $40,000 (and maybe more), while Tabor owes him an all-expenses-paid trip to wherever Adams wants. Adams’ father, former NFL running back George Adams, went No. 19 overall in the draft in 1985. According to The Advocate,...
It’s not NFL draft weekend without a fair share of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks rumors, and the latest one involves former Alabama and current Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns have reached out, but Cincinnati wants a significant return. #Browns & #Bengals touched base regarding a potential trade for QB AJ McCarron. Doesn’t sound like they’ve gotten too far. Price is high. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017 ...
Four new athletes can focus more sharply on training and competing this year thanks to the HBC Athlete Bursary program. RELATED: HBC athlete bursary program provides direct support to athletes Launched in 2016, the HBC Athlete Bursary program awards 50 athletes with a personal grant of $10,000 annually. The $2.5 million investment will provide bursary recipients with sustainable funding through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Retirements and eligibility changes of four recipients after Rio made r...
Based on the original timetable, D.C. United’s Rob Vincent should have been close to returning to active duty by now. The English midfielder underwent surgery March 22 to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, a routine procedure sidelining a player four to six weeks. Instead, he is facing another one to two months because […]
Jim Harbaugh demonstrated his theatrical skills Friday as Michigan football’s time in Rome, Italy continues. The Michigan head coach decided to pay homage to the gladiators of Rome by doing his best impression of Russell Crowe in – you guessed it – Gladiator. But he didn’t just perform the monologue. He made sure to really get into the character – by literally putting his face through a print of Crowe from the movie. No words. pic.twitter.com/5V9AUiXkny — Kyle Rowlan...
Welcome to More Cowbell,  SEC Country’s daily podcast on Mississippi State sports with host Brandon Walker. How big is Mississippi State’s weekend baseball series with Auburn? It’s the biggest regular season series in years in Starkville, and that’s saying something. The Bulldogs, in year one under Andy Cannizaro, are inexplicably leading the SEC race with four series remaining. They are followed by a trio of teams, including Auburn, which is coached by former MSU pitchi...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee baseball looks to extend its modest two-game win streak at 7:30 tonight in Nashville when it takes on Vanderbilt in the first of a three-game series. The Vols (21-17, 5-13 SEC) are looking to earn a spot in the 12-team SEC Baseball Tournament, and taking some games against the Commodores (25-11, 9-9) would go a long way toward that goal. The Vols will throw Hunter Martin (4-4, 3.31 ERA) against Vanderbilt’s Patrick Raby (6-3, 2.53 ERA) in tonight’s game at Char...
O.J. Howard entered the headquarters of his new team to a welcome worthy of a first-round pick.  Dozens of Tampa Bay Buccaneers staffers lined the entrance to the facility and cheered on the former standout Alabama tight end, who waved with one hand and held his new team hat in the other. Take a look at the video below: .@TheRealOjHoward is in the building! Welcome to Tampa Bay! pic.twitter.com/EHzjye6WDz — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) April 28, 2017 Tampa Bay drafted Howard wit...
Olympic.ca’s celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial reaches the Roaring Twenties this week. As we continue to reflect on key moments in Canadian sport since confederation, if you find yourself in need of a refresher, all our past installments can be found here. The 1920s were a decade that represented a break from traditions, some of which were felt in the Olympic world. Women took a more prominent place in international sport while winter sports were given their own Olympic spotlight. 192...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee softball lost its 20-game win streak last Sunday, and now it looks to start another one against the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, Florida. The No. 8-ranked Lady Vols (41-6, 13-4 SEC) take center stage at 6 o’clock tonight against the Gators (44-3, 18-2) at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville. “They are No. 1, they are the best team in the country,” UT co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. “We’re going to do everything we can to come out with a ‘W,’ a...
Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Tim Tebow is heating up with the Columbia Fireflies, batting .460 in his last six games to raise his season average to .246. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Abolverdi and Cardozo discuss the former Gators quarterback. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or below on SoundCloud. Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily Florida...
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. — Cow pastures and farm lands lined the highway leading to the sprawling campus of Warren County High School, a modern-looking facility that wouldn’t seem to fit its countryside setting. It was the first of many surprises during SEC Country’s visit with K’Rojhn Calbert, a 6-foot-5 1/2, 316-pound offensive tackle in Tennessee’s 2017 signing class. Warren County High School, McMinnville, Tenn., 4-27-2017 Calbert, who turned 18 on April 2, is proud of his h...
The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft was one of the most exciting and surprising in years. After Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett was picked No. 1 overall, almost nothing went to plan. The Chicago Bears traded a boatload of picks to move up to No. 2 for reasons that are still mystifying. Alabama was shut out of the top 15 picks, despite having three players considered top 10 talents. Ultimately, 12 SEC players were picked, by far the most out of any conference. Four players hailed from Alabama a...
Welcome to SEC Country’s weekly Kentucky Wildcats basketball podcast, “Everybody’s Superpod,” with Kyle Tucker. Today, we’re joined by 247Sports director of basketball scouting Jerry Meyer, who breaks down every member of UK’s 2017 recruiting class, its remaining targets and prospects to watch in the Class of 2018. Everything you need to know about the players shaping the Wildcats’ future.   LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky has signed five consensus 5-star recruits in 2017, but don’t...
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Razorbacks fans hoping to get an in-person glimpse at the 2017 football team Saturday afternoon in the Red-White spring game won’t have the opportunity to do so after the school closed the game to the public because of severe weather forecasts for the day. But all is not lost. The game still will air at 1 p.m. ET on SEC Network. The program’s news release did not specify if the game would be moved to the Razorbacks’ indoor facility or still be playe...
AUBURN, Ala. — At one time, there was a chance Kamryn Pettway wouldn’t be with the Auburn football program this weekend. After leading the SEC in rushing yards per game last season as a redshirt sophomore, Pettway had a chance to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Pettway, who is married and has a young daughter, could have cashed in on his potential after a strong 2016 campaign. But before he made his decision, Pettway received some advice from Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton — who coa...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — At the conclusion of spring practice last year, Daniel Fennell was pleasantly surprised to see his standing on the South Carolina depth chart. Though he played linebacker coming out of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) High School, Fennell was starting at the “Buck” spot, the Gamecocks hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position. Darius English won the job in fall camp, before going on to lead the Gamecocks with 9 sacks in 2016. Shortly after the arrival of D.J. Wonnum, Fe...
Reuben Foster might have come very close to beginning his NFL career in SEC country. The New Orleans Saints were thinking about taking Foster with the final pick in the the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. However, the San Francisco 49ers traded up to take him one pick earlier at No. 31 overall. Payton says Reuben Foster was in consideration had he been available at pick No. 32 #SaintsDraft — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 28, 2017 He could hav...
It was a longer wait than expected for former Alabama and brand new Washington Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen during the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. Projected as a potential top-10 pick, Allen fell into the middle of the round and into the Washington’s lap.  His more than two-hour wait in the green room was less than pleasant. “It’s agonizing,” Allen said in his press conference after being selected. “As a competitor, you want to go a...
For whatever frustrations this season has brought the Florida baseball team, be it injuries to key cogs or the collective offensive malaise, coach Kevin O’Sullivan feels pretty good about where his team sits at this point. The No. 9 Gators (27-13, 10-8 SEC) are in Athens, Ga., this weekend for a 3-game series with Georgia (17-25, 5-13). They enter play Friday night 2 games behind Kentucky in the east standings and 3 games behind Arkansas for the best conference record overall. And with 4 s...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we talk with 3-star tight end Zach Sheffer from Jacksonville, Fla., who Larry Porter went to evaluate earlier in the week. Prototypical tight end on Auburn’s radar Since Chip Lindsey has come in as offensive coordinator, much has been made about a potential shift in the tight end’s status in Auburn’s offense. Take his first few weeks on the job, for ...
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. Months past signing day and the Gamecocks have already turned the page to the Class of 2018 and beyond. This weekend marks the next step in inking another top-25 class for 2018, with a special SpursUp event on Saturday in Columbia. Several ...
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Derek Barnett became the first Tennessee player drafted in three years last night, and it didn’t take long for the Nashville native to express his gratitude. “I’m so happy to be with the Eagles, and I’m ready to get work,” Barnett put out on the Philadelphia Eagles Twitter account. “Fly Eagles Fly!” Let’s goooooooo! #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/WRgy0NmeYJ — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 28, 2017 Tennessee has seven more players rated in the top...
The Jeopardy! board became the newest member of Big Blue Nation on Thursday night.  Host Alex Trebek read the $800 Sports clue that called upon former Kentucky basketball stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  You can watch the clip below: Did you catch us on @Jeopardy earlier? We know #BBN would have nailed this clue. pic.twitter.com/tmdTvmDguf — Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 28, 2017 “What is the University of Kentucky?”  Contestant Troy was all over...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones couldn’t have planned it any better for Tennessee’s all-time sacks leader Thursday night at the NFL draft. “Derek’s a great fit for this city and that organization, for what he brings to the table every single day,” Jones said on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show. “He’s ready, and you couldn’t have scripted it any better from being from Tennessee,” Jones said, “Reggie White, the draft being here in Philadelphia, and then (Ba...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For University of Alabama football fans, it’s the great debate of the 2017 NFL Draft. If you’re a general manager on the clock and in need of an outside linebacker, who do you take between the Crimson Tide’s Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams? Both are highly-touted talents, and both posted some impressive numbers during their Alabama careers. But that’s about where the comparisons end. While need and schemes will obviously play a big part in determining where each playe...
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football, with LSU beat writer Nick Suss. Today we discuss LSU’s three first-round NFL Draft picks, what the rest of the weekend might look like for LSU and more. Enjoy! With the fourth pick… The Jacksonville Jaguars selected running back Leonard Fournette, the pride of LSU football, with the fourth pick in the first round of yesterday’s NFL Draft. I’ve already devoted a good chunk of ...
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The 2017 NFL Draft continues on Friday, April 28 with the second and third rounds of the draft. Thursday’s draft saw a number of trades, as 6 were made in total. 3 of them were for teams to go up and draft a quarterback, as Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson all went within the first 12 picks. 3 wide receivers also came off the board early, as Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross were all selected by the 9th pick in the draft. Here’s everything you need to know abo...
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 what compelled Jamarcus Chatman and his Rome (Ga.) High teammates’ decision to commit to LSU. Folks in the Bayou, look out … The Broad Street Bullies are coming. That, of course, is the Rome (Ga.) High School trio of Jamarcus Chatman, Adam Anderson and Ja’Quon Griffin, defensive front seven standouts who gave their verbal ...
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss the major visitors for the April 29 spring game and the recruiting advantages the Saturday game presents. Saturday’s scrimmage is scheduled to begin at noon local time at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. 4-star OL, in-state QB, JUCO DT and Louisiana targets highlight spring game visitors Arkansas will have major targets in the 2018 recruiting class on campus for its spring game this w...