SEC Headlines 12/15/2012

Coaching News

1. Tennessee has a new wide receivers coach – Zach Azzanni joining the Vols from Wisconsin. He will reportedly leave current job after the Rose Bowl.

2. says former Tennessee assistants Darin Hinshaw and Blake Rolan are headed to Cincinnati.

3. Comparing Tennessee coach Butch Jones to Bobby Petrino and Tommy Tuberville.

4. New Texas  Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury refers to Texas A&M as “that other university” and asks AD if it’s possible to schedule Cincinnati next year. “As a 7‑5 team, could have easily been 10‑2, 11‑1…”

5. Dameyune Craig will remain as quarterbacks coach at Florida State.  He had interviewed at Auburn.

6. Big jumps in pay for Kentucky’s new coordinators vs. their predecessors. Contract details.

7. Why do white coaches like Skip Holtz get second chances when black coaches don’t?

SEC/College News

8. Georgia coach Mark Richt disciplined cornerback Sheldon Dawson for a poke in the eye of Alabama’s Dee Milliner.

9. Jeff Schultz on the decision by the SEC not to suspend Alabama’s Quinton Dial for a hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: “The SEC will allow Alabama coach Nick Saban to decide whether to suspend one of his defensive ends for the national championship game. Insert laugh track.”

10. No comment yet from Saban on what team-level discipline Dial will face.

11. Kevin Scarbinsky: “There’s one fly in Mike Slive’s ointment,” the suspension of Ole Miss safety Trae Elston.

12. Mark Richt: “There’s a helmet-to-helmet hit almost every play.”

13. Georgia offensive guard Dallas Lee won’t be in attendance when Alabama and brother Dillon play in the BCS title game.  ”I’m just not feeling it.”

14. Will Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Gathers make an early jump for the NFL? Not necessarily.

15. Mississippi State junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson is exploring early NFL possibilities. Some standout players from Friday’s bowl practice – “DT Nick James is a monster.”

16. Southern Miss freshman quarterback Anthony Alford is leaving the team.  Is the two-sport star a candidate to transfer to Ole Miss?

17. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Clemson’s defense: “They give up a lot of big plays in the passing game.”

18. LSU coach Les Miles on the Connecticut elementary school shooting:  ”Our team is shocked like the rest of the country.”

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