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    When Randall Cobb was at Kentucky he was one of the most compelling playmakers in the country, let alone the SEC. A two-time All-SEC selection, and 2010 All-American, Cobb set the record for most touchdowns scored as a Wildcat. Unsurprisingly, that impressive resume has earned Cobb a spot in the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted on Friday night. Though he was not able to attend the ceremonies in person due to his responsibilities with the Green Bay Packers, Cobb still delivered a great pre-taped acceptance speech: . @UKFootball's Randall Cobb @rcobb18 acceptance speech from tonight's @UKAthletics Hall of Fame ceremony. https://t.co/vfoklngFFR — KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) September 23, 2017 Over his career with the Packers, Cobb has accounted for over 7,000 total yards and 40 touchdowns. The post WATCH: Randall Cobb gets inducted to Kentucky Hall of Fame appeared first on SEC Country.
  • John Wall, one of the most dynamic and fun players in recent college basketball history, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame on Friday night. Though the current Washington Wizards star spent only one season in Lexington, Wall made a tremendous impact on a team that advanced to the Elite Eight, earning SEC Player of the Year and All-American status in 2010. During his Hall of Fame speech, Wall delivered a powerful, tear-jerking speech: OK, #BBN, get the tissues ready. Here's @JohnWall's Hall of Fame induction speech. #WeAreUK https://t.co/7Qay1IznoY — Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) September 23, 2017 In particular, Wall singled out his mother for the incredible positive influence she has had on his life. By all accounts, there were few dry eyes in the house by the time Wall’s speech concluded. The post WATCH: John Wall delivers tear-jerking speech at Kentucky Hall of Fame induction appeared first on SEC Country.
  • Kevin Kisner is definitely committed to his Bulldogs. The former Georgia golfer and current PGA Tour member is looking for a way to see his alma mater play in Sanford Stadium Saturday night. The only problem? He’s currently playing in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and has a 1:45 p.m. tee time while the Bulldogs kickoff at 7:00 p.m. in Athens as they battle Mississippi State. Don’t worry, he has a plan. I need a helicopter to take me to Athens tomorrow after the round to make the game. Who has one in ATL? — Kevin Kisner (@K_Kisner) September 22, 2017 Price isn’t a problem for Kisner, as he has made more than $4 million on tour just this year. The post Kevin Kisner looking for helicopter to fly him to Athens from Atlanta on Saturday appeared first on DawgNation.
  • We might as well change SEC Memes to Tennessee Memes this week. Butch Jones and his program took the brunt of the internet’s angst this week after the Vols dropped a stunner on the final play of Week 3 to Florida. You also know that Vanderbilt and Kentucky are on the SEC map when memes regarding the Commodores and Wildcats begin popping up. We take a look at some of the best memes from around the conference this week. Special thanks goes out to the members of the Facebook page SEC Throwdown, in particular Jimmy Welch, James Adams, T.J. Baldwin, Greg Baird-Kelly, Mike Baker, Brooks Cooper, Tony Elam, Matt Frazier, Dustin Goad, Zach Gooding, Brittney Nicole Headrick, Cody Hulsizer, David Leonard, Eddie Mansfield, Jamie Puckett and Ronald Rourk. ARKANSAS VANDERBILT ALABAMA GEORGIA KENTUCKY HAIL MARYS TENNESSEE The post SEC Memes: Butch Jones, Tennessee feel the internet’s wrath appeared first on SEC Country.
  • When you win a lot and those victories come easily, it is easy sometimes to take the foot off the pedal. That doesn’t happen at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide prepare for each game as if it is the national championship, according to former star running back and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. “At Alabama, we treated each opponent the same,” Henry said on The Paul Finebaum Show on Friday. “Playing in the SEC, every week anybody could be beat. Anything could happen.” That attitude worked out, as the Crimson Tide lost only five games during Henry’s three seasons in Tuscaloosa, including just three conference losses. With the big target being on the back of Alabama, who has won four national championships in the past ten seasons, the Crimson Tide had to remain on alert, knowing that every team would give its best shot. “At Alabama, we had to prepare every week like we could get beat.” The post Derrick Henry on Alabama’s preparation: ‘We treated each opponent the same’ appeared first on SEC Country.
  • KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s loss to Florida, and the unprecedented social media fallout that ensued, meant an extended hangover in the Vol Nation. Is everyone over it yet? Ready to take a breath a move on? I didn’t think so, so here are five more parting thoughts from the Vols’ excruciating 26-20 loss at The Swamp last Saturday: Tennessee’s ability to come back from down 10 points • The Vols rally in the fourth quarter should not be overlooked or forgotten. The players’ efforts were impressive, and the coaches adjustments were worthy. Coach Butch Jones’ teams have developed a reputation as teams that play until the final whistle and show resilience, hence the come-from-behind wins last season and at Georgia Tech. The three missed field goals and red zone execution at Florida was abysmal, however, even if it was a result of several inexperienced players not handling their first road test. Injuries key factor in Tennessee’s losses past two seasons • There have been plenty of reasons for the Vols’ losses the second half of last season and again Saturday at The Swamp, but the biggest one is injuries. It’s not an excuse when you lead the nation in missed starts one year, and then lose your go-to receiver and best player on defense the next. Those aren’t excuses, just reality. John Currie seems to enjoy being in the spotlight • Currie not only started the clock on his head coach by commenting about Butch Jones’ job security, but also, himself. Currie should know better than to think he’s going to convince anyone Jones’ job is not in jeopardy. Truth is, more SEC coaches are on year-to-year evaluation/security watches, than not. When an AD makes a football coaching change, that AD’s job security is immediately tied to the success of his hire. Tennessee football program is healthy on most all fronts •  The Vols, regardless of the record this transition season, have a healthy program, as Currie has stated. The insides of the program are healthy, from the standpoint of the quality of players being recruited, the classroom performance,   the compliance and the current coaching staff. The team appears close to getting over the hump, even with brand-new quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, and a second-string linebacking corps. New coaches and players must prove their worth • Tennessee’s coaching and player development need to overcome the loss of six players who were projected to start in August: WR Jauan Jennings, OT Chance Hall, MLB Darrin Kirkland Jr., SLB Austin Smith, WLB Cortez McDowell, SS Todd Kelly Jr.   The Vols were picked to finish in third-place in the SEC East Division with an over/under of 7.5 wins before those injuries occurred. OC Larry Scott must quickly figure out how to utilize all weapons •  Tailback John Kelly will carry Tennessee’s offense as much as humanly possible, but OC Larry Scott must also keep explosive Ty Chandler on the field in some capacity while also developing young perimeter targets Brandon Johnson, Josh Palmer and Tyler Byrd. Quinten Dormady’s arm and decision making will need to prove worth the mobility the Vols are sacrificing by keeping talented but raw redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano on the bench. DC Bob Shoop might have to simplify, postpone ‘Magic Show’ • Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop might have to simplify his defense a second consecutive year if senior middle linebacker Colton Jumper doesn’t prove athletic enough to stay on the field. Sophomores Daniel Bituli and Quart’e Sapp are playmakers, but they might not be ready to handle the sort of quarterbacking on defense that Shoop’s defenses require when they are at their best (Magic Show). Safety Nigel Warrior is a rising star, but he’ll need to rely on fellow safety Micah Abernathy to step up his game significantly. The Vols defensive line needs to be more than just adequate moving forward.   The post 7 parting shots from Tennessee football loss to Florida, and unprecedented fallout appeared first on SEC Country.
  • Here’s a look at up-to-date betting information for each SEC contest, complete with analysis and picks from Brian Edwards. Edwards, a long-time VegasInsider.com handicapper with an emphasis on SEC football, will provide his thoughts and insights on the line moves throughout the 2017 season. He is a University of Florida graduate and a weekly radio guest in Las Vegas, Omaha and Memphis. You can  check out his work on Twitter or on his website,  BrianEdwardsSports.com. Note: All times Eastern. Lines and over/under totals are courtesy of Westgate Superbook and 5 Dimes. Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington) Kickoff: Noon Friday Line: Texas A&M minus 2.5 (opened same) Over/Under: 55 Public (ATS): 63 percent Texas A&M Edwards’ Analysis: “The stakes couldn’t possibly be higher for these two coaches. I was of the belief that [Bret] Bielema wasn’t on the hot seat coming into the year, but with that performance against TCU, I think he’s right there. I think eight coaches in the SEC are on the hot seat. A&M hasn’t looked pretty in its last two wins, and Trayveon Williams sat out last week. He’s probable for this one. “Last year, 45-24 [Texas A&M] was a very misleading final. Arkansas had those two trips deep in the red zone in the third quarter — one of them when it was tied and A&M made that goal line stand. Certainly Arkansas is due, and I give them the quarterback edge, but they just looked bad against TCU.” The Play: Slight lean to Texas A&M UMass at Tennessee Kickoff: Noon Friday Line: Tennessee minus 28 (opened -27) Over/Under: 63.5 Public (ATS): 74 percent Tennessee Edwards’ Analysis: “I wouldn’t lay 4 touchdowns with Butch Jones with Monopoly money. … Tennessee is beat to hell and back. [Darren] Kirkland, Austin Smith and Cortez McDowell were projected to be starting linebackers and they’re all out. I’m not playing UMass, though.” The Play: Pass No. 1 Alabama at Vanderbilt Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Friday Line: Vanderbilt plus 18.5 (opened same) Over/Under: 43 Public (ATS): 77 percent Alabama Edwards’ Analysis: “Ralph Webb is running hard, but his yard-per-carry average is 2.6. That’s not on him, he’s running hard. I just worry that Alabama is going to shut him down and Vandy becomes one-dimensional. I think Alabama’s D-line could put some pressure on [Kyle] Shurmur and force him into his first turnovers of the year. “I’m not going to give up that many points against Vandy. They’re playing too well.” The Play: Lean to the over Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Friday Line: South Carolina minus 9.5 (opened -8.5) Over/Under: 53 Public (ATS): 73 percent South Carolina Edwards’ Analysis: “It’s a crushing loss for the Gamecocks with [the injury to] Deebo Samuel. He was playing like a first-team All-American. … South Carolina is 2-3 against the spread as a home favorite since [Will] Muschamp took over. La. Tech is 9-6 against the spread as a road underdog on Skip Holtz’s watch. “Carolina’s in bounce-back mode here, but they’re not running the ball well enough to get me to lay a number.” The Play: Pass No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday Line: Georgia minus 4.5 (opened -6.5) Over/Under: 48.5 Public (ATS): 64 percent Mississippi State Edwards’ Analysis: “I think that Mississippi State has the quarterbacking advantage and the head coaching advantage. Right now, I’d say that [MSU defensive coordinator] Todd Grantham has been the best coordinator hire in the country. He used to be at Georgia, so I’m sure he’s been fired up all week to create a good scheme. “I think it’s going to be a nail-biter. If I had to pick it straight-up, I’d definitely pick Georgia. But Nick Fitzgerald scares me. When you have the head coaching advantage and the quarterback advantage, you don’t lay points against that team.” The Play: Pass Syracuse at No. 25 LSU Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday Line: LSU minus 21 (opened -23.5) Over/Under: 56.5 Public (ATS): 55 percent Syracuse Edwards’ Analysis: “Sorry to be such a fence sitter this week, but I don’t have any interest in this one. What an abysmal performance last week by LSU. Now [Derrius] Guice is going to play, so that’s good. ‘Cuse lost to Middle Tennessee at home. But when you score seven points, get your a– beat [in a] demoralizing [game], I can’t lay three touchdowns.” The Play: Pass No. 15 Auburn at Missouri Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday Line: Missouri plus 17.5 (opened +18) Over/Under: 60 Public (ATS): 68 percent Auburn Edwards’ Analysis: “It’s too big a number for Auburn with its offensive struggles right now. … After playing well in the first quarter against South Carolina, [Missouri] has had seven disastrous quarters of football. Barry Odom might be on as big a hot seat as Bielema. They’re not happy on the Plains, either. The loser of this game is going to be feeling the heat for sure. “The play is the under. Auburn’s not doing anything offensively. Auburn’s defense is nasty. Missouri’s offense is struggling. That’s the play.” The Play: Take the under, lean to Missouri for the side No. 20 Florida at Kentucky Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday Line: Kentucky plus 1.5 (opened +3) Over/Under: 44 Public (ATS): 69 percent Florida Edwards’ Analysis: “That football game was so horrible to watch, especially if you’re a Gator or a Vol fan. That game was just awful. The last minutes, both coaches were mismanaging [the clock]. When you have a win like that, maybe it galvanizes your team. Florida’s got a lot of young guys playing. Maybe they keep getting better on defense. “Offensively, they are terrible yet again. The glass half-full on [Jim] McElwain is that he’s 12-1 at home, he’s never lost a home SEC game and he’s 2 for 2 getting to Atlanta. The realistic view of it is that he’s winning a division that is in the dark ages. The division has been horrible for five or six years. So much so that South Carolina, Kentucky and Vandy are being thought of as legitimate contenders in the division. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have never even been in the mix in November. Not even once. “I think it’s Kentucky or pass. Obviously, when you haven’t beaten a team in 30 years, that’s a huge edge. It’s probably going to be low scoring, so I’d probably lean to the under. On the side, ugh. I just can’t bet on the Gators. They’re gross right now.” The play: Lean to the under The post Vegas sharp breaks down Week 4 SEC games appeared first on SEC Country.
  • LEXINGTON, Ky. — The first domino has fallen in Kentucky basketball’s 2018 recruiting class, and it’s a big one: 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley committed to the Wildcats during a ceremony at his high school in Maryland on Friday night. He became the ninth 5-star point guard to pick UK since coach John Calipari took over in 2009, following in the footsteps of (oldest to newest) John Wall, Brandon Knight, Marquis Teague, Andrew Harrison, Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox and Quade Green. “That’s tough living up to such an unbelievable legacy that Calipari has built there,” said Andrew Slater, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. “I don’t want to say names, but he’s certainly better than some of them. And he’s at least within the realm of the others. Let’s just say he’s not going to set the program back at all.” In fact, Quickley jumping on board as the Wildcats’ first pledge in this class could help them land others — and soon. Rated the No. 8 overall prospect and No. 2 point guard nationally by the 247 Composite, he took his official visit to Kentucky last week with 5-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson. The two played pickup and worked out together and, sources tell SEC Country, really hit it off. Bigger still: Quickley and 5-star small forward Zion Williamson — who began his official visit to UK on Friday night, coincidentally — are close friends who’ve openly discussed a desire to play together in college. And Williamson’s recruitment could be wrapping up sooner than later. “Most college coaches would prefer to get a point guard first, because it sort of sets the tone,” Slater said. “They can point to him and say, ‘Look, this is the guy who is going to get you the ball.’ Point guards are usually very vocal and good leaders. Immanuel has a really good heart, which attracts people to him. He’s an excellent player, but he’s not egotistical. He’s able to let other guys shine. I think that may have attracted Zion to him.” And what attracted Quickley to Kentucky? It helped that they spent three weeks together this summer at the under-19 FIBA World Cup in Egypt, where Quickley started for the Calipari-coached Team USA and averaged 14.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per 40 minutes. He shot 43 percent from 3-point range. Quickley’s mentor and AAU director, Jide Sodipo, called him a gym rat: “Immanuel could go to the moon and find a basketball gym so he could work out.” But what about his game? Slater has evaluated him at several events over the years and broke it down for SEC Country. Strengths: “Immanuel brings very good size. He’s got excellent court vision. He’s an improved 3-point shooter. He’s a better defensive rebounder than he ever was, where he uses that length that he has to clog the passing lanes. He’s an improving penetrator. His perimeter shot overall has improved and that’s taken his game to another level now, turned him into that sort of top-10 type of player. Room to grow: “He could tighten his handle up a little bit, his mid-range shot needs some work and he could add some upper-body strength because of that penetration. You’re going to get hit every time you go through the lane. I think he could also benefit from staying aggressive throughout the game — or from game to game. He could go for 30-plus one game and 13 the next. If he can maintain that level of excellence, he could ultimately end up a lottery pick.” Three of Calipari’s previous UK point guards have gone in the lottery (seven total drafted), not to mention Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans at Memphis. The Wildcats hope he’s next. 5-STAR POINT GUARDS UNDER CALIPARI 2018 — Immanuel Quickley 2017 — Quade Green 2016 — De’Aaron Fox 2015 — Isaiah Briscoe 2014 — Tyler Ulis 2013 — Andrew Harrison 2011 — Marquis Teague 2010 — Brandon Knight 2009 — John Wall The post Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley is first 2018 Cats commit appeared first on SEC Country.
  • Tailgating Recipes in The Flavor of Football Presented by Texas Pete – Chicken Finger Dipping Sauce Find all the delicious tailgating recipes that you’ll need for your Saturday tailgate. Each week Texas Pete’s Flavor of Football will highlight a new recipe that is sure to be a hit at your tailgate. Check out this week’s tailgating recipe:   Texas Pete ® Chicken Finger Dipping Sauce 1/2 cup mayo 1/4 cup ketchup 2 tbsp Texas Pete ® Original Hot Sauce 1/2 tsp of pepper   Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until the color is consistent. Serve with chicken tenders, wings or French fries for a zesty dipping sauce with a kick.   To see all the tailgating recipes, check out The Flavor of Football Presented by Texas Pete here: Flavor of Football The post Tailgating Recipes in The Flavor of Football Presented by Texas Pete – Chicken Finger Dipping Sauce appeared first on SEC Country.
  • A week after upsetting No. 18 Kansas State 14-7 in Nashville to move to 3-0 early in the 2017 season, Vanderbilt finds itself in the SEC spotlight this week as it plays host to top-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide and Commodores are the featured 3:30 p.m. SEC on CBS game and have been chosen as the host site for SEC Network’s SEC Nation on Saturday morning. As such, Tim Tebow was with the cast on Friday in Nashville, where he spoke to reporters about the positive outlook he has for Vanderbilt moving forward. 'This is the resurgence' pic.twitter.com/nQCIuXubMN — Vandy Hustler Sports (@vuhustlersports) September 22, 2017 “Vanderbilt has always found ways to be competitive, especially against Florida in big games,” Tebow said.  “They kinda went down for a little bit, and now this is the resurgence. I think Derek Mason’s doing a good job, starting with defense, discipline, and now he’s getting a little bit more playmakers.” The Commodores won 6 games last season and made their first bowl game under Mason. And with the SEC East wide open in 2017, who knows what could happen this season. Vanderbilt will need all of its A-game in order to pull of the huge upset of Alabama on Saturday. Both teams feature strong defenses, and a grind it out type of game may play a little bit into the Commodores favor. Vanderbilt has not beaten Alabama since 1984. As for the series with Florida, Vanderbilt has struggled with the Gators, winning only once since 1988, but there have been numerous single-digit margins in the series, including a 6-point loss during Tebow’s freshman season. The post Tim Tebow on Vanderbilt under Derek Mason: ‘This is the resurgence’ appeared first on SEC Country.