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    The media tends to get its hands on news earlier than expected, but not all leaks are created equal. On Tuesday night, a report revealed to Kevin Sumlin’s staff what his fate would be before any school official could. The report from the Houston Chronicle said that the Texas A&M coach’s tenure would end after this Saturday’s game against LSU in Baton Rouge, regardless of the outcome. On Wednesday morning, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated got the reaction from one Texas A&M staffer who learned about the decision after practice on Tuesday night but only after seeing text messages from recruits, who had seen the report from the Houston Chronicle that was online for about an hour on Tuesday night. Here’s what the staffer said, clearly frustrated with the consequences of the early leak. “It’s s—-y for it to go down like this if what has been written (in the Chronicle’s report) is accurate,” the staffer told SI. “For our players to find out about it like this, that it doesn’t matter if we win Saturday night at LSU, it’s really s—-y. It’s a huge distraction for them not to have their minds focused on the game. They’re probably saying WTF? Every one of them was recruited by Kevin Sumlin. “We thought we still had a shot if we won the last three in a row and got to 8–4. It’d be a different 8–4 [than in the past], and we’ve had injuries at quarterback. Yeah, that loss at UCLA was tough, but our other three losses were against Top 15 teams.” Texas A&M currently has 18 commitments and the No. 11 class in the country, according to 247Sports. SI asked the assistant what he’ll tell those recruits. “I’ll tell them what I’ve told them before. That we’ll know more after the [regular season finale] LSU game, and that there’s always gonna be speculation.” The post Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin learned of eventual firing from a report after practice appeared first on SEC Country.
  • FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Borderline Erotic podcast, the most-listened-to Razorbacks podcast in the country. In this episode, John Nabors is joined by Eric Bolin as they discuss what direction Arkansas should go when looking for a new athletic director. SEC Country launched the Borderline Erotic Podcast on Aug. 29, 2016. It is named after the colorful way coach Bret Bielema  described how he felt after Arkansas defeated Texas in the 2014 Texas Bowl. Here is a rundown of some of the topics discussed in the 305th episode of the Borderline Erotic Podcast: Arkansas looking for an ‘Arkansas’ guy Nabors started the podcast with Bolin discussing how the Razorbacks should handle the hiring of their next athletic director. Former AD Jeff Long did a lot of things for the university that were extremely positive. But many people never warmed up to Long because he wasn’t an “Arkansas guy.” It seems odd for those outside the state, but having a leader with Arkansas ties has its benefits. The Hogs need someone who can understand what this state is all about and the culture it provides. Arkansas is an extremely unique and profitable state where people across all four corners share a passion for their Razorbacks. Whoever the chancellor decides to hire, the new athletic director will have their hands full in the early going. Nonsense: Kevin Sumlin out at Texas A&M In the nonsensical part of the podcast, Nabors brings up the nonsensical story of Kevin Sumlin reportedly being fired from Texas A&M. Have something you want discussed on the podcast? Let us know! Tweet any questions you have to  @YourNaborJohn. Leave a voicemail to get your voice heard by calling (682) 74-ROWDY (76939). Listen to this episode of the Borderline Erotic Podcast below. Listeners also can subscribe on iTunes at  this link and on Stitcher by  clicking here. We also can be followed  on SoundCloud, and you can find past episodes  right here. The post Arkansas Razorbacks podcast: Hiring an ‘Arkansas person’ as AD appeared first on SEC Country.
  • KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has yet to be tested this season, but that will quickly change Wednesday. The Vols kick off the Battle 4 Atlantis at noon ET against No. 18 Purdue. Tennessee won its first two games against Presbyterian and High Point by an average of 33 points. The defense has been stellar, especially in the first half against the lesser opponents. The storyline will be if the defensive system can stress a solid team such as Purdue enough for the upset. The game will serve as a good early barometer of where the team actually stands. RELATED:  Can better Tennessee defense lead Vols to NCAA Tournament? The Vols have looked better than their predicted 13th-place finish in the SEC. This will be the platform to prove just how good Tennessee can be this season. The goal of the team is to come back with the hardware from a tournament victory. Grabbing a solid RPI win in November to help bolster the tournament résumé come March wouldn’t hurt, either. Tennessee-Purdue basketball: Game info, details Time: Tip-off is at noon ET on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Location: Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas. How can I watch the game? The game can be watched on ESPN2. How can I live stream the game? The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.) How can I listen to the game? The game will air on the Vol Sports Network. Check local listings. Projected starting lineup: Tennessee basketball Point guard: Sophomore Jordan Bone Shooting guard: Sophomore Jordan Bowden Small forward: Junior Admiral Schofield Power forward: Sophomore Grant Williams Power Forward: Junior Kyle Alexander What’s next for Tennessee? Win or lose, Tennessee is guaranteed three games in the preseason tournament. Depending on how the Vols do, they will face either Villanova or Western Kentucky on Thursday. The post Tennessee basketball vs. Purdue: Time, TV channel, how to watch online appeared first on SEC Country.
  • For the second time in five years, the annual Auburn-Alabama matchup — the Iron Bowl — carries even more weight than the normal in-state bragging rights. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers and Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide will square off Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium for the SEC West title. No. 1 Alabama (11-0 overall, 7-0 SEC) has rolled through its regular season in dominant fashion without much of a hiccup. No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1) has clawed back from two close-but-ugly losses in college football’s Death Valleys to stay in championship contention behind elite defense and explosive, balanced offense. Auburn will enter the Iron Bowl with a top-notch starting quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and a possible Heisman contender in running back Kerryon Johnson. Alabama will counter with superstar sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts, a stable of elite running backs and do-it-all receiver Calvin Ridley. The defenses also are star-studded, which should make this rivalry meeting one of the best in recent memory. MORE:  Auburn’s Charles Barkley to serve as guest picker on College GameDay Here is everything you need to know for the 2017 Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama — the game that will determine who will face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2. Auburn-Alabama football game time, details Time: 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT Date:  Saturday, November 25 Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala. Line: Alabama by 4 What TV channel is Auburn-Alabama football on? CBS is broadcasting the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama. Who is calling the Auburn-Alabama football game? Brad Nessler is the play-by-play announcer, Gary Danielson is the color commentator and Allie LaForce is the sideline reporter for the Auburn-Alabama game on CBS. How can I watch Auburn-Alabama football online? You can stream the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama on the SEC on CBS website. How can I listen to Auburn-Alabama football on the radio? You can listen to the  Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and Alabama Iron Bowl game with Rod Bramblett, Stan White and Ronnie Brown. Locally in Auburn, the broadcast is on 93.9 FM. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app. Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl preview Strong teams vs. Saban: Nick Saban has never beaten an Auburn team that has at least nine wins entering the Iron Bowl in his Alabama coaching career, losing both previous times (2010 and 2013). Top 10 throwdowns: Auburn is 4-3 all time against Alabama when both teams are inside the AP top 10, with the Tigers taking the last two (2010 and 2013). Auburn’s other two wins came in 1963 and 1972 — the latter known as the famous “Punt, Bama, Punt” game. All about that balance: Auburn, Louisville and Ohio State are the only three Power 5 teams in college football who are averaging at least 230 passing yards and 230 rushing yards per game. Big plays galore: Auburn leads the nation, alongside Arizona, with 27 plays of 40-plus yards this season. Auburn only put up 19 such plays in the entire 2016 season. The post Auburn-Alabama football: Time, TV channel, watch online for Iron Bowl (November 25, 2017) appeared first on SEC Country.
  • It was all football talk on Tuesday’s Wildcat Country podcast, your daily podcast presented by SEC Country Kentucky. Football beat writer Joe Mussatto joined host Curtis Burch to preview the Governor’s Cup. Kentucky and Louisville kick off at noon ET Saturday at Kroger Field. Here’s a rundown of the conversation. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t been mentioned as a Heisman frontrunner after winning the trophy a year ago, but Jackson’s stats are almost as good as the gaudy numbers he put up last season. This week’s prediction post includes a few fun in-game over-unders involving Jackson. Will he surpass 400 yards of total offense? Will Jackson pile up more individual yards than the entire Kentucky offense? Joe and Curtis give their thoughts on what kind of game the star Louisville quarterback could have. Kentucky will be without one of its key offensive players on Saturday in junior tight end C.J. Conrad. He underwent surgery on Tuesday for a left foot injury. Many wanted Conrad to be more involved in the pass game, but his blocking ability in the run game might be more dearly missed. It’ll be up to fellow tight ends Greg Hart and Justin Rigg to shoulder the load. Conrad will also miss Kentucky’s bowl game at the end of next month. Curtis and Joe also discuss Tuesday’s Kentucky Question of the Day: If junior college quarterback prospect Terry Wilson signs for Kentucky, what does that mean for guys like Drew Barker and Gunnar Hoak. Could any of Kentucky’s current quarterbacks be looking to transfer? Those are just a few of the topics covered in Wednesday’s edition of Wildcat Country. Curtis and Joe also gave their score predictions for the Kentucky-Louisville game. Don’t miss any of our Cats coverage. Follow podcast host  @CurtisBurch  as well as  @KyleTucker_SEC  for hoops and football columns,  @Joe_Mussatto  for football team coverage, recruiting notes and UK-in-the-NBA rundowns. The post Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Lamar Jackson seeking revenge is bad news for Cats appeared first on SEC Country.
  • LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball will play Fort Wayne on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online below. Get ready for the game with our coverage of the Cats from earlier in the week: Watching John Calipari coach his young team against Troy was painful … and does some of the Big Blue Nation have one-and-done fatigue? Kentucky-Fort Wayne game time, details Time: 8 p.m. ET Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky. Records: No. 8 Kentucky 4-1, Fort Wayne 3-1 Vegas line: Kentucky by 18 1/2 What TV channel is Kentucky-Fort Wayne on?  You can watch Kentucky vs. Fort Wayne on the SEC Network. Here’s an easy way to find what channel that’s on with your cable package or satellite provider. How can I watch Kentucky- Fort Wayne  online? Stream Kentucky vs. Fort Wayne on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app. How can I listen to Kentucky-Fort Wayne   on the radio?  Kentucky and Fort Wayne will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 381 and Sirius channel 134. Kentucky-Fort Wayne preview You might remember the Mastodons as the team that not only got Tom Crean and Indiana to go play in their gym — but then also beat the Hoosiers last season. That turned out to be a flash in the pan, as Fort Wayne’s next-best win, in terms of Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, was against No. 167 North Dakota State. One bad omen for Kentucky, however: this game is happening exactly one year to the date of The Dons’ upset of IU. Have we mentioned that this matchup — like those against Troy, East Tennessee State and Illinois-Chicago — is part of the Adolph Rupp Classic? And can we say it would’ve been a lot more fun to see the Wildcats play in the loaded PK80 event in Oregon for Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday? UK was on the initial list of teams but backed out. Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Texas are among the programs participating. Sigh. Kentucky must be acutely aware of two players Wednesday night: 6-foot-5 junior guard John Konchar, who is averaging 11.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, and 6-1 senior guard Bryson Scott, who is averaging 22 points, 6.3 boards and 4.3 assists. Konchar’s 31 career double-doubles are more than all but three players nationally and his career shooting percentage is 59.6. Fort Wayne’s Jax Levitch grew up in Louisville and attended Trinity High School. His brother David played for the rival Cardinals from 2013-17. The post Kentucky-Fort Wayne basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (November 22, 2017) appeared first on SEC Country.
  • LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy! Deja vu all over again LSU faces Texas A&M this Saturday, a team that may or may not be in crisis mode. Reports from the Houston Chronicle surfaced Tuesday afternoon saying Texas A&M plans to part ways with coach Kevin Sumlin after the LSU game. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. In 2015, similar rumors swirled about then LSU coach Les Miles heading into the matchup versus A&M. Last year, interim coach Ed Orgeron was working for his job versus the Aggies. Now the Aggies’ coach is in the position Miles and Orgeron were in. And people say this isn’t a rivalry game … So what does this mean for LSU? Well, nothing good. If you thought Tennessee was energized playing LSU with an interim coach, imagine how energized A&M will be playing with Sumlin’s job at stake. Remember: LSU saved Miles’ job with an impassioned win over Texas A&M. Well, at least for another 10 months. Does this guarantee an A&M victory? Of course not. There’s a reason LSU is favored to win by more than 10 points. Throw in the fact that it’s senior night and LSU is playing for a 9-win season and you have more than enough reason for LSU to play passionately as well. But it’s worth mentioning that Texas A&M’s players are going to be fired up. More than usual. And that could create for a pretty darn good football game. Checking in with the CFP The latest edition of the College Football Playoff standings were released Tuesday, with LSU slotting in at No. 18. That ranks LSU fifth among SEC schools, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Georgia and No. 14 Mississippi State. Only Mississippi State and No. 16 Michigan State rank ahead of LSU among three-loss teams. It wouldn’t be absurd to see LSU vault a few spots higher with a win over Texas A&M. Auburn and Alabama play this Saturday, as do No. 13 Washington State and No. 17 Washington. On top of that, No. 8 Notre Dame plays No. 21 Stanford and No. 3 Clemson plays No. 24 South Carolina. There are plenty of ranked matchups that can allow for LSU to climb up the ranks, provided the right teams win. An Auburn win over Alabama makes things particularly interesting for LSU, being that LSU defeated Auburn. There isn’t a way LSU can break into the Top 4. That’s out of the question. But sliding into the Top 12? It’s not impossible, believe it or not. Injury report As of Tuesday, here is a list of players who should be considered questionable for Saturday versus Texas A&M: Edge rusher Arden Key was absent from practice Tuesday. He made an appearance Monday wearing a chunky brace on his right knee. Left tackle K.J. Malone was dressed out but not fully participant Tuesday. He was wearing a non-contact gold jersey and sat out for most of the individual and position drills. Outside linebacker Corey Thompson, edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, linebacker Donnie Alexander and fullback Tory Carter also wore gold jerseys. Good stories you should read In case you missed them, here are two cool stories from SEC Country Tuesday: Alex Hickey spoke to die-hard LSU superfan and Ed Orgeron Radio Show fan favorite “ Evil Twin” about what compels him to be the star of every radio show. It’s a really cool read you won’t want to miss. Defensive end Christian LaCouture is preparing for his second senior day. In two years. That’s gotta be weird, right? In LSU basketball news After surprising the basketball world with a 77-75 win over Michigan Monday night, Will Wade’s LSU basketball team fell to No. 13 Notre Dame 92-53  Tuesday. The loss knocks LSU into the consolation game of the Maui Invitational Wednesday versus Marquette. That game will be played at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday and broadcast on ESPN2. What’s up with the ‘croots? SEC Country’s LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman is an indispensable resource this time of year. With the early signing period fast approaching, not following Sam on Twitter is willfully foolish. So fix that by clicking here. And in case you need further convincing, here are some stories you might’ve missed from Sam this week: Ranking Louisiana’s top 30 prospects for the Class of 2018 4-star WR Kenan Jones updates his commitment status 4-star WR Devonta Jason scheduled an official visit to Baton Rouge Why an SEC rival is beating out the Tigers for 4-star CB Devin Bush Wednesday in made-up holidays For whatever reason, on the day before Thanksgiving we celebrate “ National Jukebox Day.” Which is a great holiday. Jukeboxes are awesome. So I’m going to tell my favorite story involving a jukebox. A few years ago, I was in Jacksonville on New Year’s Eve to cover the Taxslayer Bowl. Around 11 p.m., I walked into a Waffle House outside my hotel to grab a quick bite before the new year was upon us. Some guy walked in gleefully holding three dollar bills and asked the woman behind the counter “How many times can I play that Drake song?” The answer is 15. With three dollars, you can play Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Goming Home” 15 times at a Waffle House. So as I ate my meal, I heard this song. As many times as it took me to finish eating. Enjoy. Miss a previous edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing? Find every one of SEC Country’s daily LSU football columns  right here. The post What the Kevin Sumlin rumors might mean for LSU this Saturday appeared first on SEC Country.