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SEC names postseason awards, Grant not coach of year

The SEC released its postseason awards a little bit ago and there were a few relatively surprising non-selections.

First, no Alabama player made the all-defensive team although the Tide has one of the best defenses nationally.

Then there is the coach of the year. Surprise 1: Billy Donovan, not Anthony Grant won the award. Surprise 2: Donovan had never won the award previously. Here’s the complete listing.

First team All-SEC
JaMychal Green, Alabama – F, 6-8, 228, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.
Chandler Parsons, Florida – F, 6-1-, 218, Sr., Casselberry, Fla.
Trey Thompkins, Georgia – F, 6-10, 245, Jr., Lithonia, Ga.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky – F, 6-8, 244, Fr., Portland, Ore.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky – G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 168, Sr., Orlando, Fla.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee – G, 6-7, 200, Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 215, So., Hendersonville, Tenn.

Second team All-SEC
^Tony Mitchell, Alabama – F, 6-6, 210, So., Swainsboro, Ga.
^Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas – G, 6-0, 184, Jr., Verdigris, Okla.
^Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 183, So., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-8, 171, Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Travis Leslie, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Decatur, Ga.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Concord, N.C.
Tobias Harris, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 226, Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, 255, R-Jr., Benin City, Nigeria
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, 225, Jr., Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC All-Freshman team
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 180, Fr., Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Patric Young, Florida – F/C, 6-9, 245, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky – F, 6-8, 244, Fr., Portland, Ore.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky – G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Doron Lamb, Kentucky – G, 6-4, 195, Fr., Queens, N.Y.
Ralston Turner, LSU – G, 6-6, 193, Fr., Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 194, Fr. Moncks Corner, S.C.
Tobias Harris, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 226, Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.

SEC All-Defensive team
Delvon Johnson, Arkansas – F, 6-9, 220, Sr., Chicago, Ill.
DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-8, 233, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina – F/C, 6-9, 222, Sr., Florence, S.C.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, 225, Jr., Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Chandler Parsons, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Riley Benock, Mississippi State
SEC Freshman of the Year: Terrence Jones, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Brian Williams, Tennessee
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Sam Muldrow, South Carolina

VIDEO: Grant addresses crowd, Tide players celebrate UGA win

First, the Crimson Tide players celebrate the 65-57 win over Georgia with a dance party.

Then Anthony Grant addresses the crowd.

Chat live! Talk Georgia at Alabama hoops right here

The Crimson Tide can still win part of the SEC regular-season title this afternoon with a win over Georgia and a Florida loss at Vanderbilt. Come back to The Daily Bama Blog at noon to talk about today’s game or anything Alabama sports.

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Chat live: Talk it up during Alabama/Florida hoops game

The Daily Bama Blog isn’t in Gainesville tonight, but that’s no excuse to ignore the SEC basketball regular-season title game between the Crimson Tide and the Gators. Let’s chat about the game starting close to the 6 p.m. tipoff.

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Vegas likes the Gators

We’re almost three hours before tip-off in what amounts the regular season SEC title game between Alabama and Florida. Taking a look at the Las Vegas odds, there isn’t much faith in the Tide’s chances of coming home a winner.

The game will be on ESPNU, but I’ll be adding some extra insight from my couch. Check back for more of that in a little bit.

Thinking alike in Vegas (screenshot from Vegasinsider.com)

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Examining Alabama’s NCAA tourney hopes

There is still a week to play before the SEC tournament so I’m not going to  getting into this bracketology nonsense. That stuff is garbage, but it’s not unfair to take a look at Alabama’s profile heading into two huge games with Florida and Georgia.

The number that everyone points to is the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Statsheet.com says the Tide is No. 86 while RealtimeRPI put Bama at No. 82.

One of the RPI issues the Crimson Tide (19-9, 11-3 SEC) has faced involves its strength of schedule. That will get a bump since the Gators are No. 12 in the RPI and Georgia is 36th.

Against the top 50, Alabama is 2-2 and 1-3 against teams ranked 51-100. The only really bad loss (against a team No. 150 or higher) came against 171st-ranked Iowa in Virgin Islands.

The two biggest wins came over Kentucky (12th) and Tennessee (28th).

Click here for an example of the sheet the NCAA selection committee looks at when deciding the field of 64 68 courtesy of the outstanding website BBstate.com.

Bottom line, it looks like Alabama will need to win these two regular season games to be in play for an at-large bid. Win the SEC tournament in Atlanta and the point is moot.

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Can Alabama crack top 25 with win at Ole Miss?

Alabama has hovered just outside the top 25 of the Associated Press poll for the past few weeks. Traveling to Ole Miss on Saturday, does the Crimson Tide have a shot at the big time with a win?

It’ll need some help. Here’s the deal:

  • No. 22 Kentucky already lost this week at Arkansas and it plays host to 13th-ranked Florida tomorrow.
  • No other team ranked 20-25 lost midweek but a few face tough tests Saturday.
  • No. 23 St. John’s travels to 15th-ranked Villanova.
  • No. 21 Texas A&M plays at streaky Baylor.
  • Missouri, the No. 20 team, plays at Kansas State where former No.1 Kansas was blown away a few weeks back.

Of course, Alabama will have to take care of its business in Oxford. Considering how it looked Wednesday against Auburn, it could be interesting.

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Tony Mitchell named SEC player of week

After that 27-point outburst against Arkansas on Saturday, Tony Mitchell’s selection as SEC player of the week wasn’t much of a shocker.

The league just released the news a few minutes ago and it included a tidbit I didn’t realize about his Arkansas game. He was 10-for-10 from inside the 3-point arc. Mitchell has now scored 20-plus points in five of six games.

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones was named freshman of the week.

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Mystery SEC school complains about Bama ‘fax cam’

Here’s the latest from friend of the blog John Zenor, AP sports writer:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama Web cam broadcasting the posting of faxed national letters of intent on signing day has drawn a complaint from another Southeastern Conference school after a provocative photo of a female student circulated on the Internet.

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said league Commissioner Mike Slive called Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore Thursday morning after another member school complained. Bloom wouldn’t identify the other university.

“The commissioner was made aware of it Thursday morning and he felt it was inappropriate,” Bloom said.

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All-SEC teams released

Alabama landed three players on the All-SEC first team. That doesn’t include reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was was on the second team along with four other Crimson Tide teammates. See the entire list below.

FIRST TEAM
Offense

WR — Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 6-4, 233, So.
WR — Julio Jones, Alabama, 6-4, 220, Jr.
L — u-Lee Ziemba, Auburn, 6-8, 319, Sr.
L — Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St., 6-6, 305, Sr.
L — Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-4, 301, So.
L — DeMarcus Love, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr.
C — Ryan Pugh, Auburn, 6-4, 297, Sr.
TE — u-D.J. Williams, Arkansas, 6-2, 251, Sr.
QB — u-Cam Newton, Auburn, 6-6, 250, Jr.
RB — u-Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, 6-0, 218, Fr.
RB — Knile Davis, Arkansas, 6-0, 220, So.
K — u-Josh Jasper, LSU, 5-11, 171, Sr.
All-Purpose — Randall Cobb, Kentucky, 5-11, 186, Jr.

Defense
T — u-Nick Fairley, Auburn, 6-5, 298, Jr.
T — u-Drake Nevis, LSU, 6-2, 285, Sr.
E — Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6-7, 249, So.
E/OLB — Justin Houston, Georgia, 6-3, 258, Jr.
LB — Kelvin Sheppard, LSU, 6-3, 240, Sr.
LB — Chris White, Mississippi St., 6-4, 245, Sr.
LB — Danny Trevathan, Kentucky, 6-1, 223, Jr.
CB — u-Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6-1, 222, Jr.
CB — Janoris Jenkins, Florida, 5-11, 184, Jr.
S — Ahmad Black, Florida, 5-9, 190, Sr.
S — Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-2, 210, Jr.
P — Chas Henry, Florida, 6-3, 215, Sr.

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Saban talks (in general) about scandalous recruiting

In the shadow of the Cam Newton saga, Nick Saban faced a few questions on Wednesday morning’s SEC teleconference about the general nature of recruiting and the issues that arise in the process.

He said he’s “comfortable” with the SEC code of ethics although he wasn’t up to date on any issue other schools face.

“We’re all trying to get it right. We’re all trying to do the right thing so that we can control and keep the playing field balanced and level for everybody. But things happen in all professions that shouldn’t happen.

That’s why we have an NCAA to investigate circumstances and situations and I’m comfortable with how they do it. That’s up to them what they find and what they decide to do.”

Saban was then asked if his assistants ever report any kind of funny business by other schools on the recruiting trail.

“We do. And when we do have something, we do. But we don’t have a lot of that. Our focus here is different than some people.

And there is a paranoia in our profession that I think has existed from the beginning of time. And a lot of people in our profession are always looking at what someone else is doing. What I try to get our guys to do is, let’s take care of our business and our business will take care of us. In other words, let’s do what we’re supposed to do. Let’s evaluate. Let’s do the right things ourselves and let’s not be concerned with what everyone one else is doing and that’s the way I’ve always tried to do. …

“A lot of the things that people say, I mean, are not true. And I think one of the reasons that we have a lot of this now is with the internet. Everything that happens is public information and so there is a lot more attention on all these little things people say now than there maybe was at one time.

Interesting stuff. Feel free to decode and read between the lines as you please.

Miss. State’s Bell remembered around SEC

The sudden and tragic passing of Mississippi State’s Nick Bell is the kind of story nobody wants to write. Coming out of Bessemer, Bell was a star on the rise and even started a few games in Starkville this season before an aggressive form of cancer claimed his life yesterday.

(Read more from The Birmingham News here and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger here).

This morning’s SEC coaches teleconference included several questions about the tragedy. Nick Saban said he remembered recruiting Bell.

“You always feel horrible when a young, bright person that has such a future a head of him in so many ways in terms of the things they can do in their life, sorta all gets cut short,” Saban said.

Crimson Tide defensive end Marcell Dareus was friends with Bell from back home and he released the following statement through UA media relations Tuesday:

Nick was a great friend and a great person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time. I love his family and if there is anything I can do to help them out, I plan to be there for them.

He was a great all-around guy and was someone I knew would be a good friend right off the bat. When we were both in Birmingham or when he was in Tuscaloosa, we would always hang out. He is a guy that everyone liked and you always felt comfortable around.

Nick was just a great, down-home person that made everyone around him happy. He will be missed and I will always remember him as a great friend.

 

The chatter on SEC teleconference

There wasn’t anything major coming out of this morning’s SEC teleconference from a Tennessee/Alabama perspective. Here are a few of the topics discussed:

  • Both coaches acknowledged there is a rivalry between Alabama and Tennessee.
  • When it comes to the poor conference records of the SEC East Division teams, UT’s Derek Dooley said these things go in cycles. It won’t be some kind of long-term issue facing the league.
  • There are some concerns with the quarterback situation in Knoxville. Dooley said there is “instability” and is not sure how it will all shake out. On Monday, Dooley told reporters the he expected freshman Tyler Bray to see some playing time at some point in the first half against the Tide, sending Matt Simms to the sideline.
  • When asked about troubles with the Alabama offense, Nick Saban said the issue is larger than the offense. “Somewhere along the line,” Saban said, the team lost its edge, but he thinks they have it back again.

Your weekly Monday afternoon rundown

And now, for my 1,001st trick, I present the most important news that came out of Monday afternoon’s weekly press gathering.

  • There was plenty said about that budding rivalry with Florida and its renewal Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. That will be addressed in the near future.
  • Tide quarterback Greg McElroy came out of the Arkansas game a little sore after taking a hit on the big third down sack that ended the 16-play fourth-quarter drive with a field goal. He said the right foot injury isn’t major, but it’s his plant foot, so he’ll be mindful of that in practice today.
  • There was also plenty asked and answered about Florida’s two contrasting quarterbacks John Brantley and Trey Burton. Also expect more on this topic in the days to come.
  • Tide safety Robert Lester was named SEC defensive player of the week after intercepting two passes against Arkansas.
  • The game time for next Saturday’s visit to South Carolina won’t be determined until next Sunday. CBS optioned its right to wait a week to see how this Saturday’s games shake out before making a final call.