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Preseason honors bestowed on Rebels

Preseason honors bestowed on Rebels

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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The college football season is less than a month away, and the Ole Miss Rebels are well represented in the preseason honors that have been handed out this summer.

As Hugh Freeze’s team prepares for the highly anticipated 2014 season, Ole Miss has been tabbed a top-25 team by such publications as Phil Steele (16th), Athlon (18th), Lindy’s (18th) and Sporting News (20th).

Senior Cody Prewitt and sophomores Evan Engram, Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell and Laremy Tunsil have all been tabbed preseason All-Americans by various outlets. Watch lists for the nation’s top awards like the Maxwell, Outland and Walter Camp are littered with Rebels.

Prewitt, a first team All-America selection at free safety last year, has been named to four major award watch lists this preseason – the Walter Camp Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

Nkemdiche, a defensive tackle, finds himself on three watch lists – Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Bo Wallace, the Rebels’ third-year starting quarterback, is on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award.

The Rebels get the college football season started in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State on Thursday, Aug. 28 in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome (7 p.m. CT, ESPN).

Follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB) and Facebook (Facebook.com/OleMissFootball), in addition to www.OleMissSports.com.

Ole Miss Preseason Honors (broken down by player):

Serderius Bryant
CFPA Linebacker Trophy watch list
No. 6 OLB in the nation (Lindy’s)
No. 6 LB in the SEC (ESPN.com)
All-SEC 2nd team (Birmingham News, CFB Matrix, Lindy’s, Phil Steele)
All-SEC 3rd team (League Media, Athlon, College Sports Madness)

Tony Conner
All-SEC 2nd team (League Media, Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele
All-SEC 3rd team (College Sports Madness)
No. 3 safety in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Evan Engram
John Mackey Award watch list
CFPA Tight End Trophy watch list
All-America 3rd team (Sporting News)
All-SEC 1st team (CFB Matrix)
All-SEC 3rd team (Athlon)
All-SEC 4th team (Phil Steele)
No. 3 TE in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Issac Gross
No. 8 DT in the SEC (ESPN.com)

C.J. Johnson
All-SEC 3rd team (College Sports Madness, Lindy’s)
All-SEC 4th team (Phil Steele)
No. 8 DE in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Aaron Morris
All-SEC 2nd team (Athlon)

Denzel Nkemdiche
All-SEC 2nd team (League Media)
All-SEC 3rd team (College Sports Madness)

Robert Nkemdiche
Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list
Outland Trophy watch list
Rotary Lombardi Award watch list
All-America 2nd team (Athlon)
All-America 3rd team (College Sports Madness)
All-America 4th team (Phil Steele)
All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Athlon, Birmingham News, College Sports Madness, Phil Steele)
All-SEC 2nd team (CFB Matrix, Lindy’s)
No. 9 DT in the nation (Lindy’s)
No. 18 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)
No. 3 DT in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Cody Prewitt
Walter Camp Award watch list
Chuck Bednarik Award watch list
Jim Thorpe Award watch list
Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list
CFPA Defensive Back Trophy watch list
All-America 1st team (CFB Matrix, Lindy’s, Phil Steele)
All-America 2nd team (Athlon, College Sports Madness, Sporting News)
All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Athlon, Birmingham News, CFB Matrix, College Sports Madness, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, USA Today)
No. 1 safety in the nation (Lindy’s)
No. 86 player in the nation (ESPN.com)
No. 12 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)
No. 1 safety in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Deterrian Shackelford
Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list
AFCA Good Works nominee

Laquon Treadwell
Biletnikoff Award watch list
CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy watch list
All-America 2nd team (CFB Matrix)
All-America 3rd team (Athlon)
All-SEC 1st team (Athlon, CFB Matrix, USA Today)
All-SEC 2nd team (League Media, College Sports Madness, Lindy’s, Phil Steele)
No. 15 WR in the nation (Lindy’s)
No. 20 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)
No. 2 WR in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Laremy Tunsil
Outland Trophy watch list
All-America 2nd team (Sporting News)
All-America 3rd team (Athlon)
All-SEC 1st team (League Media, Athlon, CFB Matrix, College Sports Madness, Lindy’s, USA Today)
All-SEC 2nd team (Birmingham News, Phil Steele)
No. 8 OT in the nation (Lindy’s)
No. 66 player in the nation (ESPN.com)
Best Pass Blocker in the SEC (ESPN.com)
No. 15 player in the SEC (ESPN.com)
No. 3 OL in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Bo Wallace
Maxwell Award watch list
Davey O’Brien Award watch list
CFPA Quarterback Trophy watch list
All-SEC 2nd team (Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele)
All-SEC 3rd team (League Media, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix)
No. 11 QB in the nation (Lindy’s)
SEC’s Most Accurate Passer (Lindy’s)
No. 3 QB in the SEC (ESPN.com)

Jaylen Walton
No. 8 kick returner in the SEC (ESPN.com)

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Razorback Athletics to Launch New Official Digital Platforms

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Razorback Athletics to Launch New Official Digital Platforms

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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A new innovative approach to strategic communications within intercollegiate athletics will be introduced on Friday as the University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in partnership with SportsLabs, launch the new-look ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM and a host of leading digital products including a new suite of mobile applications. Beginning at Midnight, a countdown clock will be at ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM with the new website going live at Noon CT on Friday.

The new collection of multi-platform digital products was designed by SportsLabs, as part of the first comprehensive partnership of its kind between the technology leader and an intercollegiate athletics program.

The digital platforms were designed based on feedback and goals identified through various strategic planning sessions with Razorback coaches and members of the department’s leadership team. The primary focus of the new digital platforms is to serve as a major tool in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, dynamically showcasing all aspects of Razorbacks Athletics, the University of Arkansas and the entire state of Arkansas.

Visitors to the site and mobile applications will see larger and better quality images, HD videos and streamlined presentations of text and historical information. The new responsive design was developed with an innovative and mobile-first approach. Fans will have 24-hour access to the Razorbacks across a full list of browsers and devices, allowing one of the nation’s largest and most passionate followings to watch, listen and engage with the Razorbacks all for FREE.

The new ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM‘s unique and mobile-friendly design allows for a seamless transition for users to different platforms when getting the latest information on the Razorbacks. With original content added throughout the day, including targeted release times of at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the new ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM will provide industry-first unique features including as a roster card view, search filtering on rosters, video playback on any device and swipe navigation on a phone and tablet.

In addition to the best-in-class web, Razorback fans can download two different FREE mobile applications, available on iPhones, iPads and Android Smartphones, enabling access to all sports, live audio and real-time social streams.

“The impact of these digital platforms are critical, as they are global and help form the first impressions prospective student-athletes have of our program, our university and even our entire state,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Our comprehensive partnership with SportsLabs will elevate our strategic communications to a new level and will allow for the continued evolvement of these platforms based on feedback from our coaches, student-athletes, recruits, as well as Razorback fans.”

“The University of Arkansas has a clear and aggressive digital strategy that we are excited to execute against as we all work to serve Razorback fans and future athletes,” said John Burris, President of SportsLabs. “The University of Arkansas and SportsLabs want to change the way fans, schools and partners engage and view digital platforms through a new and consistent investment in these experiences – together we will disrupt the traditional thinking in the digital college sports space.”

Arkansas Razorbacks Official App
The all-new Official Arkansas Razorbacks “Official” application serves all sports and provides inside access to your favorite Razorbacks team. With FREE LIVE AUDIO via RSN: Razorback Sports Network, video highlights, the latest news, scores & stats, rosters and schedules, alerts, the Arkansas Razorbacks application is a must-have. This app will be available for download on August 1, 2014 from both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday App
The all-new official Arkansas Razorbacks “Gameday” application is a must-have for Razorbacks Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Baseball fans. With FREE LIVE AUDIO via RSN: Razorback Sports Network, interactive social media, interactive stadium maps, fan guides and all the scores and stats surrounding the game, the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday application if your digital Gameday guide so you can focus on “Calling the Hogs!” This app will be available for download on August 22, 2014 from both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Both the new web site and the new mobile applications will provide Razorback fans unrivaled access to:

STATE OF THE ART HD VIDEO: RSN: Razorback Sports Network will produce daily HD content featuring all 19 Razorback sports From game previews and recaps, to coaches shows, long form features and documentaries, this is the place for the best in video coverage of the Razorbacks.

FREE-TO-USER LIVE GAME AUDIO: For the first time RSN: Razorback Sports Network play-by-play and coaches shows will be available free to users around the world, across all digital platforms;

RESPONSIVE SITE DESIGN: The one-of-a-kind layout will showcase content in a consistent, streamlined, and user-centric presentation across desktop & mobile devices;

DEEP INTEGRATION: Users will enjoy myriad social media, dynamic ticketing, and sport-specific merchandising opportunities throughout the new Razorback digital experience;

Supported Devices

* iOS 6.0.x and above

* iPad 2 and above

* iPhone 4 and above

* Android 4.0.x and above

Supported Devices

* IE 10, 11 (latest version)

* Chrome (latest version)

* Firefox (latest version)

* Safari (latest version)

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Vanderbilt offers 4 star QB Sonny Abramson

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Vanderbilt offers 4 star QB Sonny Abramson

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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Even thought they can’t decide on a quarterback for 2014 Vanderbilt has offered 4 star QB Sonny Abramson from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey. Abramson tweeted the news after visiting West End and meeting with the coaching staff Tuesday.

Abramson is listed as the 11th best QB by Rivals. He is a pro style QB who already has offers from Syracuse, Iowa, Duke, Rutgers, and a few other smaller schools. Vanderbilt is the first SEC school to offer him a scholarship. Yesterday the 6’2 gun slinger received an offer from Wake Forest.

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Butch Jones Pre-Camp Press Conference Video

Butch Jones Pre-Camp Press Conference Video

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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UT head football coach Butch Jones and a few players met with local media today in Knoxville at Neyland Stadium. Jones wanted to do a press conference before camp opened tomorrow to talk about the state of the team.

According to Jones;

“A lot of individuals will be going through this for the first time. Again, it’s our approach, our daily approach and how we handle that. Really, it’s striving to be the best football team that we can possibly be. That’s our goal. That’s our only goal. We’ll see how far it takes us. But everyone must meet their full potential in our football program. And we are going to challenge them every day to meet that goal.”

It was a lot of coach-speak but it’s something to keep Vols fans busy with until the team opens camp on Friday. It was wort noting that Jones mentioned that receiver Alton “Pig” Howard is still on the team despite missing out on spring practice.

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Bama flips Rico McGraw

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Bama flips Rico McGraw

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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Alabama flipped Rico McGraw earlier this week. The 4 star cornerback from Ensworth outside of Nashville had previously committed to Georgia but after talking things over with his family McGraw is going to Tuscaloosa next year.

According to Rivals McGraw is the 8th best prospect in Tennessee. He had been sought after by Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, and just about every bigtime program in college football. The 6′ 190 lb defensive back committed to Georgia in January but it didn’t appear to be solid as he was still visiting schools and meeting with coaches all Spring and Summer. McGraw attended a camp at Alabama last month and that probably had a lot to do with his decision. He also attended “The Opening” in Oregon earlier this month with other top recruits.

With McGraw flipping to Alabama the Crimson Tide now have 6 DBs in their 2015 class inluding 5 star corner Minkah Fitzpatrick. It looks like the Bama defense is going to keep rolling.

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Scotty Thurman joins Razorback Sports Network

Scotty Thurman joins Razorback Sports Network

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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Former Razorback great Scotty Thurman will join the Razorback Sports Network as a color analyst on University of Arkansas men’s basketball games beginning this season. Thurman will work alongside Voice of the Razorbacks Chuck Barrett who will handle play-by-play duties for a fifth consecutive season. In addition to his broadcasting responsibilities, Thurman will continue to serve as a full-time member of Arkansas Athletics working with the Student-Athlete Development program. Thurman has been the Director of Student-Athlete Development for the men’s basketball program for the past four years.

“We are excited that one of our program’s most beloved and respected former student-athletes will now be a part of our men’s basketball broadcast team,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Scotty is not only a Razorback basketball legend, he has been an outstanding representative of our program and has made a positive impact on the lives of our basketball student-athletes. I am confident that Razorback fans will enjoy what Scotty brings to our broadcasts based on his experiences as a player for Hall of Fame Coach Nolan Richardson. Scotty knows the game and will provide Razorback fans a player’s perspective on basketball and an informed insight into our program.”
Thurman played for the Razorbacks from 1993-95 helping lead Arkansas to a pair of Final Fours, including the 1994 NCAA Championship and an NCAA Runner-up Finish in 1995. The Ruston, La., native is best known for hitting what simply is known as “The Shot” in Razorback Basketball history. Thurman nailed a high-arching three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down in the final minute of play against the Duke Blue Devils. Thurman’s clutch shot gave Arkansas a lead it would never relinquish in a 76-72 victory in the national championship game.

“I am honored to join Chuck Barrett in helping bring Razorback Basketball to the entire state of Arkansas and to Razorback fans throughout the country,” Thurman said. “When I think of broadcasters such as Mike Nail, the late, great Paul Eells and Rick Schaeffer, I am truly humbled to join the Razorback Sports Network team. I want to thank Jeff Long and (IMG General Manager) David Shoemaker for this opportunity. I am also grateful to Coach Mike Anderson for his continued support, allowing me to be a part of this program and this university in a state which has meant so much to my family and me.”

Thurman will assume the role previously held by former sports information director and longtime University of Arkansas radio and television broadcaster Rick Schaeffer. Schaeffer served a combined 34 years on Arkansas’ men’s basketball radio broadcasts in two separate stints including the past 10 years.

“I am very grateful to Jeff Long and IMG for allowing me the opportunity to continue to serve on the Razorback Sports Network for football and baseball,” Schaeffer said. “I enjoyed every moment of my 34 years as a basketball analyst, but it is time for a change. I’m thrilled that Scotty Thurman, a Razorback who I hold in the highest esteem, will now fill that position. I know Razorback fans will be blessed by his addition to the basketball broadcasts.”

Schaeffer will remain an integral part of Razorback football and baseball broadcasts as well as take on an expanded role with Razorback Athletics as a contributor to ArkansasRazorbacks.com and the department’s official publication, Inside Razorback Athletics. Schaeffer is part of the football pre-game and post-game shows and also serves as the in-game statistician for the game broadcast. He recently finished his 13th straight season as a member of the Razorback Baseball radio network team, serving as the primary color analyst while also handling middle inning play-by-play duties.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Rick Schaeffer as a member of our broadcast team in multiple sports,” Long said. “Rick is a wonderful person for whom I have great respect. Rick brings a historical perspective, a true passion and unrivaled enthusiasm for the Razorbacks which he conveys to fans around our state. We are grateful for his years of service to Razorback Basketball and are excited that he will continue to be an integral part of our program as both a broadcaster and a special contributor.”

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Skyhawks pick up academic accolades

Skyhawks pick up academic accolades

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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A total of 109 University of Tennessee at Martin student-athletes earned a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while 22 of those brought home an OVC Medal of Honor for their perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average in 2013-14, the league announced today.

The 22 Medal of Honor recipients marks the fourth straight year that UT Martin has set a new program record for most student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA, topping the previous record of 17 in 2012-13. The 109 Commissioner Honor Roll recipients (at least a 3.25 GPA) also marks the third straight year that UT Martin has reached triple-digits in that category (114 in 2011-12, program-best 116 in 2012-13).

The UT Martin softball and women’s tennis squads were also recognized as an OVC Team Academic Achievement recipients. Coached by Donley Canary, the Skyhawk softball team placed 17 players on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which makes up 85 percent of the roster. UT Martin head women’s tennis coach Dennis Taylor presided over eight Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients, which makes up 100 percent of the roster.

Overall, 1,254 OVC student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, setting a new league record. A total of 188 student-athletes earned a Medal of Honor.

The Skyhawk baseball team (three), women’s basketball team (three) and women’s tennis team (four) boasted the most Medal of Honor winners out of any team in the OVC. In addition to the softball and women’s tennis teams, UT Martin’s golf team (six) and rifle team (10) produced the highest amount of Commissioner Honor Roll recipients in their respective sports.

Individually, Dominika Conc (soccer), Jessica Silva (women’s tennis), Katie McCall (women’s tennis) and Ivon Simic (women’s tennis) were awarded a Medal of Honor for the third time in their careers. Baseball’s Jacob Gansert, cross country’s Grace Lucas and Hannah Wolters, softball’s Deven Wilson and volleyball’s Allie Whimpey each earned their second career Medal of Honor.

UT Martin’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients are as follows (bold italics indicates a Medal of Honor winner, multiple asterisks indicate the number of years the student-athlete has made the Commissioner’s Honor Roll:

Baseball (12): Alex Boshers, Taylor Cox***, Taylor Douglas, Drew Erie**, Jacob Gansert**, Stu Jones**, Dalton Potts***, Chris Ross**, John Skubina, Carter Smith***, Phil Sorensen****, Nico Zych**

Men’s Basketball (1): Terence Smith****

Women’s Basketball (7): Heather Butler****, Chelsey Hall**, Elizabeth Masengil, Jasmine Newsome**, Chelsea Roberts, Katie Schubert**, Megan White****

Men’s Cross Country (6): Joey DeSantis, Mark Graubner**, Colin Johnson***, Justin Morgan**, Vance Pounders****, David Wells

Women’s Cross Country (7): Hayley Doty, Abby Frantom**, Marne Helbing, Grace Lucas***, Heather Mullis, Alexandra Stover**, Hannah Wolters****

Football (16): Sam Curtis**, Dylan Davis**, Taino Fears-Perez**, Trent Garland**, Austin Hopper, Tyler Kilburn**, Nick Michaels**, Matt Murphy**, Ethan Myers***, Jarod Neal***, Obi Nwankwo, Jackson Roberts***, Charles Sweeton, Juwan Turner***, Garrett Vincent, Dean Wathen****

Men’s Golf (6): Brendon Caballero**, Peyton Deming, Tyler Guy**, Clay Harbin***, Ben Reeves**, Austin Swafford
Rifle (10): Jamie Arnett****, Joe Barefoot***, Jessica Cobb***, Dacotah Faught, Logan Hunt, Kelly James**, Jordan Jensen***, Katrina Klaes, Nikki Kroll**, Dana Maurizio***

Soccer (7): Dominika Conc***, Alyssa Curtis***, Hannah Fessenden***, Amy Maksimowicz***, Abby Masters, Hannah McGowen****, Lucy Pater***

Softball (17): Jessie Britt**, Kelsey Dixon**, Lindsey Feigl***, Gabby Glenn, Tayler Jerrick, Brooke Kennedy, Juli Layne, Taylor Manning, Samantha McClure**, Renate Meckl, Stephanie Nidiffer**, Lauren Smith**, Kenzi Tate***, Casey Vincent**, Kayla Wade***, Deven Wilson**, Bella Zizzi
Women’s Tennis (8): Sarah Candeloro, Jessica Silva***, Tamara Klimek, Katie McCall****, Hitomi Naito, Florence Nicole, Ivon Simic****, Burcu Tari
Volleyball (6): Julia Devinney, Alisha Erves, Emily Keaton**, Colleen Larson, Madison Wessling, Allie Whimpey***
Equestrian (6): Melanie Aiosa**, Rachel Crinklaw, Laney Hixson, Katie Kallevig, Hunter Ralston**, Cora Rogalski

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Men’s hoops releases 2014-15 schedule

Men’s hoops releases 2014-15 schedule

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland University men’s basketball coach Lonnie Thompson announced the team’s 2014-15 schedule this week, which includes 13 home games and seven of the first 11 contests at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs begin the season November 5 at home versus Indiana University-Southeast before heading to Fisk University (Nov. 6) and Oakwood University (Nov. 8) later in the week. CU plays three straight games at home over a seven-day stretch starting Nov. 11 against Oakwood, including the Mid-South Conference opener on Nov. 15 versus Life University as well as a Nov. 17 contest against long-time TranSouth Conference opponent Freed-Hardeman.

Cumberland hits the road for a pair of league outings at Georgetown College (Nov. 20) and Shawnee State (Nov. 22) before hosting Martin Methodist (Nov. 24) just before Thanksgiving. CU plays two more conference games at home the first week of December, taking on St. Catharine College (Dec. 4) and Campbellsville University (Dec. 6).

The Bulldogs open a nine-game road swing on Dec. 13 at Bethel University and travel to Martin Methodist on Dec. 17 before taking part in the Dalton State College Classic on Dec. 19-20, facing host Dalton State College and Concordia University-Selma before the Christmas break.

CU travels to Indiana University-Southeast (January 3) and Freed-Hardeman (Jan. 12) before returning to conference action with road games at the University of the Cumberlands (Jan. 15), the University of Pikeville (Jan. 17) and Lindsey Wilson (Jan. 22) to end the road trip.

Cumberland plays six of its final nine regular season contests at home beginning Jan. 24 versus Fisk. The remaining eight contests are all against Mid-South Conference opponents, with home games against Pikeville, the Cumberlands, Shawnee State, Georgetown and Lindsey Wilson and road tilts at St. Catharine, Campbellsville and Life.

The Mid-South Conference Championships are set for March 6-8 in Frankfort, Ky., and the 78th Annual NAIA Championships take place March 18-24 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Gamecocks ranked 9th in preseason coaches poll

Gamecocks ranked 9th in preseason coaches poll

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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The University of South Carolina football team begins the 2014 season ranked ninth the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, released by USA Today.

The Gamecocks, coming off their third-straight 11-2 campaign, received 1,009 points, including one first-place vote. Defending national champion Florida State was an overwhelming pick to repeat as national champions, collecting 56 of the 62 first place votes and 1,543 points overall. Alabama (1,455), Oklahoma (1,382), Oregon (1,314) and Auburn (1,271) round out the top five. Ohio State (1,267), UCLA (1,085) and Michigan State (1,050) begin the second five, just ahead of South Carolina. Baylor (965) rounds out the top 10. In addition to Florida State and South Carolina, Oklahoma (3), Oregon (1) and Ohio State (1) received first-place votes.

The Gamecocks finished fourth in both the Associated Press and Coaches’ poll last season, their highest postseason ranking in school history.

The Gamecocks will officially report for fall camp today with the first practice scheduled for Friday, August 1, at the Bluff Road practice fields, beginning at 7:15 p.m. It is open to the public.

RANK/TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st-PLACE VOTES
1. Florida State 14-0 1543 56
2. Alabama 11-2 1455 0
3. Oklahoma 11-2 1382 3
4. Oregon 11-2 1314 1
5. Auburn 12-2 1271 0
6. Ohio State 12-2 1267 1
7. UCLA 10-3 1085 0
8. Michigan State 13-1 1050 0
9. South Carolina 11-2 1009 1
10. Baylor 11-2 965 0
11. Stanford 11-3 955 0
12. Georgia 8-5 905 0
13. LSU 10-3 833 0
14. Wisconsin 9-4 654 0
15. Southern Cal 10-4 627 0
16. Clemson 11-2 535 0
17. Notre Dame 9-4 509 0
18. Arizona State 10-4 358 0
19. Mississippi 8-5 346 0
20. Texas A&M 9-4 266 0
21. Kansas State 8-5 257 0
22. Nebraska 9-4 228 0
23. North Carolina 7-6 175 0
24. Texas 8-5 143 0
25. Washington 9-4 142 0

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UCLA Basketball to Face Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic

UCLA Basketball to Face Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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UCLA men’s basketball will compete against the Kentucky Wildcats as part of the “CBS Sports Classic” at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20, 2014.

The UCLA-Kentucky game, slated for 12:30 p.m. PT, will follow a matchup between North Carolina and Ohio State at 10 a.m. PT earlier that day. Both games will be nationally televised on CBS.

All four schools – UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State – will also participate in the CBS Sports Classic the following two seasons. The event will move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 19, 2015 and will travel to Las Vegas on Dec. 17, 2016. UCLA will face North Carolina in Brooklyn (2015) and Ohio State in Las Vegas (2016).

“UCLA versus Kentucky at the United Center gives college basketball fans a tremendous opportunity to watch two of the sport’s most storied programs compete on a national stage,” said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. “Coach Cal has done an excellent job as head coach at Kentucky, and I have a great deal of respect for him and his staff.

“Having four of the nation’s marquee programs involved in this field over the next three years is great for college basketball. These types of non-conference matchups early in the season are extremely helpful in preparing your team for March, and I know our guys are really looking forward to this game.”

UCLA last faced Kentucky at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 21, 2006, with the Bruins securing a 73-68 victory en route to winning that tournament.

In all, the four participating programs have combined to win 25 NCAA championships. UCLA has won a nation-leading 11 NCAA titles. Kentucky has captured eight NCAA championships, North Carolina has won five and Ohio State owns one.

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Bulldog Cross Country Releases 2014 Schedule

Bulldog Cross Country Releases 2014 Schedule

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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With the only home meet of the year opening the season, the Georgia cross country program released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs will start this year’s slate at their home course that loops around the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga., on September 6. Georgia has swept the UGA Invitational for the last five years as the program prepares to again welcome a host of collegiate and high school teams.

“We are excited for another season and eager for the competition we’ll face with this schedule,” said Bulldog distance coach Patrick Cunniff. “We want to race against the best, keep our program at its current high level, but it is also critical to develop our young runners. This schedule allows us to do all that.”

The journey to the postseason will include regular season stops in Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic (October 4) and in Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin Adidas two weeks later (Oct. 17).

This year’s postseason guarantees trips to Alabama and Florida with the opportunity for UGA to advance to its fourth straight NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on November 22.

“We’ll gear up for the big invitationals at Louisville and Wisconsin but as always the focus is on being ready at SECs, NCAA Regionals and Nationals,” Cunniff said.

Two weeks after the Wisconsin meet, Georgia will travel to Tuscaloosa on Halloween for the Southeastern Conference Championships. The Bulldogs captured the 2013 NCAA South Regional title the last time they competed on Alabama’s home course.

UGA will then make the trip to Tallahassee for this year’s NCAA South Regional on November 14. Last year, the Georgia men advanced to a school record third consecutive NCAA Championships after capturing their first regional championship since 2003. The Lady Bulldogs were sixth at the South Regional to end their season as Carly Hamilton, who is returning for the 2014 campaign, and Nicole DiMercurio earned All-Region honors.

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Auburn and Clemson agree to home and home in 2016 and 2017

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Auburn and Clemson agree to home and home in 2016 and 2017

Posted on 30 July 2014 by Allen

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The Tigers of Clemson and Auburn have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The two teams will rekindle a rivalry that started in their first game back in 1899.

The games are set for Sept. 3, 2016 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, and Sept. 9, 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Auburn and Clemson have met a total of 49 times with the Tigers holding a 34-13-2 advantage. Clemson won the last meeting in 2012 in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff 26-19 in Atlanta.

Last season Clemson went 1-1 against the SEC. The Tigers defeated Georgia at home but lost to South Carolina on the road. Auburn didn’t play an ACC team last year until the the BCS Championship Game against Florida State.

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Mizzou Receiver Levi Copelin suspended by NCAA

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Mizzou Receiver Levi Copelin suspended by NCAA

Posted on 30 July 2014 by Allen

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The Missouri receiving corp took a blow today when the NCAA announced that sophomore Levi Copelin would be suspended for the season after testing positive for a banned supplement. Copelin only had three catches for 61 yards as a freshman but it was thought he would be a starter in 2014. This is the third time he has been in trouble after getting popped for marijuana with Dorial Green-Beckham in 2012 and threating a staff member on campus earlier this year.

Copelin released a statement to the media earlier today and insisted the supplement he took was bought over the counter and legal. Unfortunately he didn’t run it by his coaches and it listed as a banned supplement by the NCAA.

Mizzou is already thin at receiver after losing L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas to graduation. The two former Tigers combined for almost 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Then when you factor in Dorial Green-Beckham getting kicked off the team Missouri will be looking for some young guys to step up to help out new quarterback Maty Mauk in his first season as the full-time starter. Copelin is Mauk’s roomate and the two had developed chemistry on and off the field.

Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel issued the following statement;

“This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that Levi created for himself. He’s paying the price for this mistake, and I commend him for owning up to it and taking responsibility. Our strength coaches and trainers rely on our players to be careful of what they do on their own, and to always get approval from them first. We’re disappointed that Levi didn’t follow this guideline, but we will support him during this time, and have high expectations that he will handle all of his responsibilities in the classroom, in the community and on the field in a first-class manner.”

It could be a long year for Missouri who lost a lot on defense and offense to graduation. And now with losing DGB and Copelin the offense my rely more on the running game.

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Mississippi State ’105′ Reports for Football Camp

Mississippi State ’105′ Reports for Football Camp

Posted on 30 July 2014 by Allen

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After an offseason filled with excitement and expectations, Mississippi State football will hit the practice field for the first time this preseason camp at 4:45 p.m. CT Thursday at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.

Thursday’s practice is the first of 29 workouts permitted under NCAA rules prior to the August 30 season-opener against Southern Miss. All practices and scrimmages during camp are closed to the public.

Sixth-year head coach Dan Mullen welcomed 105 players to camp on Wednesday. The majority of the roster spent the summer in Starkville attending classes and going through a rigorous offseason strength and conditioning program under new coach Rick Court, who came to MSU from Ohio State.

The Bulldogs spent Wednesday going through academic and compliance orientation. Freshmen and newcomers were fitted for new equipment. The afternoon included positional meetings, which will also occupy most of Thursday morning.

Of the 105 players who reported, 47 of those are on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins’ squad returns nine starters, which is tied for most in the Southeastern Conference with Georgia. Fifteen defensive players started at least one game last season.

“I feel really good,” said junior cornerback Taveze Calhoun. “It’s just the beginning of camp and we have a lot to work on. We need to get our chemistry down, but I feel good with the players we have. I feel like we’ve got a lot of talent. We could have a special year if we go to work every day and get our chemistry together.”
Follow live updates from MSU’s first practice on Thursday via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (click the links). A video recap and video interviews will be available on www.HailState.com. Below are player quotes from Wednesday’s reporting day media session:

15 – Dak Prescott – Jr. – QB
On coming to camp as the starting quarterback …
“I know where I came from. I know who I am and what I’ve got to do to get better, and that’s really all I’m worried about at this camp.”
On the unofficial team practices this summer …
“It helped a lot. It has been tremendous just to see all of the guys come out and have the great attitude. They’ve had to get better on their own individually and then go into group sessions and team sessions.
“Everybody gave full energy like if all the coaches were out there. Everybody is worried about getting better and being accountable.”
On Damian Williams helping tutor the other quarterbacks …
“It’s big. Damian [Williams] is a smart guy, and he knows what he’s doing. During those team sessions we ran out there, he was out there speaking up, coaching younger quarterbacks and receivers, helping me with little things and telling me if I’m doing anything wrong. We’re just making each other better, and Damian is a great quarterback.”
On the experience of the wide receivers …
“They’re great. We have a bunch of different guys who can do a lot of different things with speed, size, getting open and just getting the ball in their hands quickly and letting them do things. We have a bunch of talent and we’re excited for them.”
On the no-huddle offense …
“I actually like it. In high school, we never huddled up at all. It’s kind of going back to day one and my roots. I’m excited for it. I think it will be fun getting the guys going.
“I’m energetic anyway so going fast, non-stop, getting the guys on the line and getting another play as quick as we can I think will be fun and a good change.”

96 –Chris Jones – So. – DL
On this summer’s difference from last …
“I feel like I’m on a more serious note now. Last year was a learning year for me. My expectations are so much higher than last year because last year I didn’t really expect to play as much as I did. This year my expectations are so high. I have to be serious about everything. I can’t just have fun and play; now I have to be serious and critical of my mistakes.”
On working towards being a starter …
“My biggest thing is going out there and making plays. It doesn’t matter if I’m a backup or starter.”

On working and competing with older players …
“Kaleb Eulls and Preston Smith are great leaders. I look up to those guys and learn a lot from them, but I let them know I’m going to compete and try to take their spots. It’s a work day every day. By competing like this, it’s going to get us better.”
On the defense working to obtain more sacks this season …
“We have to pass-rush and look at film a lot more. Last year we didn’t have a great year sacking quarterbacks. This year we have to be more critical of that. Last year was more of clogging gaps and letting Benardrick [McKinney] make plays. We’ve got to get to it [quarterbacks].”

On winning this year …
“I feel like talent isn’t an issue here. We have key talent. The issue is staying healthy. If everyone is healthy, I feel like the sky is the limit for us.”
23 – Taveze Calhoun – Jr. – DB

On the defensive backfield …
“I feel really good. It’s just the beginning of camp and we have a lot to work on. We need to get our chemistry down, but I feel good with the players we have. I feel like we’ve got a lot of talent. I feel we could have a special year if we go to work every day and get our chemistry together.”

On becoming a playmaker on defense …
“I take responsibility for being a playmaker, but I also think everybody does because the most important thing on defense is emphasizing getting the ball. I think everybody is in a playmaker role. It’s not just me, but I do take responsibility making plays.”

On this year’s biggest difference from last …
“I think we learned a lot last year just getting out there and getting experience. I think a lot of people didn’t know about us, but I always felt like we had talent. We have to continue to get better and better every day.”
On coach Deshea Townsend …
“We’re not in the learning stage with him anymore. We know what to expect from him, and he knows what to expect from us. A lot of it is about getting better every day, not just teaching all the details of drills. We’re kind of beyond that stage.”

66 – Ben Beckwith – Sr. – OL
On the offensive line …
“We have a really good group. We’re kind of an underrated group. We have a lot of seniors … every position is a battle. You want competition. It breeds excellence. We look really good.
“All we care about is protecting Dak [Prescott], protecting our running backs, scoring points and getting on the ball as fast as possible. That’s our deal this year. Our conditioning this offseason was built around doing that and being ready to go – snapping the ball every 30 seconds and as fast as possible. I’m really happy with it. We’ve got a bunch of leaders up front, and it should be a great year for us.”

On Jamaal Clayborn replacing Gabe Jackson …
“Jamaal [Clayborn] is a really good player. Of course he is young and has the youth factor to him, but he’s going to come in and we expect him to play. We expect him to step in and not miss a beat.
“They’re hard shoes to fill, but you can’t look at it as replacing Gabe [Jackson]. You have to look at it as your being Jamaal and that’s your spot now.”

On young players competing on the offensive line …
“It’s competition. We were sitting in the meeting room the other day going over stuff, and we all agreed that we love each other, but when it comes to fall camp we’re trying to earn a spot. You came here to play, not to be behind somebody. Everybody is trying to take somebody’s spot.”

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