South Carolina’s Clowney goes first to Texans in NFL Draft

University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was selected by the Houston Texans with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, held tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Clowney, a 6-5, 266-pound defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C., becomes the 12th first-round draft pick in school history and the seventh since 2000. He is just the second Gamecock taken with the first pick in the draft, joining 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, who was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the first pick in the 1981 draft.

In three seasons in the Garnet & Black, Clowney recorded 47.0 tackles for loss and 24.0 sacks, ranking second and third respectively in school history...

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Auburn’s Greg Robinson goes second to Rams

Greg Robinson came from humble beginnings in Louisiana. This Thursday night, he was one of the top players in the NFL Draft and in line for a contract befitting a potential star.

The now-former Auburn offensive lineman was the No. 2 player selected in the NFL Draft when the St. Louis Rams came calling his name at Radio City Music Hall.

He played just two years at Auburn, having been redshirted as a freshman. He never played his junior year, much less his senior season. But here he as a toast of New York.

He has repeatedly said he would take care of his family back home when he signs his NFL contract. He earned his way here as he helped Auburn’s explosive offense help the Tigers all the way to BCS title game.

Auburn says he led the nation with 25 touchdown-clearing blocks, and ...

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Bama hoops adds former Buffalo coach Witherspoon as an assistant

Head coach Anthony Grant has announced that Reggie Witherspoon has been hired as an assistant coach for the Alabama men’s basketball team.

Witherspoon replaces former assistant coach Tony Pujol on the Alabama basketball staff.

“I am excited to announce the addition of Reggie Witherspoon to our coaching staff,” Grant said. “Reggie brings a wealth of experience and coaching expertise. His abilities in developing talent and teaching the game are highly respected amongst his peers. His knowledge, combined with his impeccable character and ability to relate to and connect with people will make his transition seamless.”

Witherspoon, who has 28 years of experience coaching basketball, most recently spent 14 years (1999-2013) as head coach at the University of Buffalo...

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Kentucky gives Stoops a contract extension through 2018

The contract of University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops has been amended to extend through the 2018 season, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.

The new agreement extends the term from Dec. 31, 2017 to June 30, 2019, giving the coach five years remaining on his contract.

“We are excited about the enthusiasm and recruiting success that Mark and his staff have brought to our football program,” Barnhart said. “We had the nation’s second-largest increase in attendance last season and we have had the two largest spring-game attendances in school history (in 2013 and 2014).

“In recruiting, Mark and his tireless assistant coaches have made an obvious impact with their first two classes and that momentum is carrying forward for 2015.”

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Aggies bring Rick Stansbury onboard as an assistant coach

Rick Stansbury, the 2004 Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year, all-time coaching wins leader at Mississippi State and ninth-winningest coach in the history of the SEC, will join the Texas A&M men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy announced Wednesday.

“I am happy that Rick decided to join my staff,” Kennedy said. “His experience in the SEC and his recruiting ties are going to help immediately. He has won championships in this league and will help us on and off the court. I’m excited that Rick and his family are coming to Aggieland.”

No stranger to winning in the SEC, Stansbury, 54, spent 22 seasons at Mississippi State, the last 14 as head coach (1999-2012) compiling a 293-166 (...

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Jamal Jones leaves Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s leading scorer Jamal Jones is leaving A&M. Jones announced his departure on Twitter earlier this week.

Commodores get Baylor in 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Vanderbilt will host Baylor in the 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on December 4th in Memorial Gym. The Dores are 8-1 against the Bears all-time. Last season Kevin Stallings’ squad played Texas on the road.

Here is the official releases from the SEC.

The second annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge will feature 10 games played over four days from Dec. 3-6 in a matchup of two premier college basketball conferences.

All 10 of the Big 12′s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in this year’s event.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 10 games of the event. Each of the games will also be available via WatchESPN.

“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of inter-conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches,...

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Stanford head coach rips SEC for only playing 8 conference games

Stanford coach David Shaw has spoken out about the SEC’s decision to only play 8 conference games. Shaw’s Cardinal football team plays 9 games in the Pac-12 and believes that each conference should play by the same set of rules with the new playoff system in place.

“I’ve been saying this for three years now: I think if we’re going to go into a playoff and feed into one playoff system, we all need to play by the same rules. Play your conference. Don’t back down from playing your own conference. It’s one thing to back down from playing somebody else. But don’t back down from playing your own conference.”

Shaw does have a valid argument but 8 games in the SEC is brutal. Any team that makes it out undefeated or with one loss deserves to be in the playoffs...

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4 Star Joseph Toye commits to Vanderbilt

Kevin Stallings has been on fire this year with recruiting and earlier this week he picked up a verbal from Joseph Toye a 4 star small forward from La Lumiere School. Toye made the announcement on Twitter earlier this week.

Toye is a solid addition to the 2015 class that already includes Camron Justice who recently committed to Vandy after Tennessee changed coaches. Toye had received offers from Memphis, Iowa, Missouri, and Providence. According to Rivals the 6’7 Chicago native is the 88th best prospect of the 2015 class.

Toye is extremely athletic and should contribute right away once he gets on campus next Fall.

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Vandy gets Temple on SEC Network in Week 1

The SEC Network, the new national sports network launching August 14 and operated by ESPN, will air a game featuring every football team in the Southeastern Conference within the first four weeks of the 2014 college football season. The first 16 games, released today by the SEC and ESPN, include a home game from all 14 SEC football stadiums. In addition, eight SEC schools will open their 2014 seasons on the network, including the defending SEC Champion, Auburn, and Arkansas in a conference matchup at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 30.

“The fact that the SEC Network will originate a game from every stadium in the conference in the first four weeks of the 2014 season is testament to the depth of coverage fans can expect from the network,” said Mike Slive, SEC commissioner...

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