SEC Headlines 12/18/2012

Coaching News

1. If Jeremy Pruitt leaves Alabama to become defensive coordinator at Florida State, he’ll become the 11th assistant to leave under Nick Saban.  Kevin Scarbinsky: “Continuity on a coaching staff can be highly overrated.”

2. Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph heading to Alabama?

3. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo won’t say if he’s interviewed for other jobs.

4. Several schools have contacted Florida about their assistants.  Will Muschamp: “We’ve got a good staff and a lot of people want them to coach at their place.”

5. New Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge will make $350,000 a year. New coach Bret Bielema is making a point of paying his assistants: “I got a huge jump in my assistant coaches salary pool, which was big.”

6. Former Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes will reportedly be named head coach at Kent State.

7. Missouri makes it official – Josh Henson new offensive coordinator.  With a background in a pro-style offense, will Henson move the Tigers away from the spread?

8. Les Miles wants an early signing date for football: “I say give them a signing date in November.”

9. Praise and expectations for Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M: “If you asked me which is most likely to win his national title in the next five years, Kevin Sumlin would be my first guess.”

10. Reason to be optimistic at Auburn: “No hire the Tigers could have made would have a better chance of keeping the core of this recruiting class intact than Gus Malzahn.”

11. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik gives a 15-year old girl with brain cancer a new car. ”I just cried and cried. I could not believe it.”

12. Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri spotted Monday at Florida State’s practice wearing shirt with FSU logo.

13. Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz back on campus Monday to speak to graduates.

14. Mark Stoops text to A.D. Mitch Barnhart when he accepted the Kentucky job. Jimmy Brumbaugh officially named defensive line coach.

15. Butch Jones on new Tennessee wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni: “I think he’ s the best in the country.”

SEC Football

16. Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter is bound for the NFL draft.  ESPN’s Mel Kiper sees him as potential second-round pick: ”This year he was good. He wasn’t spectacular.” Todd McShay has Hunter 22nd overall of draft-eligible players.

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