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SEC East Preview

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This division has a potential playoff team, a new head coach and some breakout stars, here’s the SEC East.

Tennessee Volunteers

There’s a lot of buzz in Knoxville, where the Volunteers have been picked by many experts and fans to win the division and could make a push for the College Football Playoff. They have 18 starters returning. Preseason All-American running back and potential Heisman candidate Jalen Hurd needs just 892 yards to become the school’s all-time rusher. His backfield mate Alvin Kamara can help make them a prolific tandem.

Preseason all-SEC quarterback Joshua Dobbs rushed for 11 touchdowns last season, if he can improve his passing numbers, the Vols could be right there in the playoff hunt. Kamara is also a solid receiver, expect Dobbs to target him down the field.

Bob Shoop takes over as defensive coordinator. He has plenty of talent to work with, led by preseason All-American defensive end Derek Barnett, who could be one of the best pass rushers in the conference, if not the nation. Preseason All-American linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin will help out as well. Preseason All-American cornerback Cameron Sutton thrilled Vols fans by returning for his senior season.

They play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway. They host Florida and Alabama. They face Georgia, Texas A&M, and South Carolina on the road.

Georgia Bulldogs

To Athens we go to next as Kirby Smart takes over for Mark Richt as head coach. Preseason All-American running back Nick Chubb is coming back from a serious knee injury. Once healthy, he and Sony Michel could be a solid duo. Fifth-year senior Grayson Lambert could start under center. Terry Godwin and Isaiah McKenzie could become great playmakers.

Smart is a defense-minded coach, and he’ll have the players to work with including preseason All-SEC safety Dominick Sanders and linebacker Lorenzo Carter.

They play North Carolina in Atlanta. They host Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech. They face Ole Miss and South Carolina on the road.

Florida Gators

Off to Gainesville next, where the defending SEC East champion Gators still have question marks on offense. Both of the quarterbacks from last season are gone. Jordan Scarlett leads a backfield that’s short on experience but have loads of talent. Wide receiver Antonio Callaway can be a productive playmaker.

As for the Gators’ defense, yes they’ve lost All-Americans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and tackle Jon Bullard but they’ve reloaded. Preseason All-American safety Marcus Maye and All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor can give Florida a top secondary again. Linebacker Jarrad Davis and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. could give offensive players nightmares.

They host LSU and of course their annual meeting against Georgia in Jacksonville. They face Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida State on the road.

Kentucky Wildcats

Up next Lexington, where the Wildcats just missed reaching a bowl game last season after a hot start. Head coach Mark Stoops has a completely new offensive staff. But they do return nine starters. All-SEC running back Stanley “Boom” Williams leads a strong rushing attack. Tight end C.J Conrad earned All-SEC Freshman honors last season.

By contrast, the defense will feature many new faces such as linebackers Nebraska transfer Courtney Love and Minnesota transfer De’Niro Lester. Cornerback Chris Westry leads a veteran secondary.

The Rest of the SEC East

In Nashville, the Vanderbilt Commodores have 12 starters back. Vandy showed improvement last season. All-SEC running back Ralph Webb, wide receivers Jordon Matthews and Jonathan Krause and preseason all-SEC linebacker Zach Cunningham can help lead the Commodores to a bowl game this season.

In Columbia, the Missouri Tigers have a new head coach, Barry Odom. He’ll try to solve the injury and depth issues that plagued the Tigers last season.

And finally to Columbia, South Carolina, where new head coach Will Muschamp must find a quarterback. Running back David Williams could be a top SEC tailback. Their top defender, linebacker Skai Moore is out for the year after having off-season neck surgery.

That’s all for the SEC, next stop, we go to the Big 12.

 

 

 

 

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Louisiana Tech Sports Facilities Damaged by Tornado

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A deadly tornado, which has been linked to the death of at least 5 people across two states, damaged several sports facilities located on the campus of Louisiana Tech, according to ESPN.

While no injuries have been reported among the students at the school, two people were killed when the storm ripped through Ruston, Louisiana and caused a tree to fall onto their home.

The school is closed on Thursday and Friday, and the following images were shared on Twitter by the Athletic’s Department, showcasing some of the damage.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross said that the deadly tornado cut a track over 130 miles from eastern Texas to near the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million

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Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

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Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:

NFL

Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30

MLB

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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