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    • Wuerffel’s The Class Of The ’13 HOF Class

      News reached Danny Wuerffel a couple of weeks ago that he had been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. It could have been easy for Danny to take it in stride, almost expect the honor. After all, the former University of Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner who led the Gators to their first national championship that season, is regarded as one of the best players in SEC history.
    • Holloway Trades Sneakers For Cleats

      Murphy Holloway was feeling good a few weeks ago. The Ole Miss senior basketball star had just played in the Portsmouth Invitational, a college career showcase for NBA scouts.
    • Same Name, Same Game For E.T. Times Two

      Elston Turner, Sr., won’t be front and center in Tad Smith Coliseum tonight when Texas A&M plays at Ole Miss.But the former first-team All-SEC honoree for the Rebels, the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer, will be there in spirit. . .and in namesake, with a high-arching sweet jumper.
    • How Does SEC Football Get More Amazing?

      The Commish – that’s what I call SEC commissioner Mike Slive – stood on the confetti-covered Georgia Dome field near the 50-yard line – last Saturday night. He was surveying the post-league championship game scene when we spotted each other.
    • Transfer Worked Wonders for Donnelly

      The premise, more than two decades later, is still so remarkable that even Chris Donnelly can’t tell the entire story to strangers.
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  • 6/20/2013
    SEC Traditions: T-Minus 13 Months And Ticking...
    Justin Connolly’s official title with ESPN is senior vice-president, programming for college networks. But if you gave him a football position, he’d be a free safety. Because as the man in charge of the new SEC Network, which will debut in August 2014, Justin has to be able to sit back, scan the field and see what’s coming at him. He has to roam from sideline to sideline, keep his head on a swivel, anticipate the unexpected and adjust on the run. And he has to play every minute of the game.   Full Story
  • 6/5/2013
    SEC Traditions: Hancock Takes Questions
    Bill Hancock didn’t realize he was such a popular guy. It was lunchtime last week at the Sandestin Beach Hilton during the annual SEC spring business meetings when Hancock found himself surrounded by a growing crowd of reporters. They all wanted to know the same thing from Hancock, executive director of the new College Football Playoff coming in the 2014 season.   Full Story
  • 5/17/2013
    Wuerffel’s The Class Of The ’13 HOF Class
    News reached Danny Wuerffel a couple of weeks ago that he had been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. It could have been easy for Danny to take it in stride, almost expect the honor. After all, the former University of Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner who led the Gators to their first national championship that season, is regarded as one of the best players in SEC history.  Full Story
  • 5/7/2013
    The History Of The SEC On TV
    The ballroom at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency was transformed last Thursday into a Who’s Who gathering of 32 SEC coaches in eight sports that had combined for a vault full of national championships. The occasion was the joint announcement by ESPN and the SEC that August 2014 is the launch date for the new ESPN-operated SEC Network. The day of pomp and circumstance gave South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier a cause to pause. Twenty-five of Steve’s 33 years in college athletics, starting as a 1966 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida and later as the coach of the 1996 national championship Gators, have been spent in the SEC.  Full Story
  • 5/3/2013
    Holloway Trades Sneakers For Cleats
    Murphy Holloway was feeling good a few weeks ago. The Ole Miss senior basketball star had just played in the Portsmouth Invitational, a college career showcase for NBA scouts.  Full Story
  • 4/24/2013
    SEC Traditions: What Used To Be A Phone Call
    If you’ve never been to an NFL draft in New York City at Radio City Music Hall, which starts a three-day run Thursday night, then put it on your sports bucket list. It’s definitely a show, “like Hollywood,” LSU football coach Les Miles said to me a couple of hours before last year’s draft as we sat there marveling at the lights, the set and the general three-ring circus atmosphere.But it wasn’t always this way, which is why I called Archie Manning, to give me perspective as he almost always does.  Full Story
  • 4/16/2013
    SEC Traditions: Snedeker’s Time Is Coming
    The first rule for golfers hoping to win The Masters is simple. You don’t win The Masters. The Masters wins you. No one knows this better than former Vanderbilt golfer Brandt Snedeker. On Sunday, for the second time in six years, he led golf’s most prestigious tournament on the final day, only to falter.   Full Story
  • 4/9/2013
    SEC Traditions: A Final Four Rain Check
    SEC basketball fans have felt empty the last few days. It’s Final Four weekend, and the league is experiencing rarity of not having at least one men’s or woman’s team in their respective Final Fours. How rare? It’s just the fifth time in the last 33 seasons. The SEC had a streak at one point of having at least one team in the men’s or women’s Final Fours 26-of-28 years. Here’s a look at the SEC’s most dominating Final Four teams over the last 50 years.  Full Story
  • 4/3/2013
    SEC Traditions: It’s Just The Beginning For Warlick
    A Hollywood screenwriter would have had Holly Warlick coaching the Tennessee Lady Vols to the Final Four in Holly’s first season as head coach replacing the legendary Pat Summitt. Unfortunately, fifth-seeded Louisville’s story – beating No. 1 seed Baylor in the Oklahoma City Regional semifinals on Sunday and the second-seeded Lady Vols in Tuesday’s championship game – stretched the imagination even further. But if there’s any solace for Holly after the 86-78 loss to the Cardinals, there’s the fact history says she’s way ahead of schedule in replacing a legend.  Full Story
  • 3/25/2013
    SEC Traditions: Now You Don’t See Him, Now You Per-due
    In today’s college basketball, it’s hard for any great player to suddenly just appear. They are tracked since junior high school by recruiters who watch them all summer in AAU tournaments. They get enormous publicity from all angles. And then there’s former Vanderbilt center Will Perdue, who didn’t start playing basketball until he was 13 years old.  Full Story


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    Ron Higgins Bio

    •  Ron Higgins of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis has covered the SEC for more than 30 years.
       
    •  He’s a 1979 graduate of LSU and son of former LSU sports information director Ace Higgins.

    •  He is a past president of the Football Writers Association of America and an eight-time honoree as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Writer of the Year.

    •  Working for The Commercial Appeal, Tiger Rag Magazine, the Shreveport Times, the Shreveport Journal, the Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge and the Mobile Register, he has won more than 150 national, regional and state writing awards. He has also written and co-written two books.
         
    •  Higgins is married to the former Paige Blanchard, also an LSU graduate, and has two sons, Carl, a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate who is serving in the military, and Jack, a high school student.