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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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  • 9/20/2012
    Croom Hire Made Waves
    I remember the last time any coach or athletic director ever listened to my advice, and actually thought I didn’t needed to be drug-tested.  Full Story
  • 9/12/2012
    Fulmer a Hall-of-Famer Who Needs Again To Be A Gamer
    For each of his 16¼ years as Tennessee’s head coach, the second Sunday of the football season was special for Phillip Fulmer. It was the start of Florida game week.  Full Story
  • 9/5/2012
    Great Scott! All Wells That Ends Wells
    It’s pretty much a given that in life or in football, Scott Wells doesn’t seek the easy route. The National Football League opens its 93rd regular season tonight, with Scott, a University of Tennessee graduate, among the former 251 Southeastern Conference players on the active rosters of all 32 NFL teams. You could probably run a computer program search on the SEC’s NFL contingent, and you won’t find anyone like Scott, who’s starting in his first season with the St. Louis Rams after being the heart and soul of the Green Bay Packers’ O-line for the last eight years.  Full Story
  • 8/28/2012
    Corso's The Undisputed Prince Of Saturdays
    Lee Corso doesn’t quite understand how he’s packed three lifetimes into his 77 crazy, unpredictable years on this planet. Seems like it was just a few years ago he was a spry-legged 150-pound quarterback/defensive back for Florida State, with a roommate who would become the biggest movie star in the world.  Full Story
  • 7/11/2012
    Chancellor Went from Cotton Picker to Hall of Famer
    Once upon a time in 1966, Van Chancellor was a 22-year-old eighth grade boys basketball coach at Noxapater (Miss.) High who also taught five math classes and coached football and track for a tidy annual salary of $4,800.  Full Story
  • 6/30/2012
    The End is Only the Beginning
    There’s an old movie – I’m not going to say how old from fear of severely dating myself – called “Yours, Mine and Ours.” The storyline: A Navy officer and a nurse who are widowers, who have 10 and 8 children respectively, marry and try to mesh 18 kids under one household. The logistical problems are mindboggling, but somehow in the end, everyone accepts each other’s different personalities and viewpoints.  Full Story
  • 6/30/2012
    Texas A&M, You Had Me at Hello
    I’m a guy who loves college football traditions. Hey, why else would I be writing this column every week?  Full Story
  • 6/30/2012
    Welcome To The Family Feud, Aggies And Tigers
    When the scoreboard clock ticked to zeroes in New Orleans Tuesday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, three things were certain. Alabama football coach Nick Saban was about to get his second BCS national championship Gatorade bath in three years, thanks to a 21-0 shutout of SEC champion LSU. The SEC’s sixth consecutive national championship won by four different teams – Alabama and Florida two each, Auburn and LSU one each – was in the books. And the end of a 20-year era – the SEC as a 12-school football conference was over – with the league adding Texas A&M and Missouri starting next season.  Full Story
  • 5/28/2012
    Full Speed Ahead for The Commish Heading Into Year 10
    One day, I want to sneak into SEC commissioner Mike Slive’s office and look at his to-do list.  Full Story
  • 5/22/2012
    Bertman Skipped No Steps in Building LSU Dynasty
    Wednesday is Slip Bertram’s 74th birthday. So everybody in the Regions Park stands at the 36th annual SEC baseball tourney, which opens today for the 15th straight year in Hoover, Ala., should sing “Happy Birthday” to ol’ Slip whether he’s at the ballpark or not.  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.