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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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  • 2/14/2012
    Traditions: Nolan's Hogs vs. Pitino's 'Cats
    SEC Traditions: There was nothing better than Nolan’s Hogs vs. Pitino’s ’Cats  Full Story
  • 2/6/2012
    Baaaaahs-ton Bradley bombed away for Richardson’s Razorbacks
    Pat Bradley was 10 years old when his heart skipped a beat, and it wasn’t because a cute girl wanted to kiss him during recess.  Full Story
  • 1/30/2012
    A Sonny Disposition Carried Auburn's Smith
    Some of us wander through life wondering what we want to be when we grow up. And before you know it, you’re getting senior discounts at Denny’s, your body hurts for no reason and a perfect night in your mind is a good book to read and a piece of warm apple pie. Charles H. “Sonny” Smith is 75 years old, so he qualifies on every count of the previous paragraph. But as far as choosing a career path, well, he got to be both things that he dreamed about becoming as one of two sons of a Roan Mountain, Tennessee bootlegger.  Full Story
  • 1/20/2012
    Bailey Howell’s Mom Absolutely Knew Best
    It all started for Bailey Howell when he wisely listened to his mother.  Full Story
  • 1/7/2012
    Jones Was a Passer Before Passing Was Cool
    BCS national championship games often spawn offbeat promotional events. So it was no surprise the other day here at the Marriott Convention Center, the official hotel for media covering Monday’s showdown – a.k.a. The SEC Invitational – between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama that I stumbled on two of the best quarterbacks in SEC history helping cut a 30-foot long New Orleans peacemaker po-boy constructed by New Orleans’ best chefs.  Full Story
  • 12/30/2011
    For 30 Years, Gillespie Has Had To Grin And Bear It
    There won’t be a happier Vanderbilt alum in the stands for Saturday’s 53rd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis between the Commodores and Cincinnati than Paul “Trow” Gillespie.  Full Story
  • 12/23/2011
    He’s Still My Ace
    The worst day of my life happened 43 years ago on Dec. 22, 1968, when my father, Carl “Ace” Higgins died at age 45 of a heart attack while in a hospital.  Full Story
  • 12/16/2011
    Fifty-Three Years Later, It’s Part Deux For The Tigers
    If late Ole Miss football coach Johnny Vaught were still alive – the greatest Rebel of all died in February 2006 – he would have gotten a visit this month from current Alabama coach Nick Saban.  Full Story
  • 12/9/2011
    Pollack is Still a Showstopper
    Life is pretty darned good right now for David Pollack. Considering his honored-filled college football career, as the only three-time first-team all-American in University of Georgia history besides Heisman Trophy-winning running back Herschel Walker, you knew Pollack would be a success.  Full Story
  • 12/2/2011
    For Two Decades, It Has Been A "SECelebration"
    If anything, especially since the creation of the BCS in 1998 in which the top two teams in the BCS standings play in the national championship game, the SEC championship game has often been a BCS championship semi-final. It has led to those nine national titles from the SEC family – three by Florida, two each by Alabama and LSU, and one each for Tennessee and Auburn.   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.