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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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  • 4/22/2011
    These Irish Eyes Never Quit Smiling
    John McDonnell’s office in his Fayetteville, Ark., home holds a lifetime of awards from a 35-year career as the most successful track and field coach in NCAA history.  Full Story
  • 4/15/2011
    Glance Makes a Career Out of Running
    We all discover our true talent sooner or later. Sometimes, it just comes natural. Other times, it takes blood, sweat, tears, grit and grime.  Full Story
  • 4/8/2011
    SEC Baseball Needed A Well Placed Polk
    Former Mississippi State baseball legend Ron Polk, the Southeastern Conference’s winningest coach ever in any sport, is 67 years old. He should be lounging at a beach condo near a golf course, enjoying a stress-free retirement.  Full Story
  • 3/31/2011
    Duke Got "Goosed"
    Jack “Goose” Givens has never lost his innate sense of timing. Thirty-four years ago, in the final game of a storied college basketball career at the University of Kentucky, he saved his very best performance for last – a career-high 41 points in the Wildcats’ 94-88 victory over Duke in the NCAA national championship game in St. Louis.  Full Story
  • 3/25/2011
    Brown Still the Underdog's Underdog
    Except for gametime, former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown never knew the time of day and didn’t care. All he knew was that there’s 24 hours in a day, and there’s no rule saying that you have to sleep more than four hours daily.  Full Story
  • 3/18/2011
    Game Was Never Over Until Big Shot Rob Said So
    Former University of Alabama star Robert “Big Shot Rob” Horry did something over and over that many of the game's greats rarely did.  Full Story
  • 3/9/2011
    The Year Of The Late Night Train To Georgia
    Mark Womack’s official academic record indicates he has a Bachelors’ degree in Communication from the University of Alabama that he earned in 1978. His unofficial academic background includes a PhD in Crisis Management, something earned in 30-plus years working for the Southeastern Conference, most of them as executive associate commissioner as the right-hand man of the league commissioner.  Full Story
  • 3/4/2011
    March Madness In My Gladness
    Timing is everything. In May 1979, I graduated from LSU, three-fourths full of knowledge and one-fourth full of crawfish, ready to dazzle the reading public with my writing skills.   Full Story
  • 2/18/2011
    Man in Plaid, Alabama's Sanderson Was No Wimp
    When the NCAA basketball rules committee implemented a 28-foot coaching box to prevent coaches from tailing referees to midcourt like yapping dogs chasing Cadillacs, rulesmakers never realized they provided an ideal stage for master thespian/basketball coach Winfrey “Wimp” Sanderson.  Full Story
  • 2/11/2011
    Person to Person, Auburn was always Sonny side up
    It all started at home in Brantley, a dot on the map sitting on state highway 331 in south Alabama, 45 miles or so from the Florida border.  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.