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SEC links for Thursday:
- A Tennessee legend, at least as far as the sports media is concerned, Haywood Harris, who promoted, wrote about and enjoyed an association with University of Tennessee athletics for nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 80, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Harris oversaw the UT Athletic Department’s sports information office and served as an assistant athletic director from 1961 to his retirement in 2000.
- Big Orange Nation has lost a true friend, writes Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
- Georgia basketball player Ebuka Anyaorah has requested and received a release from his scholarship, reports Tim Tucker of the AJC. Anyaorah is the third player since the end of the season to leave the program.
- AP reports that Alabama designated hitter David Kindred has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. The university announced Kindred’s illness Wednesday and said he will miss the NCAA Atlanta Regional which begins on Friday.
- Don’t look for an early signing date in football anytime soon, writes Chris Low of espn.com. The coaches don’t want to mix recruiting and coaching during the football season and are for an early signing period, possibly in November or December, only if that prospect hasn’t taken an official visit anywhere.
- Ole Miss (38-22), the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s Charlottesville (Va.) Regional, will try to slow down St. John’s (40-18) in the opening round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, reports David Brandt of the Clarion-Ledger. Leading the Red Storm’s surprising run are two freshmen – outfielder Jeremy Baltz and pitcher Kyle Hansen. Baltz was named the Big East freshman of the year after hitting 20 homers, while Hansen, the brother of major league pitcher Craig Hansen, has an 8-1 record and 3.09 ERA.
- Tennessee has struggled through the years to produce a sufficient number of high school prospects to provide core classes for the Vols’ program, Tennessee coaches have had to go outside the state to persuade players to play in Knoxville. This promises to be an extremely lean year for homegrown recruits, writes Joe Biddle of the Tennessean.
- A former Florida baseball coach needs brain surgery, reports Pat Dooley in the Gainesville Sun.
- This weekend will be the first time South Carolina’s Carolina Stadium has played host to postseason baseball, reports Seth Emerson of The State. The Gamecocks hope to start a new winning tradition there. In NCAA tournament history, the Gamecocks were 42-8 at old Sarge Frye Field.