Vicky Hood didn't always imagine her son Rodney starring for the Duke Blue Devils. There was a time when the family was completely focused on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Mocs.

A week ago tonight, his Volunteers having just lost to visiting Florida, Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said of the Gators, "Probably the best Florida team since I've been here. As a team, I would put them ... similar to the Kentucky team with Anthony Davis."

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's decision to declare publicly that he's gay was met with support Monday from within the Southeastern Conference.

That's a wrap, and a convincing one.

Big Catch: The Crimson Tide went into multiple states to collect elite talent, whether it was quarterback David Cornwell from Oklahoma or tackle Cameron Robinson from Louisiana, but the topper came Wednesday when Alabama stayed within its borders to snag linebacker Rashaan Evans of Auburn High School.

Eight Southeastern Conference basketball teams have attempted to defeat Florida this season, and eight have failed.

With one week remaining until college football's national signing day, there is still time for a surprise decision or two among the nation's top prep prospects.

Vanderbilt's basketball program can relate to the early scenes of "Hoosiers," when simply finding enough players to practice was challenge enough.

ALABAMA — Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said this past week at the Senior Bowl that this year's class would contain just one or two more prospects.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The big goal lasted three games. That's when Kentucky's very public discussion of a 40-0 college basketball season ended, a veteran Michigan State bunch delivering Big Blue its first loss on Nov. 12. Baylor added to that total 24 days later. Then North Carolina delivered another "L" eight days after that.

College basketball is about peaking in March, but the Florida Gators definitely have January covered.

ALABAMA — As many as 15 Crimson Tide commitments were scheduled to make their official visits this weekend, with Rashaan Evans (6-3, 218) of Auburn, Ala., and Matt Elam (6-6, 325) of Elizabethton, Ky., the notable uncommitted prospects. Evans is the nation's No. 4 outside linebacker according to and is an Auburn-Alabama battle, while Elam is the No. 26 defensive tackle and is choosing between Alabama and Kentucky.

Texas A&M's talented tandem of quarterback Johnny Manziel and receiver Mike Evans are forgoing their final two seasons of college eligibililty for the National Football League, but not everybody is leaving the high-powered Aggies.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari likes what he sees in freshman forward Julius Randle.

One of the more unimaginable scenarios in Southeastern Conference football has occurred.

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