Gamecocks' Marcus Lattimore tops media's All-SEC squad

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South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore received the most votes in balloting by the 222 media members attending the Southeastern Conference’s media days.

Lattimore got 201 votes to head the first team, followed by Louisiana State University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (184) and Alabama center Barrett Jones (183).

LSU led the league with seven first-team selections, Alabama had five.

Lattimore was joined on the first team by South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Georgia had two players make the first team – linebacker Jarvis Jones and defensive back Bacarri Rambo.

Lattimore was also named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation’s top running back.

PENN STATE SCANDAL: An attorney for the city of Gramb­ling, La., has asked the NCAA infractions committee to vacate some of Joe Paterno’s record 409 Division I victories.

Grambling is the home of Grambling State University. Coach Eddie Robinson led Grambling to 408 victories during his career with the Tigers, a total that was passed by Paterno less than two weeks before he was fired as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke.

Grambling athletic director Percy Caldwell said that the school was not involved.

• Alabama coach Nick Saban said one option to address the Penn State tragedy might be a ticket tax on athletic events and giving the proceeds to child abuse funds.

Saban said the priority should be the same as in disciplining a player: Try to produce some good from a negative situation.

He stressed his comments had to do more with philosophy than a real recommendation.


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