Originally created 11/27/98

SEC notebook



A couple of months ago, Georgia rushed Miles Luckie back into the fray against Tennessee.The Bulldog center injured his right knee the previous week against LSU and didn't practice the week before playing the Vols.

Nevertheless, he started, couldn't keep up, and it's one of Jim Donnan's few regrets this season. The Bulldog coach doesn't plan on fooling himself twice.

Luckie sprained his other knee last week against Ole Miss, and this time Donnan said he has no intentions of using Luckie if he can't get some reps this week.

"I guess he could make a miraculous recovery," Donnan said. "But if he doesn't practice by Thursday, we're not even going to try."

Jonas Jennings, normally the right guard, has played all three positions on the offensive line this season and will replace Luckie.

"We're very fortunate he can play a lot of positions," Donnan said. "I've never had someone who could do all three adequately."

Heck, Jennings even asked Donnan if he could line up at quarterback for a couple snaps.

The Bulldogs also should be bolstered by Matt Stinchcomb's return. The Lombardi Award finalist will wear a harness on his injured right shoulder.

TEAR IT DOWN:

LSU's loss to Notre Dame last Saturday clinched the Tigers' seventh losing season in the last 10 years. While he's not conceding today's game against Arkansas, coach Gerry DiNardo said he plans to turn his program inside out. "All I know is that I'm going to turn this thing upside-down," said DiNardo, whose Tigers have lost six games by a total of 31 points. "I'm going to work harder on the solutions. I would venture to say that no one is going to work harder on the solutions as I will." Two places to start are the abysmal kicking game and a defense that ranks only above Vanderbilt in the SEC. ... South Carolina players were nearly united in their disappointment at Brad Scott's dismissal Monday. But most felt Scott had the program heading in the right direction. "Eight or nine years from now he'll be watching TV and see Carolina playing with eight or nine wins," safety Arturo Freeman said. "He can hold his head up and say, `I helped build that."'

STAYING PUT:

With the possibility of Tim Couch turning pro early, there has been much speculation that coach Hal Mumme will try to parlay his success in Lexington into a bigger job. "I want to stay until they run me off," Mumme said. "We love Kentucky. We're not going anywhere." ... If Shaun Alexander returns for his senior season, coach Mike DuBose promised that Alabama will "do everything we can to get him the Heisman Trophy. I don't think there's a better player in the country. Alexander leads the SEC in scoring (102 points) and is third in rushing. ... Vanderbilt has held Tennessee to its lowest point total in each of the last three years (12, 14 and 17). A victory Saturday against the Commodores would give Tennessee its first 11-win regular season. Its only other 11-win season came in 1938, but that included an Orange Bowl win.

WIDE LEFT?:

After looking at the tape or last weekend's heartbreaking loss to Mississippi State, Hog coach Houston Nutt still thinks the Bulldogs' game-winning field goal sailed wide left. "Yeah, it (looked like it)," Nutt said. "But there's nothing you can do about that. They called it good. As a coach, I've never experienced anything so gut-wrenching as the last two weeks." Arkansas had Tennessee down before a costly turnover, then Brian Hazelwood's kick gave MSU a 22-21 lead with seven seconds left. ... In the wake of the Nov. 15 tragedy at Kentucky, beer, wine and liquor ads will disappear from Wildcat sports. Twelve days ago, a Kentucky player was killed in a truck wreck and the driver, another UK player, is charged with driving while impaired.

Todd Graff covers college football for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3645 or tgraff@augustachronicle.com.