SEC Football Daily: March 13th

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was interviewed on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network yesterday, and he would not pick a favorite – Tide or Tigers. However, Romney did speak about the importance of sports and the human spirit. Romney also said he was a Patriots fan, and he did not want former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning anywhere near the East coast playing football next year. [AL.com]

Georgia defensive back and special teams extraordinaire Brandon Smith was arrested yesterday for possession of marijuana and two minor traffic violations. Smith was taken to jail after the officer smelled pot coming from his vehicle and was out on bond at 2:15 AM. Smith could get up to a two-game suspension for the 2012 season, and Missouri is game No. 2. Not a good off-season move, Brandon. [AJC]

Mark Richt is moving Malcolm Mitchell to defensive back full time in the spring. Mitchell, who was a stud at receiver this past season, will get all his reps in at defensive back. And now with Smith’s arrest, Mitchell will play an even bigger role at corner than previously thought. He could start there for the first two games of the year if Smith’s suspension indeed is two games. I’m just not sold on this move. I like Mitchell better at receiver. [AJC]

Missouri back-up quarterback Ashton Glaser was arrested early Sunday on two out-of-county warrants stemming from an unpaid speeding ticket. Glaser was knocked out over at his neighbor’s place, and then arrested by police after the outstanding warrants were seen on his record. A note to Glaser: pay the traffic tickets, man. Come on. [Columbia Tribune]

South Carolina two-sport stay Bruce Ellington is giving up football. Ellington has been playing football and basketball for the Gamecocks, but he is now giving up football to focus on basketball. Ellington helped fill in this past season for the injured Marcus Lattimore, and he did a rather nice job and showed signs of being a serviceable player for the Gamecocks moving forward. [Post and Courier]

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