Update on the latest sports
Here is the latest SEC sports news from The Associated Press
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has undergone a procedure to correct a congenital cardiovascular anomaly. The university said in a statement Tuesday that the anomaly was uncovered in an annual executive physical last week. Sarkisian had what the school described as a successful procedure last Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. The former USC and Washington head coach is recuperating at home in Tuscaloosa and is expected to make a full recovery. Sarkisian returned to Alabama last season after two years in the same role for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida guard Tre Mann is returning for his sophomore season. Mann withdrew his name from the NBA draft Tuesday and plans to stay in school at least another year. It’s a significant and somewhat expected development for fifth-year coach Mike White. Mann surprised the Gators by announcing in late April he planned to explore his professional options. He averaged 5.3 points off the bench as a freshman. But once starting point guard Andrew Nembhard opted to transfer, that opened the door for Mann’s return to Gainesville. Nembhard ended up choosing Gonzaga.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former South Carolina football star, athletic director and board of trustees member King Dixon has died. He was 83. The university said Tuesday that Dixon’s death on Monday came after fighting pancreatic cancer. Dixon played running back for the Gamecocks from 1956-58. He returned as athletic director in 1988 and oversaw South Carolina’s moving into the Southeastern Conference in 1992 before stepping away. Dixon was inducted into the university’s Association of Letterman’s Hall of Fame in 1991.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis will play Alabama three times over the next three seasons with two of those games in Memphis. The deal announced Tuesday starts with an exhibition fundraiser either Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 at the FedExForum in Memphis for pandemic relief efforts. Then Memphis would visit Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa during the 2021-22 season with the teams playing in Memphis during the 2022-23 season. Memphis leads the series between the teams 5-3.