Here is the latest SEC sports news from The Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Before Auburn beat two No. 1 teams and played for a league title last season, the Tigers stumbled badly against LSU. Going into Saturday’s rematch, No. 7 Auburn is determined to mine the embarrassing loss for a silver lining while trying to avoid a repeat.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond turned heads by throwing for a career-high 430 yards as the Aggies came just short of knocking off No. 2 Clemson last weekend. Mond knows he must improve this week against Louisiana-Monroe before the Aggies begin SEC play at top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 22.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derek Mason and his Vanderbilt Commodores believe they have learned how to better handle a good start to the season and the challenge of playing a tough opponent. A year ago, Vanderbilt opened the season with three straight wins. Then the Commodores hosted top-ranked Alabama and lost in an ugly rout, the start of a five-game skid. They are unbeaten in two games this year heading to No. 8 Notre Dame. Mason believes he has his best team yet and the Commodores are looking to upset the Irish.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Coach Kirby Smart is placing a continued emphasis on competition in practice for playing time and starting jobs for No. 3 Georgia. Smart says “it’s totally about us” as the Bulldogs prepare to play Middle Tennessee. The battles for playing time are designed to keep players focused on improving after lopsided wins over Austin Peay and South Carolina.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s football team has played like two different teams in games heading into this week’s matchup against No. 1 Alabama. On offense, The Rebels look like one of the nation’s best, averaging nearly 600 total yards per game. But their defense has been terrible, giving up about 550 yards per game against Texas Tech and Southern Illinois.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley says the Gamecocks are turning the page after their loss to Georgia. Bentley says the Gamecocks can’t let their focus linger on the past or they won’t be ready to take on Marshall this week. South Carolina fell to the third-ranked Bulldogs last week 41-17 in a game expected to be tighter than it was.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Williams II, the first African-American athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, is stepping down from his role overseeing Vanderbilt athletics. The 70-year-old Williams will stay on as athletic director and vice chancellor until his replacement is hired before becoming a full-time law professor. Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, who chaired the SEC committee that hired Greg Sankey to replace Mike Slive as commissioner, will oversee the search for Williams’ replacement.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze was regretful as he reflected on the personal conduct that ended his coaching career. Freeze, who coached at Ole Miss from 2012-2016, resigned after university officials found a “pattern of personal misconduct” that started with the school’s investigation into a call to an escort service.



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