Day 3 Featured the Defending SEC East Champs, LSU and The Mad Hatter, and the Hogs of Arkansas. Not a bad trio of coaches to entertain you. Everyone always looks forward to the walking reality show that is Les Miles, however Bret Bielema and Gary Pinkel were the ones sharing jabs at each other and stealing the headlines.
Missouri is coming off a great season where they represented the SEC East in the Championship game in only their 2nd season in the conference. Coach Gary Pinkel talked about his QB, poor man’s Johnny Manziel, Maty Mauk. Mauk himself likened himself to Manziel by saying he is going to try to play like him. He showed flashes last year when he replaced injured starting QB James Franklin.
Pinkel of course also had to field questions on Michael Sam. I’m sure he feels about the same way Kevin Sumlin feels…Shut the fuck up already and let’s talk about the current team.
The subtle jabs started when Pinkel stated that the uproar of increased exposure to injuries due to the hurry up offense.
“We came from the Big 12. The Big 12 has been doing the fast-paced thing for the last seven years,” Pinkel said. “Never once in all those years in the fastest league … did I have my team doctor, my trainer, any of my coordinators walk into my office and say, ‘I’m concerned about the health of our football team.’
“I don’t buy the health issue in any way. … I think it’s fiction.”
The counter punch came from Bielema a few hours later.
Mauk isn’t quite on Johnny Eightball’s level but he’s trying
The man the media and most everyone else has been waiting for, Les” The Mad Hatter” Miles. Like I said before, the man needs his own reality show. What do you think SEC Network? Make it happen. Well once again Les was on point with his comments, one liners, and random ramblings. I’m just going to list the best of Les during his presser. They are all worth the read.
On the SEC Network: “I told commissioner [Mike] Slive in the last five minutes congratulations on Cox Cable picking up the SEC Network and the fact that there will be a bunch of people in Baton Rouge excited to watch the Tigers. I won’t have to change my cable provider.”
On his family vacation: “The Miles family, [daughter and Texas student] Smacker Miles, I took a vacation. I went to Austin, took my three children with me, so we had six, two parents and four children on that campus. It was miserable. I hated it. But it was great fun. I mean, it was not a beach, it was not sand, but it was my family, and that was the best. Manny is my eldest son. He’s pitching and playing football. FIFA was on TV. He decided to pick up a soccer ball, called up a couple buddies, he was in a soccer game for four hours. Think about that, right? My [youngest daughter] Macy Miles is pitching in fast-pitch softball in Orlando, Florida, at the World Series. Certainly there’s a lot of media there, as well. She’s in a 10-and-under league. She has a 4-0 win as a pitcher, no hit. A very quality smasher’s club that she faced this morning.”
On LSU’s outlook this year: “I like us. I like us in every game.”
On losing players early to the NFL draft:“Yeah, we’d like to have those guys back. I keep approaching the NFL on an opportunity for us to draft back some of our players that they take.Patrick Peterson, he’d have come back [smiling].”
On true freshman tailback Leonard Fournette:“I think it’s exactly where he needs to be. He expects himself to be something very special. I think if you look at Michael Jordan, he could not have been coached to be Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan accepted the role of expecting him to be better than any.” (You can read more on the high praise for Fournette here.)
On the College Football Playoff: “I think it’s a quality attempt. I think the playoffs will eventually at some point in time expand. I think that the playoff will be equally kind to the SEC. The reason I say that is because there’s just such quality competition here. The teams week in and week out are so prepared, so capable and talented. For them not to include one and possibly more in that playoff would be, I don’t know, maybe shortsighted.”
On recruiting the state of Texas as an SEC coach: “I think our conference is a conference of choice. I think there’s an opportunity for the very best players to want to play in this conference. I’m also a coach that coached in the Big 12 Conference and recognized the great advantages of Texas, recognized the great advantages of the OUs in that conference. But you look at a high school athlete, you want to play against the very best; we can make that argument at the SEC.”
Bret Bielema seemed very confident for a coach who’s team went 0-8 in the SEC in his first year in the conference. Talk about a “Welcome to the SEC” season for a coach who was a perennial contender in the Big 10. He realized quick that you have to bring your A game every week. Bielema, who has been an advocate to slowing the game down and blaming the speed on injuries, had some jokes for the media regarding Gary Pinkels comments.
“I’m probably more of a reality‑based movie guy more than fiction, I guess,” Bielema said. “I think I deal more in what I know, what I see, what I believe.
“Have I softened in my view of fast‑paced offenses? … You’re asking me, have I softened my view on player safety? The answer would be no.
Hey Bret, no one wants to watch your smash mouth run oriented Wisconsin Badger Football. Take that shit back to the Big10. Quit blaming injuries on the hurry up and make adjustments to your coaching style and maybe you won’t go 0-8 in the conference. Suck ass like that again and the Pig Sooie’s will make sure this is your last SEC Media Days. You’ll have more to worry about than the Hurry up offense.
After weeks of speculation, the Atlanta Braves have reportedly made the move that fans have been begging for, and have decided to release struggling 2B Dan Uggla.
As a Braves fan, I’m thrilled. As someone who understands business, I’m irate – the Braves still owe this pile of shit $13 million in salary for NEXT SEASON.
But, at the end of the day, I’m sure this will be a relief to all parties involved. Uggla hit a putrid .179 last year and was somehow doing even worse this year, hitting just .162 before being demoted to a bench role. He never even got a hit as a pinch hitter.
Good luck, Dan – it’s been real fun watching you miss sliders by 18 inches over the last few years.
Day 2 feature The Ol Ball Coach, Sorry ass Mississippi State, Johnny Football-less Texas A&M, and The boys from Rocky Top.
One of the highlights every year at the SEC Media Days is The Ol Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier. He rarely bites his tongue, cracks jokes, and stirs up controversy. Spurrier is a walking sound bite and a person EVERYONE can’t wait to take the podium. And once again he didn’t disappoint. The Ol Ball Coach touched on several topics but a handful stood out and were more entertaining.
He said Nick Saban was the best recruiter in the history of College Football because of his 5 out of 6 #1 Recruiting classes. As much as he like to say something to get a rise out of everyone, he knows what Alabama has done the past 5 years. That and he rarely has to face them unless it’s in Atlanta for the SEC Championship.
Spurrier also went on a humorous rant about South Carolina’s new SEC West rival in Texas A&M and the trophy that is attached to the game.
My favorite take away from The Ol Ball coach was something that he didn’t speak on but was something announced during the day. Spurrier will be the focus of an SEC Network piece titled “The Believer”. I know I can’t wait for that to air.
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I’m sure there was all of 12 people in the house for MSU Media Day. And those 12 were probably forced to cover them. Dan Mullen is right there with Will Muschamp where he needs a good season in order to be back next year. As for the Media Day coverage there isn’t a lot to talk about. Some reporter asked Mullen about the World Cup and his thoughts. Mullen actually rolled with the question and knew what he was talking about in his answer. I probably would’ve taken a different approach to the question and told the reporter that he was a fucking idiot and who cared about the World Cup now that its over. Football season unofficially starts during these Media Days so ask a question about Mississippi State Football clown. Mullen did say that SEC football and European Football were similar in the passions their fans have for their teams. True Statement. As for Mississippi States upcoming season, it’s gonna be a long hard road. The West is stocked as always and Mississippi State is Mississippi State. They are returning 30 players who started a game last year though. I’m going to go ahead and say this will be Dan Mullen’s last SEC Media Day as the Head Coach at MSU. That’s a blessing in disguise for Dan though. He gets to get the fuck out of Starkville.
Mississippi State still doesn’t deserve a picture or video…Sorry but you suck.
So did you hear that Johnny Manziel went pro and no longer plays for Texas A&M? Yeah me too, but most the media referred to Johnny
Football Eightball (That’s for you BHAM) during their questioning. My favorite answer by Kevin Sumlin in response to one of the questions was, “Is this the SEC Media Days? No, that’s a great question — about the Cleveland Browns”. You can’t blame the media though because its Johnny Eightball. Everyone still wants to talk about him. Texas A&M will not only have to replace the living legend but also 2 other 1st Round draft picks. Luckily they are still pretty loaded. The QB position is still in question on who will replace Johnny but they have a couple young players to choose from. Kevin Sumlin also touched on his dominance on recruiting in the state of Texas over the state school in Austin. He is absolutely loving the fact that they are a part of the SEC. You can tell Kevin Sumlin is ready to put the Johnny Football circus behind him though.
Butch Jones is back for his 2nd year at Media Days and as head coach of Rocky Top. Butch Jones is about the complete opposite as Steve Spurrier and Les Miles. He is not going to entertain you and he’s not going to give the information you are really looking for. Butch has an agenda going into these media sessions and doesn’t stray from it. He’s more like Nick Saban in the sense that no matter how good or bad his team is, they always have stuff to work on. Butch’s #1 priority though is to bring UT back to prominence after the Kiffin and Dooley debacles. So far so good. He is killing it on the recruiting trails and is representing Rocky Top in all the right ways.
On the field Tennessee has to replace all of their Defensive and Offensive lines. That is something no team wants to do, especially when you are rebuilding and don’t even know who the starting QB is going to be. Coach Jones and UT’s moto this year is the “Power of One”, “We have to win one moment at a time, one play at the same time, one practice at the same time, one day at the same time, have one unity of purpose, one common commitment, and one mindset.”
As much as I like Butch Jones and think he will turn UT Football around. It’s disappointing and hard to believe that he was a Band Geek.
I won’t post any clips on Bad Grammar, but if you want to see the interview, head over to Oprah Prime and check them out for yourself. Details include Sandusky’s bedtime rituals (WHICH ARE GRAPHIC AND DISGUSTING), Penn State payments to the victims, and the infamous “shower incident.”
The interview is tough to watch, but it’s a great reminder: Jerry Sandusky molested children for several years on Penn State’s watch.