SEC Media Day Recap…Part 3
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.