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- Published: Monday, 14 July 2014 23:17
- by Zach Barnett
Really strong work from Joey Jones and South Alabama here.
Really strong work from Joey Jones and South Alabama here.
The latest commercial for the SEC Network features the league coaches, paired up with some good ole Johnny Cash.
If you don't enjoy this, go ahead and show yourself out for the day, and get your doctor to write you a excuse citing "a case of the Monday's".
Today marks the unofficial start of the college football season (at least in my mind) with the start of SEC Media Day.
Up first is commissioner Mike Slive at 11:30, followed by Gus Malzahn, Will Muschamp, and Derek Mason to wrap up day 1.
Stay tuned here for all the best quotes and nuggets as we update this article with everything we find noteworthy.
11:30 - SEC Commisioner Mike Slive
Slive: "This is a commercial" as he tells people how to demand SEC Network. You've probably heard how by now. — Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) July 14, 2014
SEC commissioner Mike Slive notes that the conference, not the bowls, will determine which team goes where. — Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) July 14, 2014
Slive: "We must keep academics and athletics properly integrated … This is why it's critical for the NCAA to change." — Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 14, 2014
Slive now talking about how student-athletes need to be protected from money. As we all know, rich kids get straight Fs. — Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 14, 2014
"It is critical for the NCAA to change," Slive says, leading into the stump for autonomy vote that is upcoming later this summer. — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) July 14, 2014
Slive says that if the "big tent" of the NCAA can't allow for the Power 5 to help their student athletes, they'll seek another venue. — Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) July 14, 2014
21 minutes of ehh from Mike Slive. Nothing major on the news front. Time for offseason weight room news. — Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 14, 2014
NOON - Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn won’t say what consequences Nick Marshall will face — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
Malzahn on Nick Marshall: "Nick lost that privilege" to be at SEC media days. Discipline: "Not ready to say what those consequences are." — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) July 14, 2014
Auburn DE Carl Lawson had ACL surgery in May. Malzahn said he's "determined to come back at the end of this year." — Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) July 14, 2014
Gus Malzahn: "Last year we were not on anyone’s radar, snuck up on people.” He said won’t be the case this year — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
Gus Malzahn said he has “real professional relationship” w/Bret Bielema — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
Malzahn: "I think it's safe to say the SEC champion will be in the Final Four." Says numerous times over past years would have been two. — Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 14, 2014
Two Alabama state troopers are flanking Malzahn as he moves from room to room at Media Days, an already credential-only space. — Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) July 14, 2014
2:30 - Florida head coach Will Muschamp
UF's Will Muschamp on what he learned about last year's struggles: "keep your quarterback healthy" — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
“I feel like the things that went wrong were certainly fixable within our organization.’’ — Muschamp on improving in 2014 — Scott Carter (@GatorZoneScott) July 14, 2014
Muschamp: Hired Kurt Roper because Jeff Driskel most comfortable in the shotgun. Most of their explosive plays in '12 came out of the gun. — Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 14, 2014
Will Muschamp: "They didn't hold a gun to my head to take this job." Muschamp taking candid approach to pressure. — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 14, 2014
Muschamp: "We needed to make changes on offense. Our kids lost confidence in what we were doing offensively." — Cody Jones (@CJonesScout) July 14, 2014
Muschamp on his defense: I'll take talent over experience any day. — Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) July 14, 2014
Kinda convinced Will Muschamp recruits kids telling him that he'll mention all 85 of them at SEC Media Days each season. — Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) July 14, 2014
Muschamp on criticism: “You want to be the head coach at University of Florida? You have to be ready to take the criticism” — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
[Will Muschamp recites every line from Road House as opening statement] "With that, I'll take some questions." — Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) July 14, 2014
Muschamp: "I looked back at 2012 and realized that YPP and explosives were better for Jeff out of the shotgun. That's what led me to Kurt" — Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 14, 2014
4:15 - Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason
Vandy’s Derek Mason: “The time for us to compete for an SEC East title is now"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
Vandy's Derek Mason resplendent in fashionable coat and bow tie.— kbohls (@kbohls) July 14, 2014
In 2010 Vandy had former turkey inseminator as coach. Now Vandy has a sharp coach rocking a bow tie— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
Derek Mason said a lot of young players will see action: "We don’t believe in redshirting at Vanderbilt"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 14, 2014
One of the big unknowns in SEC this season is whether Derek Mason can get everything out of his players like James Franklin did.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) July 14, 2014
Derek Mason: “I’ve never hesitated to play freshmen.” Good news for Vandy youngsters.— Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) July 14, 2014
Derek Mason - "When you invest in putting freshmen on the field, you see less trouble off the field." Interesting.— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) July 14, 2014
All these Vandy ‘crootin questions at SEC Media Days. These times definitely be a changin’— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 14, 2014
Mason said they faced 10 spread offenses in the Pac-12. SEC teams use different packaging but all trying to run the ball, control possession— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 14, 2014
You know things have changed when Vandy's HC is on the dais and 2/3 questions are about Dores' recruiting efforts.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 14, 2014
College football is a sport not short on trophies. Exhibit A:
Add another one to the list, as the College Football Playoff organization unveiled its own championship trophy on Monday morning.
CFB executive director Bill Hancock said the trophy was designed to be unique - mission accomplished - and hoist-able.
“Rarely do you have the opportunity to create an identity and shape it into an iconic object that will be embedded with so much pride and meaning," said Pentagram Partner Michael Gericke, whose firm designed both the CFP logo and trophy. “We are honored to be a part of symbolizing the new era for the College Football Playoff and have it literally come to life with this magnificent trophy.”
The trophy, which does not have a namesake (Vince Lombardi, Larry O'Brien, Lord Stanley) but does have a sponsor (Dr. Pepper), will not be hoisted until it is won in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship on Jan. 12, but it is available for selfies, as Hancock noted to those in attendance.
As for my #hotsportstake: I loved the crystal football trophy from the BCS days (which is sticking around, by the way, it just won't be the one you see lifted on the victor's podium). I thought it was unique and classy. This new trophy, while lacking the quaint charm of the crystal football, is a sleek design that won't be confused for any other trophy. It's hard not to like.
Duck Dynasty is a certified cultural phenomenon.
At 11.77 million viewers, last August's season 4 premier was the largest for a non-fiction telecast in the history of cable televison. There's enough Duck Dynasty memorabilia to fill a Wal-Mart - to say nothing of Duck Commander, on which the Robertson empire was built - and it seems as if a different long-bearded man has a new book out every time I hit the grocery store check out line.
Until now, Louisiana Tech had gobbled up all the sports-related publicity within the Duck Dynasty universe thanks to patriarch Phil's colorful career as a Bulldogs quarterback. But considering Duck Commander makes its headquarters in West Monroe, La., it only makes sense for Louisiana-Monroe to attach its name to such a popular brach of the pop culture tree.
And now they are.
The Warhawks are auctioning off a chance to participate in the opening coin toss with Willie Robertson - Phil's son, and the brains behind the Duck Commander operation - for the opener against Wake Forest on Aug. 28. (Side note: How did ULM get Wake Forest for its opener?) The winning bid will receive airfare for two, a one-night hotel stay, a photo op on the field, two tickets to ULM's Talons Club, a $100 Duck Commander gift certificate, and a trip to the Duck Commander warehouse.
Also, you're not going to believe this, but August 28 is also camo night at Malone Stadium.