SEC media day quotes: Mark Richt

Mark Richt, the SEC's longest tenured coach, wrapped up SEC media day. Here's a few notes:

-On having 7 home games this season: "I love having 7 home games, I'd love to have 12 home games if we could."

-On the playoff system: "I think the 4-team playoff is going to be outstanding... It doesn't destroy the bowl system.

-On their teaching philosophy: "We teach em how to be better men at Georgia."

-On discipline: "People are human. People make mistakes. When they do, you discipline them...Some people have policies that bring things to light and some people don't"

-On if a conference commissioner should have the power to fire a coach: "Bottom line, we are in a business. I don't necessarily see a problem with that."



SEC media day quotes: Hugh Freeze

A few quick hitters from Hugh Freeze's first SEC media day:

-On his track to Ole Miss: ""My track is not the normal track to get to this point, I realize that. I'm a realist."

-How he views Oxford as a recruiting tool: "Newsweek just ranked Oxford as the #1 college town in America. Recruits see it as a place that's very happy....If you want to tweet that out, that'd be great."

-On Spurrier's Ole Miss comments: "We will circle that date and I look forward to changing his perspective."

-Freeze notes that about 60% of the team has bought in, and they need about 80% to buy in to have a fighting chance.

-On if the team hearing that the staff is focused on "leading them out of the wilderness" sends the wrong message to the team: "Where we are is documented on ESPN and everywhere else. What we tell players is how we're going to change it."

-Freeze says a large part of playing Memphis is recruiting and getting fans to pack their stadium like a home game, plus it's cheap travel for the program and is close enough for players parents to make the trip.

-On the responsibility of quarterbacks coach Dan Werner: "Dan Werner's sole responsibility is to develop coaches for Ole Miss" 

-On extending the season for a playoff: "I was a big proponent of keeping the bowl system in place. I wasn't a fan of extending the season. It's a grind now."

-On the strength of schedule "It is what it is...We're going to play it."


Hard Knocks preview

Nice preview here of "Hard Knocks" with the Miami Dolphins.

The series following Joe Philbin's team through training camp will premiere August 7th at 10pm.


SEC media day quotes: Derek Dooley

A few notes from Derek Dooley's time at the podium.

-On the improvements that he's seen during the off season: "You're not gonna have Tennessee to kick around anymore."

-On the improvements in personnel since last season: "We have experience, and we're deeper than we've ever been. We're more talented in many ways. Biggest thing is maturity."

-On the struggles at Tennessee over the past few seasons: "It's been a tough four years in Tennessee. I know the SEC has enjoyed taking advantage of our tough times."

-"We certainly feel that we now have a team that can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league. You couldn't say that the last two years."

-On if players seem to be liking the addition of Sal Sunseri as defensive coordinator: "Yeah, but they don't have a choice. Sal's pretty imposing."

Delany seeking the power to fire coaches

Apparently the Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is pushing a proposal that would give him authority to fire coaches of member institutions.

Think about that for a second. Sound insane? We think so too. 

According to the article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, the plan would give Delany and and a powerful committee of conference presidents the power to "penalize individual members of an institution, should their actions significantly harm the league’s reputation."

Now, we don't have all the facts at this time, but this sounds ridiculous. Here is the original article to take a look for yourself.

Why would any university give an outside entity the power / authority to terminate contracts? 

Comments are welcomed below or on Twitter (@FootballScoop); but this one just makes absolutely no sense at all to us. 

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