Monday, July 26, 2010

2010 SEC Media Days

The last few days, the country has gotten their NCAA football fix with the 2010 SEC Media Days. I suppose as a newly-minted fan of the Crimson Tide, these interviews and press conferences should be really important to me. Hopefully after actually attending a game and feeling like I belong to a winning team again, they will be.

Nonetheless, I followed the media days (and Pat Forde's coverage of them), and this is what I've assessed from the 72-hour SEC binge session.

Florida: Urban Meyer is a schmuck. I'm sorry to my roommate who is a UF grad, but he just is. I don't hate him quite as much as I hate Jim Tressel, but he's up there. With his sudden leave of absence after Tim Tebow couldn't pull off an SEC Championship win, he is supposedly back better than ever. But he also claims he's certifiably crazy so... your call.

Alabama: Bama's secondary is on the rise, and it looks like great news all-around on the Crimson Tide player front (with the exception of an on-going investigation, but we'll get to that later).

Mississippi State: Oh good, just what we need is another Favre muddying-up the sports world with his dramatic nonsense. Brett Favre's nephew Dylan Favre is the freshman quarterback listed on the roster for Mississippi State, and he's already got a head rivaling his uncle's (although we know that isn't possible quite yet). Coach Dan Mullen calls it his "quarterback 'it' factor that wins games" or his "quarterback swag". I think he's probably just a little too big for his britches. but I suppose only time will tell.

Vanderbilt: As someone aptly put it, interim head coach Robbie Caldwell gave everyone a reason to stay in the room during the Vanderbilt portion of SEC Media Days. He gave an unbelievable press conference for a first-time head coach. He was very real, very open, very honest, and made everyone fall in love with him. He even talked about his days on the inseminating crew at a turkey farm? Can't beat that. You can watch the video interview here, but  the one thing you won't see is the standing ovation that he received that just about never happens. Good job, buddy. I'm rooting for you.

Georgia: Pat Forde put it best when he said that AJ Green was doing a great job avoiding questions on the NCAA probe, when he declined a comment on whether or not it was easy to decline comments on the investigation. "For those scoring at home, that's a declined comment on declining comments." Haha, not much more you can say about that.

Arkansas: Blah. Ryan Mallett moved there from Michigan, and is actually kicking ass and taking names. Makes me kind of bitter. Oh, and he also says he's been swimming so much to stay in shape during his injury that he's going to be in the 2012 Olympics... so watch out, Michael Phelps.

Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, and LSU all bored me and didn't give me anything worth filling you in on.

Investigations: The big talk of media day was investigations relating to player / agent relationships. Both Alabama and Florida are currently being investigated for allegations of improper dealings with agents. Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus may or may not have taken a trip to Miami to attend an agent's party, while Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey may or may not have received $100,000 from his agent (potentially forcing them to vacate their Sugar Bowl win against Cincinnati). Supposedly Georgia and South Carolina are on the docket for investigations relating to agents as well. Not that I'm being biased or anything but uh, I think Florida's issue is probably a little more serious. $100K?

Agents: Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave his statement on the agent situation, and went so far as to call agents "pimps". He thinks that assuming people are going to do the right thing in these circumstances is naive and he will go so far as to close the door on allowing the NFL agents to work with his players if the NFL Players Association doesn't step in. I watched all of the tapes of Nick Saban at the podium and I can't seem to find the elusive pimp reference, but I agree that it is not only the responsibility of the NCAA but the NFL to make sure that these guidelines keep both the agents and the players in check.

Preseason voting for the SEC went as follows:

East:
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. South Carolina
4. Kentucky
5. Tennessee
6. Vanderbilt

West:
1. Alabama
2. Arkansas
3. Auburn
4. LSU
5. Mississippi State
6. Ole Miss

And my SEC predictions only based on the knowledge I have thus far...

East:
1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. South Carolina
4. Tennessee
5. Vanderbilt
6. Kentucky

I'm giving Tennessee and Vanderbilt a fighting chance... I root for the underdogs and I also happen to adore Robbie Caldwell

West:
1. Alabama
2. Arkansas
3. Auburn
4. Mississippi State
5. LSU
6. Ole Miss

Even though I think he will most likely be an obnoxious quarterback that I can't stand, Dylan Favre is going to play well, and I think probably well enough to beat LSU.

Less than a month until the start of college football, let the countdown begin!

2 comments:

  1. I think it's a bit hypocritical for Saban to blame the agents and call them "pimps" when he makes $6 million a year. That is a lot of dirty money he's putting in his pocket.

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  2. Why would you consider Saban's salary "dirty money?"

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