We’re LIVE at SEC media days (with no shortage of storylines)

That's a relief. I was worried for a minute I had wandered into Sun Belt media days.

That's a relief. I was worried I'd wandered into Sun Belt media days.

HOOVER, Ala. — Welcome to the zoo: SEC media days.

If you took Super Bowl media day, subtracted MTV and questions like, “If you could go through rehab with Lindsay or Britney, whom would it be?” and actually made it somewhat relevant to a sports event, this would be it. Actually, I say that even knowing that there is no sports event at the end of the week, but where else can you get access to 12 head coaches and 36 players from the best and certainly most entertaining

Testing 1-2-3, testing. It works. Cleared for lies from Petrino.

Testing 1-2-3, testing. It works. Cleared for lies from Petrino.

college football conference in the country in a span of three days?

Why, even the likable Bill Hancock from the unlikeable BCS is here.

Tim Tucker and I will be here all week. We’ve both planned a blur of columns, blogs, stories and Tweets. So keep checking back for updates and you can follow us on Twitter (@JeffSchultzAJC and @ajcuga). All posts will automatically go on Twitter,

I plan to make about 27 stops at this table today.

I plan to make about 27 stops at this table today.

and I’ll try to “Tweet” a quote or some nugget any time it’s worthy.

Here’s the order of press conferences. Each head coach will be followed by three players from that school.

– Today: Bill Hancock (BCS), Mike Slive (SEC commissioner), Nick Saban (Alabama), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Urban Meyer (Florida), Joker Phillips (Kentucky).

– Thursday:  Bobby Petrino (Hell), Mark Richt (Georgia), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Bobby Caldwell (Vanderbilt).

– Friday: Gene Chizik (Auburn), Derek Dooley (Tennessee), Les Miles (LSU), Houston Nutt (Mississippi).

I’ll probably be writing major columns in the next three days on (chronologically) Saban, Richt and Dooley and blogs on several other subjects. There is no shortage of storylines going into media days.

♦ The NCAA is looking into Florida, Alabama and South Carolina regarding stories that a player either took money from an agent (Maurkice Pouncey at Florida) or had contact with an agent (Marcel Dareus at Alabama; Weslye Sanders at South Carolina).

♦ Tennessee, which had already been reeling from the sudden departure of Lane Kiffin, is a program in turmoil (which is no fault of Dooley) after several players were arrested in connection with a bar fight that left a police officer unconscious.

♦ Georgia has had several players arrested this offseason, mostly for underage drinking, and then there’s that whole Damon Evans thing. Given this is the first opportunity for many national writers will have to speak to Richt, he is sure to be asked about the atmosphere in Athens.

♦ Vanderbilt normally wouldn’t draw much attention but its coach, Bobby Johnson, suddenly retired last week.

♦ Spurrier is trying to become relevant again and some (not me) believe South Carolina can win the SEC East.

Let me know if there’s a particular story you’re interested in or you have a question. Tim or I will try to get you an answer. I’ll check back soon. But now, I need to get me one of those credential thingies so I don’t get thrown out.

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107 comments Add your comment

Bruce Mac

July 21st, 2010
10:44 am

Coach coach, what is that? We want one at UGA, it can’t hurt.

Bruce Mac

July 21st, 2010
10:47 am

By the way, first chumps.

kcar919

July 21st, 2010
10:48 am

Please ask Petrino what it feels like to run away with his tail between his legs.

Tom Carnohan

July 21st, 2010
10:48 am

Jeff,

When Mike Slive speaks today, ask him if he invited Texas A&M and Oklahoma to join the SEC as those schools claim.

Tom

cattledawg

July 21st, 2010
10:50 am

Jeff, try an pick a fight with Urban. I think it would be great tv.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

July 21st, 2010
10:56 am

If players are stupid enough to endanger a future worth millions, kick them off the team. They don’t care about the team.

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

Mikey in SAV

July 21st, 2010
11:00 am

Multimillion dollars in revenue and the SEC uses that cheesy projected image on an even cheesier backdrop ??

Beast from the East

July 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Jeff,
I take it you’re not a big fan of Petrino. Have fun over there. I heard the nightlife in Hoover is similar to South Beach!

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:09 am

kcar9191 — Hah. I would ask Petrino that but he doesn’t have a conscience, so “feelings” don’t really apply.

old gold engineer

July 21st, 2010
11:11 am

Man, I thought we were in for a digi blog for a second.

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:16 am

Tom — Slive certainly never denied that story and a spokesperson said he was “not in a position to answer.” I take that as affirmation. But I’ll let you know if it comes up.

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:16 am

Cattledawg — That pipsqueak?

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:17 am

Beast from the East — Yes, SoHoo (South Hoover) is very similar to SoBe. Love the ocean breezes here.

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:18 am

Old Gold — You never know when a DigiBlog (copyright) might come up. One could be around the corner.

1eyedJack

July 21st, 2010
11:21 am

Jeff, could you ask Petrino if he had the chance to desert the Arkansas Razorbacks, under cover of darkness, for any other team, in the middle of the season, leaving only a xeroxed note behind in each player’s locker, which one would it be?

Jimminy Cricket

July 21st, 2010
11:22 am

Jeff, can you ask Joker if that’s really his name? Or is it The Joker?

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Beast from the East

July 21st, 2010
11:31 am

Jeff,
Why don’t you ask Spurrier if he thinks his coaching style has anything to with him not being able to recruit an elite quaterback. As a follow up, ask him if he thinks that’s been the main reason why his stint at South Carolina has been a failure. That should liven up the room. You’d probably be on Sportscenter tonight!

Ted Striker

July 21st, 2010
11:32 am

Any hot desk clerks or concierges at your hotel?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 21st, 2010
11:32 am

would like to know the hair-do update from all coaches- who uses the most gel and/or pomaid

Paddy

July 21st, 2010
11:35 am

Jeff, ask Petrino how his recruiting is going in Georgia? Does he think his time as HC of the Falcons has helped him with young Georgia recruits? And last, ask Petrino if the quote by his players with the Falcons is accurate; “Coach is a mile wide but only an inch deep” That should about do it.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
11:35 am

CHRIS MARTIN to the Gators!!!

Just announced…..Chris Martin (11 sacks and 5 forced fumbles from the DE/OLB position as a freshman for the Cal Bears and former 5-star recruit)….just announced he is transferring to the University of Florida. It just gets even better in Gainesville.

FalconUGAFan

July 21st, 2010
11:36 am

Wow You really don’t like Petrino, do you? Maybe I misjudged you….naw :) just playing…

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:36 am

Bill Hancock of the BCS started his talk with a joke: “I’m going to tell you how it works and why it works.”

cocky

July 21st, 2010
11:36 am

Will you please ask Spurrier if he is worried about the 12:30 game time for the UGA game? We usually play like crap at noon however we always play tough at 3:30 or at 7. I’m afraid of a huge letdown from our fan base because of heat and hangover. This game set up perfect for us until TV screwed us. Also, the Saunders case is serious….maybe we can forfeit the UCONN game…

Warhorse

July 21st, 2010
11:37 am

The absolute biggest story line is that Chris Martin a five-star DL/OLB from last year who enrolled at Cal-Berkley has been given his release and will be enrolling in UF late this week. Now, the Gators have the ENTIRE first string defensive line from 2010 recruiting class.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
11:38 am

Also….HUGE….announced to be by someone else…..

WILDER expected to announce for the Gators this weekend!!!

TN Stone

July 21st, 2010
11:44 am

Anyone else find it funny that he refers to Arkansas as hell? He lives in Atlanta and writes for the AJC… many would call that hell.

Jeff Schultz

July 21st, 2010
11:48 am

BCS guy still on his power point. Not sure that he’s actually convincing anybody.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
11:48 am

Warhorse….can you imagine in 2011!!!

DE Ronald Powell – 5 star and #1 at his position in 2010
DE Dominique Easley – 5 star and #2 at his position in 2010
NG Omar Hunter – 5 star and #1 at his position in 2009 and Jaye Howard
DT Sharriff Floyd – 5 star and #1 at his position in 2010
OLB Chris Martin – 5 star and # 1 at his position in 2010
MLB Joe Bostic – 4 star and better than that in 2010
OLB Jelani Jenkins – 5 star and # 1 at his position in 2009
CB – Janoris Jenkins (5 star) or Jeremy Brown (4 star)
CB – Joshua Shaw (5 star) or Jaylan Watkins (5 star) or Cory Riggs (4 star)
SS – Matt Elam (5 star and # 1 at his position)
FS – Jonathan Dowling – 4 star
…and that does not even include the star backups to those players like Lynden Trail, Michael Taylor, Jordan Haden, Dee Finley, Neiron Ball, Earl Okine, William Green

YIKES…..this might be the best defense to ever be assembled by one college football team….and they will be together for several years….TRIPLE YIKES.

1eyedJack

July 21st, 2010
11:49 am

TN Stone

I think he’s referring to Puketrino as Lucifer.

Ready

July 21st, 2010
11:52 am

Arkansas and SC will play for the sec champ game.

TN Stone

July 21st, 2010
11:56 am

In that case I apologize.

Chris

July 21st, 2010
11:59 am

Jeff,
Can the BCS guy explain how their system has managed to make the traditional New Year’s day bowl games completely irrelevant, meaningless exhibitions?
If we can’t have a real playoff (four teams being the only realistic format at this time), then I’d rather go back to caring about all the games and whether #4 upsets #2.

And Beast, Erin already asked Spurrier why he hasn’t been able to replicate the same success at SC last year. He eased back in that smarmy smile and said ‘well, I reckon it’s cuz we ain’t very good coaches anymore’

DawginLex

July 21st, 2010
12:01 pm

Ask Coach Spurrier if he regrets saying stuff about UGA since he can’t beat them now.

Ask Coach Spurrier if he is going to retire if he goes 6-6 again.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

July 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

HAHA!!!

Schultzie actually made me laugh while sitting on the toilet with the Petrino (Hell) bit.

What is the over/under set at for the number of times Urban Crier says the name “Tebow” today??

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
12:07 pm

Also….

Former Florida Gator Maurkice Pouncey on Wednesday denied he took money from a sports agent’s representative while still at UF.

“I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim,” Maurkice Pouncey said in a statement released Wednesday morning through his Gainesville attorney. “I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me.”

DOES ANYONE FEEL …..Lane Kiffin…..with all this stuff????

b petrino

July 21st, 2010
12:07 pm

. . . and you guys think it’s hot in Georgia.
By the way, I wouldn’t take that vandy job if they begged me. Is it still open? How much does it pay?

BugKiller

July 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

Jeff,

Do all of us in Bulldog Nation a favor.

Find Paul Finebaum and “Paul Johnson” him for his one-man war against Mark Richt.

And yes, I’m asking you to punch him in his Petrino-loving face.

Beast from the East

July 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

DawginLex,
You’d never get Spurrier to say the word “regret” about anything other than maybe “I regret not saving those timeouts so we could have scored one more touchdown at the end there”. LOL

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
12:09 pm

DawginLex….if Spurrier’s team avoids injuries this year…they have the kind of talent that could win the SEC. So I would not be laughing at Steve Spurrier too much. He is a hall of fame football coach.

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TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

Beast from the East……Spurrier’s third string QB just threw another touchdown pass on your first team defense….get over it.

Warhorse

July 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

Least from the East: Spurrier hung 50 on the poodles in Athens, an accomplishment that will land him in the Dawg Hall of Fame, along with the Victoria Secrets display of red panties.

Beast from the East

July 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

TampaGator,
I’m a Gator, dude. I just like to see the Ole’ Ball Coach get fired up. No one can outmatch his wit when he’s hot!

Beast from the East

July 21st, 2010
12:15 pm

Warhorse,
I know. I was at that game. The best (and only) game I’ve ever been to in Sanford Stadium.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
12:19 pm

Beast from the East….

Thanks. Spurrier has done an excellent job at South Carolina and has recruited some really good talent there, expecially for this year. The only problem he has is with depth. I think his team might put a lot of Dawg fans into early misery this year.

PJ for Governor

July 21st, 2010
12:19 pm

Thanks for the coverage JS. Excited about another great SEC and GT season. No comparisson to the NFL’s super (boring) bowl week.

TampaGator

July 21st, 2010
12:22 pm

Warhorse and Beast from the East….

Can you imagine the feeling Spurrier had that day…..it must have been “Golfy”……sorry about that lousy pun.

murfdawg

July 21st, 2010
12:28 pm

Tampa Gator’
A wise ole coach once said, the best way to see if a guy can coach, he can take his’n and beat you’rn and he can take you’rn and beat his’n. Spurrier took over an 8-4 team from Holtz and after four years turned it into a 6-6 team. Spurrier is a good coach with great personnel, but an average coach with average personnel.