One last notebook from SEC Media Days: A.J. on season, Spurrier on arrests, more

Back from Hoover, Ala., with some leftovers:

  • Amazing, how quickly the subject changes in college athletics. When the SEC held its spring meetings in Destin, Fla.,  in early June, the dominant topic was conference expansion/realignment. Seven weeks later at Media Days, that subject was hardly broached, replaced by the new Hot Topic: the agent mess.
  • And for that matter, I only heard two questions in Hoover about Damon Evans. The news cycle moves fast.
  • One of my favorite moments of Media Days was hearing Derek Dooley praise his high school coach, Billy Henderson, from the stage.  “Probably had as big an impact on my coaching style as anybody,” Dooley said. “Just an incredible way with people.” I had the good fortune of covering Henderson’s Clarke Central High School teams long ago, and it was nice to hear Dooley spreading the word about the greatness of his old coach.
  • One more thing from Dooley on stage, talking this time about his dad Vince:

“The first couple of weeks on the job [at Tennessee], he’d call me and he’d say, ‘Do you know who so-and-so is?’

“I’d say, ‘No, I don’t know who that is.’

“‘What do you mean you don’t know who that is? He was all-conference [for Tennessee]  in 1962!’

“I said, ‘Dad, I don’t even know who my defensive end is. Give me a chance.’

“He’s all-consumed Tennessee, but that’s how he does things. He gets so into it. He’s learning the geography of the state, the political history of the state, the great Civil War battles of the state, what’s the motto of the state, the history of winning, all the coaches, the records. That’s what he’s doing.”

  • Here’s LSU All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson comparing preseason All-SEC wide receivers Julio Jones of Alabama and A.J. Green of Georgia, both of whom he faced last season: “They are the two most dynamic receivers I’ve ever seen. . . . Julio’s more stocky. He can put a block on you. A.J. is slender, fast. He goes up for balls like no other.”
  • Georgia was picked by the SEC media to finish second in the East -– a lot closer to third than to first. “A lot of people are counting us out,” Green said. “I believe it’s good for us with a young quarterback just to fly under the radar. Really don’t put him in a lot of pressure that he has to do too much. I believe … we’re going to open a lot of eyes coming into September, going towards the end of the season.”
  • You notice that Alabama had both of the first-team running backs on the media’s preseason-All SEC team? Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
  • South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the increasing number of arrests of college football players: “They’re more common now because players are getting arrested for everything that in the old days they did not get arrested for. I can sort of remember back in our day, if you were out and something happened, they would say, ‘Can you get home? We’ll drive you home.’ They did not go into the tank that night. But nowadays, as we all know, you go straight to jail if you’ve broken the law. There’s no room for error. Times are a little different than they were 25, 30 years ago.”
  • Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes minced no words about players who are in trouble because of dealings with sports agents:  “It’s up to the player to make the right decision, period. At the end of the day, if you take that risk as a player, you have to face the consequences.”
  • Coaches have varying degrees of familiarity and comfort with social-media vehicles like Facebook and Twitter. Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino is among the not-so-familiar. He referred to someone’s “Facemask page.”
  • Georgia punter Drew Butler: “It’s always good to be around the fans because they have stories about my dad, some that he probably doesn’t know that I know about him. It’s always good for blackmail.”
  • And a happy birthday to Kevin Butler, College Football Hall of Famer and Drew’s dad, who is 48 today.

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116 comments Add your comment

Oakdale Dawg

July 24th, 2010
1:47 pm

Go dawgs! 5 weeks away we’ll be cheering in Sanford stadium. Can’t wait!

Oakdale Dawg

July 24th, 2010
1:48 pm

Whoops, 6 weeks. Still can’t wait

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KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
2:31 pm

and in 7 weeks you will be crying in Columbia, SC.

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
2:35 pm

Now to all the crying dawgs! Did you see where a Ga. State Patrol Officer arrested a COBB County Captin for DUI? Well, Damon got what he deserved. The GSP ain’t after a Black man in an expensive car with a white chick after all.

Oakdale Dawg

July 24th, 2010
2:37 pm

Maybe, but at least the Dawgs’ team colors will still look better than yours. And if they win that game, it may be a very good year.

70 Dawg

July 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

Note to Spurrier: your math is a little fuzzy. Unfortunately “Back in our day” was about 40 yrs ago but your point is well taken. I’m not sure all college towns have changed rules though, i.e. Tuscaloosa and Knoxville.

Berzerk8dawg

July 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

S.C.’s Defense-Norwood + 10 starters back on GA’s offense + Better QB = Win for the Dawgs in Columbia KimSleeZy

70 Dawg

July 24th, 2010
2:41 pm

Hey Kim Z, did he make mention of any personal info which had no bearing on the case and could possibly haunt him the rest of his life? You know what I’m referring to.

70 Dawg

July 24th, 2010
2:45 pm

Kim Z (GT hater) there’s no crying in football. W or L we’ll hold our head high because we’ll give it our best shot and leave it on the field.

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

Not yet! The report has not been filed. No screaming bimbo was arrested or mentioned. At 2 am he was probably leaving his girlfriends house on his way home.

Steve Spurrier

July 24th, 2010
2:48 pm

Berzerk, that’s the problem. The 10 who are coming back weren’t any good except AJ.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

WHO CARES LETS BEAT THE GAYTORS!

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2010
3:10 pm

Steve, how about running that list of 10 down, specifically, and commenting on each one for us?

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
3:15 pm

Altamaha the only name that needs to be talked about sucking on the UGA Offence is MIKE BOBO.

destin dawg

July 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

Our new improved DD EEEE… and kicking game will give us turnovers and great field position…. making it easier for the offense…. Can’t wait…. SEC will all be close tough games…. Go Dawgs !!!

dagnabit

July 24th, 2010
3:32 pm

Nov. 13th. This years worse stomping for the bulldawgs.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

July 24th, 2010
3:37 pm

Here is where ten SEC teams will be in December.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZmbXN_pcjI&feature=related

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
3:47 pm

I heard coach Todd G gave Richt the ART of War by Sun Tzu. Richt declined to read it. Richt said JESUS is about LOVE and FORGEIVNESS. There is no place in Football for WAR.

Dr.Phil

July 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

What’s up in Columbia,SC in 7 weeks…..chicken butt!

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

Dr.Phil that chicken will not let you sniff his but like RUSS will.

Dawggone

July 24th, 2010
4:02 pm

So Mark Ingram’s backup took the other first team spot at running back? That’s kinda scary. I know the kid is good but I’ve never heard of a backup tailback garnering the other first team spot on an allstar team.

FromtheBARstool

July 24th, 2010
4:03 pm

9/11 in Columbia, SC. 911 calls everywhere for people beating dawgs. UGA football will come crumbling down like the WTC Buildings. Instead of office papers floating in the air it will be RED PANTIES.

Champs

July 24th, 2010
4:04 pm

Just a few comments ABOUT THE ARTICLE:

Trent Richardson is the best back in the SEC, and he has become a complete player at TB. He just plain deserves to be there, in spite of the fact that Ingram won the Heisman.

I’m really having a hard time with Tennessee this year. I really have a rivalry hatred for them, but it’s (so far) very difficult to dislike Dooley.

BTW, KimZ’sPackage, you are just a tool. Have some class.

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
4:51 pm

champs, I got all my class from listening and watching DAWG fans. champs does any fan base not think the Dawgs are all A..holes?

VP

July 24th, 2010
4:58 pm

I am Florida Alum KimZ & i think you are bigger A.hole than any Dawg i ever met.

Hunker Down

July 24th, 2010
5:01 pm

Still remember Kevin Butler trying a field goal from 60 plus yards. He had the flu and missed it short by about a yard. He was in a league of his own. Happy B day Kevin!

Buckhead Bulldog

July 24th, 2010
5:21 pm

Make no mistake…the Big Dog will eat in Columbia 44-14.

Sic’ ‘em Dogs! Woof Woof

lanier

July 24th, 2010
5:36 pm

holy toledo could Kevin ever put the football

lanier

July 24th, 2010
5:37 pm

punt- kick whatever

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
5:56 pm

Buckhead 44 is a hard # to get. I don’t see UGA getting in the EZ 4 times, but maybe murry will just hand off the ball and stand there. If he has to throw it could be a long day in Red Panty Land.

Nick

July 24th, 2010
6:15 pm

Well said by Mr. Spurrier. Very true. And I think there’s way too much media attention to it these days. Most offenses are very minor. But once football season cranks up, they’ll have something to report on daily so they won’t have to search for crap like that as much.

Nick

July 24th, 2010
6:16 pm

FromtheBARstool :

BRING IT ON!!

bjohndawg

July 24th, 2010
6:22 pm

UGA….SEC Champs this year. Then the BCS championship.
Its a happening.

ugag is irrelevant

July 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

come on folks, get over yourselves cause you don’t even show up on anybody else’s radar and news flash you’re not gonna get to play bama this year so relax

TinaG

July 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on the increasing number of arrests of college football players: “They’re more common now because players are getting arrested for everything that in the old days they did not get arrested for.

Baloney. UGA has many times more players arrested than any other school. It’s not because anything has changed, it’s because Mark Richt has completely lost control of the morons and goons he recruits. Recruit players with some morals and self discipline, and this doesn’t happen.

Richt has lost control both on and off the field, and that’s why UGA will never win the SEC while Richt is head coach.

Doc

July 24th, 2010
6:40 pm

in the 70s and 80s there were drunk football players who were driven to the dorms by policemen and you never read about the incidents in the newspapers. There were other incidents that were not considered serious and you never heard about those incidents at all. The world has changed..

Buckhead Bulldog

July 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

KimZ’sPackage- Just look at the experienced O-line and backs to it pound up the middle, coupled with a few dumps to Charles and deep ones to AJ you have 44 . I must admit though, the wild card is if BimBobo plays to our strengths which I think is power football. 50/50 on that one.

Coach Hewitt..

July 24th, 2010
7:18 pm

D. Dooley is nothing but a slick talkin’ lawyer.He’ll be just as dirty as it takes to coach the Vols…

tT me after hearing him speak..he’s as full of shyatt as they come and will cheat to win at UT like the rest of their coaches have…from anything I’ve read, this humble act is just that..an act in that he is very much like his mom and we all know what an overblown egotistical a-hole she can be..

I was hoping for better, but after the non-actions taken after the severe beating incident, I believe he is just as corrupt as he needs to be in his job …

Yep… A slick Talkin Lawyer willing to cheat sounds right to me…

If I remember right, Herschel showed up on campus in a brand new Smokey and the Bandit Edition TA and was the first player allowed to live off campus in an apartment as a freshman.

Oh yeah, don’t forget the whole Jan Kemp thing.

There’s never been a Dooley who’s ever had a problem with cheating to win and personally I have no problem with that…..I love my contract…I’m set for life,,,LMMFAO…

Dunwoody DAWG

July 24th, 2010
7:42 pm

KimZ – Gayturd’s can give us crap since they’ve owned us for a lot of years. However, I think UGA is 46-14-2 vs you inbred twerps. Maybe you can give Clemson some grief but I really don’t get you thinking you got anything to “crow” about vs the DAWGS – WE OWN YOU.

Delbert D.

July 24th, 2010
7:44 pm

Well, D. Dooley has to file motions, prepare briefs, etc.

college is forever

July 24th, 2010
7:51 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com The Dawgs are most likely not ready to overtake the Gators this year, but you never know a key injury or two can change everything, However we are alot closer then most think except for us Dawgs fans. I can promise you they are feeling our hot breath on the back of their ugly orange and blue necks. Ask Bob Dylan the times they are a changing. Go Dawgs!!!
So far 48 local Kroger stores have the UGA classic tin lunchbox, check it out.

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
7:58 pm

College is not forever and who takes their lunch anymore? If kids took their lunches they would be pushing grocery carts based on the fat azz kids today.
Dunwoody with all the crap UGA has been lately even EMORY can give the dawgs crap.

KimZ'sPackage

July 24th, 2010
7:59 pm

The Braves better not give away another game tonight. 2 bad games this week and they don’t need a 3rd.

Connie in Lilburn

July 24th, 2010
8:16 pm

What’s going on? We haven’t had a UGA player arrested in more than a week.

Amazing.

dd

July 24th, 2010
8:28 pm

Hey, it could be worse. We could be tech or florida.

FromtheBARstool

July 24th, 2010
8:57 pm

dd you are right. You could be a University or Institution worthy of being a member of the AAU, but instead UGA is just a football(not that good) & Party school.

PDawg

July 24th, 2010
9:15 pm

dd you are not doing UGA any justice with that crap. Those are both high quality institutions.

FromtheBARstool

July 24th, 2010
9:19 pm

Last 24 hours in Athens there have only been 10 DUI’s or MIP of collage age students. Still no football players but the night is young.

Sick Puppy Dawg

July 24th, 2010
9:38 pm

I am so afraid we are going to have another lousy season and these bloggers will continue to make us see red panties all year long. I think every purse, backpack, etc, should be searched before every game (home and away) or we will be humiliated all year. It is not fair or nice.