DAY 2 RECAP
Tuesday's second day of SEC Media Days brought out the king of one-liners, Steve Spurrier, and the Ol' Ball Coach did not disappoint. Prepared for questions about his age (70) and an impending retirement, he got off one zinger right off the bat commenting about how he couldn't believe that some of the reporters were back and how old they looked. He defended his age comparing himself to 69-year olds Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Mike Krzyzewski (who is actually 68) and even Bear Bryant who retired at 69.
"That retirement thing, I don’t think I’d be very good at it," he quipped. "I can go to the beach and stay four or five days. But after that, I want to get out of there. That’s long enough."
So there it is, Gamecocks fans. He keeps coaching because he doesn't want to get bored. Enjoy!
Spurrier managed to sneak in a jab at Saban again bringing up his salary for no good reason:
"If one of them [an NFL team] offered coach Saban, it would make that $7.2 million look paltry to him..."
He also made a sideways compliment to two fellow SEC teams:
"We were 7-6, same as Tennessee and the same as Arkansas, and I think they’re sort of celebrating big seasons last year. So we’re celebrating also. We were doing some cartwheels and high-fiving after that Independence Bowl game [when South Carolina beat Miami], because it was a year that could have gone real south, and guys hung in there and somehow or another found a way to win the game."
"There are people in Knoxville and Fayetteville still doing cartwheels over going 7-6."
Later on, Tennessee coach Butch Jones retorted:
"Contrary to reports, there were no back flips and there were no somersaults."
He was partially kidding but also saying 7-6 is not good enough.
Frankly, I find it kind of sad how these reporters expect Spurrier to entertain them, even shamelessly setting him up for jokes. If this was the coach of my team, I would not be happy with the dancing monkey he has become. This Seinfeld clip sums it up pretty well.
Oh, yeah... Kevin Sumlin and Dan Mullen spoke as well.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15
Now that the opening act has finished his set, it is time for the main attraction as Nick Saban ascends on Hoover. Word is there may be a few crazy Bama fans in the vicinity.
Poor Mark Stoops will be lost in the Bama wake as many will sneak out for an early lunch.
Gary Pinkel kicks off the second session with the usually entertaining Bret Bielema bringing it home.
9am - 12:00pm
• ALABAMA (Coach Nick Saban/Reggie Ragland/Kenyan Drake/Ryan Kelly)
• KENTUCKY (Coach Mark Stoops/Melvin Lewis/Jordan Swindle/A.J. Stamps)
1pm - 4 pm
• MISSOURI (Coach Gary Pinkel/Kenya Dennis/Maty Mauk/Evan Boehm)
• ARKANSAS (Coach Bret Bielema/Jonathan Williams/Brandon Allen/Keon Hatcher)
Live coverage can be seen on SEC Network and espn3.com. The most entertaining part of the reporting has been listening to Greg McElroy, Marcus Spears, and to a lesser extent Booger McFarland, moderated by Joe Tessitore/Dari Nowkhah. [That bald-headed UT-grad can go play on the freeway.]