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Jumbo Package: SEC to hold first-ever virtual media days

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This should be interesting.

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Conference media days are mostly a waste of time, but every year we end up with a few interesting quips from the coaches and players who attend. As you might imagine, Nick Saban has been the main attraction for the past several years. This year, thanks to COVID-19, Nick and his fellow coaches will have to pull it off virtually.

“Conducting football media days in a virtual format will provide us the opportunity to manage the event in a healthy manner as we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and will provide flexibility for our programs to adjust their preparation for the 2020 football season according to the preseason calendar that is expected to be expanded due to the cancellation of the spring football season,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We look forward to returning to our traditional media days format in 2021.”

Yep, we will get yet another “social distancing” show, as if there aren’t enough of those already. It may have a chance to be entertaining if some of the coaches try and participate from home, but that probably won’t happen.

Hey, check out the new digs.

Those are very, very nice.

Reggie Bush is high on Najee Harris.

It’s mind boggling that Najee felt the need to come back, but he will be leading a ridiculous stable of running backs this season. You have to believe that Steve Sarkisian will find a way to utilize two of that group at a time this season.

“Kool-Aid” still wants to be a two-sport guy.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound McKinstry, a 5-star prospect, narrowed his list to five last month. Those five are Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Georgia.

He said this week he still plans to play both football and basketball in college, and each of those five schools are aware of his plans.

“My decision will be based on where I feel comfortable with both sports,” he said.

Oats is playing some fun ball, Ga’Quincy, and there is enough depth so that you don’t have to play 35 minutes a night. Come on down.

Last, Dennis Dodd previews the Lane Kiffin era at Ole Miss, and it’s quite “Kiffin” that he probably wouldn’t be there had Elijah Moore not pretended to piss on Mississippi State fans.

“Living in Boca, house on the water, boat in the backyard — to me, everything was perfect,” Kiffin said, “except those 12-13 days a years where you’re just not on the biggest stage.”

Kiffin needed that comeback at FAU. It meant he could be humbled. It reminded folks he could be a head coach. Kiffin won two Conference USA titles in three years.

“I think it probably had to happen because there were too many — fairly or unfairly — questions about me being a head coach,” he said. ‘OK, you were a good coordinator, but could you be a head coach?’ “

When Moore’s leg was raised, a door was opened at Ole Miss. Kiffin admitted he had missed the big stage.

Dodd also notes that someone told Kiffin to get a burner phone as soon as he arrived in Oxford. It’s going to be a fun ride over there.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.