SEC Media Days 2013: Day 3 Takeaways and Interview Highlights

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SEC Media Days 2013: Day 3 Takeaways and Interview Highlights

The first two days of the 2013 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., didn't disappoint, but college football's toughest conference saved some of its best characters for last.

The Day 3 schedule featured the Southeastern Conference's last two champions, Alabama and LSU, as well as last year's SEC East champion Georgia. And, finally, one of the SEC's most energetic coaches, James Franklin, spoke on behalf of his up-and-coming Vanderbilt squad.

In case you missed it, check out the highlights from Day 1 and Day 2 of the SEC Media Days.

 

Nick Saban Can't Text

Nick Saban is basically everyone's grandfather.

In the video above, catch the Alabama coach admitting that he doesn't know how to send a text message. 

 

Aaron Murray Doesn't Take the Bait

On Day 1, Jadeveon Clowney made the claim that Georgia's Aaron Murray (along with a number of other quarterbacks) is afraid of him, per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

On Day 3, ESPN's Mark Schlabach tweeted out Murray's response to Clowney.

Murray went on to say that he enjoys being hit, per George beat writer Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph:

Whatever you say, Aaron.

 

Les Miles on How to Speak Australian

With a microphone in front of him, LSU head coach Les Miles never disappoints.

As the first coach up on Day 3, Miles talked about new Australian punter Jamie Keehn and understanding when he speaks Australian, via Michael Bonner of The Clarion-Ledger.

Later on in the presser, the "Mad Hatter" did a hysterical impression of an Australian accent.

 

Jeremy Hill Still Suspended Indefinitely

In addition to his lesson in linguistics, Miles talked about some serious business regarding star running back Jeremy Hill.

The LSU coach confirmed that Hill is still suspended indefinitely and hasn't been participating in team workouts, per Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee:

He also affirmed that, even without Hill, the Tigers will be just fine at running back, via LSU beat writer Glenn Gulibeau.

 

Les Miles Doesn't Care About Your Post-It Note

Like the Honey Badger, Miles does what he wants.

 

Zach Mettenberger Rips Tim Tebow

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was speaking about mechanical tweaks that he has made under new offensive coordinator and QB coach Cam Cameron. After saying that he had made just a few minor changes, he proceeded to rip Tim Tebow and the "terrible mechanics" of the former Florida Gator, per Feldman.

Mechanics aside, Mettenberger is a Heisman Trophy and two national titles short of being Tebow.

 

Clowney and Mettenberger's (Almost) Soiled Pants

There has been a nice back-and-forth all week between Clowney and the SEC signal-callers, and Mettenberger weighed in on the topic.

Unlike Murray, Mettenberger came right out and talked about how the Gamecocks' defensive end nearly made him soil his gold pants before their meeting in 2012, via Schlabach:

At least he's honest.

 

Richt Is Afraid of Clowney

The Clowney Fear Factor saga continues.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt gave his piece on the topic, saying that he would personally be afraid of the 6'6" defensive end if he were in the game, per South Carolina beat writer Josh Kendall.

The UGA boss went on to say that the USC end was probably laughing when he said it, per Bulldawg Illustrated.

Good call, coach.

 

AJ McCarron Pleads the Fifth on Manziel Wake-Up Call

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron roomed with Johnny Manziel during his infamous incident at the Manning Passing Academy, but he wouldn't provide any insight as to why Manziel didn't wake up that fateful morning.

This will likely go down next to the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot as one of life's unsolvable mysteries.

 

Nick Saban Brought Jokes

Alabama head coach Nick Saban doesn't wear any of his four national championship rings and this is why, per Feldman.

He also called the media members in Hoover his closest friends to start his statement, via TideSports.com's Tommy Deas.

Continuing his hot streak, Saban took a jab at the SEC media for only correctly picking the champion four times in 21 years, per ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

 

Nick and Les Talk Scheduling

Miles talked briefly about the scheduling issues facing the SEC, hinting at the fact that his LSU team plays the top two teams in the SEC East, while Alabama plays the bottom two teams in the division: via Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune.

Saban responded, saying the SEC has no choice but to rotate its schedule and that there cannot be an equal path unless every team plays every team, per AJC UGA.

The Alabama coach continued in that regard, saying that he supports a nine-game in-conference slate: via Ross Dellenger of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

 

Saban Brushes Off Bear Bryant Comparisons 

Saban was asked what he thought about comparisons between himself and Alabama legend Paul "Bear" Bryant.

As expected, Saban brushed the comparisons aside and called The Bear the greatest coach in college football history.

 

McCarron's Subliminal Comments About Manziel

McCarron was asked a number of questions regarding Manziel's extracurricular activities and the Manning Passing Academy. 

He didn't directly disparage the Texas A&M quarterback, but his remarks were interesting to say the least. Take a look at these tweets from ESPN's Joe Schad, Mississippi beat writer Hugh Kellenberger and the Saturday Down South Twitter feed:

He did, however, have Manziel's back, saying that he isn't going to talk about somebody else's business, via the SEC Logo Twitter feed.

 

Franklin: Not Naming Starters, but Carta-Samuels Leads the Way

In a monumental upset, the "coachspeak" comment of the day award goes not to Nick Saban, but to Vanderbilt's James Franklin.

The Vandy head man said that he hasn't named a starter at any position—quarterback or otherwise, via Erick Smith of USA Today.

However, he did go on to say that expected starter Austyn Carta-Samuels has distanced himself in the race for the starting position under center in Nashville, per Tennessee scribe Daniel Lewis.

 

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