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.
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.
#UGA QB Aaron Murray on Jadeveon Clowney's comments about him being scared: "I think word fear was misused for respect."— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 18, 2013
Murray went on to say that he enjoys being hit, per George beat writer Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph:
Murray, again responding to Clowney: "I enjoy getting hit. I'm not scared of getting hit by anyone."— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) July 18, 2013
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.
Miles on Australian kickers: You have to learn the language. You just can't speak to those guys. You've got to learn to speak Australian.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) July 18, 2013
Later on in the presser, the "Mad Hatter" did a hysterical impression of an Australian accent.
Watching Les Miles mimic his Australian punter. This show just hit a new level.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) July 18, 2013
Les Miles just went full Crocodile Dundee— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) July 18, 2013
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:
Miles: "We've visited with Jeremy Hill on a routine basis, but he hasn't been involved in workouts. He hasn't been allowed in our building."— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 18, 2013
He also affirmed that, even without Hill, the Tigers will be just fine at running back, via LSU beat writer Glenn Gulibeau.
MILES ON JEREMY HILL: Miles said FB JC Copeland could play TB, but after Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Terrance Magee.— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) July 18, 2013
Les Miles Doesn't Care About Your Post-It Note
Like the Honey Badger, Miles does what he wants.
Classic @LSUCoachMiles sees the note by mic saying dont touch and move mic, picks it up, moves the mic closer and throws paper to ground.— Nick White (@nickwhite67) July 18, 2013
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.
Mettenberger on tweaks Cam Cameron has made w him.. Ends w "it's not like I'm Tim Tebow and have terrible mechanics."— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) July 18, 2013
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:
#LSU QB Zach Mettenberger said Clowney talked trash to him before game last year. "I almost crapped my pants."— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 18, 2013
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.
Richt on Clowney: "I would think some guys are scared of him. I would be scared of him if I was in the game and he came after me."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 18, 2013
The UGA boss went on to say that the USC end was probably laughing when he said it, per Bulldawg Illustrated.
Richt on Clowney: "I am sure he said it while laughing with the media. We need to let these kids have some fun now and then."— Bulldawg Illustrated (@BD_illustrated) July 18, 2013
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.
AJ McCarron won't talk about why he didn't wake up Johnny Manziel today. Says that's a question for Manziel not him.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) July 18, 2013
McCarron on not waking Manziel up: "I'm not going to go down that route. It was an honor to be there."— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 18, 2013
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.
Nick Saban on why he doesn't wear title rings: "cause I let the players design & they're as big as ashtrays." #bama— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) July 18, 2013
He also called the media members in Hoover his closest friends to start his statement, via TideSports.com's Tommy Deas.
Nick Saban on his love for SEC Media Days: "I get to come here and see 1,200 of my closest friends."— Tommy Deas (@tommydeas) July 18, 2013
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.
Media has picked SEC champ in 4 of 21 years. Saban: "If I was 4-17 I would be back pumping gas at my daddy's gas station in West Virginia"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 18, 2013
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.
#LSU coach Les Miles: Scheduling should not in any way decide championships repeatedly. A team should not have an advantage over time.— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) July 18, 2013
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.
Saban says there will never be an "equal path" to championship for all SEC teams "unless everybody plays everybody." Which can't happen.— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) July 18, 2013
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 again pushing for SEC to go to nine game sled so each player can play each SEC team in their career.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 18, 2013
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.
Saban just asked about comparison to Bear Bryant. That's not a joke. It was a real question.— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) July 18, 2013
Saban: "I think Bear Bryant was greatest coach in college football"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 18, 2013
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:
AJ McCarron: I can't go out and act a fool. I can't go out and drink excessively. I can't act like many 22 year olds.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 18, 2013
AJ McCarron: "My job is to play football, not be a celebrity."— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) July 18, 2013
AJ McCarron: "I don't get caught up in social media. That's not how I was raised."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 18, 2013
"Johnny is his own man. I know how I handle myself out in public." -AJ McCarron— Saturday Down South (@SDS) July 18, 2013
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.
"I can't answer on Johnny Manziel's part. My name's AJ. ... I don't speak on another man's business." -McCarron— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) July 18, 2013
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.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: "We have not named a starter at any position" Wants everyone to compete for first two weeks of camp.— Erick Smith (@erick_smith) July 18, 2013
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.
Franklin said Austyn Carta-Samuels has "distanced himself" in the QB battle over Patton Robinette and others.— Daniel Lewis (@DanielNooga) July 18, 2013