It's the final day of this circus that is sec media days here are some of the highlights:
- Coach Rich Brooks thinks highly of his defense and well he should Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon is already an All-SEC player after finishing ninth in the league with nine sacks last season. Corner back Trevard Lindley is in that group, too. Coach Brooks said, " I think that this now has a chance to be clearly the best defensive team that I've had, and we need that to happen this year if we want to be viable because the best teams in the league have great defenses.
- Coach Brooks has built this Kentucky program into something to talk about. "It was an interesting year last year," Brooks said of the 8-5 season last year that ended with a win over Florida State in the Music City Bowl. "We were on the verge of becoming a viable team last year, and I believe we will be a viable team this year."
- Brooks also addressed the situation with UK's head coach in waiting, Joker Phillips. Brooks said he had no time table to retire, but wanted the arrangement in place for when he decides to hang it up.
- Tommy Tuberville said Kodi Burns would start for the Tigers at quarterback if the season started today. But Tuberville will give it 10 days of pratice to settle on a starter. Juco transfer Chris Todd was on the bench for spring ball but when asked Tuberville said "He's ready to go now, so we're going to have good competition."
"We have an opponent in this state that we work every day, 365 days a year, to dominate." That is the quote by Nick Saban that is pestered on the Auburn weight room wall.
Auburn sophomore linebacker Bo Harris plans to transfer and won't play this season for the Tigers. He was one of the favorites to start at strong-side linebacker, but was declared academically ineligible for this season and plans to go to juco or a smaller school.
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads were the 10th and 11th different coordinators Tuberville has hired since taking the job at Auburn in 1999.
Auburn was chosen by the media as the favorite to win the SEC West. They also had nine players selected to the All-SEC Team.
- Steve Spurrier knows what it is like to leave the NFL and he had this to say about new Arkansas coach Bobby petrino, "Yeah, I told Bobby when he took the job, I said, 'I'm going to give you two years. ... I'll give you two years and you'll come back to college."
- Last year at this thing Spurrier said his Gamecock's are "ready compete" for the sec east crown. This year he after a 6-6 finish he said he was " dead wrong." Things change that fast in the SEC.
- Jasper Brinkley, one of the better linebackers in the SEC before he blew out his knee, is back to 100 percent. When asked if he is ready for fall practice Brinkley said, "It's going to be like having a dog on a chain and letting him go into a dogfight or something like that."
- All the talk was about Bobby Petrino and how he left the Atlanta job.
"The whole situation. . . .the timing was bad. There's no question about that," said Petrino, who left notes on the lockers of the Falcons' players to tell them he was leaving.
It will be hard for the Hogs to replace the top two running backs in school history in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. Casey Dick will have to step up and play better than he did last year going 1,695 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.