SEC Media Days 2010: Enough With the Agents, Let's Talk Football
The SEC Media Days are supposedly the unofficial start to college football season in the SEC. Instead of talking about actual football, though, the focus was on agents and the current NCAA probes into several schools.
The highlight of the day might have been Nick Saban's analogy, comparing agents to "pimps." Yes, that one caught my eye, too.
But as a fan, it's time to start focusing on actual football. Fans don't want to continue hearing about all of the negative backlash that happens from off-the-field stuff. I certainly applaud the NCAA's effort to clean up the off-field transgressions, but I want to hear about actual football now.
Let's talk about Alabama's attempt to defend its national championship. Tim Tebow is no longer here, so let's talk about John Brantley and the new era at Florida. We can talk about Les Miles' attempt to get LSU back to the top or Steve Spurrier's continuing attempt to make South Carolina an SEC contender, if you want.
Today's lineup will feature A.J. Green, pictured, and Georgia, so we will probably hear a lot about the impending NCAA investigation into the Bulldogs. Instead, reporters should talk about Green's potential impact in bringing the Bulldogs back to the top of the SEC this season, in what could be a wide-open race.
Ryan Mallet and Arkansas will be up next, so maybe we will get to hear him talk about what will probably be his final season as a Razorback before jumping to the pros. I want to hear about all the pressure put on him and if he expects to put up a million yards this year. Yes, he might be able to do that.
Then, back to the scandals, I'm sure, when South Carolina steps up to the podium. The NCAA is also supposedly investigating the Gamecocks, so that will be a hot topic.
Then, Vanderbilt and it's post-Bobby Johnson era. That, I can live with. It has a relevant storyline to how the 'Dores football season can play out. More of that, please.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that these investigations can lead to suspensions and sanctions, which can affect the on-the-field product. It is an important subject to talk about, but please talk about some football too. That's why we are all here. Sports is actually meant to be enjoyed for the game, too.
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