The SEC Media Week was its usual fun self in Atlanta. Although we didn't brave ATL ourselves (thank God!), the sheer nuttiness that is the country's most talented conference—and those who inform us about it—makes it easy to write about.
Here are a few points:
1. Commish for President!
In this speech, the Commish sounded sensible. He put forward a proposal that will lift the academic requirement to be a SEC footballer from 2.0 to 2.5.
Every Day Should Be Saturday gloriously opined: "Slive wants to raise GPA requirement to 2.5. The Sun Belt is going to have some AWESOME defensive tackles in 2016."
He also wanted to change the way things are recruited to include social media, and continue to help enforce the NCAA's, er enforcement (which is nice, because things don't exactly look good in that department for SEC schools, which seem to be in the middle of violations every year).
2. Hot Seat? What Hot Seat?
Georgia coach Mark Richt managed to defend himself nicely in the face of questions around the hot seat known as his job. According to EDSBS, he looked "completely at ease" with questions being fired at him. He's using words like "clean slate." People still remember the losses to UCF and Colorado, Mark. But if this kid Isaiah Crowell lives up to the hype, we can see the tan removed from Richt's behind...
3. Starkville, Mississippi: The No. 1 Destination in College Football
OK, it's a little bit of an over-exaggeration, but Dan Mullen, the Mississippi State coach, thought it right to take it to The Grove: "When you come to Starkville on a Saturday, it's an event. It's the place to be in Mississippi." No mention of The Grove, then...Although having said that, the Nick Bell tribute still has us in tears.
4. Big XII barges in
Sounds crazy, but they started kicking up a fuss about the Longhorn Network, which will show high school games from all over the country—not just Texas—which will help recruiting of their hated rival, the Texas Longhorns.
The kicking up of fuss—which included a threat to go to the SEC (but seriously—how many teams would really want to travel to College Station, which a long way away for most of the teams?)—forced the Big XII to force the Longhorn Network not to show ANY high school games.
For us, the biggest thing in this wasn't the Big XII or the Longhorn Network. It was the simple threat/rumor (which we still believe came out of the two schools) of going to the country's most powerful conference.
5. Les Miles loves his videos.
According to his video speech he made in Atlanta, he's already looking forward to Oregon. According to a Boston Herald article, he's not going to provide any more information than that, sadly, because LSU is currently under investigation by the NCAA about discussions with one of the most infamous video artists since the Paris Hilton videotape guy. And the team members say that they are all brothers, too.
6. Steve Still Loves Stephen!
Steve Spurrier still likes embattled quarterback Stephen Garcia. If you count the line, "Well I guess we don't wanna kick him out for stupidity." But you nearly did Steve, didn't you? How about recommending he hits up an AA meeting or two, Steve?
7. And speaking of Mississippi State...
We still can't get over the Nick Bell tribute.