Head Coaches Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M), Gary Pinkel (Mizzou), and James Franklin (Vanderbilt) are all scheduled for today.
As for players, for South Carolina we will hear from Junior WR Ace Sanders, who has 54 career receptions for 699 yards and 4 TDs, Senior Safety D.J. Swearinger, who has 165 career tackles and 4 interceptions, and finally, Junior QB Connor Shaw, who has won 8 of his 9 starts while at Carolina, with a 66.1 passing percentage with 1,671 yards and 15 TDs and only 8 interceptions under his hat. For Texas A&M, we will see Senior LB Sean Porter, who was 1st Team All-Big 12 after recording 79 tackles with 9.5 sacks and 17 TFLs, Junior Offensive Linemen Luke Joeckel, who was named 1st Team All-Big 12 as a Sophomore, and Senior WR Ryan Swope who was named 2nd Team All-Big 12 last year after breaking the Texas A&M records for receptions (89) and yards (1,207). Swope also grabbed 11 TDs. On deck for Mizzou, we will hear from Senior Offensive Linemen Elvis Fisher, who missed the 2011 after rupturing the partellar tendon in his left knee during pre-season practices, Senior WR T.J. Moe, who was a 2011 1st Team Academic All-Big 12 member while he made 54 catches 649 yards and 4 TDs while running the ball 11 times for 61 yards and going 2-of-3 passing for 71 yards and a TD, and lastly, Junior DB E.J. Gaines, who made 1st Team All-Big 12 last year after setting a Mizzou record with 18 pass break-ups and also recording 69 tackles. Lastly, for Vanderbilt we will see Senior DB Trey Wilson, who recorded 30 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 11 pass deflections, Senior QB Jordan Rodgers, brother of Super Bowl winning QB Aaron Rodgers, and Senior RB Zac Stacy, who broke the Vandy records for yards (1,193), TDs (14), and earned All-SEC recognition from the SEC Coaches.
The 3 day event will begin today on ESPNU at 12:00 CST. Below, is the schedule for players, coaches, and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive with all times again being posted in CST.
Tuesday, July 17
1:00 p.m. – Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
1:10 p.m. – Ace Sanders, South Carolina
1:20 p.m. – Sean Porter, Texas A&M
1:40 p.m. – D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2:10 p.m. – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2:20 p.m. – Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
2:30 p.m. – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
3:00 p.m. – Commissioner Mike Slive
3:20 p.m. – James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3:30 p.m. – Connor Shaw, South Carolina
4:00 p.m. – Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
4:20 p.m. – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
4:30 p.m. – Elvis Fisher, Missouri
4:40 p.m. – T.J. Moe, Missouri
4:50 p.m. – Gary Pinkel, Missouri
5:40 p.m. – E.J. Gaines, Missouri
5:50 p.m. – Zac Stacey, Vanderbilt
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive will address the media at 12:30 in his annunal “State of the SEC Address.”
Cliff Notes from Commissioner Slive’s “State of the SEC.”
@SECGridiornLive: Mike Slive: “This year alone we won nine national championships with seven runners-up.” http://yfrog.com/ke4g5oij
@SneadFeed: Slive highlights an upcoming SEC Storied on Sylvester Croom.
@jzenor: Slive emphasizes increase of minority coaches in SEC, “as pointed out by a recent AP story.” 3 football, 8 men’s hoops, 5 women’s hoops.
@SugarBowlNOLA: Slive: “we’ve maintained the most competitive success in our history…we must cont to be creative, innovative and think outside the box.”
@SneadFeed: Slive: “need to hit the reset button on recruiting rules…need to permit text messages.”
@Dave_Matter: Slive touches on Penn State: “No one program, no one person … can be allowed to derail the soul of an institution.”
@NWARobbie: Slive didn’t mention Penn State by name, but just said “no one program, no one person can be allowed to derail the soul of an institution.”
@Dave_Matter: Slive on
#Mizzou & Texas A&M: “They fit. We welcome them into the conference family.”
@McMurphyCBS: ”Project X now Project SEC” Slive says remarking about league’s SEC TV Network
@RussMitchellCFB: Slive: Project X – nothing. No new news on the SEC Channel structure
@Dave_Matter: Slive refers to in-the-works SEC Network as Project SEC. “I’d love to say more. You’d love for me to say more. I won’t say more.”
@TomMurphyADG: Mike Slive asks is 4-team playoff good for SEC. “The answers is unequivocally yes. And it’s good for college football at the same time.”
@DennisDoddCBS: Champions Bowl will be placed into a bowl TBD.
@ClayTravisBGID: Slive says Champion’s Bowl will be owned by conferences and played in primetime on Jan. 1, 2015.
@SneadFeed: Mike Slive is nationally trending.
@SneadFeed: And, basically, Mike Slive said a ton of somethings, but very little anythings.
Here are the tweets from Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin’s presser at SEC Media Days.
Sumlin on playing last six national champs this season: “We knew that when we took the job.”
Sumlin: This is a special year…as excited as anyone to be a part of the SEC.
Sumlin insinuates that A&M may go 2 QB system. Feels confident starter will be named within 2 weeks of season.
Sumlin: A&M quarterbacks will compete during camp. Team will name a starter a few weeks before first game
Sumlin on A&M offense: “Being called pass happy is fine with us as long as people want to defend the pass all the time.”
A&M needs to get bigger and faster on defense according to Sumlin.
Sumlin says he’s not a fan of eliminating kickoffs in college football. New rule is pushing kicks up to create more touchbacks
Sumlin says it’s easier for younger QBs to transition to a new system than a (upperclassmen) type of guy.
Kevin Sumlin “We have a real emphasis on recruiting on the State of Texas and moving East”
Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin asked about possibility of playing LSU to end season: “I really don’t have anything to do with schedulng …”
#LSU A&M as last game: I don’t have much to do with scheduling. It could become a big game, but you create your own rivals. We’ll see.
Sumlin: “What’s my assessment? It’s a pretty damn hard league.”
Kevin Sumlin on the SEC: “It’s a pretty damn hard league. … It’s a damn difficult league b/c of talent and coaching.”
Sumlin: Feast or famine defense. SEC size LBers. Got to build depth
Sumlin: We’ll be sure (Christian Michael) ready to go through fall camp. He’s been able to carry his lbs the last 5 mos. Coming along fine.
Sumlin says RB Christine Michael could have done more this spring but didn’t need to prove anything. Was careful with him. Smart move
Sumlin: “My realistic expecations are to win.” … Adds he knows what he was getting into when he took an SEC job.
Sumlin on how laid back he appears today: “It’s summer time. We’re all right. Plus, we’re undefeated right now. …”
Sumlin: “Everyone acts like I didn’t know what I was getting into when I was taking job. We were already entering SEC when I took the job.”
Sumlin: “We’re damn good in football.”
Sumlin on Les Miles saying MU & A&M “better strap it up.”: “I don’t think it was a derogatory statement at all. That’s a fair statement.”
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he would rather play Arkansas in a home and home series rather than playing at Cowboys Stadium
Sumlin on A&M-Ark series: “I enjoy playing in Jerry World as much as the next guy, but I’d rather it be home-and-home.”
Sumlin on Ark-A&M in Cowboys Stadium: “Now it’s a league game. I think most guys would want a home and home.”
Up next comes The Old Ball Coach, South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier not backing off expectations, says Gamecocks goal is to win the SEC. “We also understand we could fall flat on our face.”
Spurrier: If we can’t throw the ball well this year, we’re not going to try to.
Spurreir: Connor is a running and a throwing QB. Hopefully, he’ll be a little better of a passer, but we’ll keep running the ball with him.
Steve Spurrier says RB Marcus Lattimore should be full speed this season after ACL tear. Much like Knile Davis, Christine Michael, etc
Spurrier: “We realize we aren’t favored for an SEC Championship like we were at Florida.”
Spurrier says he was thinking 8-10 years at South Carolina when he took job. Hard to believe it’s been 8 years
Spurrier: “It’s not a stressful job I have. I know a lot of these guys tell you how stressful their job is.” Credits assts.
Steve Spurrier said he thinks SEC newcomers Missouri and A&M “are going to win a bunch of games.” Didn’t say how many years it would take.
Spurrier: I think when a sports writer asks how much longer I’m going to coach I should ask him how much longer is he going to write.
Spurrier: “Had knee replacement, and have the best team we have had in the last 4 years…I am good.”
“They’ve had our number. They’ve beaten us pretty good.” — Spurrier on Arkansas.
Spurrer: Arkansas has whipped our tails, and so has Auburn.
Spurrier: “No, we will not recruit Texas…not going to go in and compete against Texas and Oklahoma and all them guys.”
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier notes that his team has lost 7 games in two years – five of them to Auburn and Arkansas.
Spur Dog tip toes around question about JoePa but handles it nicely: “When he coached fb, he did everything right.”
Spurrier says having a quarterback who can run for a first down is “so important.” WHERE IS THE REAL COACH SPURRIER?!?
Steve Spurrier would have an 8-team college playoff if he was calling shots. Champs of 6 BCS conferences and 2 at-large spots
Steve Spurrier: “Marcus has rehabbed (his knee) beautifully. He should be ready to go.”
Steve Spurrier hasn’t won an
#SEC championship in over 10 years. His last was with Florida in 2000
Spurrier: “Historically South Carolina has had some good years in the past. They have fallen flat on their face the next year.”
Spur Dog already thinking ahead to 2014: “If we can win our division and win the game in Atlanta, we’ll probably be in the Final Four.”
“That’s pretty neat for South Carolina.” — Spurrier on recent success vs UGA, Tennessee and Clemson.
Spurrier: “Arkansas quarterback is very good. Tyler can really throw it.’
Spurrier on Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson: “Tyler Wilson is an excellent passer. He is very good.”
Spurrier on Ray Tanner: “We’re al happy he’s our AD.”
In the on deck circle, Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel.
On Henry Josey, Pinkel says it’s a “stretch” that he’ll be cleared to play this year but “we’re not counting him out.”
Pinkel said James Franklin is throwing a football. TJ Moe said Franklin is leading drills, but “there’s no reason to push it.”
Pinkel says the teams that are the most physical up front are the teams that compete for championships. That’s not different in the SEC.
More than the other coaches today, Gary Pinkel looks merely like he’s enduring this
Pinkel been at Mizzou for 12 yrs & isn’t changing anything in SEC. “We do what we do…not changing how we recruit or train our players.”
Pinkel on Saban: Historically he’ll go down as one of the great coaches in college football. And he should.
Pinkel, when asked about former Kent State teammate Nick Saban, said: “First of all, he’s older than me. I want to make that very clear.”
More Pinkel on Saban: “I have great respect for him, always have. He’s one of the greatest coaches in college football.”
Pinkel on Mizzou fans’ excitement for SEC: “They’ve become fanatical about it.”
Pinkel: QB Franklin will be 100%. He got better as year went on last year. Mentions last 3 QBs that are now playing in the NFL.
Pinkel: We can do a lot of different things with out spread offense
EJ Gaines: “There’s going to be a lot of doubters out there until we play our first game. I don’t know why there wouldn’t be.”
Pinkel: Franklin must reduce critical error young QBs. Also must pick his moments to run, not take the big hits. Again, improved as a passer
Several times now Pinkel has made variation of comment, “It’s not like we were playing a bunch of high school teams” in the Big 12.
Pinkel said after Saban’s 1 yr at Toledo, he called Pinkel to see if he was interested in job. GP interviewed & coached there from 1991-2000
More Pinkel on Mizzou’s move to the SEC: “Bottom line: You have to go out and prove yourself. And I’m fine with it.”
Pinkel: “That’s going to be a big story: Our offense against these great SEC defenses.”
Pinkel on meeting SEC coaches for the first time: “It was, Hi, how are you guys doing? Let’s go to work.”
Pinkel has “great respect for Arkansas.”
Last coach of the day will be Vanderbilt Head Coach Jame Franklin, coming up soon.
Vandy coach James Franklin says he remembers walking down radio row here last year and wasn’t recognized. It has changed now.
Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy is clearly elated that Warren Norman is back & healthy. I sensed Stacey really missed their 1-2 punch last year
Franklin: The sky is the limit. We can beat anybody with the right kid. We have too much to sell. Not many programs can match our education
Franklin: “Tennessee game is important to our state, but I’m focused on (the opner) against Carolina on Thursday night on ESPN.”
“We’re very aware of the QBs in this league.” Franklin on QB success in the SEC.
Franklin: We want the whole package. Not just talent.
Franklin: “We have tremendous respect for everybody in this conference. If you play Vandy, you better be ready to play from begining to end”
Franklin on Rodgers: “The light has really gone on for him”
James Franklin calls Missouri’s qb “cousin.”
“They were throwing babies at him,” Franklin on Saban’s arrival last year.
Vandy HC James Franklin refers to
#Mizzou QB as “cousin Franklin.” Says he is glad player isn’t here so he isn’t “the other James Franklin”
James Franklin (VU) dodges question about “Cousin Franklin” (MO)
Franklin: “You’re not going to earn everybody’s respect in one year.”