Georgia Bulldogs: If you were expecting Kirby Smart to shine some light on the Dawgs’ quarterback situation, well, we’re sorry, but he didn’t exactly do that yesterday. He did mention that his style of coaching, compared to that of predecessor and current Miami (Fla.) head man Mark Richt, was much more intense. He also mentioned the friendship that he shares with Will Muschamp, and brought up a humorous story of how he once “mercy-ruled” the new South Carolina coach in a pickup game of basketball a number of years ago. On the field, Smart updated the status of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel - both “limited” for the start of preseason action in August. Also, Jonathan Ledbetter will indeed be suspended for the start of the season for his DUI arrest. We also found out that Greyson Lambert is a huge Pokemon Go fan.
Mississippi State Bulldogs: Either Dan Mullen just doesn’t get it, or he doesn’t want to get it. The story of Jeffrey Simmons continues to be a hot button issue, but rather than address it head on, Mullen all but brushed the situation aside, calling it a “very, very poor decision”. The question then came: What if it happened to his daughter?
Finally got to ask Mullen: What if your wife or daughter? "I don't think my family would be in that situation." WHAT?!— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) July 12, 2016
I won’t spend so much time on this since Tucker rightfully ripped Mullen for his remarks. But “I don’t think my family would be in that situation” isn’t good enough. In fact, I’m not so sure what he means by that statement. He could have taken a strong stance against domestic violence right then and there, but he gave a “coach-speak”, coward’s-way-out answer instead. What a shame.
Tennessee Volunteers: Butch Jones knows that in past years, his team has entered the season with high expectations. While they’ve fallen short of those, they did take some steps forward in 2015 en route to a nine-win season, their most since Phillip Fulmer won 10 in 2007. Jones spoke about “owning” those expectations and preventing his team from caving into any possible pressure. Leadership was also a common thread during Jones’ availability as he noted how various players were stepping up and taking ownership in areas that they needed to improve. He also touched on the university’s sex assault settlement, which is still a issue of much discussion around Knoxville.
Texas A&M: It’s Kevin Sumlin’s fifth year at the helm of the Aggies’ program, and the buzz is that it’s their best team since Johnny Manziel was at QB. Like Jones before him, Sumlin discussed dealing with the expectations, especially given the fact that his team has dipped in the standings since an 11-2 mark in 2012. He’s also been in touch with the troubled Manziel over the past few weeks via text. Here’s hoping the former Heisman winner gets the help he needs. Also, Myles Garrett has set some pretty high goals for 2016.
Day 3 schedule: Alabama kicks things off at around 10:05 ET, followed by Arkansas. After a break, Kentucky is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, followed by Mizzou.