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2016 SEC Media Days: Nick Saban, Paul Finebaum steal show on Day 3; Day 4 schedule


NCAA Football: SEC Media Day Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide: I suppose we could talk about Nick Saban’s nice tribute to Steve Spurrier - “He's made a tremendous impact on the game and I'm sure will continue to do that” - and how worried he was last year that the team wouldn’t have great chemistry, or how he wasn’t sure who the team’s QB would be (again). But...this little exchange between him and Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network changed things just a tad.

Quickly to the others:

Arkansas Razorbacks: Bret Bielema might take Spurrier’s title for most interesting coach in the SEC (“I’ll open it up for some really easy questions”). We learned what “Hoganese” was, the “SEC Clause” as it pertained to how Kirby Smart wanted to hire his offensive coordinator, Dan Enos, at Georgia (“I appreciate it, can't have him. Kind of stuck my tongue out, wiggled my nose and felt good about it”), along with his thoughts on satellite camps, and a little dig at SEC director of officials Steve Shaw on a tripping call that called back a touchdown a couple of years ago. Money quote (one of many), in regards to the Texas A&M/Arkansas game last year:

Summy, last year, when we got done with the game and we're walking across to shake hands, he said, "I don't know what to say." I said, “Don't say anything, I might punch you."

Money quote #2 (again, one of many):

At Arkansas we're not built very sexy. We're just kind of a work in progress. We need a lot of time in the bathroom to get ready and come out and look great. But when we do, we'll stop time.

Never change, #BERT.

Kentucky Wildcats: Oh, Kentucky. Mark Stoops came with his fireproof pants on because his seat’s pretty hot after back-to-back 5-7 seasons. Stoops talked about a “culture change” within the program and “tougher” practices to get themselves to a point where they are competing in the SEC. It sounds like Drew Barker is the man at QB after seeing limited time at the position as a freshman last year. Big shoes to fill after the respectable job Patrick Towles (now at Boston College) did in 2014 and 2015. Stoops mentioned satellite camps, which he is staunchly against:

We have not gotten a lot of out of them. We want to see players on our campus. The most results we get -- satellite camps are recruiting. Let's not call them anything else.

Missouri Tigers: Barry Odom made his SECMD debut and addressed the news that his boss, Mack Rhodes, was leaving to become the AD at Baylor. He spoke on Charles Davis - who he called “one of the great ones” at defensive end that he’s seen during this time at Mizzou - and spoke about his relationship with Gary Pinkel. Nothing really out of the ordinary besides the Rhoades news, other than highlighting possible standouts in 2016, Chris Block among them. Someone did ask about Maty Mauk “earning the trust of the team”, which, well, Mauk’s at Eastern Kentucky, so... (Points to Odom for politely correcting the reporter that asked that question.)

Day 4 Schedule: The Gamecocks kick off the day at around 10:05 a.m. ET, and we’ll have full coverage of what Will Muschamp has to say right afterwards. Ole Miss and LSU wrap up the day and the week after that. Also, look for the league’s all-conference team and media poll to come out as well.