SEC MEDIA DAYS CENTRAL: July 18, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal








5 p.m. – LSU coach Les Miles wants to talk about the upcoming season, but he will look back at bit. Here’s more from The Associated Press …

Les Miles admits he has watched the tape of LSU’s disastrous performance in the BCS championship game a few times during the offseason.

It didn’t take very long. After all, the Tigers didn’t run many offensive plays.

But Miles said Wednesday that LSU has learned from the 21-0 loss to Alabama, and expects to be better on offense this fall thanks to a veteran offensive line, four experienced running backs and new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

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3:30 p.m. – The shooting that shocked Auburn earlier this year is still being felt by staff and players according to this update from The Associated Press …

HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn coach Gene Chizik says the football team is still healing from the shooting of three current or former players.

Chizik says the team has been through difficult times since the June incident “and they’re not over.”

Former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were among three people killed. Current offensive lineman Eric Mack was one of three injured.

Chizik says he had a long conversation with Mack on Tuesday night, and says the lineman is physically OK.

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2:15 p.m. – Kentucky’s Joker Phillips sees brighter days ahead. More from The Associated Press … Kentucky coach Joker Phillips believes last year’s mediocre season is a minor bump on the road to consistent success.

The Wildcats played in five straight bowl games from 2006 to ’10, but regressed to a 5-7 record last season. They ended the year on a high note, beating Tennessee for the first time since 1984, but must replace many key players.

At Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday, Phillips said Kentucky had done a good job of stocking quality young players during the bowl streak and “now those guys have to go out and play.”

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1:28 p.m.- Arkansas coach John L. Smith had a lively meeting with the media this morning. Here’s some of it from The Associated Press – HOOVER, Ala. — John L. Smith’s philosophy is pretty simple: “Life’s an adventure,” and you don’t want to miss anything.

The Arkansas coach has certainly had an adventurous time since being summoned to replace ousted Bobby Petrino in April. Smith says it has been a surreal experience.

The gregarious Smith seems to be enjoying the ride, judging by an energetic performance at Southeastern Conference media days.

Would he like to hang onto the Arkansas job for more than a year? Smith says, “Well, certainly. Do I look stupid?”

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11:20 a.m. – Dan Mullen and Mississippi State have made an SEC Media Day appearance. Here’s a bit about it from The Associated Press …

HOOVER, Ala. — Tyler Russell’s presence at Southeastern Conference media days is one of the most obvious indications that Mississippi State is confident with its new starting quarterback.

Coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday he picked Russell as one of his three representatives because he wants his leaders to “make sure they know what they’re getting themselves into.”

Russell threw for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns as a part-time starter last season. This year, the job is his.

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Watch for much more from Daily Journal’s Brad Locke in print and online.

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10:45 a.m. – From Brad Locke on Twitter …

@bradlocke – Mississippi State football player Johnthan Banks said he’s looking forward to finishing his career 4-0 vs. Ole Miss. Guaranteed an Egg Bowl win this year.

More on MSU at Media Days soon.

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10:16 a.m. – From outside Hoover – Ole Miss and Memphis playing again …

From OleMissSports.com … OXFORD – Ole Miss will be renewing its Mid-South rivalry with Memphis on the football field and the basketball court.

In a joint press release with Memphis Athletics, Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Wednesday the institutions have signed a four-year contract to renew their football series, resuming in 2014 and running through 2017.

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10 a.m. – First update of the day with the Florida Gators. Florida coach Will Muschamp’s first year wasn’t smooth. He’s hoping some good news on a player will be part of a turn around in 2012. From The Associated Press …

HOOVER, Ala. — Florida coach Will Muschamp says defensive end Ronald Powell will play this season.

The Gators starter tore a knee ligament in the spring game. Muschamp says he’s not sure when Powell will return to the field but that he has been cleared for all weight-room work and straight-ahead running.

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