SEC Media Days Blog: Day 2 details
HOOVER, Ala. — We are halfway through 2014 SEC Media Days. Tuesday’s schedule was lengthy, with four coaches taking the podium. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier led it off and he was, well, just like he always is, entertaining.
Spurrier is entering his 10th season leading the Gamecocks. He is the first coach to lead two SEC schools for 10 or more years. He was at Florida for 12 seasons, and it appears he will be at South Carolina for at least 12 years as well.
Spurrier is affable, he’s witty and he knows how to win. The Gamecocks have won 77 games in his nine seasons and they are expected to be as good, or better, than they have been in recent seasons.
Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen followed Spurrier to end the morning session. He was upbeat and he talked about the progression of quarterback Dak Prescott and wanting to make it to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship game. Of course, he talked about winning the 2013 Egg Bowl. There wasn’t a reference to Ole Miss as the School Up North, which was a change from past seasons.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was asked, early, and often about former quarterback Johnny Manziel. Even though Manziel helped the Aggies win 20 games the last two years combined, it’s obvious that Sumlin wants to move on. He has yet to name a starting quarterback, but he feels confident about the future of the offense, and that he and his staff have recruited well enough to deal with Manziel not being a part of the program.
Butch Jones, Tennessee’s second year coach, was the last of the four coaches at the podium. Jones came across as confident about the next step for the Volunteers, who are young and inexperienced in a lot of ways, but talented in some spots.
Wednesday’s schedule includes visits from Missouri, LSU and Arkansas. Steve Shaw, the head of SEC officials, will talk about some of the new changes coming in 2014. Targeting penalties are sure to be one of the main topics discussed. Bill Hancock of the College Football Playoff will talk about the new structure, while Justin Connolly of the SEC Network will also answer questions.
There will be a documentary on Ole Miss’ Chucky Mullins and Vanderbilt’s Brad Gaines shown on the new SEC Network in the first month. The SEC Network is scheduled to air on Aug. 14. Charlie Hussey, an Oxford native, has been working with the ESPN on the creation of the SEC Network. There is a story on his role coming in Thursday’s Oxford Citizen.
Mississippi State safety Jay Hughes started his football career in Oxford. The son of former Ole Miss assistant coach Tony Hughes, who spent three years on Ed Orgeron’s staff in 2005-2007, is doing well as a member of the Bulldogs. He said he is fully recovered from an injury, and surgery, from last season, and looking to help MSU take another step this year.
Here are a couple of minutes of his interview with the media Tuesday.
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