SEC MEDIA DAYS CENTRAL: July 17, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal





UPDATE: 6:40 p.m. – Thanks for joining us here are some links to Brad & Parrish’s coverage …

Click here for SEC Media Day coverage at Brad Locke’s blog.

Click here for more at Parrish Alford’s blog.

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UPDATE: 5:40 p.m – Vanderbilt feeling good about year two under coach James Franklin. Here’s a look from The Associated Press …

HOOVER, Ala. — Vanderbilt coach James Franklin isn’t backing down going into Year 2.

He says “the sky’s the limit” for the Commodores and that there’s an abundance of fan excitement around the program. Franklin took the podium Tuesday at Southeastern Conference media days with a bold recruiting pitch.

His message for recruits: “If you’re truly the best and the brightest where else would you go?”

Franklin led the Commodores to six wins and their second bowl appearance since 1982 in his debut season.

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UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. – Is Missouri ready for the SEC? They say so in this report from The Associated Press …

HOOVER, Ala. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says his team won’t be intimidated playing in the Southeastern Conference.

Pinkel says there’s a perception that “we play a bunch of high school teams.” He says the Tigers know they have to earn respect in the SEC, but they have already played in a tough Big 12 Conference.

Pinkel says Missouri fans have gone beyond excitement over playing in the SEC and “have become fanatical about it.”

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UPDATE: 3:18 p.m. – There are several new things at SEC Media Days, but ol ball coach is still the same. Here’s what he had say by The Associated Press …

HOOVER, Ala. — Steve Spurrier finally has South Carolina near the top of the Southeastern Conference heap.

He also believes he has the talent to keep the Gamecocks there.

One year after leading South Carolina to an 11-win season, Spurrier said Tuesday that “we’re getting a little bit of a name out there.” The 67-year-old Spurrier is entering his eighth season at South Carolina. After five mediocre seasons, he is 20-7 the last two years.

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UPDATE: 2:58 p.m. – There are some new guys in the SEC this year. One of them – Texas A&M – has had a first taste of media days SEC style. Here’s a bit about it from The Associated Press ….

HOOVER, Ala. — First-year Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says his “realistic expectations are to win” despite being placed in the toughest division in college football.

The Aggies were the first team to take the podium at SEC Media Days, a three-day event that attracts more than 1,000 credentialed media members. The 47-year-old Sumlin was optimistic about Texas A&M’s future but also said “we understand the challenges that are ahead of us.”

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UPDATE: 2 p.m. – Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive jokingly told media members at SEC Media Days at the close of this afternoon’s session – “may the news be with you.”

Here’s the news from The Associated Press after Slive’s talk …

HOOVER, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says that the lack of minority head coaches in the league is no longer a headliner.

Slive emphasizes it was a big story when he took over a decade ago that the conference had never had a black head football coach.

Now, the SEC has three. Two of them — Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin — will take the podium Tuesday before hundreds of reporters.

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UPDATE: 1 p.m. – Live video coverage now from SEC Media Days.

Click here for link to live coverage and click play to view.

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UPDATE: 12:55 p.m. – A little football news outside of SEC Media Days from The Oxford Eagle …

Aberdeen DE Ward cleared to play

First-year Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze can breathe a little easier today after learning former Aberdeen standout defensive end Channing Ward was cleared academically to play for the Rebels in 2012.Ward confirmed the news today via text message. He said he was “excited and relieved” about being cleared to begin his freshman year at Ole Miss.

Click here for more from John Davis at The Oxford Eagle.

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UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. – Good afternoon! Ready from some football. Us, too. A sure sign football is on the way is the SEC Media Days starting today in Birmingham. Parrish Alford and Brad Locke will be covering it and we’ll have updates here. First here’s a quick look at coverage leading up to this afternoon’s start.

Click here for Miss. State – SEC Football Media Days: We’ve got questions

Click here for Ole Miss – SEC Football Media Days: We’ve got questions

Click here for more questions around the SEC.

Plenty of coverage on the blogs …
Click here for Brad Locke’s Inside Mississippi State Sports Blog.

Click here for Parrish Alford’s Inside Ole Miss Sports Blog.

More updates all day at DJournal.com and in the NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.