They said what? Best quotes by coaches at SEC Media Days
They name-dropped Davy Crockett, Luis Suarez and Michael Jordan. They discussed their personnel, summer vacations and their families, 'The Bachelorette,' took shots at each other and the state of college football. The coaches delivered over the the SEC Media Days' four days. Here's a look at the best things overheard at the Wynfrey Hotel.
From the left: Les Miles (LSU), Nick Saban (Alabama), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) all made the most of their time at the podium at SEC Media Days.
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By Cory McCartney
HOOVER, Ala. -- They name-dropped Davy Crockett, Luis Suarez and Michael Jordan. They discussed their personnel, summer vacations and their families, 'The Bachelorette,' took shots at each other and the state of college football.
The coaches delivered over the the SEC Media Days' four days. Here's a look at the best things overheard at the Wynfrey Hotel:
"I've only made a few mistakes in terms of being a grandfather to this point. That's after so many times of as soon as the baby makes a peep, seeing somebody run to pick her up, you say, She'll be fine, just let her cry. That was a mistake now. That was a huge mistake." -- Alabama's Nick Saban on how he's dealing with being a new grandfather
"I took a vacation, I went to Austin, took my three children with me, so we had six, two parents and four children on that campus. It was miserable. I hated it. But it was great fun. I mean, it was not a beach, it was not sand, but it was my family, and that was the best." -- LSU's Les Miles in his opening address
"We rented bikes. It just happened to rain like hell. There was a bunch of hills down there. I want you to know something. As a father, I'm watching my kids going down this hill. I promise you, some of the experiences I had there, I'll not have again (laughter)." -- Miles, when asked to elaborate on his 'miserable' Austin vacation
"He took me to the Bahamas on his Jet airplane, on his yacht, pretty good trip." -- South Carolina's Steve Spurrier on dealing with boosters
"I always thought Davy Crockett was the hero of the Alamo, he and those 33 Tennessee guys that came in there and got killed, so forth." -- Spurrier when asked about the Bonham Trophy the Gamecocks and Texas A&M will play for in honor of James Butler Bonham, who was South Carolina-educated and who died at the Battle of the Alamo
"No, that's a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something (laughter)?" -- Texas A&Ms Kevin Sumlin when asked his second question about former QB Johnny Manziel, who is now with the Browns
"My daughter Ragan, she keeps a ranking of the SEC coaches. If you're at any of our games and viewing her an hour before game time, she's at midfield trying to find the other head coach. That's how into this football season she is. I don't know that I will give you the whole ranking. But No. 1 in her book is coach Miles." -- Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze on his daughter's obsession with SEC coaches
"After four seasons, you're out of here. We wish him well. We wish his brother well on 'The Bachelorette,' by the way." -- Georgia's Mark Richt, when asked about the departure of Aaron Murray. The QB's brother Josh is a contestant on the the ABC dating show
"Every year that we've been fortunate enough to win the championship, you picked somebody else to win it. So just to let you know that we're evaluating you." -- Saban on projections. The Crimson Tide were picked to win the SEC in the media's preseason poll
"Nick made a mistake and he'll have to deal with the consequences. I'm not ready to say what those consequences are at this time, but he will deal with it." -- Auburn's Gus Malzahn discussing quarterback Nick Marshall, who was removed from the list of attendees after a citation for marijuana possession
"If you ask our fans at South Carolina, I can assure you a majority would say, 'We would rather beat Clemson than win the SEC.' That is how big it is to them, that one game. Personally I'd rather win the SEC." -- Spurrier on getting over the hump at South Carolina
"I keep approaching the NFL on an opportunity for us to draft back some of our players that they take. Patrick Peterson, he'd have come back (smiling)." -- Miles on the amount of juniors the Tigers have lost to the NFL draft
"I don't buy the health issue in any way. It's never happened. No one has ever come into me all those years and said, 'Gosh, I'm really concerned about the health of our teams playing these fastâpaced offenses.' I think it's fiction. Fiction based on that. Never even come up before." -- Missouri's Gary Pinkel on whether player safety is an issue with pace of play
"I'm probably more of a realityâbased movie guy more than fiction, I guess. I think I deal more in what I know, what I see, what I believe." -- Arkansas' Bret Bielema, in response to Pinkel
"It's be careful what you ask for. You want to be the head coach at Florida? Then you better learn to take the criticism. It's part of the deal. They didn't hold a gun to my head to take the job. There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business. That's part of it. The way you combat that is having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we're going to do." -- Florida's Will Muschamp on his hot seat status after going 4-8 last season
"Our team is a team of probably noâname young men who have a chance to do something great. It's talented across the board." -- Vanderbilt's Derek Mason on approaching his first season as coach "Liverpool traded Suarez to Barcelona. A lot of offensive power gone from Liverpool." -- Mississippi State's Dan Mullen on the transfer of the Uruguayan star from Barcelona to the Premier League club
"No two teams are ever the same. That's why we've moved on from team 117 to team 118 at Tennessee." -- Tennessee's Butch Jones in his opening address on turning the page to a new season
"My hair is quite shorter than normal today. Spurrier takes credit for that. If he won our match, come to Media Day, you had to buzz cut your hair, so that's why my hair is so short today." -- Freeze, who made a bet with the South Carolina coach while playing golf during spring meetings
"You made a mistake, you have these consequences. I'd rather them have that type of experience in college rather than being married for four years and got a kid or two and they get fired from their job because of something they never nipped in the bud while they were in their college days." -- Richt on his philosophy in dealing with bad behavior from his players.
"I want you to know that there's not one player, not one player, since I've been a head coach that I kicked off the team that ever went anywhere and amounted to anything and accomplished anything, playing or academically. All right? That's not always the answer. Discipline is not punishment. Punishment is only effective when it can help change somebody's behavior." -- Saban discussing his own approach with troubled players