The SEC just knows how to do it.
Did you know that the four other major conferences held media days this week? Outside of the discussion of whether Jadeveon Clowney’s ‘Hit’ would be an ejection this year, the media was rather quiet about it. While the other conferences all shared the spotlight this week, the SEC shared it with no one and dominated coverage a week and a half ago.
The ACC got together last Sunday and Monday in Greensboro, two media days that just screamed college basketball. The Big 12 held their media days on Monday and Tuesday in Dallas, and the Big Ten took over Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago. Finally, Lane Kiffin and the Pac-12 brought up the rear last Friday, where the pre-game media day video said, “We run faster, elevate higher…no other conference even comes close.”
The SEC has been a major topic of discussion this offseason. From Bob Stoops becoming the world’s worst myth buster to Jimbo Fisher talking about the SEC’s perception, the Southeastern Conference has had a target on its back.
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So, naturally, the SEC was a topic of discussion at other conference media days, and here’s what they said:
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini
“I guarantee there are a lot of teams in the SEC that aren’t Alabama that wish they were Nebraska, that wish they were Michigan, wish they were Ohio State, so don’t talk to me about the SEC. Talk to me about, let’s compare specific programs.
“The whole SEC isn’t Alabama, isn’t LSU and isn’t Georgia. Every year is different.”
Northwestern QB Kain Colter
“It’s hard to compare conference to conference but we have a lot of tradition. We’ve done a lot of good things academically and athletically, so that’s something to be proud of.”
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz
“We’ve had fast guys in our conference. We’ve had a lot of skill players get drafted throughout the years. But if you just study recruiting, I mean I think of the population swing right now to California, the South, warm weather states.
“There’s differences, and there’s a lot of ways to be effective and to be successful and you have to figure out what’s best for you at your school or conference and then just try to maximize it.”
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on recruiting SEC country
“When you go out and recruit now, I remember northeast Ohio, Western PA, still great football, fantastic football, but a perfect example (is) where I’m from. I’m from Ashtabula, Ohio, and my high school class, graduating class, I think had 15 people this year.
“That’s alarming because it’s great people, great communities and really great athletes in that part of the state, but it’s just dried up a little bit.”
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
“I feel like our competition on the Ohio State level, we can compete with anybody.”
Washington State head coach Mike Leach on ESPN
“The bottom half of the Pac-12 is better than the bottom half of the SEC.”
Texas head coach Mack Brown
“I’ve never really said I want to be SEC-like. I think people said that because we wanted to run the ball better, and the SEC is a league that runs the ball really well.”
Mack Brown on Alabama and limited football staffs
“Because Alabama has had so much success, and their staff has been bigger than any of the other staffs in college football.”
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops on his SEC comments
“I don’t really care. I am entitled to my opinion.”
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on SEC scheduling
“The strength of schedule with Pac-12 is unrivaled. Our teams not only host these games, we go on the road.”
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby on playing the SEC
“I don’t think you can be the best without playing the best. We have the arrangement in the Sugar Bowl that will in most years have a Big 12 team playing an SEC team. We will also likely play the SEC in at least one other and probably two other bowl games.
“So we believe in the best playing the best, and I don’t think you can lay claim to it unless you can beat them.”
“We think we can play with anybody in the country, but it’s impossible to call yourself the best league in college football unless you can win the national championship.”
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