Hoover, AL — The first day of SEC Media Days has come and gone, and just like every year, players and coaches delivered some great one-liners and memorable moments.
There were 1,200 media members in attendance, and we haven’t even encountered Johnny Manziel Day tomorrow. The media swarmed the usual, Jadeveon Clowney and Steve Spurrier, and we can only imagine what tomorrow will bring with Manziel and Texas A&M.
Here is the best of SEC Media Days, day one.
Steve Spurrier on player stipends and Notre Dame
Spurrier reiterated this as a unanimous stance among the coaches, stating that all 14 coaches agreed to pay the $300 per game stipend if the schools cannot afford to compensate the players.
Spurrier also questioned why Notre Dame was allowed to be treated as a conference by itself, with AD Jack Swarbrick getting to sit in on all the College Football Playoff meetings with the conference commissioners.
Best Dressed: Ole Miss LB Mike Marry
Best Interview: Florida DT Dominique Easley, because immediately after he taught a media member how to dance.
I asked Will Muschamp about Florida being continually the most penalized team in the SEC: “Florida won championships in 1996, 2006 and 2008 as the most penalized team in the SEC. So, you can take that stat and stick it where the sun don’t shine.”
Jadeveon Clowney on ‘whether he could catch Johnny Manziel': “Yes. I would go right at him – hit him in the mouth.”
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace on his shoulder recovery and rehab: “It’s going good. We’re in our last stages. Now I’m just getting to throwing everyday to get ready for camp.”
Will Muschamp on Ohio State turning Florida in for recruiting violations: “We appreciate our friends from Ohio educating us on NCAA rules. They certainly know a thing or two about it.”
Jadeveon Clowney on Clemson’s Tahj Boyd: “You can see in his eyes that he’s scared of our D-line. He is scared every time we play them. I know he’s listening to this right now, but I’m telling the truth.”
Clowney also expressed that not only did he see fear in the eyes of Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, but he saw it in Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson.
Jadeveon Clowney on staying out of trouble: “I stay out of bars and off Twitter.”
Hugh Freeze on the Nkemdiche brothers: “Robert is naive and unassuming. Denzel will tell you every day how good he is.”
Steve Spurrier on his age: “The Pope is 77 and can lead a million people. I only have to get 11 players on the field.”
Florida DT Dominique Easley on not knowing Bear Bryant: “I’m sorry, Alabama fans. I’m from New York and didn’t watch football growing up.”