Somewhere around the halfway mark of the 21-minute opening statement, fans and members of the media labeled Jeremy Pruitt’s speech at the podium at SEC Media Days as a full blown filibuster.

The Tennessee coach made no secret of not enjoying the environment and schedule of Media Days.

“So I started to figure out, this has not been my favorite time as a head coach,” he said early on. “It’s not something that I exactly enjoy doing, but I appreciate the media and what you do for our game. You know, you sell the game of football. You sell the SEC, and we appreciate what you do.”

But then he discussed the city of Hoover, coaching at Hoover High School, his personal assistant, and roster of assistant coaches, including strength and conditioning and academics.

Pruitt has a good reputation as an assistant coach, and the jury may still be out about his tenure as a head coach. But this performance today will go down in the annals of podium speeches at SEC Media Days.

Here’s a collection of reaction to the media session:

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