Day three at SEC Media Days was a tale of two stories. Kevin Sumlin, who holds the hottest seat in the SEC, and Nick Saban, who could run for the governor of Alabama (and get elected), were front and center in Hoover, Ala., for Wednesday’s event.
Although not nearly bringing the same excitement, Missouri HC Barry Odom and Kentucky HC Bob Stoops weathered the storm, debriefing the media on their team’s offseason adjustments and improvements.
One story to break during the day was the news that Houston Nutt, former Ole Miss head coach has filed a lawsuit against his predecessors for “defamation of character,” just one day before the Ole Miss contingent arrives for their media day here in Hoover. With allegations already mounting over Hugh Freezes head, the Rebels’ head coach is in for a tough outing at the Hyatt Regency tomorrow.
Alabama HC Nick Saban didn’t look particularly overjoyed to be at media days, however did in fact end his address with his usual thanks to the media for what they do to promote the game of College Football.
“I think what you do in promoting our game and the players who play it is a very important part of creating a lot of interest for our fans, and the people who support and love college football, commented Saban.”
Saban also mentioned that he thought this could be one of the “youngest teams we’ve ever had,” however, the Tide do return their starting QB for the first time since 2013, when it was AJ McCarron.
Mark Stoops was probably the most calm and collected speaker of the day. Stoops talked a lot about how his team finished 2016 strong, winning 7 of their last 10 games, one of which over Lamar Jackson and arch-rival Louisville.
“We feel like we have an experienced football team. We’re returning seventeen starters,” said Stoops.
The Kentucky head ball coach was also asked about his reaction to his brother, Bob Stoops’ retirement from Oklahoma. “He called me, it came out of the blue. I had no idea that it was coming, commented Stoops.
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