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Day two of 2009 SEC Media Days started out with a bang at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., with Georgia and local favorite Alabama making the rounds for the early session, followed by upstart Ole Miss and the defending National Champion Florida Gators. Highlights from the day include:
Florida LB Brandon Spikes was scheduled to appear at Media Days for the Florida Gators. But, at the last minute, the 6-3, 240 lb. senior chose not to go citing "stage fright."
"Nothing is wrong with Brandon Spikes." said Meyer. "He's great. He's just shy, I guess."
LB Ryan Stamper, who is designated as the Gators' defensive captain, hopped a plane and made the rounds in place of Spikes.
Can Ole Miss handle the pressure?
As the chic pick to win the SEC West, one of the big questions going into Media Days was how Ole Miss would handle the hype they are receiving this off-season, after posting a 9-4 record in 2008, including wins over Florida, LSU and Texas Tech. Rebels' head coach Houston Nutt seems optimistic about the way his team is handling the spotlight.
"I'm excited for our players." said Nutt. "I'm excited for them because they're embracing it right, right way. How they go to a 5:30 workout, how they go to school, how they go to study hall, how they're doing things. Our antennas were up as coaches, how they would approach this off-season with all the pat on the backs, much different. They're in uncharted waters. The way they're handling things, I love what they're doing right now. That's why we can't wait to get to camp and get back to work and carry that over, keep that going."
Pressure or not, the other SEC West contenders have lots of holes to fill, so the Rebels are probably the safest pick to win the west. That sounds weird considering the Rebels have never won the SEC West.
The culprit is still on the loose
After four interrogations and four denials yesterday, the assembled media in Birmingham was at it again, trying to solve the case of the missing Tim Tebow vote. Of the four head coaches appearing Thursday, Mark Richt, Nick Saban, Houston Nutt and Urban Meyer, only two, Richt and Saban were considered suspects, since Meyer is ineligible to vote for Tebow and Nutt is ineligible to vote for Jevan Snead.
Not surprisingly, both said that they voted for Tebow.
So, that leaves four suspects remaining: Gene Chizik, Steve Spurrier, Les Miles and Lane Kiffin.
When all four deny it tomorrow - and that will most certainly be the case - will it end there? Something tells me that it won't, and this will be an issue that gets re-visited every week during the season. For the sake of everybody, somebody own up to it.
Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon, who was arrested Saturday night and charged with DUI, will likely be suspended for at least one game. The Bulldogs open the season on September 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET vs. Jackson State on ESPNU.
Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter
Three & Out Archive:
Three & Out: SEC Media Days, Day 2 – July 23, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Media Days, Day 1 – July 22, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – April 16, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – April 12, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – April 9, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – April 3, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 30, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 26, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 18, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 15, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 11, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 7, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – March 3, 2009
Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes – February 28, 2009
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