1. WISHING YOU WERE HERE
Probably no player absent from SEC media days was talked about more Wednesday than LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette. Coach Les Miles compared him to Michael Jordan. Fellow running back Terrence Magee said Fournette isn’t much of a bowler but can bowl you over in pads. “There’s no way you’re not going to see him out there,” he said. “I’m ready to see him shine.”
2. SAM IS STILL THE MAN
Former Missouri DE Michael Sam announced in February that he is gay, a story that continues to resonate. Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel was asked about Sam and his story’s impact on Mizzou football. “I hope it’s all in a positive way,” he said. “I hope five years from now there’s no discussions about this, that we’ve moved on, that we respect people for what they are and what they do.”
3. PACE OF PLAY
The subject came up in 2013 and resurfaced Wednesday. “I don’t buy the health issue in any way,” Pinkel said. “No one has ever come to me and said, ‘Gosh, I’m really concerned about the health of our teams playing these fast-paced offenses.’ I think it’s fiction.” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema disagreed. “I have seen a couple of good fiction movies, so I know good fiction when I see it,” he said.
4. APPOINTMENT TELEVISION
Set your DVR for 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. That’s the moment the SEC Network is switched on, according to Justin Connolly, ESPN’s head honcho for the network. That’s assuming your carrier has the network by then. Monday, Jan. 12 is the date for the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be on a Monday each year.