1 NOW HE SAYS IT
Somewhere in Louisiana there’s a candle burning for Nick Saban, 10 years after he left LSU for the Miami Dolphins before heading to Alabama in 2007. This won’t help: “We’ve moved around a lot,” Saban said. “If I had it to do over, I’d have just tried to stay in one place and establish a great program, not have these goals and aspirations of things that eventually you weren’t happy doing.”
2 KNOWING YOUR PLACE
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops had the unenviable task of following Saban as the final coach at media days. He’s used to the billing, since football ranks behind basketball at UK. It must be said, though, that UK is in the midst of a $120 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and building a new football operations building, while a plan to remodel basketball’s Rupp Arena was recently quashed.
3 JUDGE ME BY MY SIZE, DO YOU?
Georgia WR Chris Conley spent months writing, producing and starring in a 26-minute “Star Wars”-inspired film he shot on the Georgia campus. It’s called “Retribution,” and is complete with stormtroopers, light sabers and realistic-looking explosions. “It’s good for people to ... realize we’re not just athletes,” Conley said. “We can do other things as well.” The force is strong with this one.
4 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH ...
The attending media this week picked South Carolina to win the SEC East and Alabama to win the West and the conference overall. Of course, the media picks have panned out just four times since 1992 and not at all since 2008. “Just to let you know, we’re evaluating you,” Saban said. Georgia coach Mark Richt first felt snubbed to be picked second in the East. “Now that I think of it, that’s good,” he said.