The most noteworthy quotes from Southland Conference media day:

Something to think about

“I heard Les Miles hasn’t slept a wink since I was hired.”

First-year Sam Houston State coach K.C. Keeler on what he’s expecting of the Bearkats’ Sept. 6 game at LSU

They missed out

“His mom called saying, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘We’re about 15 minutes away from where you are.’ She accosted him because if he would have really organized it, we would have had lunch and pork chops at his house. Instead, we met his mom for lunch at a restaurant.”

UIW coach Larry Kennan, discussing how he missed home cooking from junior safety Brandon Tanksley’s mother

Looking forward to this one

“It’s highlighted and everything. We respect the coaches and we respect the team, but it’s a big game for us going to play against our old coach. About two years ago when we played at SFA, there was a big storm, and we didn’t really give them the full potential we have. This year ... we’ll be ready.”

UCA receiver Dezmin Lewis on playing against his old coach, Clint Conque, at Stephen F. Austin

Good hair days

“Coach usually gives us a pretty hard time about the hair, but he’s a great guy. It’s not only about Saturdays. He’s working on getting us to where we can be better husbands in the future and better fathers to our children. If you’re a Bible buff, you’ve heard about Samson, and he’s always joking around with us about that.”

Abilene Christian senior tight end Jonathan Parker on the flak he gets for his long hair