Posted: 2:34 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014

SEC Media Days: Way too much of a dull thing 

By Mark Bradley

Mike Slive throws out the first pitch. (Butch Dill/AP)

Mike Slive throws out the first pitch. (Butch Dill/AP)

HOOVER, Ala. – Here we are at SEC Media Days, for which there’s an official logo (“MD14″) and apparently no end. We began at 11:30 CDT with commissioner Mike Slive again threatening to secede from the NCAA union if his and the other big leagues don’t get their way, and we just sat through another Gus Malzahn, snooze-a-thon, the highlight of which was the Auburn coach’s abject refusal to lobby for the legalization of marijuana.

We’ll conclude late Thursday, which is more than 72 hours away. And yes, if you’re detecting an undercurrent of grousing here … well, Sherlock Holmes has nothing on you.

The SEC is the biggest and best football conference, OK? We’re all agreed on that. But there’s no way MD14 needs to encompass FOUR DAYS OF PRESS CONFERENCES. (This is the first edition of the four-day Media Days.) Yes, Super Bowl week strings things out, but they play a game at the end. There’s no game here. There’s only talk. About teams that haven’t yet begun practicing, let alone playing.

I understand that I, as a member member, am part of the problem. We like to write about things people like to read about. SEC fans cannot read too much about SEC football, even if it’s just SEC coaches talking about an SEC season that is more than six weeks away. We haven’t been given an official count as to how many media members are credentialed for MD14, but MD13 saw a record 1,239 passes issued.

That factoid is included on Page 3 of the (17-page) official SEC release on MD14, which isn’t surprising. The best and biggest league always finds ways to remind us why it’s the best and biggest. (“Let’s see the Pac-12 top 1,239!”)

MD14 could fit into two overstuffed days, but that wouldn’t serve the SEC’s purpose and wouldn’t fill nearly as many air hours on ESPN, the SEC’s new bestest buddy. (Slive advised media types to call their cable companies and demand that they carry the SEC Network, premiering Aug. 14.) Instead we look forward to a Wednesday that features only three coaches but four administrative types.

(And here the Birmingham-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the SEC for keeping 1,200 media members around an extra day to spend money and await the arrivals of Mark Richt and Nick Saban on Thursday.)

It’s interesting that the first four-day media convocation follows the SEC’s first failure to win the national championship since 2005. “The game lasted a minute too long,” Slive said, speaking of Auburn’s loss to Florida State in the BCS title tilt. When we’re done with MD14, it won’t be a minute too soon.

123 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

This headline has to be THE most sensible and accurate statement that Mr. Bradley has said in the last 5 years.  (wonder if it really came from him, or if he is restating what someone else told him)

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Cops found dope in Morris's car.  Can't make this up Part 1  - yes, a digital scale was found in a backpack. 


Can't make it up Part 2 - He claims it wasn't his. 

DrPhill
DrPhill

Slive looks and acts like a Roman Emperor, but with more money.

ATL89
ATL89

I like the SEC because it's a competitive Conference, but the SEC fans, media, and the SEC constituents themselves, are full of themselves. There is college football outside of the SEC, and FSU showed us that, and Oklahoma showed us that.  

JaySly
JaySly

Md14.. Who came up with that?? It sounds like some kind of cheap wine

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Agreed.


The Coaches talks yesterday were.....boring.  Nothing but coaching cliches.  And they looked like theyd rather be anywhere else but there.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA UGA UGA UGA UGA UGA UGA!!!

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

I can just imagine all the SEC! SEC! chanting in the bars at night and in the Holiday Inn Express and Motel 6 showers in the morning. 

te29wr
te29wr

TWO WORDS   stay home

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Muschamp is officially on the hot seat.


(I'm here for you, tampa)

TampGator1
TampGator1

I have one question............


Why does it seem to take forever to get from SEC Media Days in mid July to "toe meets leather" in late August? 


But one thing is for sure if you follow the AJC college football reporters, 350 and Sloopy will make it seem like 6 times that long.  

Wilbo
Wilbo

Bradley has written some deathly boring pieces, butt his may take the cake.


Dawg350
Dawg350

Their won't be any game for Tracy sprinkles....sorry to be the one to let the cat out of the bag

Dawg350
Dawg350

I wonder if Tracy sprinkles gave Morris that digital scale?

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@ATL89 The bottom half if the SEC! SEC! sucks. It's Alabama and the coattail riders. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@ATL89 the same could be said for baseball in the Northeast

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL...then stick to those teams you like. A two team conference at best is the ACC with FSU and Clemson.

WDE
WDE

@Hangonsloopy has anyone ever chanted Big Ten!  Big Ten ?? I've never heard it but I've only been watching college football since the 60"s 

Dawg350
Dawg350

I bet you can't....but I bet you can imagine a life partnership with Tracy sprinkles...I bet y'all would be high all of the time from a cocaine and other drugs! Sounds like fun huh?

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@Dawg350 Sprinkle, not sprinkles...I bet you get a shiver every time you type the word.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Well the entire big ten stinks as well....only going to get worse without the great Tracy sprinkles

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy  except for only 1 team on the level of a mid tier SEC team;  the entire Big 10 makes up the bottom half of the SEC

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@WDE We're not coattail riders of other conference teams success. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

I bey you just melt into pieces when I type the word sprinkles!!! Lmao!

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@FlatTire TV market share (NY/NJ/DC) and $$$. Nothing more, nothing less.  I won't take them lightly based on the fact SEC! SEC! newbie Mizzou and Michael Sam kicked your butt at home. 

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@Dawg350 He was never going to see the field this year. I already told you that and you continue to show the fact you're a baffoon.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I know...y'all are Tracy sprinkle riders

Dawg350
Dawg350

Naw man just living the dream with my hot wife in Sofia.....while you sweat out your addiction to cocaine

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy  $$$ LOL

that area is loaded with NFL and MLB fans; you are not going to change that by adding two teams with absolutely no winning tradition in college football;

thats a nice spin on an excuse to not go out and get some worthy opponents

Dawg350
Dawg350

So I guess you're saying just because he won't see the field makes it ok to have some cocaine....what a spinless coward you are sprinkle boy

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy  what coattails?  the only coattails that will be held tight is Ohio St no longer getting votes to win national championships.  You have to play top opponents now to win it all not garner all those Big 10 media biased votes

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@FlatTire Then tell me why the SEC! SEC! expanded? 


Virginia Tech

Oklahoma

Texas

Boston College



Will Texas and Oklahoma be up or down? Who knows but they are more storied programs than the dogs will ever be. You're a regional 2nd tier program and your record reflects that. 


Top those future home and homes


Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@FlatTire Let's put it this way, If Michigan State wins the NC I'm not running around yelling B1G! B1G! 


Our OOC schedule has more often than not included national powers including Texas USC, Notre Dame, Stanford, FSU  in their prime. What no one can control is what the strength of an opponent will be 5-7 years out. At least we schedule the snoozers early. You schedule the likes of Charleston Southern in late November. Now THAT will surely impress the committee, 

Dawg350
Dawg350

What kind of cards did Tracy sprinkles have on him when he got busted. Uno cards?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy snoozers?  have you checked Ohio St's schedule over the last several decades?


LOL


UGA has always played good OOC opponents 


golf clap for adding a tough team every now and then; you should when the rest of your conference games are equal to playing teams on the level of Charleston Southern

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@FlatTire


Always? Seriously? 


Keep on believing Mr. 8-5 and unranked flat. You won't even sniff the Top 4 this year. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy Always yea;  we played Clemson and GT for 100 years plus added other teams as well 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Neither will Ohio st.....certainly now after losing sprinkles

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