We’re not going to be able to make it to Birmingham later this week for SEC Media Days. The FootballScoop Staff has very important 9 AM tee times on Thursday and Friday mornings at the TPC Sawgrass neighborhood course.
With that, we’re recommending some questions for each of the twelve head coaches. We’ve also included a few predictions.
Here we go:
Highly recommended question for Nick Saban: Coach Saban, in 2003 at LSU, your starting defensive backs (Webster, Daniels, Hunt, Landry) going into the year had a combined 10 career starts. And they balled. Your starters this year in the secondary have a combined 62 career starts. You ought to be nasty in the secondary, right?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Saban will drop fewer than normal “a’ights.” We’ll predict nine.
Highly recommended question for Dan Mullen: Coach Mullen, could you talk about “Grindin,” “D-Swag,” and “Our State?”
Question #2: Coach Mullen, you have helped Mississippi State sell out of season tickets for the second consecutive year. You said earlier this summer, “It’s amazing. We came in and they told us if you guys win, then we’re gonna sell tickets.”
What was the initial reaction from the fans that you told that to?
SEC Media Days Prediction:Mullen will talk about the challenge of responding to winning, something the Mississippi State program hasn't had to deal with in a while.
Highly recommended questions for Will Muschamp: Coach Muschamp, Dooley made it known last year that he wasn’t looking forward to third downs against Coach Saban’s defense because “all of the kah YA” and flying missiles that can come from every which direction. You worked with Coach Saban for a while. Can you tell us just how many hits on the quarterback you want to have after your first three games (FAU, UAB, and Tennessee)?
Question #2: Urban Meyer has stated his most time consuming deal and biggest headache at Florida the last few years was dealing with the “rock star” status of the players. Can you explain the difference in culture amongst the players at Texas and what you initially saw at Florida?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Muschamp will try to make it through media day without saying the word, “Saban.” And he will.
Highly recommended questions for Les Miles:Coach Miles, Jordan Jefferson made the statement a few weeks ago that he is, “hands down” the starting quarterback. Does his statement fire you up?
Question #2: Coach Miles, it is a pantheon of concrete & steel. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Les will be noticeable fired up for the season.
Highly recommended question for Gene Chizik: Coach Chizik, Trooper Taylor thinks Gus is a magician. He thinks Gus is Harry Potter and all Malzahn needs is the broom. He even said this week, “It won’t matter. Just watch. I’m 100 percent confident that whoever he puts at quarterback is going to play big in this offense.” Do you agree with Trooper? Also, do you understand Gus’ offense and do you have any parameters for him or do you just totally let him do his thing?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Chizik will make it clear early on that he’s not interested in discussing Cam Newton or NCAA investigation type of stuff.
Highly recommended question for Steve Spurrier: How irritated will you be if Garcia holds on to the ball in the pocket too long this year? Whose fault will that be?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Spurrier will be in a pretty good mood, but will make it known that it’s out there for South Carolina to take the next step. He’ll drop a total of seven “anyways” and three “we’ll see’s.”
Highly recommended question for Houston Nutt: Coach Nutt, seriously, how glad are you that Kyle Veazy is no longer the Ole Miss beat writer for the Clarion-Ledger?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Nutt will talk about quarterbacks and ball security.
Highly recommended question for Bobby Petrino: Coach Petrino, how many times have you second guessed your decision to give up play-calling duties to Garrick McGee? Not a knock on McGee, but isn’t that what you do? It looks like you live for the moment when you can put your laminated script in front of your mouth and dial the next 5-step drop.
SEC Media Days Prediction:Petrino will master the art of monotone talk.
Highly recommended questions for James Franklin: Coach Franklin, after being at Vanderbilt for a few months, what are three things you realized you absolutely had to get changed in order to give your staff a chance to succeed?
Question #2: Coach Franklin, it’s your first SEC Media Days. Pretty sweet, isn’t it?
Question #3: Coach Franklin, your offensive line coach Herb Hand is a devastating dodge ball player, isn't he?
Question #4: Coach Franklin, going back to your awkward introductory press conference at Vandy, how many times did you think in your head, "If I get interupted once more, I'm gonna..." ?
SEC Media Days Prediction: James Franklin will say the words, “We will not settle.”
Highly recommended questions for Joker Phillips: Coach Phillips, have you ever caught Tee Martin tweeting in a staff meeting?
Question #2: Coach Phillips, what have you learned and implemented from John Calipari?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Joker will explain what Kentucky needs to do to take the program to the next level.
Highly recommended question for Derek Dooley: You have clearly illustrated how you inherited a program that was hardly where you would have wanted when you arrived in Knoxville. You even referred to last year as “Year Zero.” Without coach speak, what would make this year a successful season in your eyes?
SEC Media Days Prediction: Dooley will spend at least 40% of the time talking about rule changes, NCAA stuff, athletic director questions (the stuff other than this year’s team).