The past two days we've kept you've up to date on everything noteworthy going on at SEC Media Days, and today will be no different. See the full coverage of Day 1 here, and Day 2 here.
Day 3 will start off with Les Miles, followed by Mark Richt, Nick Saban and James Franklin. Everything is due to wrap up about 3pm EST.
A schedule for the day can be seen below (all times are Eastern).
9:30am-12:10pm: LSU head coach Les Miles and players
9:30am-12:10pm: Georgia head coach Mark Richt and players
12:20-3pm: Alabama head coach Nick Saban and players
12:20-3pm: Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and players
SEC Preseason Poll Released
If nothing else can slow the Tide, maybe some bad karma from the league's media will do the trick. Alabama was expectedly named an overwhelming favorite to win its second straight SEC championship, which has proven to be a terrible omen for teams' championship prospects. Since the SEC split into two divisions in 1992, only four preseason favorites, and none since 2008, have hoisted the trophy in December. Although, if the 2011 season taught us anything, Saban's crew doesn't even need to win its own division to claim a national championship.
Here's how the SEC media voted.
1. Alabama - 182 votes
2. Georgia - 38
3. South Carolina - 18
4. Texas A&M - 4
1. Georgia - (149 first-place votes) 1,570 total votes
2. South Carolina (75) 1,474
3. Florida (19) 1,300
4. Vanderbilt 858
5. Tennessee 694
6. Missouri 577
7. Kentucky 331
1. Alabama (225) 1,681
2. Texas A&M (11) 1,333
3. LSU (7) 1,324
4. Ole Miss 883
5. Auburn 579
6. Mississippi State 516
7. Arkansas 488
Tide Dominate Preseason All-SEC Team
Eighty-three players earned recognition on Thursday morning as the league released three Preseason All-SEC teams. Alabama leads the conference with seven first-teamers, slightly below its nine first-teamers in 2011 and eight in 2010. Despite having the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and the consensus best defensive player in college football, no player received a unanimous selection. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel beat out Alabama's A.J. McCarron for first-team quarterback honors, while Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, not South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, earned the most votes among defensive players. View the full list here.
LSU's Les Miles:
On having so many Australian players:"When you speak regular English, sometimes it doesn't get across....You can't just talk to those guys. You have to learn how to speak Australian."
On LSU's schedule: "We look forward to lining up against the best of the West and the best of the East. I like us in every game."
On managing social media: Twenty years ago there was not a policy on Twitter. Twenty years ago there was not a policy on Facebook. "I'll bet you that 20 years ago not one (team) did a Harlem Shake....This is not going away. We have to handle it responsibly. "
On playing both Florida and Georgia this season: "We play Georgia and Florida for the seventh time (since 2000). I'd have to say there are some teams that have never played Florida and Georgia in my entire time (in the SEC). There is a repeated scheduling advantage and disadvantage in this conference."
On banning social media: "It would be like coaches banning cars when they came out...Well, I like the old buggy."
Georgia's Mark Richt:
On offensive line coach Will Friend: "He was your typical line coach in that he loves his players and doesn't want a whole lot to do other than those five guys. A lot He understands that it takes a lot of different ways to move the ball, and he has no problem going up tempo."
On getting past the loss to Alabama: "I didn't have a lot of time to emotionally get through that game. You just kind of stuff it and move on to the next thing."
On playing Clemson, South Carolina and LSU in the first four weeks of the season: "I told the team that we're in a race to be in mid-season form by game one, and that race started back in January. A lot of things have got to get done and get done extremely early for us to be ready for that type of schedule. We're going to have 29 practice opportunites to prepare for those teams. We know it's coming, we'll be ready."
On returning virtually the entire offense from last season: "Should we have a great season because of those things? We should, but last year's success doesn't guarantee this year's success."
On Jadeveon Clowney's comments that Aaron Murray and Tajh Boyd are scared of him: "I don't know if those guys in particular are scared of him, but I'd be scared to play against him."
Alabama's Nick Saban:
On why he doesn't wear his title rings: "Because I let the players design them and they're as big as ashtrays."
On the SEC media picking four of the last 21 SEC champions: "If I was 4-17 as a coach, I'd be back in West Virginia pumping gas at my daddy's gas station."
On the process: "It's important to do the right thing the right way all the time."
On his questions regarding up-tempo offenses: "There's only two questions I've had, and I don't have the answers. Should we allow football to be a continous game? Is that the way it was designed? Are there any safety issues in playing more plays? In the NFL they play 65 plays a game. In college, we play 84 a game."
On if he understands Les Miles' issues with the SEC scheduling process: "I understand where Les is coming from. I played Florida every year, too. I coached at LSU so if anybody understands it, I understand it. You understand?"
Vanderbilt's James Franklin:
On if Vanderbilt has considered playing at the Titans' LP Field: "It has come across the radar but I think one of the things that differentiates us is that we're playing on our campus in our stadium and that's not going to change. We've had discussions if we could get an eight-game home schedule taking one of those games to LP Field. I think that would be great for Nashville."
On why he and his assistants have remained at Vanderbilt: "We believe in commitment and the commitment that our kids have made. We believe in the difference that we're making in kids' lives. You also look at the commitment that the university has made. We sell recruits on the fact that you have the opportunity to come and do something that's never been done before."
On having two open dates this season: "I love open dates. I'm actually going to talk to Coach Slive about getting six-to-eight open dates so we can play every other week."
On moving forward from a successful first two seasons: "If we spend all our time focused on what we've done in the past two years, then we're not going to be able to achieve what we want to achieve this year."
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