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Day 2 SEC Media Days: Johnny Football, Vols, Bulldogs and John Calipari

Scatter shooting from Day 2 of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama:

Texas A & M quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was the day’s focal point because of his widely reported dismissal from the Manning Passing Academy last weekend for missing meetings and his growing list of off-the-field issues. He said he was “absolutely not” hung over and that he missed the meetings because he “overslept.” I’ll dig into the Johnny Football saga in more detail in my column that will be posted on Thursday afternoon. Meantime, coach Kevin Sumlin said: “Is he perfect? No. I think he has done some things that he is not very proud of, has made some poor decisions. Unfortunately, the poor decisions are the ones that are publicized.”

First-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones took football metrics a different direction when he tossed out this stat in his opening remarks: “Our football team has lost over 260 pounds of fat and regained about 230 pounds of muscle mass. That led me to believe right away these players are hungry and that they want to win.”

The Vols have lost eight straight to Florida. “I hear it all the time (from fans),” Jones said. “Obviously, being at Tennessee, we have a lot of rivalry games. I’ve heard that about Florida. I’ve heard that about Alabama. In order for us to make those rivalry games, we have to get back to being relevant and winning those football games.”

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell on the urgency from coach Dan Mullen for the Bulldogs to go higher and farther: “Going 8-5, going to a bowl game isn’t good enough anymore. A few years ago, you win five games and that was a pretty good year. Now, we’ve changed everything, we continually get better. Our goal is to go 7-0, to continue the season undefeated and ultimately make it to the championship. If you don’t have those goals, you shouldn’t be playing football.”

Mullen said Russell is maturing, but added, “He’s a little goofy at times, does some funny, goofy things, tells a lot of jokes. Most of his jokes are bad jokes too, which makes him even goofier. But he comes in and understands what has to get accomplished.”

First-year Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, when asked about life at a “basketball school,” said: “It’s been great so far. Coach (John) Calipari could not be any better … he takes time. We bring recruits in, he visits with them. He’s really embracing myself and the staff so I love it.”

 

Dansette

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