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Nuggets from the SEC spring meetings

Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:16 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 3:18 pm

The sideshow known as the SEC spring meetings concluded Friday morning in Destin, Fla. Here are some highlights I've plucked out of the digital recorder:

Sporting News scribe Matt Hayes boiled the Lane Kiffin issue down to its essence when he asked Florida's Urban Meyer: "Why is it everyone is so obsessed with everyone being friends? Somebody needs to apologize. Why? Why can't you just be rivals and not talk to each other and not like each other, what's wrong with that?

Meyer: "Nothing. I don't know if those are stories though. That's not a prerequisite is to be friends."

 Meyer has stated that backup quarterback John Brantley will get playing time in the first half of games, at least, if he continues to progress. Brantley, in his third year in the program, might be the most patient quarterback in the country.

"It's not charity if he [Brantley] earns it. Based on spring evaluation he's earned playing time. He's got another phase to go through.  That's summer and [then] he's got training camp.

"We won't change the offense [for him], we'll change play calls."

 Auburn's Gene Chizik on defending his 5-19 record at Iowa State:

"It was more or less the perfect storm. The league got great quick. We fought a lot of those great football teams, We were in a bunch of games with a bunch of young guys. We played 11 true freshmen last year.

"I knew that it was tough when I took it. Is it tougher than what I thought when I took it? Probably not. I love challenges and I accept challenges. If I didn't I would have stayed at Texas [as defensive coordinator]. I could have stayed there until I decided until not to."

 Georgia coach Mark Richt on Matt Stafford:

"If he can survive the first year or two and he can grow, and Detroit can grow with him, he can be a real fine quarterback."

 Ole Miss' Houston Nutt on the hype surrounding his team which is favored to win the SEC West by several outlets:

"There is a lot of hype right now. Big anticipation. A lot of expectations. All of that is good, but bottom line it comes back to coaches and players.

On quarterback Jevan Snead

"If you take the last five as compared to the first five games, Jevan is a different quarterback. Those decisions he was making so much better. In the Texas Tech game, he throws an interception that is returned for a touchdown and he doesn't flinch."

Is Jevan is this year's Matt Stafford in a way?

"I hope. Matt Stafford was a heck of a guy, first guy taken. Physically what I love about Jevan is tall, strong, smart, humble, work ethic. First one in the weight room when I left at 7 a.m."

On star defensive end Greg Hardy:
"It probably doesn't hurt when he sees (NFL draftees) Peria Jerry and Michael Oher driving different cars. That's a real motivator."

On Tim Tebow and Florida [The Gators ran the table after Tebow's inspirational speech following the Ole Miss loss]:

"He [Tebow] put that team on his back. I've never seen a quarterback make a statement like that. A couple of those weeks, now, without Percy Harvin. That to me makes him special. We didn't know how to handle it, going to class and have everybody slapping us on the back.

"Florida gave us the confidence that we can beat anybody."


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Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 8:49 pm

Nuggets from the SEC spring meetings

I prefer other parts of the Gulf Coast (unmentioned because I like them less crowded), but Dirty and Filthy?  Destin Florida?  Destin and Sand Destin have arguably the most immaculate beaches and waters in all US Coastal areas.  It's expensive, its crowded, and in general sucks mid summer so yes the locals are ready for peacefulness if they don't work restaurants or bars and aren't dependent on jackass tourists.  But, dirty, filthy, rude, and unhelpful is nothing of the such in Destin.  I've lived all my life on the FL and AL gulf coast.  been to east coast and west coast beaches... all different.  Destin in late summer when the water and air are both near 80 is fantastic.  This isn't to sell you, you don't need to go back.  It's for those that know no better.

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2009 2:17 pm

Nuggets from the SEC spring meetings must have had a bad experience there.  the people are actually really laid-back and the town isn't filthy by any means.  you want to see filthy...go to Panama City Beach or West Pensacola.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 1:36 am

Nuggets from the SEC spring meetings


Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2009 2:47 pm

Nuggets from the SEC spring meetings


Did you like Destin?  Just curious since that's my hometown.  Where did they meet anyways..Okaloosa Island?

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