The 2016 SEC Media Days have come to an end. While not as entertaining as previous years, any time you can stuff 14 coaches, 42 football players, a thousand media members and hundreds of fans into one hotel over four days is bound to bring some interesting moments and fun takeaways.
Below, CBS Sports senior columnist Dennis Dodd hands out some superlatives from his experience at the latest circus known as SEC Media Days.
Best Steve Spurrier replacement: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, no question. The void of barbs left by the Head Ball Coach was filled by a smart-mouthed former Iowa nose guard. Now all he has to do is back up the smack with an SEC West title. Well, we're waiting.
Best quote: South Carolina coach Will Muschamp trying to explain how he broke a finger last year in an emotional halftime outburst as Auburn's defensive coordinator: "I black out sometimes."
Biggest shocker: News of Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades leaving for Baylor in the middle of his (former) team's car wash through media days. First-year coach Barry Odom handled the upheaval deftly. Considering Missouri now has an interim chancellor, president and AD, Odom is literally the face of the entire university at the moment.
Best dressed coach: Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. What he lacked in candor regarding the Jeffery Simmons situation, Mullen made up with his constant hawking of his Yeezy Boost 750s. Those are shoes, kids. You're supposed to go buy them. Hey, we wrote about them, too. Shameless marketing wins out over journalism.
Best spat: Alabama coach Nick Saban seemed to be itching for a fight when he went at it on the air with the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum. Saban thinks he should be the sole arbiter in handing out punishment to left tackle Cam Robinson. Finebaum rightly called him out on it.
No coach should be in charge of punishment for an athlete who is in school first to be a student. There is an inherent conflict of interest. The coach wants to win games. His default setting is to keep his best players on the field. Bravo, Paul, for holding Saban accountable.
Most entertaining: That would be goober Shannon Villa, an uber Alabama fan who showed up at The Wynfrey Hotel lobby with a Bama title belt. At least he has his priorities in order.
Best dinner: Alligator tail tacos at Public House Oyster Bar in the Five Points District of Birmingham, Alabama. Yup, media boy here had 'em dining out with B-ham business leader Nathan Marcus. Not bad.
Best player names (in descending order): Deebo Samuel (South Carolina WR), JoJo Kemp (Kentucky RB), Jeremy Sprinkle (Arkansas TE), Brandon Kublanow (Georgia OL), Oren Burks (Vanderbilt safety/linebacker)
Best player interview: Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight. The graduate transfer may not be a Johnny Manziel, but he lent articulate insight into what seemed to a chaotic situation in College Station, Texas.
Katy Perry missed out on not locking this guy up.