Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: SEC Media Days, Gary Pinkel on Joe Paterno, Tyrann Mathieu, and more.


(Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another conference.)


SEC Media Days


The elephant in the room, SEC edition.
Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel took time in his first SEC Media Days press conference to defend late Penn State HC Joe Paterno, saying ''I'm sure maybe if (Paterno) could do it (the Sandusky scandal) over again he would (have) followed up a few things.''  (Yahoo! Sports)

Cool as Ice.
First-year Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin was cool under pressure during his first SEC Media Days press conference. (Team Speed Kills)

The Old Ball Coach's anti-UGA comment of the day.
South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier on scheduling: "If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU and we'd be playing Ole Miss." (Team Speed Kills)

Meanwhile. back in the real world...

Alabama assistant injured. 
Alabama offensive analyst Kelvin Sigler was among 17 people injured in a shooting incident in Tuscaloosa. His injures were described as being "non-life threatening." (The Huntsville Times)

True Confessions.
Paul Crewe admits he doesn't like LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. He goes on to explain why The Honey Badger's "swagger" makes him unlikable. (And the Valley Shook)

The List You Don't Want to Be On. 
Auburn, Tennessee, and Texas A&M represent the SEC on Crimson and Cream Machine's "Top Ten Most Overrated Programs in College Football" list. (Crimson and Cream Machine)


Auburn recruiting news.
Tennessee high school rising senior running back Jordan Wilkins commits to Auburn's 2013 recruiting class. (

Tennessee recruiting news. 
Maryland HSRS wide receiver Paul Harris commits to Tennessee's 2013 recruiting class. (Rocky Top Talk)