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Mizzou Links: Day 1 of SEC Media Days is in the books

Greg Sankey is a Mike Slive for a new generation, Michael Porter Jr. gets his Kentucky offer, Nick Tepesch is almost back from injury, and Jeremy Maclin and Norm Stewart are adorable.

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I am the SEC.


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Returning Starting Quarterbacks For Whom It Might Be Weird if They Weren't at SEC Media Days

11. Maty Mauk, Missouri, junior quarterback. We would say there's no way Missouri wins a third straight SEC East title with Mauk throwing for 5.8 yards per attempt against SEC defenses again, but Gary Pinkel and Barry Odom might disagree.

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13. Evan Boehm, Missouri, senior center. The Tigers' opener vs. Southeast Missouri State will be Boehm's 41st consecutive start.

Players That if You Don't Know You Should Starting ... Now

39. Kenya Dennis, Missouri, senior cornerback. Dennis arrived as an unheralded JUCO recruit last season and, this being Missouri, immediately finished in the SEC top-10 in passes broken up and helped the Tigers lead the SEC in yards allowed per-pass.

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The Trib (Behind the Stripes): SEC Media Days: Sankey primed to usher in SEC's new era
Post-Dispatch: New SEC commissioner lays out vision for period of changing times Greg Sankey isn't wasting time putting his vision in place as SEC's new boss SEC media days: Day 1 recap
Team Speed Kills: SEC Media Days 2015: Greg Sankey, the Technocrat and the Politician

The commissioner also showed some political savvy that it could be easy to miss. Near the end of his remarks, and before a feel-good video that showed the human side of some SEC football players, Sankey went on what might seem like a pointless and puffy digression about the other side of college sports.

"We cannot fully lead unless we successfully educate. Frankly, we can across this country, and should, expect more of ourselves in intercollegiate athletics."

My guess is that this wasn't a throwaway part of his speech. Even as a new commissioner, Sankey has to realize that the NCAA's way of doing things, particularly when it comes to football, is under increasing pressure from antitrust suits and the growing realization of the importance of money in the current system. After years of discussing realignment and contract deals and cost of attendance, Sankey is trying to subtly nudge the conversation back in the direction of amateurism and education.

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The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Malzahn calls new DC Muschamp 'the best defensive mind in all of football'
Team Speed Kills: SEC Media Days 2015: Gus Malzahn focused on 'Surviving the Grind'

Post-Dispatch: SEC football media days: ‘We’ve got a ways to go,’ Florida’s new coach says
Team Speed Kills: SEC Media Days 2015: Welcome to the SEC, Jim McElwain. When Are You Gonna Win?

Post-Dispatch: Live from SEC media days: Vandy's Mason admits mistakes
Anchor of Gold: Derek Mason Talks Vanderbilt at SEC Media Days; "I Assumed...We'd Play Like an SEC Team. We Didn't."
Team Speed Kills: SEC Media Days 2015: Vanderbilt's Derek Mason Grows to Avoid Assumptions

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The Trib: Tolton's Porter gets offer from Kentucky

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MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzous Pinkel Named to Dodd Trophy Preseason Watch List

(No, but seriously, a coaches' watch list?)

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The Trib: Former Tiger Tepesch nearing return to mound

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