I am the SEC.
MEDIA DAYS MEDIA DAYS MEDIA DAYS
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.
Senior Offensive Linemen, a Popular Choice for SEC Media Days Representation
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.
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
AL.com: Greg Sankey isn't wasting time putting his vision in place as SEC's new boss
ESPN.com: 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.
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
Psssh ... what do they have that Mizzou doesn--wait don't answer that
Watch lists are dumb (but they're better when Mizzou's on them)
(No, but seriously, a coaches' watch list?)
Don't call it a comeback
Actually, it's a comeback.
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