Media Days are upon us, which means there should be plenty of quotable material to enjoy. What follows is a random sample:
Adopting rules from the NFL is unpopular with some college coaches who believe their sport is resembling pro football too much.
“It seems like whenever the NFL boys are doing it, we always seem to want to do it, too,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said.
— Atlanta Sports Council President Gary Stokan, on the Alabama-Clemmins game.
“The demand was so high we could have sold out a doubleheader if these two teams would play again the next day,” Stokan said.
— Über quote Mike Leach (really, read the whole piece).
“We were the youngest team in college football last year, so I think as our players gain confidence and rally together as players, and the coaches over there, I think we steadily improved and some of them, you know, maturity, which is really kind of a word I don’t like, besides the fact that I’m immature. I mean, where is this benchmark?”
— Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens.
Q: You and Geno have been nominated for preseason awards, so clearly a lot is expected. Is there anyone who might surprise folks?
A: Corvey Irvin. Write that name down. He is going to be an impact player on this defense. I know it. He’s getting stronger. He’s already fast. He’s quick. He’s a good pass rusher and he can stop the run. He can do it all. I’m telling you, people are sleeping on our defensive line. People think we just have a starting two but our rotation is going to be crazy this year. We’re going to have so many guys in there, we’re going to be so fresh, we’re going to dominate.
— Last thought, from Tommy Bowden.
“Which is more amazing,” he asked. “That I’ve been here 10 years without a conference championship or that I’m still here?”