Live Blog: SEC Media Days – Ole Miss and South Carolina

Coach Hugh Freeze, University of Mississippi.

Coach Hugh Freeze, University of Mississippi.

HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) – Coach Hugh Freeze, Donte Moncrief, Mike Marry, and Bo Wallace are here from Ole Miss.  Coach Steve Spurrier, Jadeveon Clowney, Bruce Ellington, and Connor Shaw are here from South Carolina.

Donte Moncrief Ole MIss Wide Receiver

Donte Moncrief Ole MIss Wide Receiver

Mike Marry Ole Miss Linebacker

Mike Marry Ole Miss Linebacker

Bo Wallace Ole Miss Quarterback

Bo Wallace Ole Miss Quarterback

Drew Galloway July 16, 20136:34 pm

The time for player questions has ended. That concludes Day 1 of SEC Media days.

Join us tomorrow for another live blog series featuring Texas A&M and Kentucky, Mississippi State and Tennessee, and Auburn and Arkansas.

The first live blog will begin at 8:30 a.m.

See you then!

Drew Galloway July 16, 20136:29 pm

Clowney: You can tell when a player is scared of you. If he’s staring at you before the snap of every play, you know you’ve got him.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20136:23 pm

Clowney: I had someone stop me at a light for a picture, once.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20136:22 pm

Clowney: I don’t know why people Tweet crazy things. Everybody wants to read what you tweet. That’s one way I stay out of trouble. I don’t drink and I stay at home. You can’t get in trouble if you stay home, at least, I hope not.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20136:16 pm

Clowney: I stay off the internet, off Twitter, and off Facebook. That way, I don’t get in trouble.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20136:13 pm

Jadeveon Clowney: I’ve been hanging out over the summer. I’m down to 250, but I’ll be back up to 265 by game time.

Megan Hayes July 16, 20136:12 pm

Here is a better photo of Jadeveon Clowney.

Megan Hayes July 16, 20136:10 pm

The media frenzy around Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End for University of South Carolina

Megan Hayes July 16, 20136:08 pm

Bruce Ellington, Wide Receive for University of South Carolina

Megan Hayes July 16, 20136:07 pm

Connor Shaw, Quarterback for South Carolina

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:57 pm

Coach Spurrier has concluded his press conference. The student athletes for South Carolina will be answering questions shortly.

Megan Hayes July 16, 20135:55 pm

Coach Steve Spurrier, University of South Carolina

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:54 pm

Spurrier at his 50th high school reunion: It was more quite than I expected. I looked around and everyone had left by 9 o’clock.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:46 pm

Spurrier on non-conference games: I think what we have schedule-wise is about right. We’re always going to play Clemson, our in state rivals. Our fans want to see us beat Clemson more than any other team.

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Spurrier: I don’t really know how we will play our two head quarterbacks.

Both quarterbacks have started games.

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Spurrier: No real chance for Clowney to play on offense, even though he is capable of it.

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Spurrier on Jadeveon Clowney: He’s been keeping his head down in the off season. He’s actually a little lighter now. The most important thing is he is ready to help us win the SEC.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:35 pm

Coach Spurrier has begun to answer questions.

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Spurrier: We know we’re not favored to win the conference championship, but we’re gonna try our best to make it happen this year.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:32 pm

Spurrier: We’ve returned a lot of good guys on the offense but we’ve lost a lot of good guys on defense.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:31 pm

Spurrier on schedules: It’s not always fair. Scheduling makes a difference. But, we’re not sure exactly how to make it fair.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:30 pm

Spurrier: Notre Dame should join the SEC. Why aren’t they in a conference?

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:28 pm

Spurrier: Not “pay for play,” this is purely expense money for their parents or guardians to attend the games.

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Spurrier: We want to fight for our athletes.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:27 pm

Spurrier: We want to provide money to families of players so they can come to the games. All the SEC football and basketball coaches agreed to this.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20135:25 pm

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier has taken the stage.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:54 pm

Wallace: It’s just frustrating not having a healthy arm.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:53 pm

Wallace is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, something Coach Freeze has dealt with before. Freeze’s quarterback while he was head coach at Arkansas State had shoulder surgery, something Freeze said affected his throwing motion.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:51 pm

Bo Wallace: I’m excited to get out there and play some college football!

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:19 pm

Coach Freeze has concluded his press conference. Donte Moncrief, Mike Marry, and Bo Wallace are expected shortly to answer questions.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:18 pm

Freeze on what he learned in his first year in the SEC: Go with what you feel good about and put your kids in the best position to win. You have to be true to your personality.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:08 pm

Freeze on recruiting: The momentum created by the bowl game win was huge.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:03 pm

Freeze on his team’s schedule: I don’t think it’s ideal, but we have a motto in our place. Focus on what we can control. It’s definitely not ideal to play the first five away. We are excited about these challenges.

Drew Galloway July 16, 20134:00 pm

Freeze: We weren’t where we needed to be last year, but we are working hard this year.

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Coach Freeze: We are very excited for our second year!

Drew Galloway July 16, 20133:59 pm

Coach Hugh Freeze has taken the stage. Coach Freeze led Ole Miss to seven wins and a BBVA Compass Bowl victory in his first year. He directed a recruiting effort that saw Ole MIss jump into the national spotlight with a consensus top-10 rated 2013 signing class – the best in school history.


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