Live Blog: SEC Media Days – Ole Miss and South Carolina
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.
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.
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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.
Clowney: I had someone stop me at a light for a picture, once.
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.
Clowney: I stay off the internet, off Twitter, and off Facebook. That way, I don’t get in trouble.
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.
Coach Spurrier has concluded his press conference. The student athletes for South Carolina will be answering questions shortly.
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.
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.
Spurrier: I don’t really know how we will play our two head quarterbacks.
Both quarterbacks have started games.
Spurrier: No real chance for Clowney to play on offense, even though he is capable of it.
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.
Coach Spurrier has begun to answer questions.
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.
Spurrier: We’ve returned a lot of good guys on the offense but we’ve lost a lot of good guys on defense.
Spurrier on schedules: It’s not always fair. Scheduling makes a difference. But, we’re not sure exactly how to make it fair.
Spurrier: Notre Dame should join the SEC. Why aren’t they in a conference?
Spurrier: Not “pay for play,” this is purely expense money for their parents or guardians to attend the games.
Spurrier: We want to fight for our athletes.
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.
South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier has taken the stage.
Wallace: It’s just frustrating not having a healthy arm.
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.
Bo Wallace: I’m excited to get out there and play some college football!
Coach Freeze has concluded his press conference. Donte Moncrief, Mike Marry, and Bo Wallace are expected shortly to answer questions.
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.
Freeze on recruiting: The momentum created by the bowl game win was huge.
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.
Freeze: We weren’t where we needed to be last year, but we are working hard this year.
Coach Freeze: We are very excited for our second year!
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.