Live Blog: SEC Media Days – LSU and Georgia
HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) – From LSU, Coach Les Miles, Jarvis Landry, Craig Loston, and Zach Mettenberger will be joining us. From Georgia, Coach Mark Richt, Arthur Lynch, Aaron Murray, and Garrison Smith will be joining us.
Continue our SEC Media Days coverage with Alabama and Vanderbilt by clicking here: http://whnt.com/2013/07/18/live-blog-sec-media-days-alabama-and-vanderbilt/
Saban is scheduled to begin his address at 11:20 a.m., however, it is possible that the SEC Media Days event organizers could allow Vanderbilt and Coach James Franklin to go first if the Alabama coach and players are held up during their TV interviews.
Stay tuned for minute by minute updates.
Coach Richt has left the stage. Student athletes from Georgia will be taking the stages shortly to answer questions.
Richt knows a thing or two about national championships. His Bulldogs won the National Championship in 2002 and 2005.
Richt on SEC dominating BCS National Championship: People are getting beat and still winning national championships, I think everyone is beatable and i think quite frankly, the way the BCS is set up…is good fortune.
Hurry-up offense is a hot topic of conversation for the coaches at SEC Media Days 2013.
Richt on hurry-up offense: I don’t worry about that as a safety issue.
I think the one thing we do need to be careful of when we are going fast is when the official spots the ball, he needs to be able to get out of the way quickly for his safety.
I’ve seen a lot of balls snapped when the offensive team isn’t quite set.
I understand the need for speed, but I think everyone need to be in place and defensive substitutions need to be completed.
Richt: Murray knows that a great running back and a great running game are his friends. He’s not afraid to go to those weapons.
Richt on his personal relationship with Aaron Murray: The way we have been going about our business with the quarterback position was a good fit for him.
He’s an excellent ambassador for the University of Georgia.
Richt: Aaron Murray is a great player, he has had all the experience in the world, in SEC competition, big games, throughout his career–but not to be too redundant, he’s a 365-day-a- year quarterback. Every single day he has a plan to get better personally, he has a plan to get his team better. The way he eats, the way he trains himself….
He’s a great ambassador for Georgia, he’s a blessing for us.
Richt on his first four games: I told the team that we are in a race to be in mid-season form by the first game.
I think we are on track. Things went well in the spring.
Richt on looking back at last season’s Alabama game: I didn’t have a lot of time to emotionally get over that game. I had to move on to bowl practice.
Richt on opening against Clemson: I’m guessing we will both be top ten teams in preseason rankings, or near.
Their offensive team is one of the best in America. Playing at their place will be tough. They have an outstanding atmosphere.
Richt: We’re anxious to get started.
Richt: I think we have the ingredients to answer those questions.
Richt: I think our team is one that has a lot of question, and I like that. A lot of our players are still fighting for starting positions.
Gerogia head coach Mark Richt has taken the stage. This begins his 13th year at Gerogia.
The LSU student athletes have left the media room. Georgia’s coach Mark Richt is up next.
Mettenberger: I feel like I did in high school. Confident.
Mettenberger: It’s definitely going to be an easier transition to the first game this year than last year.
Mettenberger also said that he was sweating at last years Media Days and before the first game.
Mettenberger: You can have a million Tweets about you loving God or doing charity work, but one F-bomb or picture of you with a beer in your hand and that is all people care about.
Zach Mettenberger, LSU Quarterback: You don’t know which Les you will see on any given day. He could be the goofy Les or the hard Les. I’m proud to be on his team.
Coach miles has ended his statement. Players from LSU will take the stages shortly to answer questions.
Miles: These guys have to understand that this is a media outlet. When you put a piece of information out there, it’s not going just to your buddies.
Some of the best guys get behind the wheel of social media and some of the things that they say doesn’t match up to who they are.
Miles says he won’t ban Twitter. “For us not to admit that we’re American and that’s where we’re going, we’re going to learn to use it responsibly.”
Miles on Social Media: This is going to be with us, this isn’t going away, and we have to handle it with responsibility.
Miles on Australian team members: We’re pretty comfortable with adjusting our dialect so it fits the ability to communicate.
Miles: 20 years ago there was not a policy on Twitter. 20 years ago, there was not a policy on Facebook. I can guarantee you, not one of those guys did a Harlem Shake (laughs from audience).
Miles: We had a social media presentation two nights ago basically what we talked about was Twitter, Facebook, all this stuff and basically the pitfalls, i think that those meetings are quality meetings.
Miles on coaches having contact with players during the summer: I think the rule should be make such that the coach can have all the contact he need in a non-football related medium.
Miles: “The excitement is not derived from where you’re ranked or how people perceive you, it’s derived from the youth of your team.”
Miles: We’ve never really put much faith in the predictions, you don’t earn the top spot until the end of the year.
Miles on Cam Cameron’s impact: We’ve always wanted to be a balanced team. He allows us to be more balanced. He certainly moves the ball down the field.
Miles: Those guy who prioritize their degree, those are the guys who return then go on to be very successful and go on to make a lot of money.
Miles on players lost to the NFL draft: I think each guy has to make his decision. The thing we make sure to do is not give anyone in the NFL a deal.
Miles: We’re looking forward to the challenge of facing the best in the East and the best in the West. I like us in every game.
Miles is giving the media a rundown of the talent of his starters.
Miles: In the last eight years, we have put 51 in the NFL. I’m glad we can offer young men something past college.
Miles: We had 9 NFL draftees from the last season, a school record.
Coach Les Miles is making his opening statement.
Miles has an overall 85-21 record at LSU, with a 51-4 record against unranked teams, a 47-17 record in regular season SEC games, and a 50-7 record in Tiger Stadium.
In eight years, the LSU Tigers have won more games than any other program in the SEC in that span with 85 wins, while winning two SEC titles in 2007 and 2011 and winning the national title in 2007.
Justin Connolly, the General Manager of the SEC Network, has announced that the network will premier on August 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Paul Finebaum will play a significant role in the network, according to Connolly.
Thank you for joining us today! We are expecting coach Les Miles to take the stage at 8:30 a.m.