Day one of SEC Media Days can be summed up with one quote from Steve Spurrier.
“It’s easier to win the National Championship than the SEC. Ask Nick Saban.”
Spurrier also took a subtle shot at Ole Miss. (I know a few readers will enjoy that)
“You think I make the schedules? If I made the schedules, Georgia would be playing LSU every year and we’d be playing Ole Miss.”
Have to admit, he’s got a point.
Welcome to the SEC Missouri and Texas A&M, where second place may get you into the national title game and winning is expected or else you become the butt of Spurrier’s jokes at the next year’s Media Days.
Both Gary Pinkel and Kevin Sumlin are confident going into the 2012 season. The Aggies and Tigers both have extremely tough schedules as they venture into the SEC.
”People act like we’ve been playing a bunch of high school teams,” Pinkel said. ”We’ve played in a pretty big league.”
That is quite a true statement by Pinkel as the Big 12 is actually a big league.
Next up we have Missouri WR TJ Moe, who has a lot to learn, but was easily one of the hits of the day.
When jokingly told SEC has 260-pound CBs: :
“They say girls are prettier here, air’s fresher & toilet paper is thicker.”
His first time at SEC Media Days (which will be his only time because he is a senior):
“It’s serious here. I wouldn’t be surprised if everybody was strapped with a gun here.”
On whether or not he was packing at the event:
“I am not strapped with a gun.”
On Missouri’s location:
“We’re about as midwest as it gets. This isn’t the Southeastern Conference….it’s the bottom right corner conference.”
Here’s where Moe runs into trouble:
“In the Big 12, we put our best athletes on offense. They (SEC teams) put their best athletes on defense. Kansas will never have a chance to play in the SEC, (and even) they’re always hearing about how great SEC defense are.”
And one more on A&M receiver Ryan Swope:
“Apparently Ryan Swope is a god because he can come in and get first-team all-SEC. But that’s fine.”
I think it’s safe to say that he’s one twitter rant away from a successful SEC career.