HOOVER, Ala. — Excitement for the start of a new season, rather than talk about last year or Mississippi State, is what Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt tried to emphasize during his visit to Southeastern Conference Media Days on Friday.
Whether it was his few minutes spent talking with media based from Mississippi and Memphis or his time spent answering questions from a room filled with reporters from all over, Nutt clearly wanted to talk about the future rather than the past. (July 25, 2011, Page 6)
After missing most of the 2010 season with a torn ACL, Lockett was granted a sixth year of eligibility this past spring by the NCAA.
He has been cleared for summer drills that begin in less than two weeks and eagerly anticipating a new direction for a team that is trying to rebound from a 4-8 overall mark last season. (more…) (July 25, 2011, Page 6)
HOOVER, Ala. — Led by senior offensive tackle Bradley Sowell and senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett, the Ole Miss Rebels had a total of six players named to the 2011 Southeastern Conference Media Days All-SEC team. The team is selected each year by the media and a total of 167 votes were cast this season. (more…) (July 22, 2011, Page 8A)
During his time with the print media at Thursday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days session, Chizik was asked a handful of questions in different ways about the NCAA and rules violations. His answers didn’t vary much, although he did talk publicly about his conversation with an NCAA official that is involved with infractions. (July 22, 2011, Page 8A)
HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn set all sorts of offensive records last year during its march to the 2011 BCS championship. Led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers set single-season records for the most points in school history (577), total offense (6,989 yards) and yards rushing (3,987).
Heading into the 2011 season, with Newton and seven other starters from last year’s offense gone, the talk Thursday at Southeastern Conference Media Days was how the Tigers would fare on offense. (more…) (July 22, 2011, Page 8A)
HOOVER, Ala. — Outside of the Georgia football program, the future for veteran coach Mark Richt looks unsettled and precarious to say the least.
Inside the program, the view of Richt is much different. Whether it was sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray or senior defensive back Brandon Boykin, the belief that Richt will turn the Bulldogs’ fortunes around in 2011 is strong. (more…) (July 22, 2011, Page 8A)
BLOG — HOOVER, Ala. — The second full day of Southeastern Conference Media Days included visits from Kentucky, Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee. (more…) (July 21, 2011)
HOOVER, Ala. — The first major news bomb delivered at the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days event wasn’t dropped by a coach or a player. It was delivered at the start of the day by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, who unveiled his thoughts on a new national agenda regarding college football and college athletics as a whole. (July 21, 2011, Page 5)
HOOVER, Ala. — A big reason for optimism heading into the 2011 season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs is senior quarterback Chris Relf. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Relf has played in 25 games the last two years and thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,200 during that span. His leadership skills have been key for the MSU offense under coach Dan Mullen, who has been impressed with the way his signal caller has improved since his sophomore season. (July 21, 2011, Page 5)
BLOG — HOOVER, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive started the annual Media Days event today with a 20-minute proposal regarding new ideas on recruiting and educational requirements for incoming students, among other things. (more…) (July 20, 2011)