SEC commissioner Mike Slive opened the three-day media day event in Alabama with his regularly scheduled opening address, commenting on the success and plans of the SEC and the state of college football in general. Slive, one of the top influential voices in the collegiate athletics landscape today, was not afraid to comment on the lack of action taken by the NCAA on a number of concerns.
“The NCAA has not been successful in meeting the full cost of attendance of our student athletes, whether through the so-called miscellaneous expense allowance or some other model that provides broad access to additional funds,” said Slive.
The SEC has been one of the conferences stumping for advancement on the concept of player stipends. The issue has been a hot-button issue for many over the past few years. Slive’s comments suggested that schools and conferences that are bringing in the kind of money they are today are ready to support student-athletes more with stipends, but the NCAA is holding back on the concept developing.
“Conferences and their member institutions must be allowed to meet the needs of their student-athletes.”
Slive also suggested that the NCAA is dragging its feet in recruiting regulation and reform, and asked the NCAA to become more of a leader in fostering a better game. When the head of the SEC comes swinging at you, the pressure is on.
Florida’s Will Muschamp fires back at Ohio State’s Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer was recently accused of informing the NCAA of a potential recruiting violation committed by Florida. No infraction was confirmed but the tensions between the Gators and their former head coach were on the scene at SEC media day. Muschamp, never one to shy away from much, responded to Ohio State’s actions.
“We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we are compliant with NCAA rules,” Muschamp said. “They certainly know a little bit about that.”
No momentum for nine-game schedule
Perhaps as expected, there does not appear to be much traction for any change in philosophy that would include a nine-game conference schedule any time soon. The coaches are overwhelmingly in favor of an eight-game conference schedule, but the idea of using division record to determine who advances to the SEC championship game. As the conference is currently set up, overall conference record is used to crown division champions. This makes plenty of sense and ultimately could set an SEC team up for a better shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff.
South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier offers his take on ACC membership
Steve Spurrier always manages to touch on something rather unexpected. His comments on Notre Dame’s partial-membership in the ACC may have been the out-of-left field topic this season. Spurrier addressed Notre Dame’s role in the College Football Playoff, which will see athletics director Jack Swarbrick have a seat in the meeting room among conference commissioners. In Spurrier’s eyes, Notre Dame is receiving conference respect without being fully committed to a conference.
Jadeveon Clowney focused on SEC title, not Heisman
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was one of the top draws of day one of SEC media days. After an offseason that saw a ridiculous debate about skipping out on this season in order to train for the NFL — Clowney is a top-rated NFL prospect and a probably number one overall pick — Clowney sent a clear message to the media on Tuesday. Clowney is focused on an SEC title and not individual accolades.
“The Heisman is not a big deal for me,” Clowney said. “Winning the SEC championship’s a big deal to me. Getting drafted high is a big deal.”
South Carolina has never won an SEC championship. The Gamecocks are once again among the top teams in the SEC East heading in to the 2013 season.
Clowney was praised by his head coach for managing to stay out of trouble in the highly scrutinized offseason. In an offseason that has seen a number of players getting in to trouble and the TMZ-like coverage of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Spurrier is pleased to see his star player scale things back leading up to the 2013 season.
“Jadeveon has done an excellent job staying out of the limelight all summer,” Spurrier said at Southeastern Conference media days. “He’s been a good teammate. He’s been there for the workouts. He’s been there doing what he’s supposed to do.”
James Franklin remains Missouri’s top quarterback in 2013
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed that James Franklin will be the number one quarterback for the Tigers when preseason camp opens, which means he will likely be the starting quarterback when the season kicks off. Franklin was banged up all last season but Pinkel lauded his toughness as he comes back for the 2013 season feeling optimistic.
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