Moe, Pinkel and Mizzou take in first SEC Media Days with chip on shoulder (links)

The SEC Media Days have come and gone, but the legend that is TJ Moe, will live forever.

When the senior Mizzou wide receiver took the podium, the SEC media was in for a treat. Ten minutes later, they gave Moe a standing ovation. AT A PRESS CONFERENCE.

And, forever Moe, already a Mizzou True Son legend, was etched in SEC lore by being the only person to receive a standing ovation in SEC Media Days history.

Moe stole the show, wowing the media with awesome comments such as:

“The air is warmer, the girls are prettier and the toilet paper is thicker,” when asked the difference between the SEC and the Big 12 so far.

“The Southeastern Conference isn’t really southeastern,” Moe added. “We’re about as Midwestern as it gets. We’re the gateway to the west and we’re hanging out in the Southeast somewhere. This is like the bottom-right fourth conference. That’s what it is when you draw a line? People get confused with directions.”

Moe, though, got real serious when the questions about how good the SEC defenses are continued.

“I don’t think we’re 5-year-old kids running around without a helmet. I think we can compete,” Moe said. “You’ve got quarterbacks who are always up for Heisman in the Big 12, and that’s not always true about the SEC. Part of that is due to the fact that SEC defenses are better. It’s also due to the fact that Big 12 offenses are quite a bit better.”

Moe added: “The Big 12 plays their best players on offense, while the SEC plays theirs on defense. It is not a big deal. We’ll score points no matter what league we are in. We have just as many athletes as the rest of the league, that’s a fact. If you look at them, their fastest players and their guys who are the strongest, some of them could be playing receiver and making the same kind of plays. (Former Missouri wide receiver) Jeremy Maclin probably could have been a real good defensive back, but now he’s All-Pro playing receiver. Pick your poison…we have plenty of poison to offer.”

Pinkel, too, became irritated – and he should. The Tigers, under his leadership, has won eight games six years in a row (it had been done just six times in 36 years previously) – one of just nine programs to do so. If you can do that and if you can win consistently in the Big 12, you can do the same in the SEC. The Big 12, albeit different, is a damn good league. Sure, most years the SEC is better, but they are like 1A and 1B, not a major separation like everyone down here in the Confederacy thinks. It is not like Mizzou is going from JV to Varsity – and yes, that question was asked.

“We are excited about being at our first SEC Media Days and we are excited about being part of this league,” Pinkel declared. “We are going to have to go out and earn respect, but we shouldn’t have to. We have been pretty good in a pretty good league already, so its no major change. We’ll just go out and play. We’ll do what we always do. We believe in what we do…it’s not like we have been playing against high school kids the last few years. We have been playing big time Division 1 football like the rest of this league.”

Well said, coach. I like all the naysayers though; it will give Mizzou a chip on their shoulder. Mizzou is always dangerous when they are overlooked.


It’s curious that Missouri spent a lot of time defending the league it left to qualify how good it has been.

A friend, who wishes to remain nameless, said to me, “The Big 12 is like the ex-girlfriend. Sure, you didn’t thinks she was all that great at the time, but now that you have a new one who talks bad about her, you defend her. She wasn’t all that bad.”

Great analogy. Missouri had some great times in the Big 12. It is also a good league. Missouri shouldn’t have to explain itself to the SEC or defend its former league, but it found itself doing just that. The SEC is a GREAT league, but the arrogance of the fan base clouds their judgement, blurring reality and fantasy. Different styles? Sure. A huge separation between the two leagues? Absolutely not. Miniscule at best.


Have no fear, Missouri fans, James Franklin is ahead of schedule. Pinkel said the junior quarterback, who just missed a 3,000, 1,000 season last year, is throwing a football. Moe said Franklin is leading drills, but “there’s no reason to push it.”

Moe also added that the No. 1 recruit in the nation Dorial Green-Beckham is “the most humble kid we have” and compared him to LeBron James, “Well, if LeBron James lost about 40 pounds, that’s what he’d look like. He does things you don’t see people that big do. He’s 6-foot-6, 220 pounds (and) he’ll run by somebody, they can’ catch him, and you’ll think the guy overthrew him and he’ll go up and get the ball. He can do things like that that’s really not very common…and he’s just a freshman.”
Moe said DGB isn’t the only freshman catching his eye.
“Sean Culkin, he’s a tight end, a guy that I think can help us this year,” Moe said. “(Receiver) Levi Copelin, (Lee’s Summit West OL) Evan Boehm has caught my eye. (Running back) Russell Hansbrough – he reminds me of Henry (Josey) a little bit – little, compact and fast…Mike Scherer the linebacker, (John) Gibson, the kid from Texas, he reminds me of E.J. Gaines when he was a freshman, the plays he’s been making out there. I think he’ll be good, too. I’m probably missing one or two, but those are the guys I’m seeing right now.”
Joining the Mizzou contingent was Gaines, a junior cornerback, and sixth year senior left tackle Elvis Fisher.
Fisher also praised the freshmen class, saying they are the hardest working group he has seen, then singled out Boehm, who he said has shown good footwork and strength, Culkin’s athleticism and Staley running back Morgan Steward is a “pretty strong kid” – noting that Steward has already tested at a “SEC-standard” in the hang clean in MU’s offseason weight program, which is “no small feat.”
Fisher, a Florida native, never thought he would be playing in his home state (Nov .10 @ Florida) in an SEC game, was granted a sixth year following a knee injury just weeks before the season opener last August in fall camp.
“I’m ready to play football,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been 100 percent to be honest…I’m ready to go.”
“There’s going to be a lot of doubters out there until we play our first game,” Gaines, the first junior Pinkel has ever brought to conference media day and an all-Big 12 performer last year. “I don’t know why there wouldn’t be.”

“It’s gonna be crazy,” Gaines said of the Georgia game – the SEC opener for Mizzou on Sept 8 in Columbia. “I can already tell. You can already tell kind of the vibe around campus. I think it’s gonna be something we’ve never seen before going into a game like that. I’m glad it’s at home.”

The SEC media has even switched their tone as of late. First, our offense couldn’t handle the defenses of the SEC. Now, after the offense has been hyped, all of a sudden, its the defense that hold back Mizzou.

Only time will tell how Mizzou will fare against the defensive-strong SEC. They did pretty damn well in the Big 12.
“That’s going to be a big story: Our offense against these great SEC defenses,” Pinkel added.


The Trib: At SEC Media Days, Tigers tackle questions, doubts
KC Star: MU players, Pinkel discuss SEC
KC Star: Mizzou will wait before getting SEC’s full flavor
KC Star: SEC Media Days buzz | Day One
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou gets good look at ‘serious’ SEC
Post-Dispatch: How many games will Tigers win in SEC debut?
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou will learn nothing comes small in SEC
Saturday Blitz: SEC Newcomers Missouri, Texas A&M Bring Mystery, Intrigue
Mizzou Network: 1-on-1 with Post-Dispatch’s Vahe Gregorian
We Are Mizzou: SEC Media Day: Behind the Scenes

Mizzou Network: 1-on-1 with Elvis Fisher (SEC Blog): VIDEO: Missouri’s E.J. Gaines

Senator Blutarsky: SEC, Missouri grows bored with your petty questioning
The Trib: Auburn coach says Missouri, Texas A&M ‘dang good’
The Trib: Miles: Learning curve for MU, A&M
KC Star: SEC Buzz: Chizik praises MU, A&M
Post-Dispatch: LSU’s Miles changes tone on Mizzou, Texas A&M
Mr. SEC: UF’s Muschamp Says Mizzou, A&M Questions Are Overblown
Mizzou Network: Chizik impressed with Mizzou Mizzou Meets the SEC Media
The Trib (Dave Matter): SEC Media Days – It’s Here
The Missourian: Pinkel, Missouri players make trip to SEC Media Days
KC Star: MU news and notes from SEC Media Days

The Trib: Slive: They Fit
Mizzou Network: SEC Commish on 2012 Season
Post-Dispatch: SEC commissioner ready for new teams, new ventures

The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel updates James Franklin, other injuries at SEC Media Days
Mizzou Network: Pinkel on Franklin, Josey
KC Star: For all the SEC talk, Franklin is the key for Mizzou

College Football Talk: Mizzou WR T.J. Moe wins first SEC media day (SEC): VIDEO: Missouri’s T.J. Moe
Mizzou Network: Moe, Gaines & Fisher interviews (Andy Staples): Missouri, Texas A&M left tackles ready for challenge of facing SEC defensive lines
SB Nation: Gary Pinkel Dismisses Your Dismissiveness
KC Star: Moe, Tigers stand tall against outside criticism at SEC Media Days
Post-Dispatch: Pinkel defensive about Mizzou’s success
Mr. SEC: Call It What You Want, Mizzou’s Pinkel Has Got A Chip On His Shoulder

Team Speed Kills: Gary Pinkel and Missouri Belong Here. Really

Fox Sports MW: Mizzou out to prove they’re no JV team in SEC

Pinkel And Saban
The Trib: Saban: Gary is a great coach
The Trib: Pinkel owes break to older Saban
KC Star: Pinkel grateful that Saban helped get him his big break

Birmingham News: Missouri’s Gary Pinkel speaks highly of former teammate Nick Saban

Pinkel and Paterno

The Trib: Pinkel’s filter is on the fritz
The Trib (Dave Matter): State lawmaker issues statement blasting Pinkel’s take on Paterno
KC Star: State representative chastises Pinkel for Paterno comments
Post-Dispatch: Mo. lawmaker condemns Mizzou coach’s comments

The Trib: Pinkel offers defense of Paterno at SEC Media Days
KC Star: Pinkel speaks of Paterno’s ‘greatness’
Post-Dispatch: Paterno legacy remains valid, Pinkel says

South Carolina
SB Nation: Just The Ol’ Ballcoach Feelin’ It
SB Nation: Steve Spurrier, Still Got It
The Trib: Spurrier: If I was calling the shots…

SB Nation: Kevin Damn Sumlin On New Rivals And QBs
SB Nation: Texas A&M Almost Had The World’s Worst Uniforms
The Trib: Sumlin: It’s a damn, hard league

The Trib: Franklin: Cousin Franklin


SB Nation: Will Muschamp, Human News Ticker

The Trib: Muschamp: Very frustrating year Mike Gillislee ready to step up (SEC Blog): Muschamp: Keep game in Jacksonville


SB Nation: Dan Mullen Has A Starkville To Promote

The Trib: Mullen: Not far from national title (SEC Blog): Mississippi State looks to regain edge

For Whom The Cowbell Tolls: Which is the REAL Mississippi State Under Mullen? 9-4 or 7-6?


SB Nation: Gene Chizik, Heartland Harbinger

SB Nation: The Utter Blank Genius Of Gene Chizik (Holly Anderson): Gene Chizik speaks softly

Track Em Tigers: Transcript of Coach Chizik’s Remarks in Hoover

Birmingham News: Philip Lutzenkirchen, Emory Blake discuss Auburn shooting at SEC Media Days

Birmingham News: Auburn’s Gene Chizik takes a look at quarterback race between Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley


SB Nation: John L. Smith, Vintage John L. Smith (Andy Staples): Knile Davis ready to thrive in 2012

The Trib: Smith: Do I look stupid?

The Trib: Hogs call on Smith for salvation

CBS Sports: Arkansas coach John L. Smith at SEC Media Days

Team Speed Kills: Live Blogging John L. Smith, AKA Slappy (SEC Blog): Knile Davis says he’s still SEC’s best RB

Birmingham News: Arkansas coach John L. Smith makes Media Days debut, says ‘life’s an adventure’


SB Nation: Les Miles, Opposite Of Bland (Holly Anderson): Les Miles doing Les Miles things

Team Speed Kills: Live Blogging Les Miles Because We Have The Chest For It

The Trib: LSU set for another run at title


SB Nation: Joker Phillips, Basketball-Powered Football Man

A Sea Of Blue: Ten Questions I’d Ask Joker Phillips at SEC Media Days

Team Speed Kills: Live Blogging Joker Phillips, 3rd Most Successful Major Team Coach at Kentucky

The Trib: Phillips: Hitching the football wagon to hoops


SB Nation: Day 3: An Ornery Cat Named Nick Saban

SB Nation: Nick Saban’s Only Warning The Big Ten Once (Unless There’s A Rematch)

Roll Bama Roll: When Nick Saban Speaks, Everyone Listens (Holly Anderson): Nick Saban has thoughts about hate

CBS Sports: Nick Saban at SEC Media Days

Birmingham News: VIDEO: Rock Star: Nick Saban greets frenzy of Alabama fans in Wynfrey lobby at SEC Media Days

Birmingham News: Never again: Saban, Tide players vow to avoid complacency that hampered 2010 team


The Trib: Dooley: No kicking us around anymore (Holly Anderson): Derek Dooley’s hair stands firm


The Trib: Freeze: Unusual track here

SB Nation: Hugh Freeze Lighting The Long Road Out (Holly Anderson): Hugh Freeze is just all right with us


SB Nation: Mark Richt Dismisses The Congregation (And Troublemakers)

The Trib: Richt: Hope the media’s right

Dawg Sports: Mark Richt Approaches the Podium with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Role of the Hunted (Holly Anderson): Mark Richt finishes smooth


Team Speed Kills: James Franklin and Vanderbilt Need No Introduction This Year

South Carolina

Team Speed Kills: South Carolina Looks for Change It Can Believe In

Mizzou Vs. UGa
KC Star: Georgia, Mizzou’s first SEC opponent, respects what Tigers can do
Post-Dispatch: MU’s SEC opener, vs. Georgia, has interesting twists

9-Game Conference Schedules
Birmingham News: Allowing players to face every SEC team during their careers should be schedule-makers’ ‘No. 1 priority,’ Saban says
Birmingham News: Nine SEC games? Slive says SEC must be flexible and innovative with schedules



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