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LSU running back Derrius Guice showed up SEC Media Days in a pink suit with a blue bowtie.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: 3 sillier LSU football moments from SEC Media Days

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we recap LSU’s Monday at the SEC Media Days, let the Bama talk roll, watch a slam dunk and more. Enjoy!

Three things: LSU football at the SEC Media Days

The LSU football team kicked off SEC Media Days action Monday, giving Ed Orgeron, Derrius Guice, D.J. Chark and Christian LaCouture a chance to show off. And while we at SEC Country have heavily covered the actual football stuff that was said, this is the Bayou Bengal Briefing. So let’s take a look at the lighter side.

Here are three of the looser conversation topics you might’ve missed.

1. Derrius Guice does not like flights

As Chark relayed to the media, Guice was a little shaken during the turbulent moments of the flight in, so he decided to try to sleep through them. Or, as Orgeron put it, Guice was afraid of what would happen when his ears popped.

2. Ed Orgeron doesn’t know what’ll happen when the clock strikes midnight

The LSU football team opens the season Sept. 2 against BYU at 8:30 p.m. Because it’s a Mormon university, BYU does not allow its teams to play on Sundays. So a media member asked Orgeron what will happen if that game lasts longer than three and a half hours. Orgeron doesn’t know.

3. The suits

Guice showed up in a pink suit with a blue bowtie. He said he picked out the ensemble two or three days prior. Chark showed up in a three-piece with a gray vest and a blue tie, matching his striped blue and white socks. He said he bought the socks at Wal-Mart the night before to give the outfit more pop.

Let’s talk about Alabama (because everybody else is)

Maybe it’s because the Media Days are in Hoover, Ala., less than an hour from Tuscaloosa. But the most common topic of conversation Monday was Alabama football, even if the Tide weren’t on the podium.

Naturally, LSU football players and Coach O were grilled about their thoughts on getting over the hump and beating Alabama. So, if you’re interested in hearing their thoughts, here are a couple of links you can click:

  1. What they’re saying about Alabama
  2. Coach O on the gap between LSU and Bama
  3. Derrius Guice on his infamous Alabama comments

Today in Hoover

Who’s going to be on the podium Tuesday? Here’s the full list:

  • Florida: Coach Jim McElwain, DB Duke Dawson, DB Marcell Harris, OL Martez Ivey
  • Georgia: Coach Kirby Smart, RB Nick Chubb, RB Sony Michel, LB Roquan Smith
  • Vanderbilt: Coach Derek Mason, LB Oren Burks, QB Kyle Shurmur, RB Ralph Webb
  • Mississippi State: Coach Dan Mullen, WR Donald Gray, LB Dez Harris, OL Martinas Rankin

Remember Antonio Blakeney?

Former LSU basketball player Antonio Blakeney did a thing in summer league. It was a dunk. You can watch it.

So, yeah, there’s that.


Speaking of former Tigers, former LSU football player Lewis Neal is still out here making all of us look bad.

The barbershop owner turned financial analyst turned app designer turned professional football player was working in the tech field Monday, forcing him to send out a #humblebrag of a tweet.

Leave it to Lewis Neal to casually drop creating an algorithm. No big deal, right?

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, today is “National Cheer Up The Lonely Day.” Like Rob Thomas says, these people don’t want to lonely no more. So it’s your day to cheer them up.

Loneliness stinks. And oftentimes the best way to alleviate loneliness is by turning to your friends. Oh, wait. I forgot to capitalize that word. I mean turning to your Friends.

Today, follow that metaphorical tunnel. Resist loneliness. Embrace others. Glean all your advice from sitcoms.

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