It’s championship week for conferences around the country, but the SEC has received an extra dose of craziness. The week opened with two huge coaching announcements that have players, coaches and fans buzzing more than ever. Here are the five best quotes from the SEC this week.
- Former UGA coach Mark Richt: “I’ll listen to anyone who has interest in me in any area or arena.”
- Alabama coach Nick Saban: “Y’all speculate and create things and then you want people to respond to it! [Lifts up Coca-Cola] Get this bottle to respond to it because I don’t know anything more than that. I told you everything I know. So you can ask the bottle. But don’t ask me.”
Nick Saban made it perfectly clear that he was not going to field any more questions about his defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, being hired as UGA’s new head coach.
- Alabama sophomore tight end Hunter Bryant: “UGA = Bama 2.0”
After the news about Smart broke, Alabama players reacted on Twitter.
- UGA recruit Deejay Dallas: “My (high school) team comes before college. I’ll worry about UGA and the coaching change after the season is over.”
Several UGA recruits also took to Twitter to share their reactions. While most were positive and looking forward to the future, Dallas said he’s not thinking about it yet.
We’ll give the final word to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, who has been through an emotional season to say the least. He’ll step down to fight lymphoma, and he made his final radio appearance as the Tigers’ coach Monday.
- “I’ll always be a Missouri Tiger. I’ll help in any way, do my little part to build the program. … To all the Missouri fans out there, love you. Just keep committed, man. Keep fighting.