With SEC Media days set to begin on Monday, there will be plenty of opportunities for the league’s coaches to answer a variety of questions.
Some of these questions will lead to funny responses. Some will cause coaches to troll their eyes. Some will give answers that cause controversy.
Edward Aschoff of ESPN listed one question that each coach will face during their time at the podium. You can read the entire list here.
With a few of Aschoff’s questions in mind, here is how some coaches might answer those tough questions:
Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen:”What real steps will the university take to deal with the Jeffery Simmons issue?”
Simmons, a 5-star defensive end, was given a one-game suspension after he was charged with simple battery after a video surfaced of him striking a woman during a fight.
Many disagreed with Simmons punishment, thinking it should’ve been much more severe. When the punishment was announced during SEC meetings in Destin, Fla. last month, Mullen had already left the meetings and left Mississippi State’s Athletic Director Scott Stricklin to answer the questions.
Mullen will likely follow along with Stricklin’s reasoning and stress the need to give Simmons a second chance.
“If this was a person who had a history, I think that’s something you’d look at,” Stricklin said in June. “Again, I think you’re trying to be fair to the young person and at the same time understand they made a mistake and there’s got to be consequences for that.”
Georgia’s Kirby Smart:“How is Nick Chubb’s rehab coming?”
This, along with will Jacob Eason be the starting quarterback, were always going to be the two biggest topics of conversation with first year head coach Kirby Smart.
But the importance of Chubb’s rehab, and availability to play against North Carolina on Sept. 3, took on greater importance when Sony Michel broke his forearm.
When Smart has been asked about Chubb’s status, he’s usually raved about the junior tailback and will likely do so again in Hoover, Alabama.
“Each time I get a video I make a point to text Chubb saying, ‘Nick, I see you working. I see what you’re doing,’” Smart said back in May. “Because he wants to recognized for what he’s doing. He’s busted his tail. He’s living the silent life right now. He’s ready to come bursting out at first opportunity.”
Florida’s Jim McElwain: “Are Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris going to play a down for the Gators this fall?”
Florida and McElwain have said almost nothing about the availability of Callaway and Harris. The two were both suspended back in January and missed all of spring practice.
Callaway led Florida in receiving yards last season and was allowed to use team facilities last month.
They haven’t been with us since January and they won’t be with us as we’re rolling, so you won’t see those guys out there at practice,” McElwain said in March. “Guys, that’ll be the last that we talk about that.”