There’s never a dull day in the SEC, and this week proved that again as we gear up for another Saturday of matchups between ranked teams, rivalries and other juicy story lines.
Here’s a recap of the week that was around the conference:
— Only Arkansas coach Bret Bielema can call his coaches locker room “pretty pimp” and get away with it. Although ESPN’s Dari Nowkkah seems to have reservations in this shot.
“The coaches' locker room is pretty pimp.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 19, 2016
— Florida and Tennessee fans aren’t the only ones taking trash leading up to Saturday’s rivalry game. Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun got in on the act.
"I call Tennessee the Kardashian's of CFB because they look good & haven't done anything" – @pat_dooley
Welcome to Tennessee/Florida week! pic.twitter.com/tYuAbbyVAM
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 19, 2016
— Les Miles, everybody.
No-context quote from LSU coach Les Miles: "Homeland Security has told me it's not a thing I can do."
— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) September 19, 2016
— Texas A&M and Arkansas meet Saturday night in a game of ranked teams, but Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin is still thinking about last year’s overtime win and hopes Bret Bielema has forgotten all about it.
Kevin Sumlin joked about Bret Bielema (an old friend) wanting to punch him after last game, an A&M OT win, 'I hope not. He's a big dude.'
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) September 20, 2016
— Florida defensive back Quincy Wilson started quite the chain of trash talk with Tennessee when he told reporters: “Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.”
Oregon chimed in with a creative video of its mascot actually pulling a truck, which only fueled the fire between the two SEC rivals.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 22, 2016
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 22, 2016
Later in the week, Florida coach Jim McElwain said “the chance to go out on the road and play in front of 100,000 booing you is great” and urged his players to “go out there and back it up.”
— CBS’ Gary Danielson told the Orlando Sentinel that Florida’s 11-game win streak over Tennessee is more mental than anything:
“You can close your eyes and switch the uniforms with these guys and right now Florida thinks they’re going to win,” he said. “And that’s really the whole thing about this football game. There is not a matchup, there’s not a play, there’s not a physicality part of the game — the biggest hurdle in this game is Florida knows somehow they’re going to win and Tennessee believes somehow how are we going to blow it this year?”
— Nick Saban is hosting his alma mater Kent State this weekend, but there better not be any college flings on the buses that roll into town or he’ll have to answer to the misses.
Nick Saban said Miss Terry told him not to have any of his old girlfriends from Kent State come to the game this week ???
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) September 23, 2016
— Steve Spurrier may be back at Florida, but he carved out some time for South Carolina fans when he hopped on Will Muschamp’s radio show.
Steve Spurrier at Carolina Calls tonight…The HBC shook and hands and went on air, will be in his hometown of Johnson City, TN tmrw pic.twitter.com/XCCQYfLkEx
— Van Lott (@VanWLTX) September 22, 2016
— Western Kentucky fraternities took things a bit too far with these signs welcoming Vanderbilt to town.
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) September 22, 2016
The president of the fraternity later apologized and said the signs were “not in any way meant to make fun of women or sexual assault allegations associated with the Vanderbilt football team, this was simply an immature joke.”
— AL.com tackled the issue of diminishing space at Alabama’s Walk of Champions with a skywalk idea that will cost roughly a “buncha millions dollars.”
— Former LSU Tiger and current SEC Network personality Booger McFarland is so over Les Miles he said he would take “roll the dice” on Lane Kiffin over Miles: “The game has changed offensively. (Miles) is not going to change. If you see where the game is heading offensively, don’t you have to go there?”
— Gus Malzahn is certainly feeling the heat at Auburn, but he at least has 40-year-old Adam Jones, a fan, in his corner after writing this letter to his beleaguered leader.
“I believe in you, Coach,” Jones wrote. “I believe you can turn this thing around. I believe that you will get us back to the Championship game and make those few plays that are needed to raise the trophy.”
— Uncle Verne Lundquist is in his final year in the television booth and got everyone hyped up with his recollection of Tennessee’s last win over Florida in 2004.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) September 23, 2016
Now we wait for it all to play out on the field before doing it all over again next week.