SEC Media Days: Three things we learned

July 16, 2013 

MIKE SLIVE IS WELL-READ

The commissioner of the league, who did his undergrad work at Dartmouth and earned law degrees from Virginia and Georgetown, showed off his expansive knowledge between comments about enhancing discipline among league institutions and helping student-athletes with their schooling. Slive dropped references that had sportswriters scrambling for the closest Wikipedia link to find out what he was talking about.

Slive mentioned Johannes Gutenberg and his original printing press, and followed with a quote from Albert Einstein. He went on to credit Teddy Roosevelt for the incentive to create the NCAA, and then mentioned that leadership was needed to “slash through our Gordian Knot,” a reference to a problem that is hard to solve without cheating or coming up with an alternative solution.

Slive closed by mentioning James Baldwin (not one of Alec’s brothers) and Benjamin Franklin. Every person in the room felt either educated, or insulted.

EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT JADEVEON CLOWNEY

Besides having his own Beatles-esque mob following him through every room at the Hyatt Regency, South Carolina’s junior defensive end had his reputation speaking for him when he wasn’t there. Several of the non-USC team representatives spoke about him, even if they don’t have to play him this year.

“I don’t know if ‘prepare’ is the right word — you have to try and contain him the best you can.” — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel

“I try not to think about him too much, but he’s always in the back of my mind.” — Missouri quarterback James Franklin

Question: “Where do you rank Clowney …” Answer (interrupting): “No. 1.” — Florida coach Will Muschamp

CONNOR SHAW IS HEALTHY

With his health a concern from start to finish in 2012 — and then skydiving just when he got back to full strength — USC’s quarterback was asked how his foot or shoulder was in every setting on Tuesday. He replied “100 percent” in all of them.

“I got the all-clear the end of May, and I’ve been doing our strength and conditioning drills through the summer,” Shaw said. “It’s good to be back healthy, and I’m extremely excited about this season.”

David Cloninger

Steve Spurrier

Jadeveon Clowney

Connor Shaw

Bruce Ellington

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