Campus Corner

College football madness begins Tuesday in SEC

Updated: 2012-07-16T19:47:26Z


The Kansas City Star


The waiter at the BBQ joint down from the Wynfrey Hotel was an Auburn fan and issued a warning to the Southeastern Conference newcomers.

"They don't know what they're in for," Brandon said. "Especially, Texas A&M. At least Missouri gets to play in the East. Look what A&M's got to deal with in the West."

SEC Media Days, the unofficial start to a college football season that never stops in the South, begins Tuesday and Mizzou and Texas A&M face the firing line immediately.

The Mizzou contingent includes senior offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, junior cornerback E.J. Gaines and senior wide receiver T.J. Moe, along with Coach Gary Pinkel.

Not in attendance is quarterback James Franklin, who continues to recover from shoulder surgery. Franklin suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in a March practice when he reached for the ball and a teammate landed on his extended throwing arm.

Franklin is expected back at the start of fall workouts, and an update should be delivered from this event to the 818 media members issued credentials. In all, the SEC issued 1,115 credentials including bowl reps and corporate sponsors.

The over-the-top nature of the event leads to some interesting questions. It was in this setting that former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was asked if he was a virgin. Yes, he was, Tebow said.

Once, former Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer didn’t attend to avoid being served with a subpoena in a case involving the NCAA and an Alabama booster and was fined $10,000.

Possible topics besides the supremacy of a conference trying to win its seven straight national championship include the potential bankruptcy filing for interim Arkansas Coach John L. Smith after bad business deals and the lawsuit against the daughter of Alabama coach Nick Saban – Kristen Saban for giving a sorority sister a concussion in a fight that happened nearly two years ago _ to be addressed.

The league made some news on Monday, when commissioner Mike Slive told the Associated Press that he was remaining on the job for at least two more years as college football prepares for a new playoff structure and the SEC works a deals for a new network and the Champions Bowl with the Big 12.

It’s the SEC, and it’s always something.





Texas A&M

Luke Joeckel, OT


Sean Porter, OLB

Ryan Swope, WR


South Carolina

Ace Sanders, WR

Connor Shaw, QB

D.J. Swearinger, FS


Elvis Fisher, OL

E.J. Gaines, CB

T.J. Moe, WR


Jordan Rodgers, QB

Zac Stacy, RB

Trey Wilson, DB






Jon Bostic, ILB

Mike Gillislee, RB

Lerentee McCray, LB


Mississippi State

Johnthan Banks, DB         

Gabe Jackson, OL

Tyler Russell, QB



Knile Davis, RB

Tyler Wilson, QB

Tenarius Wright, ILB



Matt Smith, C

Collins Ukwu, DE

Larry Warford, OG



Emory Blake, WR

Corey Lemonier, DE

Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE



Odell Bechham, Jr, WR

Zach Mettenberger, QB

Eric Reid, FS





Barrett Jones, C

Damion Square, DE

Michael Williams, TE



Tyler Bray, QB

Ja’Wuan James, OL

Herman Lathers, LB



Mike Marry, ILB

Donte Moncrief, WR

Charles Sawyer, DB



Abry Jones, DE

Jarvis Jones, OLB

Tavarres King, WR



ACC: July 22-23 (Greensboro, N.C.)
Big East: July 30-31 (Newport, R.I.)
Big Ten: July 26-27 (Chicago)
Big 12: July 23-24 (Dallas)
C-USA: July 24-25 (Irving, Texas)
MAC: July 24 (Detroit)
Mountain West: July 24-25 (Las Vegas)
Pac-12: July 24 (Burbank, Calif.)
SEC: July 17-19 (Hoover, Ala.)
Sun Belt: July 16 (New Orleans)
WAC: July 25-26 (Las Vegas)


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