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When is SEC Media Days?

SEC Media Days start Monday, July 19, and run through Thursday, July 22. The event will be live streamed on fuboTV. The event certainly will have its fair share of talk about the College Football Playoff expansion as well as name, image and likeness. There will also be a number of first-time SEC coaches at the podium. al.comSEC Media Days 2021 live stream: How to watch online for free, TV, time, full schedule

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Luke Combs' 'South on Ya' Is the Newest SEC Football Hype Song

Taste of Country 21 July, 2021 - 12:00pm

College football fans will hear a whole lot more from Luke Combs this fall. On Monday (July 19), the singer revealed his new hype song for Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football, a previously unreleased song called "South on Ya."

Set across a montage of football games, which includes clips of every team in the SEC, Combs' new song is a pump-up anthem for game day that cautions any team playing football against a Southern state to bring their A-game.

"Way down where the sun shines hotter / Dawgs on the porch, Gators in the water / Way down, down in Alabama / Muddy Mississippi, swampy Louisiana...." Combs sings, paying tribute to each of the states represented by the 14 teams in the conference.

"Got a little dirt road dust runnin' through our blood / From a never-heard-of-it hometown / Got a can't-quit heart and some take-it-too-far / And a whole lot of never-back-down," he continues in the song's anthemic chorus. "'Cause we're no doubt gonna put a little south on ya ..."

The video montage — posted on Combs' Instagram — pans to an image of a barn in the middle of a field, with "SEC Football" painted along the side. According to its website, SEC Football is scheduled to begin its season the weekend of Sept. 4.

While "South on Ya" might be Combs' first contribution to SEC football, it's certainly not the first new music he's released in recent weeks: In fact, the singer's fans have gotten a steady diet of new songs from him lately — most recently, he shared unreleased songs "Five Leaf Clover," "Good Old Days" and "Joe."

Jumbo Package: Everything said about Alabama in SEC Media Days

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OLE MISS HEAD COACH LANE KIFFIN

Q: After last year’s game against Alabama, how close do you feel like your team is to beating them? What would that mean to be the first assistant to beat Nick Saban, if it so happened?

Kiffin: “Well, I don’t look at it at all about being the first assistant or whatever that stat is. We were close, played really well on one side of the ball, but that doesn’t matter now. The year before, I think we lost 66-3 or something like that. So every year is different. Every year has new challenges.

“I said at some interview on the way in here, the discussion was about Alabama and Coach Saban and the parity in college football, and I said he’s done it different than anyone’s ever done it and better than anyone’s ever done it. No disrespect to the coaches back before. There’s not supposed to be parity with 85 scholarships and 25 a year.

“My dad tells me the stories of coming in and having 75 freshmen in his class coming in. So to do what he’s doing nowadays and every year, you guys say something that upsets him and gives him rat poison and makes him mad, and then we have to deal with that. So I don’t know what the storyline is this year. It will be something that you did about losing too many staff guys or the quarterback or whatever, but he just finds a way, and it starts with recruiting. He just does such a phenomenal job of recruiting

As usual Lane had a lot to say about Nick Saban and Alabama, and as usual, it was glowing praise and admiration. He’s doing his best to win over the hearts of Alabama fans, and if he keeps improving Ole Miss, he very well could slot right in as Saban’s successor.

And I’m okay with that.

Q: The third game in October versus Alabama, it’s been a long time since Tennessee has been able to defeat them. For one, what have you been told in the community about how important that game is, and what will you be doing to try to rectify that and get a win versus them?

Heupel: “Absolutely. That ball game is huge to the fans and to the players, on both sides of it. You come to Tennessee to play in games like that. This fan base loves football. They breathe it 365 days out of the year, man. If it’s recruiting, they care about recruiting. If it’s spring ball, they care about what’s going on on the field.

“It’s not about just one game going forward. Our players understand we’re only as good as our next performance. For us as a coaching staff and players, we have to take a one-day approach at it, and that means we can control today. We can’t control three months from now. We can control today. If we take care of today and follow that up consistently, we’re going to put ourselves in the best position to get where we want to go long term.”

Huepel said a whole lot of words here to avoid ever directly addressing how he plans to beat Alabama. There’s a fine balance for coaches here. You have to show some confidence to your new fanbase, but you can’t go out and give the Tide a bunch of headlines to fire them up.

“Certain positions, probably, enhance opportunities to create value, like quarterback, and our quarterback (Young) already has approached ungodly numbers — I’m not going to say what they are — and he hasn’t even played yet. Hasn’t even started,” Saban said at the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual convention on Tuesday, according to The Athletic. “... It’s almost seven figures. And it’s like, the guy hasn’t even played yet. But that’s because of our brand.”

The big news of yesterday was Saban letting it leak just how much money Bryce Young is making... as a player that’s never even started a game.

And you know it wasn’t just a slip on Saban’s part— he’s absolutely tossing that hook out there to make sure all the recruits know just how profitable it can be to come to Alabama.

Roman Harper has tabbed Georgia as the “lead dog” in the SEC heading into fall camp, while dubbing Alabama as an underdog in its game against Texas A&M this season.

Much of that might come as a bit of surprise to many as Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide might have something to say about both statements.

Alabama lost a lot of players on offense, sure, but Georgia lost their entire secondary and a big chunk of the front 7. And there’s a WHOLE lot of assumptions being put on J.T. Daniels here.

And it’s not like A&M isn’t also going to be breaking in a new QB as well.

Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders walked out of SWAC Media Day in Birmingham on Tuesday after a reporter called him by his first name, angering the second-year coach.

The Hall of Fame cornerback, affectionately known as “Prime Time,” demanded, per The Clarion Ledger, that reporters shouldn’t call him by his first name.

“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick,’” Sanders said. “Don’t call me Deion. If you call Nick (Saban), Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot, so don’t do that to me. Treat me like Nick.”

With as much fame and money as Deion Sanders has made as an NFL player and media icon over the last 20 years, it just blows my mind that he can still act that insecure.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars placed undrafted free agent Dylan Moses on the team’s non-football injury list, per ESPN.

This comes two years after the former Alabama linebacker suffered a torn ACL in preparation for the 2019 season, and it comes months after Moses admitted to playing through a significant amount of pain in 2020, his final year with the Crimson Tide.

Honestly this is a good thing for Moses, who likely needs a good bit of time to try and get his knees working correctly. By being placed on the NFI list, he will not count against Jacksonville’s roster limit, but could still be activated later in the season. So the Jags will be unlikely to have any real reason to cut him. Technically they don’t have to pay his salary either... But it’s rare for teams to exercise that unless the player was injured doing something dumb in their off-time.

In hoops news, Jaden Shackelford announced he is withdrawing from the transfer portal and will be staying at Alabama. Erik has you covered here at RBR in a bigger, dedicated piece this morning.

Finally, for a little bit more Gump in your day, check out Bleacher Report’s SEC All-21st Century team.

For all of Alabama’s reputation as a defensive school, the Tide absolutely dominated the offensive side of the ball with Derrick Henry, Devonta Smith, Amari Cooper, Andre Smith, and Barrett Jones. Of course, they still landed someone on every level of defense as well with Quinnen Williams, C.J. Mosley, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, plus a specialist in J.K. Scott.

What Nick Saban said at SEC Media Days

AL.com 21 July, 2021 - 12:00pm

Nick Saban arrived Wednesday morning at SEC Media Days to the cheers from a dozen or so fans gathered outside the hotel. An hour later, he was on the podium to talk football. Here are the highlights of what he said.

-- Saban said he has a greater appreciation to see everyone at media days after it was nixed last year. He told a story about bringing his family dog to Hoover for this once a long time ago and it got out of their room.

-- The team will report Aug. 5.

-- Saban said the team has embraced the strength and conditioning program now in its second year.

-- “The penalty of success for winning a national title,” Saban said is losing six first-round draft picks and 10 overall to the NFL, the challenge is rebuilding. There will be less experience out there and he wants to know how they will respond to these new roles.

-- “We are going to be a work in progress,” Saban said.

-- Saban complimented the SEC for how it handled the COVID-19 situation. He said they handled everything in a “calm manner” with a “thoughtful approach.”

-- “Anything I say will probably be wrong,” Saban said about changes in NIL rules, because so much can change in a short period of time and there’s no precedent on the books right now.

-- Saban was asked about his comments from Tuesday about Bryce Young’s potential NIL earnings but he didn’t expand about what was said to high school coaches.

-- Asked the key to longevity in this business? “That’s simple, just win.”

-- On the strength and conditioning, Saban said they wanted to make a change a few years ago and brought NFL teams in to consult. They wanted to focus less on powerlifting and look more at the analytics. Saban said soft tissue injuries were down 50% last year and the “technology has been instrumental” in seeing that progress.

-- On Henry To’o To’o, Saban said he’s a very intelligent and instinctive player. Described him as having good leadership qualities and a signal-caller type player.

-- On Lane Kiffin, Saban said he doesn’t get the kind of credit he deserves for helping modernize the Alabama offense during his time as offensive coordinator (2014-16).

-- Saban said people speculate about his relationship with Kiffin but he said it was good.

-- Saban said sophomore Javion Cohen could be the starting left guard this year.

-- Saban said the fact new OC Bill O’Brien came from the NFL isn’t as big of a deal as people are making of it. “We aren’t changing offenses,” Saban said. O’Brien has added to it but they aren’t reinventing things because there’s a new OC who coached the Houston Texans previously.

-- Saban said a large majority of Alabama’s team has been vaccinated. He said it’s a decision that’s both personal and one that impacts the team on a competitive level. Saban said three different doctors spoke to the team about pros and cons of the vaccine.

-- Saban said 90% of the roster is vaccinated.

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Jaden Shackelford Announces Time to "Run it Back" at Alabama

Bama Maven 20 July, 2021 - 07:33pm

After entering the NBA draft process in the spring, Shackelford then announced his intentions of removing his name from the process, while also entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. 

He initially considered Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and a return to Alabama. With a potential Shackelford absence, the Crimson Tide would've lost every member of its starting five from the 2021 lineup.

That won't be the case now, according to his Twitter account, from where he announced it's time to "run it back" with the program he helped guide to two conference championships and a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2021 season and NCAA Tournament.

Including the Hesperia, California native, other options in the Crimson Tide's backcourt include key contributor Jahvon Quinerly, fellow McDonald's All-American JD Davison, and Texas Tech transfer Nimari Burnett.

The first game of the 2021-22 season is scheduled for the holiday season, November 25, as the Crimson Tide participate in a preseason tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Alabama will now carry the NCAA's 13-scholarship limit this season, making it one of the largest rosters in the country, despite key contributions expected from young players.

Time will tell if the coaching staff of the Crimson Tide made a big enough splash today in keeping Shackelford to reshape preseason polls. 

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