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Day Two: SEC Media Days 2016

Day two of SEC Media Days 2016 ushered in the debut of Kirby Smart to the podium at The Wynfrey Hotel! His opening statement was akin to a Presidential press conference! Smart’s opening remarks were clocked at 12 minutes. He spoke with considerable command and poise for a rookie head coach.

Smart used his time to address defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter’s second arrest due to a DUI charge. Defensive back Chad Clay and defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers were dismissed after multiple arrests.

“I hate that for them,” Smart said regarding the arrests. “Our team has moved on. It’s very important that we don’t make the same mistakes twice. That’s a big part of improvement. We’ll do everything we can with plenty of support from our athletic department to put things in place to help our players not make the same mistakes.”

Also, Smart used his time to speak on the injuries to running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

“Nick’s progressed really well,” Smart said. “Nick’s working hard. I repeat that every time I talk. I don’t think anybody in this room expects anything less from Nick Chubb. This guy’s passionate. It means something to him. He’s doing everything with the rest of the team as far as summer workouts.

“He may not go out there and do everything right away as far as tackling and scrimmaging, but ultimately he’s got to gain confidence in that knee back and he’s taking the right steps in that direction.”

Next on Tuesday’s agenda was Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen. The marathon man dodged questions regarding stud freshman Jeffrey Simmons. In March, the five-star recruit was seen repeatedly beating up a woman and subsequently, Mississippi State handed out a one-game suspension, when asked about the incident:

Clearly, Mullen was not going to give the assembled media substantive answers. However, he did use his time at the lectern to tell everyone about his Yeezy boots!

After an insightful lunch break, Day Two’s afternoon session brought in the cliche podomatic 3000, Butch Jones, Head Coach at the University of Tennessee.

Jones avoided championship talk. He also didn’t mention the word “Florida”. Matter of fact, this was the word cloud from his time at the lectern:

Jones spoke about the upcoming season for star quarterback Joshua Dobbs saying having him lead the offense is “very comforting as a head coach.” The Vols only have 11 seniors this year, but Jones said it’s the most experienced team he’s had as Vols head coach. 17 starters are returning for the 2016 campaign.

Finally, Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin stepped to the podium and as everyone waited for the Johnny Manziel question, he spoke about the leadership former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight brought to the squad.

3:44pm Eastern Time, a journalist from the Orlando Sentinel asked Sumlin about Johnny Manziel’s troubles. Sumlin’s response:


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