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Notes, Comments, Updates from Day One of SEC Media Days

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Greg Sankey has taken the stage at SEC Media Days and the unofficial kickoff to football season is underway.

Day one of SEC Media Days features the commissioner as well as head coaches and representatives from Missouri, LSU and Texas A&M. Lots of questions will be asked to the teams, two of which face the Vols in the fall.

We’ll keep a running tally of notes from Nashville, and anything else that needs updating below.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey

  • Sankey announces, officially, that SEC Media Days will head to downtown Dallas next year.
  • Sankey is speaking on NIL, citing that if states won’t enforce laws and if states won’t let NCAA enforce laws, then it is up to Congress to act.
  • “The reality is our student-athletes deserve something better than a patchwork of state laws that support their name image and likeness activity if support is the right word.”
  • Sankey adds that he has not had a conversation with any student-athletes that support the notion of being marked as “employees” of their institution or conference.
  • Calling again on Congress to legislate NIL, Sankey mentions that having athletes share in revenue may hurt women’s and Olympic sports.
  • When asked about the new stadium going up in Nashville, Sankey reiterated that he wants to keep the SEC Football Championship in Atlanta.
  • Sankey mentions that fines are increased around field storming and standard policies on protecting the players.
  • “They are 16 really challenging schedules,” Sankey said. He adds that he stands by the eight-game format, to protect one rivalry and have non-conference games.
  • When asked about realignment and super conferences, Sankey says the SEC is already a “super conference.”

LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly

  • Kelly mentions Georgia and Alabama as the mantle they must reach as far as consistency, but he wants LSU to be in the conversation.
  • Kelly wants LSU to have a power running team in 2023, not a finesse running team.
  • While not taking a stance on the politics of NIL, he talks about “third-party involvement” complicating things on the NIL front.
  • When asked about the Pat Fitzgerald situation at Northwestern, Kelly cites the accountability that comes with being the head coach of the program
  • Kelly asked about Tennessee’s NCAA findings, said that the NCAA is a painstaking process during an investigation. He did not offer a definite opinion on the ruling.

LSU QB Jayden Daniels

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  • Daniels spoke highly of Tennessee QB Joe Milton on Monday. Read about that HERE.

LSU DL Mekhi Wingo

  • Wingo, when asked about what stadium may be the toughest to play in, referenced a stadium he has never been to before… Neyland Stadium. “I heard it gets crazy.”



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