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Courtney Love Didn’t Let Matt Elam Shy Away from Criticism

Yesterday Greg McElroy put Matt Elam in his crosshairs.  After the SEC Network analyst called Elam a “lazy…under achiever,” Courtney Love made sure Elam heard it.

“When I seen that, I sent it directly to him,” Courtney Love said today at SEC Media Days.  “That’s something we do.  We hold each other accountable.”

Mark Stoops heard McElroy’s criticism.  “I’d be the first to say we need to improve in that area.  There’s no hiding that,” but Stoops refuses to ever call out an individual publicly.  His linebacker and defensive team captain took it personally.

“When one guy gets called out, that’s all of us getting called out and we have to respond,” Love said.

“Matt’s doing fine.  Matt’s going to be good.  He’s going to respond to that,” Love said.  “The whole defensive line unit is going to respond to that.  And for that matter, the whole defense is going to respond to that because when somebody else is getting called out, that’s a direct correlation to the defense and our team as a whole.  We all want to help make Matt successful.  We all want to make our defense successful.”

Everything Love had to say at the start of SEC Media Days.  

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Courtney Love Didn’t Let Matt Elam Shy Away from Criticism



  1. KTR2786
    2:57 pm July 12, 2017 Permalink

    Spot on. Zero excuse for someone with that ability at that size to not be more successful given the amount of resources he has access to and the three years he’s had. This is also the risk you take of being a blowhard during your recruitment; you’re gonna be scrutinized much more closely.



  2. J-Dub421
    3:32 pm July 12, 2017 Permalink

    Good. It’s past time for Elam to have a fire lit under him. Love sounds like a true leader.



  3. nicky
    4:04 pm July 12, 2017 Permalink

    Really don’t think it’s gonna happen with Elam…just not mean enough



  4. TBW3011
    4:06 pm July 12, 2017 Permalink

    Agree with both of the above comments. I think you go easier criticizing an amateur vs a pro, but if the criticism is work ethic and effort I have no problem with it in either instance. If a college kid just isn’t very good, you shouldn’t call him out. When he just hasn’t been willing to try, then fire away IMO.



  5. Cabranton
    4:33 pm July 12, 2017 Permalink

    It’s not always size of a DL that makes him good, it’s often technique. Dude doesn’t stay low enough and when/if he comes off his block he is not fast enough laterally to chase anyone down. He looks the part but won’t ever be the part.



    • KTR2786
      9:27 am July 13, 2017 Permalink

      You’re precisely correct and this is a further testament to his lack of work ethic. He needs to drop weight tremendously in order for him to be more capable of maintaining that technique too. He is a kid who dominated by his sheer size in highschool; that means nothing at this level.



  6. Reuben Cuban
    5:40 pm July 12, 2017 Permalink

    “When I seen that, I sent it directly to him,” Courtney Love said today at SEC Media Days. “That’s something we do. We hold each other accountable.”

    When did this ‘holding each other accountable’ start?

    Was the Elam aware last year?