Everybody: Tennessee Orange is ugly.
Jeremy Pruitt: Hold my beer.
You can make an unending amount of jokes about Jeremy Pruitt’s suit. After all, pictures do say a thousand words. The suit directly reflects Pruitt’s thoughts of the event. He spent almost 20 minutes rambling in an opening monologue to prevent reporters from asking questions. It’s a different approach, but it reflects the opinion of most coaches who begrudgingly attend. Instead of using the opportunity to have a little fun and promote their team, they try to spend as much time saying as little as possible.
The event does not have the fireworks Steve Spurrier once brought to the table, but there were still enough entertaining moments from the second day of festivities at Hoover.
Like most Dads, the first thing I do after entering a new hotel room is turn the AC to the lowest temperature setting on the thermostat. The folks at The Wynfrey Hotel have eliminated the need to blast the AC.
The main media room is so cold, I had to run to the Old Navy and purchase a $10 hoodie. Even after adding the fleece to my wardrobe, I’ve still walked outside a few times to thaw my frigid hands. If you see somebody behind the SEC Network set with a hood up, slouched in front of a laptop, you’re looking at yours truly.
Didn’t see you there, Mr. Fromm
Every time I’m near the University of Georgia, I find a way to have an odd interaction with a Fromm.
After Kentucky’s loss to Georgia last year in Lexington, I was hospitable to the visiting fans while enjoying some postgame cocktails out on the town. In the midst of complimenting the team to one group of Georgia fans, I finished by talking at length about the skills of Justin Fields. Once the conversation concluded, someone informed me I was bragging about the backup QB to the starting QB’s parents. Foot in mouth.
Fast forward nine months and I’m in a crowded bathroom at SEC Media Days, trying to get an automatic faucet to work. Neither of the black-bottomed sinks turned on right away. The guy next to me asked, “What’s the deal?” While we struggled to figure out why neither worked, I touched the black bottom. It was not black tile, it was dark, backed up water. “Gross,” exclaimed the bow-tied man next to me.
Once I shook off the water that was blacker than tar and found an operating faucet, I realized the man I shared a clogged sink with was Jake Fromm. Only in Hoover.
Radio Row Grows
Radio Row is now larger than a row. The hallway between the Galleria Mall and hotel lobby was too short to fit every radio station covering SEC Media Days. A few tables were forced to setup inside the mall.
Rich Rod is in the SEC?!
In the middle of the offseason coaching shuffle, I missed the part where Rich Rodriguez accepted a job to be the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. Reminder: Rich Rod lost his job at Arizona following a sex scandal that happened only six months after Hugh Frieze lost his job at Ole Miss following a sex scandal. The irony is beautiful.
FUN WITH CAPTIONS!