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2019 SEC Media Days Recap: Day 3

SEC Media Days has returned to Hoover! But not for long. The 2019 version of SEC Media Days has begun and as always, there are things to talk about. Each day, we’ll be recapping the biggest news and notes from SEC Media Days.

Day 3:

As was the case with Day 2, SEC Coordinator of Officials Steve Shaw opened the festivities on Day 3 of SEC Media Days. Shaw used an interactive exercise with the media to illustrate the difficulty with instant replay, in particular, targeting. The media members had the opportunity to vote on plays and judge whether targeting should be confirmed or overturned.

With the initial two plays, the media was nearly split, something around a 58-42 margin. The last two plays were agreed upon better, to the tune of 71-29, but as Shaw noted, officials still need to get it right more often than that.

Nick Saban was asked, as many coaches have been, his thoughts on the transfer portal, here were his insights. “The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency, which I don’t think is good for college football….So, in my opinion, if we’re going to have a transfer portal that’s good for the players, then we ought to have a rule that says, regardless of what happens when you transfer, you have to sit out a year. That’s how it’s been for years and years and years.”

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Arkansas head coach Chad Morris was asked about his desire to use the Darren McFadden era Arkansas uniforms, and it’s safe to say, Chad Morris is a fan: “we’re going to wear them every opportunity we can get. And as we move forward in our program, as long as I’m a part of it, that’s the look I want to have.” If Chad Morris continues on beyond this year (which maybe isn’t a given) the Razorbacks seem set to return to their mid-2000s uniforms.

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead took the stage for his second media days, and clearly had some regrets from his first. Moorhead talked of the expectations he had placed on the Bulldogs last season, and said he wished he hadn’t. The Bulldogs head coach then talked of how he did not understand the history of the SEC or Mississippi State’s program when he first took the job, and that with the lack of historical context, he set the bar in a place it had never been for State.

Moorhead demonstrated accountability, realizing his mistake, and we haven’t heard anything quite like it at media days this year.

One note on Will Muschamp, despite the perception that the job he’s done at South Carolina has been meh, Commissioner Greg Sankey actually provided some context in his introduction of the fourth year head coach: “He’s won more games in his first three seasons at South Carolina as head coach than any coach in school history and was also the first to guide the program to bowl games in each of his first three seasons at South Carolina.”

For Florida standards, Muschamp’s record might be pedestrian, but if he had not been the head coach there, and this job at South Carolina was his first job, Muschamp’s start would be considered far more favorable.

That’ll do it from Day 3 of SEC Media Days 2019, continue following along to SportsCall throughout the week with all of the latest updates from Hoover.

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