As the first day of 2013 SEC Media Days came to a close, one thing was for certain: South Carolina had the media wrapped around it’s finger. Steve Spurrier had the media in a frenzy, as expected, and Jadeveon Clowney stole the show. And rumors of him running a 4.46 second 40-yard dash the day before just fueled the fire. Clowney, Bruce Ellington, and Spurrier all confirmed the rumor that he did, indeed, break his 4.5 curse. Then the talk of the “hit heard around the world” began again. And it was a entertaining as expected.
Other hot topics throughout the day included social media, injuries, and the partial TV schedule that was announced that morning. Three of the big announcements included: Week 2’s UGA vs. South Carolina game, 4:30 kickoff on ESPN, Week 3’s Alabama vs. Texas A&M rematch, 3:30 kickoff on CBS followed by Ole Miss vs. Texas at 8:00 on Longhorn Network.
The topic of social media sparked was mentioned in SEC Commissioner Mike Slive’s opening statements and continued throughout the day. Spurrier explained why he hates Twitter and the Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze talked about the way social media affects recruiting and the game of college football as a whole. Social media is sure to be a huge part of the conversation on Day 2, with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel taking the stage.
Ole Miss, South Carolina and Florida attracted the most attention throughout the day, but Missouri had plenty to talk about as well. After a rough start in the SEC last season, many people think Coach Pinkel’s seat is beginning to heat up a little bit. But according to the players, they don’t feel much pressure to win for their coaches job security.
Lesson from Day 1: Jadeveon Clowney is more than ready to take the stage for his third (and final) season at South Carolina and show the world he’s ready for the NFL… As the No. 1 overall draft pick, of course.