Spurrier has his say about money for players, Notre Dame and schedules
5:35 p.m. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has never been shy with his opinions. He wasn't at Florida and he hasn't been at South Carolina. And he wasn't Tuesday at SEC Media Days. Spurrier wanted to get things off his chest, things he said league coaches unanimously want.
-- "We came up with a proposal that we would like for our college football and basketball players that bring in an enormous amount of money. We should provide some expense money so their parents can go to games. The players over the course of the year would have $3600, #3900, depending on how many games we played just to have a little pocket money and parents would have money to the games.
"This is tiny compared to the amount of money that is coming in now. I think we all know that. I'm going to keep fighting for our guys. I'm going to keep fighting for our guys. This is not pay for play. This is just expense money."
-- "Another thing that came up. We were talking about the new four-team playoff. Mr. Hancock, who was on the committee, tried to tell us how it was all going to work out. We were trying to figure out how the AD at Notre Dame was equal with all the commissioners. Nobody had a good answer. The coaches all thought Notre Dame should join the ACC and play football like the rest of us.
-- "There was a suggestion that your division games would count for the division winner unless there was a tie, then you would go to the out-of-division games. I don't know how far that will go. That's the way we would like to do it as coaches.
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace on the mend
4:21 p.m. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says the Rebels' 7-6 record was based on good play and a little luck.
"We had some fortune go our way," he says.
Mostly, Freeze said at SEC Media Days, the Rebels had good luck with injuries, starting the same five offensive linemen and the same receivers all year. He said his defensive line stayed healthy, too.
He'll be looking for more of the same this season, including an Oct. 5 visit to Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Rebels made it through 2012 in good shape, but quarterback Bo Wallace is coming back from offseason shoulder surgery after playing with pain last season.
"He played nine games last year with that torn-up shoulder," Freeze said.
Wallace still managed to pass for 3,000 yards.
But now, Freeze said, Wallace "feels very good about where he's at in his progress. Last week he started throwing full go. Everything seems to be moving along very nicely."
Freeze says he wears a visor because Steve Spurrier does.
"When I was a high school coach I wanted to be like Steve Spurrier," Freeze said. "Steve and I have become good friends. He calls me his visor guy."
Freeze also talked about managing rising expectations around Ole Miss. That's in our scouting report on the Rebels.
Pinkel: A line of scrimmage league
2:30 p.m. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he knew what he was getting into last season, the Tigers' first in the SEC.
"It's a line of scrimmage league," Pinkel said, "and I knew that coming in."
Missouri, Pinkel said, is working to become more of a line of scrimmage team.
"In any league, the line of scrimmage is where you win," Pinkel said. "The best teams are always strong on the line of scrimmage. There are just more of them in this league."
2:40 p.m. Quarterback James Franklin, beseiged by injuries, had a disappointing season in 2012. He missed three games and didn't finish three others. Pinkel said Franklin is ready to make amends.
Pinkel said Franklin has had a "great offseason" and is ready to bounce back.
-- Phillip Marshall
Florida's Will Muschamp talks Gators, takes shots
1:28 p.m. Florida coach Will Muschamp was talking a mile a minute at Media Days, and it sounded as if was pleased with last season's improvement with the Gators. He also likes the makeup of his team after enforcing new rules.
"The roster in our locker room is much better. Eight come-from-behind wins in a season says a lot where you are as a program," said Muschamp after last season's 11-2 record.
Muschamp, the one-time Auburn defensive coordinator, talked up his offense for 2013.
"I think we have chance to be better at all positions" except maybe tight end, Muschamp said.
Muschamp said the Gators should be "really good at running back position."
Muschamp didn't stray too far from his defensive roots, either.
"Defensively, I'm young but old fashion. You better be strong up the middle," he said.
Before addressing the mass media, Muschamp didn't miss a chance to take a shot at Ohio State, where former Florida coach Urban Meyer now works. Meyer may or may not have turned in Florida for violations in the offseason.
"We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we are compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that," Muschamp said, according to CBS Sports.
Muschamp was Auburn's defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007. Alas, the Gators don't play Auburn this season.
-- Charles Goldberg
SEC commissioner Mike Slive's take on league, NCAA
12:45 p.m.: Commissioner Mike Slive gave a qualified vote of support to the NCAA while saying that changes need to be made.
"Our challenges are complex," Slive said. "They always have been and always will be. With that said, we have supported and continue to support the NCAA as the appropriate governing organization. At the same time, however, we will continue to push for changes we believe are in the best interests of our student-athletes."
12:36 p.m.: Commissioner Mike Slive says he sees movement in the effort to provide athletes with full cost of attendance scholarships.
12:35 p.m.: Slive says the "vast majority" of student-athletes do things the right way, but he said he is troubled by those who don't.
"It is a crushing disappointment when, despite all of these efforts, a young person throws away an opportunity for a promising future," Slive said as he kicked off SEC Media Days. "We are not naïve enough to think we can put an end to unacceptable behavior, but that doesn't mean we won't continue to try, try, try."
-- Phillip Marshall
Auburn begins under the lights
12:01 p.m.: Auburn will begin the football season under the lights, and stay there for at least the three weeks of the season.
Auburn will open the season against Washington State at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Then the Tigers will play Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Auburn will open its SEC schedule against Mississippi State at 6 p.m. in Jordan-Hare.
The Washington State game will be televised by ESPNU. The Arkansas State game will be on FSN. The Mississippi State game will be on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The SEC announced the starting times for the first three weeks of the season for all league teams Tuesday at Media Days.
Season and select single-game tickets for the 2013 Auburn football season are now available to the general public through the Auburn Athletics Department Ticket Office. All tickets can be purchased online at www.AUBTIX.com. For more information or questions regarding tickets, contact the ticket office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-855-AUB-2010, ext. 1.
All the SEC games and TV times for the first three weeks of the season are on the conference's website here.
-- Charles Goldberg