July 22, 2009

Georgia part of Day Two festivities

HOOVER, Ala. - A running joke among many o those attending Wednesday's opening session of SEC Media Days was that the conference could not have picked a more hum-drum quartet to kick off the three-day event than it did by having Bobby Petrino, Dan Mullen, Rich Brooks and Bobby Johnson go the first day.

While that' certainly debatable, action will certainly pick up Thursday when Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida liven up the Wynfrey Hotel.

The Bulldogs will be up first with head coach Mark Richt taking the podium at 9:40 a.m., followed by player representatives Joe Cox and Jeff Owens.

For Owens, it will be his second straight appearance at Media Day after representing the Bulldogs at the annual kickoff last year. Owens, of course, tore his ACL in the season-opener against Georgia Southern and missed the entire year.

Petrino brushes off questions on Vick

Petrino was asked whether or not his career might have been different if Michael Vick had not gone through his problems when he was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

But Petrino wasn't biting.

"You know, you don't think about those things," he said. "That's all the ifs, ands and buts of the world. That's not one you think about. I understand Michael just got out. I wish him well. I think he gets the second chance he needs and does a great job."

Mullen a bundle energy

When Mississippi State opens its season against in-state foe Jackson State, new Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen says the pressure won't be on him.

"I'm putting the pressure on the band director," Mullen said. "Jackson State's got a great band."

Mullen seemed to enjoy his first-ever Media Days as the former Florida assistant spent 20 of his 40-minute session rattling on and on about his Bulldog team.

One note of interest, Mullen said he would follow in the footsteps of former boss Urban Meyer by taking control of MSU's special teams himself.

"I'm going to be the special teams coach," Mullen said. "That way, whenever you have a question about special teams, you won't have to ask anybody else. You can come right to me."

Still no respect for Vandy?

The silver-hair Johnson already does a pretty mean impression of comedian Steve Martin, but Wednesday he started to offer his best Rodney Dangerfield when asked whether or not he anticipated a different level of success.

"Well, I could do a Rodney Dangerfield (adjusting his tie), but I can't," Johnson said. "I'm not very good at impressions."

The Commodores are coming off a 7-6 campaign and a victory over Boston College in the Music City Bowl, a victory which helped Johnson earn co-SEC Coach of the Year honors.

While the attention was nice, the coach said he's not satisfied.

"I'm not motivated by people patting you on the back and saying you're doing real well," Johnson said. "I like going back and talking to our team after we win games, talking to our fans when they meet you after an away game. Those kind of rewards are a whole lot better than - excuse me - the media.

Who didn't vote for Tebow?When Florida's Tim Tebow wasn't a unanimous to the SEC Coaches All-SEC it raised some eyebrows from some as to why that was the case.

Ole Miss' Jevon Snead received the other first-place vote and Wednesday one media member was determined to find out who it was.

Petrino, Johnson, Brooks and Mullen were each asked about it. All said they voted for Tebow.

"Y'all are determined to bust one of us, aren't you?" smiled Brooks. "Well, it wasn't me, I can tell you that."

Johnson echoed what Brooks had to say.

"I don't know if y'all are going to find the culprit who didn't vote," Johnson said. "You can tell him (Tebow) it wasn't me."

Tebow received 10 of the 11 first-place votes cast. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

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