published Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

5-at-10: SEC media daze, golf, the Captain and ask Slive

We're up and rolling in Hoover, Ala. It's go time.

From the satellite office of the “Talks too much” studios, hey, is that the guy that was on “The Bachelor” over there?

SEC media days

We've made it through Day 1 of the SEC media daze outside of Birmingham. We had a blast covering it live through the Press Row welcomed five guests on Monday — Auburn's Reese Dismukes and C.J. Uzomah, Vandy's Adam Butler, former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia and ESPN's Dari Nowkhah. (That's a tough name to spell for what it's worth.)

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    Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive talks with reporters during the SEC football media days in Hoover, Ala., in this 2013 file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Today, we're expecting a slew of UT folks and we are scheduled to have SEC commissioner Mike Slive today around 3:40 p.m. You can listen live here at and on 105.1 FM locally.

As for the news and quotes from Day 1, well, there are four stories from Team TFP (if you want to follow the coverage on Twitter, we're using the #TFPSEC for the week) around the site. Enjoy. See you in a few minutes.

OK, welcome back.

Here's the biggest takeaways from Monday's

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will be punished for his citation for marijuana over the weekend. Gus Malzahn said so, but did not add much else about the disciplining of his quarterback. His teammates were quite supportive of Marshall, who Malzahn said was a model citizen before this incident. (Side question: Isn't everyone almost always a model citizen before their incidents? Just curious.)

Florida coach Will Muschamp discussed the elephant in the room in his opening statements. He addressed the hot-seat talk and, let's face it, 4-8 does not get it done at Florida or any of the other power programs in college football's most powerful league. We spoke with an Orlando Sentinel reporter who covers the Gators on Press Row, and he said the number is no worse than 8-4 for Muschamp, and one of those eight better be Georgia.

Vandy defensive tackle Adam Butler is a likeable kid who is not exactly the biggest fan of former Vandy coach James Franklin. When asked about the differences about Franklin and new Vandy coach Derek Mason, Butler described Mason as honest and trustworthy and dependable. Ouch-standing.

The SEC commish is bound and determined for the big-boy conferences to make their own rules. And he likely will get his way when the NCAA oversight committee votes next month on allowing the Big Five more autonomy. But in truth, the SEC, et al., have been playing by their own rules for so long, maybe it should be time for them to make those rules to begin with.


British Open

Many kudos to TFP ace columnist Mark Wiedmer and TFP golf ace David Uchiyama for the excellent golf coverage in today's sports section. Well played indeed.

That said, the glaring hole in the middle of our second-favorite major is that the British Open is lacking star power. Sure, the best golfers in the world are convening this week on Royal Liverpool, but egad, who's the favorite this week?

Defending champ Phil Mickelson? Uh, PUH-lease. Want to know how many top-10 finishes Lefty has since winning the Claret Jug last year? The same number as you have. Bagel.

Tiger Woods? Yeah. Right.

Justin Rose? Maybe, but that has the exciting ring of paying your cable bill on time. It makes good sense, but zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Martin Kaymer. Read the above paragraph and then translate it to German. Speaking of that, War Chattanooga on getting the VW SUV. Man big year for Germany. Kaymer. Kickball. The Chatt-town expansion. It's a relative blitzkrieg for crying out loud.

Where were we? Oh yeah the nap that is pro golf right now. You now what we need — other than Tiger making a charge of course — Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth. The can't miss kid that missed and the current can't miss kid.

That would be fun to have Sergio and Spieth in the final round. And of course, if Miguel Angel Jimenez is involved, well, even better.

But, with the snoozefest that has been the last two major tournaments, who's ready for a Chris Kirk Joost Luiten playoff?


Thanks Captain

Touching tribute for Derek Jeter at last night All-Star game.

We can get more into this later in the season, but we are sure about three things:

The most famous blunder, of course as Vizzini tells us in Princess Bride, is never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

That money won is far better than money earned

That Derek Jeter gave more back to the game and the fans than he got.

Think about that last one for a second.

If anyone earns that distinction and description after their career, it's an undeniable success.


This and that

NFL training camps start soon. Here's a nice guide from

Hey Chandler Parsons, shut your blow hole. You were offended by the whole free agent process? Really? You got your feeling hurt about a bargaining deal that netted you a three-year, $46 million deal after one season in which everything aligned perfectly? Well, you go and be offended then and wipe your tears with Hundos.

Congrats to 39-year-old former Braves starter and current Giants pitcher Tim Hudson for making the All-Star team. Considering it was about a year ago that Hudson broke his leg, his return to the top of his profession is remarkable


Today's question

As always knock yourself out on any of the above.

Here's two SEC talking points:

How would you punish Nick Marshall?

What would you ask SEC commissioner Mike Slive?



about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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MocTastic said...

Lets start with Nick Marshall, the "model citizen". He was dismissed from UGA for violating team rules. For an athlete that good to be kicked off a team takes either breaking a BIG rule or a bunch of little ones. Model citizen? Ah, okay...guess Gus has a different definition of model citizen. His suspension should be starting soon and will end at the start of summer practice.

With respect to Florida, if they lose to Ga Southern again, at least it will be to a team in the same division.

With respect to Slive and the SEC, they own the football, they are going to take it home if everybody doesn't like their own rules. All the other hundreds of other schools that aren't in the Big Five can take a dive off the nearest bridge for all they care.

With respect to golf, expecting Jomo11 to tell us that these guys are not athletes, I mean look at Phil Mickleson, Kevin Stadler, John Daly. Jomo has some of the top local high school DBs and WRs over at the driving range right now...look out Masters next April!

July 15, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.
MocTastic said...

More on Marshall: " 'Up until last Friday, Nick has been a model student, teammate and citizen,' Malzahn said" Okay, that means that he, Gus, believes up until the time that Nick got arrested he had not been smoking marijuana at any time. For logically, if getting arrested makes him not a model citizen, then logically Gus thinks he got arrested the first time he ever smoked. Gus, want to buy a bridge?

July 15, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Chandler Parson's quotes:

["Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.

"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."]

The second paragraph was fine, but he should have kept the first paragraph to himself. I'm sure it's frustrating to see your team go after someone else to take your spot. But unfortunately, that's part of the BID-ness. And when another team comes calling and is willing to overpay for your services, well, here's some sympathy for ya as you cry your way to the bank.

Looking forward to the World Cup next month (no, no, no...not another soccer tourney; this is the basketball tourney formerly known as the World Championship). A possible starting lineup of Rose, Harden, Durant, Love, and Davis would be fun to watch. Then you have backups (backups!) of Irving, Curry, and Griffin among others. Rose is reportedly looking good as he continues to work his way back into playing again. Hope he stays healthy enough to make it through the tourney and also the entire NBA season.

July 15, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay getting a little philosophical today. I suppose we are all model citizens with intermittent bouts of less than model behavior. The occasional bout of reckless hedonism, drunken shenanigans, assorted tomfoolery...but, I'm pretty much a nice guy.

Chandler Parsons got his feelings hurt during a process that ended with him making in excess of 15 million per. Shabazz Napier is having to "unfollow" Lebron on Twitter. I tell ya, life ain't easy for multimillionaire basketball players or boys named Sue.

How would I punish Nick Marshall? I would suspend him for the Georgia game. That'll teach him.

July 15, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

What would I ask Commissioner Slive? I'd ask if it hurt when Darth Vader threw him down the shaft to stop from tasing Luke to death on the Death Star II.

July 15, 2014 at 10:17 p.m.
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