As reported earlier, Phil Fulmer will not be attending the media days on advice from his lawyers. This story runs very deep and so does the hatred between Alabama and Tennessee. Fulmer will be available on a video conference while his players Michael Munoz and Kevin Burnett will be attending.
Tommy Tubberville seems to like the role of the underdog and believes new offensive coordinator Al Borges will make Jason Campbell a better quarterback. One thing he feels Campbell will do better is throw the ball underneath and deliver a more catchable ball.
Travis Harris believes the Gators' best opponent last season was LSU. Although the Gators pulled out the victory he said he could see how good they were and was not surprised they ran the table. Harris also said freshman linebacker Brandon Siler is an outstanding athlete and will help the linebacking corps.
Mike Degory said one of the things this team is talking about is finishing strong in games. He wouldn't speculate what might have been but did say the team knows it has to put someone away. He believes the offensive line is deep and experienced. Degory also likes the youthfulness of the team and said it keeps him on his toes.
Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones said the one place he is glad he gets to play at before his college career is over is the Swamp in Gainesville. He said Florida, FSU, and Notre Dame are places he always wanted to go play and is looking forward to the game in Gainesville.
Mike Slive did not believe the new BCS formula would hurt scheduling. He believes the computers do take into account strength of schedule and that it was really being counted twice under the old system. He thinks the idea of a twelve game regular season is sensible and will look into it with the athletic directors, coaches, and presidents.
Wednesday will bring the odds on favorite Georgia to Birmingham along with Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Kentucky. Georgia will bring in quarterback David Greene and a new leader defensive end David Pollack. Some other highlights should include new Mississippi State Coach Sylvester Croom who is the first minority coach in SEC football history while Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd will look to fill in Jared Lorenzen's shoes as the new signal caller.
One reason the buzz in Birmingham is about the Georgia Bulldogs is because of the amount of key players they return. Georgia has come off consecutive 11 wins plus seasons. That has not happened since 1982-1983 for the Georgia program. While the schedule is tough, Georgia gets LSU at home along with Tennessee and non conference foe Georgia Tech.
Notes for Wednesday:
David Greene is second in most every category in the Dogs' record book. He has thrown for 9,020 yads and has started 39 games for Georgia.
David Pollack has 23.5 sacks and has rebuilt his body back to a college sized defensive end. Pollack beefed up to become more appealing to NFL scouts but he struggled with double teams and his quickness was not the same as 2002. The last two seasons Pollack has had 27 total tackles vs. Florida in the Dogs' two losses.
Shane Boyd actually started against Florida under former coach Guy Morris. He threw for 203 yards and one touchdown with no interception. He should add a running dimension to Rich Brooks offense from the quarterback spot.
Mississippi State replaces Ole Miss on UF's schedule and will have a new coach in Sly Croom. Croom has been cleaning house with new rules and discipline in the program. The two teams have split the last four meetings with State's last win coming in 2000 47-35 in Starkville, which is where this year's game is played. The Bulldogs lead the series in Starkville 6-3 including two wins over Steve Spurrier.
Quick ACC Note from Media Days in Greensboro, North Carolina:
The conference was set to announce Jacksonville as the host site for the title game next season. It has been delayed to mid august as the conference continues to look over Charlotte's proposal. Jacksonville, which will host this year's Super Bowl, has already contacted the people that run the SEC fanfare which had 40,000 people go through it last year at the SEC title game. Look for Jacksonville to get the nod around August 17th.
Coming tommorrow: The Ack's preseason all SEC Team and picks for the Sec Title.