SEC Meetings Notebook - Day 1

DESTIN, Fla. - Following a Heisman Trophy winner who quarterbacked his team to a national title and is beloved by the school's fan base is a tough task. That's what awaits John Brantley in his first season as the Gators starting quarterback, which led to Steve Spurrier being asked what it was like when his 1997 team was in a similar position post-Danny Wuerffel.

"That guy's been there for three years, Johnny Brantley, so he's well prepared. It's not like he's a freshman."

"Brantley's got good players all around him. He should play well."

Doug Johnson was a sophomore when he tried to replace Wuerffel, and it's safe to say Spurrier still cringes when thinking about how that went during the '97 season.

"Doug was out playing baseball, drinking beer all summer... that was his summer prior to starting for the Gators," said Spurrier.

"We did a poor job of giving him a summer plan."

Spurrier went on to praise Johnson, saying his former QB is bright and doing well in his post-NFL career.

HE'S USED TO JUST WATCHING ANYWAY

While Florida won't see Bobby Bowden on an opposing sideline this season, the former FSU coach could turn up at the Georgia game. Mark Richt says he would like his former boss with the Seminoles to come to at least one Bulldogs game this year. It's not clear which game he has in mind or whether Bowden will take him up on the offer.

ATTORNEYS CAN ALWAYS ARGUE BOTH SIDES

Derek Dooley wasn't just Louisiana Tech's football coach at this time last year, he was also the school's AD. Naturally he was on board with the idea the WAC deserved to have more of a stake in the BCS, ideally with an automatic bid. Now, not so much.

"I was trying to lead the charge of non-BCS last year. I had it all wrong."

ONLY THING EXPANDING RIGHT NOW IS THE CHATTER

While the possibility of the Big Ten expanding has a lot of schools and conferences in a state of anxiety, SEC commissioner Mike Slive made clear they're not sweating it.

"Given our success over the last decade, we're pretty comfortable."

Slive does say the conference will be "thoughtful and strategic" should a major move be made that would change the current college landscape in a significant way. Beyond that, expect no more expansion related comments this week.


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