Dean’s List: Media Days Moments

Dean Legge gives his list of most memorable moments at Media Days during his career.

1. Phil Fulmer is served (2008)

Phil Fulmer owned Alabama during his time as head coach at Tennessee - going 11-5 overall against the Tide from 1992 to 2008. In that time Fulmer earned the title “Most Hated Man in Alabama.” With that went a lot of speculation of cheating… specifically against the Tide.

According to a 2004 AP report: “Attorneys representing a former Alabama assistant coach have accused Fulmer of conspiring with the NCAA in bringing down the Crimson Tide football program by speaking to an NCAA investigator four years ago. Alabama was placed on five years probation in 2002 after the NCAA uncovered recruiting violations that included payments to players from boosters.”

Fulmer skipped Media Days in 2004 - calling the event “a legal circus”, but was served with a subpoena when he arrived at Media Days in 2008. The circus had only been delayed for Fulmer.

“These are great fans that have great passion about the Southeastern Conference that are not interested in that kind of BS,” Fulmer said of fans surrounding the event.

That was Fulmer’s final season as coach in Knoxville.

2. Pimpin’ Nick Saban (2010)

Old Nick Saban - he was really on a roll in 2010. After winning his first national title at Alabama, Saban got on his soap box about agents and runners, who had found their way into several schools in the SEC - including Alabama.

The Tide coach didn’t hold back his contempt of rogue agents.

“I don't think it's anything but greed that is creating it right now on behalf of the agents. I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp? I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None. How would you feel if they did it to your child?”

3. A.J. Green’s Trip to Miami (2010)

A.J. Green, in the middle of an NCAA-related inquiry, told me at 2010 SEC Media Days : “I've never even been to Miami.” That seemed to put to rest the notion that Green had been tied up in some way with a party that was hosted by an agent in Miami.

Green had not gone to Miami, as it turns out, but he had received money for the sale of his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone the NCAA determined was an agent. He was suspended four games, and Georgia got off to a 1-3 start in the 2010 season from which they never recovered.

4. Robbie Caldwell - Turkey Inseminator (2010)

Bobby Johnson randomly resigned from his position as coach at Vanderbilt in the summer of 2010 - leaving the Commodores in a real lurch. Enter Robbie Caldwell, who did some entering of his own in his younger days.

When asked about his first job ever, Caldwell told those media members assembled a stunner:

“I don't know if I could tell you what my job was - I was on the inseminating crew. That's a fact. I worked my way to the top. Best job I ever had; got paid by the hour for the first time. That was about '68, '69. That's what we did every afternoon. It was pretty special.”


5. Dreaming of Stafford (2008)

Usually when Kentucky goes to Media Days members of the press tend to shut down. But in 2008, Kentucky WR Dicky Lyons told the media of a nightmare he had that took place in a bar. Lyons was there with his fiancee as well as Matthew Stafford and Blake Barnes (of all people).

“I turn around and Matthew Stafford punches me in the face - telling me you don't hit women. Then the guy who transferred to Delta State, Blake Barnes, jumps in. It was crazy. I texted (Stafford), 'I'm dreaming about you.' I haven't heard back.”

Explaining dreams can often be a difficult thing to do - as we learned in 2008.

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