2008 SEC Media Days: Day Three News and Notes

BIRMINGHAM - David Hale's news and notes from the final day of SEC Media Days.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: In his first few years as head coach at Florida in the early 1990s, Steve Spurrier said he didn't even carry a play sheet with him on the sidelines. He called the plays from memory, and his offensive schemes quickly became legendary.

Entering his fourth year as head coach at South Carolina, Spurrier said times have changed. Play calling not only requires a play sheet now, it takes a full week of preparation leading up to game day.

That's a little more time that Spurrier has to give, he said, so he'll be handing over the play-calling duties this season to his son, Steve Jr – sort of.

"I just felt like he's ready to do the principle play-caller," the head coach said. "But I'll still have the play sheets ready to insert. … If (the play) goes bad, I did it. If it goes pretty good, he did it. That will be the way it will go."

LOVING THE HATERS: Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon isn't surprised his team was picked to finish fifth in the SEC East, despite a second-straight 8-win season last year and a win over eventual national champion Louisiana State.

Having grown up a Wildcats fan, Jarmon remembers the program's struggles, and said the team's critics won't soon forget them either. But, he said, these days, the criticism only serves as motivation.

"I tell people it's easy to put on the University of Kentucky uniform week in and week out," Jarmon said, "because you know that there are people who doubt you."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Spurrier was asked how strict he was about the physical attributes he looked for in recruits, and his answer turned out to be as much about dating advice as it was about football.

"It's sort of like going after girls," he said. "Got to go with the best you can, right?"

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