HOOVER, Ala. -- For as long as he's been in the SEC, Gene Chizik has displayed an amazing skill for not only dealing in the most fluent coachspeakisms, but for dispensing them so quickly and seamlessly that the overall effect is one of sitting in front of a wave machine. A wave machine wearing a particularly dapper pinstriped suit.
From his opening statement on the second day of SEC Media Days, we recall only that Chizik opened by giving thanks for the public outpouring of support following the June shootings that claimed the lives of two former Auburn football players. Everything after that is just a soothing blur. Until! "These are two dang good football teams with dang good football coaches." In complimenting the two newest additions to the SEC, Chizik leaned hard on the "dangs." This may have been a coded swipe at Kevin Sumlin and his DAMNs. We cannot be sure, but it's such a perfect example of that coded blessyourheart/backstab combo move that makes this conference great that we're calling it anyway.