ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Head coach Gary Pinkel of the University of Missouri Tigers looks on from the sideline against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Illini 23-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

SEC Media Days: Missouri Tigers Place 4 Players On Preseason Conference Teams

SEC Media Days kick off this week as the conference introduces Missouri and Texas A&M football.

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Gary Pinkel's Remarks On Joe Paterno Draws Fire From Missouri State Rep

At one point, Joe Paterno was celebrated enough at Penn State to earn a statue and stand as one of the greatest coaches and figures in the history of college football. Now even being associated with him in any way is a risk that no one wants to take. Gary Pinkel tried to do just that and stand up for a man he considered a friend despite the drama and events unfolded at Penn State recently and he's being taken to ask for it by a Missouri state representative.

Rep. Sara Lampe recently took the time to speak out about quotes that Pinkel made that defended Paterno's legacy during the recent SEC Media Days that concluded today. Pinkel spoke out on the first day to introduce Missouri into their new conference and he chose to remark on Paterno while doing so. Lampe was apparently not impressed.

Here's Lampe's complete statement:

"University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel on Tuesday called the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno a 'great football coach' and a 'great man.' Paterno may have been a great coach, but as a man he failed at what mattered - protecting children from a sexual predator.

"As the exhaustive investigation into the Penn State scandal by former FBI Director Louis Freeh proved beyond a shadow of a doubt to all but the most sycophantic of Paterno worshipers, Coach Paterno protected and covered up for a serial child rapist and in doing so enabled him to keep raping children for another decade. A great man never would have done such a foul thing. That a great football coach did should be disturbing to everyone.

"Coach Pinkel's defense of the indefensible indicates that he holds the same attitude that allowed the reprehensible situation at Penn State to occur; the attitude that building a successful football program is more important than everything else, including protecting innocent children from rapists."

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Missouri Tigers Place 4 Players On Preseason All-SEC Teams

The Missouri Tigers are likely to be the least appreciated team coming into the SEC this season in terms of known coverage of its players given that the team has been in the Big 12 up until now and perhaps media coverage is less even than that of Texas A&M. It's interesting then to look at the preseason All-SEC teams announced today and find that's largely the case as Mizzou only has four players selected overall.

The Tigers failed to land a single player on either side of the ball on the first team or even the second team. Instead the team grabbed two player slots on both the offense and defense of the third teams. T.J. Moe is a wideout and Elvis Fisher along the front line for the third team offense. As for the defense, Zaviar Gooden and E.J. Gaines made the list as a linebacker and defensive back respectively.

For the complete list of preseason All-SEC teams, check out the list over at SB Nation.

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SEC Media Days: Gary Pinkel 'Not Making Any Predictions'

One of the main lines of questioning Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel received at the SEC media days was about how his team would fare in the SEC and whether he resented the implication that they weren't up to par with "the best football league in the country".

Pinkel refused to bite:

"I don't think it's a chip necessarily," Pinkel said. "To me it's being a competitor. As a competitor, you get challenged a little bit. ... Bottom line, you got to go out and prove yourself. I'm fine with it. I have no problem with it. (I'm) not going to make any predictions. Never have, never will. You have to go out and compete and earn respect and win. Only way you're going to get respect is winning games."

The good news is, for all the hype the SEC likes to give itself, Missouri is walking into a position in the SEC East no worse than the one they left in the Big 12.

Tennessee and Florida, the two traditional powers in that division, are rebuilding while neither Georgia nor South Carolina have been a dominant squad in the last few seasons.

In short, the Tigers will have plenty of chances to win some football games next season.

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SEC Media Days: Dorial Green-Beckham Earns Rave Reviews From Gary Pinkel

While Gary Pinkel answered several questions about all aspects of the Missouri Tigers football program yesterday in his introductory presser on the first day of the SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Alabama, it was inevitable that the subject of the recent commitment of top rated recruit Dorial Green-Beckham would come up. For those curious about how the wide receiver is doing, the reports are very positive coming from Pinkel.

"As you all know, he was the No. 1 ranked player last year," said Pinkel. "Fortunately for us, he came to Missouri. He's been working hard all summer. Some of the players that come by my office, they talk about Dorial, they talk about what a great kid he is. All this attention for the last few years, that's encouraging. I think that's really the reason why he has a chance to become a great player, because he's humble, he wants to learn, he's a great competitor."

That said, Pinkel did make it clear that DGB would not receive the red carpet treatment when it comes down to earning time on the field.

"Anybody that comes into our football program, Jeremy Maclin, I can go on and on, come in and play at freshmen, you start at the bottom of the list and work your way up," he continued. "That's where he is, at the bottom of the list. He'll compete to get playing time, help us win football games. I know he's excited about doing it. We'll get going on that August 2nd."

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SEC Media Days: Gary Pinkel Talks About Faurot Field, Mizzou Fans

Gary Pinkel took to the podium yesterday for his first SEC Media Days blitz ever and that meant he was asked several "introductory" questions from reporters wanting to know what it will be like to cover the Missouri Tigers football team and program. One such question went to the subject of playing in Columbia and what Faurot Field and the fans are like. Pinkel had nothing but great things to say, of course.

"We call our place 'The Zou.' It's a great place to play college football," said Pinkel. "First two games, Southeast Louisiana will be at night, but obviously the Georgia game will be also. That's kind of a whole new dimension I think in terms of playing in our stadium. Our fans, to say that they are excited about us being in the SEC would be a complete understatement. They've become fanatical about it. It's exciting to see. I think that says so much for the great respect nationally that the SEC has."

"But our fans are excited about it," he continued. "We're going to play some great teams that come in there. In this league you have to play well every week, you got to finish games, you have to win games in the fourth quarter. We understand that. We're excited about playing on the road. I've always enjoyed that part of college football. We're excited about teams coming in and having them play us in The Zou."

Georgia is up first in the SEC in week two in a game that will be played on ESPN2. The College GameDay crew was reportedly going to be there, but now it appears they're headed to Texas A&M's first game instead against Florida. Either way, it will be an exciting event.

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SEC Media Days: Gary Pinkel Likes Quarterback James Franklin's Pro Potential

For all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the entrance and introduction of the Missouri Tigers at yesterday's SEC Media Days event in Birmingham, Alabama, the main questions that matter about the team are about the product on the football field. To that end, head coach Gary Pinkel fielded a lot of questions about his players yesterday during his press conference, including about starting quarterback James Franklin. The good news for Mizzou fans is that Pinkel believes he will fine and ready for SEC play.

"Well, James Franklin is doing well," he said when asked about his injuries. "We expect, without question, for him to be a hundred percent. The trainer told us that two weeks ago. It will be interesting to see in August as he's throwing more consistently over and over again, repetition-wise to see his accuracy, which I think really improved a whole lot last year as the season went on.

"Full starter for a year coming back," he continued. "What you want to do is eliminate some of the mistakes in each game to become more of a complete quarterback. I think potential in our last three quarterbacks are playing in the NFL right now, I think he's in line. He's that kind of a potential player."

The Tigers certainly hope so. The team will need a proven leader under center in their first year in the SEC when first impressions are so important and both Mizzou and Texas A&M hope to make an early statement as to their level of credibility as a football program to several new recruits looking at the imports.

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SEC Media Days: Gary Pinkel Expects QB James Franklin To Be Ready For Camp

During the kickoff to SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel had plenty to say before he had his own press conference at the event.

Vahe Gregorian reports that Pinkel is confident that Mizzou quarterback James Franklin will fully recover from shoulder surgery by the time football camp begins. The junior QB is expected to be one of the top returning passers in the country in what will be his second year as a starter.

Franklin finished his 2011 season with just under 3,000 passing yards and just under 1,000 rushing yards. In addition, his 36 touchdowns was the third-highest total in Mizzou single-season history. Expectations are high for the young quarterback and an assurance from Pinkel of returning at full strength will likely put MU fans at ease.

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SEC Media Days: Mike Slive Discusses Penn State And Need For Integrity

At the very beginning of the 2012 edition of the SEC Media Days, it's clear that the ongoing drama, scandal and tragedy of the Penn State debacle is on the mind of everyone. From the outset, then, it's not surprising that SEC commish Mike Slive took to the podium to open the proceedings of this week with thoughts on Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the rest of the news even without mentioning them by name.

The SEC has its own coaching legends and figures that seem to be as big as the programs they represent. Yet Paterno stands as an example that no man is greater than the integrity that he holds and that no one is immune to the ramifications of a bad decision. From Bobby Petrino's absence at this year's event to the mention of the Penn State scandal, this will continue to be a theme throughout this week.

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SEC Media Days: Gary Pinkel, Kevin Sumlin Introduced As Newest Members Tuesday

The schedule is set and ready to kick off for the 2012 SEC Media Days, and there are 818 credentialed media there to give you the play by play on interviews and goings-on from each every team in the SEC, including the newest members. The Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies are among the main teams up today in Birmingham, Alabama along with South Carolina.

For the Tigers, head coach Gary Pinkel will take the microphone at 4:50pm ET and he'll be bookended by some of the Tigers' best players including TJ Moe, E.J. Gaines and Elvis Fisher. Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M will also make an appearance as the brand new football coach for the Aggies.

Here's today's schedule for Day One (all times Eastern):
1:00 p.m. - Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
1:10 p.m. - Ace Sanders, South Carolina
1:20 p.m. - Sean Porter, Texas A&M
1:40 p.m. - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2:10 p.m. - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2:20 p.m. - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
2:30 p.m. - Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
3:00 p.m. - Commissioner Mike Slive
3:20 p.m. - James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3:30 p.m. - Connor Shaw, South Carolina
4:00 p.m. - Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
4:20 p.m. - Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
4:30 p.m. - Elvis Fisher, Missouri
4:40 p.m. - T.J. Moe, Missouri
4:50 p.m. - Gary Pinkel, Missouri
5:40 p.m. - E.J. Gaines, Missouri
5:50 p.m. - Zac Stacey, Vanderbilt

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SEC TV Schedule: Missouri On ESPN2 Against Georgia, Arizona State

As the SEC rolls out all kinds of information today and the rest of this week during the blitz known as SEC Media Days, here's a quick look at the TV schedule that was previously announced for the first few weeks of the season. The good news is that the move to the SEC from the Big 12 is likely to pay off in a major way for exposure for the Tigers, and that much is clear before the season even really gets moving with two national appearances on ESPN2 in the first three weeks of the season.

The Tigers' season starts with a home visit from Southeastern Louisiana. It's a game only available on pay-per-view that should be a wash. However, things get really interesting in week two. The Tigers are introduced to SEC play when Georgia visits for the first ever conference game for Mizzou in a game at Faurot Field that will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Week three brings even more coverage when a visit from Arizona State also brings ESPN2 coverage as well. A solid showing in one or both of those games could reap big rewards for Gary Pinkel's team.

This is the world that the Tigers wanted and now they'll be front and center most weeks of the season in their new conference home.

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SEC Media Days: 818 Credentials Given Out For Conference's Biggest Blitz

There's no bigger week of the year in terms of media coverage for the SEC than the SEC Media Days currently being held in Birmingham, Alabama. It's a media blitz where hundreds of reporters come from all over the region and country to profile the upcoming college football season while head coaches and players are paraded around in rotations.

The SEC commissioner Mike Slive will also give an address in the middle of the day today, so expect some news and questions about the college football postseason. That should be the hot topic of the day in 2012.

In a recent interview, Tammy Wilson, the coordinator of SEC Medais Days, spoke about how large the event has gotten and says the event has doubled since 2004.

Wilson said, "The registered number of media is currently at 818. The total number of credentials is at 1115. This number includes bowl representatives, corporate sponsors, school personnel and event staff. The total number will increase by time we open for business on Tuesday morning."

The media blitz starts up today at 12pm CT, so prepare for the onslaught Mizzou fans. This is the biggest conference in the country.

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SEC Media Days: Gary Pinkel, T.J. Moe Among Figures Helping To Introduce Missouri Football

Steve Spurrier will lead things off today at the three days in Hoover, Alabama known as the SEC Media Days, but today largely serves as an introduction to the newest members of the Southeastern Conference family: the Missouri Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies. The head football coaches of both, Gary Pinkel and Kevin Sumlin, will give time for questions and answers with the media and even some of the best players will be on display for the frenzy of SEC Media Day one.

Gary Pinkel has brought along some players with him. T.J. Moe, E.J. Gaines and Elvis Fisher will all take to the podium for a few minutes worth of questions. No individual players gets more than 10 minutes. Perhaps it would be good to have James Franklin here just to offer clarity between the Franklin who serves as the coach of Vanderbilt and the one who plays quarterback for Mizzou, but alas there's no appearance from the Tigers QB.

Here's today's schedule for Day One:

1:00 p.m. - Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
1:10 p.m. - Ace Sanders, South Carolina
1:20 p.m. - Sean Porter, Texas A&M
1:40 p.m. - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2:10 p.m. - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2:20 p.m. - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
2:30 p.m. - Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
3:00 p.m. - Commissioner Mike Slive
3:20 p.m. - James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3:30 p.m. - Connor Shaw, South Carolina
4:00 p.m. - Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
4:20 p.m. - Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
4:30 p.m. - Elvis Fisher, Missouri
4:40 p.m. - T.J. Moe, Missouri
4:50 p.m. - Gary Pinkel, Missouri
5:40 p.m. - E.J. Gaines, Missouri
5:50 p.m. - Zac Stacey, Vanderbilt

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