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SEC football: Coachspeak

We read you loud and clear, coach Freeze. (Source: Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics) We read you loud and clear, coach Freeze. (Source: Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics)
What are you doing, 'Hot Reads?' Hey, are those snap peas? (Source: pcorreia/Flickr) What are you doing, 'Hot Reads?' Hey, are those snap peas? (Source: pcorreia/Flickr)
  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-02-17 22:29:34 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

  • Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 3:52 PM EST2018-02-14 20:52:23 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

  • UA Baseball adds Terry Rooney to coaching staff

    UA Baseball adds Terry Rooney to coaching staff

    Saturday, July 9 2016 12:53 PM EDT2016-07-09 16:53:46 GMT
    (Source: WBRC video)(Source: WBRC video)

    The following is a press release from the University of Alabama Athletics: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff officially announced the addition of Terry Rooney to the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Friday evening.

    The following is a press release from the University of Alabama Athletics: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff officially announced the addition of Terry Rooney to the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Friday evening.

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  • LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 9:37 PM EDT2015-08-12 01:37:12 GMT
    Tuesday, August 11 2015 10:06 PM EDT2015-08-12 02:06:19 GMT
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.
  • LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:15 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:15:51 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:36 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:36:51 GMT
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. 
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. 
  • LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-08-05 16:06:42 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-08-05 20:52:04 GMT
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. 
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. 
  • AuburnMore>>

  • South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-02-17 23:56:30 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Ahletics/ Zach Bland)(Source: Auburn Ahletics/ Zach Bland)

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

  • Brown, Harper lead No. 10 Auburn past Kentucky, 76-66

    Brown, Harper lead No. 10 Auburn past Kentucky, 76-66

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 11:48 PM EST2018-02-15 04:48:39 GMT
    No. 10 downs Kentucky 76-66 Wednesday night. (Source: Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)No. 10 downs Kentucky 76-66 Wednesday night. (Source: Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)

    Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night.

    Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night.

  • Sports

    Auburn tailback Roc Thomas transferring to JSU

    Auburn tailback Roc Thomas transferring to JSU

    Friday, May 27 2016 10:13 PM EDT2016-05-28 02:13:02 GMT

    Our sources have confirmed that Auburn tailback Roc Thomas will transfer to Jacksonville State.

    Our sources have confirmed that Auburn tailback Roc Thomas will transfer to Jacksonville State.

(RNN) – Sometimes, it's hard to get a real answer out of an SEC football head coach.

Or any coach, for that matter. Years of 24-hour media coverage and analysis have killed nearly every chance for a moment of truth, insight or levity (with an exception here and there).

It's basically a call and response now. And one side is no less guilty than the other.

Reporter: "Coach, blah blah blah team's performance?"

Coach: "Well, yada yada yada execution. Yada yada yada improvement. Yada yada yada things to work on."

It's like Crash Davis said, "Of course it's boring; that's the point. Now write it down."

Luckily, we managed to come across one of the ultra-rare "Coachspeak to English" dictionaries. There were only three left in the world to my knowledge, and Hot Reads left his by the stove on "Stir Fry-day."

With this tool, even the blandest of clichés can be deciphered to find out what they're really saying. Here are some translations from this week's news conferences.

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

The first-year coach has offered a glimmer of hope in Oxford for the first time in a while. His team is coming off a narrow loss to a tough Texas A&M team.

On what the process has been like in terms of ‘changing around a culture:'

"I do think we have made some great strides in the right direction. It started with understanding personal accountability and the little things, not just football … It is a process; we try to keep our focus on that and not so much the results."

Translation: I don't think (former coach) Houston Nutt even practiced with these guys.

Gene Chizik, Auburn

Chizik has gone from hoisting trophies to hot seat in record time. He felt the need to apologize to Auburn fans after the Tigers out-downward spiraled the downward spiraling Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.

On the team's quarterback situation:

"Well, we're going to go through tonight's practice and we'll evaluate everything. It won't be a game time decision; it'll be before that."

Translation: Next year's QB is playing high school football right now.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

The Ol' Ball Coach is enjoying his most successful year to date with the Gamecocks. And he's doing it despite his best efforts to distract them by threatening to "head to the beach" after a reporter said something he didn't like.

On star running back Marcus Lattimore:

"We try to give it to him as much as we can, but we know we can't give it to him every play. We gotta mix in some throws, this that and the other."

Translation: Lattimore may carry it 60 times against LSU. Or until his legs fall off, whichever comes first.

Les Miles, LSU

If anyone could relate to Chizik, it's "The Mad Hatter." Every year, Miles either plays for national championships or is on the verge of being fired, with little in-between.

On what makes South Carolina QB Connor Shaw effective:

"He's the guy that really gets the ball into the hands of those guys that make it work. He's a very, very mobile quarterback. So, it's an opportunity for him to do the things he needs to do."

Translation: (singing) Twinkle, twinkle little bat … how I wonder where you're at … Up above the world you fly … like a tea tray in the sky …

Gary Pinkel, Missouri

Pinkel's Tigers have found the times tough their first year in the SEC. This week only gets worse for Mizzou, as it faces the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

On Alabama coming to town:

"We're excited about having them come and playing here in Columbia. We are looking forward to a great game."

Translation: Everybody buy a ticket! Come support the team! I mean, we have a chance; it's still 11-on-11 out there, right? [Wipes cold sweat from brow] Right??

Nick Saban, Alabama

Saban's strategy with the media ranges from a bored, monotone disdain while telling them as little as possible, to a more vocal, passionate, outright dislike while telling them as little as possible.

On whether he thought Pinkel, his teammate in college, would become a successful coach:

"I think when we were young and playing together, we were worried about the next game and all that kind of stuff. But Gary was always a really smart guy, really good person, had great character, was a really good competitor. And when we both became [graduate assistants], it was pretty evident to me that he could be a really, really good coach."

Translation: Ihatereportersihatereportersihatereportersthisisdumbthisisdumbthisisdumbthisisdumb …

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  • Bulldogs remain perfect, win SEC regular season title

    Bulldogs remain perfect, win SEC regular season title

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:00 PM EST2018-02-19 04:00:43 GMT
    MSU led 36-25 at intermission and went on to win it 76-55 to remain perfect and win the SEC regular season title for the first time in program history.  "It just doesn't get any better than that, y'all," Vic Schaefer said following Sunday night's win over Texas A&M. "It's very, very special. To win a Southeastern Conference Championship, it takes something very special from each of them, and I'm really proud of them." Copyright 2018 M...
    MSU led 36-25 at intermission and went on to win it 76-55 to remain perfect and win the SEC regular season title for the first time in program history.  "It just doesn't get any better than that, y'all," Vic Schaefer said following Sunday night's win over Texas A&M. "It's very, very special. To win a Southeastern Conference Championship, it takes something very special from each of them, and I'm really proud of them." Copyright 2018 M...
  • Andy Kennedy steps down as Ole Miss basketball coach, effective immediately

    Andy Kennedy steps down as Ole Miss basketball coach, effective immediately

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-18 22:30:16 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    Andy Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in Ole Miss history, has stepped down as head coach of the program effective immediately.

    Andy Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in Ole Miss history, has stepped down as head coach of the program effective immediately.

  • South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    Saturday, February 17 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-02-18 03:12:25 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

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