On September 8, the Florida Gators will play their first SEC game of the 2012 season. On September 8, the Texas A&M Aggies will play their first SEC game EVER. There’s enough hype for the game as it is, but we could always use more when it comes to college football’s top conference. The head coaches of both programs are helping out by filling up our glasses.
There was this:
“You ever been to College Station? It’ll be the only time you go.” – Will Muschamp, Florida Gators’ Head Coach
And then there was this:
“He needs to worry about his own team.” – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M Aggies’ Head Coach
I can’t tell you if Muschamp is right – I’ve never been to College Station – and I will say that Sumlin is somewhat correct, but oh the fun.
We follow college football to be entertained. Those of us that aren’t paid to do so enjoy the sport immensely and want to be entertained by it (those that are paid surely feel the same way). Because of that, we enjoy the acceleration of a rivalry through trash talk. Because we also want our teams to focus on winning, we can also agree with Sumlin’s response to Muschamp’s comment. However, both men may be right in their approach.
Like I said, I don’t know if Muschamp’s statement is factual, but I do know it served its purpose. It entertained fans and added fuel to the fire of a new rivalry. Sumlin’s approach was correct too in the perception that the comments weren’t important to him and that the Gators have plenty of work to do and Muschamp should be leading that charge.
We don’t know how either coach truly feels, but with more than three months remaining until the start of the 2012 season, we’ve been sufficiently entertained. Thank you fellas.