“Our group is more professional in the room than they are when they're on camera by themselves."
- Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, on the SEC football coaches
LSU coach Brian Kelly, one of the 10 new coaches who has joined the 14-team league in the past three years, observed that the Fisher-Saban spat probably “made for good coverage in the media.”
But Kelly, like Kiffin, indicated it was an orderly first day of meetings.
“They weren’t wrestling in there, I can tell you that,” the former Notre Dame coach said with a smile.
Kiffin completed the order of coaches to go behind the podium Tuesday — Fisher is scheduled to go Wednesday afternoon — sharing that he’ll continue to keep things “real” where NIL discussions are concerned.
“This is what it is, as opposed to hiding behind all of it and saying whatever that little coaches’ bible that we’re supposed to follow about what you’re supposed to say,” Kiffin said.
“Like, NIL has nothing to do with why players come to my campus. I’m not going to say those things.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey indicated he was pleased with the first day of meetings, noting that this is Fisher’s year rotating in as chairman of the coaches.
“He was very engaged,” Sankey said. “What I said at the beginning (of the meeting) was we need to have 14 football coaches focused and engaged in the conversation.
“Nobody can run silent on me.”
There will be plenty more for the coaches, athletic directors and presidents to talk about – and vote on – before the meetings conclude Friday. Sankey said there could be votes on a new schedule formation and league alignment – the SEC is considering eliminating divisions – by the end of the week.