SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard and asked how he’s handling playing this college football season during a pandemic, as well as how his current relationship is with head coach Mike Gundy.
Some football coaches in the NFL have struggled with wearing their masks on the sideline during games. (Their wallets have paid the price, though.)
Let’s hope college football coaches in the Southeastern Conference, which begins play Saturday, set a better example for mask-wearing. Perhaps their masks (or gaiters, or shields, or face-covering of their desire, hopefully) will have some form of school branding or color scheme to match . Maybe, like New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, it will have a message written on there.
While Payton’s message went beyond sports, here are some lighthearted suggestions SEC coaches should consider having stitched onto their face coverings for Week 1.
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide: “No Rat Poison”
Three years ago, Saban said positive media attention was “like rat poison.” This will be motivating for his players, and he won’t even have to speak to make his point clear.
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt Commodores: “Anchor Down”
Simple and plays on Vandy’s mariner theme.
Mike Leach, Mississippi State Bulldogs: “Go
The man loves his pirates.
Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri Tigers: “Welcome to the Zou”
A play on words and fitting, as it’s Drinkwitz’s first season with Missouri.
Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers: “Geaux Tigas”
This must be said and/or read in Coach O’s voice.
Will Muschamp, South Carolina Gamecocks: “Game … Cocks!”
Meant to be read the way the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium chants: “Game … Cocks!”
Lane Kiffin, Mississippi: “Lane Train”
No explanation needed.
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Aggies: “The 3rd Man”
Kyle Field will be a quarter full to start this season, so this would be a nod to the famed “12th Man.”
Sam Pittman, Arkansas Razorbacks: “Yeeeesssssirrrr!”
When you commit this much to a bit, might as well keep the branding going on gameday.
Bob Stoops, Kentucky Wildcats: “BBN”
Big Blue Nation is more used more commonly referred to the basketball program, but it works here too.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn Tigers: “War Eagle”
The best slogan in the SEC belongs on a mask.
Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs: “Go Dawgs”
Another self-explanatory one.
Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee Volunteers: Feel the Buzz
Expectations are higher for the Vols in years past, generating some preseason buzz — it also fits his hairstyle.
Dan Mullen, Florida Gators: “< >”
Confused? It’s a gator chop!
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