From Kirby Smart to Lane Kiffin, the most awkward questions from Day 2 of SEC Media Days

Jerell Rushin
Knoxville News Sentinel

HOOVER, Ala. — Day 2 of SEC Media Days included Georgia coach Kirby SmartKentucky coach Mark Stoops and Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin.

They received their fair share of questions that garnered quirky responses. From world-famous rappers to candy to Dr. Seuss to, here's what brought the most interesting moments from Day 2.

Lane Kiffin

WHAT WAS ASKED: Lane, you said you're trying to lose some weight. Besides not maybe indulging in so much Mississippi food, I know you tweeted about that, what else have you done, and what have been the results so far?

HOW HE ANSWERED: Strange question to ask a guy but ... (laughter). You're being negative about Mississippi food. I'm being positive. It's a Mississippi diet. I came to Mississippi, I embraced the food and just not a lot of it, and have some portion control. So that's not really what the diet was, but I'm going to be positive about the food in Mississippi.

Kirby Smart

WHAT WAS ASKED: I was wondering if you could tell me the story of how you became to have the cell phone number of Quavo?

HOW HE ANSWERED: As far as Quavo, that started back around the playoff run, national championship run, he reached out, communicated through a couple of our players. He's come and spoke to our team before. I have a lot of cell phone numbers in my phone.

Jordan Davis, Georgia defensive lineman

WHAT WAS ASKED: Kirby said that with the name, image, and likeness stuff, he got a text from Quavo saying don't be thirsty. What are your thoughts on the head coach kind of having that relationship?

HOW HE ANSWERED: I think definitely him and Quavo having a connection is cool, but I don't think Kirby could name a song that Quavo has been on. Just having that connection is nice. The fact that Quavo was talking about NIL just shows you how tremendous this thing is and how easy it is to get deterred from the main goal.

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WHAT WAS ASKED: What type of dedication did it take personally, I guess, for you to say, OK, I'm going to go into the nutrition room as often as I do, I'm going to achieve all these goals I have in order to get to the condition and the body weight that you thought was optimal?

HOW HE ANSWERED: I would say just being honest with myself and just be like, I don't really need this. I'm a guy who will stay up late. I stay up, I play video games, I make beats. I'm a snacker. So I'll go in the kitchen and grab Swedish Fish, some Nerds Ropes. I have to switch that. They have organic Swedish Fish that I'm really starting to like. That definitely helps out. I don't feel guilty when I eat it as when I eat the regular ones.

Just doing the right things. I have people in my circle that helps me motivate myself and helps me motivate them. I want to be not only healthy for football, I want to be healthy for life. So that's one thing that I'm keeping in mind.

Mark Stoops

WHAT WAS ASKED: There's a famous Dr. Seuss quote, "When something bad happens it can either destroy you, define you or strengthen you." With all the tragedy and adversity that your team has gone through what do you gain from that and take into this next season. 

HOW HE ANSWERED: I just credit our team perseverance and strength to continue to fight through that. There's no denying it was very difficult. It was difficult on everybody, every team, everyone had adversity and things to deal with, and we were no different. But I greatly appreciate our football team as I mentioned when somebody asked me about nine SEC games. Well there was 10 last year, and, again, take a good hard look at what they did to half our league. 

WHAT WAS ASKED: You're second in tenure to Nick Saban. How do you feel about that?

HOW HE ANSWERED: Thanks Bob (Holt of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette). First of all, as I mentioned again in my opening statement, it's really good to see you. I missed you. I enjoy your questions every day to every coach. I always catch you on TV getting that air time.

WHAT WAS SAID: I'm trying to grow my brand.

HOW STOOPS RESPONDED: You better not grow it too much more, Bob. ... You really don't think about it until you start preparing for some of these statements and things of that nature and talking about being in here nine years.

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