SEC MEDIA DAYS: CRIMSON TIDE A KEY TALKING POINT ON DAY TWO

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The 2019 SEC Media Days continued Tuesday as four different head coaches took the stage to preview the rapidly approaching season.

WVUA’s Alessandra Pontbriand, Rhea Thornton and Zach Tigert were in Hoover covering the event.

First up was Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. Along with answering the typical questions about his team, Smart was peppered with several inquiries about Nick Saban and Alabama.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">The barrage of Nick Saban questions continued today for Kirby Smart. </p>
<p>Smart is "well aware" of Nick Saban assistant coaches holding an 0-16 record against there former boss. </p>
<p>Wonder if he gets tired of all of these questions. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SECMD2019?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SECMD2019</a></p>
<p>— James Benedetto (@james_benedetto) <a href="https://twitter.com/james_benedetto/status/1151137934592004098?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Georgia lost to Alabama in last year’s SEC title game after Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts came off the bench to lead a fourth-quarter comeback. Smart said the loss will motivate his team in the fall.

Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm has yet to claim victory over Alabama in two tries, leaving the junior quarterback looking for answers.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">“If you know the key, please tell me,” junior QB Jake Fromm said when talking about trying to beat Alabama <a href="https://t.co/U5MIfFOKBD">pic.twitter.com/U5MIfFOKBD</a></p>
<p>— James Benedetto (@james_benedetto) <a href="https://twitter.com/james_benedetto/status/1151143787181330433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke entered the spotlight next. The third-year coach was excited to discuss the idea of playing in the postseason for the first time since the NCAA imposed a ban on the Rebels before he took the job.

Next up was second-year Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The former Alabama assistant credited his time under Saban for teaching him how to sustain success.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jeremy says the biggest thing he took away from <a href="https://twitter.com/AlabamaFTBL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlabamaFTBL</a> HC Nick Saban is the sustainability of success. “If you look at the success coach Saban has had… a lot of people ask me how does he sustain, it’s the plan, it’s not about who his opponent is it’s about the moment.”</p>
<p>— Alessandra Pontbriand (@APontbriandTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/APontbriandTV/status/1151208367257505795?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

When Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was asked about the rivalry between Alabama and the Volunteers, he downplayed its importance.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jarret speaking on the third Saturday in October “Talking about Alabama every single SEC game we play is a rivalry game… it’s just another game… you get to go into that stadium, it’s gonna be a hostile environment.”</p>
<p>— Alessandra Pontbriand (@APontbriandTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/APontbriandTV/status/1151232933694517248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher was the last coach on stage. Fisher praised Saban’s ability to develop a strong mentality in his players.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jimbo says what he thinks <a href="https://twitter.com/AlabamaFTBL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlabamaFTBL</a> HC Nick Saban does well is encompass the whole program and work more with the mental health aspects of the program.</p>
<p>— Alessandra Pontbriand (@APontbriandTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/APontbriandTV/status/1151216358752968704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Saban will take the stage Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Follow WVUA23’s sports reporters on Twitter for live updates.

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