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Media days' best and worst

College football's summer hiatus was put on pause the past two weeks as each of the major conferences hosted media days at various locations across the country.

From Chicago to Dallas to Los Angeles to Greensboro, N.C., and Hoover, Ala., inquiring minds started to get the answers to the sport's most burning questions.

Here's a look at the best and worst from the conference media days of 2013.

Five biggest storylines

1. Big five commissioners hint at NCAA mutiny: Each of the commissioners from the "big five" conferences -- ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC -- expressed frustration with the NCAA and hinted that big-time changes were coming. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby was the most outspoken, going as far to say that a new "federation" might need to be formed within the NCAA to support the needs of the country's biggest FBS programs.

2. Johnny Football's off-field problems: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who last season became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, was the center of attention at SEC media days in Hoover. About a week before Manziel appeared in front of the media, he was sent home early from the Manning Passing Academy, reportedly for oversleeping and missing camp activities. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Manziel's roommate at the camp, also was bombarded with questions about Johnny Football.

3. Ohio State's arrests: Going into Big Ten media days, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer probably wasn't looking forward to answering questions about Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who is facing murder charges in Boston. Hernandez played for Meyer at Florida, and his arrest has brought further scrutiny to the off-field problems during Meyer's tenure there. Things didn't get much better when three of Meyer's Buckeyes players were arrested the weekend before he appeared in front of the media in Chicago. Meyer was asked over and over about discipline problems at Florida and now Ohio State.

4. Spread offenses vs. traditionalists: Spread offense gurus such as West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen, Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury and Auburn's Gus Malzahn were pretty defensive when asked about recent comments from other coaches that their fast-paced styles might lead to more injuries. Alabama's Nick Saban, Nebraska's Bo Pelini, Miami's Al Golden and Arkansas' Bret Bielema voiced their concerns about spread offenses in their respective news conferences. Holgorsen is tired of hearing about it.

"Get over it, because it's not going to change," he said.

5. USC's Lane Kiffin gets vote of support: The night before Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles, USC released an online video in which Trojans athletics director Pat Haden said he fully supported Kiffin, who is under fire after a 7-6 finish in 2012.

"I anticipate the media will ask me if our football coach is on the hot seat this year," Haden said in the five-minute video. "Here is my answer and will be my answer whenever I'm asked: He is not. I'm behind Lane Kiffin 100 percent."

Talk about getting ahead of a story.

Five best quotes

1. "We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we follow NCAA rules. They certainly know something about NCAA rules." -- Florida coach Will Muschamp, on published reports that Meyer turned the Gators in for alleged NCAA secondary rules violations

2. "Because I let the players design them and they're as big as ashtrays." -- Saban, on why he doesn't wear national championship rings

3. "The Clowney hit is why they invented football." -- Washington State coach Mike Leach, when asked about the new targeting rules, which could lead to the ejection of defensive players for helmet-to-helmet hits or targeting defenseless players. Leach was asked specifically about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Michigan tailback Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl.

4. "Can God save a hooker?" -- Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon, when asked whether the Bears could win a Big 12 title this season

5. "I don't know. Y'all will have to ask Devin what the hell he's talking about. It sounds good, though." -- Pitt coach Paul Chryst, when asked about receiver Devin Street's comments that the Panthers would have a new-look offense this coming season

Five worst quotes

1. "Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that? So, if you don't think you can play here, where do you think you can play? " -- Kansas coach Charlie Weis, on his sales pitch to recruits

2. "We've given you no evidence or reason to be picked anywhere else than last in the Big 12." -- Weis, continuing his rosy forecast for his second Kansas team

3. "I don't know why they didn't use the BCS formula and take the top four teams from that." -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (and apparently one of the last BCS holdouts), when asked about college football's future four-team playoff

4. "It's not like I'm Tim Tebow and have terrible mechanics." -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, when asked what changes new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has made to his obviously polished throwing motion

5. "I'm sorry, Alabama fans. I'm from New York and didn't watch football growing up." -- Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley, a native of New York, shortly after he asked a reporter whether Bear Bryant was a cartoon character

Five biggest boasts

1. Clowney says quarterbacks are afraid of him: The two-time All-American and pass-rushing terror identified three quarterbacks -- Georgia's Aaron Murray, Clemson's Tajh Boyd and former Arkansas passer Tyler Wilson -- who he claims are afraid of him.

"You can look at a guy and tell if he's scared," Clowney said.

2. Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk still thinks he can win the Heisman: The Oregon transfer made headlines in the offseason when he said he was going to win the Heisman Trophy after running for 1,012 yards with seven touchdowns last season. Seastrunk said he had no regrets about the prediction.

"Why should I regret it?" Seastrunk asked. "I said it. You want me to take it back? People are going to be negative, and they're always going to have their negative comments. If I believe in my heart, it can happen."

3. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher really likes the Seminoles' success in the NFL draft: Count Fisher among the coaches who are apparently tired of hearing about the SEC's dominance. "I hear it all the time: 'We have better players,' " Fisher said. "Well, we had 11 drafted [in 2013]. We had more than any of y'all."

4. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas says the ACC has the best crop of quarterbacks: Thomas, who was projected as a potential NFL draft first-rounder until he struggled mightily in 2012, might have a valid point. Boyd, North Carolina's Bryn Renner, Boston College's Chase Rettig and Thomas each might be poised for big seasons. The Big 12 will have a lot of new faces under center, and the SEC doesn't have much depth outside of McCarron and Murray.

"I think we are the strongest group of quarterbacks in the country," Thomas said. "From myself, Tajh, Bryn, Rettig, it's a great group. We can put up some numbers."

5. Tennessee won't lose to Vanderbilt again: Offensive tackle Tiny Richardson promised his Vols won't lose to the Commodores again after Vandy won 41-18 last season, only its second victory in the past 36 games against its in-state foes. "That won't happen again," Richardson said. "I promise you that."

Five best nuggets of odd information

1. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan's diet: "I eat 12 eggs a day, 12 tablespoons of olive oil a day, six cans of tuna; I only eat carbs right after my workout or not at all." Lewan also said he orders a salad and five chicken breasts when eating out.

2. Media consumed the following at SEC media days, according to the league office: "1,600 total meals, 2,000 bags of Golden Flake chips, 7,500 cups of Dr Pepper and 80 gallons of coffee."

3. Leach is collaborating on a biography of Geronimo: Leach and Washington State professor Buddy Levy have been researching a book on the 19th-century Apache chief. Leach used to keep a copy of Geronimo's death certificate in his office at Texas Tech. "The research is the most exciting part, discovering, you know, what Geronimo did, the existence of the Cherokee with the Apaches and their skills in surviving and some of the incredible accomplishments that they had, the fiber of their culture, their spiritualism, their family relationships, so that part is fulfilling," Leach said.

4. Lewan and a few of his Michigan teammates bought a pet pig during the offseason: "Offensive linemen are hogs, and that's how that works," Lewan said. He and four of his fellow linemen pooled $250 and purchased a teacup pig off Craigslist. They named the pig "Dr. Hamlet III."

"I just wanted my pig to have a Ph.D.," Lewan said. The pet lived in their house for about two weeks before they realized he needed a bigger home. At least they didn't barbecue him.

5. Bob Stoops' wife works for Mary Kay: At the same time Big 12 media days were happening in a ballroom of a Dallas hotel, a Mary Kay cosmetics convention was happening on the same floor. Stoops' wife, Carol, was scheduled to appear at the convention the next day. "Get your wives into it," Stoops told the media. "It would be good for them. I'm recruiting."