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What Missouri’s conference rivals said at SEC media days 2022

ATLANTA — The 2022 edition of SEC Media Days wrapped up Thursday as the last two head coaches among Missouri’s conference opponents took their time on the podium.

The Tigers’ SEC opener is scheduled for Sept. 24 against Auburn.

Here’s a look at what each of Missouri’s conference adversaries focused on this week:

Auburn

Head coach Bryan Harsin’s main concern for part of the offseason was keeping his job. In February, Harsin was the subject of an Auburn inquiry, which ultimately took no action against him.

Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin shown on the stage during SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame.

I have addressed the situation early on in his podium time on Thursday.

“It was uncomfortable,” Harsin said. “It was unfounded. It presented an opportunity for people to personally attack me, my family and also our program. And it didn’t work.”

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Missouri takes on Auburn in Week 4, which will be the fourth out of five straight home games at the start of the season for Harsin’s Tigers. He said he hopes the team can take advantage of the opportunity.

“Home or away, you want to get off to a fast start regardless,” Harsin said. “It’s great to be in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s so unique. People have asked me. I’ve never been apart of that. How it was all set up and done, I’m not asking questions. We got five home games.”

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart speaks during SEC Media Days in Atlanta.

Georgia

It took them plenty of time, but the Bulldogs finally snapped their national championship drought last season. Now, Kirby Smart’s bunch will have to avoid a championship hangover.

According to Smart, motivation has not been an issue.

“To be complacent, you have to have done something and achieved something,” Smart said Wednesday. “The men on this team for this season have not done that. They have not. We had 15 players that have now gone to NFL camps or draft picks. They’re gone. We have some returning players, but they’re hungry as ever.”

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