HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - One of the bigger media personalities at SEC Media Days is without question Paul Finebaum, a veteran sports writer and radio host with some interesting LSU insight to share.
Finebaum hosts The Paul Finebaum Radio Show, which can be heard in Baton Rouge on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM.
"I checked today to see if he was on the milk carton; I checked witness protection," Finebaum said. "Where's Les Miles? I haven't seen Les Miles. I haven't heard from Les Miles. And, I want to see what he's all about. Three years ago, he came in No. 1 in the country, two years ago one of the contenders, last year started to back up. I want to see if the real Les Miles will finally stand up. I hope he does."
But Finebaum also gave the Tigers some strong compliments.
"I still think LSU is the toughest team on Alabama's schedule. I've been to all these LSU/Alabama games. There's no better game in the country the last five or six years. It also got lost in the shuffle somewhat, that LSU was the only team to beat Auburn last year," Finebaum added.
He also has a new book that will be released August 12, titled, My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Rules College Football.
"Last year, I said that Ohio State was a contender for the national championship, but I'm not sure they'd finish in the top five of the SEC. I think I was right. Try coming down here and going to Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night or Knoxville or Florida, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina. I don't think anyone else can do it. And that's what I talk about in this book," Finebaum explained.
And what about all those crazy callers to his nationally-syndicated radio show, which will soon be televised to the nation on The SEC Network? Finebaum said it's a mix of passion, personality and something else.
"You can say, is it passion? Is it personality? Or is it alcohol? I think it's alcohol," he said.
The SEC Media Days last until Thursday.