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Saban talks changes during media days

HOOVER, Ala. -- Georgia and Alabama finally got their turns Thursday to take part in SEC media days. Ole Miss and Kentucky were also there.

The four-day event is the unofficial kickoff to the college football season.

Here is a sampling of what was said Thursday:

Worst ranking: Alabama's Nick Saban said that with a new granddaughter and his daughter getting engaged, the family is changing -- and so is his place in it, according to his wife. "I've always been behind the two dogs, but the line is getting deeper and deeper when it comes to Miss Terry."

Best understatement: When discussing the addition of former Southern California and Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin to his Alabama staff, Saban said, "I know there's some 'interest.'" Yes, he made quote marks with his fingers when he said "interest."

Best reaction: The struggles of SEC media members to correctly predict the league champ have been well-documented. When Georgia coach Mark Richt was informed Thursday that media members have only been proven right four times in 22 attempts, he reacted with delight.

"Good!" Richt exclaimed.

Georgia was picked as the fourth-most likely team to capture the SEC crown, behind Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.

Worst instance of "Freeze-on-Freeze" crime: Hugh Freeze revealed that his 15-year-old daughter, Ragan, keeps a list ranking coaches in the SEC. Who sits at the top?

"(LSU) Coach (Les) Miles," Freeze said. "In Baton Rouge he spent 10 minutes with her talking. Then last year when they came to our place, she was out there without me talking to him."

It wasn't all bad news for Freeze, however, as he said Ragan purposely doesn't include him on the list.

"I would be her No. 1," he said. "I hope."

-- Ryan Black and Mark Edwards contributed to this report.

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