2021 SEC Media Days takeaways: Auburn’s Bo Nix ‘not scared of Alabama’ and Arkansas faces brutal schedule

The final day of SEC Media Days is in the books after Missouri, Arkansas and Auburn made the rounds inside of the Wynfrey Hotel on Thursday. The headliner, of course, is first-year Auburn coach Bryan Harsin, who came from Boise State to the Plains to take over for Gus Malzahn.

The college football world also got to see second-year coaches Eli Drinkwitz of Missouri and Sam Pittman of Arkansas — two of the most entertaining personalities in the industry. We missed out on getting to know the two of them last year when Media Days were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malzahn beat Nick Saban and Alabama three times as the coach of the Tigers, including two straight inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. The last of which was in 2019 when then-true freshman quarterback Bo Nix led the Tigers to a wild 48-45 win in one of the most entertaining games of the season.

Nix doesn’t think Auburn’s attitude will change in Year One of the Harsin era. Graduate transfer defensive lineman Tony Fair told reporters last week that he came to Auburn to “take the head off the elephant,” and Nix added on to the Bama trash talk.

“Tony, he transferred into us, and that quote, obviously it’s a confident quote, but I hope he’s coming to take the head off the elephant,” Nix said. “I hope he’s not coming to get the head taken off the Tiger. So that’s really important. I think that actually I like the quote. I think it’s important because we’re not scared of Alabama. I know that a lot of people want us to be scared, but we’re really not.”