2:56PM EST November 13. 2012 - Tyler Bray gets paid to play quarterback at Tennessee. His words, not mine.
"I'm paid to win football games," Bray told news reporters Tuesday. Such a statement led to the inevitable follow-up question: Um, what?
"I meanů my education. That's what the SEC likes to call 'getting paid,' " Bray said.
I must confess: I have never, ever, ever heard any SEC player, coach, official or university administrator call a scholarship "getting paid." That's a new one.
Watch Bray's brain go from zero to 60 in the span of two sentences. In the first, the junior uttered a statement sure to draw the NCAA's attention. In the second, Bray deflects and parries quicker than a left tackle handling the blind-side blitz.
But for at least a few minutes, people were paying attention to Tennessee's quarterback (if for the wrong reasons), and not its head coach, defense, special teams, 0-6 record in SEC play and uncertain future.