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SEC Media Days is Back, and There’s Nothing Else Like It

By on July 10th, 2017 in Football, News 10 Comments »
Jul 11, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn speaks during SEC media day at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

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SEC Media Days gets underway this morning at 11:30 am CT. If it feels like the annual event comes earlier each year, it’s because it does. Traditionally an indicator that the season is just around the corner, the SEC production now happens nearly a month before the first fall practice.

There’s nothing else like SEC Media Days. It’s uniquely Southern. No other conference can match the atmosphere of Hoover, Alabama. There will be more outlandish stories told and reported but usually the biggest news to emerge from the meeting is who the media will pick as their favorite to win the SEC.

Arkansas will be the first team at the podium. Never one to shy away from making controversial statements, you’ve got to wonder what Bret Bielema may say on the first day? Maybe that’s why the SEC Network chose to do a segment on him titled, [A] “Full Day with Bielema.” The Network will have a camera crew travel with the Coach and his contingent of players from Fayetteville to Hoover.

Will the media favorite be Auburn, who most likely starts a highly touted new quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and  has a strong returning defense? Or will it be Alabama, who seems to be set for a return to Atlanta at season’s end?

My guess is the press will find it too enticing not to go with the media darling, Alabama. I don’t know about you, but that’s completely fine with me…

Gus Malzahn will be first up on the big stage Thursday and will be joined in Hoover by safety Tray Matthews, kicker Daniel Carlson and offensive lineman Braden Smith. They will be followed by Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Coverage will pretty much run all day through Thursday on the SEC Network and ESPN U. You can also watch coverage at work on the Watch ESPN app. AubTigerman posts the entire schedule here.

Coming as it does in the middle of summer, it’s a welcome respite from the slow almost nonexistent college football news this time of year. But even though we know it’s some ways off, just seeing those coaches and players arrive in Birmingham puts a little bounce in your step.

Until next time …

10 Comments

  1. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    "Completely fine with me…" too! I don't want that albatross hanging around their necks going into the season. Let Bama win the preseason, we'll take the real season. BTW, it's good to read your column again Jay. You've been missed around here.

  2. Jason Wright says:

    Kind of unusual to see a kicker be at Hoover but it says a lot about Daniel Carlson that he would be chosen as one of Auburn’s reps. Glad for him but personally I would like to see Jarrett Stidham take some questions but understand he has to earn his stripes first.

  3. jbellison56 says:

    Love media days. Always some drama there every year.

    It will be interesting to see how Hugh Freeze does when he faces the press.

  4. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    Jay, your the man at TET.

    In fact your the reason alot of us came to TET to begin with. Hope this means we’ll see you back in action every Monday… especially during football season!

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