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SEC Media Days: New Coaches, New Location… New Atmosphere?

By on July 16th, 2018 in Football, News 9 Comments »

The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta is the site for this year's SEC Media Days.

We hit another milestone today. SEC Media Days gets underway this morning at 11:30 am CT. I love the event. It’s uniquely Southern. No other conference has been able to  match the atmosphere. However, this  year will mark the first time it will be held outside of the Birmingham area since it began in 1985.

The SEC leadership decided a change was needed to grow the event. All eyes will be looking to see if the move to Atlanta affects the excitement that usually surrounds SEC Media Days.  

Will the move prove to be a smart one? Will there be the usual circus-like atmosphere that’s been the norm in Hoover? Will Nick Saban fans show up en masse as they have in Hoover? One thing’s for certain, tradition is hard to establish and maintaining success is even more difficult. It’s a lesson Coca Cola learned the hard way a few years ago when they made changes to a winning formula. But it’s a gamble Commissioner Greg Sankey was willing to take.

Coverage will pretty much run all day through Thursday on ESPN and the SEC Network. You can also watch coverage at work on the Watch ESPN app. Gus Malzahn will be the first coach up on the last day followed by interviews with Jarrett Stidham, Dontavius Russell, and  Deshaun DavisAubTigerman posts the entire schedule here.

Six new coaches will make their first appearance at the event, none with more pressure than Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. It will be interesting to see how the former Florida State coach will do in a league he repeatedly said was not as competitive as the ACC. He takes the podium first today after Sankey’s remarks.

With the possible exception of Clemson, FSU was a big fish in a small pond. Now Fisher will find out not only what it’s like to compete as a head coach in the SEC but in also what many view as the toughest division in college football: the SEC West. 

The big question, though, is whom will the media pick as its SEC favorite—not that it matters an iota.

Will it be defending champion Georgia? Or Alabama which beat Georgia in the College Football Playoff? Or could it be the only team that beat both of those two — Auburn?

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.

9 Comments

  1. uglyjoe says:

    I believe the whole “new coke” debacle was planned to fail from the beginning. They couldn’t buy that amount of free advertising……

    By the time Jimbo got to FSU, I feel like the pond either got bigger or the fish shrunk (we call them ice cream fish because they melt as they get closer to the surface). I hope he does well at TAM, but I see high priced mediocrity on the horizon…….but the West is going to be fun.

  2. meathead530 says:

    I’m ready for Auburn football. Here’s hoping CGM has his act together. War Eagle.

    • hello2196 says:

      Amen to that on CGM!
      and this week I'm looking forwrd to catching every minute of SEC Media Days I can, cause I'm ready for some football, some Auburn football!

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    My guess is the media will make much about the time Fisher worked for Saban but in reality he got out of Tallahassee at the right time with the decline of his program and the rise of Clemson. He was more than fortunate to get the TAMU gig. And if he fails in College Station, he still walks away with multi $$ millions.

    • Jason Wright says:

      Decline of the program? What-cha talking about Willis?

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        Maybe I was a little too harsh on Jimbo but he did go 3-5 in the conference his last season in Tallahassee.
        I have to admit to some prejudice about SEC and Auburn. It kinda smarted to see him crowing about the great ACC after their comeback win over Auburn in the Rose Bowl. I could understnand being in the moment but he continued to sell the ACC as equal to or better than SEC. He seemed to walk it back just a little yesterday at Media Days. He still said ACC was tough but you could tell he was not in Kansas the ACC anymore cause when asked a question about it on the radio he said the SEC is the closest thing to the NFL. So as an admitted prejudiced guy, I see him as a car salesman who will tell you what you want to hear in order to make the sell.

  4. Jason Wright says:

    Yes, it could be "the one that beat both of those two." But its going to be tough to do on the road but …. how great would that be!

  5. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    It is only a matter of time until the SEC moves the office to Atlanta.

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