The Circus Has Returned to Town (SEC Media Days Brings Back Football)
(Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)
After a one-year hiatus, SEC Media Days returns to Hoover, Alabama today. The league met last year at the new venue for the College football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. However, the Circus returns to its more familiar surrounds at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel.
It all gets underway at 11:30 CT this morning and will run through Thursday. Players attending for Auburn along with Coach Gus Malzahn will be seniors Derrick Brown (DT), Marlon Davidson (DE), and Prince Tega Wanogho (OL).
I love the event. It’s uniquely southern. No other conference has been able to match the atmosphere. The-four day event is the biggest sporting extravaganza in college sports.
It definitely has a circus atmosphere with hundreds of fans jamming the building, with 1,200 media members frantically trying to get a question asked of one of the 14 coaches and 40 players, and with 30 radio stations and the SEC Network and ESPN broadcasting interviews live.
Probably outside of the Super Bowl, there is not another time when this many journalists meet at one place to ask questions and look for stories from coaches and players.
Many look forward to this week since the last down of the last college game was played back in January. In particular, the hysteria surrounding these four days serves to rev up the engines of SEC football fans.
It’s the unofficial start of the college football season but for die-hard fanatics like yours truly, it’s also the unofficial end to summer. Because from here to the first kickoff —it’s not summer anymore—it’s football season!
The schedule for the week:
Monday, July 15
Florida – Dan Mullen
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Missouri – Barry Odom
Tuesday, July 16
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher
Wednesday, July 17
Alabama – Nick Saban
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
South Carolina – Will Muschamp
Thursday, July 18
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason
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