The unofficial beginning of the college football preseason is here. SEC Media Days takes over Hoover (which isn't very hard) from today until Thursday, with the Wynfrey Hotel once again serving as the venue for the biggest and most bizarre of the annual showcases put on by the conferences. (Yes, I know they want me to call the hotel something different now. No, I'm not going to.)
This year, of course, the conference has its own network to broadcast the festivities, and you can follow along on the SEC Network or WatchESPN. Here's a schedule for Day One. All times listed are for the main room, which is presumably where the network will broadcast from.
12:35 p.m. ET: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey
This is Sankey's first time at the podium since taking over for former Commissioner Mike Slive. But the subject matters covered are likely to be the same: The "brag bag" that Slive used to revel in delivering, comments on some of the pressing college football issues of the day, as well as any new issues that Sankey wants to put on the agenda. It will be interesting to see if he takes this opportunity to do so.
1:55 p.m. ET: Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn
One likely topic for Malzahn will be the hiring of Will Muschamp in the offseason, especially given that Florida goes before the media later in the day. Also, look for some reporters to not-so-subtly drop hints that they're going to project Auburn to win the SEC West this year, and seeing what the head coach thinks of that.
3:30 p.m. ET: Florida head coach Jim McElwain
The one n00b at this year's event. Expect some joke about how big the crowd is or how bright the lights are, etc., followed by talk about how the defense will be aggressive and the offense will be creative and every other thing a new coach says.
5 p.m. ET: Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason
Our annual hot seat candidate. Whether or not you think Mason is on the hot seat makes little difference; some head coach has to be offered up to quench the media's bloodlust each year, and Mason's the guy this time around. They'll be polite about it -- the questions will be along the lines of "How much pressure do you feel to make some big improvements right now?" -- but reporters will be trying to see just how thin the ice feels to Mason.
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