The college football off-season has a reoccurring timeline that lets fans know exactly how close they are to seeing football. The first sign is pre-season preview magazines start hitting the shelves of bookstores and grocery stores. The next sign is college football media days. The SEC is typically the first conference to host their media days and it serves as a signal that football is just around the corner.
After a strong run of SEC national champions, the conference has found itself on the outside looking in the last two seasons. Alabama went to the inaugural College Football Playoff but was defeated in the semi-finals by eventual champion Ohio State. There are a range of predictions on how Alabama will do this season but most agree that the Crimson Tide will need solid play from whoever emerges as their new starting quarterback. Teams like LSU and Texas A&M are coming off less than stellar seasons while Ole Miss and Mississippi State hope to build of their successful 2014 campaigns.
As long as coaches like South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier continue to attend, SEC Media Days provide enough intrigue to get college football fans through until the season starts. Here is everything you need to know about the four day media festivities:
SEC Football Coaches and Players
Monday, July 13th – Thursday, July 16th. The event begins at 7 AM EST Monday morning.
SEC Network will be broadcasting live throughout the event. For a complete look at their media days schedule, please click here.
Coaches & Players Schedule
Monday, July 13th:
12:30 PM to 3:20 P.M. EST – SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and players QB Jeremy Johnson, DB Jonathan Jones, LB Kris Frost
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST – Florida coach Jim McElwain and players DE Jonathan Bullard, WR Brandon Powell, DB Vernon Hargreaves III; Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason and players RB Ralph Webb, LB Nigel Bowden, OL Spencer Pulley
Tuesday, July 14th:
7:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST – Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw
10 AM to 1:20 PM EST – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and players K Elliott Fry, WR Pharoh Cooper, LB Skai Moore; Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and players OL Mike Matthews, OL Germain Ifedi, DL Julien Obioha
2 PM to 5 PM EST – Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and players QB Dak Prescott, DB Taveze Calhoun, DE Ryan Brown; Tennessee coach Butch Jones and players QB Joshua Dobbs, LB Curt Maggitt, DB Cameron Sutton
Wednesday, July 15th:
10 AM to 1 PM EST – Alabama coach Nick Saban and players LB Reggie Ragland, RB Kenyan Drake, OL Ryan Kelly; Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and players DT Melvin Lewis, OL Jordan Swindle, DB A.J. Stamps
2 to 5 PM EST – Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and players DB Kenya Dennis, QB Maty Mauk, OL Evan Boehm; Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and players RB Jonathan Williams, QB Brandon Allen, WR Keon Hatcher
Thursday, July 16th:
10 AM to 2:30 PM EST – Georgia coach Mark Richt and players WR Malcolm Mitchell, OL John Theus, LB Jordan Jenkins; Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and players TE Evan Engram, DB Mike Hilton, LB C.J. Johnson; LSU coach Les Miles and players RB Leonard Fournette, OL Vadal Alexander, LB Kendell Beckwith