As we count down to the SEC Media Days for football, which will kick off on Wednesday when Alabama coach Nick Saban takes to the podium, we're going to check in with various SEC team bloggers from around SB Nation, as well as hear from SBNation.com's own Spencer Hall.
First up, we've got Brandon Larrabee, who in blog life goes by cocknfire and co-manages Team Speed Kills, the SB Nation blog devoted to covering the SEC. He'll be live-blogging each of the coaches' presentations as part of TSK's coverage of SEC Media Days.
I'm just interested in seeing what can possibly happen next.
For those unfamiliar with the SEC: Just since the end of the regular season, we've witnessed Urban Meyer's retirement and detirement; Lane Kiffin leaving Knoxville, sparking at least one quasi-riot; the conference realignment saga; the arrest of the (now former) Georgia athletics director for allegedly driving drunk while holding the unmentionables of a woman other than his wife; the retirement of Bobby Johnson from Vanderbilt seven weeks before the seasons with no hint of scandal or health issues (and no signs that he's coming back); and the launching of an NCAA investigation into links between an agent and a South Carolina player.
Which means that there's all that to talk about, as well as the possibility that something even more bizarre could happen. You doubt me? Philip Fulmer was served a subpoena the last time he went to SEC Media Days. This was several years after he dodged the event -- drawing a fine for Tennessee -- while trying to avoid another subpoena.
And then there was last year's hunt for the coach who dared not vote Tim Tebow the best quarterback in the conference -- which turned out to be Florida alum and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, who had to admit he hadn't actually read the final draft of "his" ballot. (The SEC allowed him to change it, making Tebow a unanimous first-team preseason All-SEC selection. Because that matters.)
It's not an original thought, but I like to say that while it's still a matter of opinion whether the SEC is the best league in the land or not, there's little debate that SEC fans are more intense than anyone else. In many ways, this is not a compliment; some folks are more intense than a strong mental health-care system would allow.
But it's one of the things that makes the conference's media days so captivating, and probably the most well-attended in the nation. The intensity almost guarantees that something very strange is likely to happen between Wednesday and Friday. And even if nothing else happens, it's not like there's a shortage of questions to ask.