What is it?
SEC Media Days is a four-day extravaganza in which more than 1,000 media members swarm on Hoover, Ala., to talk with SEC coaches, players and other associated SEC personnel. This is the first time the event will span four days.
Each major conference has an event like it, but the SEC's managed to create an actual event out of its. It's usually a high-octane event (as far as media events go), with weird questions, weird answers and a whole lot of optimism. There will be prepared statements, interviews and autographs for the fans that choose to show up. Here's our coverage from last year's event, to give you a better idea of what's in store.
When is it?
Monday, July 14 through Thursday, July 17. It runs from around 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on most days, but starts a little later Monday and ends early Thursday.
How do I watch?
ESPN and ESPNU will have coverage throughout the festivities.
What about streaming online?
ESPN3 and SECSports have you covered.
What if I'd rather read?
Just keep this Twitter list open — it includes our four in Hoover (SBNation.com's Steven Godfrey, Team Speed Kills' Brandon Larrabee, and Chuck Cummings and Derek LaFitte of Good Bull Hunting), lots of other media members on the scene, all of our SEC team sites, and some folks sure to be making jokes from afar.
What's the schedule and who is speaking?
All times Eastern:
Monday, July 14
Session I: 12-3:30 p.m.
- SEC commissioner Mike Slive
- Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn
- Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall
- Auburn center Reese Dismukes
- Auburn defensive lineman Gabe Wright
- Florida head coach Will Muschamp
- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel
- Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.
- Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III
- Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason
- Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler
- Vanderbilt tight end Steven Scheu
- Vanderbilt safety Andrew Williamson
- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier
- South Carolina offensive guard A.J. Cann
- South Carolina defensive tackle J.T. Surratt
- South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson
- Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen
- Mississippi State safety Jay Hughes
- Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney
- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott
- Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin
- Texas A&M defensive back Deshazor Everett
- Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser
- Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi
- Tennessee head coach Butch Jones
- Tennessee offensive lineman Mack Crowder
- Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson
- Tennessee defensive end Curt Maggitt
- SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw
- ESPN Senior Vice President of College Networks Justin Connolly
- Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel
- Missouri center Evan Boehm
- Missouri defensive end Markus Golden
- Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk
- LSU head coach Les Miles
- LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins
- LSU running back Terrence Magee
- LSU linebacker D.J. Welter
- Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema
- Arkansas offensive guard Brey Cook
- Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers
- Arkansas safety Alan Turner
- Georgia head coach Mark Richt
- Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley
- Georgia running back Todd Gurley
- Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson
- Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze
- Ole Miss defensive end C.J. Johnson
- Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt
- Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace
- Alabama head coach Nick Saban
- Alabama safety Landon Collins
- Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper
- Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones
- Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops
- Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree
- Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle
- Kentucky defensive end Za'Darius Smith
Who's the one coach everyone must listen to?
College football coaches consistently engage in "coach-speak," giving bland, general answers to bland, general questions and rarely providing any insight into their actual thought process. Then there's Steve Spurrier.
Some samples from the 2013 season (read more here):
- On Clemson: "They don't play well when they play us."
- On his own team: "Our offensive line (is) pretty good at everything except blocking. Unfortunately, that's all we ask them to do."
- On the Tennessee-Florida rivalry: "It hasn't been quite as big a game. When's the last time Tennessee won?"
- On Jadeveon Clowney's speeding ticket: "I didn't know Jadeveon's car could go that fast. He doesn't have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive."
Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET. You'll want to tune in.
Also of note: Dan Mullen is statistically the most excited SEC football coach.
Will any actual news happen?
Commissioner Mike Slive will likely announce SEC Network news of some sort.
We'll learn more about the standing of Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall. He was cited for marijuana possession Friday, and Gus Malzahn has a reputation of having a "zero tolerance" policy. Marshall's status will likely be the biggest news of the week.
Also, Will Muschamp is known for dishing out injury status updates on seemingly his entire roster.
Is there a Darren Rovell fact I can tell my friends?
You bet there is.
#SECMediaDays fun facts: The media ate 1600 total meals & 2000 bags of Golden Flake. Drank 7500 cups of Dr Pepper & 80 gallons of coffee.— SEC_Tammy (@SEC_Tammy) July 18, 2013