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College football media days 2017 schedule for every conference

Football is almost back. Media days prove it.

Conference media days are one of the surest signs that college football is right around the corner, and this year’s are fast approaching. All 10 FBS conferences will hold their 2017 media days this month, ahead of a little late-summer downtime and then the start of fall camp. The SEC goes first, starting its event on Monday.

Full 2017 conference media days schedule

Most conferences stream their media days live on their websites and social platforms.

SEC

July 10-13
SEC Network/WatchESPN
Hoover, Ala.
Full player and coach roster

ACC

July 13-14
Charlotte, N.C.
Full player and coach roster

American

July 17-18
Newport, R.I.

Big 12

July 17-18
Frisco, Texas
Full player and coach roster

Conference USA

July 19-20
Irving, Texas

Sun Belt

July 23-24
New Orleans

Big Ten

July 24-25
Big Ten Network

MAC

July 25-26
Canton, Ohio

Mountain West

July 25-26
Las Vegas

Pac-12

July 26-27
Pac-12 Networks
Hollywood, Calif.
Full player and coach roster

The media day drill is similar in every league.

The head coach and a couple of players (two or three, usually) from each team gather at some neutral site, usually a hotel ballroom in the league’s geographic footprint. They answer questions about the coming season, and media members make official season predictions.

Media days are not that serious, but they mean football’s coming, and that’s lovely.

The SEC’s media days, in particular, have become an institution. That meet-up is more a spectacle than anything else, with diehards gathering in hotel lobbies to show support for their teams even though these are just press conferences, not games. (SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey once embedded with a horde of Alabama fans just to get the most authentic taste possible.) Steve Spurrier was long the king of SEC Media Days, and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema now sits on that throne.

Also at media days this year: Verne Lundquist’s return

Were you devastated when the longtime voice of the SEC on CBS stepped down from that play-by-play role after last season? You weren’t alone. But Lundquist hasn’t entirely kicked college football, and he’ll factor into media days season this year.

Lundquist is slated to be the master of ceremonies at the AAC’s media days in Newport, R.I., on July 17 and 18. It’s not the same as his voice soundtracking the Iron Bowl (and it’s not even a major TV event), but it’s great to have Lundquist back in the sport for even just a moment.