The unofficial official start to the 2013 college football season kicks off tomorrow in Birmingham, where the mass media will cram into one massive ballroom over the next three days with the most star-studded lineup of coaches and players we’ve seen yet.
You can see the full attendance list and schedule here.
ESPN will be in attendance shooting for College Football Live. Do you think the SEC is kind of a big deal? It gets bigger and better every year, despite what Big Game Bob says.
SDS will also be there bringing you all the best coverage, quotes, hilarious lines and most memorable moments, regurgitating them to our unbelievable readers.
Here’s a preview of the 2013 SEC Media Days:
The headliners to the 2013 media days include quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray and big-time defensive players Jadeveon Clowney, CJ Mosley and Dominique Easley.
Have we ever seen a trio of quarterbacks like this returning for another year? It’s off the charts. Add in the fact that the best player of my lifetime in Jadeveon Clowney will be there, and the star power will be immeasurable.
Let’s just hope Dominique Easley can contain himself and his Chucky Doll.
6 players you’ll miss
Teams obviously couldn’t bring every star player, and we would have loved to have seen these names:
- TJ Yeldon, Alabama
- Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
- Todd Gurley, Georgia
- Odell Beckham, LSU
- Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
- AJ Johnson, Tennessee
Johnny be good
Yes, we’ve all had Johnny Manziel fatigue throughout the college football offseason, but tip o’ the cap to Texas A&M and Kevin Sumlin for bringing Manziel to SEC Media Days. The Aggies could have very easily left him at home and had to answer 1,000 questions why they did. But despite creating headlines in the media, Manziel has always been great with the media, and it’s an important aspect of being a star player and continuing to learn how to handle the media.
It’s also important that we hear from Johnny – you, me and everyone else. The young man has a story to tell as Texas A&M is heading into their most anticipated season ever. No pressure.
What’s the over/under on the number of times Jadeveon Clowney and Steve Spurrier get asked about ‘The Hit’? Better yet, what’s the over/under on the number of stories regarding The Hit and how it impacted the program and changed Carolina football forever?
I’m equally as glad Carolina is bringing Clowney as TAMU is bringing Manziel, because he didn’t attend last year’s event, and like Manziel, we need to hear from this cat, who tends to stay away from media attention.
Slive is yo daddy
Despite Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Slive owns it at media days. His contract expires in a year, and he’ll have to decide if he has any unfinished business left on the agenda.
Slive will continue to be a heavy hitter towards the coming playoff next season and is sure to dish out knowledge on the subject at hand – selection committees, future scheduling, etc.
Anytime the most powerful man in college athletics speaks, you listen.
Bret Bielema, Gus Malzahn, Mark Stoops and Butch Jones are the new faces in town. How will they handle the media circus? Malzahn, Jones and Stoops should be cool customers, but I bet Bielema rattles off some memorable one-liners. If his Twitter account is any evidence, Bielema will drop some dimes.
Above all, you will be equally impressed with the four, if you haven’t heard a press conference yet. They’re well-spoken and are very positive and driven about their monumental tasks ahead of them for 2013.
Hurry-up offenses and player safety
Player safety has been at the forefront of the offseason discussion, as it usually is. But there’s been a twist this offseason. Nick Saban and Bret Bielema’s stance on hurry-up, no-huddle offenses is that we have to slow them down to protect our players. Naturally, they’re both pro-style, milk-the-clock type coaches who want to slow down Gus Malzahn, Kevin Sumlin and Hugh Freeze. Pay close attention to that topic this week. It will be talked about.
The SEC has experienced numerous offseason arrests and negativity. The biggest story and scandal within sports today revolves around Aaron Hernandez. Has Hernandez’s case unsurfaced the conversation of ‘how do you know what prospects you’re recruiting’? This is issue doesn’t just pertain to the SEC, it’s a college football-wide discussion. We’ll see how much coaches are willing to discuss this issue relevant to what they can control.
The biggest SEC specific topic related to scandals right now is Vanderbilt. The Commodores dismissed four players due to sex crimes. No names have been released, and there’s been some very disturbing allegations thrown their direction. Will James Franklin address it, or will he deflect it?
Les Miles will be bombarded with Jeremy Hill questions. Hill is suspended indefinitely from the team, and his future is unknown after he plead guilty to simple battery for his bar fight. You can see the video here.
Kevin Sumlin will also be asked about starting defensive backs Floyd Raven and Deshazor Everett’s suspensions. You can read about the assault charges here.
Showstopper: Who will bring this year’s best one-liners?
“They’ve also got prettier girls, the air’s fresher and the toilet paper’s thicker.” – Missouri receiver T.J. Moe said with a straight face, when talking about the SEC
“Coach tells us to ‘get your piss hot’ to motivate the team.” -Tenarius Wright, about John L. Smith
“Why did those guys tell you that?” – John L. Smith, about players telling media his motivational phrase
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