You didn’t ask for it, and yet here it is: your live thread for the first day of SEC Media Days.
After spending years going to Hoover, Alabama, the SEC has ditched the Birmingham suburb for the big city: Atlanta. (Woohoo!) For a large event, being in a larger city makes sense, but there will undoubtedly be complaints about moving things to Atlanta, particularly for media covering schools in the western half of the conference: Atlanta is a much longer trip for them than Birmingham is.
The obvious storyline all week (aside from Paul Finebaum’s renewed contract with ESPN, which means that he’ll be here all week) is that the SEC will have five coaches here for the first time. Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt, Arkansas’s Chad Morris, and Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead are head coaches in the conference for the first time — and while Ole Miss’s Matt Luke is technically entering his second year, he wasn’t the head coach at Media Days last year. The sixth new head coach in the league, Florida’s Dan Mullen, has of course been here before.
The SEC Network will be covering this live starting at 9 AM CT, and I’m assuming that if you’re at work you can follow along on the SEC Radio Network, which is a thing if you didn’t know about it. The SEC Network+ will also have its own cutaways to coaches at the podium. Here is today’s schedule.
10:30 AM CT: Commissioner Greg Sankey
11:45 AM CT: Texas A&M Head Coach Jimbo Fisher (players: DL Kingsley Keke, OL Erik McCoy, RB Trayveon Williams)
1:00 PM CT: Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops (players: LB Josh Allen, TE C.J. Conrad, RB Benny Snell Jr.)
3:00 PM CT: LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron (players: LB Devin White, DE Rashard Lawrence, TE Foster Moreau, plus presumably Ed Orgeron’s translator)
3:30 PM CT: PAWWWWWWWWWWWL