A few thoughts from SEC Media Days
Another SEC Media function has come and gone and it is amazing what is has become. Over 1100 media members were credentialed for the event and 33 radio stations did shows from the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. I remember covering this event back in the 1980′s when it was much more intimate and coaches would often just stand in the lobby and visit with reporters, often times without notes being taken or cameras rolling. My how times have changed. I suppose it’s the price of progress.
SABAN IS IMPRESSIVE
As always, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban was impressive. He didn’t just show up and talk. Saban had a message and stayed on point. He answered questions with concise and clear answers. He works the media just as impressively as he works the sideline and it’s easy to see why he is one of college football’s top coaches. Saban has the “it” factor that the special ones all to seem to have.
Reporters covering the SEC Media Days picked LSU to win the Western Division with Alabama second. Rounding out the picks in the West were Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The pick in the East Division was Georgia with South Carolina in second place. Those two were followed by Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. LSU was picked to defeat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Most media members believe LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in the conference again this season. Obviously, only one can play in Atlanta and the general feeling is that LSU has the edge since the Tigers will host the Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge on November 3rd.
FRANKLIN DOESN’T LACK CONFIDENCE
Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin is off to a great start in Nashville and after listening to him talk in Hoover last week, count me among those that believe he has the ability to do some things in Nashville that we haven’t seen. It seemed clear to me that Franklin really does believe that Vandy can compete for an Eastern Division Championship but more importantly he has a plan in place to make it happen. If you look back at the Commodores last season, they were just a few plays away from competing for the East Division Title in 2011. This season, Vandy has 16 returning starters and a confidence level not often seen in Music City. Look out for the Commodores.
CASE FOR THE QUARTERBACKS
It’s popular opinion that quarterback is the most important position on a football team. If that’s true, the SEC is in great shape this season. Ten of the 14 SEC teams return their starting quarterback led by Tyler Wilson at Arkansas, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Alabama signal called AJ McCarron. Wilson was selected by the media as the first team All-SEC pre-season quarterback. Murray made the second team and McCarron was the choice as the third team All-SEC quarterback.
ALABAMA FAN DAY IS SET
One of the most popular days of the year is Alabama’s annual football fan day. This year it’s set Sunday, August 5th. The team will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium with players and coaches available for autographs immediately after the practice on the field. My advice is to get there early! Until next time…
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