The unofficial start to the college football season happens on Monday when the SEC opens its annual media days in Hoover, Ala. The SEC will be the first conference to host its media days for the 2014 season, and it’s an event unlike any other.
Those in attendance can expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 credentialed media to be in attendance for the event. And there will also be fans there, hoping to get a glimpse, or maybe even an autograph, from their favorite coach and players.
Those coaches and players will answer question after question about the upcoming season. They may also have to answer some strange questions along the way. For example, Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Florida Gators, was once asked if he was a virgin at SEC media days. While those questions are not common, it just proves that anything goes during this four-day football-fest.
The main attractions will be the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban, as well as the Auburn Tigers and their head man Gus Malzahn. Both of those teams are expected to be in the running to make the first college football playoff this year.
And, of course, the Ol’ Ball Coach will be in attendance. Steve Spurrier, head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, will almost always say something that’s worth printing.
SEC Media Days are also a time when every team is full of optimism. Even teams like the Kentucky Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks, who combined for five wins last season, can dream of becoming SEC champions.
The SEC has done a smart thing by moving their media days up a week, so that they have the focus of the entire nation on them during the week. While other conferences will contend for attention over the next few weeks, the first week belongs to the nation’s top football conference, as it should.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.