Whether you like or loathe the event that annually turns Birmingham into a three-ring media circus, it marks the unofficial beginning of college football season for most outlets in SEC country.
Alabama will make the media days trip on Thursday morning, along with Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Florida. Coach Nick Saban, center Antoine Caldwell and defensive back Simeon Castille will represent the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas players attending with Coach Houston Nutt will be linebacker Weston Dacus and running back Darren McFadden. Attending with Coach Steve Spurrier will be running back Cory Boyd and linebacker Jasper Brinkley. For Auburn with Tommy Tuberville will be quarterback Brandon Cox and defensive end Quentin Groves, and with Kentucky's Rich Brooks will be quarterback Andre woodson and linebacker Wesley Woodyard.
Media picks for pre-season all-start teams, order of finish votes, etc, will be released on Friday afternoon.
Although most Crimson Tide players have long been on campus throughout the summer, players will officially report for Alabama's fall camp on Thursday, August 2nd, and begin practice on August 3rd. A fan photo/autograph day has been scheduled for Sunday August 5th at Bryant-Denny Stadium, though further details have not been finalized.
The players will go into two-a-day practices after a three-practice acclimation period, and then may practice multiple times per day no more than every other day until University classes begin on Wednesday, August 22nd.
Alabama begins its season, and the Nick Saban era (a friend dubbed it two-thousand Saban) against Western Carolina on September 1. A start time for the game has not yet been determined.