What To Expect At SEC Media Days

The expectation from Southeastern Conference Football Media Days being held in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover this week is there won't be a surprise. It's true that it would be a surprise if there was real news from the event, but that doesn't mean there might not be a surprise.

On Thursday, look for a couple of surprises. That's the big day of the event, which begins Wednesday and ends Friday.

Thursday features Alabama with Coach Nick Saban and players offensive guard Mike Johnson and linebacker Rolando McClain; Florida with Coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Tim Tebow and linebacker Brandon Spikes; Ole Miss with Coach Houston Nutt, safety Kendrick Lewis (replacing defensive end Greg Hardy who was injured in a recent automobile accident); and Georgia with Coach Mark Richt, quarterback Joe Cox and defensive tackle Jeff Owens.

Primary surprise on Thursday could be that Saban doesn't jump down the throat of every reporter who asks him a question; however, he will approach snap point when he gets the question about how many players are lost and how many more must be lost to reach the NCAA scholarship limit of 85 by the time practice starts on August 6.

The second biggest surprise on Thursday will be that Saban won't be the most arrogant coach taking the podium. Meyer has even passed Steve Spurrier for that honor.

SEC Media Days begins Wednesday with Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson (and cornerback Myron Lewis and center Bradley Verling), Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino (defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard and tight end D.J. Williams), Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen (offensive tackle Derek Sherrod and linebacker K.J. Wright), and Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks (offensive tackle Zipp Duncan and cornerback Trevard Lindley).

The biggest surprise on Wednesday will be if one of the Florida sportswriters or broadcasters fails to glad hand Mullen, who had been running the offense for the Gators before replacing Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State.

(The Florida boys will have to regroup their fawns for Tebow on Thursday.)

It will also be a surprise if there isn't at least one column written Wednesday suggesting that Johnson could be a big winner if he could just get a job away from Nashville. That same column would be written about Brooks except that he's closer to 70 than 60.

Friday has the other two new head coaches making appearances. The lineup is Auburn Coach Gene Chizik (defensive end Antonio Coleman and tight end Tommy Trott), South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier (wide receiver Moe Brown and linebacker Eric Norwood), Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin (safety Eric Berry and running back Montario Hardesty), and LSU Coach Les Miles (offensive tackle Ciron Black and linebacker Jacob Cutrera).

It would be a surprise if Saban feels the love from the Friday group. No problem. Not going to happen.

The prediction here is that the biggest surprise of SEC Media Days is that on Friday Kiffin will not make a fool of himself. Okay, it's a shaky prediction.

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