SEC Media Days Begin Tuesday

The 28th annual SEC Media Days will get started Tuesday with newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M among four teams to meet the press while Arkansas head coach John L. Smith and a trio of Razorback players will be on hand Wednesday.

HOOVER, Ala. – The New Kids on the Block will lead off the 28th annual SEC Media Days on Tuesday afternoon.

New members Missouri and Texas A&M join South Carolina and Vanderbilt in opening up the three-day event at the Wynfrey Hotel that has over 1,110 media members scheduled to attend.

Arkansas – featuring head coach John L. Smith and players Tyler Wilson, Knile Davis and Tenarius Wright – will go before the media beginning at noon on Wednesday.

""That was definitely one of the things we wanted to do, to make sure that Missouri and A&M kicked us off on the first day," said Charles Bloom, the SEC's associate commissioner for media relations, to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "We figured that would provide some excitement. I think Media Days are exciting anyway, but to have two new teams, we thought it'd be best to have the two new ones go first."

Joining the Razorbacks on Wednesday will be five other teams – LSU, Florida, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Auburn.

National champion Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Georgia finish up the event on Thursday morning.

This is the first time in the 28-year history of the SEC Media Days that it has added a Wednesday afternoon session, but that became necessary when he league expanded from 12-14 teams.

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The times and networks of Arkansas' first three football games were announced by the league office on Monday.

The Razorbacks will open against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1 in Fayetteville at 6 p.m. with a game that will be available via pay-per-view.

The Sept. 8th game with Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock will also start at 6 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.

The Arkansas-Alabama battle Sept. 15 in Fayetteville will be nationally televised by CBS with kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

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It was also announced that the Arkansas' coaches radio show would continue this season.

Beginning on Aug. 29, "Razorback Football Live with John L. Smith" will air live at 7 p.m. statewide from the Catfish Hole in Fayetteville.

Smith and two student-athletes will join host Chuck Barrett on each Wednesday except for the open date week of Oct. 17th.

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Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson, offensive lineman Alvin Bailey j and linebacker Alonzo Highsmith oined the plethora of Arkansas grid standouts on watch lists on Monday.

Wilson was one of 25 signal callers pn the Manning Watch List, Bailey was included on the Rotary Lombardi one and Highsmith on the Butkas Award list.

That means 12 current players have now been placed on 2012 Watch Lists.

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Arkansas announced Monday morning that it is launching a TD2012 campaign to help its players get even more national recognition.

The T stands for tough and the D determination.

A release notes that it is "an all- encompassing strategic plan to support and promote multiple Razorback football student-athletes.

That includes launching @ARKTD2012 on Twitter.


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