SEC Football Media Days Arrive

The SEC Football Media Days will begin Tuesday with commissioner Mike Slive and four of the league's 14 teams while Arkansas is slated for Wednesday - the same day that controversial Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M will arrive and be in the spotlight.

HOOVER, Ala. - The unofficial start to the SEC football season gets underway here at the Wynfrey Hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

That's when league commissioner Mike Slive will kick off the SEC Media Days, a three-day event that will have the eye of the college football world as well ESPN's "College Football Live" as part of over 1,200 credential press members on hand to preview a league that has won seven straight national championships.

Arkansas first-year head coach Bret Bielema is among four new program heads that will be on hand along with Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Tennessee's Butch Jones and Kentucky's Mike Stoops.

"It is something that I am really looking forward to," Bielema said earlier this summer. "It lets you know that real football is right around the corner."

Up the first day will be Slive in addition to four teams - South Carolina, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

That will lead into Wednesday when Arkansas will join Texas A&M, LSU and Kentucky in addition to SEC Director of Officials Steve Shaw.

The Razorbacks are bringing senior center Travis Swanson, senior defensive end Chris Smith and senior fullback Keiro Small for the event.

They will be overshadowed – as most everything will be – by the arrival that day of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. Manziel has had a tumultous off season and his press conference at 9:10 a.m. CST on Wednesday will be carried live by ESPN.

The final day of the event on Thursday will see the 2013 media All-SEC team and predictions being announced as well as two-time defending national champion Alabama joining Tennesse, Ole Miss and Georgia on hand for interviews.

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