SEC Media Day Notes: Day One

SEC Media Days got kicked off on Tuesday with Mike Slive giving a State of the Southeastern Conference address.

Before SEC Media Days kicked off on Tuesday the conference announced early kickoff times for the upcoming football season. Auburn's first three games will all be night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium as the Tigers open the season at 6 p.m. on ESPNU vs. Washington State on Aug. 31.

The second game of the season vs. Arkansas State on on Sept. 7 will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Auburn's SEC opener on Sept. 14 against Mississippi State will kick off at 6 p.m. Central and could be on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.

Full Early SEC Schedule:

Thursday, August 29

North Carolina at South Carolina (ESPN – 6 p.m. ET)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (ESPN – 9:15 p.m. ET)

Saturday, August 31

Toledo at Florida (SEC Network – 12:21 p.m. ET)
Rice at Texas A&M (ESPN – 1 p.m. ET)
Miss. State vs. Oklahoma State [Houston] (ABC and ESPN2 – 3:30 p.m. ET)
La. Lafayette at Arkansas (FSN – 4 p.m. ET)
Virginia Tech vs. Alabama [Atlanta] (ESPN – 5:30 p.m. ET)
Austin Peay at Tennessee (PPV – 6 p.m. ET)
Washington State at Auburn (ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky [Nashville] (ESPNews – 7 p.m. ET)
Georgia at Clemson (ABC – 8 p.m. ET)
TCU vs. LSU [Arlington] (ESPN – 9 p.m. ET)
Murray State at Missouri (PPV – TBA)

Saturday, September 7

Florida at Miami (ESPN - 12 p.m. ET)
Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky (FSN – 12 p.m. ET)
Western Kentucky at Tennessee (SEC Network – 12:21 p.m. ET)
Toledo at Missouri (ESPNU – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Alcorn State at Miss. State (CSS – 3:30 p.m. ET)
South Carolina at Georgia (ESPN – 4:30 p.m. ET)
Samford at Arkansas [Little Rock] (PPV – 7 p.m. ET)
UAB at LSU (ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
SE Missouri at Ole Miss (PPV – 7 p.m. ET)
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M (PPV – 7 p.m. ET)
Arkansas State at Auburn (FSN – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt (CSS – 7:30 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 14

Louisville at Kentucky (ESPN – 12 p.m. ET)
Southern Miss at Arkansas (SEC Network – 12:21 p.m. ET)
Alabama at Texas A&M (CBS – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Tennessee at Oregon (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Miss. State at Auburn (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Vanderbilt at South Carolina (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Kent State at LSU (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU – 7 p.m. ET)
Ole Miss at Texas (Longhorn Network – 8 p.m. ET)

Other Announced Games

Oct. 19 - CBS Doubleheader (CBS – 12/3:30 p.m. ET)
Oct. 24 - Kentucky at Miss. State (ESPN – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Nov. 2 - Georgia vs. Florida [Jacksonville] (CBS – 3:30 p.m. ET)
Nov. 9 - CBS Doubleheader (CBS – 3:30/8:00 p.m. ET
Nov. 28 - Ole Miss at Miss. State (ESPN – 7:30 p.m. ET)
Nov. 29 - Arkansas at LSU (CBS – 2:30 p.m. ET)
Dec. 7 - SEC Championship Game (Atlanta)(CBS – 4 p.m. ET)

Mike Slive notes:

*Slive said the SEC is still reviewing whether or not to change the SEC schedule from eight games to nine games.

*Slive mentioned the league had the Heisman Trophy winner for the fourth time in the last six years.

*He noted the SEC is now up to 86 total national championships in all sports since 2000.

*Slive said that the league has some athletes who have had "unacceptable behavior" and said it is a "crushing disappointment: when that happens. He said despite that the vast majority of SEC athletes do the right things.

*The commissioner said last season the men's basketball performance of the league did not meet expectations so that is why Mark Whitworth has been assigned to help improve the league in that sport.

*The SEC Network is still being put together. Slive said they are going through each campus to make sure every school is prepared to broadcast on the network.

*He said the network will have a triple-header in football every Saturday and a two-hour preview show will originate from a different campus each weekend of the season.

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