1.WELCOMING THE NEWCOMERS- For the first time since 1991, the SEC will welcome two newcomers this season. Texas A&M and Missouri bring new television markets and new offenses to a league that has prided itself on strong defense. The clash on the field between the two challenges will be a fun one to watch.Until then, the two head coaches will be stuck talking about it at the podium at The Wynfrey Hotel.
First-year head coach Kevin Sumlin has the challenge of rebuilding the Texas A&M offense after the team lost its starting quarterback, running back and a wide receiver. Sumlin's offense put up eye-popping numbers at Houston, but SEC defenses will pose a bigger challenge.
The first impression of a first-year coach is often considered to happen when they take the podium of in Hoover, but history has shown the coaches that bring the house down aren't always the ones that are successful. Sumlin has dealt with a Heisman Trophy candidate with his former quarterback Case Keenum, so he should be prepared for a big setting.
Gary Pinkel's press conference could be more interesting after he was arrested in November for DWI. Pinkel's team used its spread offense to end the season 12th in the nation in total offense. Of course, the defense of Big 12 teams and SEC teams have proven to be different in recent years.
2. FLORIDA QUARTERBACK BATTLE- This headline won't have the national attention that a quarterback battle in Gainesville would have produced in recent years, but the competition between Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel will be addressed publicly for the first time since Muschamp went on his speaking tour in the spring. However, don't let that create expectations of him giving any real answers. Muschamp hasn't been able to see the quarterbacks on the field this summer because of NCAA rules and will likely use as much time as possible before making a decision.While speaking to the media in the spring, Muschamp harped on the importance of quarterbacks taking leadership in the offseason. He wanted to see his two sophomores organizing practices and encouraging the pass catchers to head to the practice field. He'll provide the first update since the spring on how that is going when he speaks to the media this week.
3. ACADEMIC PROGRESS- Wednesday morning will be the first time Muschamp speaks since his freshman class started to experience its academic hurdles. Dante Phillips was denied admission to Florida and his appeal was also denied.Dante Fowler went through a hold up before he was eventually accepted. Florida is still waiting on five-star defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard to be cleared, but reports are that he will be fine for the start of the fall.