SEC Media Day 2010, Morning Session

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The master plan is this--48 potential interviewees from the SEC schools--24 head coaches, and 24 players--pile into the Marriott Hotel to be targets of the media following the Southeastern Conference.

In basketball, as in life, there are the "haves," and the "have nots." Nothing could more clearly demonstrate this principle than the SEC Media Day morning session, at which some tables were largely vacant--and others jam-packed.

Kentucky's John Calipari was the ringmaster of the SEC media circus this morning, attracting near-legions of writers and other media members anxious to get the latest on the Kentucky head coach. The crowds swirled around Calipari as if he were the hit rapper Drake at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness. But then again, he probably is in this genre.

Patrick Patterson, the preseason media pick for Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, drew a respectable crowd, but nothing like his rock star head coach. And in this case, the opening act--both Calipari and Patterson assumed the position at 8:00 a.m. local time to tip off the event--were much more than the warm-up acts for the following performers.

The morning session also featured head coaches and players from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. Respectable crowds were drawn for guys like MSU head coach Rick Stansbury and his player of the year candidate Jarvis Varnado, and hometown favorite Anthony Grant, new head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

This afternoon will bring Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina to the interview room. The always-colorful Bruce Pearl of Tennessee is sure to be a headliner as well.
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