As noon approached, dozens of Alabama fans mingled in the lobby, waiting for a look at the coaches/players or an autograph. In this photo, Tide running back Kenneth Darby autographs a football for a fan.
An Alabama fan, who obviously hasn't forgotten the Tide's 6-3 win last season over Tennessee, models her T-shirt.
Offensive tackle Brian Stamper and linebacker Jonathan Goff, both of whom are All-SEC candidates, were left mostly unbothered by autograph-seeking fans. Nonetheless, they dutifully readied themselves for a media blitz.
A late-arriving Coach Bobby Johnson warms up with "Voice of the Commodores" Joe Fisher.
The Commodores' contingent for 2006: from left, Johnson, Stamper and Goff. "Don't be nervous," Johnson advised the two players. "Just relax and enjoy it."
Johnson was soon ushered into the TV media area, where multiple TV stations hung on his words.
For the umpteenth time, Stamper answers that yes, there can be "life after Jay Cutler."
For 40 minutes, Johnson fielded questions from the print media. "I don't know how close we are to other schools, but we're a lot better than we were three years ago," he told them.
Sitting at a table with the print media firing questions, Goff patiently answered every question thrown at him.
Afterwards, both players and coach headed back downstairs to do "Radio Row", from which 21 radio stations were doing live remotes. Here, Johnson does a live interview with "The Sports Animal."
Goff and Stamper do an interview with Nashville's 104.5 "The Zone", the flagship station of Vanderbilt football.
Photos copyright 2006 by Brent Wiseman for VandyMania.com.