SEC Media Days has a long history, part of it including the old Skywriters tour where media would travel by plane to the different campuses. I was never part of that.
These days it kind of signals the beginning of football season for us, although the SEC has moved it up a week on the calendar.
It used to be an event where coaches would talk mostly about their teams, their depth charts and their prospects for the coming season. There's still a lot of that, and some coaches will use team talk as a fillibuster effort before they get to the Q-and-A portion of their team on the podium.
Much of Media Days has become coaches' response to the topics of the day, an SEC reaction fo current events. Along those lines, here are a few topics - in no certain order - I figure will be floated/discussed at Media Days.
Paterno/Penn State: What's the impact of the story on other campuses? Has it caused other schools to evaluate what they're doing, put new security measures in place?
Texas A&M and Missouri: There will be lots of questions about the new guys.
Eric Hyman: One of those questions may center on A&M's hiring of a sitting SEC athletics director by luring Hyman away from South Carolina to guide the Aggies into a new frontier.
College Football Expansion: Are we experiencing a calm before another round of movement?
College football playoff system: Will it work? Will it stay at four teams? How will it affect the bowl structure?
Bobby Petrino: Can Arkansas survive its wild off-season with a one-year contract for interim coach John L. Smith and become a serious challenger in the SEC West?
Tyrann Mathieu: Is LSU's Honey Badger the best defensive player in college football as he says?
Kristen Saban: Will Nick Saban be asked about a lawsuit filed against his daughter as a result of a fight with a sorority sister? In some fashion it will. Maybe an Alabama spokesman will say beforehand that Saban will not entertain questions about his daughter. That's his right. But even in doing so the topic has been addressed. Should it be asked? No, coaches and players are due some privacy, but Tim Tebow asked a few years ago if he was a virgin, so anything is likely to be asked.