We are entering the back half of Day Three at SEC Media Days which for many years would be a time to release the results of preseason polls and awards voting, gather all the loose papers and computer parts around you and get on the road.
Under this year’s four-day format four schools – inlcuding Ole Miss – won’t even hit town until tomorrow.
The new format for Media Days will continue to be evaluated, says associate commissioner Herb Vincent.
“I’ve been thinking that today was the day we’d really get a gauge on peoples’ reactions like, ‘Oh my gosh we’ve got another day,’ or not.”
The new format has allowed for speakers unattached to schools – such as Bill Hancock, the executive director of the new college football playoff – to address media a little longer and not first thing in the morning.
Vincent said it may appear that such speakers have been added to fill time, but that’s not the case. They’re just worked into the program at different times.
“I do think from a format standpoint it’s worked a lot better, because we haven’t had to cram as much stuff into three days. We’ve had those speakers before, but we’ve always put them at like 7:30 in the morning, not during the day,” Vincent said.
The extra day has also thinned the crowd, not from a standpoint of numbers necessarily but from when most media members are actually on site.
“Some groups of people come and go with teams that come and go. You have fewer people here at one time because it’s all spread out. We’re starting to gather that based on when people are picking up credentials and things like that. So far I think it’s made the flow of it go a lot better.”
As many coaches like to say about their depth chart, the four-day format is “etched in sand.” Vincent said the league will seek feedback from media and will play a part in determining what the event looks like moving forward.
“We’re going to send a survey out and get everybody’s feedback. If we need to reevaluate we’ll do that.”