And we're off!
Parrish Alford is driving, and I'm navigating as we make our way to Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days. It promises to be a full day, with SEC commissioner Mike Slive set to speak at 12:30 p.m., following by coaches and players from Arkansas and Florida.
Mississippi State is up in session two (along with South Carolina), so you'll want to keep it locked on my Twitter feed. I'll have blog updates throughout the day, including some video.
Here are some links to whet your appetite.
• My column on MSU quarterback Chris Relf and the expectations he bears this season.
• Every SEC Western Division team has some burning questions. Here are a few.
If you want to see the coaches and hear what they have to say to the TV folks, you can do so at our website. Or you can watch ESPNU. Some recommended Twitter follows include @SECSportsUpdate and @SEC_Chuck.
Now, to the schedule.
Session I (1-3:50 p.m.)
• Coach: Bobby Petrino. Players: RB Knile Davis, WR Jarius Wright, DE Tenarius Wright.
• 2010 record: 10-3 (6-2 SEC)
• Postseason: Lost to Ohio State, 31-26, in Sugar Bowl
• Coach: Will Muschamp. Players: QB John Brantley, DE William Green, WR Deonte Thompson.
• 2010 record: 8-5 (4-4 SEC)
• Postseason: Defeated Penn State, 37-24, in Outback Bowl
Session II (3:20-6 p.m.)
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
• Coach: Steve Spurrier. Players: WR Alshon Jeffery, RB Marcus Lattimore, DT Travian Robertson.
• 2010 record: 9-5 (5-3 SEC)
• Postseason: Lost to Florida State, 26-17, in Chick-fil-A Bowl
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
• Coach: Dan Mullen. Players: RB Vick Ballard, DT Fletcher Cox, QB Chris Relf.
• 2010 record: 9-4 (4-4 SEC)
• Postseason: Defeated Michigan, 52-14, in Gator Bowl
Looking briefly at the rest of the week, we'll meet with Kentucky, Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee on Thursday; then Alabama, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and LSU on Friday.