SEC Media Days 2012: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Storylines to Watch
Everybody's excited about this year's SEC football season, and that will be evident in the 2012 SEC Media Days beginning on Tuesday, July 17, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.
Some big names won't be making it to the kickoff event—including South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, Texas A&M's Christine Michael and Georgia's Aaron Murray—but there will still be plenty of star power at the podium and plenty of storylines to examine.
Here's a look at the 2012 SEC Media Days.
When: Tuesday, July 17-Thursday, July 19
Where: Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Ala.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Storylines to Watch
Will Bobby Petrino's exit be a distraction for Arkansas?
Following the Bobby Petrino scandal, Razorbacks players are going to be asked a lot of questions about the former Arkansas head coach.
How the Razorbacks, including new coach John L. Smith, deal with the distractions will be important moving forward. The quicker they start winning games, the better.
Will three of the top running backs in the SEC bounce back after season-ending injuries?
Lattimore, Michael and Arkansas' Knile Davis are all coming off major injuries. It's going to be very interesting how they rebound, because they each hold a part of their respective teams' fate in their hands.
Expect Davis—the only one out of the group who will be at the event—to be faced with plenty of questions.
Will LSU avenge its loss in the BCS Championship Game?
LSU was No. 1 by a landslide headed into the BCS Championship Game last season. Then, the Tigers ran into Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide and got uprooted, 21-0.
LSU will once again field a title contender this season, but do the Tigers have enough to go all the way and finish what they start?
How will Georgia deal with the offseason distractions?
Georgia not only faces suspensions to two of its starters next season (Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree), it also saw backup safety Marc Deas and backup defensive end Derrick Lott leave the program.
Head coach Mark Richt and the Bulldogs need to come together much in the same way they did last season, as they went 10-4 after a 6-7 campaign in 2010. It's going to be a taxing season, but Georgia certainly has the offense to pull it off.
Will Alabama repeat as champions?
Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee no longer dealing with questions about NCAA troubles.
Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee certainly were not popular in the eyes of the NCAA last season, but that time is over and done with. It's time to move on, and all programs must be feeling like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders in 2012.
Speaking of Tennessee—Derek Dooley is still under the microscope.
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley certainly had to deal with a lot last season, but the fact of the matter is he went 5-7. This means he's gone 11-14 overall and 4-12 against the SEC in his two seasons at Tennessee.
For a guy with one winning season in six years as a college football head coach, Dooley needs to prove that he's the man for the job in 2012.
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