Mark your calendar: The slate is set for college football's biggest offseason circus, the SEC media days.
Southeastern Conference communications director Chuck Dunlap tweeted Thursday morning that the event will be expanded to a fourth day, spanning from July 14-17.
SEC Football Media Days will be held July 14-17 at the Birmingham Hyatt/Wynfrey. The event will be expanded to four days.— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) February 6, 2014
Once again, the event will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. It will be broadcast on the ESPN networks.
According to an SEC release, a more detailed schedule with information on student-athlete interview times will be released at a later date, but the initial schedule is as follows:
|Mon, July 14||SEC Commissioner||Mike Slive|
|Mon, July 14||Auburn HC||Gus Malzahn|
|Mon, July 14||Florida HC||Will Muschamp|
|Mon, July 14||Vanderbilt HC||Derek Mason|
|Tue, July 15||Mississippi State HC||Dan Mullen|
|Tue, July 15||South Carolina HC||Steve Spurrier|
|Tue, July 15||Tennessee HC||Butch Jones|
|Tue, July 15||Texas A&M HC||Kevin Sumlin|
|Wed, July 16||SEC Coordinator of Officials||Steve Shaw|
|Wed, July 16||SEC Network||Justin Connolly|
|Wed, July 16||Arkansas HC||Bret Bielema|
|Wed, July 16||LSU HC||Les Miles|
|Wed, July 16||Missouri HC||Gary Pinkel|
|Thu, July 17||Alabama HC||Nick Saban|
|Thu, July 17||Georgia HC||Mark Richt|
|Thu, July 17||Kentucky HC||Mark Stoops|
|Thu, July 17||Ole Miss HC||Hugh Freeze|
Official SEC Release
Vanderbilt's Derek Mason will be the only first-timer at the media days this season, and he'll go on the same day as SEC champion Gus Malzahn, who was a first-timer just last year.
Each of the last three SEC media days have drawn more than 1,000 attendees with a record 1,239 last season.
With character coaches like Spurrier, Saban and Miles, the media days are always a great show.
Last year's media days were highlighted by banter between coaches and the rockstar status Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
With that duo and several other SEC stars heading to the next level, it'll be interesting to see which players take center stage this year.
Another hot-button topic last season was the upcoming release of the SEC Network. With the network to be launched in August, that is sure to be the case yet again.