SEC Expands Dates, Announces Schedule for 2014 SEC Football Media Days

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 6, 2014

Jul 18, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports.
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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.

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:

2014 SEC Football Media Days Schedule
DateTeam/TitleCoach/Official
Mon, July 14SEC CommissionerMike Slive
Mon, July 14Auburn HCGus Malzahn
Mon, July 14Florida HCWill Muschamp
Mon, July 14Vanderbilt HCDerek Mason
Tue, July 15Mississippi State HCDan Mullen
Tue, July 15South Carolina HCSteve Spurrier
Tue, July 15Tennessee HCButch Jones
Tue, July 15Texas A&M HCKevin Sumlin
Wed, July 16SEC Coordinator of OfficialsSteve Shaw
Wed, July 16SEC NetworkJustin Connolly
Wed, July 16Arkansas HCBret Bielema
Wed, July 16LSU HCLes Miles
Wed, July 16Missouri HCGary Pinkel
Thu, July 17Alabama HCNick Saban
Thu, July 17Georgia HCMark Richt
Thu, July 17Kentucky HCMark Stoops
Thu, July 17Ole Miss HCHugh 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.

Always one of the main attractions, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier will come on day two, along with Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, who will be fielding questions on life without Johnny Manziel.

LSU's Les Miles and SEC West Champion coach Gary Pinkel of Missouri will take the podium on the third day, while Alabama's Nick Saban will do so on day four.

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.