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

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SEC Expands Dates, Announces Schedule for 2014 SEC Football Media Days
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

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
Date Team/Title Coach/Official
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.

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. 

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