SEC Releases Scheduled Coach Times for 2014 Football Media Days in July

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 20-21 - FILE - In this July 17, 2013, file photo, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football media days in Hoover, Ala. The coaching churn was heavy in the SEC during the offseason and now four new faces make their debut this fall: Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Kentucky's Mark Stoops, Tennessee's Butch Jones and Arkansas' Bielema, (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
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Love it, hate it or be frightened by its ludicrous magnitude—it doesn't matter. SEC media days are approaching.

Scheduled to take place, as usual, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama, the new four-day format of the event will run from July 14-17 and once again be our beacon that college football season is near—even if we're all just standing around in suits or in front of the TV watching sunburnt middle-aged men at a podium.

Those dates have been scheduled since the winter, but on Tuesday the SEC Digital Network released the itinerary for the spectacle, which includes the order and times of the featured speakers.

Here is a full look at the schedule (h/t Brandon Marcello of for the transcription):



Session I:  11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Auburn will begin rotation at 11:30 a.m.)

Commissioner Slive

Auburn - Gus Malzahn

Session II:  2:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. 

Florida - Will Muschamp

Vanderbilt - Derek Mason


Session I:  9 a.m. - Noon

South Carolina - Steve Spurrier

Miss. State - Dan Mullen

Session II:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Texas A&M - Kevin Sumlin

Tennessee - Butch Jones


Session I:  9 a.m. - Noon

Steve Shaw / Justin Connolly

Missouri - Gary Pinkel

Session II:  1 p.m. - 4 pm

LSU - Les Miles

Arkansas - Bret Bielema


Session I:  9 am - Noon

Georgia - Mark Richt

Ole Miss - Hugh Freeze

Session II:  Noon - 3 p.m.

Alabama - Nick Saban

Kentucky - Mark Stoops


The only real development is the addition of the times. As Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee reminds us, the order of speakers—which is always of intrigue—was released before Tuesday's announcement:

Of the session-by-session pairings, nothing jumps off the page as particularly intriguing. Steve Spurrier will probably come up with some way to troll Mississippi State right before Dan Mullen—another former Florida coach—comes up to the podium.

But let's be honest: He would have found a way to do that to anybody. Mullen is just the unlucky sap who drew the short straw.

The other thing that sticks out is the distance between Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Those two, of course, were involved in a tacit war of words concerning the 10-second run-off rule Saban allegedly proposed to—and saw rejected by—the NCAA rules committee this offseason.

"For a rule to be changed, it has to be under the umbrella of health and safety," Malzahn told Bryan Matthews of Auburn Undercover. "And the fact that there’s absolutely zero evidence, documented evidence, that is hazardous on the pace of play, only opinions."

Malzahn will speak first and Saban will speak second-to-last among SEC head coaches, but that will not prevent player safety, how it relates to pace of play and the allegedly proposed rule from becoming the dominant storyline at media days.