SEC Media Days 2014: Day 4 Schedule, Live Stream, Participants and Predictions

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide arrives at the stadium before playing the Oklahoma Sooners in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The four-day preseason bonanza known as the SEC media days will come to a close on Thursday. Although the event rarely yields ground-breaking information, the mere fact the return of football is right around the corner helps generate buzz.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is the headline participant on the final day. His Crimson Tide group highlights another full slate of four programs, which also includes Georgia, Ole Miss and Kentucky to complete the event.

Let's check out all of the important details for the last two sessions of the conference's media days. That information is followed by a schedule of anticipated interviewees and some predictions for what to expect from Thursday's action.

 

Viewing Information

Where: The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama

When: Thursday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

Day 4 Schedule

2014 SEC Media Days - Day 4
Session ICoachPlayerPlayerPlayer
GeorgiaMark RichtChris ConleyTodd GurleyRamik Wilson
Ole MissHugh FreezeC.J. JohnsonCody PrewittBo Wallace
Session IICoachPlayerPlayerPlayer
AlabamaNick SabanLandon CollinsAmari CooperChristion Jones
KentuckyMark StoopsBud DupreeJordan SwindleZa'Darius Smith
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Predictions

Nick Saban Will Create Plenty of Headlines

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It's not because Saban will say anything overly interesting. He's a veteran of these media-day spectacles and has learned that the less you can say, the better. Rather, the position he's in means whatever he says will become headline news for the 24 hours that follow.

Alabama's consistent dominance over the past handful of years is unmatched. Saban's recruiting power has played a crucial role in that success. It was even enough to draw praise from one of his SEC rivals, as noted by USA Today Sports:

His response to those remarks as well as those about his team's outlook, as it's once again viewed as a top contender, are the most likely to yield headline-grabbing answers. That said, regardless of what he says, he'll probably be the most talked about person when the day ends.

 

Todd Gurley Begins to Understand Heisman Pressure

Gurley has racked up over 2,900 yards from scrimmage and 33 touchdowns over his first two seasons at Georgia. Now, with quarterback Aaron Murray having departed for the NFL, the running back is likely to take on an even bigger role in the offense.

So his appearance at the media days will feature questions about his Heisman chances. One thing he already made clear to Edward Aschoff of ESPN is that he doesn't plan on seeking a reduced workload with an eye on saving himself for the next level:

That's never been the case for me. The NFL isn't going anywhere. It's not like I'm going to be getting drafted [this fall]. I just have to make sure I'm focused on now and getting better every day so that can help me out for my future and basically doing it for my team.

One thing that comes with rising expectations is more external pressure. More media attention is part of that, which will start on Thursday and continue to build if he has a monster season. Handling those potential distractions is key for Gurley.

 

There Won't Be Any Controversial Comments

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 02:  Mark Stoops the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats watches the action during the game against the Alabama State Hornets at Commonwealth Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Every year people wait for any controversial or outlandish comments to emerge from these media days. Rarely does anybody deliver because there's an understanding that's exactly what people are waiting to jump on.

That's particularly true by day four of the event. By now, everybody who's speaking on Thursday has seen how even the smallest things can become a notable talking point. So expect to hear a lot of basic stock answers from players and coaches alike.

Make no mistake, every effort will be made to create a little tension, but don't expect any verbal fireworks. The programs have all prepared their representatives for the day ahead. It should come and go without any major developments.