The Southeastern Conference announced its official schedule for football media days on Tuesday.
The annual press gathering featuring all head coaches and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey will take place at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama, from Monday, July 11, through Thursday, July 14.
|2016 SEC Football Media Days Schedule|
|Monday, July 11||Coach|
|SEC||Commissioner Greg Sankey|
|Tuesday, July 12||Coach|
|Mississippi State||Dan Mullen|
|Texas A&M||Kevin Sumlin|
|Wednesday, July 13||Coach|
|Thursday, July 14||Coach|
|Ole Miss||Hugh Freeze|
|South Carolina||Will Muschamp|
Day 2 is arguably the most interesting on the slate because former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will take the podium as Georgia's new head coach. It ought to be interesting to hear from the SEC's most notable new hire as Smart follows up a largely successful tenure by Mark Richt.
Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin will be the last coach to address the media that day, which should be a fascinating situation as well—albeit a tough one for Sumlin to handle.
Blue-chip quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray both transferred from College Station to Houston and Oklahoma, respectively. In an interview with Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, Allen listed the Aggies' Johnny Manziel-influenced culture as a reason for the program's dysfunction.
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After guiding Alabama to its fourth national title in the past seven years, head coach Nick Saban kicks off Day 3 and should have plenty to talk about thanks to a magnificent recruiting class that ranks No. 1 in the nation, per 247Sports' composite rankings.
Although Saban is known for being a bit dry, his businesslike approach and undeniably prolific results should have plenty of college football fans tuning in to see what he says.
As mentioned in Tuesday's press release, the SEC became the first conference to win nine postseason games this past bowl season. The Tide's two College Football Playoff victories helped, but it goes to show how the conference once again lived up to its reputation as the nation's best.
That makes all Saban has achieved at the helm in Tuscaloosa all the more impressive, as his counterparts will begin to shed some light at the media days on how they plan to stem the mighty Crimson Tide in 2016.