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SEC Media Days: Where Auburn Fits in the Mix

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Fans file into the stadium before the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Expectations seem to be one of the factors that determine the dread or the joy on fans' faces the third week of July. SEC Media Days are once again upon us, and the Auburn faithful are looking for some hope and determination from a new staff and underachieving talent.

What does the SEC have to expect from the next three days of interviews and off the cuff talks? Who knows, but some things seem to be predetermined.

What can Auburn expect from these SEC media days? Last year the hope was that the Tigers from the plains would take home the SEC West crown. Auburn was sitting pretty atop the votes of the media and the majority of those folks following the SEC. Don’t expect the same to occur again.

Auburn will more than likely be picked to finish fourth or fifth in the standings. That is about what they deserve from the performance that was on the field last year. Nothing screams success at this point.

With that being said, what should be expected of Gene Chizik? The time spent in front of the media and cameras so far in his time at Auburn has been less than wild and crazy. It has been pretty vanilla for the most part. Expect Chizik to keep up with the same status quo of vague answers and “at the end of the day” references. He has done a phenomenal job of keeping himself under the radar since his arrival was so well documented.

He will speak of Auburn’s obvious potential but the setbacks that occur with staff changes and with new schemes come transitional results. Without saying it directly, Chizik will lead the Auburn faithful down the road of low expectations and the possibilty of growing pains.

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Auburn fans should not expect much from these guys, but expect the media to pry into the recruiting techniques. Last week I touched on whether they seem to be working or not. The jury still seems to be out on the tactics thus far simply because there just have not been the big five and four star commitments yet.

Auburn seems to continue to build the steam for the recruiting trail sprint to February, and has a solid class so far for that matter, but some major players need to land on the plains soon. Corey Grant is set to announce on Thursday. Depending on which fan base you follow, he is a “lock” for Auburn or Alabama. Grant would be a huge pickup to a lot of time, effort, and articles about the Auburn recruiting trail.

Expect Media Days to be pretty uneventful. Chizik is not a quote machine like some others in the league and with Auburn expected to have another down year on the gridiron, recruiting may be the hot topic in Birmingham. Depending on the decision made on Thursday, Friday may be a great day for Auburn in front of the cameras.