SEC talks the talk at Media Days

07/13/2014 10:20 PM

07/14/2014 9:57 AM

Southeastern Conference football coaches and players put on their game faces and bring their best efforts in front of a national audience.

Yes, SEC Media Days have arrived.

The league has so much to say that the SEC has spread its annual preseason gabfest over four days. The yakking extends through Thursday.

But no conference talks the talk like the SEC, and this year’s conversations will bring the usual amount of who’s best (Alabama), who’s new (Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason is the lone new coach), who’s the top Heisman candidate (Georgia’s Todd Gurley) and who’s this year’s undersold team, like Missouri last year (Missouri this year).

Similar questions are common to all conferences. What makes the SEC preseason gathering unique is the color-outside-the-line queries. Some of the greatest hits: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow discussing his virginity, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel likening himself to Justin Bieber and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier being himself.

This week, several topics should dominate air time:

The SEC Network: The Aug. 14 launch date approaches, and several major carriers have signed on. Among those that haven’t is Time Warner Cable, dominant in Kansas City.

Quarterback transition: Most of the star power has moved on. No more Manziel, Georgia’s Aaron Murray or Alabama’s AJ McCarron. The new guard includes Auburn’s Nick Marshall, Mississippi’s Bo Wallace and Missouri’s Maty Mauk.

The College Football Playoff: With the SEC batting leadoff among major conferences in media days, their coaches’ opinions will set the early tone on the new four-team tournament.

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