One way to tell that college football is just around the corner is the start of college-football media days. Nearly every conference holds media days where coaches and players answer questions about the upcoming season.
The biggest media days might be the weeklong event that the Southeastern Conference holds at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. A massive amount of credentials will be given out as arguably the best football conference holds media days.
SEC media days kickoff Monday, July 11, with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey giving the State of the Conference address and fielding questions. Monday will also see Auburn University, Vanderbilt University and University of Florida coaches and players.
Tuesday begins with Steve Shaw, the SEC coordinator of football officials, as well as coaches and players from the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and Texas A&M University. The second day will also see Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen, linebacker Richie Brown, wide receiver Fred Ross and defensive end A.J. Jefferson.
Day three features coaches and players from the University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky and University of Missouri. Wednesday will see the defending national champion, University of Alabama, take the podium.
SEC media days end on Thursday, July 14, as coaches and players from Louisiana State University and the University of South Carolina speak to the throng of sports reporters. The final day will also feature University of Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze, quarterback Chad Kelly, tight end Evan Engram and defensive tackle D.J. Jones.
The SEC Network will televise all four days of the event Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., from Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from Thursday 9 a.m. to noon.
While the SEC stretches out their event through four days, the SWAC will hold a one-day event. The day after the SEC clears out of Alabama, the SWAC will meet at the Marriott in Birmingham.
In addition to players and coaches, SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at NRG Park Nina Jackson, Coordinator of Football Officials Harold Mitchell, Executive Director of Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl John Grant and other guests will be in attendance and available to the media.
New Jackson State University head coach Tony Hughes will be on hand with quarterback LaMontiez Ivy and defensive end Javancy Jones. Alcorn State University will bring new head coach Fred McNair along with quarterback Lenorris Footman and linebacker Michael Hurns.
Mississippi Valley State University returns coach Rick Comegy, who will be in attendance with wide receiver Booker Chambers and offensive lineman Alvin Soloman. Coaches. Players from the other SWAC teams will be in attendance, as well.
SWAC media day begins at 10 a.m. and will be streamed on the SWAC Digital Network. The conference’s official website, SWAC.org, will carry video and audio of the media day.