Sankey talks satellite camps, men’s basketball _lowres

Southeastern Conference commissioner, Greg Sankey, stands for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. SEC coaches and athletic directors will convene next week with familiar topics on the agenda, including football recruiting in general and satellite camps in particular, along with strengthening men’s basketball across the league. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


In the spotlight: Monday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Coach: Jim McElwain

Players: LB Jarrad Davis, DB Marcus Maye, OL David Sharpe

Hot take: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before — the Gators have defense but no offense. That has been a trend since Urban Meyer left the program in 2010. Florida’s offense emerged from the doldrums during the first half of McElwain’s first season last year but quickly plummeted after the NCAA suspended QB Will Grier. Is transfer Luke Del Rio, son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, the answer?


In the spotlight: Tuesday, 9:05 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Coach: Kirby Smart

Players: TE Jeb Blazevich, OL Brandon Kublanow, DB Dominick Sanders

Hot take: Nick Chubb. Nick Chubb. Nick Chubb. Smart’s first season with the Bulldogs might hinge on the running back’s recovery from a significant knee injury. A Heisman Trophy hopeful before that injury ended his season in October, Chubb took carries in noncontact drills during spring and is expected to be fully healthy by preseason camp. Is it Chubb or bust? Not necessarily: The Bulldogs have to find a QB, too.


In the spotlight: Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Coach: Mark Stoops

Players: RB Jojo Kemp, LB Courtney Love, OL Jon Toth

Hot take: The Wildcats’ November record the past two seasons is 1-7. They started 5-1 in 2014 and 4-1 last year before nose-diving in the second half of the year. Seeking his first bowl trip, Stoops brought in new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran from Tommy Tuberville’s Cincinnati program. Gran takes over a unit with nine returning starters. The Wildcats get home games against South Carolina, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.


In the spotlight: Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Coach: Barry Odom

Players: TE Sean Culkin, DE Charles Harris, LB Michael Scherer

Hot take: The offensive line looks to be the Tigers’ biggest concern. In fact, because of injury, Missouri had eight scholarship offensive linemen during spring drills. Depth is a problem, and so is experience. Meanwhile, sophomore QB Drew Lock must improve on last year’s completion percentage (49.0), and the Tigers need Odom, the former defensive coordinator at Memphis, to create havoc with his unit.

South Carolina

In the spotlight: Thursday, 9:05 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Coach: Will Muschamp

Players: DL Marquavius Lewis, WR Deebo Samuel, OL Mason Zandi

Hot take: Ever heard of a five-man starting quarterback battle? South Carolina has one. After a year away, Muschamp returns to the SEC as a head coach, getting a second chance with the Gamecocks after his Florida Gators flopped during a four-year run in Gainesville. Awaiting him in Columbia was a hole at the most important position. Incumbent starter Perry Orth is battling four others, including two true freshmen.


In the spotlight: Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Coach: Butch Jones

Players: QB Joshua Dobbs, LB Jalen Reeves‐Maybin, DB Cameron Sutton

Hot take: SEC East champions? Expectations haven’t been this high on Rocky Top in a decade. Many are projecting the Volunteers to win their division and advance to Atlanta for the first time since 2007. Like LSU, they return 18 starters, including an upperclassman quarterback and a fully stocked, veteran backfield. Also like LSU, the Vols have a snazzy new defensive coordinator (ex-Penn State DC Bob Shoop) who’s reshaping the unit.


In the spotlight: Monday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Coach: Derek Mason

Players: LB Zach Cunningham, LB Oren Burks, RB Ralph Webb

Hot take: The Commodores made progress last season in Mason’s second year, going from 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC to 4-8 and 2-6. Still, the coach seems to enter Year 3 as one of several coaches on the hot seat. Vanderbilt hasn’t gone three straight seasons with five or fewer losses since 2005-07. Cunningham, the surprise of the SEC last year, leads the Commodores into 2016.

Follow Ross Dellenger on Twitter, @RossDellenger