Q: Whose seat is the hottest?
We entered last year’s media days with no coach on the hot seat. That was a rarity, and it didn’t last long. We enter this year’s event with, at least, three coaches sporting warm buns: Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, LSU’s Les Miles and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Everything’s not necessarily rosy at Kentucky and Vanderbilt, either.
Q: How will media days survive without Steve Spurrier?
For the first time since 2005 and for just the fourth time since 1990, Steve Spurrier won’t be on the podium at the SEC's yearly media festival. He’s the darling of the event — a brash, comical figure whom many reporters look forward to hearing from each year. Arkansas’ Bret Bielema will have to pick up the slack.
Q: Where are the quarterbacks?
Each SEC team brings three player representatives to media days. That’s 42 players. How many quarterbacks are coming this year? Three. A&M’s Trevor Knight, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs are the only passers making the trip. Quarterbacks are often the stars of the media days circus, but it'll be quiet under the big top for that position this year.
Q: How will the rookies fare?
A new coach’s first media days is a baptism by fire, a walk across the coals. It’s always fun to see how they handle things. There are three new coaches in the league (Missouri’s Barry Odom, Georgia’s Kirby Smart and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp), but Muschamp, the ex-Florida coach, knows the ropes.
Q: Who will draw the biggest crowd?
We’re not talking about coaches here, but players. Fournette is the easy answer, but he’s probably the wrong one. LSU doesn’t take its turn at the event until Thursday, the final day of media days and the one attended by the fewest reporters. A&M’s Knight is likely to draw more media. He transferred from Oklahoma this spring and was named the Aggies' starter soon after.