The buzz is always a little louder when Alabama makes its way to Hoover for SEC Media Days and 2016 was no different. Hundreds of fans were on hand to greet Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide in the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel. Off the field issues surrounding Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones was a big topic of discussion and Saban did not clarify whether a decision has been made at this point on whether the two will play in the opener. One thing Coach Saban always preaches to his players is not to get hung up on the previous season. After winning a national title last season the players are still more hungrier than ever.This will be the third straight season the Tide will be starting a brand new quarterback. Coach Saban shared with us the process and what he looks for when finding the right guy to start.
(Comments from: Nick Saban, Jonathan Allen, Eddie Jackson & O.J. Howard)
The Arkansas Razorbacks have improved in each of the three seasons under head coach Bret Bielema. The Hogs went from 0-8 in the conference in 2013 to five wins last season. Even with the improvement, outside expectations are still low and they are ready to show they can compete for SEC championships.
The Kentucky Wildcats are not really known for their football in recent years, but head coach Mark Stoops is looking to change that. So far the players are buying into the message and putting in the extra time and effort to get over the hump.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart was the first new kid on the block yesterday, today it was Missouri’s Barry Odom. The 39 year old has spent the better part of his adult life with the Tigers from a standout player to a support staff member then on the field as an assistant and now the new head coach. As the Tigers made the rounds reports surfaced that athletic director Mark Rhodes had taken over the AD position at Baylor. Odom says he's confident in the school's leadership moving forward.