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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

SEC Media Days finally here

As a veteran of too many SEC Media Days to count, let me say that there is alway a bittersweet feeling to media days.

The bitter? The coaches usually don't say anything of value. You're sitting in an auditorium for what seems like an eternity. That explains why Steve Spurrier is popular with the media. The South Carolina coach is fun and funny. He doesn't mind taking a poke at Phil Fulmer or, in his Florida days, at former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer.

The sweet? Football is just around the corner. Skimming through the football media guides that week in Birmingham gets you excited for the games even though they are still more than a month away.

This year, for the first time since 1988, there are no new coaches in the SEC. So there won't be any stories on the new coach. LSU coach Les Miles should he familiar with the process. He is bringing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and safety LaRon Landry to the event.

Don't read anything into the fact that JaMarcus Russell won't be in Birmingham. The only quarterback of note in Birmingham is Florida quarterback Chris Leak. Truth be told, there are probably just as many people in Florida wanting Tim Tebow to play quarterback as there are people in Louisiana wanting Matt Flynn to play quarterback at LSU.

It should be an interesting three days in Birmingham. Glenn Guilbeau will be providing coverage.

Happy Media Days everybody.


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