SEC Football Media Days coming soon

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 4, 2000

Southeastern Conference Football Media Days are right around the corner, which means SEC&160;football can’t be too far behind. And that’s exciting news for SEC fans, especially going into a season that promises to be one of the best.

As a matter of fact, the Blue Ribbon College Fooball Yearbook, in its debut issue coming out next month, picks Alabama No. 3; Georgia No. 7; Florida No. 9; Tennessee No. 13, Ole Miss No. 17 and Auburn No. 24.

The 380-plus page publication, is similar to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, which has long been considered among the best publications of its kind.

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The SEC Media Days football extravaganza will be held July 25-27 in Birmingham, Ala.

On July 25, beginning at 1 p.m., Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt will address the media.

Nutt will be accompanied by two players, usually seniors.

Running back Cedric Cobbs is not a senior, but you can count on most of the talk surrounding this talented individual.

Georgia head coach Jim Donnan follows and his seat will be a little hotter this year as a lot of folks are picking the Bulldogs to crash the Tennessee-Florida party.

The Bulldogs have had outstanding recruiting classes over the past few years and are expected to end the Tennessee-Florida stronghold on the SEC Eastern Division in the very near future.

LSU head coach Nick Saban is next and he will continue to tell folks not to expect much, which is not what a lot of Tiger fans want to hear.

Saban will try to talk about his team, but questions surrounding his NFL background and leaving Michigan State will make that almost impossible.

Player talk will assuredly surround the quarterback situation.

South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz is sure to be entertaining as the final coach of the first night.

Holtz will take the pressure off of his team while making light of a situation that should improve over the next three years if he doesn’t get too frustrated.

On Wednesday beginning at 8:30 a.m., Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville takes the stage and will probably spend more time talking about the athletes no longer on the team, due to transfer or having their picture taken at a police department.

Florida head coach Steve Spurrier will follow and for once talk up his team after a disappointing (for him) season last year.

Ole Miss head coach David Cutcliffe will find himself saying the name Deuce a lot following Spurrier, and Vanderbilt head coach Woody Woodenhofer will continue to talk up his program.

On Thursday, the final day, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Alabama head coach Mike Dubose will be able to talk more about football after all of his personal problems last year dominated the papers.

And he’ll gladly share a lot about a team most expect to return to the SEC&160;championship game.

Kentucky head coach Hal Mumme talks about his passing game again, followed by Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill.

Sherrill will continue praising Joe Lee Dunn, and rightly so. And he will also talk about the Bulldogs’ success against the odds the last two years.

Finally, Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer completes the interviews, talking about how tough it is to stay on top.

Obviously it hasn’t been too tough for Fulmer, who has had the Vols near the top since he took over in 1992.

It may be the same ol’, same ol’, but it will still get the juices flowing for SEC football once again.

Joey Martin is sports editor of The Democrat. He can be reached by calling 446-5172 ext. 232 or at