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Alabama coach Nick Saban will be one of the headliners at SEC Media Days in Birmingham. (Source: Alabama Athletics Communications) Alabama coach Nick Saban will be one of the headliners at SEC Media Days in Birmingham. (Source: Alabama Athletics Communications)
Gus Malzahn got Auburn all the way to the BCS National Championship Game last year. (Source: Auburn Athletics) Gus Malzahn got Auburn all the way to the BCS National Championship Game last year. (Source: Auburn Athletics)
Georgia's Todd Gurley will be among the players available for interviews at SEC Media Days. (Source: Georgia Bulldogs) Georgia's Todd Gurley will be among the players available for interviews at SEC Media Days. (Source: Georgia Bulldogs)
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is one of the most experienced returning QBs in the league this year. And his hair is perfect. (Source: Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics) Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is one of the most experienced returning QBs in the league this year. And his hair is perfect. (Source: Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics)
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  • No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:56:50 GMT
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
  • Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:45 GMT
    Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
    The Auburn offense didn't slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game.
  • No. 6 Auburn defeats Arkansas in season opener 45-21

    No. 6 Auburn defeats Arkansas in season opener 45-21

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:43:40 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday by a score of 45-21 to start the 2014 season. From the way things looked on Saturday, the Auburn offense has not slowed down since 2013. The
    The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday by a score of 45-21 to start the 2014 season.
  • AlabamaMore>>

  • Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:40:52 GMT
    Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia...
    Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
  • Strong second half lifts No.2 Crimson Tide over West Virginia

    Strong second half lifts No.2 Crimson Tide over West Virginia

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:44:16 GMT
    The University of Alabama was heavily favored in their season-opener against West Virginia in Atlanta.The Mountaineers put up a tougher fight than expected but it was the No. 2 Crimson Tide who prevailed
    The University of Alabama was heavily favored in their season-opener against West Virginia in Atlanta.The Mountaineers put up a tougher fight than expected but it was the No. 2 Crimson Tide who prevailed
  • No. 2 Alabama Rolls past West Virginia 33-23

    No. 2 Alabama Rolls past West Virginia 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:38:00 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    It might have been ugly, but the Alabama Crimson Tide walked off the field victorious at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 33-23. The two
    It might have been ugly, but the Alabama Crimson Tide walked off the field victorious at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 33-23.
  • SEC basketballMore>>

  • SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:30:02 GMT
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. 
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. 
  • Three teams on bubble as SEC basketball tourney begins

    Three teams on bubble as SEC basketball tourney begins

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-03-12 21:31:28 GMT
    The SEC basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday. Florida can make a statement, Kentucky can gain some confidence and Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee can play their way into the NCAA Tournament.
    The SEC basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday. Florida can make a statement, Kentucky can gain some confidence and Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee can play their way into the NCAA Tournament.
  • Bulldogs pull ahead of Rebels on late free throws

    Bulldogs pull ahead of Rebels on late free throws

    Saturday, January 11 2014 7:41 PM EST2014-01-12 00:41:04 GMT
    I.J. Ready and Colin Borchert hit free throws down the stretch Saturday to help Mississippi State pull away late with a 76-72 win over Ole Miss.
    I.J. Ready and Colin Borchert hit free throws down the stretch Saturday to help Mississippi State pull away late with a 76-72 win over Ole Miss.
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    Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:00:25 GMT
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
  • Hot Reads: Ranking the defenses in the SEC

    Hot Reads: Ranking the defenses in the SEC

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:55:17 GMT

    With offenses becoming increasingly explosive, plugging the holes is more imperative than ever. It's no surprise Alabama and Florida top the list, but the rest of the rankings may surprise you.

    With offenses becoming increasingly explosive, plugging the holes is more imperative than ever. It's no surprise Alabama and Florida top the list, but the rest of the rankings may surprise you.

  • SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:30:02 GMT
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. 
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. 
  • South CarolinaMore>>

  • Reports: Connor Shaw cut by Browns

    Reports: Connor Shaw cut by Browns

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:53:44 GMT
    The Cleveland Browns cut former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, nationalfootballpost.com is reporting. Shaw was a Gamecock standout who lead the team as a starter, including a perfect 17-0 record
    The Cleveland Browns cut former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw from the team roster but has likely earned a spot on their practice squad.
  • USC women's basketball 2014-15 schedule released

    USC women's basketball 2014-15 schedule released

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:05:33 GMT
    South Carolina women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley announced Friday the team's 29-game schedule for 2014-15, which features 19 games against teams that participated in a 2014 postseason tournament,
    South Carolina women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley announced Friday the team's 29-game schedule for 2014-15, which features 19 games against teams that participated in a 2014 postseason tournament,
  • No Johnny? No problem: Aggies shred Gamecocks' defense in rout

    No Johnny? No problem: Aggies shred Gamecocks' defense in rout

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:24:28 GMT
    It had all the makings of another showout game for the South Carolina Gamecocks: the bright TV lights of the SEC Network, a hot new rivalry, and a Thursday night game. It was not. South Carolina's loss
    It had all the makings of another showout game for the South Carolina Gamecocks: the bright TV lights of the SEC Network, a hot new rivalry, and a Thursday night game. It was not.
(RNN) - SEC Media Days, the unofficial beginning of getting ready to start thinking seriously about college football kicks off in a giant hotel in Hoover, AL, on Monday.

The midsummer mega-gala of mob-rule media excess, snooze-worthy coaches’ rhetoric and poorly lighted photo opportunities of athletes wearing suits talking into microphones, for all its absurdity, comes like a cooling breeze in the desert of deprivation that has reduced fans of the one true sport to watching World Cup soccer and willing themselves to care about baseball.

What are the burning questions? How many days are left until kickoff? Forty-five from Monday.

Will the hurry-up, no-huddle offense destroy football, as suggested by Alabama supercoach Nick Saban and Arkansas mentor Bret Bielema, who united to unsuccessfully beg the NCAA for an emergency rules change after getting their behinds kicked by fast-running teams last year? The two proponents of grinding it out said the devilish style of play presented a safety issue, because running so fast will make players get tired and you can’t substitute on defense, and you might lose to Auburn and Oklahoma if you’re Alabama and to everybody else if you’re Arkansas. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Bielema provided some spark when they took rhetorical shots at each other last year, and Saban takes and gives shots everywhere he goes, so here’s hoping.

Will the newfangled College Football Playoff reaffirm the awesome dominance of the Southeastern Conference and cause all other conferences to crumble to dust under the relentless juggernaut of everlasting destruction? Yes, it will.

Will any of the players attending media days say anything worth taking notes on? No. We miss Johnny Football already.

What will result from the launch of the SEC Network on Aug. 14? How will it change sports? Will the athletes ever get any of the money? (Not likely). How long will it be before the SEC will have control of all the money in the world and we will have to ask the SEC for two bucks anytime we want to buy a Slurpee from the 7-11?

Steve Spurrier probably has the best team he’s had yet at South Carolina and he tends to get mouthier the better his team is. He already took shots at Saban last spring. This could be great.

Will Nick Saban do that laser-beam hate stare his assistant coaches call “the bug zapper?” Yes.

Will Florida coach Will Muschamp be here this time next year? Good question.

Who has prettier hair, Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace or Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto combined? Bo Wallace, duh.

Will Les Miles say something goofy? Is water wet?

Will Butch Jones return Tennessee to the dominant glory of years past? He has already restored respect to the program by not wearing orange pants at any time last season.

If Kentucky goes to a bowl game, will it prove global warming is real? Yes.

What’s Vanderbilt’s new coach’s name? We'll get back to you on that.

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