SEC Media Days Football

The SEC logo is shown outside of the Hyatt Regency hotel, the site of the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill - Monday, July 10, 2017)

The Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering is here. The Daily Journal is committed to bringing you daily coverage of SEC Media Days this week, and you'll be able to follow along in a variety of ways. 

We'll post live updates from Parrish Alford, Michael Katz, Stefan Krajisnik and others here throughout the day.

Update (5:18 p.m.):

You can react to today's developments from Hoover in our Facebook groups. 

Update (4:19 p.m.):

Here's a bit of a recap for the day...

Update (4:00 p.m.): 

You can watch first-year South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer's debut at media days here.

Update (2:13 p.m.):

Highlights from Ed Orgeron...

First up, Ed gave an interesting answer when Michael asked him about Lane Kiffin. See the response here:

Orgeron said getting vaccinated is "a personal choice" for his players.

He called NIL "one of the biggest things to manage" going forward as the CEO of a major college football program.

When it comes to avoiding a loss to Mike Leach this season, he had this to say: "We have to stop his offense. We didn't stop it one time."

See Orgeron's entire time at the podium here.

Update (12:42 p.m.): 

Highlights from Dan Mullen...

Watch Mullen's time at the mic in its entirety here.

Update (11:51 a.m.):

Here are highlights from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey's time at the podium...

“43 percent of our football teams, six of 14, have reached 80 percent threshold in roster vaccinations. That number needs to grow and grow rapidly.”

As noted on Twitter by Stefan Krajisnik, Sankey said rescheduling games due to COVID isn't in the plans. There's discussion about removing roster minimums, but desire is to play season as scheduled with forfeiting as an option on the table.

“Vaccines are an important and incredible support of science, not a political football.”

“We have no head coaches from under-represented groups. It’s a reality that has changed before that must change again.”

Sankey's opening thoughts centered around the changing landscape of college athletics, with racial justice among the topics he mentioned. He noted the role athletes played in getting Mississippi's flag changed last year.

“We are in the most transformative time in the history of college sports … We have to understand the connection, the nuances and the implications and the unimagined outcomes associated with decisions."

See his full remarks here.

Update (11:21 a.m.): 

Wow.

Update (11:04 a.m.): 

First impressions of seeing the big, bad SEC up close for Michael and Stefan. Be sure you're following them on Twitter.

If you missed any of the preview content we've put together ahead of this week, catch up here:

Another note you may have missed, we've added to our college sports team! With Parrish Alford's elevation to college sports editor and columnist, we've hired Michael Katz to cover Ole Miss and Stefan Krajisnik to cover Mississippi State

Executive editor Sam Hall details the expansion of our college sports coverage here

And you can listen to the most recent episode of Justify Your Existence to learn more about Katz and Krajisnik: 

You can also find JYE on Apple Podcasts, djournal.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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