All-SEC Defensive End Cory Lemonier will be making his first appearance at the SEC Media Days in Hoover July 17-19. (photo-Getty images, Kevin C. Cox)
Every year about this time I experience my first twinge of excitement for the upcoming football season. It's called SEC Football Media Days.
For three days (July 17 - 19) representatives from each school meet the press in Birmingham. It's exciting because it is the formal start of SEC Football - even though the first game will still be over six weeks away.
The SEC Media Days is one of the biggest events of the college football preseason. Each year the league's
12 14 head coaches and three athletes from each school meet close to 1,000 print, broadcast, and web based reporters and bloggers to talk about the upcoming season.
Story lines for SEC football start cranking out as a result of this big show. Of course one of the bigger stories this year will be about the newest members of the South Eastern Conference. It will be Texas A&M and Missouri's first SEC rodeo. But for me the big deal will be following the story lines about the Auburn Tigers.
The announcement of who will be the representatives of each school was released Friday by the league office. Joining Coach Chizik for Auburn will be senior Tight End Philip Lutzenkirchen, senior Wide Receiver Emory Blake (both represented Auburn at the last event) and junior Defensive End Corey Lemonier. This is a real honor for these three guys as they have been chosen to be the faces of the Auburn Tigers.
Auburn's turn in the spotlight is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover along with LSU, Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi State. Our staff will be represented at the event and we will be ready to provide coverage here at Track Em Tigers.
We may be experiencing 100 degree weather here in the Southland but when the Media days kick off on July 17th, it will be the unofficial start of SEC Football.