The official-unofficial start of the college football season is upon us with the beginning of SEC Media days. People are always excited for the start of media days, including associate athletic director Kevin Trainor. He talks about the buzz that comes with the event. Seemingly every summer a coach makes headlines with some head-turning quote. It is also going to have a very different feel without the presence of Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier.
For more of a look at the entire event, and what people will be asking about for the whole conference, check out AL.com's coverage including this primer of what are the main storylines. There are plenty of coaches starting the year on the hot seat, one question discusses who will get the most questions about it. Expect guys like Kevin Sumlin and Mike Stoops to be on the receiving end of those.
It will also be the first SEC Media Day's in a long time without Steve Spurrier. The Head Ball Coach will definitely be missed as he was one of the crowd favorites and always gave entertaining answers and ESPN has a great piece on his empty seat. Now there will never be another Hatin' Ass Spurrier, but another fan favorite will definitely emerge.
They could come from this group, Greg Ostendorf of ESPN has compiled some of the greatest moments in Media Day history since 2010. The list includes Bret Bielema strolling in with some brand new Air Force 1s last season. As well as Spurrier taking in some Arbys while still in his suit.
Two former Hogs took part in the MLB Futures game this weekend, Andrew Benintendi didn't have the best day, and Ryne Stanek really didn't have a great day. Despite that there are some rublings that Benintendi could see some time with the Boston Red Sox as early as this season. He has been hitting well in Double-A in the past month, and Boston's president of Baseball Operations has said he is not shy about calling players in straight from Double-A. The more the outfield situation for the Red Sox looks uncertain, the greater the chance he gets the call.
Two more Razorbacks have qualified for Rio. Arkansas is starting to look like "Pole Vault U" with the additions of Sandi Morris and Current NCAA Champion Lexi Weeks to the olympic squad. The total count of Hogs in the Olympics is now 15 athletes for six different countries.