GAINESVILLE -- Never before has the SEC featured so many high-profile coaches than this season. Those guys will meet the press beginning Wednesday and ending Friday in Hoover, Ala. Gator Clause will bring you all the news, quotes and jokes from the event as it happens.
Five of the league's coaches have won national championships -- Urban Meyer (Florida), Les Miles (LSU), Nick Saban (Alabama/won title with LSU), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina/won title with Florida) and Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee) -- and another coach -- Auburn's Tommy Tuberville -- has had an undefeated season. Two of the league's coaches -- Saban and Bobby Petrino (Arkansas) -- have been head coaches in the NFL. Houston Nutt (Ole Miss) is one of the nation's best recruiters. And then there's Mississippi State coach Sly Croom and Kentucky coach Rich Brooks, who both enter the 2008 season on the heels of their best efforts at their respective schools. It should be an interesting week.
A few things before I hit the road...
1. If anyone has any questions that want answered during media days, feel free to write it down in the comment field and post it for everybody. I'll answer everyone's questions on Friday afternoon after the entire ordeal is over.
2. Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been named to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year preseason watch list. Cunningham had 66 tackles in his first two seasons with the Gators. You might remember, Cunningham's best game was against the national champion LSU Tigers. The Atlanta native had 17 tackles.
3. I just received an advance copy of Urban Meyer's soon-to-be released autobiography by Buddy Martin, Urban's Way. Buddy is a good friend of mine and a great writer, so I can't wait to dive in. I'll start reading it today and give y'all the highlights.
4. Florida didn't nominate Tebow for the preseason Playboy All-American team. No shocker there.
5. Tebow has a photo shoot with Sporting News and Sports Illustrated before flying to Birmingham, Ala, for the SEC media days.