Friday, June 29, 2012
SEC media days lineup unveiled
By Chris Low
The SEC has announced the lineup for SEC media days on July 17-19 in Hoover, Ala., and the big news is the number of star players who won't be attending.
In fact, if you came up with a top 10 or top 15 list of the SEC's biggest stars for the 2012 season, as many as half of those players aren't scheduled to be on hand for the SEC's annual preseason spectacle.
Among those not scheduled to attend: South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Tennessee receiver Da'Rick Rogers, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, Missouri quarterback James Franklin, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Florida safety Matt Elam and Texas A&M running back Christine Michael.
The SEC league office strongly encourages schools to bring their highest profile players. But at the end of the day, it's up to the schools to comply.
Also keep in mind that there all sorts of reasons why certain players don't come. Some may have conflicts. For example, Murray had a trip planned that week. Other players simply don't like the glare of the media, and there are also coaches who don't want to feed players' egos by bringing them or simply think older, more experienced players are better representatives at such an event.
Of particular note is that only six of the 14 schools are sending a quarterback.
The schedule has Texas A&M, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt appearing on Tuesday, July 17. Then on Wednesday, July 18, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn and LSU will be on the docket. The final day, Thursday, July 19, will feature Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Georgia.
Below is the entire list of players who will be attending: