Podcast: Saban, Manziel highlight SEC Media Days

ATLANTA — As is now tradition every July, the media horde
swarmed Hoover, Ala., this past week to cover the ins and outs of the
biggest names in the sport’s most dominant conference. The storylines
were endless once again.

From covering off-the-field exploits of
Johnny Manziel to Nick Saban’s usual Alabama adulation to the
back-and-forth between two of the conference’s new head coaches, SEC
Media Days dominated national headlines. Can the SEC crown another
national champion? Does the balance of power in college football show
any sign of shifting.

So, with the conference’s re-introduction
in the books, our writers — Cory McCartney, Jay Clemons and Zach
Dillard — discuss the week that was in Hoover. Here are a few of the
highlights:

— Is Nick Saban the voice of college football?
Instead of being asked the ordinary questions of strategy and player
personnel, Alabama’s coach was primarily asked to weigh in on the
overarching issues surrounding the sport. Has he embraced his new role?

— Was the Bielema-versus-Malzahn podium battle the highlight of the week?

— Should Georgia and Alabama be the presumed favorites in the East and West divisions, respectively?

— How does Jeremy Hill’s legal issues affect the West race?


Highlighted by Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray, is this the
greatest quarterback conference in the conference? Better yet, has there
been a deeper QB class in recent memory?