And Southeastern Conference media days is when coach Nick Saban takes the podium each July and notes that it's hard to really tell before the season how a team will develop and gel. Here are some takeaways from Saban's time at the SEC Media Days. "The biggest thing at Alabama is that if you don't have hunger then you're not going to start this year".
The university has imposed some penalties for football, including scholarship reductions and three years of probation.
"That's a very bad look for your program that you're working out internally but not suspending them publicly for an important game against Southern Cal", Finebaum told Saban after Saban had told reporters that neither player would likely be suspended should they complete their community service work.
Texas A&M was picked fourth in the west, but could still make some noise after a disappointing 2015 campaign. For the third year in a row, I'm standing up here talking about somebody is going to be a new quarterback for us.
Although things worked out just fine a year ago, with Alabama winning a 4th national title in the last 7 seasons.
Tennessee last played in the SEC championship game in 2007 and haven't won the league since taking back-to-back crowns in 1997 and 1998. Kentucky was picked fourth in the East, followed by Vanderbilt, Missouri and SC.
"I think every coach that we have brought in has made an improvement in terms of helping me develop new ideas, new experiences, because we're always looking for a better way", Saban said.
If that ultimate goal is considered unachievable for most teams, even in July, it's become the perceived dividing line at 'Bama between a successful season and a disappointing one.
I'm sure our ballot will include LSU's Leonard Fournette at running back, Ethan Pocic at center, and Kendell Beckwith at linebacker. "We have to establish ourselves", Howard added. The older guys are doing the right things. Somebody's got to win the team.
Predicted to rival the Crimson Tide in the conference championship showdown, the Tennessee Volunteers finished ahead of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky Vanderbilt and SC in the SEC East, per the media. I didnt know we would respond to adversity the way we did. Auburn was picked to finish sixth in the division, followed by Mississippi State. Somebody's gotta win that job, somebody's gotta win the team.
The preseason All-SEC Team will be announced on Friday. Saban was seated next to him at the time, and the two had an exchange.