SEC Media Days are in full swing. And SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey started things off with a big announcement—if teams have to cancel games due to COVID issues, they will not be postponed and counted as forfeits.
That's a clear advantage for teams like Arkansas who has an athletic director in Hunter Yurachek who has prioritized vaccine accessibility to student-athletes. Listen to him talk about on the most recent episode of The Hog Pod.
It's Day 2, and we've got two coaches speaking who will be facing the Hogs this season. Here's what you can expect them to focus on... and a couple of things we hope they're asked about.
▶️ Kirby Smart, Georgia: As we said yesterday, the SEC East is between Georgia and Florida. This team is good top to bottom and might be the toughest matchup on the Razorbacks' schedule come this fall. (Yes, I know the Hogs play Alabama.) I'll be interested to hear Smart talk about the future of the Bulldogs, because the SEC Championship will likely run through Athens for the next few years on the East side of the division.
▶️ Mark Stoops, Kentucky: The Wildcats as a program are where the Razorbacks would like to see themselves in a year or two—comfortably above .500 and climbing the rungs of the postseason bowl invite ladder. I'd like to hear Stoops talk about what it took to turn this program around when he inherited a 2-10 team and what he sees as the challenges in the near future.
▶️ Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss: Set your alarms for this one, folks. No matter how you feel about Kiffin, he'll give you the most candid quotes and the funniest observations of the day. He came to Ole Miss at the same time as Coach Sam Pittman and he has a healthy respect for what Pittman has done in Fayetteville so far. I'll be interested to hear from Kiffin about... well... whatever he wants to tell us.
▶️ Josh Heupel, Tennessee: The Razorbacks won't meet the Volunteers for the foreseeable future, but hearing how he'll make the jump from head coach at UCF could prove interesting.
SEC Media Days continues tomorrow with Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt!