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Sankey, Orgeron highlight opening session of SEC media days

Sankey, Orgeron highlight opening session of SEC media days

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Opening day should be anything but boring at the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering.

Exuberant Ed Orgeron will be one of the coaches to take the podium Monday at the SEC media days in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.

Commissioner Greg Sankey kicks off the four-day event with his annual state of the league address. Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Tennessee's Butch Jones also make the rounds with reporters, with both trying to improve on seasons that didn't live up to expectations.

The highlight, though, should be LSU's Orgeron, known for his candor and being direct on any number of topics. He landed his second SEC head coaching job after serving half the season in an interim role following the firing of Les Miles.

The Cajun Orgeron had a three-year run with Mississippi from 2005-07 that produced a 3-21 mark in the SEC. He'll bring with him three players including star tailback Derrius Guice while Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen is also among the first-day attendees.

All 14 teams will take their turns in the spotlight over the next four days. The SEC, as usual, is the first major league to hold its media days.

Orgeron is the only new head coach, while several others — including Bielema — could face questions about their job security.

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