SEC Football Media Days 2023 schedule announced: Dates, lineup revealed for July event in Nashville, Tennessee
In just over five months, 14 SEC programs will gather in downtown Nashville, Tennessee for the unofficial start of the 2023 college football season at SEC Media Days. League announced Thursday their schedule for the event, which will last more than four days. In particular, the coach Kirby Smart and the current champion of Georgia will appear on Tuesday, July 18.
Media Days, normally held in Hoover, Alabama, near the SEC offices, will move up two hours up I-65 to Nashville for the first time. The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt on Broadway; The hotel is located within walking distance of Nashville’s main street with concert venues, bars and the Bridgestone Arena.
Three or four schools will appear per day. The SEC Network will host the event. Each school invites several players to the event in addition to its head coach. The following is the order in which schools appear on which day; The SEC said in a press release that it will release timings for each program at a later date.
- Monday, July 17 – LSU Coach Brian KellyMissouri coach Elia DrinkwitzTexas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher
- Tuesday, July 18 – Coach Auburn Hugh FreeseGeorgia coach Kirby SmartMississippi State Coach Zach ArnettVanderbilt coach Clark Lee
- Wednesday, July 19 – Alabama Coach Nick Sabancoach from Arkansas Sam PittmanFlorida coach Billy NapierCoach Kentucky Mark Stoops
- Thursday, July 20 – Coach Ole Miss Lane KiffinSouth Carolina coach Shane Beamercoach from Tennessee Josh Hupel
The first football game involving the SEC team will take place in Nashville on August 26, when Vanderbilt hosts Hawaii. Twelve of the other 13 SEC teams start their seasons on September 2, with LSU the latest to start its 2023 season when it visits Orlando, Florida for a neutral ground showdown against Florida State on September 3.
The SEC releases a pre-season media poll each year the other day. Georgia is looking to take first place in the SEC East thanks to an intriguing battle between Alabama and LSU in the SEC West.
Tennessee could be another contender after Heupel-led volunteers flared up in 2022, and their fans will get a good idea of the weekend at SEC Media Days when their team performs on Thursday. Media Days is all but avoiding conflict with various major Music City concerts as Beyoncé will appear at Nissan Stadium on July 15th followed by George Strait at the same venue on July 28th.
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Nashville has hosted multiple media days for the SEC men’s and women’s basketball teams, and this March, Bridgestone Arena will host the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.