Come Monday -- thanks, Jimmy Buffett -- the summer offseason will end for those of us in the media. SEC Media Days is the unofficial start of football season and everyone across the South knows it. This year the league has not only moved the event to an earlier spot on the calendar, but they've also turned a three-day event into a four-day event.
Yeah, next week is going to be a long one for anyone typing, taping, or talking down in Hoover, Alabama. But what will the media be asking of the league's coaches and players? Here's our best guess at what will be the hottest topics at next week's assembly:
1. Alabama -- Nick Saban will try to play down the expectations that are currently being ramped up around transfer quarterback Jacob Coker.
2. Arkansas -- Bret Bielema will be asked if he underestimated the SEC. He'll also be asked to compare the SEC to the Big Ten.
3. Auburn -- Nick Marshall will be peppered with questions about how he can improve. Gus Malzahn will be asked if his second squad will be better than his first.
4. Florida -- Hot seat, hot seat, hot seat. Will Muschamp will be asked if he's worried about his job security.
5. Georgia -- Mark Richt will face questions about the offseason turnover on his defense and about replacing Aaron Murray on offense.
6. Kentucky -- Mark Stoops will likely be asked two things: How have you been able to sell Kentucky to recruits (especially in Ohio) and who the heck will your quarterback be?
7. LSU -- If Les Miles doesn't bring it up himself, he'll definitely be asked about the SEC's decision to retain permanent cross-division rivals. He'll also be asked how he can lose 18 players early to the NFL the last two years without having a backslide in 2014.
8. Mississippi State -- The focus will be on Dak Prescott and whether or not he has enough talent around him to lead State to a special season.
9. Missouri -- Expect Gary Pinkel to be asked about replacing his three top receivers. That includes his take on Dorial Green-Beckham landing at Oklahoma so soon after being dismissed from Mizzou.
10. Ole Miss -- With the up-tempo offense, two good recruiting classes and a senior quarterback in Bo Wallace, is Ole Miss ready to contend in the West Division?
11. South Carolina -- Since he's started winning again, Steve Spurrier has gotten a lot more lippy at SEC Media Days. Expect him to once again begin his session with his own views on whatever topics Mike Slive addresses in the event's opening session. The past couple of years the Ol' Ball Coach has made it clear he's not afraid to needle the commissioner a bit. The change from Connor Shaw to Dylan Thompson will also be a hot topic once the questions start flying.
12. Tennessee -- Butch Jones will be asked about the rebuilding progress he's made at Tennessee. His team's total lack of returning starters at any position along either line will come up as well.
13. Texas A&M -- "LAJ." Kevin Sumlin and the rest of the Aggie contingent will all be asked about Life After Johnny (Manziel).
14. Vanderbilt -- New coach Derek Mason will be asked to explain how he intends to keep the momentum going in Nashville.
15. Autonomy -- Expect all the coaches to field questions regarding autonomy, full-cost-of-tuition scholarships, better healthcare and insurance for players, relaxing the existing transfer rules, recommendations to cut down on contact in practice, and possibly even player unions.
16. In-conference Scheduling -- If Les Miles and Spurrier don't bring it up on their own, they'll be asked -- as will several other coaches -- about the SEC's decision to keep the permanent cross-division rival as part of its new scheduling plan. (Nick Saban will probably say once more that he believes a nine-game schedule should've been adopted.)
17. Out-of-conference Scheduling -- The coaches will be asked if they are supportive of the league's mandate that each team play one Power Five team each season. Mason and Dan Mullen will likely get that one.
18. SEC Network -- The coaches will be asked for their take on the conference's new channel and how it will a) help with recruiting and b) take up more of their time.
19. Summer Camps -- It became a hot topic this summer, so expect some of the coaches to be asked for their views on coaches like Penn State's James Franklin working as "guest" instructors at football camps in the SEC footprint.
20. College Football Playoff -- Expect the coaches to have to weigh in with their thoughts on the new playoff system, is it big enough, and who is sitting on the playoff selection panel.
21. For the last one we go back to the start of the week. In Commissioner Slive's opening address, how much saber rattling will he do with regards to the upcoming autonomy vote? At the SEC Meetings in Destin he openly discussed the possibility of creating a new "Division IV" within the NCAA. Will he re-emphasize that possibility next week or will he strike a more conciliatory tone?