The Athlon Sports preseason Top 25 has been unveiled. This means that the next big date on the college football calendar will be summer media events.
Media Days are more matter of fact than breaking news but no matter how you view these kickoff luncheons, they signify the beginning of the season for most coaches, administrators, coaches and fans.
Here is a complete summer media days schedule for 2014:
SEC: July 14-July 17
Hoover, Ala. (Wynfrey Hotel)
Monday will feature Mike Slive and defending champ Gus Malzahn as well as Florida’s Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason. Steve Spurrier, Dan Mullen, Kevin Sumlin and Butch Jones will visit with the throngs on Tuesday. Gary Pinkel, Les Miles and Bret Bielema go on Wednesday and Mark Richt, Hugh Freeze, Nick Saban and Mark Stoops show up on Thursday.
ACC: July 20-21
Greensboro, N.C. (Grandover Resort)
Always revolving around golf, the 14 schools will provide coaches and players as well as plenty of sunshine on the links.
Sun Belt: July 21
New Orleans, La. (Superdome)
Mountain West: July 22-23
Las Vegas, Nev. (The Cosmopolitan Hotel)
C-USA: July 22-23
Irving, Texas (TBD)
MAC: July 22-23
Detroit, Mich. (Ford Field)
Big 12: July 23-24
Dallas, Texas (Westin Galleria)
Wednesday will feature TCU, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech while Thursday will be Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia.
Pac-12: July 23-24
Los Angeles, Calif. (The Studios at Paramount)
Few events are held at a cooler place than The Studios at Paramount. Players and coaches hobnob with media types from all over in the most laid back media days in the country.
Big Ten: July 28-29
Chicago, Ill. (Hilton Chicago)
The 43rd annual Kickoff Luncheon is always a highlight of the summer media tour as the keynote player speech has turned into a highlight. Kirk Cousins, Denard Robinson and John Urschel (last year) have given excellent performances of late.
American Athletic: July 28-29
Newport, R.I. (Hyatt Regency)
The final media event is always one of the more enjoyable from a media standpoint. Monday will feature a golf outing and dinner at the Hyatt Regency Newport while all players and coaches will visit with the media on Tuesday.