Tuesday at SEC media days, the Gators contingent led by head coach Jim McElwain will take to the podiums. And, while there are plenty of juicy story lines headed into the upcoming season, don’t expect a lot of “fireworks” on any of the key subjects.
Even with hundreds of media members crammed into the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, AL, to ask the questions, McElwain likely will dodge and elude most of them.
Still, here’s a quick list of what will be asked about Tuesday:
The Gators announced last week that they are making the LSU home game on October 7th their homecoming contest. Clearly, this has only heightened the back and forth between the two schools over the controversy last season involving Hurricane Matthew postponing the game in Gainesville and having it eventually made up weeks later in Baton Rouge.
Despite Florida having had LSU as homecoming opponent before (2006), it’s being taken as an insult on the Bayou. On Monday in Hoover, LSU coach Ed Orgeron repeatedly took the high road, when asked whether the designation of homecoming opponent (usually reserved for Charleston Southern or Weber State) was a slight by Florida. But, you know the Tigers program believes it is.
The media is dying for McElwain to give them “red meat” on this, but don’t count on it.
Another hot topic involves the Gators top offensive weapon , WR Antonio Callaway, cited for marijuana possession earlier this year. He could be facing discipline, including potentially missing part or all of the Florida opener with Michigan.
Again, don’t expect specifics, much less definitive answers on what they will do.
The media may or may not bring up the bizarre-comedic linking of McElwain to a photo of a naked man, who definitely resembled the Gators boss, that was laying on a shark on a fishing boat. McElwain handled it well during the controversy, but it obvious he and the school want it to die. Good luck with not being asked at some point Tuesday.
Finally, the Gators QB situation is up in the air headed to fall practice and McElwain elected not to bring last year’s on/off starter Luke Del Rio to Alabama. It also makes sense that newcomer Malik Zaire from Notre Dame would not be at the Media Days, either.
However, the “who’s your guy?” questions are bound to come up for the head coach. Let’s see what if anything he says.
Now, we could be totally wrong. McElwain could be candid on most or all of these subjects.
Just don’t hold your breath.