SEC Media Days: Alabama rolls into Birmingham ready for redemption

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on SEC media days (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Nick Saban is hoping Alabama will find a way to grow from that loss to Clemson in the national championship game.

The three-time defending Southeastern Conference champion Crimson Tide fell on a last-second touchdown to the Tigers.

“When you lose the mind-set is much more, I’m willing to change,” Saban said Wednesday at the SEC media days. “I want to learn. I don’t want to waste a failure. What could we have done better? Hopefully we won’t waste a failure.”

Alabama must replace four first-round NFL draft picks but returns reigning SEC offensive player of the year Jalen Hurts at quarterback, plus wide receiver Calvin Ridley and tailbacks Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough.

Saban called this one of his youngest teams since 2012, especially on defense.

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9:15 a.m.

The Southeastern Conference is exploring moving its annual media days out of the Birmingham area for the first time.

League officials are doing their “due diligence” in looking into a potential move, Associate Commissioner Herb Vincent said Wednesday. Potential cities if the SEC decides to move the four-day event out of suburban Birmingham include Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas.

The SEC considered moving it to Atlanta for this year because of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, home to the league’s title game, Vincent said. It could also potentially rotate between multiple sites – or stay put.

“The only reason we’d take it somewhere else is to expand the brand, take it somewhere else and see how it works out in another city,” Vincent said. “Maybe then come back here. Or it could stay here.”

SEC media days began in 1985 and now typically draws 1,000-plus attendees.

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1:25 a.m.

It’s Nick Saban and Alabama’s turn at Southeastern Conference media days.

The contingent from the Crimson Tide, the popular pick to win a fourth straight SEC title, makes the short trip from Tuscaloosa and typically is greeted by a large group of fans in the hotel lobby.

Alabama must replace four first-round NFL draft picks from a team that lost to Clemson in the national championship game. The Tide does return reigning SEC offensive player of the year Jalen Hurts at quarterback, plus wide receiver Calvin Ridley and tailbacks Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. Ridley, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and center Bradley Bozeman are scheduled to accompany Saban.

The session will end with Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and three of his players. After three straight 8-5 records, Sumlin is facing a pivotal season. Aggies athletic director Scott Woodward has already publicly said that Sumlin “knows he has to win.”

Gone are No. 1 overall draft pick defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Trevor Knight.

Missouri’s Barry Odom and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops also take the podium on Day 3 of the four-day event.

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