HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bret Bielema and senior captains Austin Allen, Frank Ragnow and Kevin Richardson II will meet with reporters Monday at the Wynfrey Hotel on the first day of 2017 SEC Media Days.
Bielema will be the first coach to appear. There was some uncertainty about the exact date and time of Arkansas’ appearance, but the Hogs will appear Monday as scheduled because the Bielemas’ baby was born Saturday morning.
With Steve Spurrier and Les Miles both out of the SEC, Bielema has become the most quotable coach in the league. His foray into fatherhood should provide some extra fodder for Bielema one-liners.
Here is a quick look at Arkansas’ upcoming SEC Media Days appearance and what the Razorbacks representatives are expected to discuss.
Arkansas at SEC Media Days: Time, TV information
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will kick off the press conferences inside the Wynfrey Hotel’s main ballroom at 12:35 p.m. ET and Bielema will follow him at the podium. According to the official interview schedule, Bielema’s main press conference is set to begin at approximately 12:55 p.m. and will be covered live on the SEC Network.
The SEC Network will provide live coverage of Media Days from 12:30-5:30 p.m. ET. The Paul Finebaum Show will then be live on the SEC Network until 7 p.m.
Arkansas Media Days participants
The Arkansas Razorbacks will be represented at SEC Media Days by Bielema and three senior captains — quarterback Austin Allen, center Frank Ragnow and defensive back Kevin Richardson II.
In addition to Bielema’s press conference, he and the players will rotate through interviews with media outlets such as ESPN, the SEC Network, CBS Sports and SiriusXM radio, in addition to answering questions from dozens of other outlets throughout the day.
Click here for a look at five questions Bielema is likely to face in Hoover. The retirement of running back Rawleigh Williams III and the massive defensive — staff and scheme — overhaul will surely be important topics for Bielema to address.
Allen is entering his second season as the Razorbacks’ starting quarterback. He threw for 3,340 yards, 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during the 2016 season.
Ragnow enters 2017 as one of the best offensive linemen in college football — a legitimate All-America and Rimington Trophy candidate. He has started 26 consecutive games. He considered entering the 2017 NFL Draft last December before opting for one more season in Fayetteville.
Richardson, a former walk-on from Jacksonville, Ark., missed almost all of last season with an injury suffered in the season opener. He has appeared in 27 career games with six starts. He started the 2017 season opener against Louisiana Tech at nickel back and is considered a versatile defensive back, meaning he could end up contributing at a variety of positions.