And so it begins

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The first day of SEC Media Days in Hoover went off pretty much as expected Wednesday.

Tim Tebow drew a big crowd. First, he was surrounded by UF fans (yes, there apparently are plenty in Alabama) when he entered the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel. Then the media horde descended on him as he made the rounds from the television interviews to his 15 minutes at the podium in front of the print and Internet media.

LSU coach Les Miles was trying to deflect talk about last year’s national championship run and keep the focus on a new year, a new season and a new Tigers’ team.

Urban Meyer addressed the state of the Gators’ depleted safety positions and what he expects will be an improved defensive line.

Sylvester Croom was talking about Mississippi State’s toughness and what it will take to become bowl eligible for a second consecutive season.

Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson exuded confidence even though the Commodores have questions on offense (especially on the line and at wide receiver) and haven’t been to a bowl game since 1982 (and likely won’t be in one this season, either).

And here’s something you hear at Media Days every year: everybody’s had a great offseason, the best in years.

Everyone is undefeated and everyone is optimistic now, in late July, when a new season holds promise for even the lesser teams in this tough, tough league.

There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s what this growing kickoff event is all about.

We’ll hear more of the same on Day 2, I’m sure.