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Three questions Alabama coach Nick Saban is sure to be asked this week at SEC Media Days:
1) The quarterback battle
Saban will be pressed to anticipate whether heralded incoming transfer Jacob Coker will win the starting job -- something fans already have been led to expect by Coker's former coaching staff at FSU -- but Saban will cut that line of questioning off as fast as it comes. Expect to hear something along the lines of assumptions about Coker's status being disrespectful to the efforts of fifth-year senior Blake Sims to win the job. And since Coker wasn't part of spring practice, and NCAA rules prevent coaches from participating in 7-on-7 work during the summer, Saban has the perfect out: He's not even seen Coker throw a pass yet.
2) Offseason arrests
Kenyan Drake was set to be the face of this question for his bizarre arrest for illegally crossing into a crime scene to retrieve his vehicle. But defensive lineman Jarran Reed took Drake's place with a more recent, and more serious, arrest for DUI. Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee also was charged with DUI in April. Saban, of course, won't divulge whatever discipline will follow his players' transgressions. But it wouldn't be surprising to see Drake or Reed sit out the season opener at West Virginia.
3) The Iron Bowl
The game that never sleeps will be more than seven months in the past by the time Saban steps up to the SECMD microphone, but he'll be pestered about the outcome as if Auburn's shocking win had just happened last week. How will he respond? How will his players respond? And in what ways did it set back the program? He'll answer it all by tersely pointing out that 2014 is, of course, a new season. But the last reporter to ask will no doubt get a much colder stare than the first.