Steve Spurrier speaks at SEC media days

Steve Spurrier

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- The Southeastern Conference opened its annual media days on Monday with radical change in the college athletic model appearing imminent and the SEC Network soon to take the airwaves.

A fourth day has been added to the event in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, and the SEC has issued about 1,100 media credentials.

University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier spoke this morning, saying he has excellent confidence in University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson. He also noted that Thomspon needs to stay healthy.

"The whole team believes in him," said Spurrier. "He is truly a good leader."

Spurrier also tells recruits that hopefully they'll be the first to win the SEC Championship.

Florida State ended the SEC's seven-year run of national titles by beating Auburn in January. Six of the league's teams will have new starting quarterbacks with the exodus of star power at the position including Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron and Georgia's Aaron Murray.

Our very own Corey Miller is covering the media days. Follow Corey on Twitter @PastorOfPain and tune in at at 10pm tonight for updates.