Saban's Return Among SEC Media Days Highlights

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Welcome back, Nick Saban. You too, Darren McFadden.

There's no pressure, Urban Meyer and Florida, but are you going to win a second straight Southeastern Conference and national title?

The SEC media days, which gets underway Wednesday through Friday, will feature Saban, Alabama's new coach, and McFadden, the Arkansas tailback who is the only returning Heisman Trophy finalist from last season.

Florida receiver Andre Caldwell and Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves will also appear after postponing NFL careers to remain in school.

The defending national champion Gators and LSU are widely considered the preseason favorites to win their divisions.

Heisman runner-up McFadden, Caldwell and Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge will be among the top players participating in the annual gathering for league media.

Saban and Meyer are both scheduled to address the media on Thursday.

The event at the Wynfrey Hotel in suburban Birmingham, has drawn more than 800 registrants, including staff and corporate sponsors.

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