The Latest: SEC media days opens in new Atlanta location

ATLANTA (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has opened its annual preseason media gathering at a new location.

The four-day event is being held in Atlanta, the first time it's been held outside of the Birmingham, Alabama, area since 1985.

The annual event brings together coaches and players from the league's 14 schools. This year approximately 1,000 media credentials have been issued.

Commissioner Greg Sankey, who opened Monday's event with his state of the SEC speech, says the move to Atlanta is not permanent. The event will return to Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, in 2019.

The long-term plan is to move the event throughout the conference's 11-state region.

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