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The Southeastern Conference has released the schedule for next week's SEC Media Days, a three-day media extravaganza that will feature the league's 12 football coaches and select players. Here is the schedule of the teams participating each day in Hoover, Ala.:

Wednesday, July 20
South Carolina
Mississippi State

Thursday, July 21

Friday, July 22
Ole Miss

Kentucky will be featured Thursday morning from 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. CT. Rest assured, there will be plenty of coverage on our website, social media, and throughout the blogosphere and Internet on the kickoff of the 2011 season. In addition to head coach Joker Phillips, offensive guard Stuart Hines, linebacker Danny Trevathan and quarterback Morgan Newton will make the trip to Hoover. Here are some stats on what they did last year:

  • Stuart Hines (OG, 6-4, 296, Sr., Bowling Green, Ky.) - Started 11 games at left guard after missing two games with injury
  • Danny Trevathan (LB, 6-1, 232, Sr., Leesburg, Fla.) - First-team AP  and SEC Coaches All-SEC; led SEC in tackles with 144 stops
  • Morgan Newton (QB, 6-4, 235, Jr., Carmel, Ind.) - Started the BBVA Compass Bowl , completing 21-of-36 passes for 211 yards and 18 rushing yards


Last week, CBS Sports created a list of its top 140 athletes and coaches to follow. To make the list, CBS Sports wrote that "the tweeter needed to be interactive, informative, charitable, funny and (for the most part) not oblige his or her followers' request for retweets because the athlete is the 'fan's favorite player.' "

Not surprisingly, UK men's basketball head coach John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) made the list, but he was also joined by a couple of former Wildcats in DeMarcus Cousins (@BoogieCousins), John Wall (@JimmyWa11) and Steve Johnson (@StevieJohnson13), plus current UK men's basketball player Terrence Jones (@TerrenceJones1).

Here is what the article had to say about the social media superstars (since Wall and Jones did not make the top 50, there was no excerpt for their accounts):

19. John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari): Few coaches have used their celebrity status to raise as much money for charity as John Calipari. He uses the 140-character messages to help raise awareness and money for a variety of causes as well as tweets words of support for his former players.

34. DeMarcus Cousins (@BoogieCousins): Pretty much from the day he became part of the national scene in prep-basketball, everyone knew Cousins could be a bit of a loose cannon. That mentality has carried over to Twitter where the Sacramento forward is one of the funniest athletes on the social network.

48. Stevie Johnson (@StevieJohnson13): The Bills receiver is infamously known for this tweet,  but now he's known for a good sense of humor through Twitter.

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