Southeastern Conference Media Days will begin here in Hoover, Ala., today, kicking off what should be a busy three days at the Wynfrey Hotel.

Four programs — Missouri, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are scheduled to meet with the media this afternoon. Arkansas, represented by coach John L. Smith, quarterback Tyler Wilson, running back Knile Davis and linebacker Tenarius Wright, will be one of six programs visiting with the media Wednesday.

There’s one important item to take care of before we get to actual football topics. It’s time to review Arkansas’ 2012 media guide, which will be available for public consumption for the first time today.

There are plenty of tidbits worth noting after skimming through the guide a little while ago:

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• Arkansas’ “one team, one goal” theme is prominent throughout the guide. It’s especially apparent on the cover of the media guide, which does not have a picture of any coach or any player. Instead, Arkansas’ red helmet is featured on the cover. There’s also a “one team, one goal” logo that appears on the front and back covers of the media guide. It’s simple. And an interesting choice, considering Arkansas has no shortage of individuals it could have featured on the cover with stars like Wilson, Davis and Hamilton. It’s in stark contrast to last year, when six or seven players were prominent on the cover (including Davis). Or two years ago, when Arkansas featured quarterback Ryan Mallett on the 2010 cover with the “get ready” theme?

• Four players arrested in the offseason are not in the 2012 media guide. It’s not a big surprise, considering Smith said last Friday Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson would not be included in the media guide with their status still in limbo following their arrest for allegedly stealing items from dorm rooms. But one other player is missing as well. Linebacker Tyler Gilbert, who was arrested on felony aggravated residential burglary and theft of property charges this spring is not mentioned. We will find out soon whether they’ll be on the team this fall.

• The inside cover contains 24 action shots of the “Senior Class of 2012.” But one photo is of junior Knile Davis.The running back, who is entering his fourth year with the program, redshirted in 2011 after his preseason ankle injury and has two years of eligibility remaining. But there's no doubt he's regarded as a senior by coaches, teammates, etc. His inclusion with the senior class is another indication Davis may only wear an Arkansas uniform one more season.

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• Where is Bobby Petrino? Other than the records section (like career coaching records, year-by-year results, etc.) you want find any mention of Arkansas’ former coach. There’s no mention of Bobby Petrino when describing John L. Smith, who the guide says returned to the program to “provide guidance, energy and stability to the program” this spring. There’s no mention of Bobby Petrino on Paul Petrino’s bio page. There’s no Bobby Petrino when looking back at last season's success. It’s no surprise. But it's interesting.

• A couple of returning players have changed numbers. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Allen is listed as No. 10 after wearing No. 13 last season and throughout spring practice. Linebacker Braylon Mitchell also has switched from No. 10 to No. 34, which was worn by Jerry Franklin the past four seasons.

• While we’re on the subject, which players are wearing numbers vacated by 2011 seniors Jarius Wright (No. 4), Joe Adams (No. 3), Jake Bequette (No. 91) and Greg Childs (No. 85)? Well, the media guide tells us CB Kelvin Fisher Jr and receiver Keon Hatcher will share No. 4, TE Demetrius Dean will wear No. 85, DT Darius Philon has No. 91, and S Defonta Lowe grabbed No. 3.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau