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    Spring Meetings Q&A: ESPN's Edward Aschoff

    SEC Digital Media Director Eric SanInocencio is on location in Destin, Fla., bringing you insight from the scene of this year's SEC Spring Meetings.

    Destin, Fla. -- One of the many things you will notice about the SEC's Spring Meetings is the throngs of media who are in attendance. Conference policy is made here, so it only makes sense for journalists who cover the SEC to be down here when it happens. There are several key spots were media will hang out in the conference area, waiting for a coach or athletic director to stop by for comment.

    During today's session, the SEC Digital Network got a chance to interview one of the media members here, ESPN's Edward Aschoff. Aschoff covers the league on the ESPN-SEC blog, and is at his first conference meetings.

    SEC Digital Network: This is your first spring meetings, so what are you overall impressions of what it is like to be here?

    Edward Aschoff: It is a lot of business for the coaches, but they get a chance to relax and that's a huge thing as you are going through the offseason. Especially after the spring, were a lot of coaches are stressed out about what their new guys or going to do or having to worry if the older players are still in shape. It is a good time for them to kind of relax and be with their families, but also get a lot of stuff off their chest, including things they want to see change. This is a time for them to open up.

    SEC Digital Network: To follow up on that, you as a journalist are used to covering games from a press box, or asking questions during a press conference. What is it like from a reporter's perspective down here and how are you trying to obtain your information during such a different type of setting?

    Edward Aschoff: Friday is the day where everything comes out, what rule changes if any, especially this year with gray shirting and over signing issues. Will changes be made? For us the first couple of days it is getting a feeling of the coaches thinking. They pretty much said the same thing that they have been saying, except maybe Georgia's Mark Richt, who has changed his mind and now doesn't have an opinion. For us now it is about getting as much information as possible before anything happens Friday with the changes.

    SEC Digital Network: You role is more interesting than other "beat writers" that cover just one team throughout the season. At ESPN-SEC, you and Chris Low are responsible for covering the entire league. How difficult is it trying to keep up with every program and how to you go about gathering news for everyone?

    Edward Aschoff: Trying to keep up is the key there. We split it up pretty well. We aren't going by division so we can mix and match with a lot of things, which adds to the creativity of the blog. We keep in touch everyday, we want to make sure we aren't stepping on anybody's toes and getting a lot of fresh and relevant information out there. It has been fun thus far, and I think it is only going to get better during the season because there will be so much to talk about. To have two people covering the league of this magnitude (instead of one) is only going to help the fans of the league.

    SEC Digital Network: How will that work during football season? At any given time you can have multiple big stories across the league, and there is only two of your covering it. How can you do it all?

    Edward Aschoff: It is all about communication. First and foremost, if there is something I want to do I have to make sure and tell Chris this is what I want and the same thing for him. So far that communication has worked out pretty well and it should only get better as I get more comfortable with it. He (Chris Low) is obviously real comfortable with the job. But having two people really helps to try and tackle the monster that is the SEC.

    SEC Digital Network: You previously worked at the Gainesville Sun, and made the leap to ESPN's blog for the SEC. What was that process like for you and can you walk us through what has happened to you recently?

    Edward Aschoff: Being 25 and having a job at ESPN, well first just to have a place at the Gainesville Sun for four years and cover a great team like Florida is something that coming out of high school that I didn't think would happen. Again, being this young and going to ESPN, it wasn't something I envisioned. It has kind of hit me, being two months into it, but it really hasn't taken hold that I am working for a national internet website. It was a tough transition at first, knowing that I wouldn't know teams like I did before. I knew Florida because I worked there for four years. It is fun to learn about new teams, and it is fun to get out and find out what is happening at all these different schools.