The Big 12 Conference is one of the toughest in all of college football, and the 2012 season promises to show fans across the nation just how talented the teams can be.
That starts with the expectations put on a team and on the conference by the media during the coaches’ and star players’ availability at this year's media day.
As if there wasn’t already immense pressure from the university each represents, the added pressure from the fans will force every person who stands up at the podium during Big 12 media days to reveal some of his team’s plans for this season.
College football enthusiasts should get ready for plenty of action coming from one of the most difficult conferences in the sport.
I’m ready for the Saturday action right now!
When: Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 starting at 10 a.m. ET
Where: Dallas, Texas
Watch: ESPNU, ESPN 3
Live Stream: Big12Sports.com
Who We Want to Hear Speak
Monday, July 23 at 10 a.m. ET: Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Commissioner
With the introduction of both TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12, the excitement over the transition will be met with verbal jabs from all of their peers. While it is tradition to haze the new schools a bit, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby will keep things professional so that the conference can lure more big-name schools to join.
Monday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. ET: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
After a mediocre season, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is looking for redemption. With the return of starting quarterback Landry Jones, the team’s expectations are to win the conference outright.
The lack of talent across the conference is setting up an easy road to glory for the Sooners.
Monday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m. ET: Landry Jones, Oklahoma
While head coach Bob Stoops will always have pressure on him, Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Landry Jones will be the key to the team’s success. Not only is Landry positioning himself for a top-five NFL draft position, he is getting ready for a full-frontal attack on the Heisman Trophy race.
Tuesday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET: Mack Brown, Texas
In a Big 12 Conference that just continues to get tougher every year, Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns need to be much better this season. With a breeding ground for the best college football players in the world (Texas), there is no reason that the Longhorns should be anything but fighting for a conference title.
Anything else is a complete failure.
Tuesday, July 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET: Charlie Weis, Dayne Crist: Kansas
The best part of the Big 12 media days this time around will be the introduction of the newest dynamic duo in the country; Kansas Jayhawks football head coach Charlie Weis and new quarterback Dayne Crist. The duo has history from Notre Dame and now will attempt to put a Kansas team with a mediocre football program on the map.
That starts with an interesting press conference.
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