If the Big 12 is going to provide any excitement during media days, Tuesday will be that day. With half of the teams having already taken the podium, Day 2 will include Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Mack Brown of Texas. The two heavy-hitting head coaches always provide interesting comments during interviews.
Others who will speak today include Dana Holgorsen of West Virginia, Art Briles of Baylor and Paul Rhodes of Iowa State. Each coach has also brought three players to media days, and the confident Heisman candidate out of Baylor, running back Lache Seastrunk, will be included.
The final day of Big 12 media days should be a blast.
West Virginia Uniforms
The Mountaineers took this opportunity to showcase what appear to be new uniforms for the upcoming season, as Chris Level of Red Raiders Sports caught a sneak peek:
It turns out these uniforms are the same that were released during the spring. The white-on-white is a clean look and should really pop when taking the field in Morgantown. This uniform should become popular with West Virginia players.
Big 12 Coordinator of Officials Walt Anderson
College football is undergoing a face lift with rule changes. With the ongoing research examining concussions and serious injuries, the game of football is rapidly changing. The main rule change implemented is the "target rule," which allows for immediate ejection if a player is caught intentionally hitting above the shoulders.
It was nice having a coordinator of officials at media day to help explain this rule, as West Virginia play-by-play announcer Tony Caridi tweeted:
Anderson went on to mention that the NCAA is learning from the rules that the NFL has implemented, per John Shinn of the Norman Transcript:
If this is the case, receivers should be forced to catch the ball with both feet inbounds, right?
How does a player learn to adapt to these new rules? Well, Anderson has given a little advice to coaches, per Chris Level of Red Raiders Sports:
But don't think big hits are going to be removed from football altogether. Big hits should still be celebrated, but the safety of the game should be taken seriously, per Joe Schad of ESPN:
While player safety is important, there is one part of this rule that is absolutely ridiculous, as Schad reported:
Like it or not, this is the direction the game is heading, and players must adapt to the rule changes. However, there are sure to be growing pains as the season plays out.
Bob Stoops Highlights
Blake Bell is the favorite to be the starting quarterback this season for Oklahoma, but head coach Bob Stoops was annoyed when a reporter assumed he already had the job, per Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman:
The other quarterbacks competing for playing time include Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight.
However, don't let Stoops fool you; Bell is the favorite for the starting job. Just don't assume. Stoops obviously hates it.
As for the rule changes, Stoops seems just as confused as the rest of us, as David Ubben of ESPN points out:
That should help, but unfortunately, it will take a lot more than that for players to adjust.
Stoops left the podium with a recruiting pitch, but it is not what you expect, per Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman:
Sadly, nothing was mentioned about the SEC.
Quote of the Day?
Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard isn't exactly thrilled with how he appears on the EA Sports video game NCAA Football 14. He told Joe Schad of ESPN that his appearance is way off:
Not sure this matters much with football players wearing a helmet most of the time. Still, it is the front-runner for best quote of Day 2 of Big 12 Media Days.
Mack Brown Highlights
Texas fans will be happy to know that quarterback David Ash is confident heading into the season. Coach Brown continued to hammer home the point that the junior is feeling good about himself and looking to play more consistently, per Kirk Bohls:
The Longhorns are also looking to run an up-tempo offense that should create more balance and help the defense improve. Texas returns 10 offensive starters, so speeding things up shouldn't be a problem.
How many plays does Brown expect to run this season? Bohls found an exact number:
To put that number into perspective, Oregon averaged a little more than 81 plays a game last season. Looks like the Ducks will have company.
Brown also believes the Big 12 is the most balanced conference in college football and used an SEC statistic to prove this theory, per Will McKay of Red Raiders Sports:
Shots fired or just the hardcore truth?
He also admitted that the game has changed, particularly on offense, per Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World:
Some will argue that high-scoring offenses make the game more exciting, while others will say it's pathetic. You be the judge.
Dana Holgorsen Highlights
Holgorsen is tired of coaches crying about the spread offense and up-tempo approach. When asked about how he feels about his peers complaining, the West Virginia coach didn't even begin to bite his tongue, per David Ubben of ESPN:
This should sit well in SEC country.
Although West Virginia fans may feel different, Holgorsen isn't the least bit worried in losing two stud wide receivers in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, per Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Nice and Shiny
Art Briles Highlights
In one of the most surprising quotes of the day, Baylor coach Briles admitted that he has yet to look at his team's schedule, per Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register:
Coaches usually have the "take one game at a time mentality," but that is mighty tough to believe. However, it does sound good during an interview.
Briles also had a motivating comment regarding running back Lache Seastrunk, according to the Longhorn Network:
The Baylor running back claimed that he will win the Heisman this season. Last year, he rushed for 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns.
Check back later; this article will be updated with highlights throughout Day 2 of Big 12 Media Days.
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