Media Days Mean College Football Not Far Away

Tony GuadagnoliContributor IJuly 17, 2009

CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 30:  Former NFL and NCAA coach Barry Switzer attends the 17th Annual Sports Spectacular at the Century Plaza Hotel on June 30, 2002 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)

With the major college football season 48 days away, most conferences are less than two weeks away from conducting media days. 

Here is a schedule of all 11 conference media days.

ACC: July 26-27, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C.

Big East: Aug. 3-4, Hotel Viking, Newport, R.I.

Big Ten: July 27-28, Hyatt Regency, Chicago

Big 12: July 27-29, Westin DFW North, Irving, Texas

Conference USA: July 27, Memphis; July 28-31, electronically

Mid-American Conference: July 30-31, Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit

Mountain West: July 21-22, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas

Pac-10: July 30, Los Angeles

SEC: July 22-24, The Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Ala.

Sun Belt: July 20-21, Conducted electronically

WAC: July 28-30, Hilton Salt Lake Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah

Here is a schedule for the next week for ESPN's College Football Live 50 states tour:

Today, South Carolina; July 20-21, Texas; July 22, Hawaii/Idaho; July 23, West Virginia; July 24, Washington.

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Also today's TV replay schedule, courtesy of LSUfootball.net. All times Eastern

Friday, July 17
Ole Miss at Alabama9 a.m.CBSC
TCU at UtahNoon.CBSC
1986 Cotton Bowl: Auburn vs. Texas A&M1 p.m.ALT
1981: Texas A&M at California2 p.m.CST (cable)
Temple at Navy3 p.m.CBSC
Marshall at East Carolina6 p.m.CBSC
Ohio State at Wisconsin7 p.m.BTN
Navy at Notre Dame9:30 p.m.CBSC
Marshall at East Carolina12:30 a.m.CBSC

Links for a Friday morning:

—Washington sophomore offensive lineman Skyler Fancher ran down a 14-year-old on campus earlier this week. OK that doesn't seem like a big deal. Thing is the kid stole a purse and Fancher had a broken leg and was in his flip-flops. Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer has the, er, run down here.

—Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, chimed in with his opinion on whether Nebraska can return to prominence in the Big 12. He is not so sure.

"The Nebraska job, I've always said, is a tougher job, because of the proximity to talent. (Oklahoma Coach Bob) Stoops is fortunate," Switzer told the paper. "He's got the Red River, which has got Texas south of there, 1,600 high schools that play football, great high school football...

"You've got to import players. Nebraska doesn't produce enough players to compete every year consistently. Oklahoma doesn't; that's why they have to go to Texas."

Switzer also said he would be on message boards and probably excel in social networking if he were still coaching today.

Find more on Media Days here.