Roundup: Media Day is here
That's right, folks. Media Day is upon us here at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., and the digital team will pump your web browser full of content all day long. To whet your appetite, here are some Pac-12 Football Media Day storylines, courtesy of our very own Bryan Fischer.
Before things got kicked off here in the Golden State, ESPN had its turn with all things Conference of Champions, and one of the major headlines to come out of Connecticut was Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott saying that NCAA changes can come without confrontation, agreeing with fellow BCS conference commissioners that student-athletes should be given a $2,000 stipend to cover the full cost of going to college.
Looking forward to today, all 12 head coaches and two players from each team will be in attendance, including Washington's Keith Price. Brush up on your "Teeth" knowledge with that link before he hits the podium, y'all.
One of the other athletes you will see there is Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who is about to become a face of the UO football team. Soft-spoken dude who lets his game do the talking for him.
Surely one of the top question's on everybody's mind when Colorado hits the podium will be "so who's gonna be your starting QB, Mike?" It certainly won't be Jordan Webb for the time being due to his ACL tear, but perhaps no returning starter is no problem for Brian Lindgren, Colorado's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Connor Wood appears to have the lead right now just off experience, but Jordan Gehrke and Sefo Liufau could provide a solid challenge.
While he was in Bristol, Stanford head coach David Shaw appeared on Colin Cowherd's podcast, and Ted Miller (and Cowherd as well) was impressed with Shaw's NFL mentality (he's not going anywhere anytime soon, though. So don't worry, Nerd Nation member).
Another nugget that came out of the coaches' time back east was that Lane Kiffin will continue to call plays for USC.
As the new man on the job, Sonny Dykes will surely be asked about how far he thinks he can take this Golden Bear squad in 2013. Just don't expect a definite answer, because Dykes isn't putting a timetable on Cal's success.
Need your Arizona State football Pac-12 Media Day primer? Look no further than this Doug Haller article that covers just about everything you need to know storyline-wise for the day, ASU and conference-wide. Todd Graham, Will Sutton and Taylor Kelly will be around.
The now-redshirt sophomore quarterback won't be at Sony Pictures Studios reppin' Westwood, but Brett Hundley has UCLA on the map alright.
Unlike last year when it was mostly an inexperienced group, Arizona football is comfortable at linebacker, and one of them (Jake Fischer) will hit the podium at Media Day.
The big question everyone will have for Mike Riley is "Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion?" While we probably won't get a definitive answer today, we will certainly get a better idea in the near future, especially when Oregon State fall camp opens Aug. 5.
And now for what everyone loves to do on media days-- predict season outcomes. Block U does this with its team, as it thinks Utah's 2013 record will be... go ahead and vote for your choice.
Mike Leach, Elliott Bosch and Deone Bucannon will be your Cougar representatives, so let's take a look at some fall camp storylines for Washington State.