2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days: RichRod has all the quotables
BURBANK, Calif. — The Pac-12 turns 100 on December 2, so one of the major themes at 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days is the 100th anniversary of the conference.
In case you didn’t pick up on that vibe during Thursday's media day session, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez made sure you started off your Friday with that knowledge.
“Did you all know it was the 100th anniversary of the Pac-12?” Rodriguez asked during his podium session. “Just making sure. It’s exciting.”
And with that, the most sound-bite-friendly podium session from 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days was underway. Here are some of the other gems from RichRod:
-On quarterback Anu Solomon’s strengths: “If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you because maybe you’re friends with the defensive coordinator from UCLA or ASU or something.”
-On not bringing heralded linebacker Scooby Wright III to Burbank: “Actually Scooby is probably thanking me as we speak that he can be in the weight room right now and do a few more curls. He might be getting another tattoo. I think he had a two-star Scooby; he might be putting one on that says 'Still two-star Scooby.'”
-On whether it’s refreshing to have a starting quarterback returning for the first time in his Arizona tenure: “Refreshing? I think a nice cold beer or a Bacardi and Coke, or maybe even a nice iced tea sweetened is refreshing. What was the question again?”
-On the addition of an eighth official for games: “There is one more guy to yell at that won’t listen to you.”
-On playing 12 games in a row without a bye week: “I’m not going to complain about it after today, unless we’re not winning, and then I’m going to complain about it quite a bit.”
-Rodriguez made a reference to The Lion King and forgot the reporter’s question in the process: “What was your question again? Oh the last two losses. I was in a good mood. Now I’m [ticked].”
-On the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry: “I remember when I got there they were like oh, Ohio State-Michigan you won’t believe some of the things you’ll see when you go down there. The rivalry’s so intense and all this kind of stuff. Then we pull into Columbus on the bus, and there are two elderly women probably in their 80s and they wait for us to get off the bus. ‘Hey, Coach Rod.’ And they give us the middle finger.”
Way to win the press conference, RichRod.