Best of the rest from 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days
BURBANK, Calif. — As I wrap up my coverage at 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days, here are some other tidbits that caught my eye, but either a) I didn’t quite get enough on the subject to turn into its own blog post or b) I didn’t get around to devoting 300-400 words to it.
-Mike Leach never shies away from giving dating advice. This time around, he suggested taking your date rattlesnake hunting or sturgeon fishing. He also recommended using coupons: "Now what I used to do is I had the two-for-one. You could by the two-for-one coupon book, and you go to the sandwich place, and [she’d say] ‘Oh, this looks good. What are we having?’ ‘I don’t know.’ You pull out the coupon book and say, ‘Here’s the menu.’ But that’s not the first date.”
-It doesn’t sound like Leach has read Harry Potter. When talking about his trip to the Batman exhibit at Warner Bros. Studios, Leach said, “Then you can go upstairs to the Harry Potter exhibit and they’ll stick a wizard hat on you and tell you what tribe you’re in or whatever, or the fraternity or whatever. I can’t remember. Mine was Huffle-something.”
-Utah linebacker Jared Norris, a skateboarder growing up, built a half-pipe in his backyard during over the summer. “But we’re not doing it anymore because the season is coming around. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it’s good,” Norris said. He mentioned that his best trick is a 360 flip.
-The Washington football team does some MMA training. When Deontae Cooper was told that teammate Travis Feeney mentioned it to reporters, he said, “He didn’t tell you that I be knocking him down, huh?” The running back had more jokes. “My teammates think they’re some MMA fighters. It’s all good,” Cooper said.
-Cal’s right-armed quarterback Jared Goff swung lefty when trying to knock down a piñata and also went southpaw on the putt-putt setup for coaches and student-athletes. Sonny Dykes told our Pac-12 Digital crew that Goff’s father raised him to throw righty and bat lefty like many baseball players.
-UCLA won the putt-putt competition behind solid efforts from coach Jim Mora and center Jake Brendel. RichRod was the clear champion in the cornhole event at last year’s media days, and the Wildcats went on to win the Pac-12 South. Obviously there’s a direct correlation between the cornhole title and Pac-12 South championship, so will putt-putt glory deliver the Bruins to a spot in Santa Clara in December?
‘Twas a fun media days, y’all. Can’t wait for September to get here. #HowGreatIsBall