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Campus Scoop with Mike Yam
With snacks, sunscreen and equipment in tow, the Pac-12 Networks team is ready for its third Football Training Camp tour. Starting today at Oregon State, host Mike Yam and a rotating cast of analysts will visit all 12 schools to preview their seasons with exclusive interviews from coaches and players.
With two years of experience under his belt, Yam is looking forward to making the most of the hectic, 17-day tour.
“I think our first year doing the show was a half-hour and bare bones. Last year we built it up a little more - it was an hour and we started adding cool bells and whistles to the show. I think this year we are going to do sort of the same thing,” Yam said.
To ensure a successful start to the tour, Yam has been busy preparing for each stop. He cites Football Media Days as a huge source of information. What isn’t covered during that weekend comes to Yam in the form of clips and articles. When he has all of these notes in front of him, he’s ready to hit the road.
"For me, I’ll circle back to some of the answers I know the coaches gave us in regards to players and personnel, how guys might be used," Yam explained. "I think about all of those things we learned from Media Days and sandwich those together with some of the notes I’ll take into the training camp tour.”
Through this preparation, Yam identifies storylines that might work on the show. Facilities is always an interesting topic to explore because they play a huge role in recruiting. In years past, Oregon and Washington unveiled new facilities, but now another school - Colorado - is the next to make headlines in that category.
“For me, personally, I can’t wait to go to Boulder because I thought Colorado had arguably the worst facilities two years ago, and now they’re spending $156 million on upgrading their facilities,” he said.
Colorado’s 'Champions Center,' which is currently being completed, should turn the heads of some recruits and add some intrigue to the Pac-12 South.
With these notes in his back pocket, Yam is looking forward to getting back on the road, particularly where the Buffalo roam: “The atmosphere though in Boulder is amazing. The last two years my favorite stop on the training camp tour was Boulder. It’s the perfect college town.”
For all the behind-the-scenes action from each stop, be sure to follow Yam’s personal recaps from all 12 schools on the Pac-12 Networks Insider blog.