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Campus Scoop with Mike Yam at Arizona

Today, Mike Yam, Curtis Conway and Glenn Parker faced some difficult wardrobe decisions as they travelled to boiling Tucson, Arizona. Fortunately, they were greeted by the entertaining Rich Rodriguez, who seems to have worn off on one of his players. Mike Yam weighs in:

Now that we’ve reached the Arizona schools, heat has definitely become a factor. How have you been dealing with it?

“Everyone seems to talk about the heat at the Arizonas. We’ve done exactly two and a half years of the Training Camp Tour shows, and I’ve never worn shorts for any of the shows. I’ve gone with pants every single time. Yesterday, we were at Stanford, and I said to myself, ‘I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like in Tucson. I’m just going to do it; I’m going to bite the bullet and wear shorts.’ It actually wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. I had my ice pop on the sidelines, I drank plenty of fluids, I stayed hydrated, and it was hot. But it wasn’t as excruciating as some people would have anticipated. And even Rich Rodriguez was teasing us. He said, ‘Hey, you guys got a cool for Tucson.’”

How do you think tomorrow will compare?

“I think in Tempe, it’s going to be different. Everyone is saying it’s 116 degrees, and while it’s been hot here, the last two years at Arizona State, it’s been a  different type of heat. I remember going there at 8 in the morning, thinking , ‘Oh, it’s not that bad,’ and someone said, ‘It’s 8 in the morning and it’s 90 degrees.’ That might give you some perspective. It’s going to be so hot there tomorrow that we have to change our interview location to indoors. It is supposed to be 116 degrees, and that’s just absurd.”

Rich Rodriguez is typically entertaining in interviews and on the sideline. Did he disappoint this year?

“He never disappoints. He’s one of my favorite coaches to talk to. I think he’s one of the best storytellers of any coach we have in the conference. He’s always entertaining. He was good enough to wear a mic for us for one of our mic’ed up segments for the show, and I think if you hear him, he’s very different than he is when he’s doing interviews. He’s a charismatic guy who is very affable and tells great stories and yet when he wears a mic for practice, he’s getting after it. It is all business on the field for him. You can see how serious he takes it, and his players have followed suit. The coaching staff is getting on guys and making sure they’re executing at the highest level. On the training camp tour show, you get to see both sides of Rich Rodriguez: a serious football guy and a fun-loving family guy.”

You had the opportunity to talk to Will Parks about his sock-shoe combination. What were your thoughts on that?

“Will is as entertaining as any player in the Pac-12. Media Day was his coming out party. We had him on Pac-12 Football Weekly a year ago, and you could tell he had personality. The first time I saw him in person was when we were at Media Day, and I spent a lot of time with him. As soon as he stepped on the set today, he was wearing bright purple and pink shoes with black and white polka dot socks. He explained, ‘I haven’t worn these for a year or so and I saw them in the closet and thought it was going to work.’ He is an awesome kid and one of the nicest around. When he’s done with football, I guarantee you’re going to see him on TV.”

Tomorrow, Yam will bear the heat again in Tempe. To catch up on his training camp experiences, visit the Pac-12 Networks Insider Blog

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