Wednesday, July 28, 2010
What to expect for media days: Day 3
By ESPN.com staff
IRVING, Texas -- More good stuff from media days on Tuesday that you can't find on the blog is up on our notebook page, so head over and check that out. Pat Forde and I will be on hand again today, and things are scheduled to get started in about an hour, barring plane troubles like yesterday.
Here's today's schedule, and once again, the proceedings will be carried live from Big12Sports.com: (all times ET)
10:00 Kansas: Coach Turner Gill, DE Jake Laptad, CB Chris Harris, OL Brad Thorson.
10:45 Oklahoma: Coach Bob Stoops, DE Jeremy Beal, LB Travis Lewis, WR Ryan Broyles, RB DeMarco Murray
11:30 Colorado: Coach Dan Hawkins, CB Jalil Brown, WR Scotty McKnight, OL Nate Solder.
12:15 Texas: Coach Mack Brown, QB Garrett Gilbert, OT Kyle Hix, DE Sam Acho, DT Kheeston Randall.
- All of Kansas' star power has left Lawrence, but if the Jayhawks make it to Dallas this week, I think we can all agree Kansas isn't literally under the radar. Two linemen and a cornerback don't exactly move the meter (Kansas and Baylor were the only schools to bring no offensive skill players), but if Kansas is going to win this year, they'll have to do it up front with guys like Jake Laptad and Brad Thorson. And Kansas' real main attraction, new coach Turner Gill will get his first real time in front of a massive group of media, and situations like this are where he excels, so look for the first-year coach to earn some big points early in the day.
- Oklahoma will hear plenty about its string of injuries and the recent shift of power to Austin in the Red River Rivalry, after the Longhorns have taken four of the past five matchups. Bob Stoops didn't bring his quarterback, but he'll still hear plenty of questions about Landry Jones' progression and his first chance to truly grasp the starting quarterback position full-time.
- The waiting-to-be-finalized exit date for the Buffaloes will probably be discussed at some point, as well as general thoughts about the exit to the recently renamed "Pac-12." The big question for the Buffaloes' likely last season in the Big 12 is simple, even though coach Dan Hawkins hasn't talked as big of a game as he did before last season: Why will this season be different than the first four in Hawkins' time in Boulder? How well they can answer that -- and then deliver -- will decide how the Buffaloes fare in 2010.
- With media covering the other 11 teams in the conference, Texas might end up being grilled about the perception -- real or otherwise -- that after this summer's realignment, it's more powerful than ever before, and able to get whatever it wants. If that happens, I've got no idea what the Longhorns response would be, other than to suggest that none of that affects the game on the field. I'll be shocked if three questions pass before the words "national championship" or "Alabama" come up in a question, either about the defense or Brown's new quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, who made the trip to Dallas.