Big 12: Big 12 media days
The Big 12 media days on Monday and Tuesday gave coaches a chance to share their opinions on their teams, their competitors and the future of college football. It also allowed each coach to talk about the positives and negatives of recruiting.
We'll be back at it on Wednesday, with news, notes and good things throughout the morning.
Missouri, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas Tech took their turns today, so you'll see plenty from all four schools on the notebook page.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
IRVING, Texas -- After sitting out last season as a pollster, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops plans to return to voting in the coaches' poll in 2009.
Stoops did not vote last season, making a decision that he felt the poll took too much time and for other reasons he did not elaborate on. The Sooners then were involved in a controversial season where they advanced to the Big 12 title game from a three-way tie in the Big 12 South because of a higher ranking in the final BCS standings that included the coaches' poll as one of its components.
Stoops will change and vote this season, he said.
"You don't need to make a point twice," Stoops said.
Some detractors have said the coaches' poll needs to be dropped from the BCS process because coaches' votes are only released after the final poll of the regular season. That lack of transparency throws a shadowy nature to the poll that could be deemed as undermining its credibility.
But Stoops said keeping the coaches involved in the polling is important and a better option than a panel of retired coaches.
Stoops said that every coach who votes in the poll has an agenda, but has an idea that would keep those at the top from influencing the numbers. He proposed that those coaches who vote whose teams are ranked in the top five or top 10 should have their vote disqualified.
A better reason for Stoops' decision is pragmatism. While he has former assistant coaches across college football who could vote for him -- like Mike Leach at Texas Tech and Bo Pelini at Nebraska -- it still helps to have his own vote.
During the 2008 season, seven Big 12 coaches had votes in the coaches' poll. That group included Mack Brown of Texas, Leach, Art Briles of Baylor, Dan Hawkins of Colorado, Pelini, Gary Pinkel of Missouri and former Iowa State coach Gene Chizik.
Coaches who will be voting during the 2009 season have not been announced yet.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Reading some of my colleague Chris Low's dispatches from the SEC media days in Birmingham, Ala., makes me glad I cover the relatively sedate Big 12.
In an earlier life, I covered national college football for my old newspaper. As such, I sometimes got to make trips out of the southwest to cover college football-related events around the country.
I remember being blown away at my first SEC media days, which took place in the same suburban hotel in Birmingham, Ala., where I think it still takes place. Plowing through a flotilla of radio talk shows set up to grab guests in a long adjoining hall reminded me of one of those connecting ramps between wings at a major airport. Fans were waiting to greet teams and players as they arrived and left the facility much like after a regular-season game.
My first trip was the year that Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was about to be hit with a subpoena. He wisely stayed away, although several Birmingham talk shows kept playing the old Kenny Rogers song, "Coward of the County," to explain his absence. I was just glad my old newspaper wanted me to do stories other than that one.
That bizarre scene made me more than happy that it's a little tamer in the Midwest. I didn't see any fans this year, although a 10-year-old boy did manage to finagle a credential to cover the event. Heck, I can't remember seeing a security official on site at the downtown Kansas City hotel where the events transpired.
Thankfully, there were no subpoenas and no irate coaches. And the major controversy among the media members on the final day was whether the sausage and peppers or the chicken marsala was a better lunchtime choice.