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Pac-12 media days run Thursday and Friday at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, and your entire Pac-12 blog gang will be there slogging through the evasive interviews and plumbing droning quotes for revealing and interesting nuggets to share with you.
There are plenty of topics to cover, including five quarterback competitions of varying intrigue, the rise of the South Division and the Pac-12's remarkable depth, as seven teams are solid candidates for preseason rankings.
Here's the interview schedule and list of players who will be on hand. Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Stanford and Colorado are up Thursday. Arizona, California, USC, Oregon, Washington State and Utah go Friday.
The preseason media poll will be released Thursday. Commissioner Larry Scott will speak on Thursday, and David Coleman, the Pac-12's new vice president of officiating, will talk on Friday.
As a public service, we've provided you with a cheat sheet so you can contemplate the world as a reporter might. We're considering both questions that are sure to be asked and some less warm-and-fuzzy questions that should be asked. We did the North Division first. Now we move on to the South.
(Unless otherwise noted, the questions are intended for the head coach.)
Arizona Wildcats, Rich Rodriguez
What will be asked: For the first time at Arizona, you'll have a second season working with a quarterback: What does that mean for your offense?
What should be asked: Your very good friend Arizona State coach Todd Graham talks constantly about winning a national title. Can Arizona win a national title, and where does the program need to improve for that to happen? And if you say, "Get better players," where do you most need to get better players?
Arizona State Sun Devils, Todd Graham
What will be asked: What will be different about your offense this year with Mike Bercovici taking over full time for Taylor Kelly?
What should be asked: You've had four head coaching jobs but you've never coached a program for more than four years. In your fourth year at Arizona State, how certain do you feel that we'll see you in Tempe five years from now?
Colorado Buffaloes, Mike MacIntyre
What will be asked: Colorado went winless in conference play for the first time in 99 years in 2014. Realistically, what do you expect for the program in 2015 in the rugged South Division?
What should be asked: Your hiring of Jim Leavitt as defensive coordinator has been widely praised. What do you tell recruits and their parents about the controversy that got him fired at USF -- an altercation with a player and alleged subsequent interference in the investigation?
UCLA Bruins, Jim Mora
What will be asked: Where does your competition to replace quarterback Brett Hundley stand?
What should be asked: What are some of the challenges a team would face using a true freshman quarterback and how do those issues affect how you choose a quarterback and manage the position if Josh Rosen does indeed win the job?
USC Trojans, Steve Sarkisian
What will be asked: USC is again being hyped nationally. How do you avoid the problems associated with preseason attention and expectations and perhaps players becoming overconfident?
What should be asked: How will your defense be different with the departure of end Leonard Williams and whom do you expect to generate the most pressure on opposing quarterbacks?
Utah Utes, Kyle Whittingham
What will be asked: What are your expectations for your passing game this year and for quarterback Travis Wilson, a four-year starter who was benched at times in 2014, and what have you seen from him that suggests improvement?
What should be asked: You have a lot of good players returning and look like a top-25 team, but you changed both coordinators and had a public argument with athletic director Chris Hill. How do you keep these coaching changes and administrative challenges from affecting your team and even your coaching staff?