Thursday, July 24, 2014
Media Days are here: Day 2
By Kevin Gemmell
We're halfway through Pac-12 media days, which continue Thursday at the Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. Here's a look at who is on tap for Day 2:
- 9 a.m. - Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans
- 9:30 a.m. - ARIZONA STATE - Coach Todd Graham, QB Taylor Kelly, OL Jamil Douglas
- 10:10 a.m. - OREGON STATE - Coach Mike Riley, QB Sean Mannion, LB Michael Doctor
- 10:50 a.m. - UCLA - Coach Jim Mora, QB Brett Hundley, LB Eric Kendricks
- 11:30 a.m. - WASHINGTON - Coach Chris Petersen, OT Ben Riva, OLB Hau'oli Kikaha
- 12:10 p.m. - STANFORD - Coach David Shaw, QB Kevin Hogan, DB Jordan Richards
- 12:50 p.m. - COLORADO - Coach Mike MacIntyre, WR Nelson Spruce, DT Juda Parker
The big "news" of the day was that Oregon was picked to win the Pac-12 conference in 2014. Predictions aren't always solid -- unless they come from the Pac-12 blog.
Still, it's noteworthy that 24 of 39 writers (including the #pac) all picked the Ducks to win -- especially since Stanford is the two-time defending champ. The Cardinal will be up Thursday, so no doubt coach David Shaw will be asked for a reaction.
More Levi's games?
During the Stanford nonconference primer, the Pac-12 blog lamented the fact the Cardinal and San Jose State put the Bill Walsh Legacy game on hold. Now it looks like talks have started again.
According to Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News, initial conversations have started to reboot the game. Here's what San Jose State coach Ron Caragher had to say:
"There's some fringe talk about it," Caragher said. "Has anything been finalized? Not necessarily. But I think it'd be great."
The Pac-12 and Mountain West are already heavy scheduling partners. But for Bay Area fans, this game holds some special significance. Would be nice to see it up and running again.
Healthy and happy birthday
Cal safety Stefan McClure, oft injured in his career with the Bears, tells Sportswatch.com he's 100 percent healthy and ready to make his move from cornerback to safety. (He also plugs his birthday).
Cal obviously suffered through a bumpy 2013. A lot of that had to do with injuries on defense. So a healthy McClure is welcome news for the Bears.
Aaron Fentress of Comcast Sportsnet broke down his big three major storylines of media days. His thoughts:
Strike a pose
- Oregon picked first
- Marcus Mariota in high demand
- Derrick Malone making improvements
Just because the Cardinal weren't on the podium Wednesday, doesn't mean they (and the other five teams) didn't have media days responsibilities. You can see Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan doing his best Blue Steel here:
Landing spot for Bruggman
Former Washington State quarterback Tyler Bruggman is going to land at Louisville, according to InsidetheVille.com.
In case you missed it a week ago, Ted Miller broke down what that means for the Cougs.
Enjoy Day 2! We'll be tweeting again all day.