Live from Big 12 Media Days

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013


12:03 p.m. — New Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury wins the award for Big 12 coach that looks the most like Ryan Gosling. He said Texas Tech quarterbacks will be more likely to run in his version of the spread offense: “We’re big on having a quarterback who can extend plays.”

11:41 a.m. — Kansas coach Charlie Weis spent most of his time at the podium speaking about how bad the program was when he found it and how he had to start from scratch. He included the hypothetical pitch to a recruit: “Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? If you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play?”

11:05 a.m. — TCU coach Gary Patterson said Casey Pachall, the Big 12 preseason all-conference first-team QB, didn’t want to come to media day because he said “Coach, I just want to be a student and be a football player.”

10:35 a.m. — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, whose team was picked 8th going into 2012 and won the conference, said he would have picked his team 99th last season and would do so again this season. … “In my previous go-round at Kansas State, we won 11 games in 6 out of 7 years. It was a very fine year. I was pleased with it. But I don’t think we’ve responded to it any differently.”

10:15 a.m. — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is talking about being the preseason pick to win the conference and getting there by playing fast. He said the 8th official will help that. He also praised the spread offense and its impact on the game.

“High tempo and spread offenses has been the single thing that created parity in college football,” Gundy said.

9 a.m. — The 2013 Big 12 football season emerged from its shell today as the conference’s media days began in downtown Dallas.

The two-day event began with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby delivering a state of the conference address. Bowlsby said a number of interesting things, including touching on the need for the NCAA to find a better model for football. While he a big elusive about details on that subject, he did give specifics on new things happening in the upcoming season.

For example:

  • Highlights from other Big 12 games will be broadcast inside the stadium during media timeouts. He said this is an effort to encourage fans to attend games rather than remaining on the couch. He said this is a response to declining season-ticket sales and student participation.
  • Radio frequency identification chips will be placed in all Big 12 players shoulder pads. This will be a way of gathering data, though Bowlsby said he didn’t know how this data will be used.
  • The Big 12 will implement an eighth official who will be positioned in the offensive backfield and put the ball in play.

Photo by Chad Conine

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