Just got back to Norman a couple hours ago from a long, but enjoyable week in Dallas. Didn’t want to write this blog, but trying to finish strong after Thoughts from Big 12 Media Days, Part I and II. Today’s lineup included Tech, Colorado, K-State and Texas.
Some quick thoughts:
* By far, the most entertaining kids of the day were those from Colorado, who seem to take on the personality of their coach, Dan Hawkins. Even one, CU tight end Riar Geer, said something to the degree of, “It’s the Big 12, brother” when asked about how tough the league is. For those who wonder why that’s funny, watch this:
* I heard around the grapevine from some Tech people that Mike Leach is still angry about this column CBS Sportsline’s Dennis Dodd wrote during Media Days last year. Dodd called Leach out last year for not bringing Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree to Media Days. Leach didn’t go after Dodd at the public press conference today, but apparently said, “go ahead and write another bad column about me” during coaches-print media roundtable (I wasn’t there, so I can’t confirm, but that’s what some other writers told me).
But Leach can’t be upset with what Dodd wrote this time around.
* Texas came and went without much news or talk, including from Mack Brown. Sergio Kindle, who crashed his car into an Austin apartment late at night while he says he was text messaging, was at the Westin. He said he’s working his way back into the good graces of the team. Colt McCoy was swarmed the way Sam Bradford was, and had several kind things to say about Sam. Who would’ve thought QBs from OU and Texas would ever become such good buddies. But that’s what’s happened.
* Sunday, my Big 12 confidential player poll story is running and I think it’s pretty compelling. I asked almost 30 different players this week from all 12 league schools questions like, who has the best/worst fans, best/worst uniforms and even who will win this year’s OU-Texas game. The results were interesting, and many had funny quotes that I plan to run with the story (the quotes will be anonymous). Stay tuned for that.
Finally, here’s what I wrote from the final day of Media Days.