DALLAS — Big 12 Football Media Days arrive Monday, which means it's time for my annual 10 questions, in honor of how many schools are in the misnamed league.
This time, I'm determined to stick with answerable questions. Will Casey Pachall stay sober? Will Blake Bell run 10 times a game? Will Mike Yurcich hack it with the big boys?
Those aren't questions that will be answered at the Omni Hotel, I promise you. But here are 10 questions that will be.
1. Will Mack Brown be goofy?
Last year, Brown conducted his press conference after asking a variety of Big 12 cheerleaders to join him around the podium. Said they could answer the hard questions for him.
So I asked them who they wanted to start at quarterback for Texas. Mack, of course, answered for them. And Chris Simms wasn't even in the same area code.
2. Will Bob Stoops be mad?
Last time I was around Stoops, up in Wichita last month, he was in a foul mood. Of course, his new house had just been burglarized.
We sometimes forget these guys have private lives. Just like Craig T. Nelson on “Coach.”
3. Will anyone talk trash about the SEC?
All kinds of Big 12 folks joined the Stoops bandwagon, after Stoops referred to SEC depth of prowess as “propaganda.”
Even Texas Tech publicist Blayne Beal got in on the action, tweeting: “Diff betwn Big 12 & SEC Media Day? Big 12 players will look around room realizing they can beat/lose to any team in league. Not case in SEC.”
4. Will Big 12 players look around the room and do what Beal said they would do?
OK. This is unanswerable. So flog me.
But who's looking around the Big 12 room saying, we could lose to Kansas?
5. Will Mike Gundy drop any clues for what we already know, that Clint Chelf is OSU's starting quarterback?
Gundy got all clammy in March, after telling us for three months that Chelf had the pole position at QB. Did Gundy get wind of Wes Lunt's discontent?
6. Will the ladies swoon over Kliff Kingsbury?
We've heard plenty what a dreamboat is the new Texas Tech coach. Enough females will be milling around the Omni Hotel to get a gauge on whether Kingsbury can be Big 12 football's answer to Quin Snyder, who was a heartthrob while coaching Missouri hoops.
Heck, might even have to poll our very own staff members.
7. Will a mascot steal the show again?
West Virginia's Mountaineer was the star of Big 12 Media Days in 2012. But he's got little competition.
Every other Big 12 mascot is either an animal or someone in a costume with a head. That tends to limit personality.
8. Will Art Briles keep turning on the charm?
Every time I'm around the guy who has resurrected Baylor, I think, this guy ought to be the next coach at OU or OSU. Whichever job comes open first.
Of course, it's far more likely that Briles is the next coach at Texas A&M, which could lose Kevin Sumlin to the pros, or Texas, which could lose Mack in the wash of another disappointing season.
9. Who takes Tommy Tuberville's place as the league's most honest coach?
The smart money is on Charlie Weis, who gave it the ol' college try last July. Weis and Tuberville were breaths of fresh air with their candor. But Dana Holgorsen isn't half bad himself.
10. Can we get Bill Snyder to talk a little trash?
Two straight years, Kansas State has been picked in the second division. Two straight years, K-State has finished in the top two, including the championship in 2012.
Wouldn't it be great if Snyder walked in with palms up and said, what do I have to do?
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