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10 questions to ponder going into Big 12 Football Media Days

Will Mack Brown be goofy? Will Bob Stoops be mad? Will anyone talk trash about the SEC?
by Berry Tramel Published: July 21, 2013

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?

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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