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John Rohde: Big 12 media days are tame in comparison to SEC's meetings

John Rohde Published: July 29, 2009
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Equally staggering is the SEC's new 15-year, $3 billion contract with CBS, ESPN, et al.

Comparing media days in the Big 12 and SEC is not apples to apples.

Several hundred fans had to be cordoned off in the lobby of the SEC hotel.

On Tuesday, three OU fans were spotted in the Westin Hotel lobby seeking autographs, and that's about it.

A whole lot more people and media — careful not to confuse the two — reside in SEC territory.

Big 12 officials granted 350 Media Day credentials here in Irving.

SEC officials granted nearly 1,000 credentials for their Media Day in Hoover, Ala.

The Big 12 is far more selective in who they let in the door.

(For example, Bob the blogger from Podunk, Texas, need not apply.)

The SEC preseason poll in question was voted upon by league coaches.

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier is the one who besmirched Tebow, allegedly by allowing his director of football operations to vote for Mississippi's Jevan Snead.

Big 12 football coaches do not vote in a preseason poll, but media do.

The Big 12 preseason poll was voted upon by 32 media members, and some results were stunning.

In addition to Bradford, there was no unanimous selection for first-team anything.

OU tight end Jermaine Gresham was not a unanimous pick. Neither was Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, OSU offensive tackle Russell Okung or Nebraska defensive tackle and Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year Ndamukong Suh.

Evidently, there are better players at these positions than the aforementioned, who are all projected as future top-10 NFL draft picks.

Here in the Big 12, we accept these truths to be self-evident, and we simply move forward.

No self-made controversies. No invasion of privacy.

That's how we roll in the Big 12.


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