McCoy switches sides, asks questionsFormer Oklahoma star and Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Gerald McCoy was at Super Bowl Media Day in a role reversal — he was one of the reporters asking questions of players. McCoy is working for Chad Ochocinco’s Ochocinco News Network (OCNN), along with Ochocinco himself and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. McCoy said he was “drafted” by Ochocinco for his network before he was even drafted by the Buccaneers. “I think they can relate to you a little more,” McCoy said of interviewing his fellow NFL players. “I can relate to them a little more with my questions than with a reporter can because I do what they do.” Videos of McCoy asking questions can be seen at Motorola.com/OCNN. McCoy missed the last three games of his rookie season with a torn left bicep suffered in his team’s Dec. 12 game at Washington.
Teams USED TO WEATHERThe Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers arrived in Texas on Monday to a comfortable setting. “It looks familiar,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of the weather. Like Oklahoma, the Dallas metro area experienced freezing temperatures, ice and sleet on Tuesday. The weather, though, isn’t anything these teams aren’t used to. “It’s funny because we came out this morning and they said, ‘It’s gonna be a long ride; the roads are very slippery, and we came out and there was about an inch of snow,” Packers running back John Kuhn said. “We deal with snow all the time in Green Bay and were surprised that people have such a hard time with it down here, but I guess they’re not used to it.”
KUHN RETURNS TO SUPER BOWLKuhn already has one Super Bowl ring — from when he was a practice squad member on the Steelers’ 2006 title team. Kuhn, who had his own booth on Super Bowl Media Day at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday, was asked about how different the experience was from last time, when he answered questions in the stands. “I upgraded a little bit,” Kuhn said. “This seat’s a little more comfortable. I’m happy with where we’ve gone this year and what we’ve accomplished. It’s fun to be sitting on this side of media day. “I’ve had to answer a lot more questions.”
BIGGER THAN THE SUPER BOWL?Ben Roethlisberger has more on his mind than the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Big Ben is thinking about the Oklahoma-Iowa State women’s basketball game Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. “Bigger than the Super Bowl,” Roethlisberger said of Carlee Roethlisberger’s game against Iowa State. “Saturday, my sister’s got a home game up in Norman, Oklahoma. I’m trying to go to it. I don’t think it’s going to happen. “That’s a big game. I’m rooting for her. Hope she does good.”
POUNCEY SAYS HE HAS A 75 PERCENT CHANCE TO PLAYReports have indicated that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey will not play in the Super Bowl after injuring his ankle in the team’s AFC Championship win over the Jets. But Pouncey said during Tuesday’s media day there is a 75-percent chance that he’ll play against the Packers. “My mind right now is stuck on playing,” Pouncey said. “I’m preparing the right way for the Green Bay Packers, and we’ll see how it goes.” Pouncey suffered a high-ankle sprain early in the Steelers’ win over the Jets, and it was later reported that he also suffered a broken bone in the ankle. By Jason Kersey and Berry Tramel
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Vikes’ Griffen released from jailMinnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been released from a California jail where he’s been held since his arrest Monday for allegedly assaulting a police officer. Griffen played for USC and was a fourth-round draft pick by the Vikings last year. From wire reports