Day one of Big 12 Media Days is in the books.
Here are a few observations both typical and atypical on
this Monday morning.
Bob Bowlsby is very corporate. He
reminds me of the Farmer’s Insurance spokesman. The Big 12 is in good hands
with him and he is practical about where the conference sits in the pecking
order of college football.
Bowlsby’s most interesting
comments were about how college athletics may need to be separated out by
sport, so that “field hockey isn’t governed the same as football.” Maybe this
is step 1 of college football being its own entity, as well as other college
Bowlsby also said that each player
in the conference, as well as the Pac 12 and SEC would be outfitted with a
microchip in his shoulder pads. He said it’s to measure some of the game speeds
and force of the game (IE Concussions). I wonder if it’s also to see if there’s
a way to diagram or scout on film, etc. This could be really interesting.
The new logo for the Big 12 conference consists of redoing
the font, changing the color and moving the words “Big 12 Conference” to the
bottom. I’m sure our lives are forever affected.
-Gundy said he has largely been out of the play calling for
his offense the last several seasons and will again not call plays this season
for Oklahoma State. “It’s been a number of years since I’ve really been
involved in play calling.” Also, Oklahoma State doesn’t change its offense. In
the age of a revolving door of coordinators and assistant coaches, they keep
the terminology the same and make the coach adjust, not the players.
-On being picked to win the conference: It’s a tribute to
the players that have been in the program before. We’ll mention to our players
to be very vanilla and they still have a lot of work ahead of them.
Coach Snyder was much happier this year than last year. I
suppose winning the trophy will do that.
His first job in coaching: It was in Gallatin, Missouri. This
was a high school position. I was an assistant football coach and
assistant basketball coach and assistant women's basketball coach, assistant
track coach, drove the school bus, taught four units of Spanish, which I knew
nothing about, and I made $6,000 a year. And I thought I'd died and gone to
heaven, in all honesty, because I'd never had a paycheck worth very much prior
Snyder is replacing 9 starters on defense, but that also
affects special teams : And When you lose as many as we did on defense as well, that can have an
impact on your special teams because so many of your defensive players play on
special teams. We've been fortunate to have pretty good special teams
units. We were - a combination of all, they ranked us No. 1 at the end of the
season in special teams last year, but an awful lot of the personnel on those
units, those six units, were defensive players as well. So it will certainly
Patterson kept his cool while answering question after
question about Casey Pachall. While no one officially
representing TCU would say it, several of the TCU media believe that Pachall will be the starting QB this fall and that it’s not
up for much debate.
On year 2 in the Big 12: I think it takes 2 years to be able
to get things through all of that (the travel) and understanding that you try
not to make any mistakes as far as admimistration.
Charlie Weis –
Weis owned the room. He was funny, engaging & brutally
honest. And he didn’t mention Notre Dame by name, but when he was there, he
must have read up on Lou Holtz’s “We’re horrible” MO, because he played the
On his recruiting pitch: We have the facilities, we have a
great education, and we’ll have the stadium improvements done soon. Kids want
to play. I can turn to a kid and say, “Have you seen that pile of crap?” If you
can’t play here, where do you think you can play?