1. The Big 12 media days kicked off earlier Monday morning with Commissioner Bob Bowlsby giving his state of the union, which pretty much meant talking about Baylor for most of his time on the podium. In his brief time speaking, Bowlsby managed to rename new Baylor head coach Jim Grobe "Al" (I can only assume he is a big Paul Simon fan), speak about the lack of terrorist attacks on Big 12 schools, and confuse everyone in regards to divisions and title conference games.
It was a cluttered mess of time that confused all in attendance. Bowlsby contradicted himself several times during the Baylor portion of the press conference, first saying that they have more information than the general public, then saying they just have the written Pepper Hamilton Facts of Findings from Baylor. He spoke about a rotating division system for the Big 12 to have division champs representing in the Big 12 title game.
Bowlsby did clearly state the goal of the Big 12 to eradicate eradicating sexual assault" on campus, however later would say that is pretty much impossible. "It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18-22 years old, it's probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen."
2. The biggest news from a Baylor perspective though dealt with the "sullied" image that the Big 12 has now, because of Baylor. Bowlsby has continued down the path of leading an investigation, or inquiry, into the events that have transpired over the past few years. This is new ground for a conference, at least as far as I can tell.
Baylor University has been forthcoming during the initial conversations, with interim President David Garland and two regents scheduled to speak with the Big 12 leadership Tuesday. Of course, Bowlsby confirmed for all that there was no actual written report, even though people keep yelling for it to be released.
3. The questions arising from this inquiry are many. What can/will the Big 12 do to Baylor in terms of punishment? Has a conference every punished a school for off-the field transgressions such as this? Do the other Big 12 schools really want a conference being able to punish them, outside of what the NCAA can do?
Could they kick Baylor out of the Big 12, as one Austin reporter inquired about, because of course a reporter from Austin would ask this question
Does the Big 12 edven have the authority to remove scholarships, take away postseason berths, outside of the conference title game, to fine Baylor? These are questions that need to be asked, but no one has the answer. Probably because this has never happened before.
4. Baylor's actual portion of the Big 12 media days will come Tuesday as Jim Grobe takes the stage at 11:15 am. Players Seth Russell, Kyle Fuller, and Ryan Reid will also be in attendance for Baylor. At that time, I am sure we will get more questions about the scandals that have plagued Baylor, both recently and in the past, as certain media meme
bers continue to drive the dialogue. That is a dialogue that Baylor has refused to take over due to their lack of transparency and openness for most of this process.
There will hopefully be at least a few football questions for Coach Grobe, though they will be few and far between.
Tuesday Press Conference Schedule• 8:30 a.m. - Walt Anderson, Big 12 Coordinator of Officials - Quotes
• 9:30 a.m. - Bill Hancock, CFP Executive Director - Quotes
• 9:45 a.m. - Britton Banowsky, CFP Foundation Executive Director - Quotes
• 9:50 a.m. - Steve Hatchell, NFF President & CEO - Quotes
• 10:05 a.m. - Texas' Charlie Strong - Quotes
• 10:40 a.m. - West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen - Quotes
• 11:15 a.m. - Baylor's Jim Grobe - Quotes
• 11:50 a.m. - Kansas State's Bill Snyder - Quotes
• 12:25 p.m. - Oklahoma's Bob Stoops - Quotes
5. Finally, this afternoon, Baylor will also officially introduce new athletic director Mack Rhoades at 4:15 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas,TX, the site of the Big 12 media days. Rhoades will of course be asked the same types of questions we have heard the past few months, but hopefully asked about what he is doing to fix the problems and provide the oversight that is needed. Rhoades hiring was the first step in rebuilding the athletic program once again.