Kansas will be the first of four schools to visit with the media Tuesday, starting things off at 9 a.m. Coach Mark Mangino will have LB Mike Rivera, QB Todd Reesing and DB Darrell Stuckey in tow to talk about the upcoming football season. The Jayhawks will be followed that morning by Colorado, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
Usually, media days are reminders that the Crash Davis School of Sports
Interviews must be doing a booming business. There’s lots of,
“We were blessed last season,”
“We’re just going to take it one day at a
time,” and, “We’ve got a hungry group of
players.” Ooh – and don’t forget,
“But that was last year, and we have to put that behind
This will be my first trip to Big 12 media day, and I’ve only
been to KU media day a few times, so I’m still new enough to
this to believe that something, well, interesting will happen.
Here’s a list of things that – even if I knew just
one of them was going to happen – would make me a lot more
excited about covering media day.
• Colorado coach Dan Hawkins
presents an encore presentation of his award-winning lecture,
“Intramurals and the Big 12: A Study in Contrasts.”
• Mike Rivera concludes his
interview by saying, “I’m out. I’m going
to the hotel lobby to scare some little kids and old people.”
And then does it.
• Wildcat coach Ron Prince says
he’s resigning after this season to spend more time with fans
• Oklahoma State coach Mike
Gundy announces his declaration of his age and sex has earned him a
lucrative deal with America Online.
• Better yet, Gundy announces
both an off-season surgical procedure and a birthday by screaming,
“I’m a woman! I’m 41!”
• Darrell Stuckey reveals that
his chain of roadside restaurants will no longer serve pecan log rolls
after Christmas 2008.
• When talking about his own
team, Prince keeps referring to them as the Butler County Wildcats.
• A lean, mean KU coach Mark
Mangino proudly announces, “This team is no longer a work in
progress, and we no longer have to keep sawin’
• Jayhawks QB Todd Reesing says
he’s leaving school after this season to spend more time with
Bret Favre’s family.
• Wildcat QB Josh Freeman tells
reporters, “I know how important it is for all the fans in
Kansas City to see me. At least, that’s what Coach
• oSu QB Zac Robinson asks for
Jenni Carlson’s phone number.
• Somehow, Prince manages to say
something even more headscratchingly goofy than,
“We’ve burned the ships and gone ashore.”
How many days till kickoff? I promise: it’s not soon enough.
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