Big 12 Media Days: OSU Going Defensive

Two weeks from today, Oklahoma State along with Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, and Iowa State will wrap up the Big 12 Football Media Days with the meatiest of the two days. TCU, one of the league's preseason favorites, will carry the first day on Monday, July 20, along with West Virginia, Kansas State, Kansas, and Texas Tech.

The event will have loads of media from across the Big 12 and national landscape. Thanks to the comments earlier this summer from OU President David Boren, you can bet there will be some realignment talk thrown in with all the football discussion going on those two days in Dallas.

Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 commissioner, is scheduled to speak to the gathering first thing Monday morning, and on Tuesday the media will hear from College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock among others including Big 12 supervisor of officials Walt Anderson.

The five team's head coaches and players are spread out throughout the day with a press conference in the morning and a breakout session in the afternoon being open to all media. Fox with two regional networks sets and private sessions for Fox and Fox Sports 1 and 2 capitalize the most time with the head coaches from each school and the players that they bring with them. ESPN, ESPNU each have private sessions as does CBS Sports, Sirius satellite radio network, campus insiders, and institutional networks (Longhorn Network and KU TV).

Honestly, since the conference gains nothing from some of those entities (campus insiders and institutional networks) in the way of broadcast rights then I don't see where they should get any kind of private designation above and beyond other media outlets. However, that is an issue for the conference and media attendees.

Head coach Mike Gundy and assistant athletic director for media relations Gavin Lang decided to go heavy defensive with the players they are taking to Dallas as Emmanuel Ogbah, last season's Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big 12 and a preseason All-American, headlines the four players that also includes preseason All-Big 12 cornerback Kevin Peterson and linebacker Seth Jacobs. From the offense, senior inside receiver David Glidden is also attending.

Below is a list of the players the other schools are bringing:

Monday, July 20
Kansas Jayhawks
Head Coach David Beaty
Ben Johnson, TE
Jordan Shelly-Smith, OT
Ben Goodman, DE

Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach Bill Snyder
Cody Whitehair, OT/OG
Dante Barnett, SS
Morgan Burns, CB

TCU Horned Frogs
Head Coach Gary Patterson
Trevone Boykin, QB
Joey Hunt, OC
James McFarland, DE
Derrick Kindred, FS

Texas Tech Red Raiders
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury
Jared Kaster, OC
DeAndre Washington, RB
Branden Jackson, DE

West Virginia Mountaineers
Head Coach Dana Holgerson
Tyler Orlosky, OC
Wendell Smallwood, RB
Nick Kwiatkowski, LB
Karl Joseph, BS

Tuesday, July 21
Baylor Bears
Head Coach Art Briles
Corey Coleman, WR
Spencer Drango, OT
Andrew Billings, DT
Shawn Oakman, DE

Iowa State Cyclones
Head Coach Paul Rhoads
Quinton Bundrage, WR
Sam B. Richardson, QB
Sam E. Richardson, CB

Oklahoma Sooners
Head Coach Bob Stoops
Sterling Shepard, WR
Ty Darlington, OC
Trevor Knight, QB
Eric Striker, LB

Texas Longhorns
Head Coach Charlie Strong
Taylor Doyle, OC
Johnathan Gray, RB
Duke Thomas, CB


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