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2003 Media Day Info

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2003 FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY ATTENDEES

BAYLOR
*Coach Guy Morriss: Turned around Kentucky's fortunes in 2002 with final 7-5 record...BU's 24th head coach...All-SWC guard at TCU in 1972...Played 15 seasons in the NFL with Philadelphia and New England...Has coached 15 seasons from assistantship with Philadelphia to UK head coach.
*DE Khari Long: Had an outstanding spring an moved back up to No. 1 on the depth chart at end...Gives the Bears a solid pass rush...Notched 41 total tackles, seven TFL and 4.5 sacks during solid 2002 season.
*WR Robert Quiroga: Eighth-leading returning receiver in the Big 12 in 2003 after making 49 catches for 556 yards as a junior...88th nationally with 4.1 receptions per game...Also had one TD snare.

IOWA STATE
*Coach Dan McCarney: Has guided Cyclones to school-record three consecutive bowl games...Top mark in a previous eight seasons as head coach has been 9-3 in 2000...Credited with total turnaround of ISU defensive fortunes from 1995-2002...Former team captain and key assistant at Iowa.
*DL Jordan Carstens: Team co-captain...Former walkon who came to ISU as a 228-pound frosh in 1999...Used sheer grit to put on pounds and starts 2003 with 232 total stops (138 solos) and 18 TFL.
*SS Jamaine Billups: Converted DB with 97 total tackles in his first starting defensive campaign in '02...Paced all ISU defensive backs with the 97 total and 69 unassisted stops...Recovered two fumbles.
*WR Lane Danielsen: Has enjoyed two of the top back-to-back receiving years in ISU annals...Made 49 catches for 694 yards in 2001 and 63 receptions for 1,073 yards last fall...Second in ISU career reception yards with 1,918.

KANSAS STATE
(Note: Due to varsity practice schedule for Aug. 23 game, KSU interviews will all be via satellite on Thursday)
*Coach Bill Snyder: National Coach of the Year in 1998 after 11-2 mark and two other seasons...From 1998-03 he led the Wildcats to five 11-win seasons in six years...Among Top 20 active coaches with 116-51-1 mark since 1989-all at KSU...Has led team to 10 consecutive bowl excursions and most wins by any Kansas State mentor.
*QB Ell Roberson: Moving up the Big 12 career charts with almost every snap...Already 155-for-334 passing with 2,554 yards and 13 TD in 28 contests...Led Wildcats to 11-2 mark and bowl triumph in 2002.
*S Rashad Washington: Senior standout who had a hand in 80 tackles (50 unaided) for the 2002 Wildcats...Came into his own with 10 PBU...Prime All-Big 12 DB candidate in '03...Also had one INT.

OKLAHOMA STATE
*Coach Les Miles: Has downed rival Oklahoma two years in succession...Led 2002 Cowboys to 8-5 record and first bowl triumph since 1988 with 33-23 win over Southern Mississippi...Associated Press 2002 Big 12 Coach of Year...12-12 in first two years at OSU.
*WR Rashaun Woods: Big 12 season record holder with 107 receptions (fourth nationally) for league-most 1,695 yards, 17 touchdowns (also a conference mark), and 15.8 yards per catch...First team All-America and consensus 2003 preseason pick.
*DE Greg Richmond: Led team with six sacks and made 49 total tackles (38 solos) in 2002...One of the Big 12's leading pass rushers and solid all-conference candidate.

TEXAS A&M
*Coach Dennis Franchione: Has been ultrasuccessful at every stop along his coaching way...Guided Alabama to 10-3 mark in the midst of NCAA investigations of previous regimes...Took a 1-10 TCU team from 1996 and carried Frogs to our consecutive bowl trips...No. 7 among DIA actives with 155 wins.
*QB Dustin Long: Set Big 12 record with seven TD passes against Texas Tech last year...Also was 177-for-333 passing for 2,509 yards and 19 season TD...Averaged 209.1 passing yards per game.
*QB Reggie McNeal: Engineered 30-26 win over then-No. 1 Oklahoma at College Station with nifty combination of passing and running...Was 24-for-45 passing for 456 yards and six TD before being injured late in season.

TEXAS TECH
*Coach Mike Leach: Has taken Tech to three consecutive bowls for the first time since the 1993-96 campaigns under Spike Dykes...Red Raiders eradicated most of Big 12 records under his tutelage with nation-leading 5,444 net passing yards and 50 aerial touchdowns last season.
*WR Wes Welker: One of the most versatile performers in Tech history...Set NCAA record with 57 punt returns for 752 yards (school-best) in 2002...Also fifth in Big 12 with 86 pass receptions for 1,054 yards.
*SS Ryan Aycock: First team All-Big 12 in 2002...Hard-hitting safety at 208 pounds...Second on squad in total tackles with 151 as a junior...Also managed 12 PBU, seven TFL, one interception, and two forced fumbles.

COLORADO
* Coach Gary Barnett: Named 2001 Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year after taking Buffaloes to their first Big 12 football title and 39-37 win over Texas in Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship...Has guided five of his last seven teams to bowls, including Rose, Fiesta and Citrus Bowls.
* OG Marwan Hage: Started 27 consecutive games at split guard for two-time defending Big 12 North champions...Was center for most of the second half of Alamo Bowl against Wisconsin after injuries hit line.
*FS Medford Moorer: First team All-Big 12 in Dallas MORNING NEWS 2002 survey...Second on the 2002 Buffs with 107 tackles, and that tally did not count the 15 he notched against Wisconsin in bowl.

KANSAS
*Coach Mark Mangino: 2002 Jayhawks showed signs of solid improvement on offense under his watch...Was offensive coordinator at both Kansas State and Oklahoma prior to taking over KU reins in 2002...Frank Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000...Team rolled up 3,801 total yards in '02.
*QB Bill Whittemore: 2002 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year...Was 151-for-305 passing for 1,666 yards, 11 TD and 49.5 percent completion rate...Also rushed 137 times for 549 yards and 11 TD.
*DT Travis Watkins: Junior standout with 37 total tackles in 12 starts for the 2002 Jayhawks...Academic All-Big 12 performer as a soph...Career-best eight total tackles against Bowling Green.

MISSOURI
*Coach Gary Pinkel: Came to Mizzou in 2001 after going 73-37-3 at Toledo of the Mid-American Conference from 1991-00...Improved Tigers from 4-7 to 5-7 from 2001 to '02 and was probably 2-3 plays away from bowl berth...Was 10-1 in 2000 and piloted Toledo bowl team to 11-0-1 mark in 1995.
*QB Brad Smith: National Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America in 2002...Set school record with 3,362 yards of total offense...No. 10 nationally with 280.2 yards per game...Also rushed for 1,029 yards.
*C A.J. Ricker: Standout with All-Big 12 and All-America potential in 2003...Three-year starter for the Tigers...Has helped Mizzou reach offensive goals and to accumulate 4,642 yards of total offense.

NEBRASKA
*Coach Frank Solich: 1999 and '01 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year...49-16 in his first five years with a second Rose Bowl trip in history by the Huskers on Jan. 3, 2002...Has contined NCAA-record string of 34 consecutive bowl trips for Huskers...Has played or coached in 25 bowl contests.
*QB Jammal Lord: Started all 14 games and set school season marks for both rushing (1,412 net yards) and total offense (2,774 yards) in 2002...Broke total offense mark of 2,625 yards by Heisman winner Eric Crouch in '01.
*RE Trevor Johnson: 2002 finalist for Huskers' Lifter of the Year Award...Had a hand in 54 tackles with 11 TFL and 3.5 sacks as a junior...Had a dominant spring at rush end for 2003 defense.

OKLAHOMA
*Coach Bob Stoops: Consensus National Coach of the Year after guiding Sooners to 13-0 record and seventh national championship in 2000...Racked up 11-2 mark in 2002 and first win ever by a Big 12 team in the Rose Bowl-34-14 over Washington...Has best four-year start (43-9) in DIA history.
*QB Jason White: Missed last 12 games of 2002 campaign with knee injury against Alabama...Has outstanding career passing numbers with 94-for-149 for 871 yards, six TD and 63.1 percent success rate in 14 games.
*LB Teddy Lehman: Returning first team All-America LB and finalist for the Butkus Award in 2002...Has recorded 212 total career tackles, 33 TFL, five sacks, three interceptions, and five FR.

TEXAS
*Coach Mack Brown: Paced his last 11 teams at Texas and North Carolina to bowl berths...Helped Longhorns to back-to-back 11-win seasons for first time in school history in 2001 and '02...Moved up to No . 9 among active NCAA Division I-A coaches in 2003 with 135 victories-49 at UT.
*WR Roy Williams: First team All-America with 171 career catches for 2,787 yards (second-highest yardage in Big 12 receiving history) and 27 TD (tied for Big 12 mark)...Has a 17.3 all-time receiving average.
*CB Nathan Vasher: Has played in 36 career contests (including bowls) and started 26...Already among the co-10th-best career pass deflections' man in Big 12 history with 38...Has 66 punt returns for 950 yards.


On the Air
Radio play-by-play and analysis booth crews for the conference bring in a total of 437 years of service into the 2003 football season, and the conference has a history of featuring some of the nation's most "seasoned" broadcasters return at mikeside. 1998 Chris Schenkel Award winner Max Falkenstien (58th season) of Kansas returns. The 2002 to 2003 transition has been almost seamless as 11 of 12 play-by-play "voices" return for activity. Much-beloved and 33-year football veteran Pete Taylor of Iowa State will be missed greatly after passing away due to complications from a stroke at the age of 57 in Feb., 2002. Well-regarded Des Moines media member John Walters joins 20-season veteran football analyst Eric Heft at mikeside for the 2003 Cyclones. The most experienced radio crew in the Big 12 is Falkenstien and KU play-by-plan man Bob Davis and sideline analyst David Lawrence (KU captain and grid standout) with a combined total of an amazing 89 seasons-possibly the most by any twosome nationally (research is being conducted).
Baylor-John Morris (17th season) and Walter Abercrombie (4th year), sideline reporter Ricky Thompson (4th year).
Colorado-Larry Zimmer (30th season), Jay Leeuwenburg (2nd year), sideline reporter Bobby Anderson (27th season).
Iowa State-John Walters (1st season) and Eric Heft (20th season); sideline reporter John Quinn (5th year).
Kansas-Bob Davis (20th season) and Max Falkenstien (58th season), sideline reporter David Lawrence (11th season).
Kansas State-Wyatt Thompson (2nd season) and Stan Weber (17th year), sideline reporter Chris Allison (2nd season).
Missouri-Mike Kelly (10th season) and John Kadlec (9th year); sideline reporter Chris Gervino (12th season).
Nebraska-Jim Rose (2nd season), Adrian Fiala (8th year), sideline reporter Gary Sharpe (4th season).
Oklahoma-Bob Barry, Sr. (24th season) and Merv Johnson (5th season); Mark Rodgers (2nd season).
Oklahoma State-Dave Hunziker (3rd season) and Tom Dirato (23rd year); Robert Allen (2nd year).
Texas-Craig Way (10th season); Keith Moreland (2nd season); sideline reporter Brian Jones (3rd year).
Texas A&M-Dave South (17th season), Tim Cassidy (1st year)
Texas Tech-Brian Jensen (4th season) and John Harris (19th year); sideline reporter: Mark Finkner (5th season).

Second-Year For Fox Sports Net and TBS Supertstation
Big 12 football has gained its most expansive exposure in the seven-season history of the league with new agreements with Fox Sports Net in addition to weekly regional and national telecast (or telecasts) with ABC Television.

For the second year in 2002 the Big 12, Fox Sports Net and TBS Superstation, the popular cable network based in Atlanta, will air five or six Big 12 Saturday prime time football contests at 6 p.m. (Central) time on TBS. Please check local listings for six- and 12-day advance notification of these telecasts.

The Big 12 Game of the Week also is shown live at 11:30 a.m. (Central) Saturdays on most of Fox Sports Net cable affiliates as well as key selected stations in Big 12 markets. Previous 11:30 a.m. (Central) telecasts were handled with a primarily syndicated, over-the-air package and a small number (Fox Sports West II, Fox Sports New England and other selected regional affiliates).

The 6 p.m. (Central) Fox Sports Net/TBS Superstation cable telecasts reach over 85 million cable homes weekly with the Big 12 Game of the Week live, prime time format. Last year TBS carried the maximum six Big 12 prime time contests and has expressed some interest in returning to bowl telecasts at a future date as well after the Big 12/Pac-10 package success in 2002.

The 2002 Associated Press Poll - Strong Big 12 Presence Since 1936
Big 12 squads have captured 17 national titles in the wire services' or coaches' surveys and a nation-leading five since the 1990 campaign by three different schools. Teams from the Big 12 won the most national football championships-four-of all current conferences in the 1990s. Colorado was declared 1990 titleist in football by Associated Press while Nebraska's 1994, 1995 and 1997 (ESPN/USA TODAY poll) squads earned No. 1 positions in the final rankings. Oklahoma opened the 21st Century with a 13-0 mark and the Sooners' seventh national football crown-three each under National Football Foundation Hall of Fame head coaches Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer and the '00 version under consensus 2000 National Coach of the Year Bob Stoops.

Oklahoma (No. 5), Kansas State (No. 6), and Texas (No. 7) followed the tradition of several final squads in the Top 10 in the final 2002 season poll with their high finishes. With Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas all among the Top Five nationally in both the Bowl Championship Series ratings and the national wire service/coaches' polls throughout 2001, it was reminiscent of the 1971 season when future Big 12 Conference members Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado closed 1-2-3. Then the 2001 Buffaloes surprised Nebraska and Texas to close the regular campaign and give the league an all-time-best four teams in the final Associated Press Top 10 rankings after 2001-02 bowls-Texas fifth, Oklahoma sixth, Nebraska eighth, and Colorado ninth. Traditionally, teams from the Big 12 have been among the Top 10 in the final surveys in at least one of the national polls during 60 of the last 67 seasons. One year after the banner 1-2-3 ratings to close 1971, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska closed 2-3-4, respectively, in the last 1972 Associated Press rankings. In 1976 eight current members of the Big 12 were rated in at least one of the acknowledged national surveys.

Oh, How Football Things Change...
Both Associated Press and ESPN/USA TODAY coaches' national preseason polls have been finalized, and the Big 12 has four teams represented among the Top 10 in 2002-just as the final 2001 campaign surveys indicated as well.

Poll progressions from preseason to postseason, though, can be quite a contrast as evidenced by Oklahoma's climb all the way from No. 19 in AP pre-2000 to the '00 national champion. Here's a quick scan at the Big 12's presence in the preseason and final AP and ESPN/USA TODAY releases since Aug., 1996.

When They Are No. 1: Top-Ranked Big 12 Schools
Big 12 Conference teams have earned both preseason and postseason respect throughout the years. The Associated Press pre-fall survey, begun in 1950 after the regular-season poll started in 1936, featured four Oklahoma editions which were selected to win it all and responded in like fashion. OU's 1956, 1974, 1975, and 1985 made media prognosticators prophetic while Oklahoma's 1950 team (over predicted favorite Notre Dame), OU's 1955 edition (as opposed to favored UCLA), Texas' 1963 outfit (instead of Southern California anticipated champions), the Longhorns' 1969 unit (over Ohio State), Nebraska's 1970 entry (as opposed to Ohio State again), the Cornhuskers' 1971 team (over Notre Dame), and both Nebraska's 1994 and '95 squads (instead of Florida and Florida State, respectively) came through the ranks to win AP honors without preseason No. 1 rankings. Voters from the wire service poll selected the Huskers to win an unprecedented "Three-Peat" in 1996 before the Florida Gators bagged their first football title. Oklahoma (1957), Nebraska (1965), Nebraska (1972), Nebraska (1976), Oklahoma (1977), Nebraska (1983), Oklahoma (1986), Oklahoma (1987), and Nebraska (1996) all came out of the gate in the AP's top spot before falling short in the final national rankings. The coaches' (United Press International, 1950-93, replaced by USA TODAY/ESPN in 1994 with voting by Division I-A mentors) polls indicated Texas as national champs in 1970 while Colorado copped the AP national title in 1990 as opposed to coaches' survey choice Georgia Tech.

All-Time Conference Streaks Feature Big 12 Schools
When they're hot, they're hot might be an apt way to describe current Big 12 members when they get on a roll in conference activity. In fact, Oklahoma's 1952-59 teams and Nebraska's 1992-98 squads had the two longest streaks of conference victories in Division I-A history. The 1952-59 Sooners won 44 consecutive intraconference battles before Nebraska ended the skein with a 25-21 victory at Lincoln over the Sooners for the longest conference-only streak ever. Nebraska had the second-longest league-only victory streak at 39 from a 19-10 loss to Jim Walden-coached Iowa State in 1992 until Texas A&M's 28-21 win over the Huskers in '98 at College Station. Though statistics count in regular-season numbers for the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game, that encounter is not included in regular-season conference records, so the Huskers' string remained intact after a 37-27 loss to Texas in the 1996 championship bout. Texas A&M has sixth-best conference winning streak with 26 triumphs from 1991-94 behind Oklahoma (27 wins in a row from 1947-51) and Alabama (27 consecutive victories from 1976-80).

Big 12 Has History of Success Against 2003 Foes, Bowl Opponents
Big 12 schools begin the season with a composite record of 875-618-53 mark (.583) against the 34 NCAA Division I-A regular-season opponents from eight different circuits, Division I-A independents Notre Dame and Troy State, and NCAA Division I-AA opponents in 2003. The first four weekends of the season include 43 games against non-league foes. Big 12 schools ended the year against all non-league opponents with a 41-18 overall mark. The 2003-04 bowl season includes eight games against squads from six different conferences.

Teams of the Century and Team of the Millennium
Oklahoma began the 21st Century with 20 consecutive victories, and the early part of this first decade fit into a scheme of success by past powerhouse teams at OU, Nebraska, Texas, and Texas A&M. By contrast, the Sooners' 1950 and '51 teams under legendary Hall of Fame head coach Bud Wilkinson started 18-3 and then won 75 of their next 84 games (75-7-2) from 1952-59 for the best complete decade in the annals of Big 12 members.

Big 12 schools also have been represented well in several "Teams of the Century," selected in late 1999 or early 2000. The Walter Camp Foundation chose Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier, Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders, Texas running back Ricky Williams, Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson, Nebraska wingback Johnny Rodgers, Huskers' center Dave Rimington, Nebraska offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, Huskers' guard Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska guard Will Shields, Oklahoma defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon, Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary, Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis, and Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth on its all 1900-99 group.

The Dick Butkus Football Network listed Nebraska's Rodgers, Oklahoma's Jackson, Nebraska's Rimington, Texas offensive lineman Jerry Sisemore, Oklahoma offensive lineman Ralph Neely, and Texas' Williams on its first and second team All-Century units. First team defenders from Big 12 schools included Oklahoma's Selmon and Bosworth. Second team defensemen are Baylor's Singletary and Texas' Nobis.

Big 12 Represented by Three of Six Division I-A Teams With Undefeated Records
Big 12 teams hold down three of the top six spots and five of the top 16 positions among teams with undefeated, untied regular-season marks with a minimum of five games played. Alabama tops the list 13 perfect marks from 1925-79 while Oklahoma is next with 12 undefeated campaigns prior to bowls from 1911-89. Next are Michigan and Notre Dame with 11 while Nebraska is fifth among all Division I-A editions with 10 undefeated teams from 1902-99 (including four regular campaigns since 1993). Texas is sixth with nine perfect marks during the scheduled season from 1900-83 while Colorado is tied for 12th with six perfect marks. Texas A&M is knotted for 16th position with four unbeaten teams, including teams that were not scored upon under coach D.X. Bible in 1917 and '19 (Research by 1st-N-Goal, NCAA).

Teams of the Century and Team of the Millennium
Oklahoma began the 21st Century with 20 consecutive victories, and the early part of this first decade fit into a scheme of success by past powerhouse teams at OU, Nebraska, Texas, and Texas A&M. By contrast, the Sooners' 1950 and '51 teams under legendary Hall of Fame head coach Bud Wilkinson started 18-3 and then won 75 of their next 84 games (75-7-2) from 1952-59 for the best complete decade in the annals of Big 12 members.

Big 12 schools also have been represented well in several "Teams of the Century," selected in late 1999 or early 2000. The Walter Camp Foundation chose Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier, Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders, Texas running back Ricky Williams, Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson, Nebraska wingback Johnny Rodgers, Huskers' center Dave Rimington, Nebraska offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, Huskers' guard Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska guard Will Shields, Oklahoma defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon, Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary, Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis, and Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth on its all 1900-99 group.

The Dick Butkus Football Network listed Nebraska's Rodgers, Oklahoma's Jackson, Nebraska's Rimington, Texas offensive lineman Jerry Sisemore, Oklahoma offensive lineman Ralph Neely, and Texas' Williams on its first and second team All-Century units. First team defenders from Big 12 schools included Oklahoma's Selmon and Bosworth. Second team defensemen are Baylor's Singletary and Texas' Nobis.


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