Day One in The Books

Like most thought, all the conversation surrounded the Big 12 save and Big Ten on day one of Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.

The Lead

Day one of Big 12 Media Days was a lot of what most thought it would be.

Plenty of coachspeak filled the air of the interview rooms as Nebraska, Baylor, Iowa State and Texas A&M took their turns talking to media members about conference expansion, succession and everything else in between.

"I understand and very much respect the job that all of you have to do," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini in his opening comments to kickoff the morning. "But I will not be taking any questions in regards to any Big Ten issues. We're excited about being in the Big 12, which is a great conference. We're excited to be in it this fall and looking forward to the future."

In the midst of all this was some honesty, mainly coming from players who weren't shy about sharing any feelings about what it was like to sit and listen to all the talk during the two weeks of turmoil in June.

"It was pretty crazy listening to everything that went on," Baylor linebacker Antonio Johnson said. "But we're not going to think too much of it during this season. If (Nebraska and Colorado) want to leave, let ‘em."

Change at A&M

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman told the media what he had known for weeks, that wide receivers coach Steve Kragthorpe would be leaving the team to pay attention to family matters.

"I told him he could take a leave of absence and come back during the season," Sherman said. "But he felt like this needed his undivided attention."

Kragthorpe will be replaced by former Biletnikoff wide receiver Troy Walters, who played at Stanford and had an eight-year career in the NFL.

Auburn Reunion

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads knows a thing or two about what it takes to win in the Big 12 your first season. He took an Iowa State program that had struggled over the past couple of years to a bowl game last season following a 6-6 season — which included a monumental win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Rhoads, who was a former assistant for Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville at Auburn for his final season in 2008, said his mentor shouldn't need much advice about being in this league.

"He knows how to win," Rhoads said. "I don't think he will need too much advice from me about it. He's a great coach. It will be interesting to play against him and that squad this season."

Tuberville will get a chance to stand alone in Arlington tonight following his interviews this morning. He'll toss out the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. before the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics take the field.

Travis Cram is the Managing Editor for Follow his daily updates and news from Big 12 Media Days on Twitter. Join the Official fan page on Facebook.


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