Bear hunting, Geronimo's leadership secrets, the pros and cons of square-toed cowboy boots ... It's all on the table.
In fact, Mike's sometimes unpredictable sound bites might be the only unpredictable thing to happen on Tuesday.
Here's the unofficial Cougfan.com LIST OF 4 STORY LINES that we guarantee will be coming out of Tuesday's gathering ...
Prepare yourself now, because it's going to be sugary, sappy, wall-to-wall Barkley like last year was with Andrew Luck. Only worse. Bark's got more than a winning resume and great supporting cast. He has Hollywood, Heisman hype, a looker for a girlfriend, and a perma-smile tailor-made for center stage. The fact he bypassed a chance to leave early for the NFL even offers up a sort of heroic aura. That, coupled with the recent Dan Patrick interview in which he opined that he might have been drafted ahead of Robert Griffin III this year, makes him a hotter commodity entering Media Day than Luck was a year ago.
USC will be unanimously pegged to win the south and Oregon will be tabbed with equally overwhelming support to win the north. The Trojans then will be given a decided edge for the overall crown. Stanford will be dubbed the third-best team in the league, fueled by a stout defense but Luckless at QB with Brett Nottingham and Josh Nunes. WSU will be picked to finish fifth or sixth in the north; however, the low forecast will carry a proviso that the Cougs could be dangerous. Washington, as usual, will be overvalued as the excellence of their QB masks the suspect offensive line and rebuilding defense.
What, USC was banned from the post-season the last two seasons and now is fully eligible? This is news only to those who've been domiciled underground all off season, but our comrades in the media – and maybe even Lane Kiffin himself – will no doubt still drag out this trusty cliche to characterize the fire burning in the Trojans' souls for post-season glory.
A year ago, all eyes were on the Chipster as he fielded questions about Willie Lyles being paid to usher recruits to Oregon. Six of the first nine queries he handled last year were about that situation. This time around, the guess is that he'll get a question or two about the nifty hot tub Phil Knight is installing for him in the Ducks' new training complex, and another one or two about replacing LaMichael James and Darron Thomas. Outside of USC, much of the rest of the day's attention will be directed at Jim Mora (Do you realize you've never been a college coach before?), Rich Rodriquez (Are you bitter about being sacked so quickly by Michigan?), Todd Graham (Are rumors true that you're down to three finalists for your next coaching stop?), and Leach (Did Craig James really kill five hookers at SMU?)