WSU Pac-12 Media Days: What you need to know

MIKE LEACH will bring a pair of seniors with him when Washington State attends the Pac-12 Media Days on July 30-31, according to the conference. Offensive tackle Joe Dahl, who allowed but one sack last year on 771 pass attempts, and linebacker Jeremiah Allison, second on the team in tackles last year with 78 stops, will accompany Leach to Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank.

They’re two great choices to represent Washington State. Dahl is an old hand at taking to the media having taken part in many a post game press conference. And Allison (pictured above) has long been a skilled orator.

According to the Pac-12, Mike Leach, Dahl and Allison will conduct interviews with the Pac-12 Networks, ESPN and FOX on the first day, but will not be made available to the rest of the media on Thursday, July 30.

On July 31, the WSU contingent will take questions on Sound Stage 12 from the assembled media at 12:10 p.m. and will later be made available for additional media interviews to coincide with lunch.

The full media days schedule is at the bottom of this article.

Commissioner Larry Scott will kick off the event at 9 a.m. on Thursday. If past years are any indication, two things will happen: Scott will give a strong state of the Pac-12 presentation. But, if he takes questions, he will also say that the chances of a Pac-12-DirecTV agreement this year are slim to none. Lydia Murphy-Stephans will give a presentation on Friday at 9 a.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

David Coleman, the new Pac-12 vice president of officiating, will give his presentation at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. And depending on which way Coleman decides to go, that could be intriguing.

Fans and media have pummeled the conference in recent years (and rightfully so) on the league's quality of officiating. It will be interesting to see if Coleman agrees there is a significant problem in need of fixing, or if he’ll take the road Scott recently traveled during the Pac-12 spring meetings when Scott downplayed the issue and said Pac-12 officiating is better than perceived.

Only three Pac-12 teams are expected to bring a quarterback to Burbank, which might be an all-time low for a conference that prides itself on its QBs.

After this year’s Media Days, the Pac-12 will have held their annual event at all the major movie studios save for one, as wearesc.com recently noted. With Fox, Sony, Universal, Paramount Studios and now Warner Bros. checked off the list, the only one that remains is Disney.

This is the second year the Pac-12 has held a two-day football media event.

The Pac-12 Networks is expected to provide live coverage from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Last year, the conference also offered a free Pac-12 Networks stream on pac12.com.

Here’s the schedule, as provided by the Pac-12:

Thursday, July 30
9 a.m. - Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
9:30 a.m. - Arizona State - Head Coach Todd Graham, Mike Bercovici (QB), Jordan Simone (S)
10:10 a.m. - Oregon State - Head Coach Gary Andersen, Storm Barrs-Woods (RB), Larry Scott (CB)
10:50 a.m. - UCLA - Head Coach Jim Mora, Jake Brendel (C), Randall Goforth (DB)
11:30 a.m. - Washington - Head Coach Chris Petersen, TBD, TBD
12:10 p.m. - Stanford - Head Coach David Shaw, Kyle Murphy (LT), Blake Martinez (LB)
12:50 p.m. - Colorado - Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, Stephane Nembot (OT), Kenneth Olugbode (ILB)
*Pac-12 Networks will air live coverage throughout the day by providing interviews with the above coaches/players.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Lunch and additional one-on-one interview opportunities
*Coaches and student-athletes from Arizona, California, Oregon, USC, Utah and Washington State will conduct interviews with Pac-12 television partners (Pac-12 Networks, ESPN and FOX) and will not be available to the media on Thursday.

Friday, July 31
8:30 a.m. - Football Officiating Session – David Coleman, Pac-12 VP of Officiating
9 a.m. - Pac-12 Networks presentation - Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Pac-12 Networks President
9:30 a.m. - ARIZONA - Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, David Richards (WR), Will Parks (S)
10:10 a.m. - CALIFORNIA - Head Coach Sonny Dykes, Jared Goff (QB), Hardy Nickerson (LB)
10:50 a.m. - USC - Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, Cody Kessler (QB), Su’a Cravens (OLB)
11:30 a.m. - OREGON - Head Coach Mark Helfrich, Royce Freeman (RB), Rodney Hardrick (LB)
12:10 p.m. - WASHINGTON STATE - Head Coach Mike Leach, Joe Dahl (OT), Jeremiah Allison (LB)
12:50 p.m. - UTAH - Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, Devontae Booker (RB), Jared Norris (LB)
* Pac-12 Networks will air live coverage throughout the day by providing interviews with the above coaches/players.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Lunch and additional one-on-one interview opportunities
*Coaches and student-athletes from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington will conduct inter- views with Pac-12 television partners (Pac-12 Networks, ESPN and FOX) and will not be available to the media on Friday.


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