Washington State media day primer

PAC-12 MEDIA DAYS kick off tomorrow and run through Friday. Mike Leach, says ESPN, will be asked: Can Washington State win the North? What ESPN says Leach should be asked: Can the Cougars string together consecutive successful seasons?

“It’s a fair question,” writes ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell.  “Recall, coming off of a bowl berth in 2013, the Cougars sputtered in 2014 and struggled to a 3-9 finish, losing six of their last seven.

"Mike Leach’s system has elevated the offense. And his hiring of Alex Grinch to run the defense last season proved brilliant. With experience and stability on both sides of the ball (not to mention a really talented running back corps), WSU seems poised for another successful year. But recent history says it’s OK for expectations to be tempered until proved otherwise.”

You can read the full entry HERE.

Elsewhere on the interwebs, Ben Anderson of in Salt Lake City has 10 burning questions for the Pac-12 ahead of media days:

1. How will the Pac-12 close the growing revenue gap?
2. Does the Pac-12 have a College Football Playoff team?
3. Can Christian McCaffrey win the Heisman Trophy?
4. Will DirecTV ever re-enter the fold?
5. Can the conference find better distribution online?
6. Can the conference’s high-profile teams rejoin the national spotlight?
7. Are former Group of Five coaches ready to make a big leap?
8. Who is the conference’s top QB?
9. Which coaches are in their final seasons in the Pac-12?
10. Can 10 conference members repeat as bowl qualifiers?

You can read the full entry HERE.

THE EVENT gets underway at 9 a.m. Thursday, CF.C's Lew Wright will be on hand to bring you the coverage. You can also watch the Pac-12 media days live on the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Now app and  The media days are running a couple weeks earlier this year, July 14-15 in Hollywood, Calif., than has been customary. The aim is to coincide with the ESPYs and have the Pac-12 coaches interact more with ESPN talent.

In addition to their turn on the dais to field questions from the assembled media, the Pac-12 coaches and players will also visit with the Pac-12 Networks crew.  That schedule is below. In WSU's case, Leach, Gabe Marks and Parker Henry will be on the dais at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, with Leach on the Pac-12 Networks at 12:32 pm, followed by Marks and Henry at 12:45 pm

9 a.m.: Larry Scott
9:55 a.m.: Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, OT JJ Dielman and DB Justin Thomas
10:31 a.m.: Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, WR Nate Phillips and DL Sani Fuimaono
10:57 a.m.: Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, OT Steven Moore and DE DeVante Wilson
11:08 a.m.: USC head coach Clay Helton, OT Zach Banner DB/WR Adoree' Jackson
11:58 a.m.: Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, RB Royce Freeman and LB Johnny Ragin
12:32 p.m.: Washington State head coach Mike Leach / 12:45 p.m.: WR Gabe Marks and LB Parker Henry

9:40 a.m.: Pac-12 VP of Officiating David Coleman
10:01 a.m.: Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre, QB Sefo Liufau and DB Chidobe Awuzie
10:27 a.m.: Arizona State head coach Todd Graham, WR Tim White and DL Tashon Smallwood
11:02 a.m.: Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen, WR Victor Bolden and P Nick Porebski
11:28 a.m.: UCLA head coach Jim Mora (HC), OT Conor McDermott and LB Jayon Brown
12:04 p.m.: Washington head coach Chris Petersen, TE Darrell Daniels and DB Kevin King
12:29 p.m.: Stanford head coach David Shaw, RB Christian McCaffrey and DE Solomon Thomas

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