The unofficial kickoff for football has always been Big 12 Media Days, not only for us but for many fans across this great conference. It is a time where we can hear from players and coaches about the upcoming season as well as a time to get to know them a little bit better personally. Of course, a little bit of media hospitality is always nice as well.
However, this year’s Media Days will be a little bit different. And by different, I do not mean that we will be moving from the Star in Frisco to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. In fact, there will be no need to go to North Texas or even leave the comfort of our homes. Last week on Wednesday, Big 12 athletic directors and coaches decided that Big 12 Media Days from Jerry World will be cancelled and have decided that it will be done virtually.
Obviously, this will not change much from the fans’ perspective because it will likely still be televised or streamed, but for us media folk (although I consider myself an average blogger), this will be much different. We will not be face to face with these players and coaches and likely will not get the chance to truly ask them what we want to know.
This was a time for our staff to gather as much info as possible and relay it back for you to enjoy and of course, catch any crazy viral moment on video for the world to see. However maybe there is a plus side to all of this for people like me. I don’t know about you but I would not mind starting my Big 12 Media day morning with a little vodka in my orange juice while I listen to Bob Bowlsby ramble on or Lincoln Riley bore me to death by giving the most generic answers possible. Hell, I guess I do not even need change out of my pajamas if I do not feel like it. One thing I will for sure not miss is squeezing in between media members trying to hear Tom Herman at his table like we are at an 80’s metal concert.
But in all of this, the most important thing is that we give you the best info and stories possible that we can provide and I promise that will we do our best to give you that. Now, I am not sure how crazy this year’s Media Days was going to be with just one new head coach coming in (Baylor’s Dave Aranda) but things will certainly have a different look on July 20th and 21st for the Big 12 when Media Days arrives.
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