The 2012 Pac-12 Media Day kicks off this morning in Burbank, California, and it should easily be the most entertaining media frenzy outside of the SEC Media Days, which opt for taking multiple days of the spotlight, rather than creating one big ball of fun like the Pac-12.
Commissioner Larry Scott will kick off the event at 9am Pacific, but let’s look at the schedule of events and decipher what’s going to happen and what we should be keeping our eyes out for.
9:15am- Colorado: It’s terrible for the Buffs that Jon Embree, the most overlooked coach in the Pac-12, gets sandwiched between Larry Scott and Rich Rodriguez. Expect some questions about how they’ll fare despite returning only three starters on offense, and perhaps some mentions about a roster that includes starters named Wood, Handler and Rippy.
9:35am- Arizona: Welcome back to college football, Rich Rod! Now, get ready for a ton of questions about Michigan, West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan. He may get asked about new quarterback Matt Scott, but don’t think for a second that a Denard Robinson question is off the table.
9:55am- Arizona State: Without a doubt, Todd Graham will be asked about Tulsa and Pitt and how he explained that those were his dream schools. You think Lane Kiffin is sleazy for ditching Tennessee for his dream school? Graham has done it twice in two years and lands in the perfect place for a creepy sleaze-master: Tempe, Arizona. He’ll get asked about all of that. Probably.
10:15am- Utah: The Utes have the best running back in the Pac-12, but they won’t be asked about it. Instead, the Salt Lake media will pester Kyle Wittingham with questions about BYU, Utah State and Brigham Young. Then again, we’ll try and make sure someone brings up the fact that John White is not only the best rusher in the league, but that he will be in attendance. Try, at least.
10:35am- UCLA: New coach at UCLA alert! That screams questions about USC and the attendance at the Rose Bowl. Expect Jim L. Mora to say he’ll be pumped when Nebraska comes calling in week two, but of course, he’ll preface it by saying he’s taking one game at a time and Rice is enemy numero uno. Yeah, right. We won’t buy it.
10:55am- USC: The Trojans will be the No. 1 team in the nation. That pretty much guarantees a bunch of overzealous questions. You know, like, “Do you consider yourself the favorite to win it all this year?” Or perhaps, “Is there any chance Matt Barkley won’t win the Heisman?” But let’s get real, and hope that someone asks Lane Kiffin a legitimate question: “How exactly do you expect to beat Oregon twice this year?”