Big XII Media Days
(Frisco, Texas)—The 2018 edition of the Big XII Media days made its annual stop in the North Texas area, when they opened up the meetings at the Dallas Cowboy Star, and inside the Ford Center on the campus where the Cowboys practice and have their offices.
The usual suspects were on hand, which means the 10 Coaches that make up the conference, and for the first time, they were all the same coaches that were there last year.
The newness had worn off of the first year coaches at Baylor, and Texas as well as Oklahoma, now they settle in to their roles and get down to business.
However, at Media Day, they are the same questions being asked to every coach, and pretty much the same answers are given, and at times in the same fashion.
The eyes were placed on three coaches however, Tom Herman of Texas, Gary Patterson of TCU and Riley Lincoln of Oklahoma.
Those are the three that most people have finishing at the top of the Conference, with Oklahoma repeating (by pre-season poll) as Big XII Champions. Remember it was last year that the Sooners manhandled the Horned Frogs of TCU at AT&T Stadium, and placed themselves in the NCAA Playoff four, for the National Championship, only to come up short to eventual winner Alabama.
The buzz around the Ford Center was on the several changes coming down from the NCAA on rules, and what the effect it will have on the game, and to once again put an emphasis on speeding up the game. Trying to get it down from 3 hours and 45 minutes to under 3 hours and 15 minutes. Kick offs will now be able to have a fair catch signal made and the ball placed at the point of the catch, the rule is to help with cutting down on injuries during kick offs, the other rules are involving the end of the game if the game is no longer in question, and the outcome of an extra point with no time on the clock after a touchdown, will not have a win or loss effect on the outcome of the game.
The other move is that the conference will has made an agreement with a helmet manufacture, VISOR, which has developed a new helmet to help cut down on head and neck injuries, it is not a mandatory requirement that all teams go to this new helmet but at least 10 to 15 players on each squad have chosen to use the new helmet this 2018 season.
Speaking to the Commissioner of the conference Bob Bowles, he was very proud of the conference, outside of the football season, with champions being crowned in Volleyball, and seeing two BIG XII Schools make it to the College World Series this past spring, the NCAA Basketball season also has Big XII Schools in both men and women’s march madness, and showcasing their talents this past winter.
Mr. Bowles went on to also compliment the graduating seniors of the 12, with a high rate of graduates and that he impressed the importance of getting the education along with the athletic skills that got those students to their Universities.
The question came up again about expansion of the 12, but with the revenue that was distributed among the 10 schools, out of the 400 million dollars, $365,000,000.00 were given to the schools, and this will include from television revenue, and that makes the 12 one of the richest conferences in the country.
The Big XII says that even though the Longhorn Network is still providing programming for the University of Texas, that there are other avenues for the conference to explore to bring more information and access to the conference through the Digital Platforms that are made available, and each school and tap into that resource.
The College football season kicks off in September, and it will begin at AT&T Stadium with the University of Miami will take on LSU, on the 2ndof September, and then on the 15thof the month, TCU will host The Ohio State also at AT&T Stadium.
The Big XII announced that the 2019 and 2020 Media days will be held at AT&T Stadium, which will give them a start and a finish for their season in the same stadium with the Big XII Championship game held there for the next 4 years.
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