BURBANK, CA The Pac-12 the Conference of Champions will celebrate 100 years on its birthday Dec. 2. “As much as it is a time to celebrate, anniversaries like this are a great time to hit the pause button and reflect, both on where we’ve been and on where we’re going,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
For this special year the Pac-12 ascended on Warner Brothers Studio with the top NCAA coaches and players. These two spectacular days provided excitement and anticipation of a great season ahead.
The first day opened with Scott addressing the media with opening statements. That was followed by the first slate of coaches and players from Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Stanford, and Colorado. Each coach had the opportunity to reward two deserving student athletes to embark on media day and have the privilege to represent their college for the world to see. The day was field with radio spots, hot seats on podium, putting contest, twitter photo blast, photo shoots just list some of the activities.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora knew the one dying question all of us wanted to know the answer to, ‘Who will be the starting quarterback for this season, savoy well loved Jerry Neuheisel or the rookie Josh Rosen.
“I think the thing that gives me some measure of comfort is knowing that we’ve got a pretty veteran group around that player, whomever it may be,” Mora said. “We’ve got an experienced offensive line. We return the Pac-12’s leading rusher in Paul Perkins as well as some other really good backs.
“We’ve got an experienced and pretty talented receiving core, though may not with the marquis name. So it’s very unlike Brett’s situation three years ago, where Brett had to step in and do a lot. Whoever has taken snaps from Jake can depend on those around him a little bit more than maybe Brett was able to do. So that gives me a little comfort.”
Center Jake Brendel was asked about how does feel being the real quarterback this year. He let us know that he just glad to have healthy offensive line along side himself.
“We will be in great hands with either Jerry or Josh behind me,” Brendel said.
Arizona State head coach Todd Graham was asked, what do you need to do to be competitive?
“Obviously, we talk about being one of the most explosive teams in the country,” Graham said. “(We were) third in TFLs in the nation in three years, second in quarterback sacks, second in interceptions. It’s a big play. Obviously, we’re in attack defense, and minimizing risk and those type of things are things we’ve really researched and worked hard on.”
In his first year as head coach, Oregon State’s Gary Anderson was all smiles for his first Pac-12 media day event. A big question for the program is when and how will OSU compete?
“For us, we’re really a day-by-day working team right now,” Anderson said. “We are so youthful. We have to worry about today and then take on the fights for tomorrow and find a way to be consistent.”