The 2012 Pac-12 football media day has been set and will take place July 24th at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA. In the inaugural season Oregon came away as Pac-12 champions after defeating UCLA in the first ever championship game for the new conference. A lot of story lines coming into this season for the conference, including Matt Barkley returning for USC, departing stars from Oregon and Stanford and new head coaches for Arizona, UCLA, Wash. St. and Arizona State.
Not all of the questions will be answered on media day but new story lines are possible. Here is the list of teams and the members they will be bringing to LA to address the media (in order of appearance):
Colorado -- Coach Jon Embree, David Bakhtiari (OT), Douglas Rippy (ILB)
Arizona – Coach Rich Rodriguez, Matt Scott (QB), Jake Fisher (LB)
Arizona State – Coach Todd Graham, Cameron Marshall (RB), Brandon Magee (LB)
Utah – Coach Kyle Whittingham, John White (RB), Star Lotulelei (DT)
UCLA – Coach Jim Mora, Johnathan Franklin (RB), Tevin McDonald (FS)
USC – Coach Lane Kiffin, Matt Barkley (QB), T.J. McDonald (S)
Washington State – Coach Mike Leach, Jeff Tuel (QB), Travis Long (DE)
Oregon State – Coach Mike Riley, Markus Wheaton (WR), Jordan Poyer (CB)
California – Coach Jeff Tedford, Keenan Allen (WR), Marc Anthony (DB)
Washington - Coach Steve Sarkisian, Keith Price (QB), Desmond Trufant (CB)
Stanford – Coach David Shaw, Stepfan Taylor (RB), Chase Thomas (OLB)
Oregon – Coach Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner (RB), Michael Clay (LB)
A nice change from last season’s media day is that there will be two players representing each team, one on offense and one on defense. Also another good thing for this season’s media day is that it will be well represented with the conference’s star players. Last season some of the big names were not present, specifically from Oregon who was represented by David Paulson instead of LaMichael James or Darron Thomas. It makes for better stories and headlines if the best players are present.
Of course each team will say they had the BEST summer workouts and they will be even better this upcoming season and rightfully they should. There are the obvious favorites, USC and Oregon but every team has a chance to win the conference at the beginning of the season, well not every team but you get my point. Who knows, maybe a team in the basement last season makes a run and surprises some people.
That’s the beauty of it all, any team can win on a given day.