BLOG: Longhorns in Arlington, Day two of Big 12 Media Days


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AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Check here for live updates from Big 12 Media Days Monday and Tuesday:

10 a.m. Tuesday

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell opened day two of Big 12 Media Days Tuesday morning. Iowa State is certainly a contender in the Big 12 picked third in the preseason conference media poll behind Oklahoma and Texas.

Iowa State finished 6-3 in the Big 12 and 8-5 overall in 2018.

The Cyclones are close to breaking through on the national stage in Campbell’s fourth year, but the head coach isn’t addressing expectations from the outside.

“If we worried what the expectations were outside of our walls in the first three years, I think we would’ve crumbled really fast,” Campbell said.

After rebuilding the Cyclones program, it comes as no surprise Campbell has received interest for other head coaching opportunities. When asked about potentially leaving Iowa State for the NFL, Campbell played it cool.

“My goal wasn’t initially to be a college head coach. I’ve never really put a lot of thought into it,” Campbell said.

10:45 a.m. Tuesday

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has an honest assessment of his new team after seeing 15 practices in the Spring.

“What we’re going to be on the field yet…I’m not really sure,” Brown said Tuesday.

Brown is making his first appearance as a Big 12 head coach after his tenure at Troy University, but he isn’t a stranger in the league. Brown was the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech from 2010-12.

West Virginia is rich with running back talent featuring Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway. The duo combined for over 1,500 rushing yards in 2018.

11:15 a.m. Tuesday

Stuck in the depths of college football and the Big 12 Conference, Baylor feels like its getting close to being back on solid footing in Matt Rhule’s third season.

When Rhule arrived on the Waco campus, the Baylor roster was in shambles. The coaching staff only had six offensive linemen at their disposal when they arrived. Hardly enough to compete in a Power Five conference and it showed during Rhule’s first season.

Read more: If Baylor can protect Charlie Brewer, 2019 will be a fun season

12:30 p.m. Tuesday

Here we go again. Texas coach Tom Herman was asked about playing Texas A&M again.

Herman says he would love for the game to return.

“It would be great for Texas fans. We don’t play a historic rival at home anymore. We’ve got to drive to Dallas to play our historic rival. I would love to see the rivalry renewed. I think it’s great for college football. It’s great for Texas,” Herman said.

For a full rundown of what Tom Herman said at the Big 12 Media Days podium, click here.

2:45 p.m. Tuesday

It’s been a busy summer for Sam Ehlinger in the news— even though he hasn’t really created any of it. Rivals and random football figures have given out opinions on the Longhorns junior quarterback.

Asked about those criticisms Tuesday, Ehlinger didn’t give the media much.

STORY: Longhorns QB Sam Ehlinger won’t listen to the noise

Day 1: Big 12 Media Days

9 a.m. Monday

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is officially opening 2019 Media Days with his “State of the Big 12” press conference.

Bowlsby began by addressing some of the challenges facing college football and the conference as a whole including concussion lawsuits, the growing attention paid to the NCAA transfer system, and the evolving world of sports gambling.

Bowlsby said the transfer numbers are not larger than they were in the past. The Big 12’s position on transfers is that sitting out a year after transferring is good academically for the student-athlete.

He also added more clarity to the Big 12’s digital network that will be aired on ESPN Plus.

“We are competing in some measure against the high-quality television that we helped to create,” Bowlsby said.

The conference announced Big 12 Now as the name for the network.

The network’s content will be combined with first-tier inventory on FOX and ESPN. The network will be available on all of the popular streaming devices

9:30 a.m. Monday

Bowlsby took his opportunity to shine a light on a popular national opinion and tried to switch the narrative that the Big 12 doesn’t play defense.

He threw out this stat in regards to his conference’s defensive performance: six of the seven Big 12’s bowl game opponents were held below their season averages of offense.

“Contrary to popular belief, there are some kids that tackle in the Big 12,” Bowlsby said.

He believes that the opinion is perpetuated by the media, but it doesn’t affect the Big 12’s ability to reach the College Football Playoff.

9:45 a.m. Monday

Bowlsby was asked about the conference disclosing injury reports and the conversation immediately shifted to sports gambling.

“Don’t want to encourage gambling. Replicating what the NFL does with 32 teams is different (than college football),” Bowlsby said.

Coaches aren’t wildly enthusiastic about the prospects of sharing an injury report, but it may be out of their hands as the culture of sports gambling continues to progress.

“As more and more states adopt gambling policies, we’re going to have to deal with it,” Bowlsby said.

Bowlsby speculated that if a report became required he could see something like program’s announcing injuries on Thursdays of game week.

10 a.m. Monday

Les Miles began his 2019 Media Days press conference by discussing the situation regarding Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams.

“No violence against a woman is OK,” Miles said.

Williams has been suspended for Kansas’ opener after an arrest and accusation of domestic violence.

Miles said Monday he wasn’t part of the decision-making process, but “I stand by it and see it as the right one.”

Williams was suspended for all of the team’s offseason activities. Kansas placed Williams on probation until graduation and he will meet with a conduct officer monthly.

Williams entered a diversion agreement where he took a domestic violence offender assessment along with an anger management course and 40 hours of community service.

“He understood very much that if he did not meet the criteria that the board asked this would not last very long and he met every criteria,” Miles said.

10:10 a.m. Monday

New Kansas head coach Les Miles is back in the Big 12 at 65 years old.

After being fired at LSU, Miles says he spent the last several years jumping from room to room at his house watching college football. He hasn’t left the game in the past, nor does he think it’s left him behind.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt better in my life than when I take a team to the field,” Miles said.

10:45 a.m. Monday

TCU head coach Gary Patterson says “TCU is ready to go” after a season where the roster was depleted by injuries.

At the quarterback position, Patterson has six on the roster competing for the starting spot including former Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin.

11:50 a.m. Monday

Texas Tech’s first-year head coach Matt Wells is inspired by the recent success of Texas Tech’s athletic department.

Wells mentioned Red Raiders basketball coach Chris Beard saying Beard coaches “those guys like a bunch of football players.”

READ MORE: Wells ‘inspired’ by success of Red Raiders

12:20 p.m. Monday

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley entered Big 12 Media Days with his team favored to win the conference again.

Riley will be aiming to win his third straight Big 12 Championship in three years as the Sooners’ head coach.

He’ll do it with another transfer quarterback as former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts looks to continue the run of prodigious quarterback play in Norman, Oklahoma.

Riley has the talent at the position, but not as much time. With Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, Riley had several offseasons for each player to learn the system. Hurts gets one shot in the 2019 season to run OU’s offense.

“It’s been different. He brings a lot of great game experience that Baker (Mayfield) and Kyler (Murray) didn’t have,” Riley said.

Hurts and OU get to put the offense on display in the season opener against another high-powered offense in Houston and quarterback D’Eriq King.

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, right, poses for a photo with mascot Boomer, left, following an NCAA college football intra-squad spring game in Norman, Okla., Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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