Our overview story for tomorrow's paper will be on the coming Pac-10 basketball race, turing off of the media poll I wrote about below.
But a lot of other notes come out of media day. Here are a few that caught my attention:
New WSU basketball coach Tony Bennett said his father is doing well in retirement, playing lots of golf and speaking at clinics. Dick Bennett still lives in Pullman, but left for Wisconsin on the first day of basketball practice, asking Tony to say hello to the players for him. Dick Bennett plans to undergo hip surgery soon, remain in Pullman through the season and then move to Milwaukee.
Oregon coach Ernie Kent couldn't attend media day because he is recovering from shoulder surgery. Assistant coach Scott Duncan filled in and called Seattle native Aaron Brooks the Ducks best and most consistent player of the preseason. Duncan also said Jordan Kent's stock seems to be rising as an NFL prospect, so he may not play basketball this season.
Coach Herb Sendek's move from NC State to ASU has already sent season-ticket sales above last season's total.
USC coach Tim Floyd said that his players are "able to laugh again, able to be college students again" despite their sorrow over the shooting death of teammate Ryan Francis over the off-season.
Stanford coach Trent Johnson said his enthusiasm about the season has been tempered by the loss of forward Brook Lopez to back surgery and of center Peter Prowitt to a knee injury. Both could return by the end of this month.
While Arizone recruit Chase Budinger has gotten most of the publicity, Lute Olson also said that 5-foot-9 freshman Nic(((cq))) Wise will make an impact this season at Arizona.
Cal coach Ben Braun said everyone wants to know how the Golden Bears will compensate for the loss of Leon Powe and his nightly double-doubles. Braun's answers that he is more worried about replacing the rebounds than the points.
UCLA coach Ben Howland said he expects guard Arron Afflalo to consider a jump to the NBA after this season. Howland added that he expects UCLA to undertake a major renovation of Pauley Pavilion in the next three to five years.
There also will be a few new rules changes -- or at least new emphasis -- this season. Most notably, players must have possession of the ball and have their feet planted in bounds before they can call timeout. No more of those desperation timeouts while sailing out of bounds. Also, players must remain in a "natural stance" while setting screens. And refs are still serious about palming.