It’s 80 degrees in Seattle, the Mariners are fading from playoff contention, and Seahawks fans are panicking about a bunch of guys who want more money.
What does all of this mean? Why, it’s late July, of course! Which means it’s time to convene with a bunch of other media in southern California and ask a bunch of questions to college football coaches and players about the upcoming season.
Yes, Pac-12 football media days – a whole two of ‘em – are upon us, spanning Thursday and Friday at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California. I’ll be there for all of it, hoping against hope that someone, anyone, admits that this offseason might not have been their best one yet.
Anyway, here’s the schedule. The Huskies are one of the six teams facing the media gauntlet on Thursday, so we’ll obviously have plenty of news and notes from the UW contingent, which features coach Chris Petersen, sixth-year senior running back Deontae Cooper and fifth-year senior linebacker Travis Feeney. They’re scheduled to meet reporters from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Here’s the media schedule for both days:
Thursday, July 30
9 a.m. - Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
9:30 a.m. - ARIZONA STATE - Head Coach Todd Graham, Mike Bercovici (QB), Jordan Simone (S)
10:10 a.m. - OREGON STATE - Head Coach Gary Andersen, Storm Barrs-Woods (RB), Larry Scott (CB)
10:50 a.m. - UCLA - Head Coach Jim Mora, Jake Brendel (C), Fabian Moreau (DB)
11:30 a.m. - WASHINGTON - Head Coach Chris Petersen, Deontae Cooper (RB), Travis Feeney (LB)
12:10 p.m. - STANFORD - Head Coach David Shaw, Kyle Murphy (LT), Blake Martinez (LB)
12:50 p.m. - COLORADO - Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, Stephane Nembot (OT), Kenneth Olugbode ILB)
* - Pac-12 Networks will air live coverage throughout the day by providing interviews with the above coaches/players.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Lunch and additional one-on-one interview opportunities
*Coaches and student-athletes from Arizona, California, Oregon, USC, Utah and Washington State will conduct interviews with Pac-12 television partners (Pac-12 Networks, ESPN and FOX) and will not be available to the media on Thursday.
Friday, July 31
8:30 a.m. - Football Officiating Session – David Coleman, Pac-12 VP of Officiating
9 a.m. - Pac-12 Networks presentation - Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Pac-12 Networks President
9:30 a.m. - ARIZONA - Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, TBD
10:10 a.m. - CALIFORNIA - Head Coach Sonny Dykes, Jared Goff (QB), Hardy Nickerson (LB)
10:50 a.m. - USC - Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, Cody Kessler (QB), Su’a Cravens (LB-S)
11:30 a.m. - OREGON - Head Coach Mark Helfrich, Royce Freeman (RB), Rodney Hardrick (LB)
12:10 p.m. - WASHINGTON STATE - Head Coach Mike Leach, Joe Dahl (OT), Jeremiah Allison (LB)
12:50 p.m. - UTAH - Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, Devontae Booker (RB), Jared Norris (LB)
Additionally, the Pac-12 Networks will air live coverage throughout both days. Here’s their schedule:
Day 1 (Thursday, July 30)
Host: Mike Yam; Analysts: Yogi Roth, Curtis Conway, Nick Aliotti
· Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott’s live remarks from podium
· Interviews with head coaches Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Todd Graham (Arizona State), Gary Andersen(Oregon State), Jim Mora (UCLA), Chris Petersen (Washington) and David Shaw (Stanford).
· Student-athletes duos from Colorado (Stephane Nembot, Kenneth Olugbode), Arizona State (Mike Bercovici, Jordan Simone), Oregon State (Storm Barrs-Woods, Larry Scott), UCLA (Jake Brendel, Fabian Moreau), Washington (Deontae Cooper, Travis Feeney) and Stanford (Kyle Murphy, Blake Martinez) share their expectations heading into the 2015 season.
· Yam, Conway and Roth discuss the state of college football with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
Day 2 (Friday, July 31)
Host: Mike Yam; Analysts: Yogi Roth, Curtis Conway, Matt Leinart
· Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans’ live remarks from podium
· Interviews with head coaches Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Rich Rodriguez (Arizona), Sonny Dykes (California),Steve Sarkisian (USC), Mark Helfrich (Oregon) and Mike Leach (Washington State).
· Review of the new rules and points of emphasis with Pac-12 Vice President of Officiating David Coleman.
· Student-athletes Devontae Booker and Jared Norris of Utah, Arizona’s David Richards and Will Parks,Jared Goff and Hardy Nickerson of California, Trojans’ Cody Kessler and Su’a Cravens, Royce Freeman andRodney Hardrick of Oregon, and Washington State’s Joe Dahl and Jeremiah Allison weigh in on the state of their teams.