We were winding our way back from ACC Media Days while our friends and colleagues took in the show in Dallas. Assorted highlights from the two-day Big 12 media blitz follow. As with most media blitzes, not much was learned, but fun was had.
• Let’s get some opinions on Penn State! Or not, says Charlie Weis! “My feelings on that is that no one wins,” he said. “Everyone loses. There’s no winner in that situation. So I prefer not to take any further than that. It’s not a good situation and no one won. There’s no winners there, and so let’s move on from there.”
Paul Rhoads offered what we thought was the best assessment of the situation: ”I think, first and foremost, this is a matter for the legal systems and the courts, and there’s more of that to come. And I just ‑‑ I’ll leave it at, first and foremost, that’s where this case is at. And I can’t say anything or give my opinion about anything that’s going to do anything to help the victims or their families.”
• RepsRepsRepsRepsRepsRepsReps. Repeat. Dana Holgorsen acknowledges your adulation, y’all: “Well, it sounds like everybody in the room thinks that we’re pretty good, or that Geno is pretty good. It’s a compliment to Geno. I think a lot is based on what happened the last game of the year, which in all my years for 12 straight Bowl games, all my years of December practice time, I think we got better in the month of December last year more than we ever have. And it’s just practice.”
We are inclined to agree with his assessment of December.
• Tommy Tuberville spoke on the temperature of his posterior. “Just being here a couple of years, everybody said: You’re on the hot seat. I’d like to coach a few of these guys I recruited.”
• Mack Brown’s statement began with an observation. “Well, I’m sitting in a red chair,” he said. “I don’t do that very often from the Big 12.”