The Big 12 hosted day two of its annual Media Days with Baylor and Texas putting in their time in the spotlight.
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Matt Rhule took the podium for his first ever Big 12 Media Day and stressed the efforts he and the administration are making to change the culture at Baylor. "We're not running from the past," he said during a prepared opening statement, "but rather we're learning from it. We're truly committed to getting the wrongs of the past corrected and to a bright new future. Together, we are committed to our continued cooperation with external and internal reviews of past conduct."
According to Rhule, Travon Blanchard remains suspended for the foreseeable future. "Travon has been suspended since the very first day we heard about that incident,” Rhule said. “He’s suspended until a university inquiry or anything legal happens. There’s really been no change in his status. If at some point those things are finalized or if any new information comes along, we’ll make a decision then.”
Terence Williams will also be out for 3 to 5 weeks with a shoulder injury to start the season. “Terence had a significant injury,” Rhule said. “It was a unique injury in that he was just running and a guy kind of hit him and he didn’t even fall down and he hurt his shoulder. I wouldn’t expect to see him play maybe until conference or even after that. The doctors have tried to be patient with him and make sure he really heals. He has an NFL career ahead of him at some point, and I want to make sure he’s healed before he goes out there.”
Texas DB P.J. Locke gave some insight into how Tom Herman motivates his team. The first-year coach of the Longhorns paired off player against player in variety of drills. The staff kept score. At the end of the week, the winners got the reward of bacon. “The winners were there eating crispy bacon, the losers got a trash breakfast – burnt toast, cold pancakes.”
Herman for the record hates losing. “I think losing has to be awful, and you can never get used to losing,” Herman said. “That is one of the biggest downfalls of a lot of teams is you get used to losing. No, losing is awful. It’s awful. It’s not just, ‘Oh well, we’ll get them next week.’ No, this is like the-sky-is-falling-type stuff.”
The league is committed to making replay decisions from a centralized command center. The decision is based in part on last years Central Michigan/Oklahoma State finish that cost the Cowboys a victory. The league’s new command center will include crews stationed in Irving, Texas, which will have real-time communication with replay officials in Big 12 stadiums. It’s an opportunity for another set of eyes to watch plays and give rules interpretations. Director of officiating Walt Anderson noted; “last year, we felt like — right or wrong — we would have rather intervened and gotten that play right."