Big 12 media days are less than three weeks away, set for July 22-23 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas. The two-day event will host half the league on Day 1 before the second half checks in for Day 2.
Teams can bring a few players to represent the program to media, and Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman has the lineup for who's coming to Dallas:
Monday, July 22
Tuesday, July 23
A few thoughts:
Most notable: Only two quarterbacks will be making the trip. Texas' Ash and Kansas' Heaps will be coming to Dallas. There's not many household names at QB and not many people the media will be clamoring to talk to, but both of those guys are interesting and will have major impacts on their teams building on 2012. That said, I'm a little surprised Baylor's leaving Bryce Petty behind. TCU leaving Casey Pachall at home is an obvious decision that would likely be a major distraction from the team as a whole at media days. Oklahoma State doesn't want to talk about its quarterback decision, so it's not too surprising to see it not bringing Clint Chelf.
The biggest attraction will certainly be Seastrunk. For one, he's shown he's not afraid to speak his mind and provide a memorable quote, but he's also the biggest returning star in the league on offense in a league mostly devoid of offensive star power.
Kansas officials were fawning over Sendish to me earlier this offseason, so it's no surprise to see the new cornerback in KU's travel party. I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
Glad to see K-State is bringing Walker back to media days. He was great last season and missed the second half of 2012 after a knee injury. His road back from it hasn't been easy, but he's one of the more emotional leaders of an inexperienced defense. He'll be a great interview this August.
My pick to steal the media day show? Last year, it was West Virginia's Joe Madsen (and the Mountaineer, who provided this golden photo). This year, I'm going with Oklahoma's Ikard.