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Wrapping up media days

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Well, Mountain West media days are in the books and it's time to start looking forward to the upcoming season.

I think the bow was put on this for me when BYU's Dennis Pitta and Andrew Rich and TCU's Jerry Hughes and Andy Dalton shook hands, hugged and said they looked forward to seeing each other in October. The group exchanged phone numbers as well.

Stuff like that is probably my favorite part of media days. Last night, I saw TCU and Air Force players hanging out. This is really the one opportunity a lot of these guys get to meet and know the players that line up across from them. And oftentimes they end up being good friends.

Below are some other things I'll remember from media day:

•Utah linebacker Stevenson Sylvester was probably the best quote of the event. The young man is hilarious and had no trouble interacting with the media. I also enjoyed Hughes and Dalton. They're pretty personable.

•I don't know if there was a worst quote of media day. It seemed like everyone was in rare form. I didn't really come across anyone that couldn't hold their own with the media folks.

•All three of the new coaches fit in well with the veterans. I actually sat with Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and his family and new Wyoming coach Dave Christensen and his family during dinner. And we were greeted by Laura Hoke, the wife of San Diego State coach Brady Hoke.

•I wish I had gotten to spend more time with Mike Sanford. And that's my fault. Sometimes at such large events you can get locked in on something and miss an opportunity to chat with a coach. I think UNLV is going to be pretty decent this year. I'll have to catch up with coach Sanford in August.

•The most surprising thing of the event was seeing members of the Tournament of Roses on hand. Yep, Rose Bowl officials visited Mountain West media days. The two representatives said they were visiting all of the media days, including the WAC.

•And finally, the one comment I appreciated from a lot of the coaches was regarding the BCS. Several coaches agreed that the next four years was about proving on the field, over a consistent amount of time, that change was needed. I really got the sense that the Mountain West wanted to be the conference to prompted change more on the field than off of it. That's an attitude any football fan can appreciate.