by Pete Arbogast, the voice of the Trojans:
Day two at Pac-12 media day on the Warner Brothers lot…..
A lot of chatter about the opening coaches poll out last night with 8 opponents this season in the top 25 or among others receiving votes. SC’s #10, ND 11, Ucla 14, ASU 16, Stanford 21, Arizona 22. After the first two games, it’s gonna be very exciting almost every week.
One of the director’s of Pac-12 officiating is first up this morning. He pumps up Pac-12 refs quietly, says they’ll be improved and there will be transparency. Then he takes his full 30 minutes and does not take any questions.
The head of the Pac-12 network comes up after a flashy video and works from prepared remarks.
Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez is the funniest coach among the 12, to be sure. With a down home type humor and a country accent.
They’re picked 4th in the South. Just like last year…when they won it.
Cal’s Sonny Dykes has fewer reporters around him than does his QB Jared Goff. That’s a first on these two days so far.
Sark is really personably compared to most of these guys. Speaks off the cuff and is just conversational and actually answers the questions that are asked. I roll over and watch Kessler who has a huge throng around him. He’s doing great fielding the questions.
Sua Cravens is doing great too. Very well spoken and both are great ambassador’s for our university.
Sark says, with emphasis, we are going to run the football! I’ll bet we throw some, too.
“We are not a dink and dunk offense we will run and we will have big plays in the passing game.”
Oregon comes up next—Helfrich is concerned about leadership as they lost a lot of guys who were great team leaders over the past few years.
Washington State’s coach is pretty funny too. I guess you have to be.
I left for lunch before Utah’s Whittingham went up. At 11 years he has 6 years seniority on everyone else in the conference. Coaching is a tough gig. When I came back from lunch, he was talking to a virtually empty sound stage. The burgers and dogs were too much to pass up.
Ran into Leinart again and he and I had a nice chat with the heads of the Pac-12 network.
At lunch, lots of camaraderie and a lot of guys hurrying and scurrying for various airports.
And that, until our Trojan Radio Network meting Thursday, is that. Until Saturday night’s first practice (open to the public!)