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What to expect from Pac-12 media day

The two-day event kicks off on Wednesday and if you like coachspeak, random questions and listening to Mike Riley talk, you are in luck.

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The last week has been full of college football conferences holding media days. The SEC started things off, the Big 12 had theirs, so did the ACC. The Pac-12 will get in on the act on Wednesday and for the first time it's a two-day event. Yes, you read that right, one full day of media sessions was not enough, so now it's two days worth.

For WSU-related matters, not much changes. The second day was added to break up the media sessions. Six teams will meet with the media on Wednesday (including WSU) and the other six will take their turn on Thursday. Wednesday will still be the big day and not only because the Cougars will be on the podium. The annual Pac-12 media poll will be released and Larry Scott will also address the media. As we talked about in the morning links today, WSU is likely to be No. 5 in the North in the media poll with Oregon No. 1 and the Ducks the popular pick to win the conference.

The day starts at 9 a.m PT with the main media sessions beginning around 9:30 a.m. Mike Leach will be there representing WSU and he will be joined by Connor Halliday and Darryl Monroe. WSU representatives haven't exactly been asked the most-interesting questions in recent years, but if the media takes advantage, WSU has a great group. We all know what Leach is capable of in an interview and Halliday and Monroe are both excellent with the media. With the event broken into two days, maybe there will be less of a rush to get through each team. The Cougars will take the stage last and will likely be there between 15 and 45 minutes.

This will be Leach's third media day with WSU. If the first two are any indication, you can expect some off-the-wall questions. This is the one and only time some of the assembled media will get a chance to talk to Leach, and they tend to use the opportunity to attempt to tap into his rambling tangents. Sometimes the questions are a bit forced and have a "dance puppet, dance" feel, but we will see. If you only want to hear about football, don't get your hopes up. Although some coaches will open their media sessions with a bit of a speech, that isn't how Mike Leach rolls. He usually kicks things off by saying he isn't one for opening statements then immediately opens the room for questioning. The Cougars will take the stage at 12:50 p.m. You don't want to be late or you could miss a media member calling Leach "Coach Price" again.


The whole shebang will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. The DirecTV subscribers in the group can stop moaning because the broadcast will also be streamed online without needing a login. The conference pulled the usual restriction from the streaming and opened it to everyone. The live steam is embedded below if you'd like to stare at a static image for the next 24 hours.