The Big 12 Conference will host media days Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The event will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The location where the two top teams will meet in the conference championship game in December. The teams will be split with TCU, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas State, and Iowa State on Wednesday, and the rest of the schools, including Baylor, will follow on Thursday. A few of the storylines for fans to watch for this week:
1.) Baylor & Texas QB Battles — Will coach Aranda or Texas coach Steve Sarkisian drop any hints about who the leader in the clubhouse is going into fall camp? I’ll be curious if either coach will impose a deadline on when they name or starter or entertain the possibility of starting the year splitting time with multiple QBs
2.) Health of star players —- For the first time in a long time we will get updates on a few playmakers that are vitally important to their team’s success. Skylar Thompson missed the majority of last season with an injury, and the Wildcats never seemed to recover. If healthy, Thompson looks to lead Kansas State to another surprising year. In Lubbock, Eric Ezukanma will battling his way back from broken arm he suffered in spring practice. Ezukanma was one of the best receivers in the Big 12 last year and will be a huge reason if Tech makes a bowl game in 2021. Last, for the Bears, Terrel Bernard will need to be at full strength if Baylor wants to challenge for the top defensive team in the conference.
3.) Hot takes from all the coaches - There’s been a lot happening since the last true media days in the summer of 2019. Changes to transfer portal, NIL, and the 2020 COVID season. The Big 12 is not one that lacks big personalities. Hearing the opinions and thoughts on the new challenges and changes should be entertaining for fans.
Media days will be televised on ESPNU starting at 10:00 AM.