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7.22.2014 Daily Bears Report: Big 12 Media Days Fallout

It's been a crazy 24 hours since Art Briles first took the podium yesterday at the helm of the reigning Big 12 Champions.

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You guys get me again today, and we're going to just blitz right through this, old-school.  Really explore the space of the DBR with links and stuff.  Firstly, ODB made the #OakmanIsSoBig hashtag video:

That's nice. Continuing with the links!

Football Media Days Central - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site -- Still the main place to go for streams and such of the proceedings, which are still going on today.  Today's full schedule:

Yes, you read that correctly.  Strong is the final name on the list, meaning you can expect Longhorns fans to go absolutely crazy in about an hour or so.  Twitter will be unbearable.

2014 Big 12 Football Media Days: Walt Anderson explains rule changes - Bring On The Cats
The changes are minor, but important: targeting, loose ball recovery, and returning to the field of play from out of bounds.

I put this on the front page because one of the plays they used as a reference was the K.J. Morton hit last year on OU's Sterling Shepherd.  If you recall, Morton was flagged for targeting and ejected by rule, then the ejection was overturned because it wasn't targeting.  Subsequent rule changes have eliminated the ridiculousness of keeping the penalty yardage in place where the penalty cause was overturned, and that's good.  What isn't so good is that Walt Anderson says this play would be a targeting penalty this year, ostensibly because Morton "launched" himself into Shepherd at the point of contact.  Make of that what you will.

Other links:

Baylor's Art Briles responds to Jimbo Fisher's Big 12 title comment -
As does a former Florida State quarterback who's now in the Big 12. The player did so with less force.

This thread went about like you probably would have expected.

How big is Shawn Oakman? Baylor players weigh in on the freaky defensive lineman | Dallas Morning News

Big 12 media day features Baylor, Texas Tech | Bevo Beat |
Follow along as the Statesman's writers cover Big 12 media days from Dallas.

Baylor's latest social media win
Aside from any team goals, it appears Art Briles' largest priority for the 2014 season is getting Bryce Petty a Heisman Trophy, or at least getting him to New York for the ceremony.

Big 12 media days roundtable: Day 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
It was an action-packed day as Big 12 media days opened in Dallas, Texas. Baylor carried itself with the look and confidence of the defending Big 12

'One True Champion' sounds nice, but might not be enough for Big 12 -
There will be four playoff teams, and there are five power conferences. Without a conference title game (and its strength-of-schedule bump), the Big 12 begins this new era at a disadvantage.

Big 12 Football: Baylor content to stay with soft non-conference schedule | News OK
BIG 12 NOTEBOOK — Baylor coach Art Briles responded to a question on whether he planned to upgrade the Bears’ non-league schedule in light of the College Football Playoff selection process by citing the need to "go unscathed"

Baylor, Big 12 seek trail to new-look football playoff - Baylor Bears Football
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.

BAYLOR FOOTBALL: Briles: Baylor ‘swinging for the fences’ - Your Houston News: Sports: baylor bears, football, art briles,
DALLAS — Coach Art Briles and Baylor arrived at Big 12 football media days as defending champions for the first time.

Baylor's defense ready to emerge from offense's shadow in 2014 season - College Football -
DALLAS -- Shawn Oakman understands that you’re probably not familiar with him. Bryce Hager, too.

Shawn Oakman helping to change perception of Baylor defense -
The perception of the Baylor program has changed in recent years and monster defensive end Shawn Oakman is one reason why that new attitude has to also apply to the Bears' defense.

And that's pretty much it so far.  A couple of tweets from yesterday/this morning:

If you didn't know, those are the jersey numbers of 2016 commits Dickson and Hudson. It's a cool move.

This was my favorite ODB tweet from yesterday:

Check back throughout the day!