College football's media daze

College football's media daze

Conference media days are about to hit the college football landscape in roughly a month. Here’s what you need to know about the media-friendly sessions.

The essentials ... July 14-17 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.
Set the DVR for ... Nick Saban. Without Johnny Manziel still at Texas A&M, what the Alabama coach — who has a longer losing streak than Tim Beckman — has to say will cut into what any talking head on ESPN is commenting on.

The essentials ...
July 20-21 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
Set the DVR for ... Jameis Winston. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner will get the full Manziel treatment if the Seminoles send him. Which they should. Unless they’re afraid he’ll butcher questions about the infamous crab legs incident.

Sun Belt
The essentials ...
July 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
Set the DVR for ... Dennis Franchione. The former Texas A&M and Alabama coach is entering his sixth season on Texas State’s sidelines. See if he’ll give anything away before the Bobcats visit Champaign on Sept. 20.

Mountain West
The essentials ...
July 22-23 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas
Set the DVR for ... Cody Fajardo. Not many people outside of Reno had heard of Colin Kaepernick before he landed with the 49ers. The current Nevada quarterback is the same type of player, having accumulated 9,597 yards of total offense so far.

Conference USA
The essentials ...
July 22-23 in Irving, Texas
Set the DVR for ... Jeff Brohm. The new Western Kentucky coach doesn’t have the name recognition or the drama that came with his predecessor, Bobby Petrino. But the former Illini assistant will talk up his Hilltoppers, who Illinois hosts on Sept. 6.

The essentials ...
July 22-23 at Ford Field in Detroit
Set the DVR for ... Dino Babers. The first-year Bowling Green coach, by way of Eastern Illinois, has plenty of talent back from last year’s 10-4 team and has the personality to win over even the most skeptical sports writer.

Big 12
The essentials ...
July 23-24 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas
Set the DVR for ... Charlie Strong. The new Texas coach has the unenviable task of trying to restore one of the game’s blue bloods back into national prominence. With the entire Longhorn state watching.

The essentials ...
July 23-24 at The Studios at Paramount in Los Angeles
Set the DVR for ... Marcus Mariota. The Oregon quarterback decided to hold off on the NFL and is set to cause more stress for the conference’s defensive coordinators. Dual-threat talent has a legitimate shot to unseat Winston for the Heisman.

Big Ten
The essentials ...
July 28-29 at the Hilton Chicago
Set the DVR for ... Urban Meyer. The third-year Ohio State coach has his fans. And then his detractors. Wherever Meyer goes in Chicago, expect a steady stream of questions and the largest media contingent shadowing his every move.

American Athletic
The essentials ...
July 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, R.I.
Set the DVR for ... George O’Leary. The veteran Central Florida coach is fresh off a 12-1 season that ended with a Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor. Who replaces Blake Bortles is the biggest question mark for the Knights.


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