Hello from Los Angeles.
Pac-12 media days kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday at the Sony Studios Lot in Culver City. I’ll be there, along with Bud Withers, our college football columnist and Pac-12 guru. Sorry, we’ve been asked not to report on any celebrity sightings (seriously).
UW coach Steve Sarkisian is scheduled to take the stage at 9:45 a.m, joined by seniors Keith Price and Sean Parker. I’ll provide regular updates throughout the day here on the blog and on Twitter, and I plan to post at least one video clip of the UW press conference.
Along with the typical questions about season expectations and getting over that 7-6 hump, Sarkisian will surely be asked about the status of Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Whether ASJ will be available for the opener against Boise State remains in question, but Sarksian did tell Ralph Russo of The Associated Press that both Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams will be with the team for the start of fall camp on Aug. 5. No surprise there, really.
From a conference perspective, commissioner Larry Scott will formally announce a new league-wide policy to limit contact in practices. Here are a couple bullet points related to that from an announcement the Pac-12 made last month:
Head Trauma Task Force: The Pac-12 will establish a task force under the Student-Athlete Health Conference to study head trauma and find ways to limit damage and exposure to student-athletes. Pac-12’s General Counsel and Director of Football will lead the task force and appoint coaches, administrators and doctors from Pac-12 institutions.
Football Contact Reduction: The Pac-12 will codify into a formal policy the existing practices across the Conference as they relate to limiting contact in football practice. The final policy will be released at Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26. Going forward, the Pac-12 will look at guidelines around contact in practice to ensure that student-athlete well-being is being closely monitored, both in the amount of contact and in providing our student-athletes and coaches with ample opportunity to teach and learn the correct tackling methods during the spring and preseason.
Here’s the full scheduled of Friday’s press conferences. A live feed will be available at Pac-12.com.
9 a.m. — Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner
9:15 a.m. — Washington State: coach Mike Leach, Elliott Bosch (OL), Deone Bucannon (DB)
9:30 a.m. — California: coach Sonny Dykes, Bryce Treggs (WR), Nick Forbes (LB)
9:45 a.m. — Washington: coach Steve Sarkisian, Keith Price (QB), Sean Parker (DB)
10 a.m. — Oregon State: coach Mike Riley, Brandin Cooks (WR), Rashaad Reynolds (DB)
10:15 a.m. — Oregon: coach Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota (QB), Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB)
10:30 a.m. — Stanford: Coach David Shaw, David Yankey (OL), Shayne Skov (LB)
10:45 a.m. — Break
11 a.m. — Lydia Murphy-Stephans, President, Pac-12 Networks
11:05 a.m. — Colorado: Coach Mike MacIntyre, Paul Richardson (WR), Chidera Uzo-Diribe (DE)
11:20 a.m. — Utah: coach Kyle Whittingham, Jake Murphy (TE), Trevor Reilly (DE)
11:35 a.m. — Arizona: coach Rich Rodriguez, Terrence Miller (WR), Jake Fischer (LB)
11:50 a.m. — USC: coach Lane Kiffin, Marqise Lee (WR), Hayes Pullard (LB)
12:05 p.m. — Arizona State: coach Todd Graham, Taylor Kelly (QB), Will Sutton (DT)
12:20 p.m. — UCLA: coach Jim Mora, Xavier Su’a Filo (OL), Anthony Barr (LB)