BaylorBears.com will be with the Bears throughout the day to give you a behind-the-scenes look at this year's event. Read below as we chronicle Art Briles, Antonio Johnson, Danny Watkins and Phil Taylor taking part in this year's Big 12 Media Days. Check back periodically Monday afternoon for blog updates.
9:37 A.M., TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010 We told you that we gave Danny Watkins and Antonio Johnson a Flip Cam and they started asking all the hard questions to numerous reporters. Here's the video:
5:07 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010 Just over four hours after it began, head coach Art Briles and players Antonio Johnson, Phil Taylor and Danny Watkins have wrapped up interviews at 2010 Big 12 Football Media Days in Irving, Texas. Check BaylorBears.com later tonight for behind-the-scenes video from Media Days and much more.
What happens when Media Day interviews are over and you give Baylor senior OT Danny Watkins a mic and a camera? Well, Danny turned the tables on some media members, asking hard-hitting questions about Canada and other items of interest (video coming soon). Danny interviewed John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald (pictured, above), Baylor Bear Insider's Jerry Hill and The Voice of the Baylor BearsJohn Morris. Danny said that he "never met someone who was as fluent in hieroglyphic note-taking as Werner".
3:48 P.M. While "Cousin Phil" Taylor was doing a live radio interview with Sam Mayes for Triple Play Sports Radio (Stillwater, Okla.), Baylor senior OT Danny Watkins asked if Taylor and Mayes were related...All three shared a laugh. Afterwards, Taylor and Mayes went back to live radio and concluded their interview.
Sam Mayes (left, during his playing days at Oklahoma State) and Phil Taylor (right)
3:41 P.M. More from Briles:
"(This season) will be, without a doubt, the most complete team we've put on the field since I've been here."
3:19 P.M. Head Coach Art Briles during his time on the dais at Big 12 Football Media Day:
"The thing I like about our guys who we're putting on the field this year is they're going to be very fresh, very fast and very fearless. And I think the last word there is the most important...These guys have not played all the snaps that some other guys have played, but the ones that do, they're going to cut loose and play. It's our job to make sure we allow them to play in a free and fast motion."
During "The John Morris Show" Monday afternoon, "Cousin Phil" Taylor told John Morris that he played at 360 pounds last season ... Taylor, who was named to preseason All-Big 12 second team by Phil Steele and third team by Athlon, says he is down 25 pounds and currently weighs in at 335.
When asked about sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III being ready for the 2010 season opener, head coach Art Briles said "if we play today, he's ready" ... Coach Briles also commented that he likes the nine-game conference schedule coming in 2011 ... Danny Watkins referred to RG3 as "Little Griff" since the Bears now have a "Big Griff", Robert T. Griffin ... "Cousin Phil" Taylor has lost weight after he "didn't have the year he wanted" in 2009 ... "Cousin Phil" says he feels better and is in great shape for the 2010 season.
12:48 P.M. We have arrived at 2010 Big 12 Football Media Days at the Westin-DFW North. Head Coach Art Briles and student-athletes Antonio Johnson, Danny Watkins and Phil Taylor are scheduled to begin their media day with local and regional TVs at 1 p.m.
Make BaylorBears.com your one-stop-shop during the yearly activities. We'll provide blog updates with fun and interesting tidbits throughout the day, as well as photos from the event.
Big12Sports.com will offer a live videofeed that will feature Baylor's press conference as well as other in-depth interviews.
FOX Sports Southwest will also provide live coverage of the early sessions from Big 12 Football Media Days and recap shows each day.
Big 12 Live from Media Day, co-hosted by John Rhadigan and Big12Sports.com correspondent Wendell Barnhouse, will include the early session coaches' press conferences live on Monday, July 26 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. CT; and Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. CT.
Big 12 Football Media Day Recap will be shown on Monday at 5:30 and 11 p.m. CT, and Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 and 11 p.m. CT. The 30-minute programs will include highlights of that day's coaches' press conferences, analysis by FSN Big 12 announcers and media covering the event, and interviews with student-athletes and other guests.
1-1:40 p.m. - TV 1:45-2:30 p.m. - Print 2:30-3:15 p.m. - National TV 3:15-3:55 p.m. - Radio 3:55-5:10 p.m. - National TV