The league began in 1996-97, the same year I arrived in Kansas City. Today, Oct. 22, was my 13th Big 12 women’s basketball media day, and over the next few days, I’ll be posting several things about that annual gathering.
A few very quick observations:
*-As always, the coaches will comment about the preseason poll with disbelief, such as this: “Texas A&M is picked fifth! Hmmph! I don’t know how they came up with that.”
The coaches say “they” as if it’s some randomly chosen group of willy-nilly prognosticators. Or worse, a bunch of media dingbats. The thing is, in the Big 12 THE COACHES THEMSELVES select the preseason predicted finish and the various individual awards. It cracks me up how they either forget that – which seems impossible – or choose to ignore it.
*-A great contrast in “opening statements:” Baylor’s Kim Mulkey prefers not to give them. She says, “Just ask me questions.” Colorado’s Kathy McConnell-Miller did all the reporters’ work for them. Her opening statement lasted several minutes as she addressed every aspect of the team.
*-A storm moving over the Oklahoma City area delayed the arrival of the Kansas Jayhawks, who have not had such a great start to the season already. Eagerly anticipated rookie point guard Angel Goodrich tore her ACL in practice Sunday and will be out for the season. The dark clouds seem to be lingering a little too heavily over the Jayhawks.
*-Texas’ Earnesia Williams said she would voluntarily wear a suit from the “Gail Goestenkors Signature Collection” even if Double-G wasn’t her coach … provided she could get one to fit her 6-foot-1 frame.
*-Everybody had something nice to say about the league’s most famous assistant coach, former Louisiana Tech legend Leon Barmore, now at Baylor.
*-Oklahoma was the preseason pick to win the league – although four other teams received first-place votes from whomever “they” are (oh, that’s right, they are the coaches) _ and the Sooners got a fair amount of media attention here at the Cox Convention Center, just 20 minutes or so from their campus. However, the team that seemed most popular with the media was the one that started the day’s press conferences: Oklahoma State.
Just trying to stir up some more Bedlam craziness.