I guess I should clarify the title before I dive into my thoughts.
T.I. = My initials. Tom Interliggi is my name in case you forgot.
B12MD = Big 12 Media Days.
For those of you who deciphered this beforehand, congratulations!
Adam and I arrived to the Westin after driving through what some may consider a monsoon. The early bird gets the worm though, we got checked in with no problems. After we set up our computers and had a 2 minute team meeting, it was time for lunch. They must have known I was coming, offering an Italian cuisine. As a true critic of the food (ask me about The Olive Garden, I dare you!) I was pretty skeptical, but the chicken piccata was actually good.
After the recharge, it was off to shoot some stand-ups. We were planning on going places and showing off the big D, but the rain had other plans. Our creative juices were called upon to entertain. Then the real fun began.
NU had the pleasure of going through the local media gauntlet first. Bo Pelini isn't exactly the friendliest man in the world, but he sure talks like a man that knows what he is doing. The Cornhusker stud, Ndamukong Suh, is an impressive young man. I expect him to have an off the field impact on Nebraska the same way Jason Smith had on Baylor.
The Cowboys were up next. I had a chance to catch Mike Gundy on the hot seat, dressed spiffy as usual. And yes, "The Rant" came up, and he even admits that infamy will follow him for years to come; He just hopes to add to that legend with on the field accomplishments.
The Aggies were the last team I had a chance to catch (sorry ISU, I had to edit). Sherman is brushing off the preseason bottom of the barrel ranking, as he should. In his defense, though, the difference between the six teams in the South is a bit tighter than most leagues. Jerrod Johnson appears to be ready to assume QB duties all on his own, but only time will tell with him.
Tomorrow kicks off Baylor's run through the media, I expect a lot of buzz around here with RGIII at the Westin. Not to mention the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.