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TCU, Texas only Big 12 teams not to have QBs at media days

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Like the SEC, the Big 12 Wednesday unveiled its list of players who will attend its upcoming media days.  Unlike the SEC, the quarterback position will be well-represented.

On the Big 12’s list of attendees, eight of the 10 teams in the conference will bring their starting quarterbacks to the July 18-19 event in Dallas.  The lone holdouts?  TCU and Texas, who, in fairness, have multiple players engaged in competitions at the position that will extend into summer camp beginning next month.

All but one Big 12 team will have at least three players, along with their head coaches, in attendance, with five — Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia — hauling in four players apiece.  The lone team not at least at that three-player minimum?  Scandal-plagued Baylor, which will be represented by interim head coach Jim Grobe and just two players — cornerback Ryan Reid and quarterback Seth Russell.

Anyway, below is the complete list of attendees:

Monday, July 18
Iowa State: Head coach Matt Campbell, QB Joel Lanning, WR Allen Lazard, DB Kamari Cotton-Moya
Kansas: Head coach David Beaty, QB Montell Cozart, LB Joe Dineen, Jr., S Fish Smithson
Oklahoma State: Head coach Mike Gundy, QB Mason Rudolph, S Jordan Sterns, WR James Washington, LB Chad Whitener
TCU: Head coach Gary Patterson, DE Josh Carraway, TB Kyle Hicks, LB Travin Howard, C Austin Schlottmann
Texas Tech: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, OL Baylen Brown, QB Patrick Mahomes II, DB Justis Nelson

Tuesday, July 19
Baylor: Head coach Jim Grobe, CB Ryan Reid, QB Seth Russell
Kansas State: Head coach Bill Snyder, S Dante Barnett, QB Jesse Ertz, OL Dalton Risner, DE Jordan Willis
Oklahoma: Head coach Bob Stoops, LB Jordan Evans, QB Baker Mayfield, RB Samaje Perine, DB Ahmad Thomas
Texas: Head coach Charlie Strong, TE Caleb Bluiett, DT Paul Boyette, Jr., S Dylan Haines, OL Kent Perkins
West Virginia: Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, QB Skyler Howard, OL Tyler Orlosky, DL Noble Nwachukwu, S Dravon Askew-Henry

Todd Graham takes blame for Arizona State’s mismanagement in Cactus Bowl

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For those who stayed up late enough to experience Pac-12 bowl action after dark on Saturday night and into the early Sunday hours, you were witness to some poor game management by Arizona State and head coach Todd Graham. Arizona State (6-7) lost to West Virginia (8-5) in the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix, 43-42, in part because Graham opted to kick an extra point to build a late six-point lead. Given the offensive trends in the game and the timing of the situation, going for two points was an easy call, and Graham blew it.

It’s my fault,” Graham said, accepting blame for the kicking of an extra-point instead of opting for a two-point conversion attempt with 4:56 to play. “We have a chart in the (coaches) box that we go by. We’re supposed to be going for two. We didn’t. Mismanagement on my part. That’s my responsibility.”

“Ball was snapped, kicked the extra point, tried to call a timeout. We had several things like that today. Not much to say about that—just mismanagement.”

There was more mismanagement, as Graham calls it, in the fourth quarter that resulted in a burned timeout. Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez kicked a 48-yard field goal to pull the Sun Devils to within one point of the Mountaineers in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Before the ensuing kickoff, Graham called for a timeout because Graham wanted to attempt an onsides kick but the wrong kickoff team was on the field.

“We were fixing to do an onside kick and we didn’t have the right personnel on the field,” he said. “Another mismanagement deal.”

That was quite a blunder of its own. The mistakes were there all night for Graham and the Sun Devils, such as a delay of game penalty on the first play of a drive, a false start penalty on third down that likely killed another drive that ended in a missed 40-yard field goal, and the list goes on.

Of course, you knew it wouldn’t be Arizona State’s night when plays like this were happening for West Virginia…

You can blame Graham for much more than those mental and coaching blunders (and one Arizona outlet is already calling it the lowest point of Graham’s career at Arizona State). Arizona State’s defense was ripped to shreds by Dana Holgorsen‘s West Virginia offense. The Mountaineers totaled 676 yards of offense, including 532 yards through the air by Skyler Howard (five touchdowns as well) with receivers Shelton Gibson and Ka’Raun White each going off for 100-yard nights 29 first downs.

It gets tiring watching coaches getting paid big money make such silly mistakes the way Graham made them last night.