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Big 12 announces its Virtual Football Media Day has been canceled

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This is certainly an interesting development coming out of the Big 12.

The Big 12 was the first Power Five conference to cancel its in-person Football Media Days.  Now, the same league will become the first to cancel its virtual one as well.  Which it just unveiled plans for a day ago, it should be noted.  That event had been scheduled for this coming Monday.

Below is the content of the release confirming the development.

The Big 12 Conference is cancelling its Virtual Football Media Day presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. It is yet to be determined if the event will be rescheduled. The Conference’s annual media preview was slated for Monday, August 3, after being moved from its originally scheduled July 20-21 dates.

“There continues to be a lot more questions than answers about what the football season will look like,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “A media day is intended to talk football and the prospects for the season. Part of that discussion is who you will be playing and when. With the on-going consideration of scheduling models by our Board of Directors, this is the best course of action at this time. “

A media briefing with Commissioner Bowlsby will be scheduled in the near-term to update on the State of the Conference.

Big 12 announces it will hold its Virtual Football Media Day Aug. 3

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The Big 12 was the first Power Five conference to cancel its in-person Football Media Days.  Now, the same league will become the first to hold a virtual one.

Wednesday, the Big 12 confirmed it will hold its virtual event Monday, Aug. 3, this year.  Below is the conference’s press release on the development:

Big 12 Virtual Football Media Day presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will be carried by Big 12 Now on ESPN+ on Monday, August 3. Live coverage is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT.

The presentation will include head coaches’ media sessions, videos from league spirit groups and a fan question for each coach. There will be two concurrent streams available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. One stream will be of each head coaches’ media Q&A session, and the other will feature each coach on the Big 12 Now set with ESPN reporters Anish Shroff, Rod Gilmore and Dusty Dvoracek in exclusive 1-on-1 interviews, as well as player interviews conducted by Big 12 Digital Correspondent Morgan Uber. Content will also be posted on the conference’s official social media platforms throughout the event.

Followers of the Conference can also listen to live coaches interviews from Virtual Media Day on the Big 12’s exclusive 24/7 SiriusXM channel, 375, and on its ESPNU channel, 84.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby will kick-off the event at 9 a.m. CT. Head coaches’ interview sessions commence at 10 a.m. CT with the morning session featuring West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

Greg Burks, liaison to officials, begins the afternoon session at 12:30 p.m. CT and will be followed by the Oklahoma State, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas head coaches.

Ex-Michigan State, K-State WR Hunter Rison, son of Andre Rison, moving on to fourth college football program

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Hopefully, Hunter Rison owns stock in U-haul. Or some other moving company.

Rison, the son of former Michigan State star Andre Rison, began his collegiate playing career at MSU before transferring from his dad’s alma mater to Kansas State.  In April of 2019, the younger Rison was arrested for alleged domestic battery and suspended by the K-State football program.  A month later, the wide receiver transferred out of the Big 12 program and ultimately landed at Fullerton College

After one season at the California junior college (36 receptions, 604 yards, seven touchdowns in seven games), Rison is on the move yet again.  On Twitter this past weekend, Hunter Rison announced that he “will be attending Grand Valley State University.” That program plays at the Div. II level of the sport.

“Ready to work. Committed,” the receiver wrote.  At GVSU, Rison will have two years of eligibility with which to use.

Hunter Rison was a four-star 2017 signee, rated as the No. 46 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Michigan. As a true freshman, he caught 19 passes for 224 yards. In a September loss to Notre Dame, he set career highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (73).

At K-State, Rison was forced to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  As for the off-field incident?  Hunter Rison pleaded guilty in June of last year.

Justin Fields, Chuba Hubbard headline Maxwell Award preseason watch list

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#WatchListSZN continues unabated, with the Maxwell Award next up on the preseason junket.

Friday morning, the Maxwell Award announced its preseason watch list consisting of 90 college football players from across the country.  Presently annually to the Collegiate Player of the Year, the Maxwell Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the sport.

None of the three finalists from a year ago, LSU quarterback and 2019 winner Joe Burrow, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, are on this year’s watch list.  Burrow and Young, incidentally, went 1-2 in the 2020 NFL Draft.  There are, however, six semifinalists from a year ago.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with 15 watch listers, followed by the ACC (14) and SEC (13).  The AAC and Mountain West, with nine apiece, have the most for Group of Five leagues.  And the other Power Fives?  The Pac-12 posted eight, the Big 12 seven.

Four individual schools, Alabama, Indiana, Louisville and Memphis, had three players apiece on the preseason watch list.  Another 11 have two each: Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State and SMU.

Below is the complete preseason watch list for the 2020 Maxwell Award.

Big 12 comfortable waiting two-plus weeks before deciding on 2020 season

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It appears the Big 12 won’t be falling in line with the other Power Five football conferences.  At least, when it comes to this rather significant issue.

Already, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have announced that those leagues will be going to a conference-only schedule for the 2020 college football season.  Next week, the Pac-12 is expected to unveil a schedule that will feature 10 games (for now) and will kick off Sept. 19. The ACC and SEC are expected to announce their respective plans next week as well.

It was thought that the Big 12 would have a similar timeframe.  However, Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec told the Austin American-Statesman that he and his conference counterparts “are comfortable waiting two more weeks and maybe longer before making any definitive decisions about the upcoming college football season.”

From the American-Statesman‘s report:

All decisions will be made with student safety in mind, Schovanec stressed. Television money is not the driving force here, but Fox and ESPN pay the league based on an inventory of 57 games. A conference-only schedule is just 46. “You can’t ignore those facts,” Schovanec said.

In short, there are no easy choices, according to the vice chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors.

“We still have time,” Schovanec said. “So at what point do we have to make a decision? We haven’t gotten there yet. But I also think we recognize the fact that if we get to a go/no-go point will be prepared to act very quickly and pivot on a dime.

While uncertainty reigns when it comes to the 2020 season, teams across the country continue to prepare as if there will be one.  Today, FBS teams are permitted to hold meetings and conduct walk-throughs with coaches present.  Aug. 7, summer camps will start.