Big 12 Football Media Days day one recap
ARLINGTON, Texas (KTEN) - Change is inevitable in college athletics and that is prevalent in the Big 12 more than ever. Day one of 2022 Big 12 Media Days concluded Wednesday with plenty of storylines.
Incoming commissioner Brett Yormark kicked off the day with his introductory press conference. Yorkmark did not mince his words saying that the Big 12 will explore all options on the table in the future.
"We are a very unified group," said Yormark. "It was one of the things that drew me to the job. As we vet out the possibilities, everything will be additive, nothing will be dilutive and I feel very confident our conference is in the best position its ever been in before."
Both teams that were in the Big 12 Championship Game last year also took the stage on Wednesday. Coming off of the best season in school history, the Baylor Bears were picked to finish first in the conference's pre-season poll.
The Bears are led by third-year head coach Dave Aranda but will have a new quarterback under center this fall after Blake Shapen beat out Gerry Bohanon, last year's primary starter, in the spring.
"I think the competition between Blake and Gerry was really strong," said Aranda. "At the end of it, it just became apparent that Blake was our better passer. It was very difficult for me."
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will look to rebound after suffering a heartbreaking loss on that very turf at AT&T Stadium in the conference title game. The Cowboys return starting quarterback Spencer Sanders, which has head coach Mike Gundy excited for his team's outlook.
"He's come a long way from where he was, which should happen," said Gundy. "He's to a point know where knows this just as good as Mason [Rudolph] did. Because he has two more years, ultimately he'll leave here having more knowledge and being more effective in this offense than anybody who has played in it."
Oklahoma State was picked to finish third in the pre-season poll.
On Thursday, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU and Texas Tech will all make their rounds with media.