"It's good for us to play in the state of Texas,'' said coach Mike Gundy. "There are what, 350 recruitable athletes a year in Texas? We want them to see us.''
Favorite line of the day came from Kerry Hyder, a fifth-year senior defensive lineman from Texas Tech.
He was being quizzed by someone doing one of those random polls that ask everything from favorite opposing coach to least favorite road trip.
This guy wanted to play word association with the other power conference.
Pac-12? "Oregon,'' Hyder said.
Big Ten? "Running the ball.''
But the best was the ACC.
"They play football over there?'' Hyder asked.
And finally, about this Big 12 football media days event. In a word, wow.
I said the same thing a year ago at my first, but this one, with a change of venue precipitated by a previously-scheduled event at the previous home (the Westin Galleria), is even more striking. Even CBS Sports.com's Dennis Dodd, who bounces around to these things all over the country, tweeted "Stupendous setup at B12 media days. Stupendous. Roomy. Elegant. Just fantastic.''
Again, my only real comparison is 13 years spent covering what I thought was a pretty good event put on by the Big East, first at Giants Stadium and then in Newport, R.I. But as I said last year, the difference is like that between a Steven Spielberg production and public access TV covering city council.
I bring that up only to once again illustrate where West Virginia was and where it now is.
Yearn all you'd like for the good ol' days of regional rivalries and simpler times and having no need to travel 1,000 miles to conference games, but the fact of the matter is that setup no longer exists and even if it did, I'm not sure that the step up in quality of the league wouldn't be worth it.
Still, man, I miss those Monday night clambakes in Newport.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.