It was day one of this two day event getting you ready for the 2014 football season. First up this morning was Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby giving his state of the conference obviously pushing the Big 12's new logo and moniker of One True Champion Commissioner Bob Bowlsby also driving home the point that paying players and could cause universities to cut sports, specifically some of the Olympic sports.
"We are certainly operating in a strange environment in that we have the lawsuits that we mentioned earlier, plus we have the O'Bannon lawsuit,” said Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Commissioner, “I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you will see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the funding challenges that are coming down the pike. I think there may be tension among or between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources."
But after that it was on to the teams themselves and we caught up with senior wide receiver Bradley Marquez to talk about his experience this afternoon in his first trip to big 12 Media Days....
"Basically, uh, be ready for the long run and drink a lot of water because your mouth is going to get dry talking a lot,” said Bradley Marquez, Texas Tech wide receiver, “Like I said it's a lot of fun, there are a lot of great guys here. Hopefully we can go see the other players here later on. You know it's a great show, they have everything set up really nice, so I'm excited about it."
"I think the biggest thing is just his maturity,” said Marquez. “He's grown up a lot from year one to year two, and I think that is really big for us. Knowing that it is his team now has instilled a lot of confidence in him and knowing that he is the guy now. We are only going to go as far as he wants to go. He's done all the work and all the camps and stuff of that nature. So he's ready and we are ready to ride it behind him.”