What to watch for: Big 12 Football Media Days

ARLINGTON, Texas — There is still more than a month until the college football regular season starts, but the Big 12 Media Days are giving fans a chance to hear from team leaders before kickoff. This year the media days are in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium.

Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia will take to the podium Wednesday.

Oklahoma, Iowa State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech will take the stage Thursday.

FOX23 Sports Director Nathan Thompson will bring you live updates from Arlington on FOX23 News Wednesday and Thursday.

More changes to the Big 12?

The big questions at the forefront of everyone’s minds will be further changes to the conference. The Big 12 already announced earlier this summer the addition of four new teams: UCF, Cincinnati, Houston and BYU.

That came on the heels of both Oklahoma and Texas announcing their intentions to switch conferences to the SEC.

Adding to the constant changing college football landscape, reports are now that the Big 12 could be interested in adding up to 6 more teams from the Pac-12. Reports suggest the Big 12 is interested in adding Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah, but are also considering Washington and Oregon. If that were to happen, it would create one of the first megaconferences in college sports.

OSU looking to pick up where they left off

Head coach Mike Gundy is likely hoping to pick up where the Cowboys left off with last year’s 12-2 run that concluded with narrow win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Cowboys will be represented by quarterback Spencer Sanders, receiver Brennan Presley and defensive ends Brock Martin and Tyler Lacy. There are a lot of high expectations for the Cowboys this year, but they will need to replace several key players on a defense that was one of the best in the country last season.

OU slighted in All-Big 12 team?

Last season, the University of Oklahoma had nine players named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team. This year, only punter Michael Turk was selected. This in light of the school losing several key players to the NFL and through transfers after former OU head coach Lincoln Riley went to USC.

UCF quarterback transfer Dillon Gabriel is joining the Sooners at media day, along with young defensive end Ethan Downs. Big things are expected from Gabriel this year as he was already selected as the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

First Media Day for Brent Venables as OU head coach

Thursday will mark Brent Vanables first Big 12 Media day as OU’s head coach. The Clemson defensive coordinator and former 13-year Sooner assistant coach won a national championship with OU and two more with Clemson.

He will likely face questions about his plans to re-build the team with OU’s defense taking a step back in recent years and several players transferring after the abrupt departure of Lincoln Riley. The Sooners went 10-2 this past season and fell just short of competing for what would have been a seventh consecutive Big 12 title.

Venables is OU’s 23rd head football coach.

New Big 12 Commissioner

Brett Yormark was named the Big 12 Conference’s fifth Commissioner.

He succeeds Bob Bowlsby, who announced in April he was stepping away from the Commissioner’s chair after a decade with the Big 12.

Yormark joins the Big 12 from Roc Nation, where he served as chief operating officer. From 2005-19, he was the CEO of the Brooklyn Nets.

He will hold his introductory press conference at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and officially begin his duties Aug. 1. His initial contract term is five years.