Pac-10 Media Day 2009 is in the books. Do you know what that means? It means we're still 35 long days away from Oregon's season opener at Boise State. My daily dose of quack is about the only thing that makes life worth living in August. So, let's check out what transpired yesterday:
- Let's start with the Pac-10's preseason media poll. As per usual, USC's been tabbed to finish atop the conference for the seventh straight year after receiving 28 of the 32 first-place votes. Cal and Oregon follow, each receiving three and one first-place votes, respectively. As ESPN.com's Ted Miller points out, the media poll has correctly predicted the eventual conference champion nine years in a row. I can't say I'm impressed, since USC has been the obvious favorite for like six of those. Anyway, check out the complete poll to the right.
- "Both Walter Thurmond and I voted for Tim Tebow as first-team, SEC quarterback." Those were the first words out of Chip Kelly's mouth when he sat down for his first-ever media day appearance with his highly touted defensive back, a quip about the anonymous coach who didn't vote for Tebow at the SEC's media day last week. The Oregonian's Ken Goe gives his take on Kelly and Oregon's time in the limelight. Miller also weighs in on the Ducks, as well as each Pac-10 team: Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Oregon State and USC.
- More from Miller: He claims the Pac-10 is "talking the talk." He also has a list of interesting Pac-10 facts, as well as general media day notes.
- And finally, the R-G's George Schroeder caught up with new commissioner Larry Scott. This is the first I've seen Schroeder's work on SI.com, so if you know more about this, definitely post it in the comments.
So, what do you think? Will Oregon finish third? Better? Worse? Does it even matter? Discuss your thoughts on this year's media poll in the comments, since, you know, it's Friday and we have nothing better to do.