Every year I try to get excited for Media Days, because we know fall camp is right around the corner, but somehow, someway, Media Days leaves a lot to be desired. There is so much "coach speak", and you never really get the answers to the questions, and to be fair, the media often does horribly asking questions. You get guys like Steven M. Sipple, along with Matt Perrault down there, and you just aren't going to get a lot of value.
So what do we get? We get blah blah blah.
You get questions to the effect of "Austen Arnaud says that more familiarity with the system will translate into more success. Have you seen that?"
I mean, come on. What's a guy supposed to say? Even if Arnaud didn't improve (which would be borderline impossible knowing what his personality is like), Coach isn't going to throw him under the bus.
Anyhow, it's just 3 days of crap like that. These guys need to take a page from SEC media days where the coaches slam each other and at least make something out of it.
All is not lost though. There are some new tidbits; you just have to sift through all the junk:
- David Sims is expected to be a member of the team in the fall, as there is some kind of an update with the credit card investigation expected in the next day or two. We're going to need as much help as we can get in the secondary, especially when we don't know what our pass rush is going to be like (but it likely won't be good)
- Rhoads confirmed Austin Alburtis graduated and is going to forego his senior year on the football field. It's hard to blame the guy. Football is such a grind, and it's clear he wasn't going to do this professionally anyhow.
- I also find it kind of amusing how Rashawn Parker took exception to Adrian Clayborn's comments about the Hawks being the only team in the state, while Coach, Arnuad, and A-Rob all downplayed it. If it motivates Parker to have a career game (which we'd need), then whatever works.
- And while this isn't breaking news, as I think it was well documented in the spring, Coach did talk about Arnaud improving his mechanics and how it's helped with his accuracy thus far.
To me, that's the only valuable stuff, unless there is something I'm missing. The rest is the typical "We're going to try to win every game" from Coach Rhoads regarding ISU's schedule, or "The Big 12 is a great conference" kind of talk from Bo Pelini (as if anyone believes he's being honest there).
On the plus side, all of this means that college football is right around the corner. I'm ready for it to be here now.