WVU, MU football reps hit Texas this week for Media Days
HUNTINGTON — Each year, the annual Media Days in college football serve as the unofficial kickoff to a new season.
For both Mountain State FBS football programs, this week produces a trip to Frisco, Texas.
West Virginia University gets it started as they make the trip to Frisco for the start of Big 12 Media Days, which begins on Monday at The Star.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen will be joined by five Mountaineer players on the trip: quarterback Will Grier, linebacker David Long Jr., wide receiver David Sills V, safety Dravon Askew-Henry and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste.
Grier was recently named as the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman campaign has started on his behalf by the university’s athletic department (www.-Grier7Heisman.com).
In 11 games last season, Grier threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. Grier was injured early in a loss to Texas and missed the final two games of the season.
Long, Sills and Cajuste joined Grier on the Big 12 Preseason All-Conference Team this week. Askew-Henry had a solid but not stellar 2017 season as he battled back from a 2016 injury, but figures to be fully healed and a leader heading into the 2018 season.
Big 12 Football Media Days will be televised by Fox Sports, including coaches’ news conferences, previews, analyses and interviews with athletes.
The teams in the conference will be split over two days with West Virginia being one of several teams going on Tuesday. Holgorsen’s news conference is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Tuesday.
Monday’s lineup includes Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. In addition to West Virginia, Tuesday’s slate includes Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
As the Mountaineers exit the premises on Tuesday, Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and two athletes — wide receiver Tyre Brady and linebacker Chase Hancock — will make their way to Frisco for the start of the Conference USA Media Kickoff, which gets underway on Wednesday.
The C-USA Kickoff Show, which features coaches and players, will be streamed live from the Baylor Scott and White Performance Center on ESPN3 during both days of the event.
West Division coaches will take part in interviews with media on Wednesday afternoon while East Division coaches and representatives will meet with media members on Thursday.
Holliday and the Marshall contingent is scheduled to be on the live stream around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.