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July 26, 2013
Pac-12 football media day: What to expect
Editor's note: For all of your on-site Pac-12 media day updates, follow GOAZCATS.com staff writer Kyle Kensing on Twitter: @KyleGOAZCATS.
The Pac-12 Conference football media circus stops in Southern California on Friday.
After the league's head coaches spent the past two days answering question after question on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., a similar line of questions await at the conference's media day event at Sony Studios in Culver City.
For Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, expect plenty of Ka'Deem Carey-related questions after he said this week on "SportsCenter" that the All-American running back could still be punished internally, and that any decision would be made in fall camp.
So, below is a list of what else to expect. Whether answers are provided on some issues remains to be seen.
What about Patrick Onwuasor's situation led to a quick boot?
The media might need to warm up RichRod first before diving into such a question, but it may not affect how he approaches the question, regardless.
Onwuasor, who was dismissed from the team earlier this week after being charged with four felonies, faces legal trouble just like Carey did earlier this offseason, and like Fabbians Ebbele last spring. But the other two remain on the team while Onwuasor did not last too long.
So what made the circumstances so different and extreme?
What is going to happen at safety?
Consider this a follow-up.
Onwuasor joined Vince Miles as safeties who are no longer with the program. (Miles voluntary left with an undisclosed medical condition.)
Add the fact that Jourdon Grandon, a starter at free safety last season, made the jump to cornerback in the spring and the Wildcats are suddenly thin at the three safety spots on the field. Will anyone will be moved around? Will Grandon move back? Could an incoming freshman emerge this fall?
How much more will Jake Fischer say about the lawsuit against the NCAA?
That's right, Fischer and Terrence Miller also will be there with Rodriguez and serve as the UA player representatives. Fischer did the same last year.
But while the focus of questioning surrounded the depleted linebacker position last summer, Fischer's presence now gives the media access to the unofficial poster boy of the move by six active college football players to join Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit as plaintiffs.
But the notion that it will be some sort of distraction - especially given the above matters - is a stretch. Besides, better now than during the actual season, right?
Where will Arizona end up in the poll?
This will definitely have an answer, as the league's media vote will be revealed.
Not that these really mean much or get taken all that seriously - Arizona State had a first-place vote last year - but it is always fun to see what the majority thinks about the upcoming season's race. Who doesn't love a prediction?
With that said, I've got the Wildcats third in the Pac-12 South, but there is still plenty of uncertainty at quarterback and on the defense, as well as some less-stressful-but-noteworthy concerns about the No. 1 target at receiver.
Oh, and ex-Wildcat Tyler Slavin and his departure should certainly be a topic of discussion, too.
Who will be the quarterback? Who is the leader going into the fall?
You will not hear this from any of the local Tucson media at the event. Anybody who has covered the Wildcats since Rodriguez took over in November 2011 knows that he pretty much regurgitates every answer like he's reading off a script, until something significant changes his tune.
But with nothing new to absorb since spring camp ended, expect Rodriguez to say something along the lines of: "Even a freshman could come in right away and win the job." And he is not lying because there truly is no clear-cut runaway in this race, which starts Aug. 3 at the first team practice of camp.
But with national outlets in attendance, it's pretty much guaranteed that Rodriguez will hear those questions a few times.
GOAZCATS.com Senior Editor
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