Big 12 media days are anticipated every summer as the time of year rolls around when avid college football fans hunger for a taste of their favorite sport. Admittedly, when they finally get a sound bite from their team’s coach and players, it can often be a mixture of stale cliches and overused coach speak.
For instance, every coach will say his team had a great offseason. Every player will note how hard the team is working and how competition is pushing everyone to be better. And more or less, the media ask a lot of the same types of questions, just re-worded and re-purposed while tailoring them to a specific player or team.
Texas Tech safety Jah’Shawn Johnson decided to spice things up during his Q&A session yesterday, cashing in on an opportunity to turn monotony into a competition of sorts.
According to USA Today, Johnson created a bingo card of typical questions he anticipated would be asked by the media with the help of Texas Tech’s sports information staff. One by one, he marked them off as they were asked, and for the most part he hit the nail on the head.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) July 17, 2017
Johnson’s actions seem to be all in good fun and certainly generated buzz for Texas Tech aside from the already anticipated questions for head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who enters a make or break fifth season with the Red Raiders. (You can check out Kliff’s interview here)
Going into his third year as a starter and the most tenured player in a secondary that struggled mightily in 2016, Texas Tech fans hope Johnson and his teammates can anticipate opposing receivers’ routes and quarterbacks’ passes as well as he anticipated questions from reporters during Big 12 media days.
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