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Rice OC Billy Lynch takes his turn at the podium at Rice's Media Day (PTH photo)
David Bailiff Media Day video...
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DC Brian Stewart Media Day video...
Assistant HC Darrell Patterson Media Day video...

HOUSTON (Aug. 3) – Coaches and players alike said things were looking up, as far as prospects for the coming season go – or so they annunciated at Thursday's annual Media Day Rice football confab held at the Patterson Center at Rice Stadium.

So the 64-dollar question is, are they staring at an 800-pound safe somebody is just tossed out of a ten-story window, hurtling right down at the heads of coach David Bailiff’s beleaguered flock?

Pick your avoirdupois. A Top-10 Stanford team looms in the season opener, in a game to be played in Sydney, Australia, 6,000 miles away from South Main. All four of the Owls’ nonconference bouts will be against teams who paid visits to bowl games last year. And the Western Division of Conference USA still features the same kind of offensive firepower that has always given the Owl defense fits every year, year in and year out, even in the 2013 championship season. Ouch.

But that’s putting the cart before the horse. What matters now, it seems,  is unity, camaraderie, spirit, hustle, determination. This Rice squad features all that kind of stuff, head coach David Bailiff said Thursday.

“The first five days of camp have been incredible,” he insisted. “The retention that these young men have and the job our strength staff did this summer; they are in great shape. We’re motoring through the days, motoring through the practice. We have extremely high expectations.”

Rice’s head man, now entering the eleventh year of his coaching reign, says this particular squad has turned out to be fun one to coach. “I really have enjoyed this football team. They have gone to work. They are an older bunch. There’s been great chemistry, there’s great effort and a lot of enthusiasm. The new coaches have really worked in well. More of the players are able to get in and get in extra film and work. There’s just a sense of enthusiasm with this football team and this coaching staff. We want to get back to our winning ways. I think we’re going to do that this year.”

Coach Bailiff, plus his offensive coordinator, Billy Lynch, his new DC, Brian Stewart, and long-time assistant head coach Darrell Patterson all spoke to press over lunch Thursday, after which time a number of veteran Owl players also turned up for interviews.

We’ll present videos of our interviews with all of those Owls, plus coaches’ videos, over the coming few days. Coverage of fall two-a-days will be limited: at least for once, lowering the curtain over Rice Stadium August activities makes just a whole lot of sense, with a new defensive set being installed featuring the three-man front, and a wide open battle for the the quarterback spot.

As for the quarterback battle, don't expect to know the whole story until the 26th of August, when the Owls take the field against Stanford. Who’ll be the Owls’ starting QB? The matter will be first made known Down Undah, Mate.



Stanford, Rice to kick off NCAA season Down Under
(Huffington Post -- Aug. 16)
C-USA season begins with some wacky road trips
(Washington Post -- Aug. 16)
US football returns Down Under for second straight year
(Gillette News-Record/AP -- Aug. 16)
Rice's Granato transferring to Missouri State
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 16)
Calderon the 'total package' for Rice
(Texas Red Zone Report -- Aug. 16)
Clement to be honored at 2017 Texas Bowl
(Best College Sports -- Aug. 16)
Report: Glaesman to start, Granato will transfer
(Houston Chronicle Rice twitter -- Aug. 15)
Owls pick up coping skills, info on Aussieland
( video -- Aug. 15)
College football's opening weekend owes us more
( -- Aug. 15)
Boring video of Stanford fan event with monotonous audio
(Stanford Bleacher Report -- Aug. 15)
Stanford prepping for game with Rice in Sydney
(San Francisco Chronicle -- Aug. 14)
A look back at Saturday's Fan Fest
( video -- Aug. 14)
Owls add Prairie View to 2018 schedule
( -- Aug. 13)
Second scrimmage video highlights
( video -- Aug. 13)
For Stanford this season, secondary depth is key
(San Jose Mercury-News -- Aug. 11)

1994 Longhorn season featured a certain, er, lowlight
(Austin American-Statesman -- Aug. 11)
Darik Dillard: 'I learned the power of surrender"
( blog -- Aug. 11)
Big Frank on Preston Gordon's potential for this season
( video -- Aug. 11)
V.J. Banks on fall camp thus far
( video -- Aug. 10)

Running backs coach Steward on Sam Stewart
( video -- Aug. 9)
Rice making changes to kick-start program
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 9)
'A lot of work done' at first fall scrimmage
( video -- Aug. 8)
Vikings settled at safety with Rice's Sendejo
(Bismark Tribune/AP -- Aug. 7)
Cole Thomas happy to answer to 'grandpa'
( video -- Aug. 7)
Rice season preview:  changing everything
(SWC Roundup -- Aug. 4)

DB details summer recruiting surge
( -- Aug. 3)
Six Aussie punters already have contacted Coach Bailiff
(CBS Sports -- Aug. 4)
DB picking brain of Sonny Dykes re Aussie trip
(Houston Press -- Aug. 4)
Rice still has open competition at quarterback
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
Rice transforming its defense
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
Owls hold Media Day before opener in Australia
(KPRC Houston -- Aug. 3)
Rice to start season healthier, but still adjusting to changes
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
'When Wayne wins a championship, every year we get a commitment'
( -- Aug. 1)
Rice has QB, defensive issues to resolve
(Bastrop Daily Enterprise -- July 29)
Rice fall camp gets underway before most NFL teams report
(Underdog Dynasty -- July 25)
Breaking down Rice's 3-4 defense
(SWC Roundup -- July 25)
Rice picked fifth in C-USA West
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Stanford opens with what looks to be a really bad Rice team
(RuleofTree -- July 26)
Ultimately, does it really matter who starts aainst Rice?
(RuleofTree -- July 25)
Rice begins search for answers in program's earliest fall start
(Houston Chronicle -- July 25)
Rice preps for Stanford Down Under
(SWC Roundup -- July 24)
Coach Kubiak pays visit to Rice practice
(CBS Denver -- July 24)
Owls said Pitt's second-easiest opponent
(Athlon Sports -- July 24)
DB radio talk, focus on recruiting, social media
(SB Nation Radio -- July 21)
Ellerbee, Martin nab preseason league honors
(Houston Chronicle -- July 17)
Rice has long road back to winning ways
(Houston Chronicle -- July 17)
Owls said Stanford's easiest opponent
(Athlon Sports -- July 13)
102 years ago, it was Rice 6, LSU 0
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- July 6)
New-look Owls will struggle to fly in 2017
( -- June 20)
Rice unexpectedly soaring to top of C-USA recruit rankings
(Underdog Dynasty -- June 17)


 Latest headlines...
 Last update: 08/16/17 09:05 PM

This week's scoreboard....

Media Day highlights
(Click on pic for video)
Trey Martin
Blain Padgett
Cole Thomas
Peter Godber
Emmanuel Ellerbee
'I think I've become better as a football player this year because I've been able to recognize things a lot faster and react'
J. T. Granato
 'I've been OK-- but no one wants to be average.  Every day is a chance to improve; every day is a chance to get better...'
Graysen Schantz
'Coach Stewart's brought in a lot of new energy; he's got us all pumped up about it...I wantto create turnovers; I want to get after the quarterback'
Calvin Anderson
'The good thing about our experiences is that we're evenly equipped to both pass block and run block'