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2009 MAC Media Day: What to look for

As the SEC & Big 10 Media days pass without much gusto, it's time to look to Detroit for a hopefully more interesting event than their BCS buddies.

Unfortunately, I can't make it up there this year but I'm aiming to make it next year. Hopefully there will be a trip (or 2) to Ford Field in between then though. has their schedule here and a live video feed here.

The festivities start Friday at 9 AM sharp with Akron. NIU goes live with Coach Kill, Chandler Harnish & David Bryant at 10:50 AM.

Luncheon at 12:30 with guest speaker (guess who?) Lloyd Carr!

What I'm looking forward to:

The New Coaches

There's a lot of them and I couldn't pick half of them out of a police lineup if I had to. Should be interesting to see them talk pretty much for the first time about their teams. Should be fun to see what type of things they say and how they say it.

MAC West

Stan Parrish - Ball State: Will he be able to build off the success of the Cardinals LY?

Tim Beckman - Toledo: How will he breathe new life into a former MAC power?

Ron English - Eastern Michigan: Simply said, is he in way over his head in Ypsilanti?

MAC East

Mike Haywood - Miami: Is he next in the line of Miami's 'Cradle of Coaches'?

Dave Clawson - Bowling Green: How will he spin last year's disastrous season at Tennessee?

The Polls

Who will be the favorite in the East? There's no consensus #1 pick, but I predict that Buffalo will be picked first because they were the champs LY. I wonder who the second place team will be...

Last year Bowling Green was the preseason favorite (ouch) and Miami OH was right behind them (YOWZA!)

As for updates, John Sahly's got ya covered on his Huskie Wire blog:

The Mid-American Conference's football media day is Friday and here is the rundown of what you can expect from the Daily Chronicle.

Friday morning: Follow us on Twitter (click the blue box on the right to do it) as I'll be live-Tweeting throughout the morning. Print reporters get the West teams first, and of course we'll be starting with Northern Illinois. Follow our Tweets to get the news first, as it happens.

Also, you can submit questions to me to ask NIU coach Jerry Kill, quarterback Chandler Harnish and/or safety David Bryant all the way up through Thursday night. I've got some good questions so far but keep them coming.

After the West and East teams switch, continue to follow us for the latest information from the East teams.

Friday afternoon: I'll have a blog post right here with a quick wrap of the news of the day.

Saturday's Daily Chronicle: We'll have a full wrap of the day in print and online.

Sunday: We'll have another story online from what happened in Detroit.

I hope you're ready for what we're bringing to you from Detroit. Get those questions in!