BURBANK, California – Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez and safety Will Parks, and USC quarterback Cody Kessler speak at Friday’s session of Pac-12 media days.
Rodriguez is often cited with crediting Bobby Bowden’s four-year model: lose big in Year 1, lose close in Year 2, win close in Year 3 and win big in Year 4. He said too much emphasis is placed on his reference to that model, particularly given the repeated “win close” trajectory of Arizona in his first three seasons there.
He also discussed the 12 straight games without a bye Arizona plays in 2015.
Wildcat safety Will Parks is one of the cornerstones of the 2015 Arizona football team. He takes pride in keeping Philadelphia-based friend, former Arizona basketball star and NBA rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s “shimmy” alive in Tucson.
Parks is also looking to rebound from the end of Arizona’s 2014 season.
Arizona’s place atop the Pac-12 South will be challenged, and USC is the media’s preseason favorite to topple the Wildcats. The confidence voters have in the Trojans starts with quarterback Cody Kessler.
Kessler’s seen past USC teams fail to meet expectations. As a team leader, Cody Kessler looks forward to managing the lofty anticipation awaiting USC.