Monday was the first day of the 2015 Big 12 Media Days, and commissioner Bob Bowlsby opened the festivities with a speech about the state of the conference before answering questions. In case you missed it, we've decided to go over the five biggest takeaways from Bowlsby's session with the media. 

1. The Big 12 will only have two days of contact per week: While NCAA rules limit schools to only three contact days of practice per week, the Big 12 will only have two -- one practice and the game.

This led to some questions about whether or not it would put the conference at a disadvantage. Bowlsby didn't think so. "What we determined was our guys weren't using them anyway," said Bowlsby. "So I don't think they feel like they're giving up anything, but you should ask them that. I think some of it is also style, and some of our guys don't even hit two days a week. The other thing is there's lots of opportunity to be in helmets and shoulder pads without full contact. When I say full contact, that means taking people to the ground. So there's a lot of wear and tear that goes on during the course of the football season. I don't think that we're going to find that this is a disadvantage. In fact, I think you may find that you have a healthier team in the second half of the season."

Bowlsby also pointed out that the NFL only allows 11 days of contact during the regular season, and that if the NFL can manage with only 11, "We can certainly get by on twice that."

And he's right. While I'm sure there's a columnist currently firing up his fingers writing about how the Big 12 has "gone soft," teams are likely better off having less contact during practice than more, if for nothing else than health and depth reasons alone. Plus, TCU coach Gary Patterson mentioned that the Horned Frogs only had one day of full-contact practice during the week and that sure didn't seem to make his defense any less physical. Patterson wasn't alone, either. As Bowlsby mentioned, most of the Big 12's teams don't have three full contact days during the week anyway. Nothing is really going to change, but at least the decision looks good from a public relations standpoint when it comes to player safety.

2. Don't expect the conference to expand before 2016: It's certainly not the first time Bowlsby has addressed the idea of the Big 12 expanding, and not much has changed since the previous thousands of times he's been asked. Yes, some school presidents like Oklahoma's David Boren are in favor of it, but Boren is only one of 10 presidents in the conference.

"It is my understanding at the present time that the majority of our presidents and chancellors believe 10 is the right number for us," said Bowlsby, who also remarked he was surprised it wasn't the first question asked of him. "There are those that believe we should get larger, and they feel strongly about it. There are those who believe we should stay at ten, and they feel strongly about it. And there are probably four or five in the middle who are persuadable one way or the other.

"I think that's exactly where we're at. At the present time, I don't think there's critical mass for expansion. It will continue to be a topic about which we spend at least a little time at every meeting talking about it. But until that majority shifts, it's a purely academic conversation."

3. The Big 12 needs to get better: While Bowlsby addressed the Big 12 missing out on the College Football Playoff in his opening statement, saying the 2014 season ended in a way "that was difficult for us to accept," he was later asked about the conference only having three teams play for a national title in the last decade, only one school winning a national title in that time span (Texas, 2005), and whether it concerned him.

"Yes, it concerns us because of the aspirations that I noted earlier," he said. "We don't want to just participate in the playoff; we want to win championships. I think that's a clear enough aspiration. And we haven't been as successful as we would have liked to have been. What do we have to do? We have to get better. We have to win big games when we have them before us, and we have to demonstrate by competition in the postseason that our conference has led us to be highly competitive at the end of the season."

4. The conference could eventually have non-conference schedule requirements: The Big 12 has taken some heat for its nonconference scheduling in recent years, with many believing that the schedules of Baylor and TCU are precisely what kept them out of the playoff last year. Bowlsby was asked if the Big 12 would consider adding a rule like other Power Five conferences that mandates playing at least one other Power Five school in your nonconference schedule. While Bowlsby didn't rule out the possibility, he basically played both sides in his answer.

"We've had a lot of discussions about this among our ADs, and I know our coaches have talked about it a little bit too," said Bowlsby. "I could capably argue either side of it from a mandatory standpoint because I think coaches need to have prerogative in terms of how they get their team ready. Some coaches believe a tough preseason does that best. Others believe a lighter preseason does that best. And I think we have to respect those experiences and respect the prerogatives of individual coaches. Having said that, there isn't any question that the nonconference schedule of each of our institutions affects the strength of each of the other members of our league. We can't deny that."

5. The Big 12 hasn't discussed prohibiting transfers of players who have been accused of domestic violence: In May, the SEC passed a new rule prohibiting schools to accept transfers of players who had previously been disciplined by their former school due to "serious misconduct." The SEC defined "serious misconduct" as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

Bowlsby said that the conference hasn't had any talks about the issue, but he thinks "it's something that we'll talk about."

"The issue of kids with baggage, you can argue that nobody should be prohibited from being involved just because they make one mistake. On the other hand, kids that have histories don't seem to have too much problem finding a place that they can go and play college sports," he said. "I think it's a really good conversation to have, but it's not one we've had yet."

Bonus topic: While Bowlsby didn't talk about it, it appears the Big 12 has a new motto. Gone is "One True Champion," and in its place is "Every Game Matters." It only makes sense to ditch the old motto considering the Big 12 had two champions last year, but I'm not sure the new one works all that well, either. After all, if every game mattered, then Baylor would have been the long Big 12 champion last year, wouldn't it? 

Maybe they just bought it at a discount from the BCS.

All Bowlsby quotes courtesy of ASAP Sports

Bob Bowlsby opened Big 12 Media Days with a press conference and addressed many issues. (USATSI)