Half of the Big 12 Conference coaches spoke with the media Monday at the annual Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. TCU, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech spoke first.
Here’s a highlight from each coach during his press conference:
On his relationship with Baylor . . . "No. 1, Baylor is a good university. I have a lot of Baylor friends, and Jim Grobe and I have known each other for a long time. We’re on the Ethics Committee together, he and his wife, went on trips together, and he’s a good football coach. He’s done a great job every place he’s ever been. One thing is Baylor is a good university. They’re a good football program, and they’ve got a lot of good players coming back. I don’t see that changing much."
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Red Raiders (who said that he and Texas Tech supported the “Baker Mayfield" rule)
On things winding up the best for both Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield . . . “Loved coaching (Baker), loved the chip on his shoulder, cheer for him in every game except one, and it’s been fun to see the success he has had. Patrick stepped in for Year 3 and was poised for a very good year, and I think that’s where Baker wanted to be, and it’s worked out for him there and he’s had a tremendous run. I know Patrick wanted to be at Texas Tech. Both guys have had a tremendous run and there is yet to come.”
Matt Campbell, Iowa State Cyclones
On recruiting the state of Oklahoma . . . "The state of Oklahoma will certainly be an area for us that we focus on in terms of recruiting because I think throughout the state we’ve already identified that there are extremely talented young people and young men that can have a great impact in our program, so that will be an area that we certainly will concentrate on.”
David Beaty, Kansas Jayhawks
On losing Calvin Thibodeaux to the Sooners . . . "I want to hire guys that are valuable, guys that other people want. I want to hire talented guys and when we hire them we talk to them all the time I talk to our staff all the time about, listen, if you'll think about it like I did when I put my head on the pillow at night I will help you and your family could anything that you feel like is in the best interest for you, and Calvin did that for us. . . . We're not afraid of losing good people because we know there are good people out there to come in and fill those gaps for us. . . . Calvin is going to do a great job at Oklahoma, but Mike Slater has been waiting for this opportunity and I am excited to have him on our staff. . . . We all left on good terms. They did exactly what I asked them to do which is give me everything they had, and as a result everything works out in the end."
On Barry J. Sanders and playing with Barry Sanders . . . “We’re excited about Junior being here. In my opinion, his dad was the greatest running back in college football, maybe ever. So to have him in our program at this point in his career, I think, is great for Oklahoma State and Oklahoma State football. When he was coming out of high school, he had expressed a desire to maybe go somewhere else based on maybe a small part of not wanting to follow in his dad’s footsteps, and I think we can certainly understand that. At this point, he’s excited about being at Oklahoma State, and we’re excited about having him on our team.”
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