The other half of the Big 12 Conference coaches spoke with the media Tuesday at the annual Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. It was time for Texas, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Here’s a highlight from each coach during his press conference:
On the secret to playing well in the Cotton Bowl but the worries of not playing well otherwise . . . “It's about being consistent. When you look at that match-up, and it's an unbelievable match-up and when you walk into that game. You're right. You can throw the records out the door because they're going to come and they're going to go play. Nothing has to be said. That’s one game I don't have to even give a pep talk. When be walk out there, when you come back in there is so much energy in the stadium that not much has to be said. ‘Okay, guys, it is time to go play. Let's see what we got today.’ You would like to see us play like that all the time and that's what we haven't (done). You go play well against Oklahoma and then you follow up the next week with a big win and then you lose a game that you never even showed up in and that's on us as a coaching staff.”
On a potential Big 12 Championship game . . . “I'm in favor of a championship game. There is no question. I've said this for a couple years. The thing I don't like about not having a championship game is having these games, these regular season games that first week of December. I think that hurts the teams that are playing from a recruiting perspective and it helps the teams that are playing if it's a situation where you're being considered for CFP or, you know, a top-tier Bowl game. I just don't like the format. I think you need to find the best two teams. I got all the confidence in the world with the Big 12 administration, Commissioner Bowlsby to figure that out. I don't have the answer, and it really doesn't matter what I think anyway.”
On the difference between a Grobe football team and an Art Briles’ football team (the first question asked) . . . “I've been so impressed with what Art and the football program has accomplished over the last few years. I'm an old West Virginia hillbilly, and we got that feeling if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So from strictly a football perspective, I think we want to continue to play fast and furious on offense. . . . I'm not here to make a lot of changes. I thought that was really important especially for our players to have the same terminology, the same type of schemes as much as possible but hopefully as we go forward if I do see things that I think might help us be a little bit better we might put a different spin on a few things, but I'm not here to change a whole lot.”
Bill Snyder, Kansas State Wildcats
On the recurring theme of a surprisingly talented player in his program . . . “I hope we have one. I could identify for you several names of young people that will be new to the media when the season starts, and I would like to hope that they have those excellent seasons and those kinds of seasons that you're talking about. But I'm certainly not going to divulge who they are because they read the newspapers as well. Well, they read it on their iPads. But I don't want them to think that I think too much of them right now.”