Big 12 notebook: OU coach Bob Stoops can't hold his tongue

Brandon Chatmon, Jake Trotter and Berry Tramel Modified: July 29, 2009 at 4:43 am •  Published: July 29, 2009

Bob Stoops was continually asked Tuesday during Big 12 Media Days about the OU-Texas tiebreaker controversy. He continually refrained from commenting.

"I know you guys would love for me to have a little quip about that and throw it all over the place," Stoops said.

But when Stoops stepped down from the podium, he couldn't resist one swipe at the air banners hired by Texas fans proclaiming the score of the OU-Texas game.

"They throw up the score of our game," Stoops said, "I'll throw up the score of the (Texas) Tech game."

Briscoe to play?

Kansas coach Mark Mangino said he expects wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe to be ready to play when practice begins, although Briscoe has some academic work to complete to do so.

Briscoe was a member of the preseason All-Big 12 team but has been in Mangino's doghouse since the spring. Briscoe was suspended during the spring for an undisclosed violation of team rules and missed the Jayhawks' spring game.

"I anticipate he'll be there," Mangino said. "There are several players that have work to do. I tell them, 'It's pretty simple: You get your work done and you're with us in August. If you don't get your work done, you're not."

McCoy's final season?

Gerald McCoy didn't exactly come out and say he would enter the NFL Draft after this year. But OU's junior defensive tackle sure talked like 2009 is going to be his final season.

"I want to graduate," McCoy said. "I want my degree. I will graduate in May. Wherever I decide to train at, I'll have three hours left. I'll take my capstone online. Then, I'll be done."

Recruiting for Baylor

Baylor coach Art Briles said recruiters have to sell everything. And the Bears now have something extra to sell in quarterback phenom Robert Griffin.

"That's helped a bunch," Briles said. "And the thing it's helped is his dynamic qualities and the style of play that we played with on both sides of the football."

Catching a break

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who had been mostly mum on the three-way tiebreaker controversy, was quoted this summer as saying OU "caught a break" in advancing to the Big 12 title game.

No argument from the Sooners.

"We did catch a big break," said quarterback Sam Bradford. "That's no secret. We were fortunate."

Tight end Jermaine Gresham agreed: "We did catch a huge break. We got the game. They didn't."

Mizzou marquee man

Missouri has had a star quarterback — Brad Smith or Chase Daniel — since 2002. But now the Tigers turn to true sophomore Blaine Gabbert.

"Anytime you lose a quarterback, if it's a quarterback of quality, it's always a concern," Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel said. "We're in that position right now. Hopefully, we can replace him with a high-level guy."

Mister Big 12 Man

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe walked past OU players Tuesday, and tight end Jermaine Gresham squeaked, "Mr. Big 12 Man! Mr. Big 12 Man!"

Turns out Beebe spoke to the Sooners after their conference championship last season, and Gresham remembered.

"I have kids that age," Beebe said. "I know how they act."


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